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    #61
    glad to oblige Luis... I think
    Love your neon blau sedan!!!! saludos

    seat covers done.. should be getting them next week.


    Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:41 AM.
    I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

    HOWTOs:
    DB vert plastic bumpers
    OEM Keys
    MTech1 docs

    88 ix Lach/Card
    91 ic Calypso 3.1
    86 Cosmo 2.7

    OEM+ or bust!


    reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
    TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
    e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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      #62
      Looking great Brad. Ill be sure to share my redyed interior as soon as its done...soon :-)
      Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

      Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
      https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...86#post4944786
      Alice the Time Capsule
      http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
      87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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        #63
        my euro front panel / euro valance is delayed AGAIN to OCTOBER 4!!! DAMN. Anyone know how to get 41331933772 sooner? ordered the damn thing end july!!!
        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

        HOWTOs:
        DB vert plastic bumpers
        OEM Keys
        MTech1 docs

        88 ix Lach/Card
        91 ic Calypso 3.1
        86 Cosmo 2.7

        OEM+ or bust!


        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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          #64
          Bumpers arrived! assembling now - will post pics shortly.

          Not really happy with the re-chrome job but it's certainly good enough to mount on the car. Difference between the rechromed OEM front and the ECS repro front euro bumper is noticeable but nothing major - the repro is a little bit rougher/wavier in some spots, but definitely presentable. Chrome quality on the repros is excellent. They are made in poland by polcar (www.polcar.com)

          If I had to do it over again, I'd buy the ECS front and rear kits and be done with it.
          I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

          HOWTOs:
          DB vert plastic bumpers
          OEM Keys
          MTech1 docs

          88 ix Lach/Card
          91 ic Calypso 3.1
          86 Cosmo 2.7

          OEM+ or bust!


          reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
          TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
          e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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            #65
            Originally posted by jeffnhiscars View Post
            Looking great Brad. Ill be sure to share my redyed interior as soon as its done...soon :-)
            I have no doubt they will look amazing Jeff. The quality of your work speaks for itself.
            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

            HOWTOs:
            DB vert plastic bumpers
            OEM Keys
            MTech1 docs

            88 ix Lach/Card
            91 ic Calypso 3.1
            86 Cosmo 2.7

            OEM+ or bust!


            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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              #66
              headrests!



              just waiting on the husco armrest, door pulls/armrests and map pockets. all covered in the same leather.
              Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:42 AM.
              I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

              HOWTOs:
              DB vert plastic bumpers
              OEM Keys
              MTech1 docs

              88 ix Lach/Card
              91 ic Calypso 3.1
              86 Cosmo 2.7

              OEM+ or bust!


              reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
              TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
              e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                #67
                Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                I have no doubt they will look amazing Jeff. The quality of your work speaks for itself.
                Whats so cool about this is despite different approaches, we are both dealing with the same component refinishing right down to the Husco (except Im doing my door trim rings). I'd love to see pics of how your Husco turns out since I havent decided what color to do mine in. I've also had some second thoughts about changing the door pulls and map pocket colors but your project removes any doubts.

                I ordered some extra dye which should be here tomorrow so we may even have our cars back together around the same time.

                What fun lol
                Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

                Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
                https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...86#post4944786
                Alice the Time Capsule
                http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
                87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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                  #68
                  Contrasting door pulls and map pockets can look fantastic. I think the colors chosen are critical though. black pulls on cardinal door cards or inserts works wonderfully. Black on natur or perl is too much imho. Chocolate on natur yes. Maybe black on grey but I doubt it. The two colors should be closer in shade and hue I think. Some contrast but not a lot of it.

                  Also reversing the scheme (light pulls on dark) has its own issues. Key I think is not too much contrast when you do that. My natur pulls will be on the dark houndstooth but with the light pattern matching. That balances things out well.

                  Can't wait to see your interior!!
                  I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                  HOWTOs:
                  DB vert plastic bumpers
                  OEM Keys
                  MTech1 docs

                  88 ix Lach/Card
                  91 ic Calypso 3.1
                  86 Cosmo 2.7

                  OEM+ or bust!


                  reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                  TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                  e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                    #69
                    Having a hard time with the front bumper trim. pretty clear how to use these bumper trim clips and they fit well in the plastic. they're used to hold the rear bumper rubber too


                    Unfortunately they don't fit very well on the ends of the front center trim. they're too small for the plastic mount and too low to stick through to the bumper. even bending the clip won't help.
                    callie-euro front trim clip2 by

                    UPDATE: Levent and hendrixvodu clued me in. need to pull the clips through to the back side of the bumper. also make sure the center barbs stick out far enough to grab the back side of the bumper when installed.


                    Originally posted by hendrixvodu View Post
                    I know they sell different size clips
                    Confirmed, 2 size clips. My fronts were all the large size. My rear parts mounting kit has the smaller size clips for both the front and rear bumper. I was able to make them work here.

                    the realoem front bumper listing I used show a "Clip", part number 51111838076. This must be the large clip.

                    the realoem rear bumper listing I'm using shows a different part called "Clamp", 51111867927. It's definitely smaller.

                    Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:45 AM.
                    I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                    HOWTOs:
                    DB vert plastic bumpers
                    OEM Keys
                    MTech1 docs

                    88 ix Lach/Card
                    91 ic Calypso 3.1
                    86 Cosmo 2.7

                    OEM+ or bust!


                    reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                    TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                    e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                      Contrasting door pulls and map pockets can look fantastic. I think the colors chosen are critical though. black pulls on cardinal door cards or inserts works wonderfully. Black on natur or perl is too much imho. Chocolate on natur yes. Maybe black on grey but I doubt it. The two colors should be closer in shade and hue I think. Some contrast but not a lot of it.

                      Also reversing the scheme (light pulls on dark) has its own issues. Key I think is not too much contrast when you do that. My natur pulls will be on the dark houndstooth but with the light pattern matching. That balances things out well.

                      Can't wait to see your interior!!
                      My door pulls may have a little too mch "contrast" for your liking lol
                      Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

                      Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
                      https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...86#post4944786
                      Alice the Time Capsule
                      http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
                      87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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                        #71
                        Found a couple of pics scattered around and added them to fporro's early model euro bumper DIY thread.

                        US at the bottom of course - holes for the bumper shocks and the trim above the aluminum DB bumper. Both areas are sealed in the euro car. Good pic to share with your body guy.

                        Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:46 AM.
                        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                        HOWTOs:
                        DB vert plastic bumpers
                        OEM Keys
                        MTech1 docs

                        88 ix Lach/Card
                        91 ic Calypso 3.1
                        86 Cosmo 2.7

                        OEM+ or bust!


                        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

                        Comment


                          #72
                          Confused about the rear bumper caps.. posted this in the appearance thread too.

                          I know the end caps on early model chrome euro bumpers are different between the coupes and verts.. any luck getting the vert end caps to work though? they seem mount to the chrome side bumper pieces differently.

                          I'm seeing these part numbers in realoem, comparing an early model euro 323i coupe and an 85 euro 325ic:

                          bumper rear left and right (chrome)
                          51121922161 coupe and vert left
                          51121922162 coupe and vert right
                          51121888276 coupe and vert center

                          left end cap (not mtechnic)
                          coupe 51121888287
                          vert 51121937413

                          right end cap (not mtechnic)
                          coupe 51121888288
                          vert 51121937414

                          Pics of the caps front and back. note how they mount differently to the chrome bumper side piece


                          the front and back of the driver's side bumper (original part, sand blasted and rechromed - not happy with the result but that's another story)


                          Here's the coupe cap mounted on the chrome side piece. everything fits


                          The vert cap piece has a different mounting design


                          Not sure what to do about this. Could use some advice.
                          Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:51 AM.
                          I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                          HOWTOs:
                          DB vert plastic bumpers
                          OEM Keys
                          MTech1 docs

                          88 ix Lach/Card
                          91 ic Calypso 3.1
                          86 Cosmo 2.7

                          OEM+ or bust!


                          reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                          TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                          e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                            #73
                            Rear bumper's in - looks terrific. Still have a few holes to seal but used TDE30's procedure


                            The vert end cap is held in place by a body nut and screw attached to the quarter panel. Unlike the coupe end cap, it rests against the end of the bumper rather than attached to it.





                            Original front panel/ valance going back in until I can score a 772. So fogs will have to wait
                            Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:30 PM.
                            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                            HOWTOs:
                            DB vert plastic bumpers
                            OEM Keys
                            MTech1 docs

                            88 ix Lach/Card
                            91 ic Calypso 3.1
                            86 Cosmo 2.7

                            OEM+ or bust!


                            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

                            Comment


                              #74
                              Trial fitted the front bumper setup with the stock valance. No fogs but man it looks great. Back off, getting the headlamp washer and euro smiley wiring done now. Will need to pull the front end off one more time once the 772 euro valance finally gets here.

                              Anyone ever retrofitted the euro rear fog setup with K9 relay? Would love to get this all done one time.

                              Heated seat harness is going in too. Interior should be here this week.
                              I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                              HOWTOs:
                              DB vert plastic bumpers
                              OEM Keys
                              MTech1 docs

                              88 ix Lach/Card
                              91 ic Calypso 3.1
                              86 Cosmo 2.7

                              OEM+ or bust!


                              reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                              TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                              e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

                              Comment


                                #75
                                seats are back from justin. they really look wonderful. will post some decent pics once they're assembled and installed.

                                holding off on leather covered rear quarters, husco and arm rests until next year. been busy cleaning up the existing vinyl covered bits with Magic Eraser. If you haven't used it on your interior vinyl yet you're missing out - check out the difference on the tonneau cover.



                                headlamp washer system is in but still have some wiring to do. went ahead and installed the heated seat wiring harness too. tested with a spare heated seat and everything works.

                                picked up a trunk lid liner last year and finally got around to getting that in as well.
                                Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 09:31 PM.
                                I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                                HOWTOs:
                                DB vert plastic bumpers
                                OEM Keys
                                MTech1 docs

                                88 ix Lach/Card
                                91 ic Calypso 3.1
                                86 Cosmo 2.7

                                OEM+ or bust!


                                reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                                TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                                e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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