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    Dad and Daughter E30 project

    Day 1:
    Hey, my name is Madison and I'm 15 years old. Ever since I got my permit in March my parents have been searching for a first car that would be passed down to my sister.

    My dad found a 89' 325i sedan on the internet and he knew it was the perfect first car for me! I wanted a automatic transmission and he wanted a project car. On the ad it stated that the timing "chain" was broken so the engine was a bust. The mechanic at the shop; the BMW was stored at said that there was a timing "chain" that was broken but from my dads knowledge he knew that it wasn't a "chain", it was a belt. My dad had experience with E30's because we had a 91' 325i convertible. We towed it home today. We named the car Petunia!

    We cleaned the car from the inside and out; vacuuming the seats and floor; and wiping down all surfaces. This was Petunia's first car wash!

    We took apart the engine piece by piece!

    This is the non-working engine with the hood and valve cover off!

    We started by taking off the valve cover. Once that was finished my dad found this.

    One of the rockers on the head was broken which was forcing the engine not to run. This is the piece of rocker that broke off the head.

    Tomorrow we are going to try to get the head off and see if the piston's are damaged and what our next steps will be......wish us luck!

    Saving one from the crusher! Congrats on having possibly the raddest dad ever.
    Yours truly,
    Originally posted by Rigmaster
    you kids get off my lawn.....


      Hopefully that rocker just snapped in typical m20 fashion, not because of a broken timing belt.
      Originally posted by priapism
      My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
      Originally posted by shameson
      Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30


        Originally posted by delatlanta1281 View Post
        Saving one from the crusher! Congrats on having possibly the raddest dad ever.

        I will check back for updates. :up:
        @IRON-E30 aka Edwin:D


          I will force cars on my daughter one day. If I have a daughter. Lol.

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            Hi Petunia, welcome to R3V!

            Tell Dad I said "high 5".

            LMK if you get stuck, this forum can help fix just about anything.

            Does Dad have much BMW experience?


            Closing SOON!

            Luke AT germanaudiospecialties DOT com or text 425-761-6450, or for quickest answers, call me at the shop 360-669-0398

            Thanks for 10 years of fun!


              In before r3v.

              Seriously though, welcome you have come to the right place. What are the plans for Petunia?

              Originally posted by slammin.e28
              The M30 is God's engine.


                I love it! My daughter is 10 and is already saving up to buy her 1st car, an E30. I look forward to seeing the progress on this project. And +1 on the high five to dad!
                450whp 524 lb-ft 1988 336ic In progress



                  Very cool Madison! Way to go. Your starting on a great adventure. If you guys need any help just ask in this thread and we will do our best to help out.
                  Most of the people on this forum are 15 year old boys, and you know how they are so if anyone says anything rude just ignore them hahaha
                  All kidding aside. Welcome and have fun.
                  "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."


                    Slam it brah


                      Congrats on getting the best first car ever!

                      You may get lucky and not have a tbelt issue. Usually they break more than one rocker when they let go.

                      Awesome daddy/daughter project, and welcome to r3v
                      Originally posted by codyep3
                      I hope to Christ you have looks going for you, because you sure as fuck don't have any intelligence.
                      2001 silver/Blk 325 cabby. SOLD
                      1988 Blk/Blk e30 factory wide body kit car SOLD
                      1992 DS/BLK 325 m-tech II apperance pack cabby SOLD!
                      2002 325xit Sil/blk. SOLD
                      2012 328i xdrive touring. Wht/blk. SOLD
                      2009 135 cabby. monacoblue/blk leather SOLD
                      2007 Z4m coupe. Silver grey/black/ aluminum. 1of50
                      2010 F650gs twin
                      2016 M235i cabby. Mineral grey/Red leather


                        Awesome. Can't wait to share similar experiences with my children.


                          Congrats on your E30:) Great adventure is awaiting you and your father this is very cool! you have a very cool dad.

                          I wish my sons where old enough one is only 4(he loves my E30's) and my other one is 13 but doesn't like cars that much.

                          Good luck and you will find a great family here at R3V lots of knowledgeable guy's and gal's in here always willing to help.
                          1990 BMW red 325IC M30B35 all stock Girlfriends ride
                          1991 BMW black 318IC (M62b44 Megasquirt 2 ver 3.57)

                 (Twincharge M20)


                            Congrats. They are fun cars.


                              You bought the best year for an E30. Plastic bumper and no airbag. Welcome to the madness :)
                              '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3M | '11 328xi-t