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    The pursuit of Zen... My journey toward automotive perfection

    Hello all, this is my car’s story, I've gotten around to making a thread!

    I picked her up on July 2nd, with the following parts...

    *Things that are starred I have done...

    Drivetrain

    Rebuilt 1.8L engine by Bavarian Auto Recycling (approx.5000 mi, on rebuild)
    Ported & Polished Head
    S14 Camshaft Grind
    High Flow Air filter
    Custom 2.5" Exhaust w/ Magnaflow Muffler (no cat)
    Engine Skid Plate
    Lightened Flywheel, w/ Recent clutch
    Z3 Short Shifter
    4.27 LSD Rear End
    *replaced with 4.10 open, the LSD is loud. :( The 4.27 is missed and will return soon

    Suspension
    Ground Control Coil-Overs w/ 500lb Eibach Spring
    Billy HD's
    OEM M3 FCABs
    E36 Power steering Rack
    Stainless Steel Brake Lines
    *Sparco strut bar
    Wheel Studs
    Rota RB 16x8 square, springlesprangle of +20 7mm spacer in front
    *10mm spacer in rear, but they are not on in any pics...
    Nexen N3000 225/45/16

    Exterior
    Recent Body Paint & Trim
    Euro Smiley headlights with 5k H.I.D
    *Morimoto 3Five.1 ballasts with 5k morimoto H3C bulbs in fog lights
    Euro Shadowline Kidney Grills
    Kopi European Grills
    Euro Smoked Side Repeaters
    Euro Bumper Trim
    Euro License Plate Filler
    Racing Dynamics Rear Wing (original E30 trunk & is spoiler on wall)
    DTM Fiberglass Rear Apron
    *LED license plate lights

    Interior
    E36 M3 “Vader” Front Seats
    M Tech 1 steering wheel
    Alum. Pedal Set
    *Kustom stainless dead pedal
    Pioneer AM/FM/CD/MP3 Player
    Clarion SRR1320 speakers in rear deck
    *LED dome lights
    *German Audio Specialties 10" e30 sub box
    *Infinity Reference 1062 DVC sub
    *Planet Audio 1800.5 amp
    *Fat mat sound deadener
    *LED courtesy lamps

    Recent Maintenance
    All Fluid Replacement
    Front Wheel hubs
    Front Control Arms
    M3 Camber Adjustment
    Tie Rod Ends
    Guibo Coupling
    Ceramic Brake Pads

    Cruising home!

    IMG_0638m by Der E30, on Flickr

    Home fresh from my lovely drive back from Tacoma...





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    Fresh after a wash...


    Went for a super rushed photoshoot later in the summer...










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    With my other baby...


    Will update tomorrow most likely... A lot happened in the time elapsed and will continue, I'm certain!

    Future plans include better wheels, bags, and s54...

    To be continued!
    Last edited by DER E30; 03-17-2014, 11:59 AM.
    -Christian

    '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
    08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
    318iS, slow build/garage queen...
    '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
    Originally posted by roguetoaster
    Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

    #2
    nice I know those roads Ive driven my e30 on them many times when i lived out on camano island
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    24v swapped

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      #3
      Oh god.

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        #4
        Originally posted by DER E30 View Post
        Clarion SRR1320 speakers in rear deck, I don’t know about the fronts
        ^Are those decent speakers?^
        Dude! Am digging your car. Can't say to much about the red face wheels, but I really do like the white faces in that one shot...awesome.

        And no, those clarions are crap, but if they play OK, you can deal with them later.

        You plan to be at the PNW/BMW meet down in Centralia this weekend, 1/12?

        Luke

        Closing SOON!
        "LAST CHANCE FOR G.A.S." DEAL IS ON NOW

        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!

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          #5
          Originally posted by e30love View Post
          nice I know those roads Ive driven my e30 on them many times when i lived out on camano island
          My favorite roads! I go down them every time I go to Stanhood/Camaro Island... Which is A lot...

          Why "oh god?"

          Nobody get too worried! The wheels were plastidipped! They are white now.


          One of the Clarions has a hole in the tweeter part... Found that while putting in the 10" Lukebox I received over Christmas... So they've gotta go... That and they have no midbass...
          Last edited by DER E30; 01-06-2014, 07:23 AM.
          -Christian

          '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
          08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
          318iS, slow build/garage queen...
          '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
          Originally posted by roguetoaster
          Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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            #6
            Originally posted by DER E30 View Post
            My favorite roads! I go down them every time I go to Stanhood/Camaro Island... Which is A lot...

            Why "oh god?"

            Nobody get too worried! The wheels were plastidipped! They are white now.


            One of the Clarions has a hole in the tweeter part... Found that while putting in the 10" Lukebox I received over Christmas... So they've gotta go... That and they have no midbass...
            LOL...well cool! So are you and your Dad coming down for the PNWBMW meet? Centralia isn't that far!

            Closing SOON!
            "LAST CHANCE FOR G.A.S." DEAL IS ON NOW

            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!

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              #7
              Oh god as in this is going to be insane. S54 + bags? Droolsauce.

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                #8
                Originally posted by StereoInstaller1 View Post
                LOL...well cool! So are you and your Dad coming down for the PNWBMW meet? Centralia isn't that far!

                No I don't think I can make it to the meet... Its a drive from Stanhood.

                Unless my dad has other plans he hasn't told me about?
                -Christian

                '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
                08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
                318iS, slow build/garage queen...
                '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
                Originally posted by roguetoaster
                Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JCarp90 View Post
                  Oh god as in this is going to be insane. S54 + bags? Droolsauce.
                  That's the idea... It might take a few years to build and I don't have any of those parts yet...

                  If I was to sell my truck then you can expect to see parts the next week probably...
                  Last edited by DER E30; 01-06-2014, 06:04 PM.
                  -Christian

                  '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
                  08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
                  318iS, slow build/garage queen...
                  '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
                  Originally posted by roguetoaster
                  Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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                    #10
                    nice car ;)
                    my build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=309778

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mistawall View Post
                      nice car ;)
                      Thanks!



                      The first things I did were adjust the projectors as the driver’s side was rest of world tilt, passenger was US tilt... It looked like \-----/ on a wall... I also tweaked the shields for a nice blue cutoff. I also made a new mounting point for the driver’s side as it flopped around with a broken adjuster...



                      Next I welded up a cross for my rearview mirror... Jesus rides with me.


                      Drove over to my parent's cabin the third day of ownership.

                      IMG_0710m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      THis happened 100 yards from the cabin...

                      IMG_0717m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Fixed!

                      IMG_0718m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      During inspection (after I got home haha) I found a missing bolt in the guibo.


                      New 5k HID fog light bulbs and ballasts.


                      Aug 23rd I leatheriqued the seats, and took very few pics of that :(

                      The Vader headrests came out really nice.

                      Done backseat... It did get more matte as time went on.


                      Babies together while the body filler dries on the back fender of the truck...


                      September 8th I went to the Sunday drag races(test and tune) LOL It was really fun, I was the only thing euro there, and one of like 3 “imports.”


                      Some time later in September the blower motor (HVAC fan) threw a fan blade, or so I thought. It lost the little connector pieces between the blades, allowing them to flex and make fantastic noises!

                      IMG_1683m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      On an M42, pulling the intake manifold is the only real way to get the fan in without messing it up. Fortunately, it was a straightforward process...

                      IMG_1682m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      As much fun as drag racing was it probably led to this...

                      IMG_4975m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      IMG_4981m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      Wait??? WHAT??? WHY??? Well I’ll tell you...
                      I was driving home from play rehearsal one night, and it would make this weird harmonic noise at just about 2.8k revs in every gear... I thought what could be wrong that night in bed and the next day after school, (I ride with my sister in her car) I looked under it with a flashlight and see something weird but it didn't quite click, get up and went “huh.” I got back down to look again and the oil pan is sitting on the steering rack... :( Further investigation reveals that the subframe to motor mount plate welds are broken on the passenger side...

                      Normal...

                      IMG_4983m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Broken...

                      IMG_4984m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Better pics of the damage...

                      IMG_4985m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      IMG_4986m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Money shot...

                      IMG_4991m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Twisted wire wheel for the paint...Yup, its broken!

                      IMG_5006m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      IMG_5007m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      IMG_5010m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Oh yeah, when I tapped it with my trusty hammer to return it to the proper place, this happened. TAPPED, as in lightly... LOL

                      IMG_5013m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Weldy weldy...

                      IMG_5015m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Unbroken side got love as well.

                      IMG_5017m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Still unbroken side...

                      IMG_5018m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Back to the broken...

                      IMG_5019m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Plated on the top, broken side first... My plates are .120in wall steel, that was the thickest I could comfortably add while still having enough motor mount stud for the nut to grab... The reason I added the metal to the top was because it raises the oil pan up a slight amount, but with an M42 you need all the help you can get!

                      IMG_1695m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      IMG_1697m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Unbroken side...

                      IMG_1696m by Der E30, on Flickr
                      Painted, red was what was on hand, and its fairly hidden down there anyway...

                      IMG_1700m by Der E30, on Flickr

                      To be continued!
                      Last edited by DER E30; 11-13-2014, 04:34 PM.
                      -Christian

                      '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
                      08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
                      318iS, slow build/garage queen...
                      '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
                      Originally posted by roguetoaster
                      Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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                        #12
                        You do know that there's actual kits to reinforce those right?

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                        Originally posted by mrcheezle19
                        I would love to have an awesome story of how I threesomed some hot college chicks in my car and then railed some cocaine by now, but the e30 is not a Ferrari. So instead I have random guys asking me questions about suspension, good enough I guess.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Steven View Post
                          You do know that there's actual kits to reinforce those right?
                          I had the time and didn't want to wait for the brown truck to come... Plus it was free with some scrap steel from the truck frame build...
                          -Christian

                          '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
                          08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
                          318iS, slow build/garage queen...
                          '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
                          Originally posted by roguetoaster
                          Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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                            #14
                            Sub'd. I am very jealous of your garage. Excited to see what personal touches you do with the e30. Hopefully get to see it in person as well. I am a little bit North on the map from you.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by TheNorthBest View Post
                              Sub'd. I am very jealous of your garage. Excited to see what personal touches you do with the e30. Hopefully get to see it in person as well. I am a little bit North on the map from you.
                              Thanks! The garage is my dad's that he lets me do whatever in. I've done more over Christmas school break to add to the personal touches including a kustom dead pedal. I hope to be more active at shows and things this next year so I'm sure you will! I just like to drive it places!
                              -Christian

                              '02 ///M3 CarbonSchwartz 6MT daily beast
                              08/91 Mtechnic II 325IC alpine/lotus
                              318iS, slow build/garage queen...
                              '37 Chevy pickup, the über project
                              Originally posted by roguetoaster
                              Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.

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