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    A Long and Arduous Journey|My final stand|The Classy Silvertsone

    I have owned a couple of E30s before, but never a really clean one. I recently picked this one up and I would like to take it on a long and eventful journey.


    All updates will be made within the first post to keep you from having to scroll through possible pages.

    I picked it up almost in the same condition as in the pics posted below. I did fix a couple of paint issues, replaced the blown out seat, replace the black grill with a chrome, add the Euro plate holder, replaced the cheap wheels (with cleaner and just as cheap reps), and a few other odds and ends. I wanted to start out with a CLEAN slate that I could drive from the get go and then add my personal style to it throughout the rest of its life. I have done almost everything to all of my cars from stanced out bs to LS swapped imports. This E30 is car no. 26 for me and I hope to make it one of my last.

    I am not sure what I want to do with the final product of the car. A part of me wants high hp and widebody and another part tells me to keep it classy and build up a shell. I will share my ideas and modifications here.

    Year:1989
    Model:325i

    Miles: 332,XXX and climbing


    Current Mods: (As of 12AUG18)

    Engine:
    RHD Engineering ITBs
    Ireland Engineering Hd rocker arms
    Ireland Engineering 272 cam
    VAC Motorsports Camgear
    Aftermarket exhaust manifold
    CaTuned Radiator hoses
    X pipe
    Y pipe
    3” exhaust
    Mustang yellow top injectors
    Bavarian Auto plug wires
    Tomei Fuel pressure regulator
    Nuke Performance fuel rail
    Continental Timing belt
    Oem water pump
    Goetze head gasket
    Bmw Head bolts
    NGK Bpr6es

    Suspension:
    Bilstein Sport Shocks
    H&R Race springs
    E90 front drop hats
    Condor speed shop rear spring spacer
    Condor speed shop bushings
    Condor Speed shop solid engine mounts
    Garagistic solid transmission mounts
    Garagistic rear strut bar
    Unknown front strut bar
    Ireland Engineering rear sway bar

    Interior:
    RTD shifter (non reverse locking)
    Tomei shift knob
    Corbeau Fx1 Pro bucket seat
    Corbeau A4 seat
    Corbeau double lock sliding seat mounts
    Works Bell quick release
    NRG slim hub
    MOMO Prototipo 350mm steering wheel
    0.25” spacer
    Tangent innovation afr clock gauge pod
    Takata 4pt Harness
    Cipher auto harness bar

    Electronics:
    Megasquirt diy ms2
    14.7 wideband
    Innovate afr gauge
    E36 tps
    Tangent EQUUS (not installed)

    Body:
    Painted Silverstone Metallic
    Zender Evo spoiler
    Cliqtuning Gurney flap
    Kamotors headlight velocity stack

    Wheels:
    15x8 et32/20 Work Meisters CR01 wheels
    Dunlop direza tires

    Future plans: I am still considering going widebody. I am currently trying my hand at making a few custom parts in order to clean up the engine bay a little. There are still a lot of ideas floating around in my empty skull.

    I usually take my own photos but I needed some help with the color. The last two edits are my own.














    It has been a LONG time since my last update! Here is where I sit as off 22APR18

    RHD Engineering ITBs
    Nuke Performance fuel rail
    Tomei Fuel pressure regulator
    Swapped springs to H&R race
    15X8 Work Meister CR01s
    Zender Evo spoiler
    I.E. HD rocker arrms
    I.E. 272 cam
    New timing belt
    New water pump
    Megasquirt DIY 2
    Innovate AFR gauge
    Garagistic Solid transmission mounts
    RTD V3 shifter
    Works Bell quick release
    NRG short hub
    Momo 350mm Prototipo
    Vibrant vacuum block
    Vibrant AN lines


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    Some things have happened so here is where it stands now as of 29JUL18

    I had lost compression in 4 cylinders. Ended up bending the valves somehow. After checking everything, I replaced the following parts with these:

    Ireland Engineering Intake valves in all 6 cylinders. (All have been lapped)
    VAC Motorsports cam gear
    New BMW head bolts
    Goetze HG
    ITG Filters

    I also ordered some CaTunded coolant hoses as well.

    I have checked the compression and it is much higher than it was before. I have cranked the car several times without the fuel pump relay to ensure that the engine sounded healthy spinning over. Before, there was a dip in sound and the engine did not sound as smooth. Now, it sounds much smoother and more even.



    05AUG18

    I was able to get the new CaTuned coolant hoses installed, oil changed with Amsoil Zrod, vacuum lines are back on, fan installed, and valve lash set. Just have a few bits here and there to take care of and HOPEFULLY the engine will be done for a bit.





    12AUG18

    Today, the car started properly for the first time in almost 10 months. Had a couple of issues at the beginning, but was expecting that. However, after about 2 hours of making small adjustments here and there, she finally runs smoothly at idle. All that is left is to sync the itbs and get her tuned.

    In the mean time, I have a few other mods that I am working on that I haven't posted yet. There is a clue in the pic, but most of the work left is in the interior.

    (Tow hook will be going away soon.... I will be replacing it with something much more subtle.



    09SEP18

    Still needs some tuning, but its good enough to drive at cruising speeds.

    I also installed 1 of the 2 poly carbonate windows.


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    Last edited by Helical; 09-09-2018, 05:15 PM. Reason: updates

    #2
    Looks like a good place to start :up:
    2008 E92 M3 Melbourne Red Metallic DCT Carbon Roof
    1991 E30 318IS Sterling Silber
    BMW CCA 531095

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      #3
      Nice car! It looks too clean to widebody.


      '91 318is - Aluminum block M52/ZF/Torsen 3.15 and fresh paint
      '05 330Ci ZHP 6MT - DD
      '03.5 Mazdaspeed Protege - Sold
      '91 318i Sterling Silver project - Sold :sad:
      '91 325i auto coupe - Sold
      '90 325iC - Sold
      '91 318i - Project/dead engine- Sold

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        #4
        A little updates:

        I may be picking up a set of Work Seeker DX wheels and I have a Zender Evo spoiler coming in within the next month.

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          #5
          Nice looking car. It deserves proper headlights though.

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            #6
            It has been a LONG time since my last update! Here is where I sit as off 22APR18

            RHD Engineering ITBs
            Nuke Performance fuel rail
            Tomei Fuel pressure regulator
            Swapped springs to H&R race
            15X8 Work Meister CR01s
            Zender Evo spoiler
            I.E. HD rocker arrms
            I.E. 272 cam
            New timing belt
            New water pump
            Megasquirt DIY 2
            Innovate AFR gauge
            Garagistic Solid transmission mounts
            RTD V3 shifter
            Works Bell quick release
            NRG short hub
            Momo 350mm Prototipo
            Vibrant vacuum block
            Vibrant AN lines


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              #7
              whoa!...

              need some more details! is it tuned yet???
              Simon
              Current Cars:
              -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
              Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
              Originally posted by Melon
              Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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                #8
                Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                whoa!...

                need some more details! is it tuned yet???
                Not yet. Only one local knows megasquirt inside and out. Iím relying on his schedule currently I have more parts on order and some I havenít installed yet


                I really need to polish this thread up and make it as detailed as my Honda one.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Helical View Post
                  Not yet. Only one local knows megasquirt inside and out. Iím relying on his schedule currently I have more parts on order and some I havenít installed yet


                  I really need to polish this thread up and make it as detailed as my Honda one.
                  Yes! Good things are too come. Besides the Megasquirt what was done to the M20? Is it still internally a M20B25?
                  Simon
                  Current Cars:
                  -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
                  Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
                  Originally posted by Melon
                  Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                    Yes! Good things are too come. Besides the Megasquirt what was done to the M20? Is it still internally a M20B25?
                    It is. Iím trying to keep it original. However, I am going for a DTM style build.

                    I had a rocker arm break so I replaced them with hd rockers and a 272 cam.

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                      #11
                      This is coming out fantastic!
                      Have you driven the car on the ITB's without a tune?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by saucers View Post
                        This is coming out fantastic!
                        Have you driven the car on the ITB's without a tune?
                        No sir. Iíve only pushed it out of the garage to wash it. I definitely want to have it tuned before it sees any street time.

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                          #13
                          Looks cool. in for more pictures

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                            #14
                            show me completed engine porn.

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                              #15
                              That's not a rep Zender Evo spoiler is it? Man they are so hard to find I would kill for a real one. Looking good!
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