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  • e30austin
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    Originally posted by AWDBOB View Post

    We are doing a hiking trip all over Oregon! The lady has never been - my brother and sis are also out here with us (my Sister has spent the last ten summers in Govy). I will have some time to kill on Saturday afternoon by PDX before our flight departs. If you’ll be around I could drop by!
    Oh, that's rad! Hope you guys had a nice time.

    That works well! I am not far from the airport - about 10 minutes down the road. Would love to meet you!

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  • AWDBOB
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    Originally posted by e30austin View Post

    Yup, I passed him coming down Hwy 35. It looked pretty nice. I saw the cabrio, too. Had no idea you were in town - you should have said something! Would be great to meet up.
    We are doing a hiking trip all over Oregon! The lady has never been- my brother and sis are also out here with us (my Sister has spent the last ten summers in Govy). I will have some time to kill on Saturday afternoon by PDX before our flight departs. If you’ll be around I could drop by!

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  • e30austin
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    Originally posted by AWDBOB View Post
    How funny. There was a beautiful R107 cruising behind you. I saw a minty zinno late Vert 3mins before I saw you by Ramona.

    The car looked great, man!
    Yup, I passed him coming down Hwy 35. It looked pretty nice. I saw the cabrio, too. Had no idea you were in town - you should have said something! Would be great to meet up.

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  • AWDBOB
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    Originally posted by e30austin View Post
    Ha!! That was I. Took the lady and doggos for a long drive.
    How funny. There was a beautiful R107 cruising behind you. I saw a minty zinno late Vert 3mins before I saw you by Ramona.

    The car looked great, man!

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  • e30austin
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    Ha!! That was I. Took the lady and doggos for a long drive.

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  • AWDBOB
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    Were you by chance cruising on 26 by Hood today? I saw a green E28M5 and thought it had to be you.

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  • nrubenstein
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    I think it's time to find some proper stock M5 wheels. Those are too big on the car. :)

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  • e30austin
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    Thanks all. Been really enjoying driving it everywhere I can this week. No plans for euro bumpers - to do the conversion properly is a lot of work and I cannot see doing it to a green car...and if I'm going to the effort of repainting it black, the diving boards are 100% staying.

    John, I totally agree with you and it 100% soured what little interest I had in forced induction. Too bad, but it is what it is. The green is actually growing on me too, lol.

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  • ForcedFirebird
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    Sad to see the turbo kit go, but OTOH it's nice to be able to enjoy the car now.

    All too often I hear horror stories about "tuners" that ruin the taste in people's mouths about boost. A competent tuner should be able to drive a running car on a dyno and be done in a couple/few hours. On the flip side of the coin, have had cars come in the shop that "just needs a tune to get running" and ended up costing thousands fixing other shops lack of abilities.

    Such a cool car! I actually kinda like the color too - have a soft spot for green for some reason.

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  • rzerob
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    I am glad to hear you finally got to drive it. Perfect weather for it.

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  • jeenyus
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    some awesome pictures in there. any plans to get euro bumpers?

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  • mike.bmw
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    Nice! Congrats! I'm glad you are finally able to get this car out and enjoy it!

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  • e30austin
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    It lives! Fired up on the first click. Had a few minor bugs to work out this morning, but was able to limp it over to bkburnout's place (open headers FTL), so he could re-modify the stock midsection to accept the stock US spec manifolds, as it was formerly setup to accept the turbo downpipe. I bought a B&B muffler, which we installed at the same time (took a lot of work to make it work, so much for being a "direct, bolt on replacement".) Has a very nice sound, of which I am happy with.

    After getting to drive it around this afternoon and learn it's personality better, it made the many thousands of dollars totally worth it. I look forward to bonding with the car further - next job is a full suspension overhaul. It's horrible!

    AB









    edit: going to finish polishing it tomorrow morning and take the damn tape off - so sick of looking at all the yellow. maybe it'll be a respectable looking car someday.

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    Long but successful weekend. Car performed wonderfully. Finished polishing the car and reinstalled the trim. So weird to think that it's the same car I started with. Excited to start driving it more frequently. It sure makes beautiful noises.

    Next up is a suspension overhaul. While I like the ride height (I must be getting old), the shocks are pretty terrible and the front control arms are wasted. I have a full Spax kit that I will probably install, but I fear it'll be a little low for what I am after with this car. We will see.

    Here are some pictures...























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  • ArtFoodBMW
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    Originally posted by e30austin View Post
    Long overdue, but brief, update:



    More to come later. Still have lots to do. This was waaaaaaaay more expensive than I had ever anticipated. I hope it all runs well.

    Still have to install the trans/clutch/flywheel and exhaust, but everything is basically ready on the top side.
    This is great to see. Will it be making it to 5er West this year?

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  • parkerbink
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    Looks new!

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