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    That undercarriage is unreal...

    Jordan - I've been meaning to ask. Were you able to find a new 318is trunk badge? I've ordered a couple hoping they would come in stock but eventually the vendor cancels the order. I'm pretty sure I tossed my old one thinking I would just grab a new one after paint. Really don't like the missing badge.
    Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
    COTM Aug 2019

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      The 318 and iS badges are new from the dealer. Maybe they went NLA after I ordered mine?

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        Originally posted by Jordan View Post
        The 318 and iS badges are new from the dealer. Maybe they went NLA after I ordered mine?
        Ya they are backordered everywhere online. Thanks for the pointer on the dealer. I'll go into the BMW dealer and see if they can make it happen. Although, I don't know about you guys I've found the Austin BMW dealer to be generally pretty unhelpful when it comes to older car parts.
        Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
        COTM Aug 2019

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          Thanks to the artful talent and keen eye of a local photographer we can all enjoy the E30 this evening in a new light. I was very impressed just looking on the camera screen when he came out for the photo shoot earlier this week, and enamored now with the finished product. It's amazing what a real photographer can do. If you're in the greater Houston area and would like your car shot reach out to him! www.andycuadra.com







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            wow..... you're right those photos are outstanding, as is the subject
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              Originally posted by Jordan View Post
              It's amazing what a real photographer can do.
              Great photos ... fixed your quote. As someone super into photography as a hobby, I find attributing great photos to the camera is a terrible insult. That's the equivalent of attributing all of the amazing work you do to your tools instead of your hard-earned expertise.
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                Originally posted by Shu View Post
                Great photos ... fixed your quote. As someone super into photography as a hobby, I find attributing great photos to the camera is a terrible insult. That's the equivalent of attributing all of the amazing work you do to your tools instead of your hard-earned expertise.
                Rightfully corrected, although I full realise the talent behind the camera what I meant was not a cellphone camera like most of us use for everything!




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                  Right Click - Set as Desktop Wallpaper

                  Congratulations, you're getting there. I've been following updates here and on the FB group, but refrain from commenting there as it is generally a circus. Absolutely flawless execution that I could spend all day under while soaking up the details.

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                    Looks great Jordan. Nice job.
                    Below the radar...

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                      A week goes by, and still the engine hasn't started.

                      Trials and tribulations....

                      Prior to starting the engine I insist on having functional clutch and brake hydraulics, being any car with a running engine needs to have brakes as a matter of safety. I was able to push fluid through the clutch hydraulic system without any major issue and successfully bled the air from it.... the brakes were a whole different issue.

                      I had minimal output from the master cylinder on the front (V) and absolutely nothing on the rear (H) I did the two man pump method, and brought a power bleeder into the mix but even at 15psi absolutely nothing was coming out of the rear cylinder of the master. I ended up pulling the thing off the car and split it open on the bench to determine why it was being such a pain.

                      What I found is that it was badly rusted on the forward valving for the rear brake output. Almost 2 years ago I let this thing eat in the ultrasonic cleaner at work and I had thought I fully blew all water out of it and had thoroughly lubricated it with brake fluid for storage until it was needed.... well I didn't. Turns out the forward cylinder has some valving mechanism in it that trapped what was most likely a small amount of water and it just sat there eating for the last 2 some odd years.



                      I tried to buy it new but found the aluminum Girling master was NLA. I ordered a reman unit from Centric but what showed up was a early steel ATE.... fuck it then....

                      I picked up a clean used cylinder from a parts car and dropped it in the ultrasonic machine at work, then immediately disassembled it for assessment.



                      The guts of this one are squeaky clean and the seals look like new.



                      I ended up loading up the guts of the spare cylinder into my nicely vapor honed cylinder and got it back on the car. I was quickly able to get fluid to the brake calipers with good volume and found again... still no fluid to the rear... hmm...

                      I cracked the inlet fitting to the ABS pump and found I now had fluid there, however no fluid was coming from the outlet. I replace the outlet pipe with custom bent section of tubing going into a coke bottle so I could see ANY output, and again even under 15psi of power bleeder and a pedal pump assist nothing passed through the pump on its rear valve. A quick overview of the electrical diagram showed me it would be reasonably easy to manually cycle the pump motor and each solenoid valve. I did so with the power bleeder still hooked up and after a few cycles the sticking rear valve freed up and it began to shit yucky fluid into the bottle. Once the fluid ran clear I put it all back together and like magic... now I have fluid at the rear calipers.




                      That catches us up to last night, and today I started out by running out to get 5gal of premium fuel to wet the fuel tank. I cranked the engine until the oil can lamp went out, and then proceeded to add fuel to the tank. I jumped the fuel pump relay on the firewall and didn't hear anything in the quiet garage.... I left the jumper attached and pulled up the access cover to inspect. Using the DMM I verified power/ground present at the connector yet the fuel pump doesn't run.... for fucks sake. I tried some percussive agitation to see if it would buzz to life.. but alas no go. Brand new VDO pump ($585 list) and its fucking dead out of the gate... fantastic.

                      I'll have a new pump to replace it tomorrow and hopefully I can get it back together and fired up soon.

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                        How good are cars! They're always so fun and easy.
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                          Ladies and Gentleman of R3V. I do wish to cordially announce on this night this M42 breathes its first breath of new life.

                          At this point it's officially a CAR!

                          https://youtu.be/3aqcPlLn9aE
                          Last edited by Jordan; 01-14-2020, 07:00 PM.

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                            Simon
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                            -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                            -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



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                              Amazing! Congratulations!

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