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    Northern's Cocaine Cowgirl

    I've been putting this off because school has been killing me, but I'm wrecked right now and making a build thread seems like a good way to take a small break...

    A 4-door shell appeared in my local FB group for $500 and somehow the only problems I saw with that were:

    Where do I put it?
    It had a title issue, was that ever resolved?
    How rusty is it?
    Has the interior been picked apart?
    How much random other stuff does it need/the unknown?

    He told me the title issue was resolved, which I didn't really believe until I had the document in hand, and he sent me a video of the underside of the car, which is surprisingly nice considering the rest of the car. The interior is more or less intact.

    As it appeared in the ad:




    aaand as it showed up: (wife was obviously thrilled to have another e30)




    I abandoned it where he dropped it, and didn't even look at it until the weekend. I'm honestly surprised nobody called the city on me...

    That (last) weekend, I gave it a quick once-over and started noticing things:

    Hood was dropped as he was about to load it. Not sure if it rolled down a hill or what, but the front right was caved backward, the rear left corner was bent up, there are some dents in the middle, and this bracket was mangled:



    Pulled the bracket off to straighten it enough to throw the hood on, then noticed the hood was caved in where it mounts



    Quick and dirty:





    "Good Enough" is what we aim for:


    With that back on, I beat the back corner straight and worked the front edge back to a somewhat normal shape, then moved onto the hinge brackets (which are missing the two removable plates that bolt with it to the radiator support for the spring to work against). I had to clean the threads out to get the bolts to even go in...




    Hood installed:



    A late model valence went on shortly after, which was an ordeal...
    The car is an '88, but it has an early rad support, tow hook, and had pieces of early model valence attached with those round head carriage bolts that were rusted badly and needed to be drilled out.

    The car was also hit in the front left, rad support and section of left frame rail replaced...

    The driver's door doesn't align the best, but it could definitely fit better than it does right now...

    While fitting the hood/valence, lots of interesting stuff was found:

    Hundreds of self-tapping screw holes were found...

    Some here:


    Some holding the cover to the drip rail?


    Side skirts and rear bumper are also riddled with them.

    Painted in here:


    These are holding on with hopes and dreams:



    Overall, I don't know what to make of it.

    Pros:
    Smileys (Bosch, one tab broken, no city light holders)
    Tan sport seats + spare vert rear seat
    3 spoke wheel
    Cheap
    Not terribly rusty
    Spare fenders

    Cons:
    Screw Holes
    Ugly bumpers/sideskirts/tails
    Misc decrepit stuff
    Needs paint
    Hit in front left

    Parts I have for it:
    Late front valence/bumper (from the corpse of my old iX, apparently)
    Late rear bumper from Roy (?)
    Euro grilles
    M52B28
    M50 manifold
    Broken E34 M50 pan
    G260 or ZF320
    All the NA M52 takeoffs from my other car... so downpipe I guess?
    Basketweaves
    Winter tires
    Battery

    What I need:
    24v Engine Mounts
    Rear Apron (anticipating something ugly under current fiberglass thing)
    Argon for welder
    Late Tails (...I swear I had some)
    Right Mirror
    100 different clips/fasteners/small things.


    The Master Plan:

    Toss/sell the fiberglass stuff.
    Identify/ label as many screw holes as possible.
    Fill holes with die grinder in one hand, welder in the other + weld up the engine mount tabs on front subframe
    E36 rack while engine is out.
    Fix E34 M50 oil pan, find a dipstick
    Prep engine with pan/M50 mani/Harness/G260(?)
    Install engine/trans
    Paint car white
    Drive
    Last edited by Northern; 11-06-2020, 07:37 PM.
    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

    #2
    Bonus ~2014 shots of the car in it's former 90's-tastic glory











    Last edited by Northern; 12-04-2017, 11:41 AM.
    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

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      #3
      thats the 90's-est looking e30 I've ever seen. You mentioned early model rad support-what are some key differences between that and a late model?
      1984 Delphin 318i 2 door

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        #4
        The only thing I mean by that is that it has four tabs (two each at different heights) along the lower lip on the back side where the radiator sits, instead of the plastic cups on the sides. Not sure of any other differences.

        So 4 of these (pic stolen from irish44j):


        Instead of late model like this (pic stolen from garagistic):
        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

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          #5
          oh boy!... What happened to the V8? Not part of the deal?
          Simon
          Current Car:
          -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
          -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



          Make R3V Great Again -2020

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            #6
            No, he was selling it as it appears in that first pic for $5k, and eventually decided to sell drivetrain and chassis separately.

            Honestly I wouldn't want an LS derivative (or carbs) in an E30, and don't want to have to deal with someone's half done swap either.

            Someday I'd like to do that sort of thing to an E39 touring, just not in the next few years.
            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

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              #7
              God damn those bumpers and tail lights!! So bad lol...

              I have a decent set of tails if you're still looking!
              IG: deniso_nsi Leave me feedback here

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                #8
                I vote bring it back to 90’s glory

                Originally posted by SpasticDwarf
                Honestly I built it just to have a place to sit and listen to Hotline Bling on repeat.

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                  #9
                  Ugh, That 90's look E30. Dude should have just stuck to the E36. 90's look on E30s are a no-go.

                  M60 swap, or no balls. lol
                  Dumpster Fire Pilot

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by delamaize View Post
                    Ugh, That 90's look E30. Dude should have just stuck to the E36. 90's look on E30s are a no-go.

                    M60 swap, or no balls. lol
                    Exactly, too rounded and weird for my taste. Hope you can do something nice with it Northern :)

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                      #11
                      thanks for that radiator info. Looking forward to whatever this becomes as long as it doesnt look like it was made up by some dude in a pair of jncos with frosted tips
                      1984 Delphin 318i 2 door

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                        #12
                        Looking forward to seeing this being saved!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by dude8383 View Post
                          God damn those bumpers and tail lights!! So bad lol...

                          I have a decent set of tails if you're still looking!
                          I swear I have some somewhere lol. I just swapped some clean ones onto my car (which are mysteriously cracked again...) If not, I'm going to try to straight trade these ones for some stock ones locally to save the shipping.

                          Originally posted by lambo View Post
                          I vote bring it back to 90’s glory
                          :hitler:

                          Originally posted by delamaize View Post
                          M60 swap, or no balls. lol
                          I just got rid of all my M6x stuff, and never want to get involved with that again honestly.
                          I have 2 complete M52's, plus a ton of related parts. It just seems like the best route to get it up and running for minimal cost/effort.
                          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

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                            #14
                            Ahh! Youre the person who picked this up.
                            I kept looking at his ad wondering if it was gonna be worth picking up or not.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Metallated View Post
                              Exactly, too rounded and weird for my taste. Hope you can do something nice with it Northern :)
                              Originally posted by wworm View Post
                              thanks for that radiator info. Looking forward to whatever this becomes as long as it doesnt look like it was made up by some dude in a pair of jncos with frosted tips
                              Originally posted by alistairolsen View Post
                              Looking forward to seeing this being saved!
                              Thanks guys


                              Originally posted by Rossabal View Post
                              Ahh! Youre the person who picked this up.
                              I kept looking at his ad wondering if it was gonna be worth picking up or not.
                              Haha I recognized your username from CO before I actually realized who you were.

                              I really don't know if it was worth it. It needs a lot of work, but I have a lot of parts for it, and I think it has potential to be a decent driver.
                              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

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