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    #16
    Felt like updating this thread a bit, haven't been able to do as much to the car as I would have liked but it's definitely come a long way since April. I guess I left off with the de-chroming fiasco. The only thing good that came out of the picture below, the wheels looked pretty cool after the chrome as stripped:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/25AEJ6x]

    Once I delivered these to the wheel shop I found that one wheel was incredibly bent, so much so that it could not be repaired and I was stuck with (3) 17x9 M-systems. Found another one on ebay that was said to be perfectly straight (it wasn't) and had delivered directly to the wheel shop (Prince Wheel Services in Monroe, NC- Definitely recommended). I had all of the wheels powdercoated mono-tone silver for simplicity's sake. I've always liked the look, and had a few all silver sets over the years but they were always spray-bombed, so it's good to have a proper set. I may end up painting the inners black at some point, but for now I'm happy with them. Got the wheels mounted and on the car just in time for the Vintage. Also installed 15mm front/10mm rear spacers and MH studs

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/JQrha9]

    Old pic of the fleet from around that time:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/25Up8cL]

    The trip there was alright, keep in mind I had barely driven the car at all up to this point so I was learning about it on the fly. The Ground Control setup is great, the 450/350 rates are really nice and compliant, I got no complaints from my wife on the 3 hr drive from Charlotte to Asheville relating to ride quality. The car did exhibit some odd overheating symptoms, I could hear the fan clutch engaging/disengaging on the hwy and the car was running a tick over halfway on the coolant temp gauge at times. More on that later. For now just a couple pics from the Vintage, some of these were grabbed off of the Vintage FB page, so thanks to whoever took them.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/27xxmpc]

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/28VqAVB]

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/26u5sgx]

    After the Vintage, I was a bit bummed about the car and all of the small issues that I hadn't planned on that were starting to add up in addition to the obvious cosmetic stuff.

    -Overheating issue
    -No A/C, ineffective heat
    -Stereo not working
    -RR window regulator no good
    -Cluster still wonky, no instrument lighting at night

    Good news was my steering wheel showed up:

    2018-06-04_06-06-10

    2018-06-04_06-05-40

    2018-06-04_06-05-55



    I didn't really mess with the car for a month or so, and actually went through a period recently that had me considering selling it since my e39 m5 is similarly modified and better in every way... But I've since come back to my senses and am trying to wrap up the mechanical fixes for now. I'll feel a lot better about the car when I can start working on the cosmetic side of things

    Current project- Cooling system overhaul

    This shitty radiator might be part of my cooling issues. Like everything else on this car, it's ultra dirty from sitting for a long time. I took this apart with the intentions of replacing the thermostat and seeing what that did, but once I got in there I realized that it needed more than that so I'm doing radiator, water pump, hoses, T-stat and giving everything a really good clean.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/Ka4vmD]

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/28P2pW4]

    Lastly, threw the covers on the other day. I kinda like it, but ultimately I won't be happy until I get some turbines

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/27rWPHv]
    - '88 m54 coupe

    <3

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      #17
      I love the look on the car and that you’re keeping it....but let me know if you decide to sell


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        #18
        Yeah I really dig the look of it at the moment.

        The x9s fit so much better than the x8s on the mrs 530...
        sigpic

        (clicky on piccy to get to thread)

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          #19
          Wow. What are the chances, I NOW OWN THIS CAR.
          Bought it from a buddy in Charleston, was supposed to get a 4.8is from him, ended up with this somehow.

          Florida car now, done nothing maintenance wise other than some oil changes & tires.
          It was repainted the original color yesterday by my buddy. I am currently in PA for school, and the car is in FL where I will be living when I start my new job next month.

          Parts I have waiting for it back in FL:
          - new ac compressor
          - Hella tinted tails
          - literally, every trim piece you can possibly buy
          -euro smileys
          -euro trim
          -all new badges & emblems
          -new turn signals
          -new fog lights


          Car still needs to be cut & buffed









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            #20
            Wow absolutely gorgeous! Please keep this thread up to date! I've loved following it!

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              #21
              I'm going to miss the patina on this bad boy, but the fresh paint looks great. Glad to see it saved

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                #22
                Looks good! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
                BMWCCA #389756

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                  #23
                  damn looks good.

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                    #24
                    Looks awesome, and I love the chaser/crester/mkII your friend has also!

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                      #25
                      I follow you on Instagram! Awesome car... looking forward to updates.


                      '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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                        #26
                        Great to see build threads continue. Great way to pick up where it was left off....
                        Simon
                        Current Car:
                        -2003 Mini Cooper R50
                        Previous Car Count : 24 ... and climbing...

                        Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                          #27
                          Enjoyed reading and learning more about the great e34 m5. Keep up the good work and drive that car:)!
                          jm

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                            #28
                            Paint looks great. Nice work!

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                              #29
                              Figured I'd update this as I've done quite a bit since the last post.

                              all the new goodies laid out


                              most of it on


                              took off the wheels to clean them up & have the faces match direction again


                              Reloctited all the lug studs & cleaned them up since all the bolts were seized to the lugs


                              after the exterior work, I went ahead & replaced the broken blower motor, it's speed controller, and cabin filter.
                              Man are these blowers a b*tch to get in & out!




                              Some obligatory pictures of the car fully together!
                              I will be replacing the ac compressor today, a local Bosch repair shop was nice enough to discharge the system for me while I got an alignment the other day after I put some new tires on the car.





                              I post work/random stuff of my cars a lot on my instagram, if anyone is interested it's "Broke_e30"
                              my 91' 318is is getting a fully forged, 3.0l stroker, m50nv, 61mm turbo swap at the moment as well.
                              I'll be updating my forum of that car as there's more progress.

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                                #30
                                Next up, I'll be doing a valve adjustment & ITB synchronization.
                                Does anyone know where I can get the special tool for depressing the lifter buckets?
                                I know it's the same tool as the e30m3 s14 engine.

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