R3VLimited Forums

Go Back   R3VLimited Forums > General Forums > Members Rides > The Project Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-17-2019, 02:30 PM   #1
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
iX - Project "Diamant in the Rough"

Hey all,

This thread is where I'll hopefully post my progress on my Diamond in the Rough, the 1991 325iX sedan. Name TBD.

Car Details:

Production Date 1990-12-18
Paint is DiamantSchwarz Metallic (181)
4 Door Sedan
M20 Engine
Automatic Transmission
Natur 0295wafflesUpholstery

Options:

S401A Lift up and slide back Sunroof Electric
S411A Window Lifts electric front rear
S464A Ski Bag
S494A Seat Heating Driver/Passenger
S675A Rear Audio System
S530A Air Conditioning
S540A Cruise Control
S556A Outdoor Temperature Indicator
S240A Leather Steering Wheel
S925A Transportation Protection Package

Was keeping an eye out for an e30 in good condition when the midwest was hit with a nice snow storm. That triggered me to think about getting an AWD e30. A couple weeks later, I found this iX in the Chicago area. I quickly drove down from the Madison WI area and picked her up.

There's a strong emphasis on "the Rough" the day I brought her home. Originally, I had wanted to purchase an e30 in better than good condition but knew that I also wanted a project car.

On the exterior, we had a busted front wheel bearing, dented hood, and some rust, paired with a smoke-residue filled interior, botched front seats and some check lights covered with black tape(assume this touch was added in preparation for an auction).



As usual, the back seats were in near perfect condition



The front seats, however were covered in tape to cover the degraded leather(yes that's candy corn tape you are seeing).



Check panel, tape included. (Fortunate that the coolant light was just a bad sensor, still haven't troubleshot the SRS light)



To remove the smoke residue smell, I pulled out the seats and vacuumed/steam cleaned and eventually used an Ozone Generator. Vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpets brought the carpet back to great condition, but the smell was still present in the car. I can't recommend an Ozonator enough for removing odd smells from your car.

Stay tuned!
__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 09:59 AM   #2
vasilis m3
Member
 
vasilis m3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Athens
Posts: 40
A nice project begins...more photos please
vasilis m3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 11:11 AM   #3
jeenyus
E30 Fanatic
 
jeenyus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: SL,UT
Posts: 1,424
I like how the solution to the light is simply, "cover it up!" lol. people are humans.
jeenyus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2019, 08:08 AM   #4
Melon
Mod Crazy
 
Melon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Baton Rouge
Posts: 660
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeenyus View Post
I like how the solution to the light is simply, "cover it up!" lol. people are humans.
I never got that, I've removed a cluster and pulled bulbs, but not covering it up with tape.
__________________
I do things.
Melon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 04:36 PM   #5
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
Quote:
I never got that, I've removed a cluster and pulled bulbs, but not covering it up with tape.
Yeah, I've definitely seen pulled bulbs before. Covering it with tape was a new one for me.
__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 04:42 PM   #6
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
Quote:
A nice project begins...more photos please
Here's another one, even has a nice shot of the dented hood that I need to replace.

__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 04:43 PM   #7
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
Recently bought an iX manual swap and with it came a full 91 iX auto parts car. I will be spending this weekend tearing it down. I'll only be keeping a few things for myself, so if you need anything, holler!
__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 10:39 PM   #8
litu
Mod Crazy
 
litu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: PTS
Posts: 762
Sub to see more ix projects
__________________
litu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2019, 03:51 PM   #9
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
Been busy pulling apart the crashed auto 325iX that came with my manual swap purchase. The cold isn't helping me get through it as quickly as I want though..

This parts car had 130k miles on it and was maintained meticulously, I have hundreds of service records back to 157 miles. If the frame wasn't in such bad shape, I would have seriously considered adding a second project, but I guess you can't save all iX's.

I will be cutting panels from this car to put on mine since this chassis has virtually no rust and well, I can't say the same for mine. Have most of the interior out and ready to be given away. Soon, I will be pulling the drivetrain.

__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2019, 03:58 PM   #10
Jonathonml
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 65
Pulled apart the 3.91 front diff from the manual swap I bought. Internals look pretty good to me, although I'm not 100% positive what I should be looking out for.

Hopefully this means I can just replace a few O-rings and gaskets, clean up the exterior and move on to pulling apart and inspecting the transfer case.

__________________
In-Force:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz - Metallic
1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 - Canary Yellow

Retired/Sold:
1991 325iX - DiamantSchwarz Metallic
2002 325i w/ 235k miles - AlpineWeiß
2002 Saab 9-3
1972 Fiat 124
Jonathonml is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2004 - 2020 R3VLimited LLC