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Old 11-14-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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ROUND 4! 88 Lachsilber / Cardinal IX coupe

SEP 2017 EDIT: I'LL BE UPDATING THESE PICS SOON, FOCUSING ON THE FOURTH CAR

YET ANOTHER CHANGE IN PLANS BACK TO A LACHS 88 COUPE, THIS TIME WITH CARDINAL INTERIOR

Jump straight to the 4th car here

A little history of my IX coupe adventure...

THE ORIGINAL CAR THAT STARTED ALL THIS CRAZINESS:
88 IX 5 Speed Lachsilber / Grey
Minnesota

Mechanically restored, but too much floor pan rust to save.
It's now my mechanical / spares / learn to weld parts car

2ND CAR
90 IX 5 Speed Coupe Zinno / Black
Washington State

Completely rust free but with a horrible paint job and some missing bits
Lasted a whole week before we decided to sell it!

3RD CAR
91 IX Auto Coupe Alpine White / Black
New Jersey
127k miles

Some rust but clean floorpan. a real looker and best AC I've ever had in an E30
Son drove it all summer
Planned a 5 speed conversion and full de-rust including new panels

Sold to a friend so I'm still in touch with current owner.
See post 43 for details.


4th AND HOPEFULLY FINAL CAR
88 IX 5 Speed Lachsilber/Cardinal
PENNSYLVANIA
101k miles

fully resprayed, not sure color is exactly right
clean floor pans, interior and engine bay
mostly unmolested
rust repair needed for both fenders, driver quarter needs replacement, battery tray
bondo evidence in some places



BUILD HISTORY FOR THE ORIGINAL CAR - NOW MY PARTS CAR
Been working on this for about a year now. Picked it up in St Paul with 160k miles. All original, matching VINs and no accidents on record, but of course plenty of rust to deal with after 25 years up north. Most of the mechanical restoration is done, but the body has a long way to go. Hesitated to post anything until there was something worth looking at.

Like all 88 IX coupes, this one came fully loaded.


It was missing the armrest rear and ski bag though, but I've managed to source those. Also have chased down brand new heated door lock setup, heated outside mirrors and heated washer nozzles. I may be putting an HCS setup on this car too if I can find it. Exactly the type of vehicle that will use headlamp washers.

I'll be cleaning up this initial post over time. I'll also make sure I have recent pics right on the first post.

as it looked last week


interior pics




Plans for the car:
- mechanical restoration (1st phase almost complete now)
- complete vehicle disassembly, clean/repair
- full body de-rusting, panel replacement where necessary
- plastic bumper swap
- clean up interior (one seat bolster needs work, leatherique treatment, full carpet clean
- refinish IX wheels (already have new caps)
- new paint (same color)

Work done to date:
- tank/surface head, 3 angle valve job, new camshaft, eccentrics, seals
- timing belt and water pump
- new coolant and evap hoses
- new cap, rotor, platinum plugs and bmw perf wires
- new starter and reman a/c compressor
- PORd strut housings, sway bars
- new OEM control arms, offset CABs, tie-rods, top hats
- new stabilizer links, bushings
- new H&R sports and billie HDs all around
- new pads, rotors, e-brakes, splash shields (so rusted in rear I couldn't mount ebrakes)
- reman calipers and ss lines (install in process)
- new PS hoses (not all installed yet)
- wheel alignment

Work planned/pending:
- wheel bearings
- rear subframe and diff bushings
- camber/toe kit for rear subframe
- camber plates for front (it's barely off-spec now b/c of H&Rs)
- finish r134a A/C conversion (flush, o-rings, leak fixes, drier, expansion valve)
- install new radiator support, tail panel, inner rockers (if I can find them)
- cut and replace rust areas (plenty of them)
- replace both fenders and doors
- tailight and trunk gaskets
- hood insulation

Some mech resto pics








strut housings were absolute hell to deal with - pb blaster, torch, pipe wrench, sledge and sweat





Rust areas that I will be dealing with





























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Old 11-15-2013, 04:37 AM   #2
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Thanks guys. Hope this is informative for someone out there.

the rad support, ss lines and accessory mounting hardware all arrived today. The tail section is here too.




Most of the rocker parts are NLA now which *really* sucks. Still waiting to find out what will come in.
EDIT: both outer rockers are NLA. inner rockers are still on order so I should be ok.
UPDATE: Key Parts makes aftermarket outer rockers. Less than $30 a side, for both 2 and four door E30s. You can find them at fixmyrust.com

I have new brake splash guards too as they were all horribly rusted out.


The rear brake splash shields were so bad that I couldn't mount the e-brakes properly due to rusted out holes.


Unfortunately replacing them forces you to pull the axles and hub. so if you're going to all that trouble you might as well replace the bearings right? I haven't replaced the rear bushings yet either, but would prefer to take that on another time.

The diff casing is also heavily rusted and I would like to figure out how to get that cleaned up. Is it safe to sandblast it assembled? I wouldn't think so!

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Old 11-15-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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You have a very big project on your hands and I hope it all turns out well. Happy to see one being saved from rust.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #6
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You have a very big project on your hands and I hope it all turns out well. Happy to see one being saved from rust.
No kidding. I'm in way over my head on the welding, but there are lots of examples out there of guys doing 'OJT' body repair. JGood's M60 project is a good one. I have a Lincoln 180 setup too so I should be good with that. Still need to fab/pick-up a rotisserie before I get going on the body work.

The only really serious rust issues I've found so far is the passenger side rocker. Pretty sure I've found an inner rocker replacement panel for that side, so shouldn't be that bad really.


The rad support shouldn't be too terrible to swap out either. It's PORd for now.

The tail panel rust also isn't too bad .. just the battery area and license light openings really.

The doors and fenders aren't worth saving. so none of that rust will get any attention, but the rockers and inner fenders will.

In the end I may be kidding myself though - I haven't pulled the carpet yet. Lord knows what a mess is waiting there - the patch underneath is a dead giveaway.


If I had even a remote chance of finding a little/no-rust IX coupe shell I'd be all over it.
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If I had even a remote chance of finding a little/no-rust IX coupe shell I'd be all over it.
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L you are nothing but trouble dammit
and you're gonna make me wait all weekend too.

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:11 AM   #9
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anyone speak German? cool 325ix factory vid

awesome screen grabs - check out that brand new drivetrain! yum. this is definitely what I'm after.





Love this... The 88s still had diving boards but it's a hybrid config. i believe most of the sheet metal is face lifted, and I know the plastic bumper swap bolts right in. So maybe a euro bumper swap on a US 88 is not feasible. Does anyone know?

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #10
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Scored a pair of silber front seats, so I now have enough material and parts to restore the fronts. Also have matched grey dye from leatherique so I'm in good shape interior wise.

pics of the left rear brake, bearing and suspension restoration. The new splash shield is in place too. I haven't re-done the subframe+bushings yet. plan is to get that blasted and powder coated.




brake pedal feel is still a bit spongy, and I had a really hard time bleeding the rears - in fact the left rear bleed screw on the original caliper was frozen solid. My guess is the rear brake lines are clogged. replacing the flex hoses didn't help much. may have to replace the brake hard lines and the master cylinder.

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damn good work and thanks for saving this thing!
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Thanks dougie30! Much love involved.

My new inspiration for this car is audioquatrot's IX coupe:

EDIT: I dropped the images as next post has them

Man he's got great taste. Definitely doing things right.

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Thanks dougie30! Much love involved.

My new inspiration for this car is audioquatrot's IX coupe:


Man he's got great taste. Definitely doing things right.
Lol. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to seeing the progress on yours!
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SOOOO tempting.

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If I had even a remote chance of finding a little/no-rust IX coupe shell I'd be all over it.
I found an unmolested, rust free 88 ix coupe. Zinno/black, loaded except for heated seats and ski bag rear seat. Decided to buy it and then changed my mind. I prefer Lachsilber on an IX.

If you're reading this you're clearly an IX guy. Get it while you can. Seller is out of town during the week so may take some time to get back to you.

http://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/4221102687.html
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^Oh man, if I hadn't just bought another stupid eta I'd be all over that...
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