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Old 08-01-2018, 07:53 AM   #1
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August 2018 Car of the Month: mike.bmw

***Editors Note: After having a long string of various modified Schwarz ( no 'T' right agent ) I decided to bring back some OEM+ goodness. I absolutely love his build thread because his documentation is lovely and really what he is doing is keeping a good example in excellent shape. He also doesnt drive it like a garage queen even though nobody would fault him for doing so. It was delayed by me, but I think its right on time. Congrats Mike, you're the August 2018 Car of the Month!***


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Type AF93
Model 318is - USA
Engine M42
Displacement 1.8
Drivetrain HECK
Transmission MECH
Production Plant REGENSBURG
Production Date 5/19/1990
242 Driver Air Bag+series
281 Lm-rad 6 1/2 X 14
300 Zentralverriegelung Elektrisch
410 Window Lifts, Electric At Front
481 Sport Seats F Driver/front Passenger
530 Air Conditioning
556 Exterior Temperature Display
925 Shipping Protection Package

Color:
Alpinweiss 2 - 218

Interior Color:
0295 Natur Vinyl

Engine modifications:
141K miles on the original M42
SSSQuid chip (stage 1) tuned for 19# 4 pintle injectors and 93 octane
Timing case + components resealed/refreshed
Mess under the intake complete refresh
Upper/lower oil pans resealed
Cooling system replaced/refreshed

Exhaust:
Stock

Transmission:
Stock
BG Syncro Shift II 75w80

Brakes:
Stock
Motul DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid

Differential:
Stock (Small Case 4.10 OPEN. Small Case 4.10 LSD in the works)
Motul 75w90 Gear 300

Suspension:
Stagg Spring/Strut Combo (Bilsteins + H&Rs coming soon)
Fresh control arms, ball joints, bushings, steering rack + tie rods all around

Wheels:
Stock basketweaves with 195/65R14 Nexen CP672s

Exterior modifications:
Webasto Starlite IV Moonroof (dealer installed ... wasn't my choice to put a hole in a slicktop, but I can dig it)
New OEM front iS lip
New OEM rear iS spoiler
Rockers repainted black

Interior modifications:
Crack-free dash swap
Continental TR7412UB-OR
Refurb'd instrument cluster
Carpet-out deep cleaning
Front and rear facing child seats

Story behind the car:
I started looking for an E30 in mid 2015. I test drove a number of local cars that didn't pan out. As time went on my search radius expanded. In March 2016 I had a solid lead on a nice 318is in Atlanta, GA. I got on a plane the next morning, flew to Atlanta, looked over the car, bought it, and drove it 650 miles home (~10 hours). All in the same day. I finally had an E30!

At the time of purchase it had 132K miles with original paint, original glass, no accidents, all original VIN stickers, and the A/C was ice cold (still R12). While the body and interior were in good condition it needed quite a bit of work mechanically. I've documented that in my journal.

A little over 2 years later it has ~141K miles. It has been a hobby and borderline obsession for me. Thankfully my wife and 2 kids support my obsession. They enjoy taking trips in the E30, attending car events, and my daughter loves helping me wash and work on it. Proof being the two car seats in the back . I've actually put more miles on the E30 than my daily, just because I enjoy driving the E30 so much. I've tried to document and work on the car as much as my time and skills allow. For everything else I've taken it to a great local shop: RRT.

My goals for the car have been fairly simple: keep it clean and original (which is why I don't have a big list of modifications). Moving forward I plan to swap out the existing suspension for a traditional Bilstein + H&R setup, source and install a small case 4.10 LSD, and continue to drive it as much as possible.

I've met a lot of great E30/R3V folks over the last 2 years and it's always a blast to wrench together or meet up at Cars and Coffee. There are many great build threads on this site that serve as both an inspiration and motivation for my project. Thanks R3V!

Ownership Highlights
Journal located here: https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=394272

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Old 08-01-2018, 08:32 AM   #2
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Clean, Simple, and Balanced. Thread/Journal is well organized and no shortcuts taken! Well deserved feature! Congrats!
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #3
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In a sea of overdone E30ís this thing is a welcomed sight! Very worthy!


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Old 08-01-2018, 10:31 AM   #4
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So clean
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Old 08-01-2018, 12:03 PM   #5
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i have such an appreciation for the organization of that thread journal. and for that damn clean car, of course.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:09 PM   #6
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Great choice Simon, and great car Mike!
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Old 08-01-2018, 04:48 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! I was floored that Simon contacted me about COTM when there are so many great cars and talented owners on R3V. It really is an honor.

I've been itching to post those photos. Although it's just a parking garage shoot, I was happy how they turned out as I don't have real photography skills. I figured I'd include one in my garage as well (all the kids' toys were temporarily displaced outside the garage ).

I'm glad you enjoy my thread! I'll continue to post updates as I do more things with the car. This year I'm hoping to attend another HPDE and trackcross, replace my springs and shocks (still researching options), and swap in a small case 4.10 LSD (assuming I can find one as they are unobtainium).
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:05 PM   #8
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Congrats, Mike!
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:36 PM   #9
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Congrats!! Our cars are virtual twins...made on the same day, AW II over Natur vinyl 318is, slicktop!


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Old 08-02-2018, 11:44 AM   #10
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This is such a great car and an awesome update thread that goes along with it. Congrats, Mike!
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:08 PM   #11
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:24 AM   #12
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One of my favorite cars & threads on R3v and one of my favorite cars to park next to locally.

Congrats Mike! Well deserved!
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:40 PM   #13
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Congrats, love this car and have always enjoyed reading your updates.

M42 power!

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:31 AM   #14
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Congrats, Mike!
Thanks!

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Congrats!! Our cars are virtual twins...made on the same day, AW II over Natur vinyl 318is, slicktop!
Nice. I am jealous of the slicktop!

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Congrats Mike! Well deserved!
Awwww, shucks. Same goes for your car.

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M42 power!

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Thanks! Hopefully we'll see some good/positive updates to yours soon!
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