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Old 09-27-2012, 05:49 AM
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Hey guys, I picked up a Sterling Silver 91.

She has 94K on her, all stock except for H&R Sports, Billy Sports, a SS muffler, Evo shift knob, ACS pedal set and aftermarket CD player. I am going to remove the pedal set and swap in the OE radio and shift knob.

Hopefully my cousin has time to take good quality pics once the car is detailed. Until then:





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Old 09-27-2012, 05:55 AM
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is the gearbox dogleg or normal ?
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:18 AM
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:31 AM
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Very nice, congrats. If you ever want to let it go I'll take it off your hands.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:04 PM
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beautiful car
is the gearbox dogleg or normal ?
Thank you! Normal H-pattern. IMO the dogleg is great for the track, not so great for the street. In the stoplight grandprix the 1-2 shift is important

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Very nice, congrats. If you ever want to let it go I'll take it off your hands.
Thanks guys!
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:25 PM
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:29 PM
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What a nice car Congrats.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:53 PM
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nice car! no heated seats but has an airbag which is interesting! also FYI E34 with the tan interior like this car came with tan armrest mount covers which could replace the current black ones. for some reason E30s only came with the black at least all original tan interiors ive seen
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:27 PM
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nice car! no heated seats but has an airbag which is interesting! also FYI E34 with the tan interior like this car came with tan armrest mount covers which could replace the current black ones. for some reason E30s only came with the black at least all original tan interiors ive seen
Thank you Andy.

The interior is gray, mang I know that it looks tan in the pics though.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:35 PM
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So, did some stuff to the car:
  • E36 Timing Chain Tensioner
  • Valve Adjustment
  • Fuel Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Engine Oil / Filter (I went with Mobil 1 15W-50)
  • M-Tech 1 Steering Wheel
  • OE Head Unit
  • Picked up a set of E38 Style 5s. Saving up for tires...
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:07 AM
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Had the injectors serviced by MEPEH. As it turns out, they were in pretty good shape - here are his remarks:
Rated at 240 cc/min, these came very close to 235cc/min and had great jet and similar flow rates.

1- 240 cc/min
2- 235 cc/min
3- 235 cc/min
4- 235 cc/min
Next up:
  • Distributor Cap
  • Rotor
  • Spark Plugs
  • Plug Wires
  • Rebuilt AFM
Once these are done, fuel delivery and ignition should be tip-top.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:51 PM
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Did you buy the shim kit to do your valve adjustment? Looks like she is being cared for nicely! We just did an Alpha-N and carbon airbox on an '87 s14, what a difference - keeping yours OEM/stock-ish?
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:05 PM
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Did you buy the shim kit to do your valve adjustment? Looks like she is being cared for nicely! We just did an Alpha-N and carbon airbox on an '87 s14, what a difference - keeping yours OEM/stock-ish?
Where dem 24V short tubes at???

Robert at E30 MotorWerks did the valve adjustment. He played a shell game that required two shims swapped. I trust only pro's for certain tasks

Thank you, I am trying to maintain this car well. My wife lets me indulge this car because I don't spend money on anything else. No sports, video games, home entertainment, gambling, smart phones, nothing. Cars and that's it

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:19 AM
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Where dem 24V short tubes at???

Robert at E30 MotorWerks did the valve adjustment. He played a shell game that required two shims swapped. I trust only pro's for certain tasks

Thank you, I am trying to maintain this car well. My wife lets me indulge this car because I don't spend money on anything else. No sports, video games, home entertainment, gambling, smart phones, nothing. Cars and that's it

Hope you and Condor will motor west for Bimmerfest 2013!
Awesome. Robert is a good guy. We will be installing one of his Spec motors in an e30 soon. You got lucky that it was just a swap of the shims, the kits aren't close to being cheap.

We will see about the 'fest, it's a hike for us - I am concentrating on getting my competition license this year, going to revive the Delphin car for Spec

I won't keep cluttering up your thread with babble, carry on - but post more pics!
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:29 AM
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Awesome. Robert is a good guy. We will be installing one of his Spec motors in an e30 soon. You got lucky that it was just a swap of the shims, the kits aren't close to being cheap.

We will see about the 'fest, it's a hike for us - I am concentrating on getting my competition license this year, going to revive the Delphin car for Spec

I won't keep cluttering up your thread with babble, carry on - but post more pics!
Let us know how the Spec project goes.

The POs had taken good care of this car - the tensioner and valve adjustment were two items that were not addressed for some reason. Maybe because there are two schools of thought in terms of whether to run the stock TCT or use the E36 unit (the TCT was replaced with an OE unit at 60K). The valvetrain was relativley quiet - maybe an assumption was made that it was within range.

Robert said that the plug wire terminals were starting to corrode. I will drive this car less than 1,000 miles a year, so I figured I would replace the ignition parts now vs. waiting for five years.

Levent told me that when he was getting some dyno work done at Mark Welch's shop they noticed quite a difference in whp based on which AFM was used. He said that better AFMs showed as much as 6 whp improvement... he knows a guy in the PNW that rebuilds them, so off goes the AFM to be rebuilt. This may turn out like the injectors, where it needs little freshening, but just in case. If the barndoor is working correctly I will be able to ignore the Alpha N option.

To answer your previous question yes, this car will remain stockish. It has H&R Sports on it so I am going to do the RSMs. At some point I may do sways... nothing that is irreversible in short notice.

I will get some pics soon. I haven't even driven the car to work yet...

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:10 AM
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Over the weekend me and IMZ4N (Bob, who did the heavy lifting with the buffer) detailed the car.

I put in new Osram SilverStars and euro grills.

My cousin got a new camera... we are scheduled to take some pics of the car this coming Saturday.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:11 PM
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Picked up a set of OE floor mats in silver. These are NLA,so I am super stoked to get them
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Weekend is over, get those shots posted :P
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:58 PM
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Weekend is over, get those shots posted :P
Next week suh
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:54 AM
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Cousin Larry is sick, so, no pics today. Man I wish I had a nice camera.

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:25 AM
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So, to start my picture series I thought it would be good to post raw images - no Photoshop editing at all except to re-size. Just the car and my cousin's skill with a camera. We ran out of time, so interior shots will have to wait until next weekend.























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Old 01-13-2013, 07:35 AM
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Uno Mas that may be my favorite of the lot:

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Wow, looks awesome. Very nice looking car. Minty.
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Wow, looks awesome. Very nice looking car. Minty.
Thanks man!
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So, did some stuff to the car:
  • E36 Timing Chain Tensioner
  • Valve Adjustment
  • Fuel Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Engine Oil / Filter (I went with Mobil 1 15W-50)
  • M-Tech 1 Steering Wheel
  • OE Head Unit
  • Picked up a set of E38 Style 5s. Saving up for tires...
May I know why you change out the airbag steering wheel? Is it because the airbag no longer work?
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