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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:58 AM
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Next is to address the interior.

Door panels are nice, but dirty.





Same with rear seat...



Minty dash.



Broken glove box. That note pad in there has all the dates and mileage of everything that's been done to the car from 40k miles, right up to it's current 360k...



Front seats, meh.



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The sedan has been on DD status still, but it's currently being driven by one of the guys at the shop while we cage his e30 chassis for Spec e30. Only thing done to it is test fit the LTW flags that are going on the other Spec e30. We are building three Spec cars, one is almost finished and will be racing Oct. 6th at Sebring Raceway

Here you can see the Delphin crew lol. Car in the middle is ChumpE, one of our friends built it for Chump Series and has 3 4th place finishes, two of those races were on a broken rocker arm after just a couple hours in! The one on the right is my shop helpers daily.



The Zinno car got a 3.73 and a 120k mile m20b25, timing belt/pump, new fuel pump, new battery, and some nicer front seats we scored.







And here's how my old coupe sits. You can see the height difference in the strut towers. Thought about using the shell for my Spec car, even purchased a cage, but it was going to cost more to straighten the frame than to find another shell - the roof buckled between the passenger door and sunroof and the door jamb is slightly bent, that was the deal breaker



The white car next to it is getting an m52, and this is the OBDII s52 swap that was in front of the Zinno, been daily driving since that pic...



Lots of projects floating around in the shop at the moment.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:55 AM
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Red car has a running swap, seats installed, new Guibo, timing belt, pump, plugs, the original fuel pump was locked up so I put the one from my car in it and that one only lasted a couple starts and locked up. Going to drain the tank and check it for deposits before putting in a brand new pump.

Oh, and had this cabby dropped off last night. It's getting out of hand now, this is the 5th e30 I currently own. The Delphin car, the pink car, the red car, the sedan and now the cabby...






I have been maintaining this car for about 3yrs with the previous owner, so I know it well. Has almost no miles on the new Bilstein Sports, even.
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Sold the Zinno car. Buyer was very happy. Had originally wanted to use it to build a Spec car after the damages on the Delphin coupe were too expensive to repair, but once I got it on the lift and saw how perfect the shell was, didn't want to rape it and make it a track car. So I still went through with the iS swap and this local young man bought it from me as his first car. Even had to walk him through shifting a manual since he had never driven one lol.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:23 AM
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Well, my neighbor had a frame expert over at his shop to estimate a frame stretch on one of his cars. For giggles, I had him look over the carcass of the Delphin car and to my surprise, it's going to cost a lot less than expected to straighten it. It's going to be resurrected! It has a Certificate of Destruction title, so it can never go back on the street, but that's fine. Already bought a cage that was going to go in the 4dr, but instead will go in the 2dr. Glad I saved all the body panels, now to put the interior in the 4dr and start piecing the 2dr back together and cage it!
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Well, sold the vert to another first time e30 owner, but took the brand new Bilstien Sports off and stuck them in the sedan - that was about a month ago.

Last Saturday, my guys at the shop volunteered to help me out and get the 4dr track ready for Homestead next weekend. So, swapped in a manual, made coils, changed the brakes, flushed the g260 with Redline.







Saw this mod on a website. Wrap your selector with solder to weight it. Can't tell if it did much because I also made brass bushings for the lever and installed a short/short throw lever.



Slotted rotors, Pagid Red pads.



Shoe-less!



One of the employees posing with the auto-tragic.



Had to use my old XXR's on the front. The 205/60 on the weaves almost touched the strut tubes in stock configuration and rubbed once I put on a new sleeve for the spring adjusters...



Now you don't see it,



...and now you do.



Then I called the wife. We were working on the car from 10am to almost midnight. She was out having a cocktail with her cousin, so I dropped in. It was 2 for 1 at the pub, when the girl asked me if I wanted a large mug, I said sure, not thinking I was getting half a gallon of Guinness. Walked in the pub, dirty and all.

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Hey, as far as the parts being pricey, have you tried http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...30_catalog.htm?

They have a huge selection, and most things aren't ridiculously expensive!
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Hey, as far as the parts being pricey, have you tried http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...30_catalog.htm?

They have a huge selection, and most things aren't ridiculously expensive!
I own an independent repair shop and have wholesale accounts, but thank you for the link.
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Then I called the wife. We were working on the car from 10am to almost midnight. She was out having a cocktail with her cousin, so I dropped in. It was 2 for 1 at the pub, when the girl asked me if I wanted a large mug, I said sure, not thinking I was getting half a gallon of Guinness. Walked in the pub, dirty and all.

That phone case looks like you got it from the first E30 buyer

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That phone case looks like you got it from the first E30 buyer
lol. It was the wife's phone, mine was in my hand

She put it there to show the size of the mug.
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lol. It was the wife's phone, mine was in my hand

She put it there to show the size of the mug.
Sure.
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Still working on it. Since I had to take the rear seat out to change the fuel pump o-ring, swapped the seats from my coupe in it.

Check this out, think it was done? lol



Minty seats...



Cleaned the carpet a bit. Will probably use the front section of carpet form the 2dr when the dash is swapped, the 4dr carpet has a lot of stains. May try shampoo since there are no tears, just a lot of spilled coffee from the PO.



Installed, still dusty from storage...







Also made a battery tie down for the track this weekend.



Changed the fluids, will post more pics when the decals/track numbers are finished later tonight
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Graphics are done.







Will get some more pics in the sunlight, but there will be lots of pics from the track
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Anyone in the Miami area, come to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, will be several e30's there

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I like the Ron's, the max's.... notsomuch.

When I come to FL in my E30 I want a LTW installed sir.
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Sure, it was a test run for the local graphics guy (KDVinykgraphics).

Track weekend was awesome! The BFG G-Force tires turned out to exceptional street tires on the track.

Will have to sort the pics/video and get them posted, but the sedan did great. The engine is in excellent condition, the coils overs I built performed great, with minor front end scrubbing, but stiff springs, stock sways with links mounted on the control arms caused some pushing through corners. Was really fun going on both NASCAR straights and turns 3&4 on Homestead Speedway, though.
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Sure, it was a test run for the local graphics guy (KDVinykgraphics).

Track weekend was awesome! The BFG G-Force tires turned out to exceptional street tires on the track.

Will have to sort the pics/video and get them posted, but the sedan did great. The engine is in excellent condition, the coils overs I built performed great, with minor front end scrubbing, but stiff springs, stock sways with links mounted on the control arms caused some pushing through corners. Was really fun going on both NASCAR straights and turns 3&4 on Homestead Speedway, though.
Nice looking car
The G-Force Sports are awesome.
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The sedan is still in DD status and running strong on the track. Dyno tuned it, stock was making 120-something at the wheels due to the o2 not being ignored when WOT (switch was broken, now fixed), made 148whp on the last dyno pull with a DTM muffler and our chip. Not too bad for an old tired motor with all accy's still on it (odo stopped at 173k miles).

Here's the last track event. The Volvo lip that came on the car got ripped off and run over just before track day, oh well. Wearing an "i" lip now, have an "is" lip for it, but it don't want to trash it like the Volvo lip did.




Also picked up a Bronzit sedan, and took the coupe out of storage. More on them later.

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Thread not dead. Remember that car in post #1?

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Burning some midnight oil.

Bought a cage tubing bender and notcher.

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Just a suggestion but if you make a B pillar main hoop and a hoop for your A pillar to the floor you can connect the two with straight bars from hoop to hoop at the top and you won't have a complex connection point to deal with.If you gusset the corners it's just as strong or stronger .I know you can do it the way you are within the GCR it's just easier to have everything come out perfect and pretty so you can impress the inspectors ,and your customers with you fabulous work, and then convince them they need one too.
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Still using the sedan for DE. Going for Competition License.

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Yeah I see how you've do it it works OK it's just two curves at the top of a box and you can't say an E30 isn't a box with wheels.Good luck with your license SCCA and NASA are both great sanctioning bodies and have lots of good racing ,maybe I see you up my way at Summit Point or VIR sometime.
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Yeah I see how you've do it it works OK it's just two curves at the top of a box and you can't say an E30 isn't a box with wheels.Good luck with your license SCCA and NASA are both great sanctioning bodies and have lots of good racing ,maybe I see you up my way at Summit Point or VIR sometime.
Thanks for the wishes.

Not new to cage building/design, just never bought a bender until now. We have 3 cage builds going on in the shop right now. One is a purchased kit, the other 2 are being made as we go.

Perhaps I will make it up that way one day. Currently have two 14hr Chumpcar races in an e36 (Road Atlanata, Sebring), and have made it to DE3 in NASA and Advance (DE4 equivalent) in FARA. Have driven Homestead, Sebring and Atlanta. Hoping to check out PBIR soon, track is only about an hour away, yet have never been there since the renovations (used to drag race my Firebird there when it was Moroso).
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I've never raced in FL would like to sometime ,my younger brother did his 1ST Drivers School at Sebring in 2000 because it was so early in the season.Then he rolled the car three times in the first race weekend, too much car not enough track time and you can't follow a Corvette with a VW, it's just not the same race line ,live and learn.
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