325es Restortion - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums



Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)

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.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-08-2019, 09:30 PM
the325es the325es is offline
Registered User
Location: PNW
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 1986 325es
325es Restortion

Forgive me if I'm doing this wrong as I'm completely new to posting on forums. I'd basically like to document as well as share my restoration that I have started. I am a very experienced collision tech so it should be a good follow if anyone is looking to learn the trade.

Vehicle is
1986 325es
200K Miles
White Exterior
Blue Leather Interior

When I acquired the car last fall the car was not running due to a aftermarket antitheft unit that was installed. I removed that and fixed a ton of wiring BS that was done by the previous owner and we now have a running car. Although not well, Its running and the engine sounds great. Well aside for a misfire issue...Anyways. Nothing I can't work out. Anyways to not ramble on too much. where Im at now, body work has begun. To get everyone up to speed I'm going to post a picture of the car as it stands before restoration started and then I will get a few catch up posts here shortly too. I did not realize I need to have links for the photos I post. Not entirely prepared here. Open to advise and welcome comments if I'm doing anything wrong here.



Hope you all enjoy the restoration!
Thanks!

Drew
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 09-08-2019, 10:36 PM
hornhospital's Avatar
hornhospital hornhospital is offline
D'oh, You Kids!
Location: In the Grumpy Chair
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 26,752
Mein Auto: E24x2,E36x3,E30x2, F150
Welcome to Bimmerfest, Drew!

You do NOT need to have a photo hosting site to post pictures. You can upload pictures directly to Bimmerfest. Compose a posting and before clicking the "submit reply", look at the additional options box below that. Click the "manage attachments" button, it will open a small window with 6 "chose file" boxes. Click one, navigate to the photo file on your computer that you want to post, click on it and then click the "open" box at the bottom. You will then see the file name in one of the "chose file" boxes. Repeat with the other 5 boxes (or fewer) then BE SURE to click the
"upload" box. Wait until the attachment box tells you that you can close that window or the photos won't post. The files have to be smaller than 500Kb for most photo types. They will appear as thumbnails. Clicking on them will open a full size picture.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!

And this is my 1985 325e!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1486170553258.jpg (0).jpg
Views:	15
Size:	32.9 KB
ID:	863895  
__________________
Quotes to live by:
guessing gets expensive...drivinfaster
nothing is more expensive than a cheap BMW...c4harpe13
buying a ratty example (of a BMW) is a parasitic relationship.(and you ain't the mosquito) 7pilot
Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, Bimmerfest Site Moderator
BMW-CCA #441426

1993 325is M3 clone"Ashlyn"; 1993 325is "Elvira"; 1985 635CSi "Katja"; 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"; 1987 325is "Odette";1995 318is"Bebe "; 1985 325e "Hazel Ann"


Last edited by hornhospital; 09-08-2019 at 10:37 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-09-2019, 08:55 AM
the325es the325es is offline
Registered User
Location: PNW
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 1986 325es
Thanks for the Help! and a great looking 85' you have there! goals.

Thats a relief that you can attach a normal image. I tried linking my google images and apparently was not working so I gave up and went to bed. I Have a picture of the car posted now that is of when I brought her home last fall. The evo spoiler was naturally too sexy for my style, so the last few nights I've spent repairing the deck lid so it doesn't have holes drilled in the center of it anymore.

I should be able to post up the process on that this evening and maybe a few other general pictures. She is in rough shape but I think she is worthy. One, being a complete ES its a fairly rare model. (seems like there are lots of fakes) Plus like everyone...Ive just always wanted an E30.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7510.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	136.3 KB
ID:	863939  
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 09-09-2019, 09:03 AM
the325es the325es is offline
Registered User
Location: PNW
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 1986 325es
What the heck, Figured I would dive in with a few more recent photos before I head off to school. Basically just some around the car photos. Hope these are all oriented better than the last one. The last photo shows the holes on the trunk lid that need to be repaired. Hopefully after school I will get something up here on the process of that part.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1656.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	109.6 KB
ID:	863945   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1663.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	96.9 KB
ID:	863947   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1667.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	75.7 KB
ID:	863949   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1671.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	104.9 KB
ID:	863951   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1666.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	38.0 KB
ID:	863953  

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-09-2019, 10:33 AM
the325es the325es is offline
Registered User
Location: PNW
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 1986 325es
On to the holes on the decklid. First photo kinda shows a good example of what was going on under the aftermarket wing that was on the car. The panel had 4 holes drilled in it for the spoiler to be bolted down through. around each hole there was a fair amount of silicon. once the spoiler was removed I first took a flat razor and scrapped all the silicon off. Then I went over the whole panel with 320 grit basically prepping the whole panel, it gets rid of surface contaminate in the old paint, its easy to get the remaining silicon off of the repair areas and that is what grit I want to prime the car.

second photo
At this point im going to take 80 grit and feather out the repair areas to have some room to work. Im super meticulous when I weld and for this type I even take a file rod and make sure the inside of the holes has a good surface for the weld. Welding the holes up is pretty easy. most of the ****ty experiences I've had with this type of work comes from rushing and distorting the panel. if you can be patient enough to so about one little "zot" at a time and let it fully cool you should be gravy.

Third photo(I think)
Grind you welds down very slowly and avoid the heat! you've come this far. *I finish these with a file once I get them close and if the panel shape allows me to.

Fourth photo,
One coat of Evercoat metal glaze over each repair area. Shape Sanded w/80 grit then 180, then 320 for the final finish. (all 80 grit scratches should be out) I use a powder guide coat between each grit. Pro tip- powdered guide coat is the ****.


Ill try to get a little more detailed with these posts in the future. I finished this work on the car a week or so ago and therefore...alot trying to get crammed into just one post.

pro tip 2-while waiting for welds to cool clean the trunk!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1860.jpg
Views:	8
Size:	55.4 KB
ID:	863979   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1872.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	52.0 KB
ID:	863981   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1878.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	58.2 KB
ID:	863983   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1887.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	57.8 KB
ID:	863985   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1893.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	102.6 KB
ID:	863987  

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-10-2019, 07:50 PM
the325es the325es is offline
Registered User
Location: PNW
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 1986 325es
just a little bit of work today.

Pulled the front valance to get it ready to fix ( should be fun!)

fixed two small dents on the drivers side of the roof, actually primed them too but didn't get a photo of that.

Just a small tip. rattle can primer is the way to go for the personal garage projects with limited air supply for feeding an hvlp. just make sure you are using a good quality product. say no to the rust o crap and duplicolors. I use eurospray 1k. its about 15 bucks a can and is enough to knock out a decent repair area or a couple smaller ones. As before a thin coat of glaze and primer is about all you should ever need on any type of little dings.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1902.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	107.2 KB
ID:	864255   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1904.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	83.1 KB
ID:	864257   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1912.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	82.5 KB
ID:	864259   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1917.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	65.9 KB
ID:	864261   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1921.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	132.0 KB
ID:	864263  

Reply With Quote
Reply

See More Related BMW Stories


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

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 On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.