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[ E30 ] VERSION 2

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As some members know i sold my previous e30 after 7 years of ownership and many good memories, adventures and people i've met along the way with it. I'm going to miss it, but onto the new bigger and better project!
[ E30 ] VERSION ONE HERE: http://bimmersport.co.nz/topic/15962-my-320i-e30/

Now the next project has started and the addiction continues…
A 1989 320i E30 Touring

I bought this car on May 3rd 2014 from Ellerslie in Auckland, previous to that it had spent some time down in Christchurch , where it survived the February 2011 earthquake, with some superficial panel damage.

Its going to be a long and slow project, but i have a vision and know what i want the final product to be.

Enjoy the ride!

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The journey begins!

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Standard e30 rusted sunroof panelDSC_0468.JPG.5d52e4956af6346b68d4e500378dd1e4.JPG

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Decided to give her a polish up before i got too carried awayIMG_4219.JPG.0cc7b87e9e48fbc24fb6d786ad1ac8e5.JPGDSC_0481.JPG.6d217581b396d71b1d5ad899f9781787.JPGDSC_0482.JPG.8fa0e05fa74ed4dfe7c5266f8fcc6a7e.JPGDSC_0483.JPG.30a857cb4088a510d6d341230048db65.JPG



Engine and gearbox out, ready for the dream to become a reality
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Current state
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tits

gunna be a very cool project

saw your old E30 last weekend, every time i have seen it it looks great, the new owner seems to be looking after it to the same standard you did!

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Looking forward to this! For some reason cant see any of the text on the mobile version?

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on my phone i thought it was a paint job it looked so good.

looking at it now on the comp and read that its a polish. looks damn good for a polish!!

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Nice job on the paint!

You can't leave us hanging re:engine....this isn't facebook, not cool

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Nice job on the paint!

You can't leave us hanging re:engine....this isn't facebook, not cool

hah, i still haven't actually decided, need to make a few emails and talk money. Not in any rush.

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Not much to update, still slowly collecting parts and sorting a plan for the year, hopefully it will take off in the next few months.

I managed to fit a new rust free sunroof panel cheers to Kerry from Mosen Euro Parts in Hamilton, still need to get a new seal for the sunroof, i also got a passenger front guard and an e36 steering rack to install, but would ideally like a z3 rack.


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Would you be able to use black text in future as on mobile the background is white so we can't read anything. This is why Gaz can't see any text. Cool project though.

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i wish this was a short and quick project. too impatient to wait.. looks awesome btw

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the long methodical way is the best way to get everything covered the way you want it with out breaking the bank over night...

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About time i did an update on my Touring project. Its not taking off like i had hoped yet due to other goals taking priority, and the car taking a back seat, but i have slowly been chipping away to some extent.

Being brought up with American classic and muscle cars in my blood, it was decided to keep things V8, so the touring will be getting an m62b44 conversion!

Its time to get out of my comfort zone, as the only place to get somewhere you’ve never been is to do things you’ve never done, right?

Engine mounts, gearbox crossmember extensions, subframe spacers and an rpm tacho module was purchased from Garagistic.
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I also snapped up a 2.93 LSD diff, this needed the rear cover to be changed to suit an e30 and a delrin bush was added, cheers to Kerry from Mosen Euro Parts for helping me out there. Then it was filled with Castrol XJ oil and ready to go!
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My focus changed to the rear end of the car after that and i decided to give it all a freshen up. with the subframe being blasted and powder coated, new bushings from Revshift and a cleanup and paint of the trailing arms, i finally got this all installed yesterday.
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Another major part of the puzzle is the gearbox, i decided to go with a 6 speed Getrag 420g, this was purchased off eBay along with the shifter, and eventually got to NZ after nearly 4 months of hassles and sh*t communication from Kiwi Shipping, cheers to Troy for helping with this.
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Still a long way to go but at least the dream has started!

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Keep up the progress mate!

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Awesome!!! That rear subframe looks so good with fresh bushings and powdercoat. Great work man, doing it properly!

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To keep moving forward iv started on the front end now, currently all stripped out.

I'm trying my best to keep things of a high standard by doing things once and doing them right, which will reflect in the overall finished product.

I spent some time and cleaned up the front subframe
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iv purchased a Z3 steering rack from HELLBM so should get the steering feeling pretty responsive.
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Decided to keep things fresh and ordered some new parts, along with some Hardrace lower control arm bushes, also from Evan at Speedfactor, these will hopefully be similar to offset control arm bushes i have run in the past, but are much smaller, allowing some more room for my exhaust and headers, so this should keep me busy for a few weeks
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To get the car nice and low, and seeing results others have achieved with coilovers, i contacted Evan from Speedfactor in Tauranga to take care of this, with spring rates sorted, these arrived this week!

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To pull the beast up I'm hoping to keep this pretty standard, so purchased some slotted rotors to do the job
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Next up to complete the front end i need to sort a custom steering linkage consisting of some U joints and some 3/4" double d shaft, again creating room for the tight squeeze headers.

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Awesome thread.

Top notch work going into this. Keep it up.

Bit jelous over the Getrag too.

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I used the hardrace lower control arm bushes in mine as the standard ones definitely restricted the space available for the exhaust downpipes. It is very tight under there...

I would definitely recommend larger front brakes as, when I had mine first running, I had not yet done the brakes (was having the adaptor brackets made) and the standard e30 325 setup was hopelessly inadequate with all the extra mass/power.

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Awesome work. Looks like you're doing things properly. Watching with interest :)

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Got the front end mostly finished for now, will come back to the brakes.
XYZ suspension setup and installed as well as some new Nolathane sway bar bushes and links. Also purchased my steering shaft parts from Summit Racing, all Flaming River products, had to cut to length and drill the shaft, very happy with how it turned out. Rolled it out for some sun today.
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Some pretty awesome E30 projects in the build at the moment, and awesome to see so many away from the usual M52 swap now better engines are coming down in price

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looks like your well on your way....loving the progress, what part numbers did you use for the linkage? and also have you got any ideas on what you may do with the brake booster?

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looks like your well on your way....loving the progress, what part numbers did you use for the linkage? and also have you got any ideas on what you may do with the brake booster?

i used 3/4 inch DD shaft and got the correct U joints that fit the e30 spline and the z3 rack spline. Ergen Motorsport in the UK do a plug and play bolt in brake booster relocation kit with a small servo and master cylinder to suit.

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