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E30 Race Car - Jim Richard's JPS M3 Tribute.

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So the E30 race car is in the garage after a long, hard season for some TLC and a bit of a refresh. I have now given in to the reality that I am never going to be in a position to afford to buy an E30 M3 chassis, let alone a complete car, to build into my race car and so I am going to modify my existing car into an M3 tribute to be as close as possible to an actual car.

More specifically it will be a tribute (not a replica so I can put my own twist on things - Team JTS) to this gorgeous piece of machinery..

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At this current point the plans for this winter are mostly panel and paint, plus a few other odd jobs. List includes..

- replace rear guards with genuine E30 M3 guards (on order)

- full M3 fibreglass kit for other panels, including the C Pillar extension over the rear window.

-5-stud hub conversion. Got a compact rear, just trying to sort out the fronts.

-overall paint an panel work to tidy her up and paint the black base colour ready for the gold "JTS" decals.

-any other small jobs that I come across on the way.

- carbon air intake for the engine & piggy-back ECU with tune if there is enough money left in the kitty.

 

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sh*t Jon, you're keen putting genuine M3 panels on it.

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Been debating it for a while, and a couple of things swayed me in the end. First the better fit and finish I will get from the original panel over a fibreglass copy. And second because they are steel they will be a bit more "resilient" to damage than glass ones, and you can panel beat steel if/when needed!!

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A friend of a friend up here has done a similar thing. Car was hail damaged insurance paid for the new panels and it was not much different for the m3 parts. 

He has it all on but is still some time from finishing it 

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Could you post up some photos of the car?

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What engine will it run? 

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Car is running an S14B20 with the Getrag 265/5 dog-leg box. So those parts are pretty authentic. I would like to tune the engine, but probably not enough money in the budget at this point.

will post up some pictures soon as things are starting to move along.

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A couple of quick photos, the car in it's current state of dismantlement, amazing how quick it is to pull an E30 to bits, especially one that has most of the interior missing already! And the first parts have started to arrive. M3 Bumper and front guard mounts, and the guides that slide into them. Running with a fibreglass M3 front and guards last season it became obvious to me that there needed to be a bit of support in this area, as it is very flexbile without it! Rather than try and design and build my own solution, I went down the OE route and will work out how to mount the guide on the new glass bumper - should be much easier.

Apart from that, so far it has been starting to get the car ready for paint, tidying bits up and scraping the underseal sh*t off the front to try and get a bit more weight out the front and the balance back towards the rear. won't make a huge difference, but every little helps!

car stripped.jpg

Brackets.jpg

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