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Mikan last won the day on July 20 2019

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  1. Looks more like santorini imo.
  2. Mikan

    E30 325i

    @Rob HB1your time to shine buddy!
  3. Made it a lot further than expected. Also very pleased it cashed up in Wellington rather than Paihia or somewhere while we were on holiday. Lucky really.
  4. As sure as night follows day, an optimistic post on bimmersport is followed by a public disappointment with the car. The engine shuddered to a halt while I was trying to even up a park in the CBD (of course, the CBD), and despite me flattening the battery trying to coax it back, wouldn't catch for me. After we had both cooled off waiting for roadside assist, we did manage to start it again, but there was a horrible clacking noise at idle from somewhere in the head. I have tried to attach an audio clip for anyone who's interested. Fun start to the long weekend! what's this lovely noise.m4a
  5. Momentum on the engine swap really stalled after our summer road trip however. We were planning on taking the prius, but due to the shocks being dangerously cooked and Toyota's OEM parts pipeline being slower than anything I'm yet to experience with BMW, we took the e30. I was harbouring some anxiety about the engine - I mentioned the low pressure light ages ago, and I've never gotten on top of it - have managed some improvement, but if the engine is warmed up, and you're idling at a long red light, that warning will pop up. 2000km later up to and all round the Bay of Islands and I needn't have worried. Was really pleased and pleasantly surpsied with how smoothly it all went. I'd honestly written the m40 off as an engine, but it was fine! The car was absolutely loaded down with luggage too. The Brynderwyn Hills Road was the one place I fancied a bit more power to get past those trucks with a bit less effort and planning, but it would have been much worse in the prius. The only problems on the whole trip was a ball joint that decided to start creaking about halfway up the island, and a fuel issue that was eventually resolved by a filter change. It was a great trip, an awesome part of the country and a bonus adventure that I felt glad to have the e30 for.
  6. Haha, weeellllll overdue. Okydoke. I got Jon to manual convert it, with parts from Nick Weitz at Weitz Industries. There were a couple of issues with both the box and the diff that came out of the donor car, and Nick went above and beyond to replace the parts. Really made me realise how little margin must be in used parts when a vendor has to source a replacement diff (that just happens to be the highly sought after race series ratio) at his expense. It's tough out there for an honest bloke, and I can't give Nick enough credit for putting his customers first. I also got Jon to put a towbar on. Part of the use case for the e30 was that it could do things our other car couldn't, and the mark 2 prius is explicitly forbidden by the owners manual from towing. The old m40 put in a great shift over summer hauling trailerloads up to the dump. Certainly more pleasant to back a trailer in than the e39 touring was! I had been collecting parts for an m42 swap at some unspecified point. Got a good deal on a low kms engine that had had some attention to the head and then been pulled shortly afterward. I also got an ecu with ews removed, and got a harness adapter made by Greshm Performance (like this one).
  7. The pfl ones are pretty tricky to get. You can get lenses new (or repro) relatively easy, but the housings etc are rare if your car never had them. I would have happily (well...) paid 300 a couple of years ago when I was looking. They are different between the pre-85 and later pfl e30s too, helpfully enough.
  8. Mikan


    Sold thanks! I have for sale a full interior sport seat and door card seat for an E30 coupe. I believe these seats were originally fitted to the 318iS. I think the cloth is called uberkaro but someone please set me right if that's incorrect. As pictured - generally good condition but a couple of rough spots - light wear on the drivers' seat bolsters, small cigarette scorch mark on the rear base. The passenger seat is missing some plastic trim from around the rails. Would improve even more with a shampoo, but I'll leave that to the buyer so I don't ruin the nap or bleach them or some other disaster. Located Wellington. Asking 1200 but genuinely struggling to tread the line between 'what are they worth' and 'what seems reasonable'. If there's no interest I'll $1-reserve them. Thanks CJ
  9. Sharp price I reckon, a lot for the money. GLWS.
  10. Man these are nice wheels! GLWS
  11. Just haven't got round to installing one yet! Had to wait 6 weeks for brackets through the dealer and then the bushes I had didn't fit them - by then I was out of time. Some more photos from @adro - backing up his hotlaps with pool photography duties.
  12. Got it out on the track at Manfield yesterday - a lot of fun with the Constructors/MG car club. Very happy with the new suspension and wheel/tyre situation. I do wish I'd got the rear swaybar sorted in time, and I could hear a new clunk on the drive home, but had a very enjoyable day with great company. Photo: Jarod Carruthers
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