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post May 22 2011, 10:27 PM
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I finally got one, I've had an eye out for prolly like two years now. Had to convince my parents into letting me get one. I've probably looked at like 10 e30s before this. Anways, she's a 89 coupe with grey/tan cloth interior and a 5MT. Odo stopped at 61k miles. Based on the condition of everything I would say its over 100k, but not over 160k. One owner up to a few months ago. Picked it up on Saturday. No service records. Interior is pretty mint (crack free dash yay!) and the engine bay is pretty clean. Has a little rust on the pass side of the rear valence, a little bit in the middle of the front valance where it looks like it was bottomed out and dinged a little bit, and a tad in drivers rear trunk seal corner.



First I plan on doing preventative maint stuff like timing belt+tensioner, all accessory belts, oil change, water pump, tstat, guilbo. (Anything else I should do, maybe a fuel filter?)


In rough order, the plans after that are:

Paint valve cover and intake, not sure on the color yet.
Shadowline the trim, maybe black out the kids
New roundels, euro grilles
Mtech 1 steering wheel, 3.73 or maybe a 4.10 LSD.
IS lip, mtech 1 spoiler
19lb injectors and markD chip
Wheels, want a set of ARC-8s but from what I understand they wont be available till fall. These have been tempting me.
Ellips
Lower it.
Paint
Turbo

I've already notice a few things wrong with the car, obc is f'ed, the handle on my seat doesn't fold my seat forward and move up, at like 80 mph I can hear a whirring noise from the back that goes away when I let off the gas (diff maybe?). A whirring/ticking noise thats tach dependant. Some clunking from the rear. I noticed my ps fluid looks like gray oil. The engine oil is like 3/8" overfilled too.



On the right.



Other than that its a real nice driving car and I can't wait do start doing stuff to it. Need some make more $$$. More pics to come.

EDIT: Rest of the stock pics.















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post May 23 2011, 03:46 AM
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c'est bon!
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post May 23 2011, 10:13 AM
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That is a very nice looking E30! Congrats!
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post May 23 2011, 10:45 AM
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Beautiful looking car, and sounds like it's in pretty good shape over all.
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post May 28 2011, 10:11 AM
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Very nice. Do like me some gray. Get the shiny trim shadowlined asap!

No me gusta ARC 8s though. But you know what my wheel preferences are...

and My e30 sold today and is going to Virginia wink.gif
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post May 28 2011, 03:15 PM
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don't be a bitch hex, just give him a good deal on some BBS and spread the love
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post May 30 2011, 06:07 PM
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Edited the original post to put the rest of the pics in.

Grilles looked faded so they got a fresh coat of paint. Blacked out the kids as well.











Lookin bad ass now, minus that massive wheel to fender gap haha.

I had the car jacked up earlier this week and inspected it real well. Front brakes are toast. I ordered Hawk HPS pads and Brembo slotted rotors. Pads come tomorrow and the rotors are back ordered so they should come in a couple weeks.
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post Jun 1 2011, 02:40 PM
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Brake time yay!



Under the front driver fender there are some holes for the water to drain out of. I felt some stuff in there so I took some of the wheel well plastic out. Lo and behold a bunch of junk and a nice little rust hole from continuously being wet. Now I know why the drivers floor was wet. Should be interesting when I pull the carpet back. On a slightly unrelated note when I was doing the heatercore in my Jetta I dropped a bolt down into the fender and did the same thing, and dug two handfuls of dirt/sand out from behind the plastic.



Not that much pad left...



Old vs new...



New Hawk HPS pads installed..



Reset that piston..



Carrier bolts cleaned of old threadlocker..



Shit greased up and ready to go...





Noticed that all of the carrier pins had 3 small flat areas. Are these worn and need to be replaced?





One of the carrier boots ripped and was greaseless. It was rusted tight into the carrier. It took a fair amount of effort to turn the rotor. Hopefully I'll pick up an mpg or two now that this is fixed(ish).





Pisses me off that my rotors were backordered. Doesn't really matter since I would have had to tear stuff apart to reinstall the boot. I'll paint the calipers silver when I do the rotors.
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post Jul 3 2011, 07:22 AM
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Parts yay!





Not included in these photos was the Redline oils that went into my diff and trans. Somehow my trans was overfilled, I pulled the fill plug out and oil gushed all over my hands. Car was level of course. Diff was fine however.

Rotors on finally.



And so it begins....





Random hole in part of my harness? Or is that supposed to be there?



Broke the drain plug. Ended up getting coolant everywhere since I couldnt drain it.



Getting there







Off



New belt and pump on. Time started running out and I stopped taking pictures...

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post Jul 3 2011, 07:57 AM
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Pelican Parts?
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post Jul 3 2011, 08:54 AM
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post Jul 3 2011, 04:03 PM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Jul 3 2011, 11:54 AM) *
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Where did you get your parts from?
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post Jul 3 2011, 10:00 PM
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Brake parts are from tirerack, rest are from blunttech and germanautoparts. Pelican is a good site though
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post Jul 17 2011, 08:33 AM
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Left to meet up with some friends to work out. Leave the house, think its kinda warm out, never drove with the pop outs popped out yet. Get driver side, lean over real hard to get pass side, whew done. Pull away, 5 seconds later the car is dead. Cranks and cranks but wont start. My dreams of having a relatively reliable e30 are running down the drain, especially after I told my parents they are fairly reliable. For whatever reason I believe it is fuel. I turn the key and listen for the fp, don't hear it. Pull seat and check fuel pump. No voltage (yes I keep a multimeter in my car haha). Assume bad relay. Walk home and get the spare car and go to autozone to a inline fuse wire. Jumper the relay connection, no voltage, double check the jumper contacts, no voltage. Assume main relay is good since I hear the idle valve clicking. Have voltage at the relay connection. Still no voltage at the fp. Start going crazy realizing there might be a wiring fault somewhere. Call up my buddy who's a mechanic at a local BMW dealership, talk to him about it, doesn't really help. Run a jumper cable from the battery to the inline fuse then touch fuse wire to pump, pump turns on, I try and start the car and it runs! Now wtf is with this wiring. I sit a little. Then realize WAIT A MINUTE, DID I HIT THAT DAMN MYSTERY TOGGLE SWITCH THATS UNDER THE DASH? Flick switch, fuel pump turns on. Crisis averted.
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post Jul 17 2011, 02:37 PM
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WTF

My LS400 had one of those mystery switches attached to the fuel pump too!

the ghetto-est of anti-theft devices. do yourself a favor and disconnect that bitch.
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post Jul 17 2011, 05:00 PM
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I would still watch out for that wiring man, especially if they wired a switch to the fuel pump. You never know how half-assed they did it before.
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post Jul 22 2011, 08:28 PM
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Love me some E30! Nice!
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post Jul 22 2011, 10:01 PM
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Got some more updates to post, just haven't had the time. Meanwhile I made an HDR shot of my timing belt....

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post Aug 1 2011, 04:31 PM
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Cleaned and painted this nasty biotch up.







After some considerable wire wheel time...







And better.



Also flushed the PS fluid, but didn't think it was worth taking pictures of.
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post Aug 1 2011, 05:58 PM
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I think the bare metal-look in pic 5 was the best. Black is just kinda disappears into the hoses and shadows.
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