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I figured I'd start a progress/build thread for my e30 like I did for the e36! I posted about the car before but for the sake of completeness: It's a 1991 318is slicktop in Alpine white with an Indigo cloth interior. It was built on April 26th, 1991 which I believe is the very end of production for the e30 coupe so thats pretty cool. It spent most of it's life in Florida so it is basically rust free but like most old southern cars a lot of the plastics are very faded and brittle. I am planning on doing an OEM+ build and just bringing it back to its former glory. On to the pics! I tried to get the color of the door panels but the camera didnt pick it up too well, I have never seen this color before but I think it looks pretty cool After a nice cleaning The seats have definitely seen better days (the rear seat is trashed) and the carpet is mostly torn out, other than that and a few other little things the interior is actually in pretty good shape. The dash is 99% crack free with only a tiny one in the tray above the glove box. I am planning on removing those white face gauge stickers (hard to see here) as soon as I can as they are impossible to see at night, hopefully they come off easily... I originally thought it had the standard IS lip in the front as I never looked at it too closely but I highly doubt its OEM, does anyone know what kind of lip this is?? There are no markings and it appears to be made of fiberglass. I kinda like it actually, its subtle and a little different. In terms of mechanicals, the engine is in excellent shape with a recent head gasket and timing chain replacement as well as all the related hoses and gaskets, taking care of all of the m42's serious problems for the time being. Everything else is in good shape but the suspension is definitely tired and it rattles over bumps, especially from the rear. On top of the normal new car maintenance where I plan on changing every fluid, The brakes suck and are past it so I have a full brake rebuild on the way with rotors, pads, sensors, and fluid for all four corners as well as a fan clutch (the temp climbs at stoplights), and a lower oil pan gasket as it leaks...a lot. The drivers side tie rod is shot so I have two new ones coming to fix that. Hopefully I can get all this stuff done in the next week and a half because I will be returning to school then and the car will be going into storage when I return in October.
So I actually went through with it even though I never thought I would... The e36 is officially for sale and I am carrying through with it if you haven't seen. I have tampered with the idea before, but never thought I'd actually do it. But not all is sad in the world....because I bought this! Its a 1991 318iS! 143k miles, 5 speed, slicktop, and almost completely rust free. The underside is so clean you could eat off it, its incredible. It spent almost all of its life in Florida and was brought to Wisconsin about four years ago to my knowledge. A very good friend of mine bought the car about three years ago and put a lot of money into some repairs and maintenance and then only put about 4k miles on the car in total. It definitely needs some work but overall it won't take much to make it mechanically sound and reliable. The car has no carpets and the seats are trashed, but everything else is in great shape including the crack free dash! No idea why the picture looks yellow, it just happened... I plan on keeping the car OEM+ just like the e36 and restoring it over time. Owning an e30 has always been a dream of mine and I am beside myself with excitement, I definitely made a good choice. It needs a lot of cosmetic attention (the pictures hide a lot) but its a very solid place to start. It is an absolute blast to drive and it is an entirely different car than my e36 (I would also keep that in a heartbeat if I could). I don't have many other pictures at the moment as I am out of town for basically the next week and a half, but once it gets a very thorough cleaning I will post a ton of them! Can't wait to get my hands dirty!