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Hello. My name is Dan, and I can see clearly now

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she's home! (and so it begins.)

2000+ miles in 2.5 days.

the previous owner was a piece of work, and after seeing how poorly this car was taken care of, i'm a little surprised it made it all the way home without a hitch. (well... a hubcap, a side marker, and some window trim managed to jettison along the way.)

i know you are wondering, why the hell would he drive 2000 miles to bring home an e30? hint: along the way home when I received my room key at a Holiday Inn Express and it was room 330, i had a good chuckle.

more later, its been a long day.

 

here's the first picture of the car right before leaving west seattle.

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ha, thanks guys.

the 'deal' was OK. i will admit paid more than what I should have, but it checked all the important boxes of what I wanted, and it was the first car after looking for 5 months that did so I jumped on it.

I didn't spend any time in seattle - there was some 'storm of the century' or something on its way so I got the hell out. I've been there a few times (and loved it) so I didn't feel like I needed to stay in the pouring rain.

here are the points why i bothered with the long trip -  s50 / coilovers / alpinweiss / late model / coupe

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and the trip...america is fuckin beautiful. well besides southern Minnesota, that's just stanky. Biggest take-away from the trip - Montana is amazing.

there is no particular order to these, but there are photos from  Washington, Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota.

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I'd love to do a cross country trip in a car I love. Last time I did was in my van and in a gold mk3 jetta.....

What trans and diff combo does it have? Any power adders? Hows the handling/it must feel a bit different after piloting the touring for the last few years amirite?

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has the zf310 w/2.93LSD - perfect combo. I had the zf310 w/3.25LSD in my m50 car, and it was great for that extra acceleration, but highway rpms were a bit much.

no power adders. exhaust is nice stainless headers + no cats, so it flows well but is way too loud.  engine fan and ac deleted which helps free a couple ponies.

handles like a dream even on 185 snow tires, but didn't go too crazy as I just wanted to make it home in one piece. has a z3 steering rack w/power steering as well.

 

 

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thanks guys, can't wait to have it driving around.  it needs a couple things before I will be comfortable on Milwaukee streets (skid plate, quieter exhaust) but hopefully that can happen before snow hits.

the coilovers are BC. 6k/8k. it rides nice, but I need to tinker with heights, dampening, and I think it needs some shorter springs or better arrangement of all the strut components for better tire clearance (some rubbing presently with stock wheels/tires).

 

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parts starting to roll in, and found a parts car on craigslist with a nice seller who pulled some of the small bits for me.

brand new BMW front valance, can't believe the cheap price on these things ($200)

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some of the random crap - most of this is actually completely missing on my car
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oh, and in case you ever have the urge, yes an e30 hood will fit entirely inside the back of an e34 touring. 

also scored a non-damaged alpine rear bumper (seen barely here)
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