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FS: 1981 320is 5speed $7300 OBO

Post by bimmerman78 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:39 am

Hello everyone.

Grown-up-ing sucks!
Priorities in life change, and so I am parting ways with my E21 I have owned for 8 years.

1981 BMW 320is
Production date [11/1980]
151k miles on odometer 

Here are all the details:

M10B18 10.5:1 domed pistons 
Metric Mechanic ported cylinder head
[12/17, See "top end rebuild" notes below]
(Valve adjustment 3/19)
Ireland Engineering cam & long tube headers
Magnaflow 2 1/4” exhaust 
15W40 Shell Rotella
Spark plugs, wires [02/19]

5 speed Getrag manual gearbox
Short shifter
Redline Shockproof fluid [12/17]
Slave cylinder [2015]
Shift linkage rebuild, guibo [08/18]

Chassis & Suspension:
Bilstein Sport w/ Eibach springs
Front strut brace, non-adjustable
Rear strut tower brace w/ battery hold down
ST Swaybars - front, adjustable rear (3 positions)
Urethane steering rack mounts
Nut & bolt check full chassis [12/17]
Front axle refresh - control arms, tie rod ends, steering rack bellows, strut mounts, alignment [2018]
Wheel bearing repack [08/18]

Final drive:
25% Limited Slip, ratio 3.64:1
75w140 Redline gear lube

15x7 redrilled and restored Ford SVO 10 hole
(Bolt holes filled, re-drilled to 4x100 and fully restored)
205/50R15 Hankook A/S [7/18]
10mm hub centric wheel spacers on all 4 corners with extended length bolts

OEM front pads [2/18]
Brake shoes[2/15]
New brake calipers [2/15]
New wheel cylinders [2/15]
Brake shoes [2015]
Rebuilt booster, new master cylinder and reservoir [8/18)
Ate brake fluid [8/18]

World Source battery relocated to trunk [12/17]
Driver door harness repair [12/17]
Starter [2015]


Recaro front seats - driver side restored [2/19]
Momo steering wheel hub
Momo Personal steering wheel and shift knob
BMW Blaupunkt AM/FM Cassette - powers on only, no audio output
Rear seat delete with carpeting 
Pop out rear windows
Sunroof - vents only, needs repairs
Functioning Air Conditioning with R-134a conversion
Cluster bulbs [01/19]
Speedometer cable, upper section [01/19]


Zender side skirts, rear valance, rear spoiler
Foha front spoiler
Molded fender flares
Power drivers mirror
Wiper blades Bosch [11/18]
New hood insulation pad [3/19]


M10B18 complete, disassembled
HVAC assembly complete 
Fan shroud
Half shaft bellows
Cluster for spare parts
I also keep a box of spares in the trunk with basic parts in case of failure while on road trips)

Top End rebuild includes:

Metric Mechanic ported cylinder head
breather hoses
intake boot, airbox elbow
Engine harness rebuild and re-wrap 
Water pump, thermostat, hoses, cap, fan blades
Fuel system, complete (fuel pumps, filter, accumulator, hoses on frame, hoses above tank, clean/reseal and adjust AFM, injector seals)
Warm up regulator rebuild [11/18]
Alternator bushings

All drivetrain fluids changed 12/17 with Redline


-Needs rust repair in trunk seal area
-there are minor rust spots on right b-pillar, and door drain areas
-paint has cracked at both front fender flares
-Foha front lip is cracked from impact with a raccoon
-Missing door sill plates
-radio turns on, but has no audio output. (Never diagnosed the issue)
-sunroof does not retract, only vents. It leaks in heavy rain, have not been able to replace the seal due to the inoperable sunroof mechanism.
-RR window seal needs replacement

I have over 250 pictures of the car, documenting the rebuild and from car shows, etc. Located here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/okal1vh4kmgl ... 5U-Aa?dl=0

Feel free to contact me if you need any more info. I am knly able to log on in the evenings (pacific time), call or txtx for quicker response.
Located in Seattle WA.

Price is $7300 OBO. Transport at buyers expense if needed.

Thanks for reading.


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Re: FS: 1981 320is 5speed $7300 OBO

Post by uwbuurman » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:24 pm

Sounds like a nice car in good condition, considering age.

It's the man next door!

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1980 BMW 528i
1987 BMW 325iA cabriolet
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Re: FS: 1981 320is 5speed $7300 OBO

Post by bimmerman78 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:42 pm

Thanks. I did my best to keep her looking and feeling young

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