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Restored 1983 320i in USA

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Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by dumbclub » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:35 pm

It has taken me quite a few years to get around to adding my car to the Registry, but it's finally here. The original owner was my brother-in-law and I have owned it since 1997.

Details of the restoration can be found here:http://www.e21restoration.com

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1983 320iS with 95k miles.
Originally Graphit, repainted Imolarot.
One family owned since new, mine since 1997.
Every part replaced - Millions invested.
BMW Car Club of America member since 1973

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by uwbuurman » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:06 pm

Omg!! Wow what a super cool and tidy car you have there! Few questions: did you fabricate that bracket that holds the jack? Some more pics of that please.

And dou you have the original headlight wipers? On a single headlight car it is super rare! Realy! You have the headlight rings for it. Those are also worth a lot of money.

Great car, great to have you here, welcome.
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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by Peter V. » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:50 pm

Very big welcome. Nice E21 you have there.
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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by misza » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:22 am

Very nice e21. Everything looks great, only the e30 boot lip dont fit here imo. What radio u have? Have u been on dyno?

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by l3v4rt » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:53 pm

Oh the car looks great and I love the color! Very nice work with the web page with the restoration, great job!

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by gerrit323 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:24 pm

Great car .. welcome .. nice to see they get appriciated more and more :thumbsup
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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by dumbclub » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:06 pm

Thanks to everyone for the nice responses.

I'll try to answer some of the questions:
- The jack and lug wrench bracket is standard from the factory, at least it's what came on all 1980-83 USA models.
- I found the headlight wipers/washers/motors on eBay from a source in Germany. The headlight rings with the wiper stops were the only ones available from BMW at the time I bought them, around 2009. I don't think they have any 7" rings available now.
- I have not dynoed the car, but my guess for the modifications I made during the engine rebuild is 130-140 horsepower. My website has details of the rebuild.
- The e30 deck lid spoiler fits nicely if you carefully reshape the edges. I used a very sharp woodworking block plane and a lot of trial and error fitting.
- The radio is a BMW Business AM/FM/Cassette from an e36. Nothing special, but I think it looks at home in the early 1980s interior.

-John
1983 320iS with 95k miles.
Originally Graphit, repainted Imolarot.
One family owned since new, mine since 1997.
Every part replaced - Millions invested.
BMW Car Club of America member since 1973

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by dumbclub » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:13 pm

I know info and pictures of the single headlight wipers are hard to find, so here are some detials:

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The small hook-shaped thing under the wiper arm post is the washer nozzle.

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1983 320iS with 95k miles.
Originally Graphit, repainted Imolarot.
One family owned since new, mine since 1997.
Every part replaced - Millions invested.
BMW Car Club of America member since 1973

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by dumbclub » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:23 pm

And here's how I modified the e30 spoiler to fit the e21 deck lid:

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Some of the openings on the underside had to be enlarged (with a Dremel grinder) to fit the nuts and fiber washers that line up with the threaded posts on the e30 spoiler.

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1983 320iS with 95k miles.
Originally Graphit, repainted Imolarot.
One family owned since new, mine since 1997.
Every part replaced - Millions invested.
BMW Car Club of America member since 1973

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by uwbuurman » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:37 pm

Wow, the headlight wipera are on!! I have seen a lot of , but I have only seen a single headlight e21 with wipers once before. That was at the Essen motorshow last year, at the bmw stand. So cool.

Nice modifications to that tail spoiler.
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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by BrunoT » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:32 am

nice build. brilliant attention to detail

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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by BertjeConti » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:34 pm

Impressive car, like the overall detailling.
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Re: Restored 1983 320i in USA

Post by Jeroen » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:29 am

Compliments from this side as well, for the work and the pics. Those headlight wipers... wonderful!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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