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e21 323I 1982 project pics

e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby itrvw » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:34 am

Hey,
this is my e21, bought it of a car mechanic who needed more space in his shop, so the beemer had to go..
that's were i came in

here are some pics of my project so far

this is how i found it, lots of dust, little rust and engine started fine

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started with the rear bridge an suspension
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sandblasted and powdercoated bridge, replaced normal diff with 25% lsd diff
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engine removal, the easy way :D
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engine cleaning
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cilinder head before revision
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more pics soon :shake
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby Peter V. » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:10 pm

Welcome here! Keep the pictures comming please. The preparing of an E21 for the road is always nice to see :wink:
Gr Peter V.

.Some say he eats nuts and bolts for breakfast, all we know is he is called the carburetorman.

BMW E21, 1981 320/6 Ascot grau metallic uit Sicilië.
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby Jeroen » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:22 pm

Yeah, first of all a warm welcome! Car looks like a pretty good basis already and you're not just fueling her up and driving but giving her some TLC first... compliments. Keep us posted!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby itrvw » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:57 pm

sandblasted cilinder head:

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now completed the head with cleaned valves:

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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby itrvw » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:35 am

engine before:
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engine after:
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby DC » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:09 am

wow, that engine looks fantastic now e_surprised
Image <- 320i Turbo
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby BMW-POWER » Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:00 am

very nice work done!!!
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby Jeroen » Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:13 am

:thumbsup
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby GutiE21 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:08 pm

Oh! What a beutiful engine. Great job.
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby itrvw » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:34 am

completed the engine now and tried on the new headers:

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i powdercoated the subframe, fixed new brake discs and cleaned the brakes,
fastened engine on subframe

we bought a new house, so car has to be able to move to its next shed:

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it is nice to see the bimmer back on his 4 feet, lowered about 4 cm

also found its 'new' wheels, i love bbs and alpina's,
but i looked for something original,
always loved porsche C2, when i saw them on E30 i knew it..

purchased them for little money, need some TLC and will look awesome!
this picture convinced me:

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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby GixxerBob99 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:01 am

Looking very good so far.. Very clean
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby Jeff323 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:01 am

Nice job so far! Quick question though, what did you use to raise the car so high in the front when you removed the engine? I see the stand you are using after the engine was out, but can't tell from the pictures what you were using during the actual removal process. I only ask, because I was thinking that's the way I wanted to do it too. It really does seem like the best way! :thumbsup
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby Peter V. » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:41 pm

Nice work done! The engine looks awesome indeed. Hope it wil run smooth also!

Keep it comming
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby johie » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:34 pm

looking very good! are those rim mounts strong enough? are those aluminium? they dont look very meaty on the edge. wondering if you can still can go sideways with those
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Re: e21 323I 1982 project pics

Postby itrvw » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:25 pm

Jeff323 wrote:Nice job so far! Quick question though, what did you use to raise the car so high in the front when you removed the engine? I see the stand you are using after the engine was out, but can't tell from the pictures what you were using during the actual removal process. I only ask, because I was thinking that's the way I wanted to do it too. It really does seem like the best way! :thumbsup


i used my engine hoist, grab the car with 2 chains on its front towbars and up it goes.. pretty easy and fast

just support the subframe, remove subframe-chassis bolts, maybe also front suspension cause it will object you
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