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79 320 Barn find

Post by BigG » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:11 pm

Hi everyone, just joined this forum after stumbling across a 320 that has been languishing in a farm building for some time. It is a 2 owner car with a history file that goes back to the original bill of sale (Alpina wheels were an optional extra when new). The cars paintwork has suffered in the leaky barn but looks to be all original and unmolested and the doors, bonnet and boot shut like a new car with perfect gaps. Just debating wether to do a full resto or just touch up, service and use it as a daily?
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When I first went to move it the keys got locked inside and I had to remove the rear screen by cutting it out, anyone know where I could find a new rubber?



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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by e21-Mark » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:14 pm

Main dealer is easiest solution.

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by raseeda green » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:29 pm

Really nice blue colour, what is it? Hope we see it shining again!
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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by Jeroen » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:53 pm

Welcome! Nice car, better give her a thorough check, especially on rust issues, then determine if its worth a full resto, we won't mind to share our 2 cents! Enjoy car and forum :wink:
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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by BigG » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:56 pm

Biscay blue according to invoice, not found any major rust issues other than below the rear side windows which are non openers and a hole behind the bonnet badge, plenty of surface rust thanks to a leaky barn, think I may have got to this car just in time.
Tried starting it yesterday but no fuel coming through, theres a mechanical fuel pump on the side of the block, is this normal or should there also be an electric one? sorry to sound a bit clueless but never had a BMW before (apart from an Isetta)
Will take some close up pics this weekend.

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by Mihajlo » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:16 pm

Nice catch!

put it back on the road and take car of it!
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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by uwbuurman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:37 am

Nice find, but like Jeroen says, look closely at the known rustspots. Especially when it was for a long time in a leaky barn, there will be rust under the surface, at the jackpoints and the outersills.

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by BigG » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:23 pm

been busy last few weeks but decided to make a start on the old girl last weekend. Now running sweet thanks to a new battery and fuel filter and also refitted rear screen.
gave the interior a clean and came up pretty good though seats will need a steam clean.
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work in progress, despite its 12 year slumber everything seems to work fine.

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next job is to free up brakes, looks like its had all new brake lines, pads, bearings etc before it was laid up but calipers will need a rebuild. No rust issues underneath so far.
Going to check rear brakes and exhaust tomorrow so hopefully some more pics.

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by Jeroen » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:27 pm

Yeah better rebuild the brakes F&R, but it sounds like the car is pretty good nick then!
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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by Mobster » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:26 am

That steering wheel is worth a dollar or two.

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by BigG » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:52 pm

Someone else commented on the wheel funilly enough, theres a centre pad in the glovebox that fits over the middle of the wheel which is quite rare too.
Was going to chuck it at first and get a standard wheel till I found out what they were worth.

According to the history file it was bought new at BMW hailsham when the car was 6 months old for £75.27p :)

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Re: 79 320 Barn find

Post by Jeroen » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:34 pm

haha and now NLA for quite some time, prolly the most exclusive E21 sports steering wheel atm
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