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E21 S50B30, 1980

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E21 S50B30, 1980

Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:40 am

Hello all, my car is almost finished so i'm placing some pictures here..

It start's with an 1980 320/6 that i've bought a few months ago.. I've driven a E30 cabrio for the last 8 years but due to some problems with the Belgian 'keuring' I had to put it to rest for a few years.. So i bought an E21 with the intention of using the E30 parts. The car was from the first owner with only 89.566 km on it, the car was in a very good shape apart from an drowning engine and some little rust spots...
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:44 am

While the engine in the E21 was blowing his last breath, the replacement of the engine was the first thing to do... My first time, so it was kind of a big challenge ;)
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:46 am

Then it was time to take my baby's hart out :cry:
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And put it in the E21:
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:57 am

I used the complete E30 engine and 5 speed sport gearbox (with shortshift) (i knew i would have no speedo, but i don't give a f*ck), the E30 Scorpion exhaust i adjusted and weldet a little, so i now have an 323i look double exhaust.
The drive shaft is one of an E30 320i, that was the only one that would fit without any adjustments...
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I struggled a few day's with the motronic connection but it worked! Time for a first testdrive :D Nice! But the suspension is so far gone it's almost inpossible to drive it.. So time for the loweringsprings and Koni's :D
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:00 am

While i was doing that, i gave the brakes a litlle bit of new paint ;)
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Brakes have to do for now, but will be improved as soon as possible...
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:02 am

An extremely lowered E21 looks like this...
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Her you can also see the exhaust ;)
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:10 am

Now it's time to drive my new baby to the place were i will put my own signature on it... Time for the E30 wheels! Tramont staria 8.5*17"Et 18 (215/40/17) and 11*17" ET08 (265/35/17)... Need's some cutting here and there... For those who have a weak heart or only like completely original restored E21's, please close your eyes and move on to the next topic :D
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:17 am

Time to try and fit the 2002 turbo arches.... Eeeuh no fit, not in the back (we expected that :D ) and not in the front (bugger :( , hoped that it would fit without ajustments, but due to the extreme lowering it had to be extremely reworked)
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some poly....
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:25 am

Time for smoothing the surface...sanding, mastiek(dunno how you guys call it)
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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:27 am

finishing before the first layer of paint....

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That's all for now... Yesterday, i removed the little dent underneath the trunk and worked on the few rust spots, pictures will follow..
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Post by hadrian » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:07 am

Whoa those wheels are f*cking huge!

Nice work :)
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Post by Danny043 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:13 pm

I like the looks of your E30, I don't think these wide wheels and lowering suit the E21, but we'll see the end result here :) It's not my style, but your mods look well done, good luck with it and enjoy 8)
And what was wrong with the E21's engine? It had only done ~90,000km
And can't you use the speedo from your E30?

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Post by Orjan » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:22 pm

Great work! Can't wait to see the finished result :)

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Post by VerDi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:01 pm

The 320 carb engine had a 'kapotte koppakking' (can someone translate that for our English speaking friends please?) but apart from that it drove very well...
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Post by Danny043 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:09 pm

VerDi wrote:The 320 carb engine had a 'kapotte koppakking' (can someone translate that for our English speaking friends please?) but apart from that it drove very well...
A broken head gasket.
So that wasn't the reason you swapped engines? Because that's easily replaced. I assume you wanted more power :twisted:

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