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1983 316- RESURRECTION

Post by rob0r » Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:14 am

Hello there, I'm new to this forum and pretty new at BMW e21s. I originally bought this as a motorway hack and it is currently standard, but I've changed my mind and I now have plans for it! The body work is currently getting sorted, including fixing both driver's side wheel arches (front arch rust hole, rear arch dent from a previous owner), sorting bonnet corners along with various scratches etc.

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I plan to get some alloys asap with a set of 13" basketweaves, I was considering 15" but that means the hassle of correct offset and wheel spacers unless I shell out for the correct offset alloys which are not easy to find in the UK. Plus as a younger driver, insurance companies love modifications so they can extort even more from me so thats another reason I think I'll go for 13". The main thing I need is driver and passenger seats which have worn through badly and are currently used with seat covers, I don't even care if they aren't recaros- I just want seats! The suspension is set to be lowered 4cm and stiffened as the stock suspension is in a bad way, and I might swap the bushes out at the same time.

I'm also looking to swap out the sound system as I like a fairly decent system in my cars. At the moment I have a spare amp and head unit which I plan to hook up to new 6x4s in the front, and run two new 6x4s in the rear shelf. I may later on put a sub in the boot using my amp on that. Any advice on any better configuration would be greatly appreciated.

Any advice/comments gladly recieved, cheers.
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Post by Zigolia » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:57 am

Hi :)

I am glad that you have seen how fantastic your car is and want to take special care of it! Also, there is nothing wrong with standard :P I love my car and she is pretty standard!!! (In the owners gallery too if you want to see how standard!!!)

Its a pity that you aren't here in Aus as at the moment i have a full set of seats sitting in my back yard, inside a E21 that i am currently parting.

What colour interior does yours have?
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Post by rob0r » Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:38 pm

The interior at the moment is cream/yellow but I'm not too fussy if the front seats are too different from the rear. If someone had a full set I'd probably consider it though!

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Post by Mat (of e30 fame) » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:44 pm

A nice little example there. e21s look good in black too. Congratulations.

In my e30 I have different colour front seats to the trim colour scheme. I can tell you it sucks :lol:. I would kill to get the original seats back in the right colour but havent the time or cash these days. These seats become more and more of an eyesore as time goes by as I see other original e30s :cry:

My advice is its best to stay with the original colour scheme. These old interiors look so cool!

RE wheels, a set of turbines always suits an e21 (like Jeroen's green mascot car). Original is always good, but I can see what you mean with those old wheels :wink: :P (though they are really period).

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Post by rob0r » Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:36 am

Finally had some time to work on my e21 this week and progress has been slow...

After a lot of hard work and seized bolts, the front wing came off... I found lots of debris behind here and it doesn't actually look that bad from here.

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However this is what's left for the wing to attach to the valance and the bumper! Not so good.

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The jacking point in the passengers footwell...

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The Driver's side footwell...

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So lots of work needed there!
Another shot of the rusty underside, underneath drivers door.

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On the more positive side though, I should be bolting my spax -60mm suspension kit on tommorrow. (Fronts out of shot)

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And I checked the spacing I need for my wheels (not the purist's choice, but I'm going for the low and wide look). If anyone's interested, these are 13x7 et20, 10mm each wheel just clips the rod, so 15mm is what I'm going for.

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And some time soon these should be fitted in, once again not the purist's choice but there really is nothing else around and they are very comfy!

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I've not dealt with e21s before, is it normal and acceptable for them to be as rusty as mine? I'm going to carry on as planned and put some pictures up when I'm done!

Cheers.

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Post by Sierpien » Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:10 pm

Yes its completely normal
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Post by Mat (of e30 fame) » Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:12 pm

Well old BMWs are certainly prone to under-body rust, but the rust there looks pretty critical. I dont want to discourage you, and believe me I'm not an expert in restoring cars, but I don't think I would have bought that example personally. But of course I'm not prepared for a challlenge either :wink:

However, having said that, you seem to know what you are doing and have done this before; so if you know you are able to cut that kind of rust out successfully, then that is great! And I'm also keen to know how you go and what the results are.

I dont think that type of rust is uncommon if the car has been left outdoors for a long period; its just that it would have alarmed me personally.

Bit good luck with it and I hope you get it out successfully. Other than that, the car seems pretty nifty!

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Post by --ALPINA-- » Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:19 pm

Hi wiz0r, nice car, you know as you took the front wings of, you know what i would have done, which im going to do soon, is that when taking my wings off im going to clear up around the area there and paint black hammerite paint you get at B&Q, cos when water splashes there it will just drip off and knowing theres soild protection!!! which was advised to me by a car restorer as he does it to all his customers.. but check for rust hols and grind off then weld.. painting is the best part and leave to dry solid.... some tricks...

The jackoing points are the badest parts of the car that goes quick, i literally cau mine out and replaced with new panels and where the jacking points are now its just smooth, so to jack my car up now i use a bottle jack (small).. enough to lift car up to change wheel.. i NEVER use the original jack anymore, as to me i get paranoid if i was to jack the car up from the sill that it would cave in, .... even thous i have new sills fitted a few months ago. saying that i need to pump a the sills and any other crevis in the car with a tonn of WAXOYL..


Goodluck...

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Post by rob0r » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:01 pm

Yeah I was getting about down with the rust yesterday, but structurally apart from what's shown, it's fine. At the end of the day I picked the car up for £225 so I'm not expecting a minter! If it does get really bad, I'll just buy a better example and swap my bits onto there. I haven't done anything of the sort so far and this is all completely new to me but I'm a fast learner and my Dad who's helping has workshop experience. It's getting welded professionally as I can't weld (yet) and Dad's rusty. It's a shame it is so rusty as it drives really well!

That's a brilliant idea about the hammerite Alpina, cheers for that!

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Post by sharknose81 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:50 am

Hi, like your black e21, I have a black e21 too.

I also need new wings, how hard is it to fit new ones?

Do you have to weld them on? or do they bolt on?

I originally wanted those wheels, they will look niiiice on a black e21.

I got these instead tho. They were cheap.

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Post by rob0r » Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:53 am

Hello there! The wing isn't too difficult to remove, pretty much all 10mm bolts, 1 maybe 2 8mm bolts, and a bolt behind the bumper. You have to remove the mud/splash guard in the inner wing too. After I removed the bolts, the wing was still on tight as after 24 years or so of being attached, along with protective paint and glue. I just tapped it off with a rubber mallet and all was good! No welding required, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the missing metal on the front valence... probably look for a new one.

I like your wheels a lot! What are they? Have seen that pic before and thought they were very interesting and nice e21 too! I hope my wheels will look good, they've just been refurbed, polished and painted professionally so they are all sparkling!

Cheers

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Post by rolfi » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:50 am

I have the ATS Classic rims too, I just need new tires now. They're 8x13. Don't know what the ET is tho, but I would never in my life believe that they are legal to use on the car :lol: . I was thinking about ordering Gottis too, and if I do I'll order them in 10x13.

About the rust, I would consider it pretty normal. I have welded very much of the floor now, but I guess that's the price to pay for having a cool car 8) .
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Post by Mat (of e30 fame) » Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:17 pm

rolfi wrote: About the rust, I would consider it pretty normal. I have welded very much of the floor now, but I guess that's the price to pay for having a cool car 8) .
Too true :lol:! Practical cars tend to be well, uncool :wink:.

As the others say Wiz0r, the rust is in a completely normal spot, but seeing holes like that just looks so awful for the poor car. I hope you can get it out successfully....But if worse comes to worse, at least the car didnt set you back much 8)

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Post by rob0r » Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:24 pm

Floor!
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Bumper mounts and valence
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After
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318IS Seats looking good
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Before
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After
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Because the bonnet catch failed at 70mph down the A14!
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Still a lot to do and some crust to cut out and waiting on some 15" BBSs. But it is on the road and is a hoot.

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Post by --ALPINA-- » Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:23 pm

Hi wizor, yeah looking nice mate, like the no bumper, single headlamp look, and the seats coversion looks good also aaaah not forgetting the side trims are all gone.., the seats are exactly like mine there.. as it goes im selling the seat frames which are modified to fit the E30 seats.... i just want to put my original seats back in for now....

Oh, i PM`d you...



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