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New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by e21Keith » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:27 pm

I've had more e30's than you could shake a stick at over the years, everything from the lowly 316 to the M3, I've had over 30 of them!

Just finished my e21 323i, few little bits left to do like the interior and some suspension upgrades, I also have an e30 325i Cabriolet that I've owned for 5 years, had a rolling restoration in that time including all the bodywork, head, clutch, cooling, all the brakes and leather interior.

I just bought an '87 E-reg e30 325i, been off the road for 20 years since an unrecorded accident so need recommissioning plus of course some bodywork at the front. This was a one owner unmolested car before the accident, fairly basic spec, cloth, central locking, electric windows, electric sunroof, no PAS, chrome bumper. Luckily it comes with a donor car with all the parts I need, anyone need bits from a pre-facelift Baur please let me know as I will be stripping the car this week.

Not really planning anything other than a restoration, I'll add the PAS because I have all the bits, I also have a rear sun blind hiding in my stash. I may change the springs as the non-sport cars are a bit soft, 15 inch X-Spokes or Alpina reps. I'm hoping the engine is OK as it was running not that long ago, otherwise I have a kit of parts to build a 2.7.



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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by Jeroen » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:38 pm

Sounds great! Now we want pics haha!
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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by uwbuurman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:40 pm

Ha, e30s are great!! :cheers
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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by e21Keith » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:03 am

It's being delivered tomorrow, my partner may kill me for buying another project before I have time to post the pics!

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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by uwbuurman » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:14 am

We also can relate to that, I believe. :popcorn
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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by e21Keith » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:03 pm

The car was delivered to my home yesterday and luckily my partner didn't kill me, but that's the only positive so far.

I started stripping the damaged front panels and I have discovered that the passenger side (left) chassis rail is bent, the car will need jigging to pull it straight. People who can do this now are few and far between in my area, two of the companies I know that used to do it have sold their jigs as they just do straight panel replacement and painting for insurance work now. The last company I spoke to still have their jig and will come and look at the car at the weekend to give me an estimate. Their jig work is pretty good, they did a Skoda for me many years ago, but they are very slow, it can take weeks and months to get a job completed. None of this really bothers me though, it's an opportunity to get the engine and 'box out for a minor refresh and a tidy up of the engine bay, but the cost of the jig work could be prohibitive.

Lets see what happens.....

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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by Jeroen » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:14 pm

Bummer! Fingers crossed for a decent quote!
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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by e21Keith » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:48 pm

I had a visit from the bodyshop today to straighten the chassis rails, the good news is that the cost is not prohibitive so I shall be sending the car to be repaired in about 2-3 weeks, they say it will be done in another 2 weeks but I know it can take longer.

In preparation I need to remove the bonnet, cut off most of the front panel, remove the engine, gearbox and as much furniture from the engine bay as possible, brake servo, ABS pump etc. The bodyshop will straighten the chassis rails, fit the front panel, align all the panels and repaint the engine bay where appropriate following repairs. I will leave all the front panels in their "donor" colours for now and get the car running and driving with MOT. At some stage when funds allow I will have the whole car repainted.

In the meantime I'm on the hunt for some parts to complete the PAS conversion, namely the U/J in the steering column and the pump itself, everything else I have in my spares stash.

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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by Jeroen » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:54 pm

Glad it's a go Sir!
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Re: New Project '87 e30 325i

Post by e21Keith » Wed May 08, 2019 9:10 pm

The car went yesterday to the bodyshop with the jig to straighten the front chassis legs. The damage became much clearer once I had removed the engine and transmission, the N/S is the worst with a crease just in front of the mounting for the crossmember and smaller ripples along the length, O/S not so bad but still needs a pull.

There are infill panels that close the top of the chassis leg and these were both damaged, BMW provided the N/S one at a very reasonable and the donor car the other side.

I'm told to expect the car ready by the end of the month. ready basically means straight with all panels fitted, I'll then have to repair the engine bay myself.

I have posted in the wanted section for a couple of parts that i need for the PAS conversion

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