Aug 8, 2019 update to the BMW 318is project car

Project BMW 318is: Our Project is Done

At this point, our 1991 BMW 318is project is about done. Sure, we ended up with a bit over $20,000 in a project that is only worth about three-quarters of that figure, but we also ended up with what is essentially a brand new 318is for what they cost when new. So, we are going to call this a good deal.

As a plus, we also included some carefully chosen modifications that include the 2.0-liter engine and the corresponding power numbers that this car should have been built with when new. Another plus goes to the much nicer tire and wheel package, quicker steering and a suspension setup that makes the handling on this car pretty much other-worldly.

So, if we seem happy with the way this one turned out, then you are reading us correctly. And please do not ask if we plan on selling this car, as the answer is an emphatic NO!

We need to thank all of our partners again and remind our readers that our face-off with an M3 is the cover story in our August 2019 issue of Grassroots Motorsports. Pick it up at newsstands or subscribe today on our website.

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z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/8/19 9:14 a.m.

Now that the engine is built and can handle, it needs BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSTT!

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
8/8/19 9:52 a.m.
z31maniac said:

Now that the engine is built and can handle, it needs BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSTT!

No...  That is not how GRM set this car up.  Boost would ruin the Resto Euro vibe.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
8/8/19 10:15 a.m.

Is this car for sa....

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 HalfDork
8/8/19 10:17 a.m.

Post headline is a lie. A project car is never donecheeky

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
8/8/19 10:21 a.m.
TurnerX19 said:

Post headline is a lie. A project car is never donecheeky

Only the cake is! 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/8/19 11:00 a.m.
TurnerX19 said:

Post headline is a lie. A project car is never donecheeky

That insulation on the underside of the hood should be taken care of.  smiley  Otherwise it's a sweet looking car.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/8/19 11:39 a.m.
noddaz said:
z31maniac said:

Now that the engine is built and can handle, it needs BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSTT!

No...  That is not how GRM set this car up.  Boost would ruin the Resto Euro vibe.

You are allowed to have your incorrect opinion. devil

BTD
BTD Reader
8/8/19 1:19 p.m.
Tim Suddard said:

 And please do not ask if we plan on selling this car, as the answer is an emphatic NO!

Read the rest of the story

Too late, whoops!

 

This was a great build and should be easy to enjoy for years to come. 

Rob357
Rob357 New Reader
8/8/19 1:31 p.m.

I just surprised that you did not put a Chevy LT engine in it.

Pretty much every project car in you great mag has one in it.

Weather or not it need one.

Well done project, I really enjoyed the process.

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
8/8/19 5:06 p.m.
z31maniac said:
noddaz said:
z31maniac said:

Now that the engine is built and can handle, it needs BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSTT!

No...  That is not how GRM set this car up.  Boost would ruin the Resto Euro vibe.

You are allowed to have your correct opinion. devil

Yes I am.  And I fixed that for you!  lol

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
8/8/19 5:13 p.m.

I'll be using this article when I start working on my 325is. Thanks for the guidance!

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