1991 BMW 318is

Started on March 16 by Protege2886

Ride Rating

3

Picked up this beauty from a retired provincial police officer. Is it too corny to call it "The Sheriff"?

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Latest updates

April 13

Weight Watchers - E30 Edition

I spent this entire weekend outside working on the car. I had previously completed what I like to call my "stage 1 weight reduction" by removing the carpet and rear seats and this weekend I kicked off stage 2. After ...

April 13

Thread bump!

Wow! Time flies and a lot has changed in the last 3 years! I've moved from Ottawa to Michigan and Michigan to Windsor all while working for Ford. Dad kept the E30 for his first full season of auto-x and ...

May 12

Scrambling for parts

Update! 1) I love my friends. These guys rock! My friend Chris sent me all the info that I needed for my hardlines and even gave me a link to a great online vendor - Fedhill USA. Great price. $155 ...

May 12

Being street-legal $ucks!

Just stopped by the shop and my mechanic gave me a ~$2000 shit list of stuff the car needs to be ready for the track (I race with him so he knows what the plan is lol). I've started calling ...

May 12

New rims and rubber

I picked up a set of used rims and tires from a local member last night. 205/55 14 Toyo R888 tires on Kosei rims. Nice and light!

May 12

Stopping power, rubber, and safety

The E30 now has new brakes on all four corners. I'm running jobber blanks with HAWK HP+ pads.The brake fluid was (mostly) swapped and all the lines have been bled. I also primered the spoiler. The car is now getting ...

April 19

MOAR PARTS!

The pile includes: Front lip, Swaybars and hardware, Solid rubber motor mounts (from E28 5-series), New control arms, Diff bushings, trans bushings, trailing arm bushings, and subframe bushings, Weld-in reinforcements for swaybar, subframe, and trailing arm, Stainless brake lines, Solid ...

April 19

Short Shifter installed

I got my "Budget SSK" from Bimmerworld installed a few days ago. Sure enough, the selector rod rubs the harmonic balancer. I found a great write-up from UUC that shows how to use a table vice and 3 sockets as ...

April 19

Not something you want to see under your ride...

Turns out the floor under/around the dead pedal is gone. The crummy part is that the frame rail at that spot is also weak. I'm going to get the car up on my buddy's lift and cut the floor and ...

March 29

Expensive Mondays!

Free time and a credit card number committed to memory can be a dangerous combination. I'm now waiting for this AWESOME shopping list to arrive: Ground Control Coilovers (550F/ 750R) with single-adjustable inserts and GC top plates for added camber ...

March 16

More parts

...I forgot to mention that I also picked up a short shift kit from Bimmerworld, complete with urethane bushings. That should cure the "spoon in a spaghetti bowl" feeling. We ended up with the Z3 1.9L shifter. Shorter throw but ...

March 16

Hit the "checkout" line

I paid $1400 for the BMW and with my first parts order, I have nearly matched that amount. Picked up a number of reinforcement plates and urethane bushings from AKG to support and beef up the driveline. Bimmerworld was the ...

March 16

BMW Spring Cleaning

I took advantage of the nice weather (and loopholes in my home owners agreement) to "clean" the car. I "cleaned" the back end of the car and got rid of the: - Dirty seats - Dirty seat belts - Dirty ...

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Comments

Apr 13, 2015 9:44 a.m.
Protege2886:
Wow! Time flies and a lot has changed in the last 3 years! I've moved from Ottawa to Michigan and Michigan to Windsor all while working for Ford. Dad kept the E30 for his first full season of auto-x and then dropped it off in Windsor last fall. Now the fun begins!
Apr 13, 2015 9:47 a.m.
Protege2886:
I spent this entire weekend outside working on the car. I had previously completed what I like to call my "stage 1 weight reduction" by removing the carpet and rear seats and this weekend I kicked off stage 2. After a bunch of grinding and drilling, the sunroof "cassette" was removed from the car. The plan is to use the sunroof panel to make a mould for a composite plug. Should be interesting! I also took the seats out again to wire wheel the interior and respray it. Between the new unpainted patches and the existing petina, there's a lot to clean up!

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