A Little Background Information

Our BMW didn't look too good after sitting for ten years.
After a wash, wax and a new door, the car looked a little better.
A new deck lid replaced the rusted out one.
A new dash came with the car, while the radio, originally a $600 unit, was bought for $90 at a yard sale.
After six months, the car was looking okay.
Junkyard-sourced seats replaced the worn old ones.
I spent a day at The Body Werks in Holly Hill, Fla., repairing the cracked spoiler.
The car shined at its first autocross event.

A year ago, we received an odd e-mail from a reader. He had an old BMW sitting in his driveway and wanted to get rid of it. He knew we liked them, and he wanted to know if we wanted it. We thought it over and said we’d take it, even if we didn’t know what to do with it.

So the car was brought home, and it wasn’t quite pristine. The passenger-side door had been hit, the left fender was peeling primer, and the deck lid and left rear quarter were rusted out. The car had no brakes, and the interior was trashed. The fact that the car barely ran was icing on the cake.

We took the car even with these faults in mind, and we’ve been working on it for a solid year. The body and drivetrain have undergone vast improvements. Today, the car almost the same as when it came out of the showroom. Now it’s ready to be modified for weekend autocrossing and track days.

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2002maniac Dork
7/2/09 12:52 p.m.

Is this Tommy's car? looks great!

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
7/2/09 2:27 p.m.

Yep, it's mine. Thanks.

PaulY Reader
7/2/09 3:08 p.m.

The car looks great, nice work! I look forward to reading about it.

wherethefmi Dork
7/4/09 3:30 a.m.

I'm jealous, big time.

jddeadfuelpumps New Reader
6/11/10 12:46 a.m.

Good job. E-30s are great cars, and it's nice to see one saved.

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