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Old 22-10-2017, 04:37 PM   #71
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Outstanding mate I would absolutely love an E30.
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Old 22-10-2017, 06:28 PM   #72
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Looks crap, you should sell it to me

(joking of course, that looks stunning)
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Old 22-10-2017, 08:41 PM   #73
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I know a decent welder.....
So do I! If only I get hold of him....

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Fingers crossed you can sort out the rust in the rear relatively easy then.
Shouldn't be too bad, I have a plan!

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That is porn! Paintwork looks flawless pal. Maybe one day mine will look like that

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Old 22-10-2017, 09:34 PM   #74
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So do I! If only I get hold of him....



Shouldn't be too bad, I have a plan!



That is porn! Paintwork looks flawless pal. Maybe one day mine will look like that
Cheers pal it is flawless. How do you post pics direct to forum, using flikr & just copying link.
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:26 PM   #75
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I suppose I should update this. Progress really slowed, almost to a stop with this, mainly due to the weather - sucks keeping the car outside.

I'll start with the headlights. I think I probably spent over 10 hours working on these and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. There's a lot of plastic on these and with 30 years of sun they aged pretty badly.

So not to bore you, I'll just give a quick run down of what I did. I started by buying a donor set of headlights in the hope of salvaging some of the clips and having non cracked bases to build from. I then dissembled all of them, degreased and cleaned every clip, gave the bolts a deox bath, polished the lenses and dressed all the plastics.









Obviously it would be rude not to clean the grill as well.





Fitted everything back up.



Bought some yellow bulbs.





Pretty happy with the outcome of that. Everything was refitted with stainless screws and bolts, should keep it for another few years.

That out of the way, it was time to address the exhaust. It really had seen better days. There wasn't a section that was blowing, the fitment was poor at best, the welding was terrible and it looked awful.

So what to buy? Well, there's very little choice for the 318is off the shelf, so I bought a Fritz Bits system and it seems fairly well built, some of the welding is suspect but it'll do for now.

Out with the old.



In with the new!





The fitment is pretty good out of the box, it'll need some tweaking down the line but nothing major. As for the sound, it's raspy and not blowing, so ticks both my boxes.
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Next was the brakes. It was clear from the day I got the car that new discs and pads would be needed all round. So that's what I did, along with rebuilding the calipers and buying new braided flexi hoses. Unfortunately this small job, caused me at least 5 months of extra work, as you'll see.

To start with, I actually had two different calipers on the front. I wasn't going to be happy with that, so I got a second hand nearside Girling caliper to match the offside.



Trial fitted everything.



Happy with fronts, I thought I'd get the rears off and refurb all the calipers at once. Famous last words.

To begin with, both rear calipers were seized to the discs. Some persuasion later and I managed to remove calipers, only to find the handbrake works off shoes.



I'll jump forward slightly. I refurbed the rear calipers.









I'm really happy with the outcome of these and was relatively inexpensive to do.

Now going back. Once I removed the handbrake shoes, I thought I would replace the handbrake cables. In doing so, I found rust by the fuel tank which resulted in this.

Yes that is snow.





At this point, I couldn't ignore the rust any longer. I bought a welder and got stuck in.

The first job was actually to remove all the soundproofing from the interior and generally clean up the floorpan to assess.











Could of been worse I guess, but clearly some work to be done.

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Old 09-05-2018, 12:07 AM   #77
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great thread this, the e30 was the car that got me into loving bmw's as much as i do.

first one i ever remember seeing was a neighbour with a red 325i, which was the image of this (bar the inappropriate M badge)
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:18 AM   #78
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Loving this. Isn't it just the way, nice simple task turns into something much bigger.
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Good to see an update on this, looking forward to hearing how the welding goes.
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Old 30-05-2018, 02:17 PM   #80
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I wish I had a £1 for how many times I’ve intended to do one relatively simple thing properly which has then meant then doing something else (properly) whilst I’m there to complement what I initially set out to do. Turning into a massive but very worth it job. Great work love the attention to detail.

Those brake calipers look really good. I think if your going to paint calipers that is the only way. None of this on the car masking up type, that looks good for about a year max.

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