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Old 10-31-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Dudes Check out my 318ti->318ti conversion

That's right guys! Whilst some of you are hard at work finding your next engine for your conversion to a 328 or an m3 engine (yeah I know its an s52 before anyone gets smart) the boys at Bobby Murray chevorolet are hard at work witht eh latest conversion of mine! Thats right, putting my car back to being a 318ti!

Some of you may remember a post I made a month ago putting all my parts up for sale when the insurance company decided to repair it. Sorry again. If you didn't see the before pictures here is a link:

http://318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=18421

Well attached is a few images the good folks have sent me of the progress being made on the car as of right now.

Hope you enjoy.

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Old 10-31-2007, 02:59 PM   #2
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I say leave the fender and bumper off, don't paint the door and just drive it around like that, lol, but that's just me
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:20 PM   #3
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I love pics like that, thanks for posting.
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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Yeah! One getting saved! I was getting bummed at the "totalled my 'ti" posts this past summer.

Nice work, Chuck.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:22 PM   #5
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haha yeah the insurance company kept changing their mind on it. I kept getting sad when they said they would total it but eventually they just decided to fix it. Thank god haha.

Nice to be back guys!

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:48 PM   #6
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am i the only one thinking, "oh my god, a chevy dealer is fixing it???"
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:36 PM   #7
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am i the only one thinking, "oh my god, a chevy dealer is fixing it???"
Dats wat i said haha
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:58 AM   #8
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am i the only one thinking, "oh my god, a chevy dealer is fixing it???"
Acttually I know the guy who is doing the work and he is pretty much amazing. He has done some of the best work I have ever seen and everything from brand new cars to '67 mustang fastbacks. Now obviously the mustang is not anywhere near the same as the glory of the 318, but if someone can trust a 100,000+ dollar car to be completely restored by him, I can trust him with my 5000 car.

And it helps that I date his daughter...and she is hot.

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Steel is steel; any body shop can work on a BMW.

Nice work on the daughter.
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Steel is steel; any body shop can work on a BMW.

Nice work on the daughter.

Haha thanks man.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:46 AM   #11
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And it helps that I date his daughter...and she is hot.


Photos or ban!

Hey, you know somebody was going to say it, might as well be me. LOL

Seriously though... congrats on not having to total the car! Do you have any plans for the re-paint? I.e., are you staying with the original color, or might you change it?

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:56 AM   #13
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I want to keep it that artic silver. Its such a cool color for the BMW 3 series. I also have a dark grey motorsport flag for the front left side.

I'll be honest, after driving a chevy for the past month I can't wait until I get back in the Ti

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:02 PM   #14
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OK guys its time for an update!

Should get her back from the chop shop thursday. The boys at Bobby Murray have been doing an amazing job and the work is ridiculously clean. Take a look at the last picture (its still crumpled a little but being hit at 55 mph tends to cause those permanent damages)

Anyways I should be back on the road anytime now!

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glad to see you know someone in the biz to make sure it gets done right and that you'll be back on the road soon!
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acquired and awaiting install: heated seat kit, cali top switch relo, lumbar support kit, park distance control kit, heated washer nozzle kit, m-coupe rear subframe, trailing arms, differential, and halfshafts, m-coupe front/rear brakes with master cylinder, under hood light kit, mud flaps, rear sun blind, auto-dimming rear view mirror, tilt steering wheel retrofit, apexcone 5000K HIDs with 55W ballasts




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