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Old 08-02-2011, 05:36 AM   #1
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so after looking for a second 318ti for over a year and settling on an E30 for the past year I've finally found one, not only that but it was about a half hour drive away from me. I bought it from ///MptyPockets on here and it's a 96 sport package with 168k and a salvage title, I can see some damage on the frame but it doesn't go down the road crooked so I'm happy with it. Only real problem is a broken sway bar bracket and a few cheap cosmetic repairs (headliner tacked up, door moldings screwed on, etc.) but mechanically it's in good shape and it's recently had the two plastic cooling fitting replaced.

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euro plate holder left over from the PO, it also has angel eye headlights that don't seem to be hooked up



it has 17" contour replicas in the pics, those weren't part of the deal so I need to get those back to the PO, I have some 16" contour reps I'm going to put on it


pics from earlier today when I started modding

deleted the rear wiper


replaced the worn out shift knob with my knock off AC Schnitzer knob I used to have in my E30


stuck my euro plate in the holder, put the tow hook in (still need to drill a hole in the trim) and pulled the busted foglights out
the front bumper's a little busted up but it's nothing some zip-ties and duct tape can't fix




I also found a thing of touch up paint in the trunk so I went ahead and touched up a few spots, once I can transfer the plates off my E30 I'll be able to get it to work with me and I can really get started on mods

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Old 08-02-2011, 06:37 AM   #2
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Has pontential.
Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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If it's a track slut Dont worry bout touchin it up! Start ripping out door panels and seats and reduce weight! Does it have an LSD?


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Old 08-02-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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Sweet Brendan, what are you planning to do with it? Gut it? Cage? Any engine work?
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Has pontential.
Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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no LSD unfortunately, I know a guy who parts out E30's a lot so I'll probably try to buy one from him since he usually hooks me up on pricing. I'm probably going to keep the b-pillars forward intact just so I can drive around town in relative comfort, I completely gutted my E30 and it made it somewhat unpleasant to drive

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Sweet Brendan, what are you planning to do with it? Gut it? Cage? Any engine work?
I'm thinking of getting a 4-point bar made up for it, I think a full cage might be overkill

I'm planning on spending the most money on handling upgrades, might do some light engine mods though. I'm going to try to use the original air box off my 95 ti since it's basically fogged from the factory
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:54 AM   #6
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welcome to the fun-times
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:00 AM   #7
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no major updates today, put my 318ti.org and a couple random stickers on, the E30 should be sold tomorrow so I can transfer the plates and get started

EDIT: oh yeah, the touch up paint I found, apparently when you leave it in your car it tends to change colors so now I have a bunch of dark silver spots all around the car

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major update, it's finally registered and insured and I'll be taking it to work with me tomorrow to get started

minor update, I got my official Sports Car Club of Vermont number magnets in the mail today, I had to take the door moldings off so they would sit flat, the PO had them on with screws into the door. in his defense the metal rail that held the clips was all rotted away and there wasn't any other way to attach them without getting completely new moldings

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I hadn't checked but I'd imagine that one was already taken, when a non-member is registering for an event they always tell them to not pick a number that's clever because they're all taken I like 318 though, used to have the same number on my E30 318i

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I think Josh aka "thesk8nmidget" used 318 as a side number. As for the door moldings, mine were rotted too(Michigan car). There was literally rust stains dripping down the doors from the metal brackets inside the moldings. Anyway, rip the metal out of the moldings and glue them on with 3M windo-weld. Just put a small dab on each end and a another every 10 or so inches in between. That stuff is awesome. It dries rubbery, sticks to painted surfaces and heck it's used to glue windshield in place, it ain't comin off unless you take it off.
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I remember that, I think I probably got the idea from him

I'll probably keep the moldings off just so I can get my magnets to stay on flat, it won't look good but I've got my cordoba ti for when I want to look good
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Perhaps you could rattle can a black stripe where the moldings used to be, but make it thin enough so the regular moldings will cover it up when you're not racing. Or even better, use some wide electrical tape. I think I've seen rolls of black vinyl tape in the pistriping isle at the auto parts store
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the black paint's actually not a bad idea, I might end up doing that. the old moldings are pretty messed up so I don't think I'll be putting them back on
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took it to work today, I swapped the rims with mine, replaced the front brakes, zip-tied the bumper, painted my took hook and drilled a hole for it, took out the back seat and put my Sparco strut tower bar on

changing the brakes was a b*tch, both set screws needed to be drilled out. when I did the first one I ended up making all the drill bits too dull to do the second one so I had to cut it out with an oxy-acetylene torch

problems that need to be fixed:
both rear springs are broken
right front sway bar bracket is broken (the part that's welded to the frame)
rear brakes need to be done
I've got an oil leak somewhere, probably the filter housing gasket
battery tie down bolt broke

the next autocross is next weekend, I don't think I'll be ready in time for it

on to pics, got tired of the HARD PARKIN plate so I swapped it with something a bit more fitting











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