03-06-2011, 11:52 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: San Luis Obispo/Fremont
My Ride: 04 325xi
allow me to introduce bella (e30 content)
bored on a sunday night and thought Id show off the progress of my e30. this was the first car I purchased myself after college and been trying to restore this vintage sex machine since. this month would mark my 1 year of ownership. The car is a 1990 325is Sterling Silver (rare color). came with a LSD, sport seats, 13 feature OBC computer, and every gasket leaking. Bought it as the 3rd owner because it was a good template to work with, silver and no rust, large folder of service records with contacts to previous owners avail. never modded.
warning! I'm a horrible photographer
Car when first bought and getting stripped for paint. Can't see it but paint was oxidized clear coat peeling off. and was attempted to be painted once with a single stage paint (no seperate clear coat), few dings here and there.
Car being painted
Car brought home after paint ready to be reassembled
grey leather interior being held together with duct tape and cracked dash.
New black leatherette interior to go in and crack free dash
Old Dash Out
New Dash in
heading to my buddy's bmw shop (he's an independent e30/bmw master tech)
My mechanic's M3:
Back on topic: Overhauling everything mechanical, engine head rebuilt, all known seals replaced, AC system upgraded, new factory suspension, exhaust etc.
Car as she stands right now: paint matched mouldings, IS side skirts, extrude honed intake manifold, stainless steel exhaust, dinan chip, untinted windows with and mtech wheel around the corner this month hoping to finish the car up
Last edited by kaboo0m; 03-07-2011 at 12:18 AM.