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Old 09-17-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
mack89
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First project car- E24 vs E30..What's your opinion?



Well, I've been thinking of buying a project car. Weather is getting cool in Dallas and I'm thinking to do something as a side hobby-job for my college fund.
Since I do not have large project fund ($4k-8k max), so I started to look for old BMWs with few problems such as...

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/cto/2560872839.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/2583376654.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/2599365649.html

So, as you can see, they have bit of problems. Head gasket, power steering, etc..I'm going to replace most of old parts and bring the car back to excellent condition. Simply ambitious lol.

Problem is, I've never done this kind of project so called 'restoration'. I was never professionally trained nor do I have ample experience like 10~20 years or so. But I am quite mechanically inclined and a fast learner, do have access to numbers of equipments since my neighbor has fully-gadgetted garage. Lucky me.


Replacing head gasket and several other gaskets/o-rings and mechanical parts won't be hard as long as I follow procedures of service manual, but how hard will it be to do body restoration?
According to the owners of those E24s, they are cosmetically in great condition. No rust/no visible damages except tiny dings. I only plan to re-paint since I don't have any experience with body restoration at all.


So..If anyone has ample experience with high-level of repair jobs and this kind of restoration, please give me any advice! What I should be aware of, prepare, etc. It's my ambitious(but rubbish? lol) first step, I may rely on your advice a lot.

TIA
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