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Old 11-15-2010, 10:06 AM   #81
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Not sure as far as showing is concerned but its open to the public if u just want to walk around and check stuff out
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:06 PM   #82
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So another big update.

i spent 2 grand today. Got pretty much everything I need to rebuild the car sans some of the performance stuff.

here is what is left

Big thanks to Steve at BluntTech, Kevin at Modbargains.

we are making progress.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #83
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Uh...oh my god...I mean this in the nicest way Maksim, but I wish I saw this earlier...why did you use the wood that you used? MDF will cut much nicer and be much stronger. That doesn't quite look that great...I'm sorry...
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:43 PM   #84
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Uh...oh my god...I mean this in the nicest way Maksim, but I wish I saw this earlier...why did you use the wood that you used? MDF will cut much nicer and be much stronger. That doesn't quite look that great...I'm sorry...
I simply did not have any handy. I completely agree with you Ken. It doesn't look great at the moment. However it holds the phone nicely and I think that after it gets wrapped it will look perfect. Also I need to cut another piece to make a foundation under the cup part. since you can see the whole in the dash under it. How did you deal woth that problem?

On a separate note it fits in the car pretty much perfectly and it is just as strong as mdf. I do however wish I had a hole saw. But for now it will work. And it won't be hard to replace later. At the moment i am focused on getting parts I need to fox the mechanicles.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:37 PM   #85
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To be honest, I wrapped it in electrical tape for now. I'll have to think of something. I just fitted things, and it seemed ok. I haven't gotten around to screwing it down yet though. Check my thread for an update
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thats some wide electrical tape....

but my question revolves around the fact if you pull your ipod or water bottle out it will look ugly. I think I am going to cut a square bit and just fit it in there under the cup holder at least. cause the charger lives under the phone..
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:53 PM   #87
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another small update - guess what came in the mail today



control arms, tie rods, boots, end links, motor mounts, trans mounts, coolant. This is just the first of many boxes.

Koni will deliver my struts after christmas but the rears are not in stock so I am gonna have to wait till january to get those.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #88
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more goodies.

real brake fluid, gaskets, head studs, waterpump, timing belt and tensioner, subframe mounts






more to come
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Old 11-18-2010, 05:50 PM   #89
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and rouge RSMs came in today for good measure


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BimmerWorld Stud kit, and vinyl wrap for the cupholder came in today.

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Old 11-20-2010, 07:05 PM   #91
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Today was a beautiful day, so I was like fvck studying lets go work on the car. Also I have been pretty stressed out lately and this helps. Tonight I am gonna watch the Stars play and write lap reports anyway enough of me time for the car


First we started with mechanicals - the only thing keeping the car off the road was that it was dumping a reserviour full of brake fluid an hour after it was refiled. time to find out why.....

turns out it was he grommets that connect the reserviour to the master cylinder. Also the tank was so filthy and full of crap it took me a good 30 minutes to clean it out....



and a closer look



they felt so nasty - no form to them completely desintegrated.



there were a bunch of pieces of them in teh whole so i took the time to clean the master cylinder.

then I cleaned the tank - when i started here was a layer of black sediment everywhere - just nasty inside and out, and now clean




new grommets installed - Thanks Steve at BluntTech



and all back together with clean fresh fluid




I then decided it was time to take a look at the brakes - take the wheels off one at a time. I also had some Wheel studs from bimmerworld that I wanted to install but I decided I want new rotors and pads first, The previous owner must have torqued the wheels to about 120lbs. I got to use my new 25" harbor freight breaker bar that I got for $6 on sale - totally worth it.

all rusty with splooshed pads and grooved rotors - obviously have been remachined once or twice. took some sand paper to the rust.



sanded and wheel studs installed for test fitting



I have to make a note here: these things are so nicely made - very high quality and a set of studs and lugs will only set you back $85 - totally worth it as well. Howeve you need a deep socket 17 to install the lugs unless you are running a spacer.

and with the wheel on




All in all I decided to wait and get new brakes - these are nasty and will not work for track duty - I am going to stay stock but get better pads - maybe Hawk? - so I saved the studs in their box for later and for now put the bolts back in. However I put some grease on them and the hub before I put them in to hold off the rust and such. I also took time to find out if I magically had an LSD - I do not. so I need one - 4.10 please for 200 bucks ? anyone?


Now again we must change our focus to the interior. First task was to finish with this phone holder thing. I gave up on the cupholder ideas since no matter how I set it up I didnt like it. So some cutting and vinyl wrapping later







and the finished product - while not perfect it holds the phone perfectly and charges it at the same time - perfect GPS all in all it will work for now.






Last bit for today is hardwiring the radar detector - in my e46 I totally did it using a resistor a switch and +ACC and ground - the same thing would not work in the e30 for reasons I dont understand. SO i finally gave it and very gently dissassembled the power cord that came with it and hard wire it that way.

BTW purple/white is ACC +12V. and brown is ground for both the e30 and e46

I just wired it into the harness for the self check.



Thats all for now, stay tuned.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:33 PM   #92
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:35 PM   #93
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Its coming along real nice man!
thanks. making a push to finish the semester strongly, but I cant wait to tear into building this car.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:37 PM   #94
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Loving all the work bro! So clean and organized!
thanks, the more experiance you pick up the easier and more organized the work gets. plus my parents were gone all day so no one to bother me.
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thanks, the more experiance you pick up the easier and more organized the work gets. plus my parents were gone all day so no one to bother me.
Yeah I need to work on my car alittle more haha, an E30 would be awesome cause they're simple!
Hahaha empty house ftw! I always get more stuff done
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Yeah I need to work on my car alittle more haha, an E30 would be awesome cause they're simple!
Hahaha empty house ftw! I always get more stuff done
ya, working on cars is super relaxing. Its my outlet. my dad trys to help and thats sometimes good but I prefer to work alone. my mom just comes out and nags about using gloves and other crap.

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ya, working on cars is super relaxing. Its my outlet. my dad trys to help and thats sometimes good but I prefer to work alone. my mom just comes out and nags about using gloves and other crap.

lol sounds just like a garage session for me at my house


BE CAREFULZ!! And i'm like yeah yeah

I can't blame my mom for being worried though, one time while I was changing a tire on the M3 the factory jack collapsed on me, trapping 3 of my fingers between the rear fender and the tire.

*side point* Don't ever use the factory jack. Even the cool-looking Bilstein jack that came with my E30 made some very ominous creaking sounds when I raised it up.
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lol. no part of my body goes under the car w/o 6 ton jackstands but when i was pulling the wheels off today i used my hydrolic jac - no stands but i was just lubing the bolts so not a big deal.

but ya always gotta be careful.
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