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Nick_V
09-23-2011, 06:56 PM
Hey all,

Just thought I'd post some shots of my newly acquired winter-beater. I wanted an E30 because (besides the obvious reasons) I've had a good M50 sitting on a stand in my garage for a while now and I don't want to waste it. This is my 3rd E30 (had two 318is's before) and to my surprise it's probably the tightest one I've driven. Suspension, although non-sport, feels fresh and nothing vibrates, rattles, clunks, etc. All it needs for a safety is a rear defroster switch and probably a taillight cover(PM me if you have either!). Came with IS front and rear spoilers too!

The guy I bought it from had the head rebuilt and he couldn't figure out why it was still overheating. He thought it was cracked or warped. I had a hunch. Sure enough, got it home and it was full of air. It's been pretty solid since I gave it a good bleed. Should make a fine winter driver. It's got some rust here and there, but nothing too major. I really wanted a coupe and saw some clean ones for sale, but for 3-5x the price I got this one for ($1k). Can't wait to start tinkering!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P-Ng3ERnivQ/Tnz7VvaeDQI/AAAAAAAAAPc/Np2kzN4nH9I/s640/DSC09516.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RTE42OrfBWk/Tnz7TduM8gI/AAAAAAAAAPY/6vmRKzOahMg/s640/DSC09517.JPG
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HXf0g4bse5U/Tnz7WOrwrHI/AAAAAAAAAPg/mpLXqV6raYY/s640/DSC09515.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fk3S_wLH7Dc/Tnz7mBZKflI/AAAAAAAAAPk/nZo6kyw_Ixo/s640/DSC09512.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yWtT0A7G8Lk/Tnz7oRqWI1I/AAAAAAAAAPo/V6zWciEJF4s/s640/DSC09511.JPG

cormier
09-23-2011, 07:28 PM
Looks like a steal for that price!

So your plan is m50 next spring then? Or for the winter?

bimmer30
09-23-2011, 07:40 PM
get out of here

cormier
09-23-2011, 08:02 PM
Oh god not this again, no reason for bashing this guys thread man

Nick_V
09-23-2011, 08:49 PM
Looks like a steal for that price!

So your plan is m50 next spring then? Or for the winter?

In the spring. gonna do the bodywork and wheels/drop all at the same time. I have many of the swap parts accumulated already.
get out of here

lol what?

Ceeker
09-23-2011, 09:47 PM
Oh god not this again, no reason for bashing this guys thread man

umm..did I miss something...??? what was the earlier comment about???

confused...

cormier
09-23-2011, 09:54 PM
Same guy that was fighting with Scott for no reason on that other thread.... Figure it's just a grudge by now

Anyways back to the OP lol what bodywork / suspension you planning? Body looks better than most I see now to begin with :p

davericher20
09-23-2011, 09:58 PM
wow that is a steal, the interior looks amazing.

Nick_V
09-23-2011, 11:46 PM
^Yeah it really is clean - the pics aren't hiding anything. Apart from a few small stains on the carpet, there are next to no signs of wear anywhere - especially for a 265xxxkm car. If it had sport seats I'd be in Heaven, but I'm afraid I'm gonna have a Hell of a time finding some that match the condition of these comfort seats. Even the driver's seat looks like it's never been sat in.

To answer Cormier, if you look at the pics you can see some pretty substantial bubbling on the passenger rear arch, as well as what is almost a hole in the rear valance under the pass. tail light. Those are the worst spots. There is also a loonie-sized spot on the corner right under the driver's side taillight, as well as a few spots on the rockers and on the bottoms of the doors/trunklid and obviously around the license plate lights. Underneath its clean and the battery tray is intact as far as I can tell. The fenders are not too bad either. As for suspension, I'm not too sure yet. Still looking around to see what's out there.

cormier
09-24-2011, 12:05 AM
I hadn't even noticed until you pointed those out

Good luck with it!

411
09-24-2011, 10:01 AM
get out of here

I am wondering if the oil light was on........If so....that would make a nice ending:P

egye30
09-24-2011, 01:48 PM
nice, another e30 in hamilton. i saw this car on kijiji and was thinking "i bet you that overheating problem is somethin small", nice find keep us updated

El Gato Liso
09-24-2011, 03:12 PM
looks nice!

once i leave the e30 scene, which should be ultra soon, there is no way i will come back unless

A) E30 M3
B) 24 Valve Swapped but this time bigger than m50tu

Nick_V
09-24-2011, 07:21 PM
B) 24 Valve Swapped but this time bigger than m50tu

I was thinking this too but I think with some software, M3 cams, and the right gearing, the M50tu should be entertaining enough in the E30 for a while. Plus it was a free motor and it runs like a top - when my buddy had it in his E36 we always used to talk about how it seemed like one of those "freak" motors. That car always seemed to pull harder than it should have...

Ceeker
09-24-2011, 07:35 PM
With the money spent on doing a swap etc. You could have literally made a nice car out of what you had and not encounter all these seeming problems. these are simple cars with simple needs. but everyone wants to redesign the car; and I have to say, some have been successful and have done really nice work. But for the most part. many are sloppy and this ruins the appeal. Btt one spends all the money to put a swap in, you could stroke a motor, have about the same money if not a bit more and get over 200 wheel horsepower and not have to go through the pain of mod' the car to make things work.
everything else can stay the same externally with small adjustments such as mounts for eg.

Personally...unless I grabbed an M3 engine, I would not be interested, only because the work putting it in is the same as an M50. And those motors aren't that great to begin with. And since M3 motors aren't easy to get; I'd just as well do a proper build from the get go, and have factory looking car with all the pony's underneath.

I also saw a write up somewhere that can make an M42 engine beat M20 with minimal mod's that don't require rebuilding the engine. Since it is lighter to begin with; and the tech is more reliable; these mods can bring the BHP up to 170hp easily.

karmatose
09-24-2011, 10:23 PM
one spends all the money to put a swap in, you could stroke a motor, have about the same money if not a bit more and get over 200 wheel horsepower and not have to go through the pain of mod' the car to make things work.
everything else can stay the same externally with small adjustments such as mounts for eg.

QFT. Just went through this decision myself.

PS, Nice car!

411
09-25-2011, 08:18 AM
With the money spent on doing a swap etc. You could have literally made a nice car out of what you had and not encounter all these seeming problems. these are simple cars with simple needs. but everyone wants to redesign the car; and I have to say, some have been successful and have done really nice work. But for the most part. many are sloppy and this ruins the appeal. Btt one spends all the money to put a swap in, you could stroke a motor, have about the same money if not a bit more and get over 200 wheel horsepower and not have to go through the pain of mod' the car to make things work.
everything else can stay the same externally with small adjustments such as mounts for eg.

Personally...unless I grabbed an M3 engine, I would not be interested, only because the work putting it in is the same as an M50. And those motors aren't that great to begin with. And since M3 motors aren't easy to get; I'd just as well do a proper build from the get go, and have factory looking car with all the pony's underneath.

I also saw a write up somewhere that can make an M42 engine beat M20 with minimal mod's that don't require rebuilding the engine. Since it is lighter to begin with; and the tech is more reliable; these mods can bring the BHP up to 170hp easily.


"I also saw a write up somewhere that can make an M42 engine beat M20 with minimal mod's that don't require rebuilding the engine. Since it is lighter to begin with; and the tech is more reliable; these mods can bring the BHP up to 170hp easily"

Hi Ceeker, I for one, would very much enjoy either "a link" or perhaps a "nice post/thread on this subject......*mw*

Ceeker
09-25-2011, 09:11 AM
"I also saw a write up somewhere that can make an M42 engine beat M20 with minimal mod's that don't require rebuilding the engine. Since it is lighter to begin with; and the tech is more reliable; these mods can bring the BHP up to 170hp easily"

Hi Ceeker, I for one, would very much enjoy either "a link" or perhaps a "nice post/thread on this subject......*mw*

Here is the link: http://bmwnut.blogspot.com/2006/04/1991-e30-bmw-318is-performance-mods.html

it's a pretty cool write up!!

411
09-25-2011, 09:32 AM
....Thank-you sir*th-up*

Gr8t article........Ideal for my "Poor-man's M3"

Nick_V
09-25-2011, 03:10 PM
With the money spent on doing a swap etc. You could have literally made a nice car out of what you had and not encounter all these seeming problems. these are simple cars with simple needs. but everyone wants to redesign the car; and I have to say, some have been successful and have done really nice work. But for the most part. many are sloppy and this ruins the appeal. Btt one spends all the money to put a swap in, you could stroke a motor, have about the same money if not a bit more and get over 200 wheel horsepower and not have to go through the pain of mod' the car to make things work.
everything else can stay the same externally with small adjustments such as mounts for eg.

Personally...unless I grabbed an M3 engine, I would not be interested, only because the work putting it in is the same as an M50. And those motors aren't that great to begin with. And since M3 motors aren't easy to get; I'd just as well do a proper build from the get go, and have factory looking car with all the pony's underneath.

I also saw a write up somewhere that can make an M42 engine beat M20 with minimal mod's that don't require rebuilding the engine. Since it is lighter to begin with; and the tech is more reliable; these mods can bring the BHP up to 170hp easily.

Meh, not interested. If the car was a clean 318is then I would consider going that route to keep it original, but we're talking about a $1K 318i 4 door here. I'm not disputing that the M42 is a fun motor because it is, but it's also really buzzy/loud and gets annoying after a while IMHO. Also, after doing my 540i/6 touring swap, I wanted to try something a little more challenging. It will be a clean, fun car when it's done, and it's not going to cost much to do the swap at all, so the $$ aspect is irrevelant. As I said before I got a good motor for free. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it will make me happy, which is all that matters, right?*par-t*

ihearte30s
09-25-2011, 05:50 PM
man i've been looking for one thats in good shape for a while now, can't believe you got that thing for a grand, thats a steal