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goldhawk
01-25-2012, 07:32 PM
Hey, I started a post about my car a while ago in the Windsor section - just thought I'd put it here since its more specific...

I got an '87 BMW 325e for a project
Bought it from Kingsville, the car is pretty clean for its age.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/2011-03-20165043.jpg
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/2011-03-20165020.jpg
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1020923.jpg

I found some hidden rust that I patched (known areas of rot on e30's)

http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1020916.jpg
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1020915.jpg
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1020914.jpg

Over the winter its getting lowered, and all bushings replaced, camber/toe adjustors etc...
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1020925.jpg

Then after that I'm doing a motor swap, with a Solstice GXP motor (LNF)

Finally got around to getting something done - front suspension in all ripped apart, almost everything is getting replaced/improved.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030095.jpg
pile of rusty shit
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030094.jpg

I got some new stuff too; frt brake pads, IS sway bars, and a complete poly bushing kit.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030096.jpg

Hopefully within a week the entire rear suspension will also be ripped apart.

MaxBell
01-25-2012, 08:50 PM
That's looking cool dude! Not a bad car at all, from the looks of it.

You upgrading the sways? Any idea for rims or tires? Summer only I hope.

karmatose
01-25-2012, 11:14 PM
Lookin' good. I like the choice of powerplant, and think those Ecotec motors are bulletproof and have a lot of potential. Just curious though, why was it your choice?

Also, if you need a hand when the weather perks up a bit, I'm down in Chatham often and another 40 minutes to Windsor is totally doable.

BMe30
01-26-2012, 08:49 AM
There is an ecotec build book out there from gm. All part# needed for different build stages. It might come in handy for you if you want to see what that engine can produce.
Good luck with the build!

goldhawk
01-26-2012, 09:48 AM
I wanted to go with the ecotec cause I've looked a lot into them before. My original plan was to build up my own motor (so yes, I do know about the build book), but I got a good deal on the lnf.
For sway bars I'm upgrading to IS ones. Springs are FK, 60/40 drop.

karmatose
01-26-2012, 10:09 AM
Good deal man. I was looking at putting an SR20DET into mine, but M20 and boost is what I settled on.

MaxBell
02-07-2012, 12:02 AM
How's the car coming?

goldhawk
02-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Its coming along ok - I have the rear subframe out, and the gas tank. I've ordered a bunch of parts and waiting on them. Still have to clean up and paint everything.
And, when the subframe came out, the aluminum sleeves broke off in the car, so thats gonna suck...

I'm still undecided on camber plates - thinking os the SPC/Eibach ones, or the IE Street ones - anyone have input?

MaxBell
02-08-2012, 08:54 PM
I've never used camber plates, so I can't comment on their quality or whatever. Good to hear the car is coming along well though.

everlast
02-09-2012, 12:04 PM
I have IE Streets, they're noisy as **** when the main bearing starts to get play. I have to change them this spring. Otherwise, they're fine, but I'm using them with GC coilovers.

MaxBell
02-09-2012, 05:49 PM
I have IE Streets, they're noisy as **** when the main bearing starts to get play. I have to change them this spring. Otherwise, they're fine, but I'm using them with GC coilovers.

I can attest to the noise level. I thought his car was falling apart when we spun tires in 3rd gear up Merivale.

everlast
02-09-2012, 05:51 PM
Cool story bro. As if that happened.

bart325is
02-09-2012, 11:20 PM
Hey,

Where did you get the poly bushing kit? Does it include anti-sway bar bushings? For the IS?

Thanks.

Hey, I started a post about my car a while ago in the Windsor section - just thought I'd put it here since its more specific...

I got an '87 BMW 325e for a project
Bought it from Kingsville, the car is pretty clean for its age.

I got some new stuff too; frt brake pads, IS sway bars, and a complete poly bushing kit.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030096.jpg

Hopefully within a week the entire rear suspension will also be ripped apart.

MaxBell
02-10-2012, 12:14 AM
Cool story bro. As if that happened.

Don't you remember? When Adam brought the Firebird out, after he took you around in that, we drove in your 4 doorz! It was exciting, except for the obvious lack of care concerning your bearings.

I mean...you're a responsible drive who wouldn't pull a stunt like that. *angel*

everlast
02-10-2012, 12:16 AM
I mean...you're a responsible drive who wouldn't pull a stunt like that. *angel*

This.

In a completely unrelated note.. I really miss my E30.

msinger
02-10-2012, 10:45 AM
This.

In a completely unrelated note.. I really miss my E30.


Just follow my lead Jay and start collecting them.

Summer 2012----the summer of e30!

Summer 2013-----the summer of emasculating Lee until his e34 is on the road!!

MaxBell
02-10-2012, 02:26 PM
Just follow my lead Jay and start collecting them.

Summer 2012----the summer of e30!

Summer 2013-----the summer of emasculating Lee until his e34 is on the road!!

Well he still has it. We just need to outlaw winter.

msinger
02-10-2012, 03:56 PM
Back to topic! updates so we don't get distracted and go off on tangents!

goldhawk
02-11-2012, 12:06 AM
Hey,

Where did you get the poly bushing kit? Does it include anti-sway bar bushings? For the IS?

Thanks.

I got the bushing kit from ACP in Windsor. He has a guy in the UK source it for him, another forum user. Its made by Strong-Flex.
There is sway bar bushings, just no diff bushing. Still a good price.

I ordered the spc camber plates today.

I just got a new job, its taking up a lot of my time... plus house projects, plus hockey...

goldhawk
09-20-2012, 12:44 AM
So, I've realized 2 things; 1.looking at the progress on this build thread, I apparently work slow... or not often enough or something... 2. When I do get to work, I usually dont take pics
Things are coming together now though
Just as I was putting the front end back together, I noticed some of the undercoating wascracked a bit, so I picked at it... and
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030377_zps175471b3.jpg
found a big ass hole.
so that was fixed, then the front end was all assembled:
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030379_zpsca363ccd.jpg
Poly bushings on the control arms and sway bar, brake calipers are stock but rebuilt w/ hawk pads, braided stainless brake lines, adjustable koni struts inserts, 60mm drop springs, camber plates, rebuilt hubs.
On the back I have the IE subframe adjusters welded in, poly trailing arm bushings, new bearings, billet rear shock mounts, koni adjustables, 40mm lowering springs, all new brake lines.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030380_zpsc10e60f1.jpg
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/pgoldhawk/BMW/P1030375_zps017f0d66.jpg

cormier
09-20-2012, 01:53 AM
Ya take more pix that work looks nice! Keep it up