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Jeff2886 04-26-2012 11:49 AM

Jeff's track car project ('91 318is)
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Now that I've stopped hoarding parts and have actually started putting some of them on, I guess it's time to put a thread together.

First off I want to give a big thanks to Shawn, Chris, and Jamie for putting up with all my questions during the "buy & hoard" phase.

Now quick recap of what I'm working with here..
Year: 1991
Model: 318is
Miles: ~170k

I picked this car up after someone posted it in the "Someone Should.." thread here.

Shawn, Chris, and I went down with the truck and trailer and picked it up.

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 11:52 AM

Stage 1: Diet Time
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After getting the car home, I noticed that something was a little off about the back seats. The backrest is leather but the bench is cloth (odd).

Anyways, I took advantage of the nice weather one weekend (and loopholes in my home owners agreement which prevents mechanical work in the driveway) to "clean" the car.

I "cleaned" the back end of the car and got rid of the:
- Dirty seats
- Dirty seat belts
- Dirty rear parcel shelf, speakers, and sunshades (I actually kind of wanted to keep those )
- Dirty carpet
- Dirty trunk liner
- Dirty spare rim
- Dirty OEM jack

All in all I managed to "clean" 86 lbs. out of the car

I figure the sound deadening and the door cards should be good for another 15 lbs. total so I should easily be able to remove ~100 lbs from the car


Jeff2886 04-26-2012 12:02 PM

waiting for parts - paint some stuff
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As I mentioned, my condo corp has a pretty lame agreement that prevents me from doing mechanical work in my driveway. Since my garage was an absolute disaster, I decided to get some cosmetic stuff out of the way.

I have to replace the front calipers for safety (Car will be street driven to events). I was still waiting for my new rotors, pads, and fluid to come in so I took the opportunity to clean up the calipers.

I removed the kidneys and painted them as well.

The grills around the lights also came out and have been primed. [Apr-26-2012: All my parts are now in-house so I've put the cosmetic stuff aside]

The loose/cracked paint on the spoiler and the front end has also been removed.

Editorial Note: Yes it's a track car. Yes I still want it to look halfway decent. Sue me.

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 12:05 PM

Stupid wipers
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Another thing I have to fix for safety is my wipers.
I removed the motor, cleaned it, and got it working again.
Replaced the cracked OEM wiper relay with another OEM relay I picked up from Kenny U-pull for $1 (It's a $160 part?!)

At some point during the motor removal I got a little fed up with working upside down and backwards and decided to get a closer look at the situation.

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 12:09 PM

Moar Parts
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Awesome pile of goodies :D

-Front lip
-Swaybars and hardware
-Solid rubber motor mounts (from E28 5-series)
-New control arms
-Diff bushings, trans bushings, trailing arm bushings, and subframe bushings
-Weld-in reinforcements for swaybar, subframe, and trailing arm
-Stainless brake lines
-Solid front control arm bushings
-Ground Control camber plates
-Ground Control coil overs with single-adjustable Koni inserts
-And stickers of course :P

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 12:12 PM

Spoon in the spaghetti bowl...
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The shifter in the car is terrible. ABSOLUTELY GOD AWFUL.

Driving it back from the shop to my house was like a sick/twisted game show "Find a gear? Pick a gear!". So much slop in it.

I got the shifter out and replaced it with the Bimmer world budget SSK.

I also noticed that the stock shifter had become...oblong? :confused:

I had been told that this shifter would not cause the usual problems with my 318 but, of course, it did. Due to the increased length after the pivot point, the selector rod was sitting on the guibo for the harmonic balancer.

A quick google search and an awesome UUC write-up later, and everything was fixed [pictures to follow]

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 12:16 PM

Clean garage = messy basement
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I decided to move anything and everything that I didn't need in my garage into my basement.

The car is now in the garage on stands. The front brakes have been taken off and all the "joints" have been sprayed with penetrating spray.

Next step is get the new calipers, pad, rotors, and SS-lines done on the front and get the car safetied.

Once the car is safetied, I can drive it out to Shawn & Chris's, put it on the lift and start tackling the coilovers ..(and the holes in the floor)

everlast 04-26-2012 12:46 PM

Looking awesome!! :)

MaxBell 04-26-2012 12:50 PM

Dude, that's awesome! Which car was this? The army guy's in Orleans?

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 01:44 PM


Originally Posted by MaxBell (Post 1562645)
Dude, that's awesome! Which car was this? The army guy's in Orleans?

No this was the one off the 401 (Prescott IIRC). It was listed for $1800 and I got it for $1400

The Twin 04-26-2012 02:48 PM

Breton Crackers for $1.88?

not bad....

oh and nice work!

Jeff2886 04-26-2012 02:53 PM


Originally Posted by The Twin (Post 1562679)
Breton Crackers for $1.88?

not bad....

oh and nice work!



Chris916 04-26-2012 06:37 PM

Good to see a build thread on here! Should be a fun car!

Z4MC 04-26-2012 08:27 PM

awesome project! looking forward to more progress pics

defaultName 04-27-2012 06:26 AM


Originally Posted by Jeff2886 (Post 1562624)
my home owners agreement which prevents mechanical work in the driveway

I feel your pain. Mine actually says that I can't even work on my car inside my garage!

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