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Old 02-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #31
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Parts have arrived! I love to see pictures of a pile of parts laid out on a floor just waiting to be installed and I am sure other do to.

Here they are...
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #32
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I know, I know, it's pretty sad... That's all I've got right now.

In the mean time I thought I would ask if anyone knows the name of my wheels? I'm pretty sure they are made by Rial but I couldn't find the name of the design (pics are in the first post).
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:20 PM   #33
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PM'ed you some part numbers... got a few goodies for you too!
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:55 AM   #34
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Another shipment of parts and another disappointment. I was sure that the ICV was the problem but the car still won't idle... The car idled and drove once so it can't be something too major. I guess I'm left chasing a loose connection or a vacuum leak. I will try to adjust the TPS to see if that works.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:59 AM   #35
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...Oh yeah and frozen party size pizzas are on sale somewhere in North Carolina according to that flyer. That has to appeal to someone in the broke E30 crowd!
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:09 PM   #36
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Sounds like it's going to be quite nice when it's done!! It should work out nice as your springs will be back the first week of spring, just in time to head out to the garage and tear into it.

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Old 02-27-2011, 10:46 PM   #37
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Sounds like it's going to be quite nice when it's done!! It should work out nice as your springs will be back the first week of spring, just in time to head out to the garage and tear into it.
I am going to need to order some Bilstein Sports soon. I want them here when the springs arrive so I can install them right away... Weather permitting.

Did I read correctly that you sold your M Tech II kit?

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I would post pics but sadly the car looks exactly the same as in the first post. It hasn't even had a bath yet. I am so annoyed that it is taking this long to get it running. Need more time!!!
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:28 PM   #38
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Almost forgot to mention an interesting test drive I took today.

Some of you may know that I was searching for an '84 318i for a while before I got this car. One came up for sale recently (thanks Rudy for the lead by the way) that I had to go look at. I was on the fence about it since I just bought an E30 but I couldn't pass this one up. A two owner car with just 50,000 kilometers and no rust! How could I not go look at it?

When I got to the shop/dealership and saw the car parked outside I thought my search was finally over... But then I got closer. The car did have rust, pretty obvious rust actually. It wasn't terrible but it obviously needed body work. Not a problem, I expect a little rust. Then I opened the door to look inside.

I think the reason why the car had suck low mileage is because it was primarily used to house some sort of a dog. It reeked like a wet dog had made this car its home. And its bathroom. Dog hair everywhere and the front seats had been replaced because apparently the dog had eaten them. Not a problem, I expect the interior to be a bit rough. Then I started it up.

The car started up without any trouble... A little slow but it had been sitting for a while so nothing to worry about. There was a lot of smoke coming out of the exhaust but it cleared up after a while. I figured I would let it warm up a bit before going for a drive and took this time to check around the engine bay. As I was admiring how spartan the engine bay was, the radiator (I guess it was so excited at the thought of going for a drive) blew its load all over the driveway. Not a problem, it was probably the original rad and they're simple to change. I figured now would be the best time to go for a test drive, before the coolant runs out completely. So off I went.

It became obvious at the first stop sign that the car had no brakes. Maybe saying it didn't have brakes isn't fair. It probably had brakes but it may not have had brake pads or brake fluid or anything actually connecting the brake pedal to the brakes themselves. Either way the car would not stop. The car came to a halt after lots of downshifting and I figured I should probably just bring it back.

From that point to the next stop sign the car began to clunk very loudly. Now I was getting scared. More downshifting brought me to stop sign number two. One more stop sign to go and I would be back.

I drove very slow so as not to upset the car. I arrived at the last stop sign. I just had to drive ten more feet and pull into the parking lot. I started off and about halfway home there was a loud crash and the rear of the car fell to the ground. At that point I thought it was time to abandon ship and I jumped out of the car.

The Rear Wheel Fell Off ! ! !

So there I stood facing the wrong way on a one way street (don't ask) next to an un-plated car with three wheels.

Needless to say I did not buy the car.
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LOOOOLLLLLLLLLL faaack that sucks man! I guess the guy that came from like Kingston or wherever was pretty disappointed too! Sounds like a 300$ parts bucket to me... Thats too bad.
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That is hilarious. Scott might have mentioned to you that I was thinking of heading out to the same shop to see a couple of the cars they had for sale. I don't think I will bother... haha
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:26 AM   #41
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Sounds like a 300$ parts bucket to me... Thats too bad.
It is too bad. If the guy would sell the car for what it's worth then I would still consider it. Mostly because the car could be saved. It mainly just had rusty fenders (fronts weren't too bad, the rears were worse) but underneath looked pretty good.

What does it cost (ballpark) to fix rusty fenders? Less then $1000?

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That is hilarious. Scott might have mentioned to you that I was thinking of heading out to the same shop to see a couple of the cars they had for sale. I don't think I will bother... haha
He did mention it. I let him know after I left that you may want to reconsider. To be fair I didn't see the car you were looking for but the situation bothers me. Over the phone I asked if there was rust and he said 'No' and I asked if it would pass a safety and he said 'Yes'. Clearly he had never driven the car and probably never looked at it either.

Plus if he was asking $3000 for this car and $1500 for the other one then I can only guess what shape it's in!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:23 AM   #42
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Apparently it has 'vandalism damage' to the interior... I am somewhat morbidly curious to see what that means, in a world where a car with 3 wheels would pass safety.
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Apparently it has 'vandalism damage' to the interior... I am somewhat morbidly curious to see what that means, in a world where a car with 3 wheels would pass safety.
Yeah it may be good for a laugh! Can't be that much worse.

It's really a shame about the car though because it could be saved and it should be saved. Maybe I'll give him a call and try to reason with him. I just don't want it to end up in a scrap yard.
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:08 PM   #44
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lol. Wow, that sounds like the worst test drive ever.

Did you just walk back in the shop and give him the keys and say you'd think about it and leave the car in the middle of the road until he comes out. That would of topped the story off.

Sold the wheels and m-tech kit, pending deposit.
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Did you just walk back in the shop and give him the keys and say you'd think about it and leave the car in the middle of the road until he comes out.
Ha! Yeah that would've been good. No, I actually helped him put the wheel back on. I kind of felt bad abandoning the car there in the middle of the road, and facing the wrong way too.

I actually called him up today to make an offer on the car. He didn't accept it. It was nowhere near the asking price but it was what the car is worth. I kind of felt bad too, like I was being unfaithful to my other car. Weird!
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