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Old 04-26-2012, 12:57 AM   #121
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Hey Max, awesome meeting you today. Like I said, couldn't be happier that this car ended up in your hands and didn't wind up chopped into pieces and crushed. I really loved that car and wish I had the knowledge and time to do her justice like you have.

FWIW, when I owned it, that car was known as The Golden Nugget...because I always thought it needed a good polishing to be a great car again and most of my firends thought it was a shit nugget...until they got pushed back in their seats and whipped around a corner and experienced what a piece of precision German engineering could do in its sleep while they dumped tons of cash into rice rockets. And that was before you put a real engine in it!

I'm looking forward to seeing you finish up this build and I'd love to see it in person when it's done.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:21 AM   #122
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Hey Max, awesome meeting you today. Like I said, couldn't be happier that this car ended up in your hands and didn't wind up chopped into pieces and crushed. I really loved that car and wish I had the knowledge and time to do her justice like you have.

FWIW, when I owned it, that car was known as The Golden Nugget...because I always thought it needed a good polishing to be a great car again and most of my firends thought it was a shit nugget...until they got pushed back in their seats and whipped around a corner and experienced what a piece of precision German engineering could do in its sleep while they dumped tons of cash into rice rockets. And that was before you put a real engine in it!

I'm looking forward to seeing you finish up this build and I'd love to see it in person when it's done.
Dude, you'll be the first guy I call when it's plated and on the road. It can be the Golden Nugget for now, but it's prolly going either Sepang Bronze or the new 3-series white, so I dunno if that will still fit the car.

As a BMW nutter, I love knowing the history behind this kinda stuff. And neat to know it's a Florida car. Get your Cooper and come rejoin the fun car driving boys with toys.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:58 AM   #123
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I vote for "Golden Knight".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TgJuOxBuB0
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #124
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LOL very old manish of you.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:49 PM   #125
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It's settled then. I'm going yell "Holy crap it's the golden knight!" every time I see your car.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #126
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So I took it to get appraised today and the rad let go. Anyone got a 318 (E30 or E36) rad?
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:08 AM   #127
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Moderate Sized Update

Ok so it was appraised for $200. In "General Comments that Affect Vehicle Value" the guy put "Overall terrible condition, paint quality abysmal".

I guess that's ok?

After that, I went to get a safety done.

Attention readers: Grandpa's Garage (who we hate) is now Actek Automotive.

They failed the car, which is detailed in my post here.
  • no passenger side windshield washer spray
  • broken heater blower (no defrost)
  • drivers rear floor is too rusty (weak, but not through the car)
  • left control arm bushing has too much play
  • no spare tire

So far I have fixed the washer nozzles, the seized blower motor, have prepped the floor and ordered the new bushing.

As I'm in the engine bay, I'm replacing a fuel line that looks a little old and putting the proper E30 temp gauge in.

This one I have from Clint, I think it is the right one.



Also, for the lulz, I cut through a fuel line with my angle grinder when i was cutting the rusty floor out.. Wow I'm glad my car didn't blow up, Michael Bay stylez.

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Old 05-14-2012, 02:14 AM   #128
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Geezus max.. just geezuz.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:11 AM   #129
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RE: cut fuel line

I'm glad there weren't any fireworks and that we don't have to create an "epic unbuild of Maxbell" thread.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #130
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"General Comments that Affect Vehicle Value" the guy put "Overall terrible condition, paint quality abysmal".

I agree wholeheartedly with the paint quality rating

Not sure I'd call the overall condition terrible though...the car is 25 years old and after its all finished and painted it'll still be a better car than most of the 5 year old sh!t boxes being driven around town!
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:07 AM   #131
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The E30 Temp Sensor is the right one, you're good
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:08 AM   #132
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Yeh, I was cutting through good metal then it rust and the angle grinder moved faster then I could compensate for. BZZZZ, luckly no sparks.

I'm not usually this dumb.

And we have to start deciding on paint rather soon.

My favourite is white, but Sepang Bronze, tho I've never seen in has gotten some recommendations.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:08 PM   #133
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before you move to the paint..... On a budget! most people are ...me included!

You need to come over my place I want to show you what 100$ paint job looks like mine is still work in progress... would be cool to have a E30 meet at my place anyways before I move 4-5 hours away!!

Jay, DannyB,Steve, etc....
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:12 PM   #134
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I'd be up for that! Maxbell, remember that paint is the final step of body work. Rust repair is step one.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #135
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everlast is right.. do all the work that needs to be done before painting the car. Rebuild under the car (subframe bushing, trailing arm bushing, repaint subframe etc)..

When you do get to the paint, Remove the windows!!!

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