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Old 09-12-2017, 10:02 PM   #1
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91' 318IS revival



Hey guys. Last week I picked up an E30 which was being scrapped. I wasn't looking for one, just happened to be driving past a shop and saw it sitting in a parking lot. Car wouldn't start due to a bad fuel pump and owner decided not to fix it. At first sight it looked pretty beat but closer inspection revealed a pretty clean body and undercarriage. Interior was covered in trash though.

When I inquired about the car the shop owner said it he would sell it to me for the price of scrap so naturally I had to have it. Worst case I part it out and scrap the rest.



After getting it home and swapping a fuel pump for a Walbro it fired right up.

The car does need quite a bit of work as it was neglected by the previous owner. I am planning on slowly bringing it back to life and doing small upgrades but mostly keeping it stock (famous last words).

If there any Jalopnik readers on here you may have seen it already. http://jalopnik.com/what-the-hell-is...-us-1802714329

I managed to fill up 2 large bags of trash with junk that was left inside the car. I think all the crap actually preserved the interior rather well because seats and dashboard looked pretty clean.







After getting it running I decided to see if the paint could be saved. Couple hours later it was looking pretty good.




I will probably be ripping the whole car apart by the looks of it, cleaning up, refurbishing and painting all the parts, replacing whatever is worn and reassembling.

If anyone has any E30 parts laying around they are looking to unload I am looking for a few bits right off the bat (and that's before even taking the wheels off ).

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Old 09-13-2017, 10:02 AM   #2
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Well done on saving it! Glad it was an easy fix. I enjoyed reading all the comments on that Jalopnik post--didn't know you were from here. Stellar job on the paint.

I've got a couple of ellipsoid headlights (no brackets though) and some tools lying around.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:52 PM   #3
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Love this. Subscribed.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:56 PM   #4
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This would be such a fun project. Excited to see where this goes!
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Old 09-16-2017, 08:08 PM   #5
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Finally got a chance to pop the wheels off and get a closer look at the suspension and brakes.

Brakes look like they were recently done. Front strut is leaking so those will be getting replaced. Ball joints and tie rods are iffy so those will get swapped too.




Front swaybar links are mint though. I guess I might as well get a set of Addcos for it.




Anyone know where this connector goes? It was hanging off the rear end.




So far here is my shopping list.



Also, where is the best place to jack these cars in the rear and place jackstands?

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Old 09-19-2017, 10:48 AM   #6
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Connector looks like it's for the brake pad wear sensor
Best place to jack in the rear is right where you're jacking it on the subframe mount and putting the jack stands on the rear sub frame. If you want, you can jack the back from the diff and put jack stands by the subframe mounts
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:23 PM   #7
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Alright, thanks. Now if I wanted to remove the subframe, where the best place to support the body?
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:07 PM   #8
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If the pinch seams are still solid, the jack point right in front of the rear sub frame retainer plate.
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Old 09-21-2017, 02:47 PM   #9
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Nice find! Also, wow almost forgot this place still exists (Maxbimmer's E30 section)
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:25 PM   #10
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Time for an update.

I hate rust and once I started poking I found some not so nice surprises. It's great that BMW covers the whole undercarriage in seam sealer. Not so great when moisture gets under it and rusts from inside out.

This was the scene when I pulled rear of the car apart and scraped off the seam sealer from all visible rust areas. There are a couple of holes near rear spring mounts. One of the cross beams is iffy and a couple small holes in the floor where brackets for gas tank and fuel hoses were welded in.



Fuel tank vapor hose tube was also rusted so that was first area that I repaired. Cut out rust, fabricated a patch panel then welded it. After that 2 coats of DOM16 which will be covered with seam sealer.



Rear axle and control arms were ground down and wirebrushed to be as close to bare metal as possible then covered in 2 coats of DOM16 followed by a coat of Trem Clad.




Leaky diff ripped apart and cleaned up. Diff housing and flanges will also be stripped of rust and DOM16 coating applied.

Rear wheel calipers were soaked in a Metal Rescue solution bath for a couple of days to get them down to bare metal. I will be painting those later on.



Next up I started patching up holes in the floor. The procedure is simple. Cut the rusty panel out, fab up a patch panel, butt weld it in place. 2 coats of DOM16, followed by seam sealer. Any metal that has surface rust and not rusted through gets ground down or wirebrushed to bare metal then covered in DOM16.







More updates to come.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:34 AM   #11
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Well done! Real happy to see any saved from scrap let alone an E30 coupe. Sub'd.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:06 AM   #12
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Do yourself a favour and replace that rear brake line while you have the subframe out.
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Do yourself a favour and replace that rear brake line while you have the subframe out.
I am replacing all the brake and fuel lines. Anything with rust on it is getting swapped.
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:41 PM   #14
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Progress is being made slowly but surely. One of the cross beams that sits between spring supports was quite rusty so I decided to replace it entirely. I wasn't able to find a part number for it so it will be fabricated.

Rear seat belt buckle mounts had to be removed as well. I also had to weld a couple small patches in driver side frame rail around spring mount since they were soft.

Meanwhile I've been accumulating new parts. The box in my basement is starting to grow rather quickly.



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Great job on that rust repair!!!
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