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Old 12-06-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
Split_S
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91 318 iS full Resto



This project was completed this summer (2016) and while I started the thread a few years ago on here I never continued it. Im posting it now so others can see and learn about everything involved in restoring an e30.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:23 AM   #2
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August 2013...

Finally picked up an E30 this week.. a 318iS, DOB 07/01/91. I would have liked a m3 but
my wallet didnt like the flared quarter panels... Anyway, I downloaded the
"Buying an e30 guide" and left it at home, unread, as I headed out to check
out this 318iS. I even rented a trailer, just in case I bought it, so I could
drag it home...This was the result...

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #3
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I did kinda check it out though...



Long story short, I bought it and brought it home...











I sat and looked it for a while, still kinda amazed Id bought it...

I hadn't even test driven it (who cares?) as the brakes were not connected...
The PO was in the process of changing the brakes when he realized he didn't
really have the $$ to dump into this car... The engine ran though and
sounded good... So I backed it into the driveway and started having a look...





Now, Im not a mechanic and Ive never played around with cars at all but I
thought a closer look was in order... Sooo I pulled out the DS seat...



That was kinda cool so I pulled out the PS seat too...

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #4
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and then some other bits...



the carpet made an exit and then some more was yanked...









Now the more astute among you may have noticed a wee bit of steel among
the rust there... Im scratching my head now wondering if I would have
been better off spending the $$ Id just spent on bringing the kids to
Disneyland...
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:25 AM   #5
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Well of course Disneyland will always be there baring any ridiculous rise in the ocean levels so Ive decided to keep the car.... So on we go with strip show...











I had a feeling that sound insulation was hiding some nasty surprises so as you can see above I started scraping it off for about an hour with a screwdriver until I remembered Id just bought an air powered chisel..you know, the kind made just for that sorta thing...



Idiot....
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #6
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Well the adventure continues...

After removing the front bumper cover, which was a fairly straight forward affair: remove screws and slide off, an epic battle was fought with both the front and rear bumpers... The front finally gave in once common sense was applied instead of brute force and stupidity..



Loosen the 2 bolts on the bottom of the bumper. Those facing you hold the metal support plate to the bumper... They dont loosen.




Above, on the far left, you see where the bolt screws into...

The rear bumper however, hung on and eventually needed an angle grinder and some strong language to finally be persuaded to let go.



The bolt heads had to be cut off as no amount of torque, loose nut or cursing was getting them off. As a result I had to cut the tow hook to access the bolts - no great loss - I wanted it gone anyways. Something about a tow hook says to me "This car is shitty, it will probably break down..." So none of that on my car...

Removing the front bumper revealed some very slight damage to the right side shock mount: evidence of a thump sometime in the cars past:



As best as I can tell that is the extent of the damage..The left side mount had no damage at all and there are no ripples any where else or evidence of repair anywhere....

With the bumpers off I could have a looksee at the metal behind and this is what I saw:











I need to get a welder...

Oh.. and I need to learn how to weld....
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #7
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Well work continues... The car seems happy in my garage, kinda like its thinking "F$ck its about time!".. Maybe its just me....








The M42 is a nice looking engine. I look at it and compare it to my M54 in my E46 and see many similarities.. I cant wait to yank it out!

One thing I am thinking about is the seasons. Being in Canada, winter is not too far away and I have to plan my work around the fact its gonna be really cold really soon... I had planned on doing body work all winter but I have scrapped that idea as I dont have ventilation in my garage to deal with the dust all that bodywork will generate. So the plan is now to get some welding done before its too cold to work with the doors open, redo the rear suspension in all its glory, yank the engine and at some point rebuild some components of the engine. Maybe, just maybe, I may pull the dash out but that is scaring the sh*t out of me right now....

Here is the state of the rear of the car as we speak:






Remember my comments on Disneyland?...
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:28 AM   #8
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Chugging along...

Time to get that hood out of the way...

Step 1: Open hood...

See bracket on right under all that grease..


Bracket on left under same grease...


Both at once... BEAUTIFUL...


Identify tubing for wiper spray nozzles... Remove...


Remove rusty roller guides and set aside for deep cleaning




Take note of grounding strap and then loosen all those bolts...


Call a thirsty friend and tell him you have beer.. Once he's at your
place...well... now you know how I got help removing my hood..
No time to waste remove that ugly washer reservoir..



Feeling good I then worked on the lights, removing the plastic grills..

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:29 AM   #9
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Grills out, loosen bolts that hold light bracket in place then...







Pray to God you can remember how to put it all back a year from now....



Ta-daaaa...



Now I have to build a second shed to start putting ALL THIS STUFF in it...
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:29 AM   #10
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Well, new shed built to accommodate all this stuff, not very exciting pics but for a 2 day job Im happy with it...







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Old 12-06-2016, 11:30 AM   #11
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Work continues on the car too...

Got all the screws out for the front valence without breaking any...




Dropped the valance, pretty good shape I think... no doubt I'll buy a new one...



Looks awesome like this...





Rads good but Im gonna get a new one, this one will never clean up proper...



Gonna loose that ABS unit..anyone with a guide on an ABS delete feel free to link it!



Lots of grease to clean out... and that damn rust...



Finished the day by cleaning off the ww container. Looks like new....
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:30 AM   #12
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Short Post... Doors are off and those with keen eyesight will see the boot lid is off too... Removing the pins is the EASY way of removing the doors... I left the brackets in place... RH door will have to be replaced though..Bottom is rusted out...

Written notes on pics are for my reference...





No clue what that blue wire is for...



I like the look of her, all stripped down... sexy...



Next up is getting some of the accessories off the engine...
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #13
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Moving along, Ive started to tackle the engine bay. Between work, wife and kids this has become my second full-time job. I literally get up on my days off, have breakfast and go to the garage till the kids come home. It's awesome actually.

So, first things first was to get the starter out. A lot of these pics have labels
on them, I did that for a bunch to keep track of what goes where - never thought about saving a copy of the pics without the labelling..sorry about that..

The starter was quite a bitch to get out. Lotsa stuff in the way and the bolts were rusty and and didnt really want to give. Swearing alot really helps though...




Ive become good friends with WD40 already...




All the coolant lines were soft and old. Its all scrap...



The fuel lines too..



I am planning to simplify the coolant lines by deleting the throttle body heater plate as this will be a summer car (well Canadian summer car...:wink



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Old 12-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #14
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I labelled as much as I could.. Funny thing is the flash from the camera removed all traces of what I'd written on the labels!! Aaah the irony...









The coolant hose connector kinda broke off in the engine...Its a rubber ring thats pressed fit in. It basically disintegrated.I searched on realoem for the part but its part number is not listed.. Gonna need replacing..Like everything else! :doh:



better pic of it here..



Starter FINALLY out!!!... Felt like Id just ran a marathon....

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #15
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The car is looking AWESOME....







Removed the radiator (no pics of that) and splash shield which was as easy as things get and continued on...



Next up, accessories...



First the alternator, which funny enough Im planning the refurbish over the winter along with the starter... No idea how to but it will be fun...







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