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Old 01-16-2022, 02:03 PM   #961
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the key is to not care.

should i care that my fozzy requires 2-3 quarts of both oil and coolant between fuel fill ups.... yes, but do i really?.... no, not at all. not enough to pull a motor anyway...
Oh I am 100% with you there, and will be the action plan once I have the non-negotiables figured out like water ingress, heater valve, etc etc. Almost there!

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The new rear springs settled after driving for a bit, and they worked out perfectly. The car feels like a million bucks now. The subframe bushing NHV was lessened to an acceptable level with proper shocks out back.

Re: HVAC mouse nest, I pulled the HVAC cover again to reorient the cover over the blower motor itself and sprayed a ton of air in there with fan on full blast and a vacuum and I think got most of it out. I have a newer heater core I'm going to put in when I swap the heater valve to hopefully get the rest of the nest!

I installed a MarkD chip and the car idles very low. Makes me wonder if, even though the ECUs were the same between Auto/manual cars if MarkD would tune differently for manual cars, causing it to idle low with the resistance of the torque converter.

Got hoopty #4 back on all fours! Did H&R OE Sports, KYBs, brakes all around, and a few other small odds/ends like ebrake cables/hardware, brake hoses, etc. Nice to have the suspension sorted! I know I keep saying it, but this car is really nice. When's the last time you pulled an ebrake cable right out of the housing without a fuss?

Oh, and after many long nights of coolant bleeding, the Forester is back in action! Feels great to drive the car a bit with all of the improvements before I sell it. With the new suspension, engine, turbo, clutch etc etc it really feels better than it ever has, under my ownership. I would not recommend anyone buy an older used turbo Subaru that hasn't been largely refreshed. This thing needed everything, and I was diligent about maintenance along the way.

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Old 01-24-2022, 08:39 PM   #962
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I needed more work, so I bought what I am calling the "un-hoopty". A buddy needed bailed out of the project, so I stepped up to the plate. 100% rust free, fresh paint, rebuilt motor, 1990 325iS finished in Alpine White II over Tan.

The plan is to button up my ****boxes and sell them all to transition to this nicer car. Will it actually stay a non-project, you may ask? Highly unlikely. But we're surely going to try!

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Oh, and the GF's Outback engine came in so I took possession of the car. The entire time her sister had it and it was overheating I was pretty sure the HGs weren't bad since I had my guy do the heads and whatnot. I kept telling them to check the heatercore. They said it was an engine.

I got the car, and in the first 5mins I found this under the drivers side floor mat. Heater core is bad, engine is fine. Can't return the engine, or the car, lol. So my buddy who was going to do the engine is now going to do the heater core, and I am going to do the engine. What fun!

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Old 02-01-2022, 09:56 AM   #963
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Is it the real world... E30 M3s are now 6 figure cars:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...ign=2022-02-01

I haven't been paying attention. Wow
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Old 02-02-2022, 10:12 PM   #964
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Is it the real world... E30 M3s are now 6 figure cars:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...ign=2022-02-01

I haven't been paying attention. Wow
Yep- pretty insane what's happened to the E30 market over the past few years.

164k miles, original motor, sold for over 100K.

A similar car to Linda, my red iS that didn't have any of the fancy motor work sold for $36K. Another one just sold for $28K.

I am slowly getting all of my cars sale ready minus the hoopty and M3, and am going to jump ship while the gettin's good.

The two recent red iS examples similar to mine. I have less good paint, but way more fun engine stuff, that seems to do much better than perfect paint in all of the auctions I've watched.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-bmw-325is-52/
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-bmw-325is-70/
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Old 02-12-2022, 12:00 PM   #965
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The hoopty and I went up to the ClassicDaily HQ this week for manual swap and hangs! We had two solid days of wrenching, and intended to manual swap hoopty and swap an m20 on a vert he is trading some labor on for an e28.

I had planned to do a valve cover gasket and heater valve before I went up there, but the trip got pushed forward a day, so instead I trekked a very leaky, untested car 5hrs north.

I left out of the parts warehouse early Wednesday to grab a few last minute items.

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The trip up was a success, but not without casualty. The heater valve really gave out (rivet fully failed) about half way up. No overheating, Hoopty is a sweetheart! The guibo was also living on a prayer but handled 5hrs of 85-90mph with mercy and gentleness.

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Within a few hours, the auto trans was out, and the subframe assembly/engine was dropped out the bottom of the vert!

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Tim prepping the new M20 for the vert required some assistance.

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After a fight with the pilot bearing, the manual trans was in! I bought a car last year that came with a manual swap full of nice bits. I used a late model, 140k g260 I got from a customer who sold his e30, e36m shifter, all new delrin bushings, DSSR, new shift selector, 13lb lightened m20 flywheel, stock sachs PP/clutch, FTE clutch master/slave, and the $75 S3.73 from FB marketplace which ended up being great. While we were putting the trans in, Tim was up on the rolly-steps replacing the exhaust manifolds with ones that had good studs, as these snapped every stud upon removal. Tim was also kind enough to press on the new CSB on to the manual driveshaft.


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I dropped the car down to do some engine bay stuff like valve cover gasket that puked on the trip up, and also swap the heater valve/heater core. Not a terrible job, but there are a few specific bolts that are a pain. The new valve had a leaking Oring, so I had to pull the entire assembly back apart to throw the orings in from the old valve and hope they didn't leak. I transitioned to the passenger seat and employed bimmerbuddah to massage a few of the pesky bolts into place the last time around. Around this time, Simple_Smith stopped by to snag some trunk tension rods and hang.

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Time was running out, so we threw the exhaust back up/bled the clutch hydro and forgot the heat shields, fixed that, and then dropped it back down. The car moved backwards and forwards, success!

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I had to leave in the AM, and the test rip around the compound was a success so I loaded up and headed out. Realized a mile down the road that I forgot to bleed the cooling system after the second heater valve removal, so I did that on the side of the road after she got a little warm and all was well. Car is much happier with the manual, and the mission was a success! I have some vibration on decel that I'll investigate once I get time, but until then, she's a manual ripper. We didn't have time to finish getting the m20 swapped in the vert, but deemed getting hoopty done to be of higher importance, due to the fact that I had to drive it home on a timeline. Jake is making killer progress on installing his new Dynojet, so the next plan is to go up to do a video on a stock car being converted to megasquirt, using hoopty as the victim. Felt great to get out and drive an e30 with some risk involved. Driving untested 30y/o cars on extended trips keeps you honest, lol


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Old 02-27-2022, 11:33 PM   #966
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Jake (ClassicDaily) bought a truck in Texas over the weekend. His plan was to drive it up to Indy, hang and get the 318 hoopty running, and then take Linda up to MI.

A buddy locally had an e21 he was looking to offload due to a move, and the trailer was already rented for Linda, so Jake picked up the E21, and driving back figured out that he had driven the truck 900+ miles only making 5-25psi of oil pressure. At stop lights the "low oil pressure" warning ding would activate, even though the gauge showed 40psi on the cluster. Some gnarly top end noises later we confirmed [lack of] oil pressure with a laptop and realized that the seller moved the needle so "0" was "40"psi and let him set off on an 18 hour journey with the truck. The motor is salvageable, but it needs an oil pump.

This changed plans a bit, so we dropped the e21 off at my warehosue, and I lent Jake my Xterra to head back up to MI so he didn't have to rent a $450 one way uhaul to get home.

TLDR: Linda is at the ClassicDaily HQ getting finished off!

-She's getting rust repaired: small spot on drivers fender, small spot at battery box. Some clear failure redone, a rocker dent removed, rockers repainted, few dents removed, trim shadowlined, etc
-Dyno tune: this involves fabricating an intake pipe to remove AFM, finally, and getting a proper TPS set up so it's not just running on manifold pressure
-Cruise control bracket fabbed
-A/C conversion finished off with Sanden Compressor and custom lines


This should bring the car to the next level to get it ready for sale! With cruise, cold a/c, and dyno numbers I think the car will do well, and will help me thin the herd. It's a sad day, but I did what I wanted to do with the car and have found that the hoopty style builds suit me much better than the nice cars that I build and have trouble enjoying. End goal is M3 and hoopty in the stable. Hoping to get there sooner than later, but you all know how that goes by this point, lol.

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Old 04-09-2022, 09:10 PM   #967
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Hoopte 318 runs!! ClassicDaily Jake came down last weekend to pick up an e21 parts car he was stashing at the warehouse and we tried to get the M42 running to no avail. Pinned out coil packs to ECU, manually pulsed injectors, etc etc.

He had to head back to MI and it sat for a week. Yesterday I had the thought to swap the oil/coolant sensor plugs on the side of the head and she fired right up! Super stoked, because this means I can start to button up other areas of the car, get exhaust built, etc etc.

It has been daunting getting this car with a cut chassis harness and blown motor, to now hearing it run!

The cluster I put in the car apparently was on its way out, because I now have a maxed out coolant gauge with ignition on.

The new Febi water pump I installed on Hoopty #5 (325iS) failed so I have to fix that. I also dropped a 2.7L crank/rods with a nice late model i block off at the machine shop. With how slow Kevin works I suspect Linda and 318 will be sold by the time he's done. Going to put a 9.4:1 2.7L stroker in hoopty on the cheap since I had the parts, whenever the other projects slow down.

Also, hoopty #5 is still pretty biohazard, so I'm going to pull the dash and rip the interior apart and do an extensive clean, once I find a replacement dash.

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Old 04-22-2022, 11:10 AM   #968
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Picked up a fairly not rusty slicktop '91 318 yesterday! Also overflowed into the bay next to my current warehouse spot and it's waaaay nicer than spot #1.

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Old 04-25-2022, 02:21 PM   #969
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Old 04-30-2022, 12:57 PM   #970
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Damn! So many old BMWs, lol
Yes, it is a wild ride! I parted out three rusty cars this week.

Linda's (red 3.1L late model car) rust repair is underway up at ClassicDaily. For the r134 conversion I ended up with this bracket: https://lcwylieco.bigcartel.com/prod...ersion-bracket
and this compressor: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/vta-04709-vua

Jake is going to make the lines.

The initial rust repair was only battery box and drivers fender bottom, but they ended up finding a touch more in that area, so it's all getting cut out and repaired properly.

Getting everything right before she gets put up for sale.

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Ever since I got into E30s I have wanted to attend the Vintage, a giant vintage BMW event in Hot Springs/Asheville, NC. This year I finally get to go, but it snuck up quick, so I am doing last minute prep for the drive down to NC on hoopty, the patina ****box 325iS.

I put a new Graf water pump on it as the Febi unit I used initially leaked, and got all of that buttoned up. I found a rough but waaaay better valence at the warehouse, so I threw that on. The drivers side bumper shock needs to be replaced, but hoopty doesn't deserve it. It is way better than before, IMO. The drivers side headlight was held on by zip ties and the bracket was broken in several different places, among a bunch of other hillbilly fixin's that I reversed to the best of my abilities.

Got an r134 conversion coming, but that stuff won't be ready for vintage. Pulling dash tonight/tomorrow to replace HVAC box and get the rest of the grossness out of the interior. When dash is out I will be replacing expansion valve and adding HNBR orings, and will also be installing a Lukbox and sound system I bought from a generous r3ver from Ohio. I suspect the cruise is inop due to rat infested cruise module, so am going to replace that as well. Would be quite nice to have cruise on my way down to NC.

Finally installed the roof rack as well!

As always, I love this thing.

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Man this car is disgusting. Also finding chewed and pinched wires everywhere, so I am going through EVERYTHING.

It's going to be a crazy week, as I work until 6:30pm every day up until Thursday when I leave early AM. I am pulling the carpet tomorrow and going to see what I find underneath and will do a deep clean with a pressure washer and extractor, then throw it all back together with a deep cleaned dash, new HVAC box, deep cleaned carpet, LUK box, etc etc.

Cluster bulb wiring cut and just sitting bare in dash

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Map light harness sliced open behind a pillar

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Mouse grossness

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Cracked dash FTW


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