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  • #61
    Did my drive belts today, it was easy enough. There is some funny business going on with my AC compressor... the mounting is different from parts diagrams and what I'm reading on S14. My setup has a gear-adjuster bracket like the PS and alternator, but it doesn't really adjust anything. I'll sort it out later, I left the belt off for now as I don't use the A/C anyway.

    Alternator belt was shot:

    1988 Lachs - sold
    1988 DS - sold
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    • #62
      Add these to the long list of "parts to install."



      17" LM setup built for me by e30_polak. Very very happy with the results and can't wait to get them fitted!

      1988 Lachs - sold
      1988 DS - sold
      Bay Area M3 FB group

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      • #63
        Looking good !!

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        • #64
          Such great progress..!

          My .2c, all the vacuum hoses as well since you have replaced the gaskets.

          And, along with those items, and once all is sorted do find a reputable specialist to dial in the ITBs, they are surely not in spec after all this time. I had mine done by Korman Autoworks.

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          • #65
            It's been a while since my last update... I've been doing a whole lot of "driving the crap out of the car." I bought it with 125,3xx miles in February, today it has 130,7xx. Last week I coordinated a few M3s to gather at the final Canepa Cars &Coffee event of the year.



            Two days before that, I'd received a note on my car from a young enthusiast.



            So, after the Canepa event I met up with my new friend Tom and took him for a ride. To say he was excited was an understatement - he loved the sound and the flat cornering. He just got a new job and he's going to start saving for his own E30. Who says the kids these days don't care about driving?

            On Sunday I did a compression check on the car to get an idea of engine condition. I got 255, 240, 240, and 247. Those figures are all way too high for an S14, especially one with 130k miles that hasn't been rebuilt, so my theory is that the gauge was off. In any case, the numbers are within 10% (assuming the actual figures aren't lower than 150psi) and the motor feels strong so I'm pleased with the result.

            This evening I FINALLY ended the radio installation saga. The head units were kaput when I hooked them up months ago because I had crossed wires at some point and blown their internal fuses. With that fixed (the Alpine CM5908 takes a 5A 20x5mm 250V fuse) I got everything wired up and I can finally listen to music again in the car. The other upside is that I don't have a gaping hole in my dash with wires hanging out like the car was broken into.



            It doesn't look like much, but it's a great feeling when you finally fire up that radio and glorious sound comes out. I can finally play the tapes I've been collecting!

            Next project: Jon is going to help me tackle the rear subframe mounts. It's going to be a big undertaking but I am excited to finally make it happen. The car will get new subframe bushings and hardware, new trailing arm bushings, braided brake lines, new axle boots, sway bar mounts and end links, diff bushings... and possibly some other things I'm forgetting. Stay tuned.

            *edit* oh wait, one more thing. I ordered a vanity plate that will hopefully look cool, it'll probably arrive in a couple of months.
            1988 Lachs - sold
            1988 DS - sold
            Bay Area M3 FB group

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            • #66
              I sent your shocks via UPS. Did you get my email with the tracking #s ?

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              • Konig
                Konig commented
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                I did, thanks. I look forward to receiving them.

              • brandonsan
                brandonsan commented
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                No problem ! thanks for the quick payment.

            • #67
              Not much going on in M3 world... I decided to buy yet another car, one that I think (dare I say it?) will have a similar E30M run-up in prices soon. I'd like to get in ahead of the curve on this one.



              2000 Acura Integra Type-R. 58k miles. Bought it from the original owner, who started to tear up as I drove away. It's basically the Japanese equivalent of our cars - high-rev motor, homologation special, famous badge. I haven't spent much time in the twisties, as I've been converting the suspension back to stock and just mounted fresh tires today, but the engine is an insane thing. 8400 RPM redline and the mania that is VTEC at 5700 RPM. Drive (or buy) one if you have the opportunity.

              The M3 has been waiting patiently while I work on his younger adopted brother. I am sad to report that the cassette ejecting mechanism has gone kaput on the stereo and it will neither play nor eject my Queens of the Stone Age tape. I also have a peculiar problem - last week I had the key in the ignition and the rear view mirror light on while I was wiping down the interior. I turned off the light and retired for the night but left the key in the ignition and drained the battery. I jumped it, drove around for a bit, but didn't get enough charge and had to jump it again one more time. After that I took the battery out of the car and charged it in the house. Now, the car is working normally except that the driver window no longer rolls down. I hear a very faint click coming from the door when I press the button but no action. Fuses look fine, window breaker has been cycled to no avail. I can move it with the tool kit crank so it's not physically stuck, but no combination of crank and button makes it work. Any ideas?

              In spite of these issues, next week the lady and I are driving down to LA for Thanksgiving and I think I will take the M3. If all goes well, I will spend Thanksgiving morning tearing around Mulholland, Topanga, and Latigo Canyons. I plan to (finally) start my rear suspension overhaul when I return at the end of the month with Jon's help. I have the Koni shocks from Brandonsan and will grab some H&R Sport springs to go with them, then put tires on the LMs, then then then...!!!
              1988 Lachs - sold
              1988 DS - sold
              Bay Area M3 FB group

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              • #68
                Two days before that, I'd received a note on my car from a young enthusiast.



                Wow nice, a 16 year old youngster looking and admiring our cars, that is great!
                I think this shows the greatness of the M3 E30 and what is mean for BMW. The M3 E30 is one of the most ultimate BMW ever..(if someone where doubtful... ).


                M3 E30, the real one...
                Sport Evolution, the ultimate one!

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                • #69
                  Drove the M3 from SF down to Orange County for the Thanksgiving break. Why the M3? Well, it's the only one of my cars with cruise control, it's actually pretty decent at highway speed, and I wanted to take it up to the Malibu hills. Didn't get photos on the drive down because it was dark.



                  8am Thanksgiving morning on the 'Snake' section of Mulholland. Cayman R driver was the only other guy up there when I arrived



                  His "I've been coming up here for 47 years, it's not how it used to be" stories were interrupted by a group of Alfas





                  I call this picture "why is my M3 three different colors?" One day I'll fix it all...



                  Santa Monica



                  Cruising



                  Crystal Cove in Newport Beach



                  Sunset in Laguna Beach



                  Had a stop to make on the way out of town today - this company imports Japanese market Hondas and parts them out. I wanted some awesome JDM red Recaros for my Type R



                  Do DC2 Recaros fit in the back of an E30? Yes, yes they do.



                  It's not a real California road trip without In-N-Out.

                  The car did okay on the trip... using it for this journey was a reminder that, at least in its current state of maintenance, this is not a daily driver. The clutch is still awful. The driver window isn't working, the heat isn't working, the sunroof howls at highway speed when closed, etc. Tonight I am dropping the car off at Jon's place to begin the rear subframe project.
                  1988 Lachs - sold
                  1988 DS - sold
                  Bay Area M3 FB group

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                  • #70
                    Jon has made some serious progress digging in to the rear end of my car. I joined him today to get caught up and drop the transmission. We are finding that every single piece of rubber in this car is completely shot.



                    Type R looks on



                    Subframe out



                    On the ground



                    Stash of parts



                    Exhaust out



                    Subframe bushings completely shot



                    Wheel bearings totally shot



                    Driveshaft support collapsed / twisted / WTF? / shot



                    Diff bushing shot



                    End links shot



                    Fuel filler hose shot



                    Axle boots shot. That concludes the rear subframe-related things that are going to be replaced, in addition to the brake lines. Next up was to drop the transmission and unmask the identity of this god-awful clutch and pressure plate that manages to combine a heavy heavy petal with poor engagement.



                    Transmission out, and weeping. I'm going to have to do some homework to determine whether replacing these seals is a DIY job.





                    So there it is, the nightmare clutch. Cross-referenced the part numbers, and it's an OEM clutch kit. Shit. Why is it so bad?



                    The slave cylinder looks like this. I think we may have found the culprit. Will replace this and the master at the same time.



                    Flywheel out. Going to have it machined down to match an Evo unit.

                    So that's where the car stands today... the scope has (predictably) creeped but I believe it's the right thing to do. Many hard-to-access areas are available and the M is going to feel like a new car when it's all done. Stay tuned...
                    1988 Lachs - sold
                    1988 DS - sold
                    Bay Area M3 FB group

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                    • #71
                      Update from today. The disassembly continues.





                      First project of the day - valve adjustment. Well, the first half at least. Took measurements and ready to get the shims to bring everything back into spec.





                      Kind of stalled out on the bushing swap etc while I wait for parts to arrive, but did what we could.



                      Front strut assemblies out. Going to Koni single adjustables on the stock springs, will fit the BBS wheels once everything is done and swap springs if needed to achieve desired ride height.



                      Bumpstops disintegrated, like everything else.





                      Rear struts swapped, Rogue Engineering top mounts going in.



                      New rear sway bar bushings and end links installed, braided lines visible too.



                      The parts pile grows.



                      Project has changed direction - doing a B18C5 swap.
                      1988 Lachs - sold
                      1988 DS - sold
                      Bay Area M3 FB group

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                      • #72
                        More work today. Still in the disassembly stage, but the progress is steady and the path forward is pretty clear. Hopefully we're finished finding surprises.





                        Old front shocks. Shot, like everything else. Not sure how old they are but they're marked "Germany" versus "West Germany," so probably not original.



                        Supported the engine so that we could drop the front subframe. Goal up here is to drop the upper oil pan and re-seal it, as it is weeping oil all over the place.



                        Crappy photo of the lowered subframe



                        Steering shaft disconnected at the guibo / coupler. Going to replace the stock piece with the IE urethane version.



                        Oil pans out. Holy cow, there's my motor.





                        I'm not sure exactly what to look out for, but nothing negative jumped out at me. Jon was suspicious of the yellow paint marks... evidence of rebuild? Beats me.



                        Oil pan and crank seal bracket out and slightly degreased.



                        Back of the crank. New pilot bearing incoming.



                        Power steering junction leaking, we'll re-clamp and try to rectify.



                        It wasn't all disassembly today... I didn't get any photos, but I finished the valve adjustment by installing the shims I received this week. I installed braided brake lines and speed bleeders in the calipers.





                        Jon wanted to get a photo of my work uniform, aka sacrificial filthy jeans and shirt.



                        Came home to a box of parts from ECS. The project will continue after the holiday break!
                        1988 Lachs - sold
                        1988 DS - sold
                        Bay Area M3 FB group

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                        • #73
                          I would replace the shock tower nuts,rusted,and upgrade the hose clamps,upper rad hose clamp doesn't belong there;

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                          • #74
                            Nice progress Pall!
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                            • #75
                              Originally posted by e30polak View Post
                              Nice progress Pall!
                              Thanks! I wanted to get all this done before fitting the wheels you built me. I didn't want to feel like the guy with the clapped out car but with pimp wheels.

                              Jon has been forging ahead, I'll post the photos he shared later today. I think we have officially turned the corner from 'disassembly' to 'reassembly.' Well, except for the header studs, but that's relatively easy.
                              1988 Lachs - sold
                              1988 DS - sold
                              Bay Area M3 FB group

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