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  • #61
    you can paint the washers/bolts black
    Last edited by Markus; 06-09-2020, 03:25 AM.

    http://www.bmwm3shop.de

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    • Konig
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      I painted them today! Much better.

  • #62
    This thread is killing me. Such a great build, and making progress SO fast.

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    • #63
      Originally posted by Westopher View Post
      This thread is killing me. Such a great build, and making progress SO fast.
      It's easy to move quick when you've had the parts in the shed for years haha. Thanks for following along!
      1989 Lachs
      1988 Lachs - sold
      1988 DS - sold
      Bay Area M3 FB group

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      • #64
        That red Italvolanti with gold lettering is dope! Love your taste and attention to detail. As for the M8 flap fasteners, just order black bolts M8 x 20mm and black anodized countersunk washers M8 x 25mm OD.

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        • #65
          Originally posted by qwkslvrnsx View Post
          That red Italvolanti with gold lettering is dope! Love your taste and attention to detail. As for the M8 flap fasteners, just order black bolts M8 x 20mm and black anodized countersunk washers M8 x 25mm OD.
          I took them out back today and sprayed them satin black. The head of the fastener, including the washer, is only about 5.2mm. But the washer OD at its widest is 25mm. I didn't take the car out of the garage to see if it fixed the visual impression but I imagine it's better! Will see tomorrow when I drive it.
          1989 Lachs
          1988 Lachs - sold
          1988 DS - sold
          Bay Area M3 FB group

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          • #66
            Last weekend we ventured outdoors for the first time in 3 months to visit some friends in Kirkwood. For some people the exciting part of the trip is what you do when you get there, but I know how nice the roads and scenery are, so I was excited to take the M3!



            We went out via 88, and came home the 'long way' on 4. It's always a lovely drive across the Sierras and I think we got the timing perfect in terms of weather and conditions, as you'll see.



            Just a couple minutes on the road and we were cruising through the 135k milestone. Unfortunately the start of the trip was a total drag... traffic has mostly vanished with Covid but we managed to find it, sitting for the first two hours in crawling traffic all the way out to Tracy. The M3 was loaded up with road trip essentials as well as our weekend bags and a bunch of things that our friends wanted us to bring out to them (they've been in Kirkwood since shelter-in-place started). The M3 swallowed it up without any complaint.



            Things started to pick up once we got past Stockton and hit 88. We stopped for fuel, Red Bull, and beef jerky in Jackson.



            As the sun came down and we climbed our way toward Kirkwood, the views became irresistible. We pulled over once...





            ...and then again. My DSLR was buried deep in my overnight bag and we were keeping our hosts waiting for dinner, so all the photo duties were left to the iPhone.





            After 4+ hours on the road, the M3 delivered us to Kirkwood safe and sound, no worse for wear except for a bug slaughter.







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            1989 Lachs
            1988 Lachs - sold
            1988 DS - sold
            Bay Area M3 FB group

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            • #67
              The M3 relaxed on Saturday while we enjoyed the great outdoors. I took a few DSLR snaps.







              I love this detail on our cars: where the surfaces invert just ahead of and behind the doors.



              I did step away from the car long enough to enjoy what Kirkwood has to offer. I've been around Tahoe a few times but never down to Kirkwood, and it was wonderful. There isn't much in the way of a village and it was just quiet and peaceful. There are tons of hikes, bike trails, and small lakes to enjoy.









              My friend loaned me his spare mountain bike and took me around the trails, most of which cut across and along the ski runs. I am extremely amateur at mountain biking (second time out ever) but it's starting to win me over.





              I am thankful that he didn't tell me how much this bike was worth until after the ride. It's easy to geek out on all the tech these things have, and it added a layer of learning curve as I attempted to adjust my dampers, drop the seat post, and swap into the right gear all at the right times. Thankfully I didn't go over the handlebars at any point and by the end of the ride I was really learning to trust the bike. There are definite similarities with high-performance driving... keep your eyes up, look through the curve where you want to go, and the faster you go, the better the suspension works and the more you can trust the machine...
              1989 Lachs
              1988 Lachs - sold
              1988 DS - sold
              Bay Area M3 FB group

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              • #68
                Car is looking great!

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                • #69
                  On Saturday evening we had some down-time before dinner so I went out again with the car and DSLR to try to get some nice snaps in the dusk lighting.























                  Sunday afternoon we hiked and then made our way home. Highway 4 was lovely, but apparently not lovely enough to stop and take photos. Both 88 and 4 were nice and smooth (88 I believe was repaved just recently), 4 cut through some nice towns and along a nice river for a bit before climbing up and over the hills via tight switchbacks with no center line. We stopped for gas at an extremely overpriced but charming old-fashioned Chevron station in Camp Connell.



                  Unfortunately there was a long, straight, hot drag between Copperopolis and Stockton with nothing but wheat and corn for company. We wrapped up our California road trip in the quintessential way, at In-n-Out.



                  400+ miles and the car didn't skip a beat. The A/C and cruise control kept things comfortable, the motor was a bit wheezy at 8000 feet but otherwise no complaints! It has earned a bit of rest and a nice wash that it will receive this weekend.
                  1989 Lachs
                  1988 Lachs - sold
                  1988 DS - sold
                  Bay Area M3 FB group

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                  • #70
                    I hope you aren't getting sick of me telling you how much I love your car. It's honestly what keeps me coming back here. I wish others would document their experiences with their cars like you do. Not only is it helpful for dealing with my dumpster through seeing the jobs you've done on this and your previous builds, it's keeping me motivated to keep making it better.

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                    • #71
                      Whoa - this looks like one hell of a road trip, Pall! Thanks for sharing the pictures and the mini write-up; almost felt like I was there.

                      Seeing this post makes me really want to get my car back. Hopefully in the next few months we can make a few sprints around the bay a reality.

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                      • #72
                        Nice to see the car being used properly and not languishing in a project shed!

                        Are you running H&R Sports or Races? I like the ride height.

                        I am running the Sport Evo weaves on the Yoko A048 and I like them a lot - good all round tyre
                        JUNGL3

                        333i Sport - Alpina M52 3.3, E30 M3 5 Stud

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                        • Konig
                          Konig commented
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                          These are H&R Sport according to my notes. I'm finding them a nice blend of comfortable and sporty for street use.
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