Big Red- my 1991 E30 Hartge H26

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Big Red- my 1991 E30 Hartge H26

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I now have Big Red going well
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after lots of trouble in recommissioning last year
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It is a 1991 reg E30 325i Sport that I have owned since 1994, and which I treated to a full Hartge conversion in period.
we had trouble with the top end has recently been rebuilt- now redone with a griffin head with all the Hartge stuff put back into it- staggering how large the valves are! Fritz supplied the Griffin head- and Steve rebuilt it again (FOC)
I have even managed to get the self closing alarm working- and have ordered two new alarm fobs as the old ones were pretty broken
Slightly old P6000 Pirellis- 106k from new
But a lovely lumpy idle - it sounds far meaner than "Herman" the Alpina
Old dyno sheets say around 195 bhp
It has a Hartge shortshifter
Fitted a s'hand power steering pump from Fritz (after one I bought on EBay did not work)
I put a new modified ECU from a retired E30 racer (thanks Ian) into it- which has removed the annoying 6250 rpm cut off.
Runs very well but could do with a a new idle control valve- which is on order.

Hope to get it out on the drags for that rematch vs Alpina - having found the problem with the leaking head
It is certainly easier to drive smoothly/ well balanced- perhaps it is a case of familiarity?


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Idle control valve appeared- but is the wrong one

Fritz is sending me the correct one

Being a 1991 Reg E30 325iSport means that it is one of the very last built in RHD and one of the first to have a cat in UK
It does mean that parts are sometimes different

Anyway I need some advice here please:
Big Red has the big Hartge Tubular manifold- which runs hot (obviously) and which has perished those annoying doughnuts that lie between the steering coupling knuckles

I would like to replace these with an appropriate knuckle/universal joint something like this:

http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/product/Chro ... oint_UJCHR

This is clearly a RHD issue and may also affect E21s with big bore tubular manifolds and I wonder if anyone has got the solution?
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Almost ready for another showdown then?

Can't be of help with the bbq issue, eh well you may want to wrap up the manifold in heat protective tape and perhaps make a custom metal shield?

Oh and btw were you able to use the video links?
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Vid links are great Thank you for all that

I am trying to find some way of buying an edit software to edit it down- it goes on a bit - for public consumption!
Not properly produced like the Rapid Motion SA TV progs
Am on the ferry with trailer load of Jeep spares and furniture for the 12 hour journey to Scotland tomorrow- so will look again when back.
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Found this thread (note to Ed-can we put all E30 stuff in one place?)

Anyway as Herman broke down this year in mid Manx Classic- I then completed the last event Ramsey H/C in "Big Red" my Hartge

please note that this is on street rather tired tyres! Go on play the tape.................:

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Nice!!!
It's the man next door!

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Nice driving, and she sounds and performs lovely too!
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picked up Big Red yesterday after a full bare metal respray; they have done an A1111 job

pictures to follow!

what a lovely car- to be reunited with it again after all these years is great
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Still waiting for pics hahaha
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lovely all leather new Recaro type seats- fantastic paint job- it really stands out!
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nice lady in red you have there.
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+1, great car!
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Blinggggggggg!!! :shake
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Drove Big Red to the office today- you can see how idle my colleagues are if you look around how empty the office car park is!
some photos- now I have mastered my flkrr account takeover by the dreadful Yahoo

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Really great paint job- I still have some odds and ends to sort out- I have ordered the correct H26 badge and I suspect I may have to change the battery

Anyone know where to find the OEM BMW alarm/locking unit? I remember replacing it some 10 years ago!
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