E30 pics thread

User avatar
Jeroen
Site Admin
Posts: 26967
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:23 pm
My E21(s): '81 323i Baur
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

E30 pics thread

Post by Jeroen »

With many of us owning E30's as well, we should have a little discussion forum. What do we have, what are we doing, any plans or issues?

Already some nice threads going on like these:

The Belgian R-Box team is building a M3 rally car, aiming to be in action in 2014. See M3 rally car.
Image

I'm still very happy with My 320iS. Did quite a bit of work last year, reinforced subframe, replaced conrod bearings, fitted Eibach Anti Roll Kit sway bar set, etc. After that took the car to the Alps!

Image

Most of the time though, I work on other peoples' M3's. I have all the tools do do the specific S14 maintenance like valve adjustment and mechanical and vacuum TB sync. I have quite a bunch of M3's I service, both road and track cars and even for dealerships.

Image

Had a little E30 M3 meet back in April (see report)

Image

Oh and Ite has his 320iS for sale in this topic

Image

My plans for 2014? The 320iS doesn't require any work atm but I hope to take her out several times again, and I have a lot of 3rd party maintenance jobs planned already. Will try to use this topic to keep you updated.


Regards/groeten, Jeroen

Also see our E21 Facebook Group!
rob0r
E21 Pro
Posts: 770
Joined: Sat May 20, 2006 6:03 pm
Location: Colchester/Sudbury

Re: E30's

Post by rob0r »

Ahhh E30s. E21s got me started into BMWs but E30s are the ones for me, but they have to be prefacelifts with chrome bumpers in my opinion. They have retro charm similar to E21s but (again in my opinion/circumstances) far superior mechanicals. I had a beaten up old 318is and this still is the best car I've ever had. I stupidly sold it and it got smashed up drifting, I bought it back for spares as the engine is going into my black E21 316.

Image

Now looks like....
Image

Image

I then M30'd a 320i touring, awesome car, but then sold it soon after
Image

Image

My latest project is my prefacelift 320i 4 door in a very rare green colour. Originally an auto, I bought it manualled still with the 2L engine. It was already built to drift and thats my intention for it too. I took it to many drift days in 2013 but I soon reached the limit of the 2L engine. This has now made way for an E28 M535i M30B34 with a complete E34 Motronic 1.3 conversion. I'm 90% finished but I'm dealing with some niggly things and teething issues with the M1.3 conversion... I regret not using a drag and drop E34 535i engine! I've used an M10 gearbox, S14 M3 flywheel and M20 solid paddle clutch. I stripped down an E36 rack and converted it fully to manual which is totally awesome, I also have Gaz GHA to fit all around. I just cancelled its first outing with the M30 at Snetterton on the 15th of Feb as I doubt the car will be done.

Image

With the 2L...
Image

Image

Image

M30 going in...
Image

Image
ImageImage
User avatar
gerrit323
E21 VIP
E21 VIP
Posts: 4382
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 8:44 pm
My E21(s): '82 e21 323i hartge
Location: Belgium
Contact:

Re: E30's

Post by gerrit323 »

Nice .. an e30 topic

At the moment 2 of these in the garage

1st

an '83 320i with almost 460k on the clock (in the special order color platanagrun)

Specs at the moment:

2.7 stroker 204 bhp an 268nm of torque
Powerflex bushings all round
Kw suspention
Eibach anti roll bar
short 4.10 diff

Image

Image

Image

2nd one

an '89 325i convertible

Specs:

Mechanics standard 2.5 171bhp
Kw suspention
25% LSD

Image

Image

The cab took us to Italy in 2012 and to the south of France in 2013 for holidays without any issues at all .. lovely car

@WizOr .. Probably the color of your Pre facelift 4 door e30 is platanagrun aswell .. one of the rarest e30 colors around :wink:

Regards

Gerrit
Last edited by gerrit323 on Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
1988 e30 320is
1992 Mazda mx5
1994 e36 m3
2015 Renault Mégane RS 275 trophy
2016 Fiat scudo workhorse
2019 Abarth esseesse



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thielema ... 1227513195
rob0r
E21 Pro
Posts: 770
Joined: Sat May 20, 2006 6:03 pm
Location: Colchester/Sudbury

Re: E30's

Post by rob0r »

Obviously Platanagrun is more common that I thought :wink: . Awesome cars Gerrit, really tidy machines
ImageImage
User avatar
uwbuurman
E21 VIP
E21 VIP
Posts: 16554
Joined: Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:49 pm
My E21(s): 1978 type 1 323i 5speed dogleg Polaris
Location: Ljouwert

Re: E30's

Post by uwbuurman »

I've also got an E30, 1987 325iA Cabrio. Malachit grün with a PerlBeige (0206) interior. Automatic gearbox. I'm the thirth owner, since 2011. Put quite some effort in it to get it up to date. New brakelines, fuellines, new brakesystem all around, massive work on the enigine and refurbished the interior.

my 325iA

Image

Image
It's the man next door!

1978 BMW 323i
1980 BMW 528i maior restitutio
1987 BMW 325iA cabriolet
2006 BMW 320d touring High Executive
2015 BMW 320dA touring xDrive High Executive ///Msport
User avatar
Jeroen
Site Admin
Posts: 26967
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:23 pm
My E21(s): '81 323i Baur
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

Re: E30's

Post by Jeroen »

The best possible combo on an E30, Koos! Chrome, Malachit and Perlbeige. Really love it!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

Also see our E21 Facebook Group!
User avatar
uwbuurman
E21 VIP
E21 VIP
Posts: 16554
Joined: Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:49 pm
My E21(s): 1978 type 1 323i 5speed dogleg Polaris
Location: Ljouwert

Re: E30's

Post by uwbuurman »

:thnx
It's the man next door!

1978 BMW 323i
1980 BMW 528i maior restitutio
1987 BMW 325iA cabriolet
2006 BMW 320d touring High Executive
2015 BMW 320dA touring xDrive High Executive ///Msport
User avatar
luke
Upcoming E21 fanatic
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 2004 12:27 am
Location: Australia

Re: E30's

Post by luke »

As the local e30 interloper (who has owned 2 e21s previously :) ), most will have seen my car in my thread on it, but just thought I'd share a pic of the newly fixed front end. Finally I have front fogs instead of the giant holes in my front valance & the correct lip (I had an iS lip on the car for a little while, but it hit on the driveway of my place & eventually smashed to pieces).

I also recently rebuilt the rear end of the car with new poly subframe bushes, brakes & replaced the 3.73 diff with a 3.46. The car is easier to drive in traffic now, but still has plenty there for overtaking; although it's slightly less mental. 0 - 100 is probably actually quicker as 100km/h is now possible in 2nd gear, whereas previously it required a change into 3rd.

The next phase will probably be to get some 16 inch wheels so I can run the 296mm Alpina front brakes to help slow down the M30 a bit better than the stock brakes, then hot the M30 up after that, but satisfied with the car for now.

Image

Image
User avatar
TopCat
E21 Pro
Posts: 1077
Joined: Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:21 pm
My E21(s): 1980 Alpina B6 2.8
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/timothy.c.boles
Location: Isle of Man and Inverness
Contact:

Re: E30's

Post by TopCat »

http://www.bmwe21.net/forum/viewtopic.p ... 65&start=0

I graduated in period from E21s to E30s and still own my E30 Hartge H26 based around a 1991 (sort of last made 325i Sport) link and info above

I have owned this car from around it was 3 years old

Managed to find a set of 16 inch Hartge alloys (at last)

I too ve the E30 but find the e21 has better ventilation and a better shape (IMO)
Regards
Topcat
Isle of Man Inverness
1980 BMW E21 Alpina B6 2.8
1991 BMW E30 Hartge H26
User avatar
e21-Mark
E21 Master
Posts: 5716
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:19 pm
My E21(s): 316 m52/2.8 Cat Cams & Jenvey ITB
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JackyardBackoff
Location: Cornwall - UK

Re: E30's

Post by e21-Mark »

Am fortunate enough to have had a few e30 M3's and think they're awesome cars. Stupidly over priced though. Especially Evo versions, although some folk will pay for bragging rights I guess? Either way, it's a shame they're being priced out of the hands of the enthusiast and into those of the collector / investor. I think cars should be driven not just stored away.

Plan to do a few sprint events this year, including Crystal Palace. The car has various mods, including airbox & Alpha N with 232bhp.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
Rav320uk
E21 Fanatic
Posts: 362
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:34 pm

Re: E30's

Post by Rav320uk »

Not a lot. :mrgreen:

Picked her up today, M10 Auto slush box :rolleyes , eleccy mirrors and that's it!
Drove very nice, relaxed and wallowing in the wind :cool
Lightweight, and no, not because of rust, had a good look over and only spotted 2 small problems.
Get back from work tomorrow and start stripping the interior out.

The Blue cab has an E34 3.5 M30 engine in her for cruising:D


Image

Well, after I got back from work, it was out with a bucket and sponge.
Took a broom and pan just in case
Paintwork is still flat atm on the passengerside as I couldn't be bothered anymore today.
Image

After washing it, it was back inside with the bucket, oh and broom and pan, no rust to pick up


Only T-cut so far, but happy with the results. :cool: :D
Image
Image
Image

Roof came out well
Image


And then started to strip out the interior, ready for the M3 rear bench and Recaro LS's, M3 Tech 2 suede steering wheel and gaitors.
Image
Image
Waiting on the Hartges atm , not had time to chase my mate to see if he's done all the sets.


More bufty action after work.
Had to do the bonnet, and passengerside, my bloody arm is killing :cry: :D

Anyway, pics of the bonnet first.
Image

Next, I thought I would clean the scuttle areas.
Image
Image

And finally, the passengerside from this
Image

To this :D
Image


This will be housing a fully rebuilt E34 M30b35 engine with ITB's and a Rotrex supercharger.

Here's a quick pic of the ITB's I have.


Image

Tools out, and vac. :mad:
Image

Cleaned the sunroof area, looks pretty ok, better than what I expected :D

Image
Image
Image

And also changed the seats over, after a mate had been over to install an alarm.

Image
Image
Image
Image

After a good clean and wash, went out with the missus for a bite to eat, and thought I would take the Chromie out. Looks :cool:

Image


Todays action, picked up the Hartges, tyres on and now it's started to p1ss down :roll: .
All I need now is to go fill her up, give her a quick wash, and away in the morning to the German car show.

Excuse the 4x4 ride height, but tha'll be sorted out next week. :cool:

Image
Image
Image
Image

These turned up today, not bad for £100 delivered. winkeye

Image

Well, not much of an update as such, but I rubbed down the Jimmy Hill and sprayed it black, but i'm not too happy with it.
It had about 4 layers of paint on it, and I can't get the to the tight bits, so gave in finally and this is the result.

Image

Then, thought about getting some bullseyes going.

Took them all apart, cleaned up the reflectors, sprayed the internals and cleaned all the outsides too.

Image
Image

While I was at it, I cleaned and sprayed the buckets, and the actuall lens surrounds, and rings, don't have any High beams yet, but all the crosshairs have been done.

Image

Cleaned all the adjuster up too, so now they're working as they should do.

Image
Image

Cleaned up some "NEW" BMW OEM chrome corners i have, ordered a new chrome centre section, so just waiting on that to land and then bolt it all together.

Image
Image

Got hold of a very very good rear bumper too, just need to pick it up.

Looks like the 318is had some good suspension that I had for nothing.
Turned out to be a complete K&W shocks and springs :mad:

Image
Image
Image
Image

Just need to get the front shocks out tomorrow.

And a pic after I washed her.

Image

And this turned up NEW front chrome centre. :cool:

Image

Pick this lot up from the powdercoaters. :D

Image

Started on stripping out the interior for the chromie today, haven't got a lot done but pics below.

Jim, look at my inner arches winkeye

Image
Image


Rear parcelshelf and seats out.

Image

Front half srtipped. Never knew how much the chrome bumper weighed, look at he 4x4 suspension now 8O

Image

Boot out and cleaned,
Doesn't look too bad, not rot really, all you see is surface and a lot of crap. just sponged out the dirt out, and left to dry.

Anyway, let the pics do the talking.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Made these for the chromie so I have an option for full "Euro" look
Image

Picked up a set of H&R front and Rear adjustable Anitrollbars.

Image

Time for the Engine rebuild.
E34 M30B35.

Engine stand bought, went for the 450kg one as there was abotu £5 difference in price.
All assembled.

Image

Engine on and ready for stripping
Image
Image

And this is a few hours later.
Image
Image


Tomorrow, head off and strip it ready for a pressure test and 1/2mm skim.
If funds allow, i'll have it flowed too.

Head off, rocker shafts removed, rockers and cam out too.

Image

Head now booked in for Monday for a pressure test and a 1/2mm skim :twisted:
I'll take out the valves on Monday for those eagled eye fookers!

Image

Pistons look to be OK, and the bores look good too, can still see the honing marks on them.
Looks to have been running rich though.

Image
Image

Block will be wired down and painted.

Gave the head in on Monday for a pressure test and skim.
Pressure test was good, and a skim of 4 thou wasa only needed.

Picked it up this morning, removed the valves, and the guides and gave it a quick clean.

Image
Image
Image

Removed the lower timing cover (Covered in years of oil baked on :cry: )
Removed the sump, again covered in years of oil, and got cleaning.


Image

Inspected the chain, all looks good there.
Looked into the chain guides, and there's heavy scoring of both, so new ones will be ordered soon.
Removed the Oil pump and then started on the bottom end.

Image

Forgot to take pics towards the end of the day, but looking at the shells, the all need to be replaced, and tomorrow, it'll be removing the bearings to inspect those too

Lovely brand new Light billet flywheel, takes the E34 clutch.

Image
Image

Looked into the bottom end shells and big end bearings

Not good, slighty worn and will need to be replaced, so ordered they were.

Cleaned up the face with wet'n'dry and taped up.

Image

Removed the shells and crank and pistons

Image
Image

And left it at that.

Image

Tomorrow, it's clean up time, and painting the block.

Today, I started on giving the block a good clean with degreaser and a wire brush attachment onto an electric drill.
All the surface rust and 20 year oil was removed, then washed down with warm soapy water and left out in the sun to dry off.

Then, sprayed Black, covered up all the water inlets, oil inlets, and masked off the block face with masking tape.

The eagle eyes ones will notice the core plugs painted too, don't worry, they're getting replaced too, just didn't want to replace them sooner, then have to mask them up while spraying the block.

Image

Hear back off my mate who's doing the Bodywork and respray.
Emailed him with a pic of the colour i'm looking to do the Chromie in.

Image

That's all for the moment, more updates on Monday.:cool
Image
User avatar
luke
Upcoming E21 fanatic
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 2004 12:27 am
Location: Australia

Re: E30's

Post by luke »

Nice - is that e30 painted in the same metallic brown as the current X1?
Rav320uk
E21 Fanatic
Posts: 362
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:34 pm

Re: E30's

Post by Rav320uk »

It's Marrakesh Brown..
Image
User avatar
Jeroen
Site Admin
Posts: 26967
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:23 pm
My E21(s): '81 323i Baur
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

Re: E30's

Post by Jeroen »

Grmbl trying to get to page 2 of this thread
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

Also see our E21 Facebook Group!
User avatar
Jeroen
Site Admin
Posts: 26967
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:23 pm
My E21(s): '81 323i Baur
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

Re: E30's

Post by Jeroen »

to avoid the page to be too long with all posted photos

(and a slow loading photobucket)
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

Also see our E21 Facebook Group!
Post Reply