Went on a big drive today and got some photos. Finally a photo of the interior thanks to the iPhone 0.5x lens!
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
As soon as I brought the Lachs home I was making plans to finally install the splitter. I had plans to take care of a few other things that involved removing the front bumper, and I was trying to work up the nerve to drill dozens of holes in my front fascia. Last night I was poking around with my fog lights when I noticed something.
Well well well. I'd be upset if it wasn't the perfect situation for me. So today was splitter day!
Because the rivets require so much force to install, I'd recommend doing the oil cooler panel before the whole thing is on your bumper. But if you're like me and no one told you that, try to back up the rivet while you hammer on it. A 10mm deep socket does a nice job supporting the backside and is large enough to let the rivet expand to installed position.
These 6 screw fasteners are intended to support the 'center' of the plastic undertray into your fascia. Interestingly, the trim on the US bumper seems to be different from Sport Evo and these edge-grabbing clips only fit in the two most outboard locations. So four of them went unused and were replaced by some M6 nuts and bolts I had available.
The completes the installation of the plastic undertray and oil cooler panel to the bumper. Bolt up your splitter in 12 places.
The turn signal assemblies are supposed to bolt up to the fascia. The back side of the fascia has thin doghouses that receive a very peculiar, thin, clip-on-M6-stud deal that is long NLA. It was probably NLA when this bumper was painted. Rather than try to think of something clever, the body shop doofus decided to fix the turn signals to the bumper reinforcement with big long self-tapping screws. Ew. Now, the joy of old car fixin' is that you don't know what parts you need to order to fix a problem until you're already in there. And I have plans to use this car tomorrow, so leaving it in pieces while I waited for parts was not an option. Putting those self-tapping screws back in there was also not an option. What to do? I can't fit an M6 bolt with a normal head on it because the doghouse is so thin. Well... remember how 4 of those 6 edge-biter clips didn't work earlier?
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
[note: this post, like an air-cooled 911, is back-dated to when these events occurred]
Not much to report lately, had the ceremonial first wash over the weekend and went to a couple C&C events. The M3 was a big hit. I'm waiting on some connectors to arrive so I can wire up my NOS Hella smileys and make the swap over to euro front grilles. I'm trying to get the local gang back together and I created a meetup for Saturday, 2/1 in Portola Valley.Funny coincidence: in my old thread, back in 2017, I spotted a silver/red car on the highway and snapped a photo. I'll give you one guess who owns that car now! Confirmed it with the previous owner. Small world.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Suspiciously, just as this purchase was developing I met up with Kevin, who wanted to practice rolling shots of his M3. This was actually my first time seeing an M3 in quite a while and he put me on driving duty while he practiced snapping photos, hanging out the back of an E93 M3 (fitting). I don't remember if Kevin posts on the forum here but hey, if you're reading this, post up some of those great photos! Seeing his car is enough to get a Prius owner fired up about an E30. I blame him partially for rekindling the fire and motivating my purchase.
Here's a photo of the very stock motor bay. When I run out of things to spend money on, I'll grab a fresh coolant bottle to spiff things up.
The very first order of business after purchase was to transfer ownership and get my old plates on the car. It was in the AAA parking lot that I received my first compliment for the car, and was asked if I was selling it. No homie, I bought it yesterday. The second order of business was to correct the wayward trunk M3 emblem.
First fuel stop.
The car is riding on M5 wheels so the owner provided the stock 15s as well as a full exhaust system that he'd had removed to pass emissions. Thankful just to get a bonus exhaust, I was excited to see that it was a Supersprint resonated, non-cat center section with a Rogue Engineering diablo muffler.
I would prefer to keep the midsection OE for the sake of emissions, but I didn't hesitate to fit the muffler. Four days into ownership, I pulled out the wrenches.
It's a very nice muffler, just the right volume and tone. With that finished, I went to raid the parts stash in my shed.
There's some red seat action for ya. With a careful hand and a plastic trim tool, I managed to swap these without breaking any of the plastic clips.
Next up - dead pedal. It might sound silly, since I thought of this as a dress-up item, but the altered foot position is noticeable.
The kick panel requires trimming to the clear the pedal form. There is a guide line molded into the part - I cut right along that line with a Dremel and fitment was spot-on.
This morning I went on my first real spirited drive with the car. Kevin's got a cracked windshield on his E30 so he brought his 6-speed E90, and we were joined by a coworker with his 6-speed M2 Competition. The car did not miss a beat and we discovered some fantastic new roads around San Jose. My car performs so well dynamically that I have only very minor plans beyond normal upkeep/maintenance... in fact I enjoy the handling so much that I'm scared to spoil it by changing anything at all! My coworker has a lot of seat time in his E30 track car but amazingly had never had a chance to drive an M3. I was happy to swap seats with him and when we stopped he had rave reviews. As for his M2 Comp, wow. I rented the first gen (non-M3 motor) M2 a year or two ago and spent a day with it, and loved it. I remember thinking, "the last thing this needs is more power." BMW had a different opinion and the result is a car that I found, to be honest, intimidating. It could be due to the fact that I just came out of a car that can barely get out of its own way, and tells you so much through its slow steering rack; but I could not deploy the M2's capability in any way on the public road. It was also, you know, not my car.
I'm debating whether to post my plans for the car here, early in the thread, or just let the posts be a surprise and show things as they happen. I'm not planning anything spectacular or even particularly creative but, as I said, I do have a shed with some nice parts in it.
This was all stewing in my brain through the holidays. A friend invited me on a new year's morning drive, along with a friend of his who I had not met before. I took the Skyline, my friend his Integrale, and the new friend had a 458 Spyder.
That was on Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon I had all the juicy details. Lachs/Cardinal. 133k miles with the motor rebuilt 3000 miles ago, interior completely redone, and very long receipts correcting every little thing: A/C, heater core, cruise control, rebuilt calipers, new-old-stock door cards (somehow?), windshield, badges, alternator, starter, on and on. By Friday afternoon I had an appointment to see the car, and by Saturday at lunch I had handed over a deposit. The seller was a fantastic guy, total car nut, and he was excited to see the car go to someone who knew why it was special and would drive it. I'm not going to say that showing him that I still had the "E30 M" license plate sealed the deal, but it definitely bolstered my credentials...