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ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:12 am

Was hopefull for another good day health wise and I got one. Felt like i accomplished alot for me anyway and Im excited so I figured I would start a build thread and post tht progress and some pics. I going to be forward and say that I dont know how many updates and how fast the progress will go. Ive been extremely ill and sick for the past two months or so and I have a very limited bugdet. Various things, Medical bills, upcoming wedding, trying to purchase a house, and such. So happy today though got her running again. I was kinda worried she was going to blow up lol but she cranked up first turn over. Its been about six months sices she has run last and has been sitting idle on the jack stands. Just so happy to hear her run again. Now for more saving and inprovements hopefully. If budget and health alows it. Shes not too pretty and nothing special but I like it and she means alot to me.

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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:16 am

I know this is a e30 site. I didnt know if you guys would be interested in this one. My fiance and I also detailed the grand prix today. Turned out pretty nice!

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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby Yoshi » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:46 am

I love the build starting on the site now. W00t!
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:56 am

Yeah me too! This is the only site im going to post it on. Its the most down to earth for real guys that may not be able to afford all the upity and expensive bmw stuff. I know if I post it anywhere else Ill be hated lol.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby joecrotch » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:42 am

great to see you go a lot done today! now that its running guess I will put a little more effort into finding the chip for you. god that must have felt good cranking it up! I hope to feel that same feeling soon!
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:52 am

It was great! Like fear and excitement at the same time lol. Its had alot done to it since it ran last so I was afraid i did something wrong and was going to hurt it. But she cranked the first turn over after a jump from my dads truck. I guess another cool thing is that I already have a few parts in the back log so I can be doing a few things while Im saving for more. I still have to do the rear rotors and pads. I painted the front calipers so I paint the rears as well. I have a replacement wiper motor to swap out. I have a silicon hose kit I can be doing little by little and my favorite, I have a heat sheild and k&n filter and adapter to install too. so happy and excited and wore out lol. I have like no muscles anymore so its being really tough lol.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby M20_fever » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:30 am

It's funny how these cars have such an ability to bond with their owners that most of the new cars don't seem to have. Looks like your project is off to a solid start, don't worry about posting non-BMWs, half my build thread involves a 72 Chevelle. ;)

Glad to hear your feeling better from your ailment, hope you get a lot more time in the shop to build them muscles up again.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:13 am

M20_fever wrote:It's funny how these cars have such an ability to bond with their owners that most of the new cars don't seem to have. Looks like your project is off to a solid start, don't worry about posting non-BMWs, half my build thread involves a 72 Chevelle. ;)

Glad to hear your feeling better from your ailment, hope you get a lot more time in the shop to build them muscles up again.


Thanks its been a long time coming for me to have a few good day like this and to have the energy to do anything lol. I know I have a long way to go too but im just taking it day by day i guess. Once i get started on some new medicine, hopefully soon, I should be back to normal for the most part pretty fast. That chevelle you have sounds very interesting. Ill see if I can find it. I love the hotrod and muscke cars!
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby M20_fever » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:36 am

http://e30performance.info/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=934

It starts with the e30, then switches to the chevelle, then back to the e30. I'll be back to the Chevelle after my track day on the 18th so should have lots of updates coming along.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:53 pm

Gave her a bath today and got some better pics. Im still feeling pretty good and im motivated lol. I wish I could just keep working on her but I dont want to over do it. Im so sore from yesterday lol. Got to build back those muscles.

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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby joecrotch » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:49 am

dude the car looks great! this build is gonna be awesome! It really is good to see a E30 helping with the healing process.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby M20_fever » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:44 am

Nice clean slate you got there, looking forward to seeing where you go with it.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:17 am

Thanks guys, It looks better in the pics than in person. I wish It never dryed off because it looked so shiny lol. Soon as it dryed it was back to the dull faded paint. I have a clay bar system to try sometime to see if I can bring out some shine. Maybe wet sanding would help. Ive got a early model front lip Im going to fix some and paint and mount up. I also have a set of sport seats I grabbed out of a convertible for like $60. I dont know how they are going to turn out because I have to do some rust removal on the tracks. I dont know what the future holds lol. Just goin to tinker with everthing and see where it goes.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby M20_fever » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:25 am

not sure but I think the vert seats are different than regular sport seats. I had a 318i the same color as yours and it was faded like that, I hit it with a claybar system then waxed and buffed it with one of those DA buffers you can get at Autozone. I was amazed how well the paint came out, it was shocking.
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Re: My 1986 325es

Postby ponycarman » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:34 am

Cool thats encouraging about the paint. The convertible sport seats are the some as the m3 sport seat if I remember right. They are the same as the regular sport seats. The only difference is that the regular upholstery has vertical stitching and the convertible/m3 had horizontal stitching. I just hope I can clean and derust the tracks enough for them to work and slide properly.
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