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Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Delanoso » Thu May 16, 2013 1:27 am

This guy's been garaged for close to 10 years but it's time to knock the dust off. Completely stoked about it--I've been hopelessly in love with this car since the first day I saw it. My family has made fun of me for years because it took up space in my garage and never moved. All worth it.

So here are some details for references:

1986 325es
270,000+ miles (odometer stopped at 254K and I drove it for a year more, at least)

Work done (some of which will have to be redone):
Eibach touring springs (I think) and bilstein sports
Dinan sway bars, front and back.
BBS 16X7.5 wheels
Chipped with Dinan specs and sport tuned
Short shift kit

Work I've always wanted to do:
Dinan exhaust
3.25:1 LSD swap
Paint
New drivers seat

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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Delanoso » Thu May 16, 2013 1:29 am

Can anyone positively identify these springs?
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Postby M20_fever » Thu May 16, 2013 2:53 am

Eibachs of some sort, should be a part number on them somewhere. I read in the intro thread you parked it because the water pump started leaking? If so, your first project should be new timing belt, tensioner, and water pump. As far as blowing blue smoke on startup, was it running ok once warmed up? Have you ever done a valve adjustment? I would bet money that engine is fine and just needs some routine maintenance. We're here to help, not much on an e30 one of us hasn't touched. Beautiful car you got, love to see it ride again!
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby 87e30 » Thu May 16, 2013 3:11 am

Your drivers seat looks almost as bad as mine. :-P Nice ride though. Almost the same wheel style as I just put on mine.
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Postby Yoshi » Thu May 16, 2013 11:14 am

They look like stock springs to me lol... I feel your pain on the torn up stock seat >_<
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Delanoso » Thu May 16, 2013 12:02 pm

Yoshi, have you ever seen a stock spring ride at the height mine is? I suppose they could be stock--it's an odd car. The steering wheel is stock and I was told by my shop that it's what went into the M3 the following year. I was also told by my shop that the seats are the actual Recaro seats, although I'm not sure I believe that.

I can look at the valves I suppose--that might just piss me off. How bad woulfd they have to be? It ran pretty well after it warmed up, give or take 270K. A little blue smoke when I got into the gas pedal. If I've had this thing off the road for years because of a water pump and a valve adjustment I might lose my mind.

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Postby Yoshi » Thu May 16, 2013 2:06 pm

You've got 16 or 17 inch rims. So yea, those look like the E30s I've seen on those size rims and stock springs.

That steering wheel IIRC is the mtech wheel. I don't know if it went into the M3 but it's def pretty common to find. Maye not with the M colors on the bottom. But someone could have done that themselves. Those seats are the stock "sport" seats. Which came... stock on all sports. MAYBE recaro made them but they aren't recaro seats.

The valve seals could be dead from being dry for so long. They are kinda meh to change out because you have to take the springs off and the valves out. Just dump thicker oil into it and be happy.
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Postby Delanoso » Thu May 16, 2013 4:13 pm

That's the sort of thing I expected--dead valve seals--after all this time sitting. I expect to have to replace the cooling system hoses and most of the vaccum lines, CV boots, bushings, etc.

I'm afraid of what time has done. . .
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Yoshi » Thu May 16, 2013 5:18 pm

eh, just fill up oil every gas fill up.
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Postby M20_fever » Thu May 16, 2013 7:17 pm

That's a regular Mtech 1 steering wheel, which Did come in the M3, and any e30 that ticked that option box until the airbags were implemented. The seats are stock sport seats which are indeed made by Recaro. The springs are not stock, as e30s never came with blue springs and the car is lower than stock. Could very well be worn valve seals, but technically you don't even need valve seals so if you can live with a little smoke when it's cold I'd suggest doing the tbelt /water pump, and valve adjustment and drive it. Replacing the coolant hoses when your doing the water pump isn't a bad idea.
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri May 17, 2013 4:16 am

Just to echo what everyone else has said, that is the MTech1 wheel, came on that car and indeed the M3. I have the same wheel in my car. Sports seats were made by Recaro, but when people say E30 Recaro's they are usually referring to the rare factory options, I don't think we ever got them stateside.

Also random note, that's actually not the original airdam if your car is an ES. That one has the extra holes at the bottom center for the oil coller on IS cars, ES cars didn't have one.
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Yoshi » Fri May 17, 2013 10:59 am

huh? I thought how catchers only came on "es" models. Now I know better. I guess the red one in my basement is an "is" one then.
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Postby Delanoso » Fri May 17, 2013 1:36 pm

Funny--I wrecked the front end at one point and the shop gave me the little black job from the plain 'e' car. I pointed out that it was an 'es,' had them check the VIN and they gave me the air dam that's on there right now without further question. Maybe it's the 'is' version they ordered.

Ok, so y'all are killing me!! You really think a pump/belt/tensioner and valve adjustment will get this thing running? I think I can swing that on my own. What's the name of the maintenance guide that I've seen you all recomend and where do you suggest I get the parts? I know most of you get parts online but are these something the local Advance or Autozone is good for?
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby M20_fever » Fri May 17, 2013 2:05 pm

The manual you want is the Bentley, don't bother with any others. Yes I fully believe all your car needs is some routine maintenance to get back on the road. For parts you can probably get the water pump and tbelt stuff from the local parts store, but you will need to piece it together, and it will cost more than ordering from someplace like Pelican, or Turner, or Blunt who will sell kits that will include everything. We have a sticky with a list of online vendors, and the m20 rebuild sticky has a spreadsheet with several of the vendors I used when rebuilding my m20 with pricing.
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Re: Delanoso's resurrection thread

Postby Delanoso » Fri May 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Awesome--looking for them now.

Totally understand that you're not saying that a timing belt will make it bullit proof. I just felt like a total rebuild was going to be required. I have money set asside for it but the remainder could be used for other things if it turns out you're right.

Thanks for the guidence! I'll try to let you know how it works out.

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