Putting another 318iS on the road

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Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:44 am

An indeterminable amount of time ago, I sold a 318iS Powerflow exhaust system to a chap called James who lived up near Derby. He had a black 318iS he drive daily and bought my old exhaust for his car. One piece was missing and I vowed to find it and send it up to him (although to be fair he wasn't too worried about it). Cut to... 18months or so later, I found said part and got in touch only to find the car was of the road due to a minor non fault accident not long after we first met. A deal was made and I ended up with my exhaust back...


...attached to the rest of the car...

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:banana: :banana:

Because I needed a third iS of course :roll:

I must admit, at the time I needed an engine for my racing car, the interior was in good shape and I could break the car up get my money back and some nice spare parts. The car proceeded to sit in the compound by my workshop for the best part of a further 12 months under a cover until I could make space to do what ever I was going to do with it.

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Now, I was home one day going through the paper work for my cars and realised that in actual fact, the car had a lot of money spent on it over the years to keep it maintained and running and there was a tonne of paper work and documents. Despite its rough exterior, this was a car that mechanically had been cared for. Being a sado I took pitty on it and brought it in to start work repairing it.

I moved one of my beloved 'Poppy' to a garage near my house and 'Emily' now had a place to live.

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First was I removed the engine and gearbox as the rubber mounts were shot and the front sub frame was corroded.

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A replacement subframe and steering rack (the other one was leaking) were assembled and the wishbones and ARB were painted and reassembled with all new nuts and fixings.

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The bonnet, valance and bumper were the most damaged parts. A very long drawn out search ensued and eventually I found the correct parts.

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Work did/has stalled slightly when I moved all the cars to a new workshop closer to home. And this is the point I am at. Next plan of action is to refit the engine and gearbox to get the car back to a driver again. Then refit all the body work. Or vise versa :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Thanks for checking in.
E30 318iS 'Winston' race car: viewtopic.php?f=88&t=212937

E30 318iS 'Poppy': viewtopic.php?f=25&t=200349

E30 318iS 'Emily': viewtopic.php?f=112&t=277288
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Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:04 am

Nice work chap, keep us updated!

Cheers,
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Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:08 pm

Nice write up. Keep going
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Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:00 pm

Cheers guys, I'm hoping to give the whole fleet some love over Christmas so fingers crossed for some updates :)
E30 318iS 'Winston' race car: viewtopic.php?f=88&t=212937

E30 318iS 'Poppy': viewtopic.php?f=25&t=200349

E30 318iS 'Emily': viewtopic.php?f=112&t=277288
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Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:28 pm

Nice job! Save the girl, and make her smile again.. :p
Will look forward to see her fixed up again.. :D
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Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:52 pm

Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:34 pm

rix313 wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Cheers guys, I'm hoping to give the whole fleet some love over Christmas so fingers crossed for some updates :)
Great set of pics there and you cant have enough e-30`s anyway .lol 8) 8) 8)


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Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:48 am

Great to see this saved. Keep the updates coming!
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:11 pm

I had a bit of a crisis of faith earlier as I felt his car was using up time and resources that should be going towards the other two cars but it's worth nothing in a million pieces so I pushed on.

Today I got the valance, bumper and grills refitted. I have found that fitting parts from other 30yr old cars to this 30yr old car has presented it's fair share of challenges with panel gaps and alignment. I have managed to get it somewhere sensible for the time being so the car is presentable. So at least she looks like a car now. I expect there won't be a tonne of progress as I really need to pay attention to the other two before I crack on with refitting the engine and other ancillaries.

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She was joined today by 'Herman', a low owner E30 316i auto mooredoor that belongs to a friend. He recently had a prang in it and I offered the shelter and use of my equipment and knowledge to help him get it back on the road.

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E30 318iS 'Winston' race car: viewtopic.php?f=88&t=212937

E30 318iS 'Poppy': viewtopic.php?f=25&t=200349

E30 318iS 'Emily': viewtopic.php?f=112&t=277288
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Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:48 pm

What a great attitude you have sir :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I hope it all goes well for him. (and yours)

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:21 pm

Went up today to do some bits on poppy but forgot the keys do did a couple of small jobs on this car. Dusted over rad panel and headlight mounts with black paint and fitted the headlights which I had prepared previously. Then the kidney grille was painted black but was chipped to hell. A wire brush came out and to my surprise the black paint was removed and the chrome was in pretty good nick! I then removed the bonnet again read to get the engine bay back together and the engine fitted at some point. Also dug out a set of brake scoops but they're blue so they'll need painting at some point.

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E30 318iS 'Winston' race car: viewtopic.php?f=88&t=212937

E30 318iS 'Poppy': viewtopic.php?f=25&t=200349

E30 318iS 'Emily': viewtopic.php?f=112&t=277288
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:09 am

She’s got her heart back!

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Back in with new engine and gearbox mounts. A few more bits to plumb in and fettle and I’ll be ready to turn the key and make it live again.
E30 318iS 'Winston' race car: viewtopic.php?f=88&t=212937

E30 318iS 'Poppy': viewtopic.php?f=25&t=200349

E30 318iS 'Emily': viewtopic.php?f=112&t=277288
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