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Old 12-31-2011, 09:42 PM   #31
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #32
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Great read, PS. this looks to be far from the worst looking e30 in the country
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #33
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entertaining indeed! ;-)
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:59 PM   #34
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Man I laugh so hard at your posts. I'm so glad that your kidneys are "load-bearing" that's awesome. Great work so far!
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:35 PM   #35
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Hurry Winters coming!!! or did you mean winter beater for next year? lol im just teasing
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:41 PM   #36
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Ah, an e30 in Saskatoon and on Max... wish I had noticed this thread while I was in Toronto for the holidays. I'm working in Flin Flon these days (**** you Devon, it's a real place) and I woulda brought you back a hockey bag of parts. Mom would not have cried a drop to have them out of her garage.

Anyway, I haven't read the thread yet-- looking forward to it. Good luck... hopefully soon I will have an interesting BMW to come down and visit you in. I bought an F150 as they are all the rage up here but it isn't doing the trick for me. ~$250 for gas to Saskatoon and back! FFFFffffffffuuuuuuuu

Still, better than staying in Flin Flon all winter

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:41 PM   #37
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I bought an F150 as they are all the rage up here but it isn't doing the trick for me. ~$250 for gas to Saskatoon and back! FFFFffffffffuuuuuuuu
Don't most full size trucks have better fuel economy than E30s?

Most of my driving is on the highway with the cruise set within shouting distance of the speed limit, and 23 mpg is the record so far. Still better than it was; I had about 120 km on the tripmeter before I did the engine work, that tank worked out to about 18 mpg. The dead coolant temp sensor was having a wee bit of an effect
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:33 PM   #38
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Don't most full size trucks have better fuel economy than E30s?

Most of my driving is on the highway with the cruise set within shouting distance of the speed limit, and 23 mpg is the record so far. Still better than it was; I had about 120 km on the tripmeter before I did the engine work, that tank worked out to about 18 mpg. The dead coolant temp sensor was having a wee bit of an effect
Ford's new "ecoboost" turbo six might give you a run for your money. Me, I'm rocking a big V8 and will be lucky to see half your mileage...
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:09 AM   #39
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Feel the shame of your bronzit!

Well, I finally got around to reading this thread, and let me tell you; we've all been in your position at some point, if not currently. It never ends. As soon as you think it's all good, your blower stops working, fog light burns out, and your subframe bushings take a crap. I like that you're pushing through though, and I like that your girlfriend hasn't killed you in your sleep. My GF has only killed me in her sleep. The repairs and maintenance is one thing, but once you start modding, you're almost guarenteed a new GF within 6 months unless you can maintain the steady lying and excuses like "Don't worry, I got this super rare e30 __________ for a really good price". On many things I would suggest using the word "free". I haven't got my GF a ring yet, but I have two e30's, and enough sets of rims to stack to the moon!

The only thing that was staggering (all the other things are normal) was the buildup in the intake manifold. Just brutal. I take my intake manifold off a few times a year for cleaning and dried-up-hose replacement, and it's barely 1% as dirty as yours!! What I'm saying is; Congrats!! You have the shittiest E30 in Canada, but hell, it works and you can be proud of it.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:05 AM   #40
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The repairs and maintenance is one thing, but once you start modding, you're almost guarenteed a new GF within 6 months unless you can maintain the steady lying and excuses like "Don't worry, I got this super rare e30 __________ for a really good price".
No worries there, I have that rarest of all things, a rational gf I pay my share of the household expenses and whatever else I do with my money is nobody's business but mine. As long as there's room to get her truck in the garage when necessary she doesn't really care what I get up to out there . . . although if my project backlog gets to a certain point she'll strongly recommend I finish a few things up before I tear off in a new direction

I think I'm about done with the car for now. We're finally supposed to get real winter and I think I'd better leave well enough alone for now. My driver's door lock is now refusing to double lock, it won't turn past 45 degrees, so I think a lock cylinder rebuild is in my future. I still haven't had time to test the actuator but it wouldn't surprise me if it's shot as well. I nearly choked when I looked up the price of that -- over $100 We install them at work and our cost is like six bucks. Not exactly the same kind, but we tested some to 100,000 duty cycles without failure. For a hundred bucks, I think I'll try to adapt one of mine.

I looked into the 5-lug swap, and I think at this point it's not worth it. I've been accumulating a monster parts order instead, for a complete refresh of the stock suspension, with the possible exception of springs. Every-damn-body makes E30 sport springs, and they're not hard to find for sale cheap on forums, but I know next winter I'd regret lowering the car even an inch, especially if I replace the front lip. And an adjustable setup is way, way more than I'm willing to spend on suspension for a car in the prairies. If I want to pull Gs it's a lot more fun to do it on a bike, even around town at legal speeds with a bit of creative late-apexing. Not something I could do in a car without looking and feeling like a complete poser retard I might get poly bushings for the rear subframe, diff, and trailing arms just for ease of installation.

I did just acquire a splendidly tasteful bit of aftermarket bling that no rusted out Bronzit beater should be without:



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Old 12-04-2012, 04:46 AM   #41
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Almost a year later, and I'm almost ready to get back to work on the old Dirty 30.

Last winter was one of the mildest in history, which was fortunate because the block heater turned out to be non-functional. Of course I didn't know about this until after the car had been back together for some time, and with the weather so mild I really didn't feel like draining my brand new coolant to install a new frost plug heater (never mind the hellish ordeal of bleeding the system again). So I let it slide, and there was only a single week of really cold weather so it didn't turn out too badly. And that puny M20 was getting yanked before the next winter anyway, so why bother?



Yeah . . . that whole engine swap thing didn't happen. I started looking for an M30-friendly 5-speed last spring, and then got completely sidetracked and spent every spare moment from March to October on a landscaping project that got completely out of hand, even by my standards. And it's not even close to being finished, just on hold until next spring when I'll finish up what I started last March, clean up the no-man's-land looking hellhole that is currently my yard . . . hopefully in time to deal with the 1200 or so trees and shrubs that will be here in late April. Also, my shop budget for the next few years is being "repurposed" for a tractor with a front end loader, so I can get the yard finished before the heat death of the universe. But anyway, that's how I ended up facing another winter driving a winter beater with no block heater. As an added bonus, the heated mirrors have also stopped working altogether

Of course no E30 story would be complete without a blower motor incident. Mine had been ticking on low since I got it; a few months ago that escalated to squealing, then shrieking on all speeds, and then finally stopping altogether. That pretty much describes my own response after pricing out a new blower. But since I'm really really seriously for real intending to park this thing indefinitely in the near future for some serious work, I didn't feel like buying a brand new blower right now. So I overhauled the old one. And by overhaul, I mean I removed it, sprayed most of a can of electrical contact cleaner through it, and greased the bearings. I reinstalled the (relatively) clean and free-spinning blower, and . . . nothing. Really nothing, because now the car wouldn't even crank. Must've been something to do with the unloader relay because after I pulled fuse 10, dropped it somewhere in the engine bay and lost it forever, sprayed out the socket with contact cleaner, and put a new fuse in, it started cranking again. But still no blower.

After spending several hours testing everything I could think of (I actually had to replace the batteries in my multimeter before I was through) I accidentally touched the wires near the blower while the key and switch were both on, and away it went. I'd say I wasn't even close to being startled enough to shart a little, but that would be lying. Moving the wires around made the fan speed change radically; eventually I narrowed it down to a bad power connection. I cut the old connector off, crimped on a new one, and enjoyed one hearty self-administered pat on the back. Then I put the cover back on, and the blower stopped working

Much, much later I discovered that I'd done a really half-assed crimp on that new connector. I fixed it, retroactively revoked my premature back-patting, and finally got the bastard thing reassembled in good working order. Better than ever in fact, if you count ever as being the period I've owned the car. I know it won't last, but I'm confident that it will last long enough. And it seems that the Z3 blower is the same part, so when I have to replace it I'll look for a used Z3 unit . . . still cheaper than new, but possibly a decade newer than a used E30 part.

More to come, hopefully soon (although this is by no means my most behind-schedule project). Short term, I have a set of cheap shocks and struts ($107 and free shipping) on hand, adequate for winter-beater duty. I also have a decent Kenwood head unit with rear USB, a pair of Boston Acoustics 6.5s, a 10" Energy sub, a little MB Quart FX2.60 amp, and some ports and wiring, all for about $400 thanks to some advanced bargain hunting. I had instructions for building the fabled E30 LukeBox on a now-defunct computer; I'll have to track down that info again. Right now I have no sound system at all (not even a screeching blower) because some crazy person paid me fifty bucks for my stock head unit plus the amp/crossover from E34. He was fixing up a 2002, and wanted audio components that were genuine BMW (if not exactly period-correct).
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:58 AM   #42
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I think this is the best read I've seen on here to date. Kinda wish you were doing the swap sooner, rather than later, just because of the awesome funny shiz you say in your posts.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:25 PM   #43
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Welcome back! First of all, your lights look dope (if those are indeed yours)

Yeah no one likes screeching blower motors although most of us have had to deal with them (I still Do!) but your new audio components sound like they'll be much better! That 10" will pack out your e30 no problem -- I love my energy stuff it's real quality and amazing sound. I use energy stuff in both my e30 and e46.

Good luck on all to come! Suspensions next then?
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #44
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This is by far the most interesting and accurate e30 read , it's like an old shoe nothing new fits or smells like it .
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:05 PM   #45
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Welcome back! First of all, your lights look dope
This forum is way too forgiving . . . on r3vlimited, at least 47 people would've told me that buying those cheap tacky lights makes me a worse person than Hitler, Pol Pot, and Chris Brown put together. The pic is from the listing on Amazon, I haven't installed them yet but I powered one up and the halo is just about too dim to see. Which is fine because I got the lights just to use the housings for a bixenon projector retrofit. However, the lights are so cheap I think I'll just stick with the sealed beams for now and do a proper upgrade later.

The good news is that the Dirty30 is now released from winter beater duty It has been replaced by this even more winter-friendly beater:



1996 Pathfinder SE, 252,000 km, 4x4, 4-spd auto, hitch, trailer brake control, pretty much loaded with leather, ABS, heated seats and mirrors, power everything including sunroof, auto climate control, built in garage door opener, gel battery, and new tires. So now I just have to finish up a few things in the garage before I can tie up one side of it for an indefinite period with a seriously dismantled E30.
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