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Old 10-19-2011, 11:50 PM   #331
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Thanks Scott. Yeah I saw those awhile back and I really wanted to get them, however, I couldn't justify buying them if I only plan to use them for maybe until middle of next summer. Richard is letting me borrow these panels and some front ones too, whenever he gets around to digging up a pair. Also, depending on my roll cage design, I might not even be able to use door panels... but we will see when the time comes. I like the fact that a ton of track/race cars in the early '70s ran with very much of the stock interior still present. It has a nice clean look to a car instead of huge holes and/or missing pieces in the interior (looks unfinished), or the abundance of sheet metal (like straight sheets for door panels, center consoles, etc... it looks too industrial).
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:35 PM   #332
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More progress! So today... I waited for Richard to show up... but impatient me couldn't wait to get the back window back in, so I asked my Dad to give me a hand putting pressure on the window from the outside. Simple rope deal again, window installed in two minutes, no problems at all.



Lookin' good!



When Richard did show up, he brought a set of front door panels with him, both black/tobacco coloured. A bit of cleaning, gluing and a shot of black fabric paint later, these look mint! Had to muck around with the clips a bit... I don't know if its possible that they shrunk, but both panels were a pain to get the clips to line up at the door bottoms.



Still need the door handle trim



Starting to look complete! I wish I could say the same for the brakes lol.



So to fully complete the interior, I need to source one more floor pan plug (or just make one out of aluminum), paint them, and install two rubber plugs in the rear floor where the rear seat would be.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:15 AM   #333
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Looks good

Agree totally with having the interior nice and tidy. Door cards are a nice touch.

The trunk from the green car is a little rusty. Not sure if you'll want it. I'll post up some pics and you can decide.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:29 AM   #334
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Looking great Rudy, nice to see it all coming together.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:40 PM   #335
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Thanks Tomek! You gotta come and hang out at the track next year man, its been so long I think you forgot what a track even looks like Speaking of that, all of the E30 OGs should meet up next year for a track meet, it would be fun times!
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:00 PM   #336
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Hey Rudy, I took some pics for you at the BMW museum today... decals and neue klasse BMW:










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Old 10-26-2011, 02:19 PM   #337
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Haha love the camel gt sticker
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:23 PM   #338
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Wow, Steve you are the man! Thanks dude! I actually wanted to see an up close pic of the german Bilstein sticker, so that helps me a lot! I like the Bosch Racing one too... only seen that on the CSLs and a few early 70s Porsches.

Man, everytime I see pictures of the BMW display, it gets me riled up, both good and bad. Good because obviously it is nice to see some cleanly restored cars... but bad because some of them aren't entirely correct. It sucks that they took out the 92 spec DTM M3 and put a 91 spec car in its place Ugh, and that CSL... it has some of the worst details on it, I could go on for days about it. I wish I could work there restoring cars for Mobile Tradition, then it would get done right
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I wouldn't mind hearing you go on about it for a bit, I might learn a thing or two lol
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:07 AM   #340
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I wouldn't mind hearing you go on about it for a bit, I might learn a thing or two lol
Sure. Thing was, back then in IMSA, cars could, and would change at almost every race venue they went... Always changing, modding, etc... Unlike today where you more less see the car unveiled at the beginning of the year and it stays pretty much the same.

The car here on display is supposed to be the 1975 IMSA season. They initially Had Dunlops, but changed to Goodyears for Daytona... there were then tested back to back at another track and it was deemed the Dunlops were in fact faster, regardless of how they felt (Goodyears were more forgiving). So thats why you see some pics at Daytona with the different tire sponsors throughout the year. Tire size always seemed to change too... a more wider, square setup, and sometimes narrower, stretch-like setup. Pics at like Sebring for example have pretty balloony tires. Early front spoilers were adjustable from the ETCC days in Europe, but eventually they switched to a very tall one piece version.

If it were me, I'd replicate a car to whatever is the most popularly seen picture of it at the time. If I am right, this wasn't even restored by Mobile Tradition, as this car has been on display for BMW Club of France as I've seen an old pic in a European Car mag from the early 90s, and I just saw a picture of it on that same pedestal while searching through flickr. Anywho, If it were me, I'd replicate it late '75, Dunlop sponsorship, one piece spoiler, etc. Obviously, now this decision is more of a personal opinion than fact... but heres facts.

Whats wrong? For starters the Striping. Holy **** is it wrong. The top of the car is not so bad. From the chrome beltline down its pretty bad. The stripes were never THAT rounded as it goes from the verticalish to the horizontal. At the front and also the rear its very rounded, almost like it was following the curve of a coin (kind of like Tullius and the famous 44 on his Jags, etc). The bottom of the rear fender flare should be black. This is subject to argument as BMWs press pictures of this car were white, but the car usually always ran with black to match the rockers. The wheel centers were usually not gold, this was probably done moreso to suit BBS' usual preferred colour pattern (being in Germany on display... ha!). The front spoiler isn't that bad, but the 'lines' that overhang the brake duct holes should be more pronounced than they are, and the striping... again! They should run up the front valance under the grills! I don't know if it is the striping that does it, but it certainly makes the spoiler look much taller than the one in the museum. What else... Ride height. Way too high at the rear. Now if they are following the later '75 look (which I guess they are note black mirrors instead of silver/chromeish) the exhaust pipes had a splash guard to protect them. Would have been nice to have the headlight covers like how they have them in soooo many pictures... Wiper not supposed to stop in the middle. Window net looks wrong (mesh is straps?! ugh) Dunno if its just me either, but in pics the windows look green. They are supposed to be clear... pretty much any CSL, even street cars have clear since they are plastic (unless its a Town package car, then in that case its a watered down CSL anyways ). Hood pins look wrong, they are supposed to be a push through and flip over ring to lock them from falling out of the pin. The rear fog light should not be as dark as it is. And that 'whatever' Design sticker on the rear trunk lip shouldn't be there... but I am guessing that is giving credit to whoever restored or painted the car.

First pic I'm attaching is BMWs press pic from early '75. Second pic is the car in late '75. How the car SHOULD look IMO.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:12 AM   #341
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Rudy, you're such a nerd. That's why I like you.
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I'm posting this picture just for the dude slightly left of centre with the red and white get-up. Also because the wiper blade isn't straight up and down.

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^^^interesting. I guess they didn't have a template to have consistent striping back then. You can see how the red stripe on the #26 catches the brake duct opening and #24 doesn't.

It's still my favourite BMW no matter what.
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^^^ ditto

Thanks Rudy for the highly informative post! (even if it was a bit nerdy )
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:51 AM   #345
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Rudy, I'll stand by you man.
It's all in the details that set you apart once you're done.

...and btw...nerds rock.
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