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      11-30-2016 05:16 PM #1
      CL find 1991 318iC.

      I'd been looking for a convertible for awhile. My 6 year old loves them as does the wife. I was open to a few things, but an E30 was my #1 choice.

      I'd seen this car on CL all summer. Initially at $5500. I didn't think that was out of line for a clean car, but more than I wanted to pay.
      Dropped to $4k this fall and I called him to take a look. Negotiated a bit and brought it home.

      BMWs are unusual in this area. I've bought a few cars over the internet with good luck, including my M3. But it is always a gamble and it costs a bunch to ship them up here. Was nice to find something I wanted locally.

      This car was owned my someone in the military. The Carfax has it going from SC to WA every couple years with the same owner. It also made a trip to Germany and back somewhere in there. Was sold in WA a couple years ago. Traded owners again 2 years ago and came to MT.

      It is a very base spec car. No cruise, no power locks, cloth seats etc. 5 speed with 104k miles.
      Perfect. My M3 is the same way. The only option it came with is LTW wheels.

      The last owner spent a couple grand on it. New bushings, cooling system, tires etc.
      Overall it is clean. No rust I've found. Original VIN tags except for the trunk. It was swapped for one with a spoiler.
      Came with an air deflector and factory tonneau cover(!).

      Drove it for a few weeks before the winter set in. It had been taken care of and was ready to go when we got it. Runs, drives and stops fine.
      The M42 is peppy. It rolls around more than I like but feels solid. The top is good, but the back window is shot. Seats are covered, more on that later.

      This winter I'm going to update the suspension and replace the wheels/tires. I'm not a fan of bottlecaps.
      I've got H&R Cabrio Springs, Bilstein Sports, strut and shock mounts, and refinished 15" Euroweaves on the way. Looking for a deal on tires.
      I'm also going to replace the bleeding 6 button clock with an analong and get an OEM radio.

      I'd like to do the top this winter as well but I don't think I'll have time. So, next winter it should get a new top and some new upholstery.

      My wife is in school to become a Nurse Practioner. She will be done in 2 years. I plan to reward myself with her being done with school (and me paying for it) with an S52 swap. That will be 2-3 years down the road.

      We'll see if that actually happens. I like the M42 more than I thought I would.

      On to some pics.

      Mrs. Poorhouse enjoying the last of the season.



      No Rust.



      Even the battery tray is clean.



      Seat Covers.



      Hiding pretty good tops. Bottoms not so much. I really like this upholstery. Doesn't appear to be available new anymore so will be looking for a good backseat to redo the bottoms.





      Bad back window.



      Heckblende. I'm usually not a fan, but I like them on E30s.



      In the shop, waiting for parts.


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    3. Member ncbrock's Avatar
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      11-30-2016 06:27 PM #2
      I didn't notice the heckblende until you pointed it out. That's seriously rare, people would pay a pretty penny for that.

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      11-30-2016 06:30 PM #3
      I haven't seen one of those Montana tags in years. Is the PERM sticker for it being 'antique'?
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      11-30-2016 06:49 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by ncbrock View Post
      I didn't notice the heckblende until you pointed it out. That's seriously rare, people would pay a pretty penny for that.


      Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea.


      Quote Originally Posted by NATORabbit View Post
      I haven't seen one of those Montana tags in years. Is the PERM sticker for it being 'antique'?
      MT reintroduced some of the "classic" plates.

      Perm sticker is available on any plate for any veh over 10 years in age. Costs about $110 for perm registration.

      You can also get a legit vintage plate. It has to match the year of the car and have a number not already in use.

      I have this vintage one from my '78 Rabbit. The plate has a permanent sticker. If I find another vehicle of the same age as the plate I can transfer the plate for like $40.


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      11-30-2016 06:51 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      MT reintroduced some of the "classic" plates.

      Perm sticker is available on any plate for any veh over 10 years in age. Costs about $110 for perm registration.

      You can also get a legit vintage plate. It has to match the year of the car and have a number not already in use.

      I have this vintage one from my '78 Rabbit. The plate has a permanent sticker. If I find another vehicle of the same age as the plate I can transfer the plate for like $40.

      themoreyouknow.jpg

      I have some of those bicentennial tags up in my garage - bought them years ago at one of the antique shops in Red Lodge.



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      11-30-2016 07:09 PM #6
      Battery tray looks painted?
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      I find it ironic that long time Euro brand fans would assume long term reliability issues would destroy any love of a unique product.

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      11-30-2016 07:11 PM #7
      Congrats on the pick-up, looks to be in great condition!

      If you're interested, the swap to the euro analog clock in lieu of the digital clock ends up looking really great and is an easy project


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      11-30-2016 07:15 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by kickapoo View Post
      Congrats on the pick-up, looks to be in great condition!

      If you're interested, the swap to the euro analog clock in lieu of the digital clock ends up looking really great and is an easy project

      Yup, that's the next project for my car.


      This was a solid purchase, look forward to seeing the updates.

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      11-30-2016 09:06 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      Battery tray looks painted?
      Looks like factory paint to me?

      Is it not suppose to be body color?


      Quote Originally Posted by kickapoo View Post
      Congrats on the pick-up, looks to be in great condition!

      If you're interested, the swap to the euro analog clock in lieu of the digital clock ends up looking really great and is an easy project
      Quote Originally Posted by OldAndyAndTheSea View Post
      Yup, that's the next project for my car.


      This was a solid purchase, look forward to seeing the updates.

      Analog clock arrived today.

      I want to find a radio before I take the console apart.

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      11-30-2016 09:29 PM #10
      Nice solid score, and it sounds like you've got some good things planned for it.

      I had an early E30 with a '91 318is motor and driveline swap. It had a 4.10 LSD and an unknown performance chip among other things. The M42 is a really nice motor and mine loved to rev all the way to 7k. BMW didn't leave much on the table with them, so naturally aspirated modifications won't get you much additional power. However, if you plan on keeping it there are documented improvements such as Coil on Plug and electric radiator fan conversions, that combined with the other basics really make it an addicting motor.

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      11-30-2016 09:32 PM #11
      cool E30 and all, but how about more pictures of that boat (Supra?)!
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      11-30-2016 09:51 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      cool E30 and all, but how about more pictures of that boat (Supra?)!

      Good eye!

      1986 Supra Sunsport.


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      11-30-2016 10:14 PM #14
      Nice pickup. E30 cabriolet looks great in red.

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      11-30-2016 11:11 PM #15
      Solid choice on a car you could keep for a very long time once fully sorted.
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      12-01-2016 01:34 AM #16
      As an FYI on tires, I had an issue with local shops carrying the original OEM size. I can't remember what I ended up with size-wise but it was just a hair wider/taller than original size.

      I have a set of GoodYear integrity tires on mine and it does the job just fine I remember having a set of 4 mounted and aligned for something around mid $200s..

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      12-01-2016 02:32 AM #17
      Beautiful car, great purchase.

      Insane that there's no rust, you lucked out. Have you had it on a rack yet?
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      12-01-2016 03:17 AM #18
      Awesome, I like old, euro convertibles (hence my username) and the e30 Vert was always far cheaper than a hardtop with the 2.5 or 1.8L.
      I gave up dailing old and rare cars and became a normie.
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      12-01-2016 10:19 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      Nice pickup. E30 cabriolet looks great in red.
      I'm not usually big on red cars. E30's are the exception.

      Quote Originally Posted by kickapoo View Post
      As an FYI on tires, I had an issue with local shops carrying the original OEM size. I can't remember what I ended up with size-wise but it was just a hair wider/taller than original size.

      I have a set of GoodYear integrity tires on mine and it does the job just fine I remember having a set of 4 mounted and aligned for something around mid $200s..
      Stock size for the 14's is 195/65, I think that is no longer available.

      I'm going plus 1 to a 15x7 with 205/55/15. Still a few choices in that size.


      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Beautiful car, great purchase.

      Insane that there's no rust, you lucked out. Have you had it on a rack yet?

      Haven't had it up in the air yet.

      I'll be doing the suspension refresh this month. That will give me a chance to look under her skirt.


      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      Awesome, I like old, euro convertibles (hence my username) and the e30 Vert was always far cheaper than a hardtop with the 2.5 or 1.8L.
      If this were a 318is the price would have been double.

      I debated long and hard between a really nice E30 325is and E36M last year. The E36M won and I'm happy with it. Driving the E30 has given me just a pang of regret though.
      The E30 has a great vintage feel that is very charming.

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      12-01-2016 10:48 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Stock size for the 14's is 195/65, I think that is no longer available.

      I'm going plus 1 to a 15x7 with 205/55/15. Still a few choices in that size.
      Ah, fair enough. Cant go wrong with Kuhmo Ecsta 4X II at ~$85/per tire. One of my coworkers has this tire and it's a really good ride


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      12-01-2016 10:58 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by kickapoo View Post
      Ah, fair enough. Cant go wrong with Kuhmo Ecsta 4X II at ~$85/per tire. One of my coworkers has this tire and it's a really good ride

      I'm leaning toward the Yokohama S-drive. About $10 more per tire through Discount Tire.

      I'm waiting for one of their double up sales. Where they have a holiday discount and a manufacturer rebate. They just had a $75 off sale for Black Friday but no manf rebate to go with it.

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      12-01-2016 11:19 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Looks like factory paint to me?

      Is it not suppose to be body color?
      You don't see the excess paint from brush strokes in the corner and going up to the strut tower?
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonderwunsch View Post
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      12-01-2016 11:35 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      You don't see the excess paint from brush strokes in the corner and going up to the strut tower?
      That's seam sealer.

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      12-01-2016 11:37 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      You don't see the excess paint from brush strokes in the corner and going up to the strut tower?
      I see what you mean.

      I think that is seam sealer. I'll double check next time the battery is out.

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      12-01-2016 11:44 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by mrothwell View Post
      That's seam sealer.
      TIL.

      Appears to be used in automotive repair. Isn't that still a bad sign?
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonderwunsch View Post
      People have been complaining about modern BMWs lacking steering feel so they are adding torque steer.
      Quote Originally Posted by Ernie McCracken View Post
      I don't trust the judgment of anyone who likes black wheels.
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      I find it ironic that long time Euro brand fans would assume long term reliability issues would destroy any love of a unique product.

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