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    V I C E C I T Y

    I've lucked into a 1987 325.
    After "finishing" my last project, and by finishing I mean not wanting to spend anymore money on it, I put it up for sale.

    Check out the thread here if your curious: Aircooled Flatwindow

    I had been checking craigslist just about every few days for E/21/28/30's for the last three months. I was definitely on the hunt after deciding to sell the beetle. On a Friday, around 2PM, I caught sight of an ad with one photo, of what looked to be a solid undamaged and rustless E30. For super cheap I might add because of an alleged busted transmission. By 4PM I had showed up at the sellers house to look at the car. 15 minutes later, I said I'd take it.



    The following Monday, the car was towed home to the shop. Pull it off the truck and drove it around, going through all the gears. I give you the "busted" transmission.



    Earlier that month, my workplace had setup an NCAA bracket contest. 84 people submitted a bracket, including myself. The final four teams come about and at this point I have completely forgot about basketball because I couldn't care less. I don't even watch basketball. The guy running the thing comes up to me and says, "Man, your in 1st place dude." I say, "Say wha?"



    Apparently, It pays to pick the teams with the lowest seed winning every matchup. The final game happens and the combined score is 131. If it would have been 132, I would not have won due to a tiebreaker deal. So long story short, I had just payed for my BMW through a workplace bracket contest.





    I wont reveal many details yet, Its not exactly ready. Ill keep you posted. You might even catch some things on my instagram: @oprahhwinfreyy





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    First lol

    please tell me its black

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    Glad to see you got into an e30! You posted in my (shitty) thread about my car being for sale. I'm in Cincinnati but I have a brother at UK and I think your in Lexington? Anyways car looks awesome and I am excited to see where it goes based on your flat window!

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    Yessss this is gonna be so good

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    Yesterday and today were dedicated to interior cleaning. Pulled out the seats and center console as well as the carpet and side panels.









    Scrubbed all the plastic trim with soapy water and a magic eraser.







    On the carpet I used a carpet cleaner called Resolve which comes in an aerosol can. Then they were pressure washed and hung to dry over night. They were absolutely disgusting to begin with.

    Then onto the interior panels which were had to clean. Still actually have some stain/discoloring on them.

    Before:


    After:




    Ended Up Looking Pretty Good.





    Tomorrow Will be dedicated to a full exterior detail.



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    Looks great! That carpet and interior went from disgusting to mint!
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    So now that we both have 80s BMWs you're going to take pictures of our cars together when they are both looking good, right?





    JK just sayin it would be awsome.





    Interior cleaned up incredibly also. Bye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robitussin View Post
    So now that we both have 80s BMWs you're going to take pictures of our cars together when they are both looking good, right?





    JK just sayin it would be awsome.





    Interior cleaned up incredibly also. Bye.
    Sure why not. I know of some sick places in Lexington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oprahhwinfreyy View Post
    Sure why not. I know of some sick places in Lexington.
    Alright sweet! Gonna have to be a while for me though

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    Backed the car out today. Washed with Meguiars Gold Class. Claybarred with Meguairs quick detailer.



    Used a $20 walmart buffer with Meguairs Compound.



    Girlfriend Snapped a couple pics.





    Finished up with some Meguiars Ultimate Wax





    Cleaned up pretty well. Still a bunch of little nicks but it at least feels clean.





    Next weekend is for cleaning door jams, and refinishing some black trim pieces, Along with installing some new stuff.


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    Did a couple things today. Clay barred the windows since they were pretty hazy. Left side is after, right side is before.


    Continued cleaning up the interior. The shift knob and steering wheel are disgusting.


    I also took the grills and kidney out so tomorrow I can clean them up and paint them. More photos to come.

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    you make me want to clean stuff. keep it up!

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    Today, pulled the grills out and painted them with duplicolor trim paint (green can). Realized I had no masking tape to mask the kidneys so those will happen some other day.





    Sandblasted the clips and painted them gloss black since they were pretty nasty.





    Once the grills dry and they're on the car, Ill take some more shots.


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    Today I pulled the cowl grills and sandblasted the wiper arms along with taking the chrome outside kidney pieces off the grills so I didn't have to mask.





    Again, used duplicolor trim paint.





    Back on the car.



    Wiper arms painted with duplicolor gloss black engine enamel.



    Finally got the trunk area cleaned. Still need to paint the backboard to the rear seat wall and the battery cover, and I need a driver's side jack cover.



    Removed the Fogs to clean the front up a bit.





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    Looking great as always! Pictures are incredible also

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    Really nice start, Superb photography as well!
    "A bad apple, like an unemployed macintosh"

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    Fantastic photography, and I love your ordered and tidy approach to doing the bits and bobs on the car. If I ever get the chance to make my own build thread I'd be very chuffed if I can make it as tidy as yours

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    Good clean up, I saw that the shifter is for auto though and my enthusiasm wavered :/
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    Taking your time and doing everything will pay off.
    I like your project. I need to find one for me as well, watching this is bad influence.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FowlerE30 View Post
    Good clean up, I saw that the shifter is for auto though and my enthusiasm wavered :/
    Don't worry. My 5 speed swap and motor build is about to enter its alpha stage.

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    I finally took some photos of the whole car after finalizing the cleanup process.
















    So my next plans, are to either paint the discolored window inserts with trim paint, or rip it out and install new trim. Needs a bumper tuck, trim polish, and oil service, and the clean up / replace air and vacuum lines / ICV / AFM / air filter, etc... Then, a trans fluid and filter service so that it will hold until I can get a 5 speed swap going. If only it ran as clean as it looks.


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    Love the photography and looks like a great base.

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    Nice job cleaning up the car. It's looking much better than when you first picked it up. Just incase you try to diagnose problems later.......these cars come with AFMs, not MAFs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absorbantnut View Post
    Nice job cleaning up the car. It's looking much better than when you first picked it up. Just incase you try to diagnose problems later.......these cars come with AFMs, not MAFs
    Oops, typo. Thanks for telling me.

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    Can I steal your pop out rear windows pls?

    This car is so cool. When are you going to lower it?

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