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Unread 06-05-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default restoration stage 1 completed

Its been a while since my last post on this subject but to update, the first stage of my little BMW E30 project is complete. The interior is finished after many weeks of sourcing parts, much pinching of fingers, swearing and the occasional small loss of blood it has gone from this,

to this, The final piece, new leather handbrake and gear lever gaiters arrived earlier this week so a bit of glueing and a bit of trimming and hey presto.
I am very pleased with the final result.

Just a few more details, the seats are the BMW Recaro style out of a 325i sport and are almost as new. Just about everything on the inside has been replaced ( basically anything blue), carpet, rear parcel shelf, all four door cards, glove box, centre console (both bits), Knee panel under the steering wheel, gear knob, both gaiters and of course the seats. I have spent quite a bit of time sourcing them all. I was not to keen on the original blue, I think the black and grey look is much better.

Stage Two will be the cleaning of all the paint work, outside trim and the engine bay. All pretty mucky but sound. Just hard work needed. There is a small amount of discoloured paintwork to do but no real rust problems so not to bad.

Then Stage Three will be the mechanicals. Full replacement cam kit, clutch, full service, replace a few small items like heat shield, HT leads, battery and any bushes that that are gone.

Finally have the BBS alloys refurbed, new tyres all round, MOT,tax , insurance and then enjoy it. Should be good enough to put in a few shows hopefully. I don't think it will be finished this year though, probably next spring unless I can get a rush on, which is no longer easy at my age.

Thanks for looking, hope you approve.
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Unread 03-24-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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That's a clean looking interior mate. E30 still my favourite. I really need to get another one.

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Hey nice. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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Wow a very old post. I was wondering why you would need a restoration, as you car is literally flawless. Oh and I love those plaid seats!!!
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Love the interior. Dedication!

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