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    1. Member Bad Rabbit Habit's Avatar
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      12-29-2019 12:27 PM #1
      So, I have been looking for a car that would essentially be a backup to my highly modified rabbit. I was looking at pretty much everything cheap. Bouncing from Radwood era euro-trash to pre-smog Japanese trucks to ďmodernĒ compact trucks.

      Friend of a friend starting doing a light resto of an e30 for his daughterís first car. Half way through his told him that there was no way that an old bmw is safe enough for his daughter. So, the project stalled, and sat for a couple of years. Finally he decided he wanted the spot in the garage back, so I got a call. And the price was good enough for me to say yes on the spot. Even though it has the wrong number of doors, and the wrong transmission. Interior is in amazing shape, no cracks on the dash, the comfort seats (boo) are in great shape. He installed brand new H&R/Bilstein combo, brand new brakes plus a full tune up. He also put too big of wheels on it, with Direzza DZ102s, so those kinda cancel each other out.

      Got it up on the rack, and found out it had a 3.73 LSD installed on it. Which is the right ratio for a manual, so thatís a huge plus.



      Plans: Detail the paint, swap the trans, find different wheels. Hopefully get the a/c kicking again. Also try to document the ownership here.
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      12-29-2019 12:30 PM #2
      Nice score! Is it a 325i or e? Looks like a great start.
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      12-29-2019 12:33 PM #3


      This interests me greatly. Have fun with it and I look forward to following along!!
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      12-29-2019 12:49 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      Nice score! Is it a 325i or e? Looks like a great start.
      Itís an I. Apparently deleted that sentence. Right motor, wrong trans, wrong seats. Right condition.

      About to leave for Pick n Pull. There is one e30 there. Fingers crossed itís a manual, and that itís all there. Even better, itís half off on transmissions this week.
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      12-29-2019 12:52 PM #5
      Nothing better than an E30 project.

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      12-29-2019 12:52 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Itís an I. Apparently deleted that sentence. Right motor, wrong trans, wrong seats. Right condition.

      About to leave for Pick n Pull. There is one e30 there. Fingers crossed itís a manual, and that itís all there. Even better, itís half off on transmissions this week.
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      12-29-2019 12:52 PM #7
      Sweet score! The E30 is a great companion car to a MKI VW. Completely different driving dynamics but still has a great old German car feel.

      That has some nice work already done to it. I manual swapped mine last winter. Very straight forward as the car is built for the manual.

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      12-29-2019 01:14 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Itís an I. Apparently deleted that sentence. Right motor, wrong trans, wrong seats. Right condition.

      About to leave for Pick n Pull. There is one e30 there. Fingers crossed itís a manual, and that itís all there. Even better, itís half off on transmissions this week.
      You got the perfect combo then for an ďeasierĒ project. Will be following along!

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      12-29-2019 01:22 PM #9
      Dig!

      Those wheels would look *passable* painted silver. It's the black dish that's killing it.

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      12-29-2019 01:38 PM #10
      How hard is a manual swap on those cars? Pedal cluster, trans, and... ???


      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      Those wheels would look *passable* painted silver. It's the black dish that's killing it.
      I agree.

      OP - maybe try some silver plasti-dip to see what they'd look like painted. Worst case scenario, peel it off and then sell them.

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      12-29-2019 01:53 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      How hard is a manual swap on those cars? Pedal cluster, trans, and... ???

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      Driveshaft too, IIRC.

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      12-29-2019 02:58 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      How hard is a manual swap on those cars? Pedal cluster, trans, and... ???




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      Driveshaft too, IIRC.
      Flywheel, clutch, shift linkage, etc. That's about it, wiring is already there, cluster works.

      The auto cars have a 4.10 diff, manual cars use 3.73 which the OP has. Maybe the rear bushings and axles are already done too.

      Edit - trans mount is different. Exhaust center section hanger in different spot.

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      12-29-2019 04:17 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Itís an I. Apparently deleted that sentence. Right motor, wrong trans, wrong seats. Right condition.

      About to leave for Pick n Pull. There is one e30 there. Fingers crossed itís a manual, and that itís all there. Even better, itís half off on transmissions this week.
      I'm pretty sure I still have a box of parts for one of these. I think I have a brand new clutch still in the box too. I miss the one I had. It was a fun car.
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      12-29-2019 04:26 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      My fingers are crossed here.
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      12-29-2019 04:38 PM #15
      Partial success! Got the trans, driveshaft, single mass flywheel and clutch hydraulics. Pedals and crossmember were already gone.

      We dropped the whole front crossmember/engine to get the top belhousing bolts. It will be interesting to get to them with a car that has to get back together.
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      12-29-2019 04:52 PM #16
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      Some meaty tires you got there.



      Are you gonna keep the side trim black or paint to match the body?

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      12-29-2019 05:31 PM #17
      Are those BBS wheels?

      In for the trans swap

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      12-29-2019 07:10 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
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      Some meaty tires you got there.



      Are you gonna keep the side trim black or paint to match the body?
      make black rubstrips great again
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      12-29-2019 07:12 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      make black rubstrips great again
      I actually really like them on BMWs...except on white. :shrug:

    21. 12-29-2019 07:15 PM #20
      The car will be more fun with 4.10s tho

      and an Sfittytwo

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      12-29-2019 07:30 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      Dig!

      Those wheels would look *passable* painted silver. It's the black dish that's killing it.
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
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      Some meaty tires you got there.

      Are you gonna keep the side trim black or paint to match the body?
      Wheels feel heavy. They are some weird knock offs, some brand Iíve never heard of. They are 215 width summer tires, poor thing can barely do a brake stand . Just snagged pictures to post to the cesspool of Facebook Marketplace.
      Trim is staying black. I might even paint the the mirror caps black. Havenít decided if I am gonna tuck the diving boards.

      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      I'm pretty sure I still have a box of parts for one of these. I think I have a brand new clutch still in the box too. I miss the one I had. It was a fun car.
      Iím pretty sure I have cash for a box with a clutch in it. Just saying.
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    23. 12-29-2019 07:40 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Partial success! Got the trans, driveshaft, single mass flywheel and clutch hydraulics. Pedals and crossmember were already gone.

      We dropped the whole front crossmember/engine to get the top belhousing bolts. It will be interesting to get to them with a car that has to get back together.
      I've been known to connect a 2 foot ratchet extension to a 1 foot extension to a 6" extension, maybe with a U joint here or there, for reaching bell housing bolts. Its ridiculous but it also works.

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      12-29-2019 08:17 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
      I actually really like them on BMWs...except on white. :shrug:
      Weird, white is one of the colors that I like black trim the most.


      Quote Originally Posted by fizay View Post
      The car will be more fun with 4.10s tho

      and an Sfittytwo
      Yah, nearly doubling the hp would be awesome, but I have the rabbit for that. And that has nearly tripled the stock HP.
      Kinda wanted to see how it would be with 4.10s, but the lsd and having the correct ratio will make it a better car, and hopefully better resale when it comes to sell.
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      12-29-2019 08:36 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by initiation View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Partial success! Got the trans, driveshaft, single mass flywheel and clutch hydraulics. Pedals and crossmember were already gone.

      We dropped the whole front crossmember/engine to get the top belhousing bolts. It will be interesting to get to them with a car that has to get back together.
      I've been known to connect a 2 foot ratchet extension to a 1 foot extension to a 6" extension, maybe with a U joint here or there, for reaching bell housing bolts. Its ridiculous but it also works.
      That’s also a Jeep 4.0 thing outside of basic tuneups.

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      12-29-2019 10:08 PM #25
      That should do just fine.
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