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Just like Spac - bitten by the BMW disease

TzantushkaTrent (@Tzantushka) E. suburbs - Melbourne
edited March 15 in Non-Volvo
It might not be a rally car - but just like Spac ended up getting a BMW as a weekend ‘fun & cruising ’ car.
had to be an auto as the wife only has an auto license.
Had to be a four seater so all three of us could come along.

Saw an ’88 320i in Sydney on Carsales and was talking to the PO for a few months remotely.
Always loved the E30, timeless style, easy to work on, built like a BMW should be…

Spare time is my biggest issue. I’m realistic what I can get done in the weekends and after work.

The car is original and unmolested and car is true to original specs:
Prod. Date 1988-02-15
Type 320I (EUR)
Series E30 (3 Series)
Body Type CABRIO
Steering RHD
Engine M20
Displacement 2.00
Power 95kw / 129hp
Transmission Automatic
Colour MALACHITGRUEN METALLIC (205)
Upholstery Natur (0295)

Driver Assistance And Lightning
S520A Fog Lights
S530A Air Conditioning
S540A Cruise Control

Yes it’s a 320 – would have a loved a 325, but there are hard to find in good condition especially convertible. Because it’s original, the timing belt, tensioner, water pump & belts are the first things to be done.

In the meantime enjoy the pics.

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Oh, and I broke my first rule – ‘…get the critical and important mechanical work done before the cosmetics…’
Spotted a set 14” basket weaves for very reasonable price and had to buy them.

As it turns out the seller was a true gentleman and E30 aficionado. Tyres were Michelins and 90%, rims were in great condition. Some Iron-x, claybar and painting of the centre caps they look awesome. Also hit them with a ceramic coating to make cleaning easier down the track.

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Comments

  • An E30 on basket weaves. Mmm... excellent work.
    I'm a Group A kid.
    Spac
  • SpacSpac (@Spac) Canberra-ish.
    “Just like Spac” is not something to be proud of... :)
    egadsTzantushkanugget_940AshDVS
  • Its hard to find E30s in this condition. Nice Score!
  • AshDVSAsh (@AshDVS) - Geelong, VIC
    looks very well kept. :+1:
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Nice cabrio wreck at one of my local bimmer guys.... Nooooooo
  • TzantushkaTrent (@Tzantushka) E. suburbs - Melbourne
    edited June 11
    Productive weekend with the driver's seat removed on Friday night and ready for re-install on Sunday night.

    Leather seats were recovered back in 2016, but had very little love since then - plus the Australian climate and lots of open top motoring to the beach had taken it's toll.
    Driver's seat was the worst. Dirty, hard leather, blown shocks, sticky tilt mechanism and the backrest wouldn't stay-up.

    Disassembly was straight forward, although one of the two backrest screws had come loose (explains the wobbly seat back!).
    Shocks swapped, brake cleaner fixed the recline mechanism plus a new tilt cable and cleaned & painted the rails.

    I was sceptical about Leatherique on coated leather.
    But my leather had lots of hairline cracks in the protective coating. The first treatment brought the dirt out.

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    And lots of it.

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    After using the rejuvenator oil and pristine clean a second time, the dirt kept coming and the leather became softer and softer. Final treatment was the oil with cling wrap on the top and a hairdryer. No more dirt, but the leather was good as new.

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    After 30 years - time for a new seat belt receptacle.

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    But the seats look like a million bucks and I don't have to re-cover them.

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    Also, BMW sport seats are good, but nothing like Awesome Volvo seats in the various V70 an especially the V60 :)
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  • The came up really nice, well done!
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