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Thread: Delaneys Cinnabar Red 318i - Partial Restoration

  1. #11
    April 19th 2019

    The final article

    The final touch would be the freshly refurbed set of 16" BBS RZ Style 5's. Picked them up from Rim Solutions in Dublin finished in a dark metallic silver with the insides sprayed dove grey. Delighted with these.



    Here is a quick preview of how the car looks once complete. I plan to do a full photoshoot highlighting everything soon.



    Thanks for reading!

  2. #12
    Update To Date

    So this post will hopefully bring progress right up to date.

    Over Easter 2019 weekend, I drove the car on a round trip from Dublin to Portstewart on the North Coast. It never missed a beat the whole weekend and drove perfectly. The first proper shakedown after all the work carried out and it performed flawlessly. Delighted.





    With a fresh NCT in the window, I just enjoyed the car from there and tried to let my bank balance recover.

    There's little better than cruising in the old yokes with friends and family. The father and I took a spin one midweek evening up to Powerscourt for a few photos and I met a good friend, Gavin, in his touring.




    Over the summer I made a few small upgrades, failures and changes.

    I cleaned and sprayed up a few little odd parts like this brake resevoir bracket. I swapped out the shagged diff mount bushing for a Powerflex item to help reduce a bit of slack in the rear end that had begun to develop. An issue that would quickly come to haunt me. After attending Players Classic, I took a notion for induction noise and bought a Ramair intake. This turned out to be the most over engineered heap of crap I'd ever purchased. So it quickly came off and sold for what I paid for it.



    With summer over and the bad weather looming, I tucked it up under a cover in the unit and forgot about it. Made a list of jobs I needed to do and began to look for parts. As with many E30's, mine was suffering from a severe case of cracked dash and so I ripped it out one Saturday and sourced a perfect dash from a guy in Cork. I also sent the steering wheel and gear gaitor off to Royal Steering Wheels in the UK for re-trim so looking forward to receiving those back.



    As mentioned previously, the car was also haunting me with a pretty severe vibration and knock in the drivetrain when coming on and off throttle. I removed the LSD and brought it home and tested it. It was locking fine with very little play or movement in the drives. So I bit the bullet and ordered every possible component between the gearbox and the wheels. Two new SKF half shafts, new centre support bearing, new vibration damper and a new output seal for the 'box.

    Long story short, I removed the prop to find a shagged CSB. Very likely my issue. Either way, no harm in replacing everything regardless. So last Saturday, I fitted the new bearing, cleaned everything up an re-fitted.



    So that's my progress on the E30 up to date. I have a few jobs to sort (hopefully) before Dubshed. These include:

    - New Exhaust
    - Spray the new custom BBS waffles to match wheels
    - New front seats (Those new Recaro Classic range seats have caught my attention)
    - Get a fresh 2Yr NCT
    - A good polish and wax.

  3. #13
    March 7th 2020

    Received a few parts in the last few days in preparation for Dubshed in April.

    Got my re-trimmed wheel back from Royal Steering Wheels in the UK. Could not be happier with this. The finish and quality of the material are perfect. I also got them to trim the gear boot to match, too.



    On a whim, I saw a lad out Poland direction advertising these custom 3D printed centre caps for the E39 16 BBS RZ's in the same style as E30 15" BBS waffles. At €100 shipped, I said flip it and purchased a set. I've 3D printed stuff before in my Product Design days in DIT and it always was quite brittle, so when these arrived and appeared quite solid, I was surprised.

    Dropped them off with Rim Solutions to paint, matching the wheels.



    The final piece of the puzzle pre-Dubshed was to sort the exhaust. The previous owner had fitted a Scorpion upswept DTM backbox and this had been poorly welded to a stock pipe between mid box and backbox. I'm not a fan of the tacky upswept style so this was always getting removed from the car.

    After researching custom stainless steel systems, pre-made systems and eBay specials, I came across this rear section built by 'SuperSport' in Germany, who happen to be owned by Spax, the well-known after-market suspension company.

    €200 and 3 days later, the exhaust was sitting on the kitchen floor. While it isn't the most perfect item, it was cheap, the tips are exactly as I want them (angled and offset) and it'll likely sound crap. But when your engine makes a lowly 100hp (in 1989), I couldn't justify sinking €500+ in anything decent. If my plan for this car works out, it'll have a six-pot fitted next year anyway.



    More pics to come once everything is fitted. I'll try get a little photoshoot in too.

  4. #14
    Jeeesus..... thats crazy.
    If my E28 gets 50% of that level of restoration ill be doing well.
    Im looking for seats by the way if those ones are surplus.
    Id keep that car in doors if i was you ,

  5. #15
    Wow Wow and more Wow. That is incredible work you have done to such a lovely car. I am seriously impressed by your ability to take on the work yourself and the level of detail. I thought I was bad. Hopefully will get to see it at some stage. Not usually one for modification but you have done it so well even I would like it.

  6. #16
    That's unreal, well done man. Great work
    Financially embarrassed by a Clio 182 Trophy and some E39s
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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Rennwagen View Post
    Jeeesus..... thats crazy.
    If my E28 gets 50% of that level of restoration ill be doing well.
    Im looking for seats by the way if those ones are surplus.
    Id keep that car in doors if i was you ,
    Thanks, Stephen! Yup, that's why I'm hunting storage. I'll be in touch soon.

    Yeah, I actually plan to change them as they're not period correct for my car. Once I find a sport interior to replace it with, I'll let you know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Wow Wow and more Wow. That is incredible work you have done to such a lovely car. I am seriously impressed by your ability to take on the work yourself and the level of detail. I thought I was bad. Hopefully will get to see it at some stage. Not usually one for modification but you have done it so well even I would like it.
    Thanks, Andy! I can't take all the credit though, I have to mention the father, he put a lot of hard work into her too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Malone View Post
    That's unreal, well done man. Great work
    Thanks, Maurice! I appreciate it.

  8. #18
    March 16th 2020

    On Saturday last I popped over to the warehouse where the car is stored (I'm also on the hunt for alternative dry storage btw!) and fitted the exhaust. For a cheap item, it offered up grand and only required a small bit of persuasion to get the fit just right.



    During the week I had picked up the 3D printed centre caps from paint along with a set of genuine BMW emblems. These turned out great. A subtle, yet noticeable touch for the Style 5's.



    That's the car pretty much sorted now. Just need to get an NCT on her and enjoy it during the summer months. Unfortunately, thanks to this poxy disease thats riddled the world, there isn't much in the line of shows to bring it to, but here's hoping we'll see the back of it come summertime.

    Thanks for reading thus far!

    Ross

  9. #19
    March 30th 2020

    So now that we've dived nose first into isolation, I figured this was as good a time as any to bring the E30 home from storage and enjoy it while off work. I managed to talk my father into swapping his Escort into storage while my car now took pride of place in the single car garage at home.

    There's been a few jobs I've wanted to take care of since carrying out the main bulk of the work last year. Popped these brackets off and gave them a lick of paint with new nuts. It's these small things that really set an engine bay off in my opinion.



    Unhappy with how the car was sitting I removed the adjusters that sit between the spring and spring seat at the rear of the car. It dropped it all of 10mm but I'm now happy the backside isn't stuck in the air as much as it was.



    Next up, I jacked the car high on our handy portable scissor lift (bought from PJ Fallon before anyone asks) and removed the steering rack. With the help of the wire wheel, I ground off the corrosion and hit it with a healthy coat of etch primer before a coating of engine enamel silver paint. The cursed air flow meter, arguably the most troublesome part BMW every designed, got the same treatment too.



    Save for an engine swap for more power, I'm very happy with how the bay has turned out. I'd love to recondition the alternator at some point and spray the block but for now, it'll stay as is.



    I'll leave this post with some shots of the exterior and interior down in Glenmalure last weekend.



    Thanks as always for reading!

  10. #20
    Great work and write up, an enjoyable read. your right too it really is the small touches that make a build

    Keep up the good work

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