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Archive for October, 2010

30
Oct
10

Project E30: M-Tech Tracksuit

I’ve had the car a week now and all is well.  I’ve started ordering parts for it, but more on that later…I know it’s boring, but I’ve mainly been doing service stuff and finally getting a few pics:

Current wheels are 15×7 et 13 Fondmetals which are alleged to have come on it from the factory; there is a lot of cool history with the car and some of the other parts fitted point towards either someone being big buddies with the manufacturing plant or spending a lot of money on the options list…

Got tapes?

Stereo remote

OK, I’ll come clean…depite the iS front lip, SE skirts, Shadow line pack, boot spoiler and wheels…it’s…it’s…a…..316i

I looked at loads of these cars and they were either destroyed or rotten.  This car is immaculate, even better than the pics show.  I actually feel bad getting it wet.  I figured it was better buying the best car I could and then, if the urge takes me, throw an M42 in it.  To be honest I thought it would be slightly slower than driving something steam-powered.  Happily it’s not that bad; it will cruise at 80 in silence without revving its head off and is even good on fuel.   For what I need it to do right now it’s perfect.

Service time:

Yeah, that’s genuine NOS BMW underseal.  OEM+

My compressor regulator broke, so I ended up spraying it at 100psi.  At least I know it’s got everywhere!

Hopefully my parts will start to come in over the next couple of weeks and I can get the old girl closer to terra firma in a big way.

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23
Oct
10

Project E30: The New Daily!

So, after what seemed like the longest week ever, Friday rolled round;  I got myself a Polo and a Pilot and headed North to collect my new wheels.

Fuel.

Traffic.  Lots of traffic.

Escorts.

Industry (Yeah, OK, there was a lot of traffic and nothing to do but hang of the car with my camera and talk cars…)

The car is only two owners from new and both of then were in the RAF.  The car actually still lived just down the road from an RAF base.  It was weird seeing all the military buildings, training units and families houses…The surroundings were, erm, plush to say the least.

Actual aircraft in real life:

So we made it, check the car over, thew some money about and headed home (with fingers crossed that there was enough petrol in it to make it to the first station we could find).

So what is it then?

Yeah you guessed it: An E30! (I bought the car blind and just hoped that the fact, like the Roadster and the KP, it had “86” in the plate was a good sign..it was!).

I’ve wanted one for ages and the right one came up at the right time…more to follow.  A lot more.

22
Oct
10

Teaser Pic: The New Daily…

22
Oct
10

Batmobile

22
Oct
10

Society

Society

19
Oct
10

Europa

19
Oct
10

Mansell Gets His ‘Tash Back For Moneysupermarket.com

Check out this for a bit of racing nostalgia: Former F1 and Indy car champion Nigel Mansell has finally got his moustache back for his appearance in the latest car insurance advertisement for Moneysupermarket.com. The British bulldog can be seen trying to negotiate a good car insurance deal while perfecting his corner techniques on his own scalextric set, much to Omid Djalili’s disgust.