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General Forum : The Fun Beggins!! REASSEMBLY!

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      - The Fun Beggins!! REASSEMBLY!
MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Jul 5th 9:41pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1296
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Jul 5th 10:09pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1297
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Jul 5th 10:10pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1298
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Jul 5th 10:12pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1299
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Jul 5th 10:13pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1300
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

Bill in MN   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 12:00am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Member
Post nr. 153

Minnesota USA
1988 735, 1986 535 turbo, 1981 Baur 323i
This looks all too familair!!!

Looking good!

BruceH   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 4:24am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1142
   
Atlanta, GA USA
81 323 Baur, 85 745
Mayan,

Are those the SuperSprint headers?

Looking good.....

melloh   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 11:14am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Member
Post nr. 571
   
California, USA (San Jose)
1980 320is, 1991 318is
Uhm. Wow. Now that's a serious rebuild, there!

JJG323   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 3:08pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Member
Post nr. 1330
   
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
Looking good bro. Did you powdercoat stuff and jethot coat those Headers??

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 4:09pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Member
Post nr. 1301
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
They are BavAuto, and they come JetHot coated already. They used to offer them in black, and I should have bought them back then.........I guess a little chrome isnt bad.

The primaries are 36" equal length x's about 1.5" O.D.

Everything goes into a temp warehouse on Monday, and reassembly beggins. I should have the painted chassis by then.

I tried getting the headers made to Ken's specs....but wasnt able to find a tube bending shop willing to help. Header shops wanted $1500 and above.


MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 4:19pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1302
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
A lot of this stuff was painted with POR-15 Hardnose paint. The stuff that is subjected to heat was painted with that Dupli-Color Engine Enamel spray can that you can get at an auto parts store. The clear makes it look powder coated.

HERE IS THE DEAL ON POWDER COATING:

I initially researched powder coating by taking the parts to shops I found in the yellow pages and getting quotes. the quotes were high enough to send me in the direction of painting it with POR15 or HighHeat.

HOWEVER, I regret doing that.

The way to get powder coating done is to search around for someone who does very repetitive industrial stuff. Find a sandblaster and give him all your stuff at once, and find a powder coat guy that does massive amounts of railings or boat tops or something like that.

These guys throw it in, and dont give a damn about quoting high prices for single pieces. They basically throw in your stuff with a big batch of other stuff and give you a price based on beer money......since it really doesnt cost them much more.

If I would have found these guys earlier, I could have saved a lot of money and time. The powder coat guy just throws in the stuff when he does his daily batch of black pieces.

When you think that each spray paint can costs you between $5.00 and $6.00 and POR15 is more expensive than champagne...........well, I could have saved a lot of money just in paint.

You just cant go in with a special color powder coat, or ask the sandblaster to do sheet metal. this means that they have to change the medium that is set up in their equipment for mass quantities.

Sheet metal requires fine sand that reuires them to go over each piece several times..........and powder coaters use black, red, and white. Dont go in there asking for hot pink or neon green for your ricer!

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 5:22pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1303
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
OK, maybe the logo reveal on the Dynomaxes is a bit much.......but I am just that type of guy.


Robert   Posted Friday, Jul 6th 9:55pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 108
   
The Netherlands
1979 320/6, 1980 323i Baur
Looks good! What did you do with the gearbox?

MayanArch   Posted Sunday, Jul 8th 7:31pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1304
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Robert wrote:
Looks good! What did you do with the gearbox?


Gearbox I just sandblasted and painted with the HighHeat Dupli-Color spray can. It came out really nice.

It didnt need servicing, so I didnt want to take it apart just to paint it.

I hope the sandblasting didnt get anything inside, but that thing is pretty well sealed.

If it does...........well, thats just an excuse to get a 5 speed.

Robert   Posted Sunday, Jul 8th 11:16pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 109
   
The Netherlands
1979 320/6, 1980 323i Baur
MayanArch wrote:
Gearbox I just sandblasted and painted with the HighHeat Dupli-Color spray can. It came out really nice.
It didnt need servicing, so I didnt want to take it apart just to paint it.
I hope the sandblasting didnt get anything inside, but that thing is pretty well sealed.
If it does...........well, thats just an excuse to get a 5 speed.

I want my gearbox to look just as good, so thanks for explaining the process! I just have to decide whether to paint the sport or overdrive.
Have fun assembling your car, I'm looking forward to more pictures

imaradiostar   Posted Tuesday, Jul 10th 9:38am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1065
   
Nashville, TN
81 323i, 82 525i, 85 524td, 90 535i
MayanArch wrote:

If it does...........well, thats just an excuse to get a 5 speed.


um...that is a five speed.

jamie

sunbeam***   Posted Tuesday, Jul 10th 7:28pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 302
   
wirral UK
1982 323i
Quote:
um...that is a five speed.

jamie


I thought that aswell, but wasn't brave enough to say!

bmw_m_320i   Posted Wednesday, Jul 11th 4:20am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 774
   
Helena, Montana
none right now :(
now you just gotta get that wiring harness

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Jul 11th 11:27pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1306
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
imaradiostar wrote:
MayanArch wrote:

If it does...........well, thats just an excuse to get a 5 speed.


um...that is a five speed.

jamie


Hmmm........remember it as a 4 speed........

Now you have made me doubt.

BruceH   Posted Thursday, Jul 12th 1:20am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1149
   
Atlanta, GA USA
81 323 Baur, 85 745
Bud you need to doubt cuz that is a 5 speed.

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 12:44am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1307
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 12:46am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1308
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
THIS IS THE CUT OUT FOR THE DOUBLE EXHAUST:


MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 12:48am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1309
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 12:50am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1310
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

Bill in MN   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 3:06am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 162

Minnesota USA
1988 735, 1986 535 turbo, 1981 Baur 323i
Looks nice Mayan.

Nice to see you left the rear rain gutter trim on and didn't make the mistake I did

MayanArch   Posted Friday, Jul 13th 3:13am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1311
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Bill in MN wrote:
Looks nice Mayan.

Nice to see you left the rear rain gutter trim on and didn't make the mistake I did


Ya kidding!!! I couldnt get those things off.....and I was worried that I would not be able to replace a Baur part.

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Jul 14th 4:45am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1312
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Jul 14th 4:47am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1313
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Jul 14th 4:52am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1314
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

TJ   Posted Saturday, Jul 14th 8:17am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 29

NY, USA
82 528e2i 84 320i/4 80 320i

Odd looking jackstands you have there

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Jul 14th 3:16pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1316
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
TJ wrote:

Odd looking jackstands you have there


The toughest part was hunting around the animal shelters and finding four..........I mean 16.....equal height ones.

Its really convinient because all you have to do is wave a doggie treat in front of them and the car moves anywhere you want it to.

Well.........15 out of 16 equal height stands isnt bad. That side of the car always seems to lag behind though.........

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 5:00am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1354
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Everything mechanical is on....except AC...


MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 5:02am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1355
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Been putting sound insulation in. It came from B-Quiet.com.....same as dynamat.....but supposedly with no smell and more sound deadening.


MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 5:05am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1356
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
On thurs I push it down the block to have the exhaust guy put some straight pipes back to my Dynomax mufflers.


MikLem1   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 3:54pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 32

PA/NJ
1980 323i Baur, 1979 Alpina B7
Is that Stratosblau? That's one of the colors I was considering changing my baur to (it's zypressgrun now). Love to see it all back together.

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 4:28pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1357
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
MikLem1 wrote:
Is that Stratosblau? That's one of the colors I was considering changing my baur to (it's zypressgrun now). Love to see it all back together.


No. Its the metallic silver that M3's come with now. It just seems to reflect the blue sky in some angles.

Bill in MN   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 4:28pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 176

Minnesota USA
1988 735, 1986 535 turbo, 1981 Baur 323i
Mayan

I'm not knocking it by any means, but why did you go with a non body color for the engine bay?

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, Aug 29th 10:59pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1358
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Bill in MN wrote:
Mayan

I'm not knocking it by any means, but why did you go with a non body color for the engine bay?


Actually, the paint shop guy got it wrong. I wanted the trunk interior black as well.

I think it is sort of like the interior....you open up the guts of the beast.....

The hood and entire front will be the body color. Once they are bolted on, only the inside of the engine bay will be black.

I think it will look nice with the hood open and the cabin interior will be matching in black leather.

I dont think I would have done it if it were a regular hard top.......but the Baur is already got a two-tone thing going with the black top and black roll bar elements.

imaradiostar   Posted Saturday, Sep 1st 10:13pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1077
   
Nashville, TN
81 323i, 82 525i, 85 524td, 90 535i
just from my own personal experience...you really really need to have some sort of resonator in the factory location. You'll hear every little rattle, pop and backfire if you don't.

jamie

chupchup   Posted Sunday, Sep 2nd 1:40pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 244
   
Singapore
320m20
THe car's really looking great!!!!! keep us posted.

JJG323   Posted Monday, Sep 3rd 2:55am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1332
   
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
Your car Looks great...keep us updated
I am using dynomat extreme on my car,
and can wait to finish it.

MayanArch   Posted Sunday, Sep 9th 8:13pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1370
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Straight pipes back from BavAuto headers to Dynomax mufflers are done.






Bill in MN   Posted Friday, Sep 14th 3:49am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 178

Minnesota USA
1988 735, 1986 535 turbo, 1981 Baur 323i
You'll like the sound of that system. Mine's pretty much the same....headers back to the mufflers w/no resonater. There's just enough bark to it to let you know something's under the hood!

MayanArch   Posted Sunday, Sep 16th 2:38am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1379
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Bill in MN wrote:
You'll like the sound of that system. Mine's pretty much the same....headers back to the mufflers w/no resonater. There's just enough bark to it to let you know something's under the hood!


ohhh.....I am really looking forward to hearing it.

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Mar 8th 3:56pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1515
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
Almost there......almost there....

Its been three years....and I had no idea how much time and effort it takes to get this thing back together. So many details to work out.

I will have more pics later on in the week, but here are some quick phone cam pics.




JJG323   Posted Saturday, Mar 8th 7:51pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1348
   
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
looking great

Tricord   Posted Saturday, Mar 8th 8:39pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1014
   
Belgium, Europe
323i Baur
Myan, that is AWESOME!
Congrats man!


MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Mar 29th 2:56pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1522
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
OK, I am about 10 hours from finally finishing. The only thing holding me back now is that I decided to install a Split Second ECU controller. The air/fuel mixture is totally off, and tunning it will take about 10 hours. If I had gone stock, I would already be running.

MOTRONIC CONVERSION - ETA BLOCK


BAUR ROLL BAR


BAUR SOFT TOP LATCH - Powder Coated

JJG323   Posted Monday, Mar 31st 5:52am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1350
   
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
Looks great.
Is that exhaust system very loud? MA has a law against that. You can not have aftermarket mufflers on or the state police pull you over and give you a ticket.

PS: I have all the glass and interior out on my 323i and am putting the headliner back in.

I can not wait to finish it up and put the 2.9 m20 in it.

Mayanarch
I have Bruce's powdercoater in Atlanta as a contact. He seems very reasonable. Here is an example of parts I had powdercoated:





MayanArch   Posted Monday, Mar 31st 4:07pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1524
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
JJ,

The powder coating is a topic that is on my mind now that I am looking back. It can be expensive if you go to a guy that specializes in restoring auto parts.

That said, I am not happy with the durability of the spray can stuff. There is an "appliance enamel" in spray can that is very good.

Other than that, the best way to go about this is to find BOTH a sandblaster and a powder coater that does mass produced work............and that will throw your stuff in for beer money.

The only drawback is that you basically have to stick to standard black, red, or white powder coats as they wont do a setup for you under those terms.

I found a guy that does metal fences and exercise equipment.....and who doesnt mind putting a boxfull of parts in along with them.

The powder coating companies that advertize for restoration and piece work are really expensive...but a guy that does it in batch is much cheaper than even spray cans.

If I were to do this again........and I dont know that I ever will take on one of these three year projects again............I would sandblast every metal part.....and then take it in a box to get powder coated as described.

That said, I think the most important thing you can do for cosmetics is to use a plastic tint to restore your parts. Even new rubber parts need this stuff. It is a two stage step, and can be found at upholstery supply shops. The first step is a solvent that opens up the pores, and the second is spraying the tint. I think the company is called SEM. That is your biggest bang for the buck. It makes all the difference in the world with our cars, and the cheap plastic, rubber, and vinyl they are detailed with.

MayanArch   Posted Thursday, Apr 3rd 1:21am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1525
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978

myersport   Posted Friday, Apr 4th 5:39am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 184
   
east tennessee
'82 320iS. '91 327iC
Mayan-
You have atleast 1 tire on backwards. Great looking car, regardless!!
--dennis

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, Apr 5th 8:58pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1528
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
myersport wrote:
Mayan-
You have atleast 1 tire on backwards. Great looking car, regardless!!
--dennis


Huh!! Oh man...didnt even think about that when putting them on.

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, May 7th 1:23am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1547
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
DONE!!!!!!

I feel like Smiling Bob from those penis enlargement pill commercials!

I feel like a different man.

melloh   Posted Thursday, May 8th 7:48pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 660
   
California, USA (San Jose)
1980 320is, 1991 318is
Dude... you need to grab a buddy and have him take a snap shot of you cruising (top down) along the beach. especialyl among this crowd, your car will prbably catch more attention that the brazilian (or cuban) beauties in the background.

MayanArch   Posted Saturday, May 10th 1:32am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1548
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
melloh wrote:
Dude... you need to grab a buddy and have him take a snap shot of you cruising (top down) along the beach. especialyl among this crowd, your car will prbably catch more attention that the brazilian (or cuban) beauties in the background.


Gee Melloh...can I bother you to come down to South Beach? I mean, I know its out of your way......

melloh   Posted Tuesday, May 13th 6:16am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 662
   
California, USA (San Jose)
1980 320is, 1991 318is
Hah. I wish i could!

But, I get 5 days of rest then summer session starts.

MayanArch   Posted Wednesday, May 14th 2:52am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1549
   
Florida, USA
Baur E21 2.7 1982, Baur E30 318i 1985, 323i 1978
By the way......its those Brazilean women that have insane bodies. I dont know what they eat, but they have the most increadible figures.

wharthog   Posted Saturday, May 17th 11:50pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 123
   
SF Bay,California, USA
1982 323i, , R1150RT
Myan,

That car looks unbelievable! Beautiful job.

christoph   Posted Wednesday, May 28th 4:02pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 49
   
Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
1978 320/6, 2005 Ducati MTS
This is such a great looking car.. perfect
Veeerrrry well done!


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