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320i Turbo
Owner: jrcook320
In registry since: Wednesday, Mar 28th 6:24am.
Year: 1981
Location: Van Wert, OH

This is my 81 320i, built using the interior, suspension, and driveline from my first car, an 83 henna e21. The car has been fully restored and is a daily driver in the summer. Check out the links for more photos:

Modifications and tuning
-Euro bumpers
-Zender front air dam, Euro rear valance
-Shaved side markers
-H4 headlights
-Complete Recaro cloth interior
-Autopower 4 point roll bar
-Non A/C center console, AFR meter
-Sony head unit, 12in Kicker Comp sub, Rockford Fosgate P3000 amp.
-Aircraft style ignition switches & push button start (my ignition switch broke...)
-530i 140 mph speedo
-Personal steering wheel
-2.0L stroker, flat top pistons, ~8:1 compression
-Ported/polished 1.8i head,
-280/280, 10mm lift cam
-TEP lightened flywheel
-A/C delete
-14 in. Hayden elec. cooling fan
-Custom CIS turbo setup:
--T25 from Nissan Silvia (sr20det)
--DSM Blow off valve
--Front mount intercooler
--Volvo 240 turbo fuel distributor
--Porsche 924 turbo air flow meter
--Volvo 240 turbo boost enrichening WUR
--Volvo 240 turbo boost retard ignition canister
--Hallman pro manual boost controller
--Divorce port dump pipe
--2.5" side exit exhaust
-Metric Mechanic ultimate tranny (getrag 240)
-Bav Auto adjustable short shift kit
-3.91 LSD
-Engine brace
-15x7 et35 Binno B850 Wheels
-205/50R-15 Falken Azenis RT615
-lug stud conversion, custom 20mm spacers
-Girling 4 piston calipers, 323i rear disk conversion,Wilwood proportioning valve, Goodrich stainless brake lines
-Eibach Springs
-Bilstien Sport Shocks
-Polyurethane steering rack mounts
-25mm front, 19 mm rear swaybars w/ poly bushings
-Hartge front strut tower brace
-Slotted rear subframe w/ poly filled mounts
-Poly trailing arm bushings

My dad is the original owner of a 73 2002, and I have always loved old BMWs. When it came time for me to buy my first car, I came across an 83 henna 320i that was in vey rough shape. I had no idea what an E21 was, let alone any experience in working on cars, but out of curious excitement I bought it in the fall of 98 for $650. I worked on rebuilding the car for the next three years, learning as I went, and ended up with something nearing a complete restoration except for the original paint. But, I was a college student already saving every penny I could for fun car parts (like suspension goodies) and I ran out of money before I could replace the bald tires (oops! big mistake). I fishtailed in the rain in the fall of 02 and wrecked her bad enough that it was time to find a doner body. I found my current car, an 81 Oklahoma car on ebay for $900, which was way too much. I was hoping that Oklahoma would mean no rust, but I was wrong. I stripped the new car to a shell, sandblasted, welded, primed and dropped it off at the body shop where it sat for over a year getting perfect. I had a deal with my body man: it was a side project which meant cheap, which also meant wait forever. I finally finished assembling the car in the summer of 04, and the turbo kit was completed in the fall of 06.


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