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04-26-2010 12:47 PM #1
hello, Im from southeast Arizona, and i hve been dabbling in Volkswagon and bmw for around 10 years now.
Both cars were origonaly purchased in AZ and are 98% rust free.
The primerd 320 is a 77 that ive been building from a rolling axle. the engine came from a wrecked 74 2002, New rings, bearings, water/oil pumps and clutch. 5 speed trans from an 82 320, im running the stock "macoroni" intake and injection from the 77, Billstien sports all around "uninstalled",3.64:1 LS diff. shaved doors and side marker lights. I have everything to put this car on the road minus trunk and sunroof seals.
Waiting for warmer weather to shoot her. going OG polaris silver.
This is my Ultimate Driving Machine... my toy
The blue one is an 82 that i purchased apr 17 2010 out the newspaper for $250!
needed head gasket, in tank fuelpump, all vac rubber, alt bracket, plugs,cap,wires. all of which i have from the 81 parts car. had been hotwired. Seats, dash and headliner imaculate so as far as i was concerend, worth 250 right there. got her on the road in under 4 days and she is currently my DD.
With the above deal, he gave me an 88 528, i just have to go and get it, no. 4 cyl valve is broken but cyl looks fine. im going to order a rebuilt head on ebay someday and see about throwing her in my 77. Also i would like the see if i can fab the brake setup to run on the 77, anyone got any info on this?
also, 77 intake opposed to sidedraft carbs, whats better performance wise?
04-26-2010 10:54 PM #2
04-27-2010 12:21 AM #3
Re: Good for you? What is a shaved door?
Sorry, i didnt mean to come off all like that.. Just found this site and its badass! The 82 i actually bought to build for my mom, everytime she sees mine, she threatens to steal it... my 77 has been on the back burner while ive been building my truck. I finally got my truck on the road a few weeks ago and the 82 popped up, "id be a fool to not have jumped on that deal". heh, and now that i have that, the burn to get my 77 back together took ahold of me. the stock 82 feels like snail [Oops!].
sorry, "shaved door handles". removed outside door handle and lock, weld in the hole's. solenoid, poppers and transmitter.
04-27-2010 11:22 PM #4
The E21 FAQ
This lists a lot of common problems and ways to repair them. The list was compiled sometime in the mid-1990s, when there was a lot more internet discussion about the 320i and the 323i (for USA drivers). The E21 Digest is now a Yahoo Group. In its former version in the 1990s, it was pretty active. The search tool was great if you had an odd problem, but I do not know who hosted it or where the archives went. Pity they are gone.
Sadly, there are fewer and fewer E21s left. I may be one of the last original owners - bought mine in 1981 in Houston and still use it regularly.
04-28-2010 11:10 AM #5
04-28-2010 04:30 PM #6
Found some of the older FAQs for the USA 320i
I found another FAQ that may contain some of the letters from the old E21 digest. But the links to searchable archives do not work. They say that anything posted to the internet lives forever, and I suppose the old digests are somewhere on a server, but whether anyone could retrieve them is another question.
05-01-2010 07:51 PM #7
89 5-series 2.8 into '77 3-series not good idea
The '89 has an OBD I computer and fuel injection control, along with electronic ignition. The wiring harness is so radically different that I doubt you can get the 2.8 to work in the 3 (although the engine itself can be made to fit.) There are better projects to work on than this.
The brakes probably can't be made to work, either - the cars have different hubs (5-bolt rather than 4-bolt) that I don't think will fit. You'd also need the 5-series booster and stuff, since it's 4-wheel disk rather than disk/drum.
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