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E30 M3 (1986-1991) {Euro 86-892.3L: 200hp @ 6750} {1990 2.3L Evo2/Cecotto/Ravaglia: 220/215/215hp @ 6750}
{1991 2.5L Sport Evo: 238 @ 7000} {US -- 88-91 2.3L: 196hp @ 6750, 170tq @ 4750}
Total produced: 5,280 US, ~13,300 Europe/world


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Old Wed, Apr-08-2015, 04:21:11 AM   #21
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Default Re: Building an E30 M3 gravel rally car :-)

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Thanks. E46 goes on the frame rack on Thursday, I have a new painted bumper, and some of the carbon parts have already arrived. She'll be back together soon enough.
Out of curiosity, did the driver who caused the accident apologize or is it just nature of the beast?


Also I'm in the Bay Area (SJ) also, curious to know which shops you highly recommend.

Stoked to see the update.
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Default Re: Building an E30 M3 gravel rally car :-)

I got an apology. Cold comfort when talking about the dollars involved, but it was heartfelt.

There are great shops down by you. Tony and Joe at TC Design in Campbell do most of my race prep. I'm also friends with the folks at Bavarian Motorsport, who are some of the best mechanics I know.
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I got an apology. Cold comfort when talking about the dollars involved, but it was heartfelt.

There are great shops down by you. Tony and Joe at TC Design in Campbell do most of my race prep. I'm also friends with the folks at Bavarian Motorsport, who are some of the best mechanics I know.
Yeah it didn't exactly look like a cheap fix...

I actually took my car to Bavarian Motorsport so i'm glad to hear you vouch for them also.
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i LOVE this build! Was happy to see it would go to someone who would turn it into what that shell really deserves. Side note, but how did you manage to get your hands on a new right front wheel housing? They're a ton rarer than the left ones are.
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Awesome build! Can't wait to see whats next
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Side note, but how did you manage to get your hands on a new right front wheel housing? They're a ton rarer than the left ones are.
I found it for sale at a shop that had hoarded a bunch of body panels. If you need one let me know and I'll dig up their details.
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I actually took my car to Bavarian Motorsport so i'm glad to hear you vouch for them also.
Ramon and Nicole are two of the most respected mechanics in the area, and are both really trustworthy. Ramon has done some really interesting fabrication and crazy swaps -- not sure if you ever saw his S54 318ti. You're in good hands with them for sure.
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Why is spam always in such poor english?
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Any updates?
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Any updates?

Perfect timing! I have been waiting for American Stripping in Sacramento, CA to finish sandblasting and priming the chassis. They finished the work (beautifully done and at a reasonable price) and I picked up the car yesterday.








You can see how the blasting finds every little bit of rust, like these pinholes in the bottom of the wheel well:




It also cleans up the areas with more significant rust, making it easier to patch:




The real reason to do the blasting was to expose the problems with the chassis repairs. They right front quarter was grafted on very, very badly. Thankfully we have all new front suspension sections to weld in place, and plan to cut and weld plate in on the floor pan.






Getting the chassis back on the rotisserie the guys at Bay Street European made is easy when you have a borrowed fork lift.




The plan from here is to do the chassis repairs, seam weld, and then get it back to being a roller so that we can bring it to TC Design Motorsports to do the cage and custom suspension mounting work.

More to come!

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Discussing Building an E30 M3 gravel rally car :-) in the E30 M3 (1986-1991) Forum - {Euro 86-892.3L: 200hp @ 6750} {1990 2.3L Evo2/Cecotto/Ravaglia: 220/215/215hp @ 6750}
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