Hello from NH - My 87 BMW 325e: a flood carís second chance

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Hello from NH - My 87 BMW 325e: a flood carís second chance

Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 2:34 pm

I have been hanging around here for some time planning out the rolled on job that I am now just starting. I wanted to say Hi and share my progress with everyone.

In July I picked up what was supposed to be an 87 eta that just needed a couple weekends of wrenching and tuning and maybe some paint to be a decent daily driver. I built an e30 for LeMons a couple years ago and have since accumulated a pile of parts and know-how so it seemed to make sense. At that time all I knew was it came from Hawaii (was rust free), itís inspection sticker was 4 years old and it had a horrible re-paint job.

As I began working on it I discovered it was clearly a food victim and the PO drove it like a Camry, just oil, fuel and necessary repairs. Someone even replaced the fuel filter with a straight piece of fuel line. Carfax reported it being registered in Florida not Hawaii. Because it wasnít rotten and the engine had good compression I decided to just give it a mechanical overhaul and catch it up on preventative maintenance. It runs pretty good now, at least enough to demonstrate it's mechanically sound. Here are some pictures from when I brought it home:




I just now am getting started on the body. I am starting a project thread where I will update there.


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Re: Hello from NH - My 87 BMW 325e: a flood carís second chance

Post by n0m4d on February 22nd 2012, 3:01 pm

I started my project thread here:

http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t988-1987-bmw-325e-flood-car-rehab#11921

I plan on posting plenty of pics as I work Very Happy .
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Post by RoboGeek on February 26th 2012, 2:48 pm

looks like a nice project.. flood cars are 50/50 sometimes, but if they dry them fast enough and the electrical/mechanicals are ok they can last for years. Just hard to retitle and sell in some states
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Post by n0m4d on March 6th 2012, 9:55 am

Thanks, its coming along. If I had known it was a flood car I may have thought twice. Who am I kidding, I would have just talked him down another $100 Wink . It didn't show in the carfax so I don't think anyone made a claim on it I just figured it out as I was working on it. So far the electrical gremlins have been mostly lighting and horn. When working on the engine I checked/cleaned every connector I come across and added some dielectric grease. I also replaced all the fuses with fresh ones. I am swapping the dash with a crack free one along with most of the rest of the interior and plan to hit any connectors I come across with dielectric grease as well.
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