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#1 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 01:23 PM
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Wanted to purchase a BMW 10 years from college, that was 20 years ago. I just purchased a 28 year old 325e (1984) coupe. It will be a restoration project for my twin freshmen girls. I did a similar project on a 1995 Jeep Wranger for my oldest son (my first attempt at a resto). The Jeep was a mechanical wreck, I changed out nearly everything including the engine. Did all the work myself, except the paint. It turned out really cool.

My 84 325e is generally a mechanical diamond (at 133K). All maintainance records from date of purchase are in hand. All maintainence done at the correct milage intervals. Even the interior is is great shape for a 28 year old car. Sport seats are great, but the driver's has three very minor cuts the vinyl thigh support, carpet is stained and rear side trim has a small tear. No cracked dash, even the leather wrap wheel is in decent shape.

Body is generally very good, but small rust hole behind each front wheel and one behind the right rear. Will see really how good it is once it is stripped down.

I plan to detail the interior and repair the vinyl if possible (otherwise cover in leather - open to suggestions here, have never repaired or recovered seats). Also, we will add a head unit and speakers. Finally, I will ensure all the electrial is working properly (hate the inspection light on the dash) Then, will strip down the body of all trim, bumbers, etc..., clean up dings, scratches, etc... (I can do all the body work, but can't weld in patches or paint). Then it will go off to the body shop for final work (patches) and paint. Hoping to do the current Mazda 2 series green color (sort of a candy green).

This should be a fun (but easy compared to the Jeep) project as I will not be replacing suspension, engine, interior, glass, etc... Although, I am a bit worried about finding parts (fenders, other dealer only type parts). Parts were no worry on the Jeep, there are tons of aftermarket manufacturers and distributors for Jeeps.

I used a forum like this for the Jeep and it was very very valuable. I look forward to chatting with all of you.
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