This website details the restoration and modification of my first car, a BMW 320i. I bought the car my senior year of high school in the fall of '98 for $650 and it has been a labor of love since. When I started all I knew was how to change oil and spark plugs, and I had nothing more than basic tools and a lousy haynes manual. But 10 years of hard work has resulted in an empty shell restoration and then some. I've learned almost everything I know about cars by wrenching on my e21.
Chassis upgrades include Volvo/girling 4 pot calipers & vented rotors, 323i rear disc conversion, 3.91 LSD, Bilstien sport shocks, Eibach springs, ST 25/19mm swaybars, Hartge front strut brace, rear strut brace, 15x7 wheels, and poly bushings throughout. The motor is stroked to 2.0L with 8:1 compression, I-J crank scraper, mild 280 cam, ported and polished head, AC delete, electric fan, TEP lightened flywheel and 4 puc clutch.
I recently designed and fabricated a budget turbo system using a mix and match of ebay parts from other vehicles. The system consists of a Dinan turbo manifold, T25 from an S13 Nissan Silvia, 12” FMIC, 1G DSM BOV, BMW e12 528i 65mm throttle body, Hallman Pro MBC, and home fabbed charge pipes and 2.5” exhaust. I chose to stay with the old school CIS mechanical fuel injection but with some upgrades including a Porsche 931 fuel distributor and air flow meter.
The motor currently puts out about 250 hp at 14 lbs of boost. This is enough to propel the car to a quarter mile of 13.92 @ 100 mph, though at only 2400 lbs it should be capable of a mid 13 if I could drive it. The car is my daily driver in the summer season and sees occasional autox events and so far 1 track day at Nelson Ledges. It is a blast to drive!