Like everyone else on here I have a bit of a car addiction. Mostly I like to buy them, work on them, and then sell them. This is my 3rd BMW e30 and I’ve been steadily increasing the amount of work I’m taking on myself. I went all out on this one…swapping the drivetrain, ecu, suspension, brakes, etc. Some BMW swaps are relatively easy but I took this one on because it’s more challenging. Now that I’ve got the car up and running I think I only drove it about 3 times before I started to strip the body. I’m really eager to get it looking good.
Here is how it stands today:
Pretty ugly. Whoever repainted it a while back didn’t do a great job so the clearcoat is failing all over and I have some rust bubbles popping up on the roof. The body is straight though and I have a bunch of new body kit parts to put on.
Here is what I’m going for with the final look. I sort of went all out on the engine so I want to give it a color to match. This is an OEM BMW color for BMW 2002’s (from the 70s):
And for the bodykit I’m going to do the same thing I did on my last e30:
Here is a more detailed writeup on the mechanical work I did on the car:
So…just started digging in this week. I have everything pulled off the car and I’m going to sand, bodywork, and 2k primer it a panel at a time. I need to sand a lot of the paint off because the clearcoat is peeling. I’m thinking I will at least go down to the original OEM finish and in some places strip it all the way down to metal. I’ve sanded down the trunk lid and plan to do the bondo work tomorrow followed by a couple coats of primer.
I’m totally new to bodywork. To learn I refinished this Porsche wing for my friend last week. The videos in the VIP series were the only way I was able to get it done. Thanks @TonyB!