Well it didn't take long before i started to think of some things to do and its escalated rather quickly!!
The interior of the car is pretty much in time warp condition so i will be leaving this alone other than replacing the rubber gear gaiter - original is torn - and get the radio working. Not that i will ever use it. The car sounds fantastic.
Exterior has a beautiful patina, not a UK patina (Rust!), so the only thing i will do is remove the non-original sticker kit and replace this with a new one. Thankfully this was sourced when i bought the car from Luis Malhou, the guy who restored the 530 MLE above, so this should finish it off quite nicely. However, i did source a set of 15x8 BBS MAHLE with a pretty low offset so i will fit these too. The 14's are a nightmare to find decent rubber for them and personally i think they look a bit lost under the arches. I will keep them for 'anorak' days/meets but im excited to see the car on the new set ive found which are pretty much identical but an inch bigger and an inch wider with a much deeper dish.
Other things on the list include;
- Fit new Bilstein B8 Shocks
- H&R springs
- ST Anti roll bars
- Weicher strut braces
- Compbrake tie rod ends
- Ireland Engineering subframe bushing
- K MAC trailing arm bushings and adjustable top mounts (front)
The gearshift has the notorious sloppy shift, not the worst ive ever encounted but there are definitely some bits and pieces that need replacing so Cotswold BMW received an order for every linkage, bush etc needed + picked up a UUC DSSR and Schmeidmann adjustable short shifter to tighten it all up. I cannot stand vague shifting in any car!
This brings me on to the good stuff, the engine. As some of you may know i have a pretty fruity M30 being assembled at Hack Engineering at the moment and couldnt help myself to keep the MLE factory stock. Everything will be retained to go back to 'Factory' spec if necessary but for now im going down the following route:
- Triple Weber 45 DCOE w/ Dbilas adaptor
- Dbilas 288 camshaft with uprated valve springs & retainers
- 123 Bluetooth Ignition
- KM Cams Steel Rocker Arms
- VAC Motorsport adjustable cam sprocket
- VAC Motorsport rocker arm locks/collars
- Custom made equal length exhaust manifold
**This manifold will be for RHD application and tooling will be retained for anyone else looking for an equal length exhaust for an E12/E28 M30.
So as winter is upon us and i cant use the car as much as i would like, i think the above will keep me busy and when ready should be a bloody awesome car to drive.