I have registered for the 2019 Vintage car show at the Saratoga Auto Museum in Saratoga, NY. From my home near Boston this will be the longest road trip I have made with the 323i. But these kinds of road trips and shows is why I bought the car. It's a shame if the car... Continue Reading →
There are many front spoilers for the E21. My favorite is the iS air dam that came on the 1983 320is model. It is similar to the Alpina front spoiler but without the ducts in the bumper. Total height of the air dam is XX" so it's not too aggressive (my car is lower than... Continue Reading →
Ever since my engine build was done I've had a rattle from the top end. I pinned the location to inside the cylinder head around cylinders 3-5. When my Dad first heard it, he asked if it was a Diesel. It was a metallic rattle under 3,000 RPM but would smooth out over that mark... Continue Reading →
Took the long backroad home tonight. I passed this church that I've seen a few times before but never got a chance to stop at. The field stone makes it interesting but I couldn't get the right shot to take advantage of it. I'll have to stumble on it again!
There are so few car events north of Boston. So when a local 2002 owners group planned a small meet 30 minutes away I had to join no matter what. Would they mind the 02's younger brother joining in? Not at all as it turns out. I texted my friend and former co-worker Doug who... Continue Reading →
My new daily driver: 05325iT/5 (2005 E46 325i Touring RWD 5-Speed). This is a pretty rare combination and coveted by BMW fans. Most E46 wagons are Xi automatics, which I have little interest in. Immediately previous to this I had a Toyota Highlander so it's great to be back in the daily BMW world.
This is a Public Service Announcement: front strut mounts must be assembled a certain way. When disassembling my front struts I was curious why there was this groove cut into the upper spring plate: Obviously this was cut by the upper strut bearing but there should be no contact between them. Flipping the spring plate... Continue Reading →
I couldn't stand the excessive front wheel gap and ride height so I made plans for 2018 to install H&R Sport springs. I could have hit the road after only swapping springs but this was the opportune time to overhaul the rest of the front suspension - control arms, tie rods, steering damper, and bushings.... Continue Reading →