German Car Day 2016

Great day at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for the German-themed lawn event! It had to have been the most attended German Car Day ever. Sadly, there were only two E21s in attendance (both 323s) and it didn't seem like we got much attention. There were fewer E30s and E36s too than I expected. Porsche... Continue Reading →

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An M6 for the Night

I needed to arrive in style for the opening of the Porsche-BMW exhibit at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Luckily, we just got this new BMW F13 M6 as a demo car so I borrowed it for the night. It's a 2016 in Sakhir Orange with matching extended Sakhir leather. It also has the carbon... Continue Reading →

E21 Winter 2016 List

List of things to do this Winter: Finish garage wall! Can't do much when I have one of the walls under construction. And I need to plan the layout to allow me to work in the Winter. The original M20B23 engine is on an engine stand and more in the way than I expected. COMPLETE!... Continue Reading →

The Infamous E21 Shimmy

The E21 suffers from a front-end shimmy between 50-60mph. This plagued the E21's reputation and led BMW to introduce a brand new front suspension design for the E30. I'll tell you about my car first and then get into the usual causes. My car had a shimmy from around 40mph and then it went away.... Continue Reading →

E21 323i Exhaust Layout

   One of the first things people notice is that the 323i has a dual exhaust. It's the only modern BMW with one until the 1998 M Roadster arrived. The single tips on both sides give the car some added muscularity and I love them. The rest of my car's exhaust is also interesting. It... Continue Reading →

E21 Wheel Info

The original E21 320i and 323i wheels were 13x5.5" with an 18mm offset (ET). There was also a 13x6.0" ET13 Motorsport wheel available. These sizes  are slightly larger than what was used on the 2002 models. It's interesting that BMW did not give the 323i a wider wheel. If you want to maintain the the... Continue Reading →

M20 Engine Specs

Here are the specs of my initial M20B28 engine build. I started with a standard M20 2.5 that was mostly complete but partially disassembled. A 2.7 crankshaft, connecting rods, and flat-top pistons came with it. The 2.7 rods and pistons are commonly used in turbo builds. I used the 325i rods and custom Wiseco pistons.... Continue Reading →

M20 Conversion Basics

Could there be an easier engine swap than an E30 325i M20 into a E21 323i? Actually, yes: an S52 into an E36 is pretty plug and play. But this almost as easy. There are a few really good guides online, including the ones covering 320i swaps. They didn't always apply to my project so... Continue Reading →

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