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    Hey, My car!! From the history I can find (an old license registration from about 1975) it was owned by a Doctor in Calgary. I purchased it from a friend that kept going out of country. He had sold it to someone else, but it sat for a couple of years (and got back into by a bus lightly). He convinced them to sell (through him) to me. He had bought it some number of years (6-8) before that. Someone had re-painted/finished the body work. There was probably 40 lbs of filler on it (1/4 inch in some places). A bunch had come off and surface rust was everywhere. I stripped all that off, found some shoddy tin work under bondo, left that for now (not enough skills or welder to fix), thin coats of bondo, thinned roller tremclad black. I've fixed the mechanical, added a 5 speed, lsd (3.91), coil overs on the front (spring perches were rusted), lowered on the back, rear adjustable mounts, 123 dist, basket weaves, etc. Motor is still stock (to my knowledge). Found a mint Recaro LSC for me to sit in (still looking for a passenger) I'm enjoying driving it on days that have no moisture in the forecast, with the plans of doing a factory (ish) restore once I finish a LoCost (Lotus Seven clone). I've kept all the original parts that have been removed, and anything (other than front struts) that was modified, bought a different one to modify, leaving the original part stock Our provincial government insurance provider allows for Year of Manufacture plates to be used. I was able to use one of my father's plate from 1973 (last year that it's available) on my car. That's it
  2. https://www.panjo.com/buy/bmw-e30-m3-s14-motor-378817 Stumbled across this looking for something else. Never heard of Panjo until today. As usual, be careful on the internet :)
  3. I didn't notice until you mentioned it :) Either option has their benefits.
  4. Wow! I thought that was a purchased product (surface mount components, silk screening, etc) Very nice end result! I was planning on doing a micro controller based dash board based on CANBUS data pulled from the Megasquirt, using Arduino type products (build a purpose built board, or one of the offshore nano/mini boards). Cooling control could be added based on coolant temp that MegaSquirt returns over CANBUS (I'm assuming that's one of the canbus data points on a Megasquirt). I haven't written C code in a bunch of years, so I stick with the Arduino stuff for the simplicity of the language, availability of libraries (most of which are C, I think) and the large amount of info available on the interwebs. Now you've got me thinking :) Let me know what you think a packaged version would be worth. Keeping cooling on separate hardware from a dash program isn't the worst thing in the world. Bad code on my part could keep the cooling routines from running and overheat an engine, or set a value rather than compare (== vs =) and overheat an engine. I'd rather have something made by someone who knows what they're doing taking care of something important as cooling fan control. Thanks for the write up! Allan
  5. Good article! What did you use for the Micro-controller? I'm thinking this may be a great alternative for a on-off only setup that a megasquirt 2 would provide. (not on a 2002 or even a bmw, but a miata powered locost) Thanks!
  6. I've had the pertronix on an IE stock dizzy (died), an IE with pretroix pickup (upgraded) and a 123 switch. No issues. I might have even had it on the points dizzy too. Can't remember that far back. No issues that I can blame the coil on.
  7. 15 away from mine. (3495) Closest I've seen
  8. I probably wouldn't trust the other brand until I heard from someone that's used them either.....
  9. 1010tires.com has 2 summers Westlake and nanking and they're Canadian https://www.1010tires.com/Tires/165-80R13 hope that helps
  10. hmmm.... Never though of or heard of that. Been over this a few times on the forum, and that's a new one. Thanks for the hint Allan
  11. I ended up buying a NOS one from a Porsche guy from somewhere on the internet. At the time it seemed cheaper than a BMW option. I think I found it by searching the Bosch number. Didn't fix my cold/warm start issue
  12. Seals (front, rear, shifter) Redline pivot point for clutch fork thingie gently cuddling if you're so inclined
  13. This has a bit of an unintentional crinkle finish. I had painted it red, removed the paint from the high spots in the casting (including the cylinder numbers you can't see), then I put a clear lacquer on it to protect the raw aluminum, which crackeled.
  14. ditto on the door locks. My car came with out the keys and I was able to find the tag still on the passenger side. Local key place (not autoparts/walmart/etc) was able to use the code to cut a key. They even had a couple blanks. Trunk was locked, and didn't turn out so well for that lock but a replacement was cheap
  15. Unless the draw is through the alternator (and maybe Voltage Regulator), as the main connection to the battery isn't fused.
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