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About MrCat

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    Perth - WA
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    Cars, Cars, and more Cars.....

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    1.8 litre, DOHC
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    Z3 steering rack, Z3 short shifter, Lightweight flywheel and bigger clutch, Braided brake lines
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  1. MrCat

    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    I sincerely hope there`ll be a legitimate method to import a “self-owned” classic in future by paying a reasonable amount of tax. Even if I had to show proof of ownership, go through import control etc.. On a different note, what if I never register the car and never intend to use it on public roads? Is it still the same tax structure at the moment? Does anyone know?
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    1968 Datsun 510 Sedan (Project Datto)

    and here I was... getting all exited thinking 'oh.! a new 510 project.!' ... 😣
  3. MrCat

    Project Escort Mk1 4 door 1100cc

    Have you had a chance to test fit some 15x7`s? I honestly dont` know much about Escorts and what would work. But my RWD car (BMW E30) had 14x6`s from factory. I found that even 16x8`s would fit without any modifications, with just the right offset. Here`s test fitting some 16x8`s, ET 26 offset :
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    Project Escort Mk1 4 door 1100cc

    Awesome.!! Update the progress as you go.! Just about the wheels, you may find that 6 inch wide is a bit too narrow. I`d recommend at least 7 inch. 8 would look great but may need to roll the guards and tires are not plentiful and expensive. I know 4x108`s may be hard find, but do think about the correct offset as well. I know the low offset wheels required by these RWD cars are not easy to find (unlike FWD offsets such as -35 or -40 which are very common). Please dont use spacers or hack the hubs, find the correct offset with the right center bore for the car and it`ll be worth it in the long run. Good luck.! Super-lights (wheel style) are a popular option for these.
  5. So your main concern is whether the damage/groove would affect braking performance and brake pad wear correct? If the groove is really 1mm wide, my experience is that it won’t make a difference in braking performance. Brake pad wear won’t be significant either. The main thing to look for is whether the car would shudder (i.e. vibration from brakes causing wheels to wobble) under heavy braking. If there is no shudder or significant noise under braking, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
  6. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    I know it`s not E30 related, but cant help but post these other Bavarian beauties i`ve captured during the same meet.... 2002 Trubo, most probably a genuine car.. The best condition E34 i`ve seen in my life. This one is a 535is, presented like it just rolled out of the factory.. Timeless E34 interior... E24 635csi - 6 series coupe also known as the Shark Nose E28 M5 replica - done up just like a genuine M5
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    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Hello..! Found some pics taken at a BMW meet where my car met it`s twin.! Same color (''brilliantrot") 318is, but the other car is a slick top (i.e. no sunroof)
  8. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    This was quite a different place when I joined about 13 years ago.! Alfa GTV projects, Greenpath drags, some dude building crazy DIY BBQ machines.. All sorts of epic stuff..!!! It`s more like a Q&A forum now, i guess times have changed.! Not much grease monkey content which we all love to see
  9. MrCat

    Journey With The Hiace

    Nice van.! Is this used for passenger carrying purposes or home/personal use? I know back in the day people used small Vans as family vehicles (even in a 3 person household) because they were cost efficient to buy due to low tax. Is it still the norm? LiteAce/TownAce type small vans are not so popular these days isn't it?
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    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Pictures or it didn't happen yea? Lightweight Chrome-Molly Flywheel weighing in at 3KG: Re-engineered transmission mounts (Genuine E21 mounts with an aluminium casing): SACHS clutch kit: Revshift polyurethane engine mounts: Shifter rebuild : More drive-line + clutch bits:
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    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Hello All, Another quick update some drive-line related upgrades on the E30 which is well worth the effort IMHO. In 2017, I decided to refresh the gearbox and driveline to reduce slack and to make the car a bit more responsive. A lightweight flywheel is the most prominent upgrade here. A single-mass flywheel went in, only weighing 3KG. Compared to the 12KG dual-mass original flywheel, this makes the engine rev much quicker hits peak torque instantly. Plus, downshift rev matches are a joy with brisk throttle response. Only negative is that the flywheel rattles a bit when idling. Also, the gear shifter got rebuilt with a short-shifter from a BMW Z3 for improved shifter feel and precision. Finally, upgraded polyurethane engine mounts and upgraded gearbox mounts helps with reduced driveline twist under acceleration. Here`s some of the parts (OEM BMW part numbers noted) that went in: Parts List - Gear Box related: Gearbox output shaft seal (Genuine BMW) – 23121205342 Crank seal (rear, Genuine BMW ) – 11142249533 Gearbox Shift Rod Seal - 23121282394 Getrag gearbox Drain Filler Plug M24x1.5 mm - 23117527440 Parts List - Shifter rebuild: Garagistic E30 delrin shifter bushing kit >> round shifter bushings (x2), OEM shifter cup, delrin rear carrier bushing, and bitch clip Garagistic Shifter boot – 25111220204 Z3 1.9 shifter (short shifter conversion) - 25117527252 Parts List - Clutch/Flywheel: Clutch release fork lever (Genuine BMW) > 21511204229 Spring clip (Genuine BMW) >> 21511204327 M20 (320i) Flywheel Hex bolt (M12X1.5X28), 8 of these (Genuine BMW) >> 11227805885 M42 pilot bearing (Grooved ball bearing), 15X32X10 (Genuine BMW) >> 11211720310 Clutch Fork Pivot Pin (Genuine BMW) – 21511223328 Lightweight Flywheel from RHD engineering BMW M20 (320i) clutch kit: Pressure Plate Clutch Disc Thrust Bearing Parts List - Drive-line/Shaft: Propshaft Joint Flex-disc (OEM) - 26111225624 Centering sleeve bearing for Flex-disc (Genuine BMW) >>26117526611 Mounts : Engine Mounts (green polyurethane – x2) Upgraded and re-engineered Gearbox mounts (x2)
  12. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Just a couple of pics of the engine bay, as it was when bought, against as it stands now after some degreasing, detailing, installing air box back on and the vacuum hose/intake work. Before: After:
  13. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    I reckon E34 is a better package for local conditions. More roomier and comfortable, equally as fun to drive.
  14. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    So, the car was running fine with NO excess smoke, cold start issues, timing chain noises etc.. However, I always felt that the idle wasn’t spot-on. I decided to address the famous ‘mess under the intake’. This is what the E30 community had named the German over-engineering effort under the intake manifold on the M42 engine. They decided to go nuts with coolant lines and vacuum hoses and added a throttle body heater which is completely useless in warm weather. This basically involved: ** Remove coolant lines which goes to throttle body heater plate ** Remove excess vacuum lines and add a couple of direct connections. 1.) Valve cover to throttle body. 2.) ICV to intake boot ** Add new coolant bypass from cylinder head to the plastic coolant distributing thingy on the side of the block ** Replace two short fuel lines under the intakes, the high pressure line was leaking a bit ** Replace all the gaskets and vacuum lines ** Clean everything (ICV, TB, manifolds, plastic bits, connectors, etc...) Parts list below, ordered from the local dealer: · Intake boot >> 13711734385 · Hose clamp (L12-15), fuel line >> 07129952104 (4 of these) · Vacuum hose from FPR (3.5X1.8) >> 11727545323 · Gasket – throttle housing >> 13541743261 · Hex nut with plate - throttle housing >> 07129900681 / 07129904553 (4 of these) · Air hose (to ICV) >> 13411721971 · Gasket – upper intake manifold >> 11611717761 · Gasket – lower intake manifold >> 11611734684 · Hex nut with plate (AM7 ZNNIV SI) >> 07129905541 (8 of these) · Coolant Hose (this is from E36 M42, used for coolant by-pass) >> 11531247398 Some of the parts: Lower intake manifold removed: The ‘”mess under the intake”: Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures while putting things back together. With new hoses and gaskets, the car idles perfectly now. Perhaps it’s all in my head, but feels like throttle response is sharper.!!
  15. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Ha Ha.. I think the E30 is in a very unique position which helps to drive prices up globally. 80`s/90`s mechanical simplicity, sedan practicality – yet compact, rear drive, ~1100kg weight - this combination IS quite rare. Add independent rear suspension to the mix and I simply don’t know of any other mainstream car/model which is similar. The C class comes close, but that`s a heavier car in general. Yeah, the E30 M3 is a different beast.. Racing pedigree, homologation production run, proper German over-engineering, etc... They dont` make em anymore, so the only way for the prices to go is 'up'..