BMW e30 Momo Mod 7 with stock Momo horn button

BMW e30 near Rio Del Mar State Beach

April 28, 2013 photos, status


Above: Photo by Previous Owner.

BMW e30 M20 Clean Engine Bay

The above photos chronicle my e30 engine bay from it’s condition under the previous owner to now. I’ve learned a lot from working on this car (doing work myself and payers others to do what I can’t) but I wouldn’t do it the same way again. But I can say with pride that this is finally becoming the car I wish I’d bought in the first place.


  • Replaced K&N air filter with stock air box to pass smog and plug vacuum leaks
  • Replaced radiator with e36 radiator
  • All new hoses, belts and gaskets
  • Replaced leaking AFM to throttle body boot
  • Cleaned throttle body
  • Replaced air flow meter with remanufactured unit
  • Painted washer fluid container
  • Replaced distributor cap, rotor, wire set and ignition coil
  • Replaced 235,150 mile m20 motor with 75,864 mile m20 motor
  • Installed powder coated valve cover and intake manifold
  • Engine bay and accessories cleaned, paint freshened
  • Donor motor cleaned and painted

April 24, 2013 photos

BMW e30 M20 Crinkle Coated Valve Cover

April 23, 2013 photos, status

bmw m20 with powder coated valve cover and exhaust manifold
1989 BMW e30 M20 325i

April 22, 2013 photos

Delrin shifter bushings.


New power steering hoses.

The donor motor.

Paint under washer fluid tank.

Photos from m20 transplant and clutch job.

April 21, 2013 photos, status

April 13, 2013 events, photos






The last day before the heart transplant.

April 13, 2013 photos, status




At 4:30 or 5:00AM you can usually find me either driving one of Silicon Valley’s twisty mountain roads or at my desk collecting my thoughts and making notes. By 5:30AM I’m at the gym and by 7:30 I’m at my desk eating breakfast and going over my todo list or email. I even get up early on the weekends. I say that I’m a “morning person” but I probably have terminal insomnia.

I don’t drink coffee because it elevates my blood pressure: I get through the day on attitude. I was definitely a darkling when I was a kid but this plate isn’t about that. It’s about announcing morning’s arrival in my noisy little e30 and taking life’s wheel.

April 4, 2013 photos


I’ve got an appointment, stand by for photos of the new plates on my car in about a week’s time.

Update: Couldn’t make my DMV appointment, postponed pickup for a week.

March 17, 2013 photos, status


Remember how small my e30 is? Well I finally found a car as small as my e30: Fiat C500.

January 24, 2013 photos

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