I found some cheap but apparently good condition all-red tail lights and picked them up. They have no markings on them and the clear coat seems good. Installed these and a UUC clutch stop this morning.

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bmw e30 all red tails tail lights

bmw e30 all red tails tail lights

bmw e30 all red tails tail lights

October 23, 2013 cosmetic

A year ago when I started shopping for an e30 the first car I set my heart on was a red coupe with what is, to this day, one of the cleanest engine bays I’ve ever seen. A week before I got my cash together the car sold.

I forgot about that car until yesterday when I received my new Ireland Engineering spark plug wire set. My current wire set is part original to the car, part Pick n Pull scavenge and long over due for replacement. I almost ordered a set of blue wires but at the last minute decided that was too matchy-matchy and went with red.


BMW e30 M20 with red Ireland Engineering spark plug wire set and crinkle coated intake manifold and valve cover

BMW e30 M20 with red Ireland Engineering spark plug wire set and crinkle coated intake manifold and valve cover

The wires arrived last night and were installed without issue. They look great and I notice that the engine fires slightly smoother with the new wires (maybe just confirmation bias, I’m sure there’s an expert reading who will tell me I’m imagining it). Looking at my engine bay reminded me of that red coupe from so long ago. I went and dug up some pictures – even though I haven’t looked at these photos since I bought my car it’s amazing how many things are similar between the two cars, starting at the red wire set all the way down to the same rims!

red bmw e30 coupe on tr motorsport rims

BMW e30 m20 clean engine bay

May 3, 2013 mechanical

See previous post on the car that these tails came from. According to the local e30 folks the car had Corvette wheels and was a “rat car” in a good way. Supposedly the engine blew and that’s how it ended up at the auto wreckers.

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  • washed the lights to remove all the dirt
  • wet sanded the lights with 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit
  • tails were still pitted (and of course full of small & large cracks)
  • sprayed with 4 coats of Rustoleum clear gloss
  • sprayed with 2 coats of Testor clear gloss (by far the superior product)

Tails are no longer dull and pitted, now they are shiny and wavy from many layers of clear over crappy paint, probably a solid 4.5 out of 10. I like the way the all-red tail lights look on the car and will probably do it my own tails (but do it right). 

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October 22, 2012 cosmetic