The BMW E30 is a car with a cult following with classic car and modifiers alike, which means that finding an un molested example is getting increasingly rare, which is why when we got a call to from a client to say that they had just purchased a E30 barn find and wanted it "restored" we were only to eager to take the challenge on.
This is how the car was discovered
Our brief from our client was to restore the vehicle but keeping the car as original as possible!
Firstly the car was fully decontaminated, which given the condition was a larger task than usual. The car was lifted off the ground to allow pressure washing of the underside to remove years of dirt and grime from it's long stay in a barn. The wheel arches and suspension components were degreased and cleaned and the soft top roof was given a deep scrub to remove many years of algae build up and dirt ingress.
Once the wash stage was complete the car was brought inside where the bumpers were removed, the old broken fog lights were removed and the wheels were removed and sent off to be refurbished.
Next up the engine bay was the focus, the old flaking sound deadening was removed to make way for the replacement and at the same time the rocker cover and inlet manifold were both removed and sent off for soda blasting.
Once the first stages were complete, work could start on restoring the heavily oxidised and scratched paintwork
With multiple cutting stages required to bring the paintwork back to life using a combination of microfibre wool pads and heavy cut compound followed by multiple polishing and refining stages.
Once complete we needed to restore as much of the paint's lost oils as possible so the paintwork was treated with Swissvax pre wax oil followed by two coats of Polish Angel Passion and finished with two coats of Swissvax best of show