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The Most Arrogant Man In The World

Filed under: Fun!,Politics — dave @ 9:09 am 2012/06/28

Sad, but so very true.

“He picked Joe Biden to be his Vice President just to show he doesn’t need one.”

From Don’tBeADonkey.com and RightChange.com.

Because he is just that good.

BMWotD — The Semi-Legendary M7

Filed under: BMW Of The Day,Racing — Tags: , , , — dave @ 10:06 am 2012/06/26

Edit: Bumping this back up to the top because it’s such a cool car, and it’s back up for sale. Eric sold it back in 2012, and it appears that Todd (the man behind Turbocharging Dynamics) bought it a couple of months ago. As a dyed-in-the-wool turbo guy, Todd knows that normally-aspirated cars don’t hold his interest very long, so he’s listing it for sale already. And at a very tempting price; $5,800. I might have to jump on this car this time around. I’ll paste the body of the new listing as a comment to my original post.

Here’s a pretty unique car, a 1984 BMW 733i with the heart of an M5. It was built and owned by one of the members on the mye28.com board, and is pretty well known (relatively) especially for surprising the crap out of people by how fast it is.

The car is pretty nondescript; looks pretty much like an older 7 series ought to look, which is part of the appeal I guess. Here’s the story from the seller:

My priorities are changing and I can’t keep so many BMWs. Unfortunately, this has to go on the chopping block.

I bought this car as a 1984 733i in 1998 with 150k miles. A couple years later I got the hare-brained idea to take this car to driving school. I was hooked and was learning my apexes, but got tired of being passed on the straights. After considering several options, I figured my best one was to drop an S38 in the darned thing. The rest is history.

The conversion was completed in 2001 when the chassis had 201k miles. The car now has nearly 290k miles. The modifications include:

* S38b35 engine (80k miles at the time of conversion)
* Euro headers
* G280 transmission (40k miles at the time of conversion)
* 4:10 big case diff with 50% LSD (rebuilt by Blanton about 7-8 years ago with new 4.10 ring and pinion from Maxmillian)
* Dinan springs
* 28mm front sway bar (stock 27mm)
* 22mm rear adjustable sway bar
* Custom valved Bilstein struts front and rear
* Recaro SRD driver’s seat
* Bav Auto front strut bar
* Short shifter (can’t remember if it’s M3 or Z3)
* Euro bumpers
* Slotted rotors with Porterfield Racing Pads
* Custom exhaust with E36M3 cats and 745i muffler (yes, it passes the CA sniff test…)

I can provide either BBS RX or Style 8 wheels, both with Kumho Victoracer tires.

The car has been very reliable on the track. The only issue I’ve ever had is power steering pumps, as E23 pumps don’t seem to like regular trips to 6800 rpm. In the last few years, I’ve learned that upshifting at ~6200 (redline of the M30) not only doesn’t upset the balance of the car, it saves PS pumps.

Of course, I have driven it on the street and cross country…with street tires the car is not too harsh.

The car was repainted stock Arctic Blue in 2004 and is a bit worn. There are a couple of scrapes but the car has not been in an accident in my possession. The interior is in decent shape, the HVAC doesn’t work but the pieces are there.

I have had great fun with the car. If I had won the lottery, I would keep the car but alas such is life.

This is a difficult car to price as you can imagine. I put out about $20k to put together this car. The memories are priceless. I think a fair price is $7,500…

And now the pics:

Update: This car & the mye28.com ad were featured on Jalopnik yesterday, under the Nice Price or Crack Pipe category. The NP/CP gimmick features a car advertised for sale and asks readers to judge the car a good buy (Nice Price) or the seller to be out of his mind (Crack Pipe.) This one looks to be judged overwhelmingly the latter. The commentary in the article (and I thought Graverobber was a decent fella) and the reader comments that followed reminded me of why I don’t enjoy Jalopnik much these days. It was encouraging to note that many comments said it was a decent car, just not worth the asking price. But the seller did say he’s open to offers…

Say What Again!

Filed under: Fun!,Movies,Music — dave @ 4:25 pm 2012/06/22

This is pretty awesome, and at times hilarious; a movie song remix using footage and audio from Pulp Fiction. I envy the Pogo’s video editing skills terribly.

(WARNING: Contains profanity, as should be expected since it does come from Pulp Fiction.)

Link to Video

Can’t say that the music is my cup of tea, but I do enjoy me some Pulp Fiction.

BMWotD — M3-Converted 318Ti

Filed under: BMW Of The Day — Tags: , , — dave @ 11:17 am 2012/06/19

A few weeks ago I drove to Minneapolis with Emily to pick up her new-to-her car; a ’98 BMW 318Ti (e36 Compact.) It’s a great little car — zinno red, 5-speed, hatchback — and suits her perfectly. Seeing the grin on her face when we first took it for a test drive was priceless!

Since we brought the car home, that body style has been growing on me. I love to drive the car, but even though the 1.8L four-cylinder motor helps it zip around pretty well, it always feels to me like the car needs more power. And of course, I’m not the only one thinking that, and others have already paved the way to putting more power under the hoods of these cars. BMW made the task pretty easy; the e36 Compact shares a great deal with the coupe and sedan, in fact, the cars are nearly identical from the firewall forward, so transplanting the mechanicals from a sedan or coupe is pretty straightforward using off-the-shelf parts.

Which brings us to today’s BMW of the Day; a ’95 Ti with the heart and soul of an M3. Sweet.

The car is being advertised for sale on the 318ti.org web forum for $8,500. Not much for photos provided, but it sounds like a lot of car for the money…

Hey Guys,
I’d like to sell my car, my dad is selling his 77′ porsche and will give me a deal I cant refuse if I buy it from him.
I have a 95 Alaska Blue with a full 95 M3 swap (s50) with a euro 6sp trans. No rust and great paint
Every M3 part from the M3 donor car was moved across onto the ti. the swapped parts have 62k on them. Trans has 30k. Lots of money into this no expense spared swap.
Parts on the car


  • 95 ti sport with M body kit
  • Depo hid headlights
  • M3 contour wheels (staggered) Kumho MX tires
  • Sparco Adjustable seats
  • Black Leather rear seat
  • Suede headliner, also everything above the door panels is black (a-pillars and so on)
  • subframe x-brace


  • S50 motor, with following upgrades,
  • turner motor-sport ecu
  • euro MAF 3.5″
  • larger injectors
  • bimmerworld samco intake boot
  • samco radiator hoses
  • fan delete kit (lower thermostat and electric fan sensor)
  • AFE intake


  • 6sp euro m3 evo trans
  • Rouge short shifter
  • custom shorterned drive shaft
  • uuc trans mounts


  • M3 fronts new rotors and pads
  • ti rears

Diff/ subframe

  • E30 3.73 lsd diff with z3m bushing
  • Ireland subframe bushings
  • e30 halfshafts


  • Bilstein Sport Shocks
  • H&R race rear springs
  • M3 front spring
  • M3 offset caster and rear control arm bushings
  • rear UUC shock mounts

here are some pics
I can email as many pics as needed

Im asking 8.5k OBO dont be shy.

Here are the photos provided by the seller in his ad and what he sent me by email, plus the pre-purchase photos of Emily’s car.