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The Vintage 2019

Photography by Dan Wagener

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Jonny Reiswig's E24 635csi

Photography by Dan Usmanoff @dusmanoff

Jonny’s E24 is one of the most unique examples that I’ve seen in awhile. When it was first unveiled on the internet, it immediately caught my attention. It’s so clean, but full of character at the same time. All of the small details flow really well to create a look that I’ve not really seen done before. It’s got the perfect blend of stance and vintage motorsport with a style I would expect to see coming from Japan.

Jonny used to have an E36 convertible that was distinguishable as well. He eventually sold it with plans to later obtain his (affordable) dream car. The first generation of 6 Series, the E24 was BMW’s flagship coupe of the 80’s.

Jonny’s 1987 635csi has 255k miles on it, but visibly shows little aging. He bought the car a year ago and originally wanted to make it his daily driver. At the time he was dailying an M4, so the goal was to fix up the E24 and make it reliable. The M4 was sold so it was time to fully focus on the 635. The first thing that needed addressed was the transmission, which was on its last leg. He found a good deal on another automatic transmission and had that installed. Once that was done, all he wanted to do was maybe throw on some sport springs and M-Parallels and call it a day.

Since his E36 was on air it was an option that he took into consideration. After seeing a few great examples of bagged E24’s out there though, it proved to be the winning solution. Brendan Stouffer’s @b_stouffs and Alvin Louie’s @nicmosh cars convinced Jonny to pull the trigger. He went with CAtuned’s airbag kit with Bag Riders management. Group 2 Motorsports did the install, so it was time to dial in the wheels.

Jonny worked with Austin Seeling @austin_8p to build a set of BBS RS’s. They went with 18x9” fronts and 18x10” rears with slant lips. The turbofans on the front wheels were custom designed and printed by Austin, originally meant for his Audi last year. He wanted to create something different than you usually see. The vintage BMW Motorsport center caps were a nice touch as well. Typically my excessive preference for things to be symmetrical or matching would cause me to not fully enjoy seeing two different wheels on the car. But it actually works really well and make sense with the overall theme somehow. It’s one of the details about the car that helps make it so unique.

One of the other details that really made this car was the side graphic designed by Austin. The stripes were originally going to be the same style as the ones found on Austin’s E28. However he decided to design something new to flow better with the E24’s body lines and overall look. On the rear quarter panel is the BBS logo and Katakana characters which translate to “Motorsports”. The graphic is one of Jonny’s favorite parts of the car and I completely agree. Another mod that may at first go unnoticed is the custom rear window blinds handcrafted out of wood by Austin. He took some measurements and cut them with a scroll saw in his garage. Once the fitment was perfected he finished them off with a torch to give them the black look.

Jonny said now that the car is where he wants it, the next step will be to swap a manual transmission into it. Other than that and getting euro bumpers it’s done. I’m glad that he didn’t just stop at wheels and a sport drop, because this is one of my favorite cars ever. It surely sets the bar for how nice you can make an E24 look.


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Jarrett Brock's E30 S54 325i

Photography by Richard Mason Hughes @euro_rmh

1990 BMW E30 325i 

140k on chassis, 80k on motor, No rust

Exterior

  • New OEM BMW Delphine Grey Metallic paint
  • Shaved trunk
  • OEM Euro smoothen bumperettes
  • OEM Euro trim front and rear
  • OEM Euro grills
  • Hella Euro lights
  • OEM Smoked front turning signals
  • OEM 318is under hood panel
  • OEM 318is front lip
  • OEM Smoked fog lights
  • New OEM BMW Badges f&r
  • Original OEM Glass all around
  • Driftkingz full aluminum front splitter, black

Wheels

  • BBS RS – Front: 17x9.5" et39 Rear: 17x10.5" et39
    Matte black faces, matte black waffles, gloss black lips, gloss black inner barrels, gold ARP hardware, gold BBS hexes, red/gold BBS centercaps

Suspension

  • Full OEM E36 front 5 lug swap
  • Full OEM 318ti rear 5 lug swap
  • Original Hartge front strut tower bar, full polish
  • Garagistic rear strut tower bar, black
  • Custom Airlift performance struts
  • Air Lift 3p Management
  • Dual Viair 444c Compressors
  • 2 gallon air tank, brushed raw

Interior

  • Full OEM BMW Caramel Leather front and rear seats
  • OEM BMW E9X floor matts
  • New OEM ashtray
  • New OEM switches throughout the dash
  • Hartge Shift Knob, wood grain
  • M-Tech leather Steering Wheel
  • Data Logger
  • Custom Gauge Cluster
  • Black Alcantara rear deck and panel
  • Black OEM handles
  • Black Carpet
  • New OEM Switches throughout
  • New OEM seatbelts
  • Suede gearbox boot

Engine/Drivetrain

  • Full S54 BMW motor swap (2005 e46 m3 motor)
  • Full 6 speed transmission swap 
  • OEM e46 BMW m3 clutch, flywheel, etc.
  • Motor resealed 
  • VANOS rebuilt
  • New OEM rod bearings
  • New OEM Cylinder Head Bolts
  • New OEM Rod Bolts
  • New OEM Rear Main seal
  • New OEM Front Main seal
  • Custom Engine Wiring Harness
  • Stand Alone ECU
  • Custom Powersteering cooler 
  • Tuned by Rk tunes 320rwhp
  • 3 1/2 custom exhaust 
  • Dyno max muffler and electric cutout
  • New Cylinder Head Bolt Set
  • AKG 24V Swap Mounts
  • E34 oil pan
  • New Oil Pump
  • CSF Radiator
  • SPAL Electric Fan
  • Custom Oil Cooler
  • Custom Intake with K&N Filter
  • OEM LSD
  • Custom Driveshaft
  • Reinforced front subframe
  • Reinforced rear subframe
  • 944 Porsche OEM brake booster
  • Full OEM e36 front brake setup
  • Battery relocated to trunk

Follow Jarrett on instagram: @feeels30

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John Long's E92 M3

Photography by Matt Petrie @crosshair_nightmare

The root of our automotive passion varies as greatly as the interest in the types of cars we fall in love with.   For John, his roots stemmed from his Uncle Artie, who had quite a car collection.  It consisted mostly of iconic muscle cars from all manufacturers as well as a handful of various sports cars.  A stable with that assortment would be enough to get anyone excited, let alone a child John’s age.  As impressive as his collection may have been, it wasn’t until one distinct moment that solidified it for John.  It was Easter Sunday, 1992 and John and his uncle were on their way to lunch to meet up with the rest of the family.  What was the vehicle of choice for a beautiful Sunday you may be asking yourself?  Well it just happened to be his brand new, (quintessential) red Dodge Viper, in all of its three-spoked-wheel glory, of course.  Just a beautiful day for a cruise, it was something that many of us can relate to, but it meant more to John.   

During the drive, a stretch of road ahead of them shaped John’s future forever.  As the highway opened up, his uncle laid in on the "go pedal."  Changing the gears and beaming forward steadily like a bullet, John was overwhelmed with excitement.  Now, deep into triple digits and not letting off, John’s adrenaline was firing as ferociously as all of the Viper’s ten cylinders.   Without him truly understanding it, there would forever be a void in him if this emotion could not be replicated.  You can say it was burned into him...literally climbing out he scorched his leg on the lake pipes.  Puns aside, although he was a burned flesh-Viper exhaust statistic, that still wasn’t enough to take the moment away from him.  Telling the story as vividly as the day it happened, there's no doubt in John’s mind this was that turning point. 

Over the years, his passion grew stronger.  Month by month, John would collect automotive magazines.  He memorized the statistics of each make and model while taking notes on their styling cues.  By the time he was in high school his knowledge for cars had sharpened from the periodicals and when his driver’s education teacher told the class to bring in photos of their dream cars, the next day John walked in with a photo of an E46 M3.  His love for BMW was evident and the M3 was his ultimate goal.  When he graduated college, the latest M3 was unattainable, but a LeMans Blue 335i wasn’t a shabby tradeoff.  That car was very fast and it fulfilled his speed addiction, but even the full bolt-on, E85 drinking, N54 didn’t totally complete him.  While he was coming to this realization, work was about to move him out of Long Island and into Manhattan.  New York City’s mass transit is one of the largest and most efficient in the world, many natives go without vehicles, some never getting their driver's licenses at all.  Owning a car in New York City is one thing, but maintaining a nice car in the city is nearly impossible.  Depending on where you’re parking, you can be spending nearly a month’s rent just to keep it safe and covered.  Bittersweet, the time came for John to part ways with the 335i, but he promised himself he’d be back in another BMW when his living situation allowed.  

Four years later, a new job opportunity came up moving him out of the city and back onto Long Island.  After his daily driver was situated to get him to and from work, it was time to scratch that weekend car itch and figure out what to enjoy on his free time.  He looked at a bunch of F80 M3's.  Despite their addictive power, their sound and lack of connection to the road deterred him from buying one.  With his youthful experience lingering in his subconscious, John found himself hunting for V8’s.  The love for the M3 and hunger for displacement narrowed his searches down to the S65, BMW's second eight cylinder offered for M cars. 

Like most diligent car searches, time (and a little bit of luck) is crucial to find the right one.  It took John six months to locate his dream car.  He found this Interlagos Blue M3 up in Michigan with only 26k miles on the clock.  He bought the car sight unseen and had it shipped back to New York as a Christmas present to himself.  As excellent as that was, he was far from being done with just the purchase alone. He wanted to modify it, but more importantly, he wanted to address the dreaded rod bearing issue and preserve the four-liter power plant.  With the correct mindset of maintenance preceding modifications, he began to do some research.  He was looking for a reputable shop to do the invasive work.  Familiar with ACM's reputation on the forums during his ownership of the 335i, the volume of recommendations praising ACM for the work cemented his decision to bring the car over to NJ.  He reached out to Jeff at AUTOcouture Motoring and a week after receiving his Christmas present, he booked himself an appointment at the shop to go under the knife.  While this was in the works, he also inquired about getting a replica part installed that he was supplying. 

Dozens upon dozens of emails back and forth with Jeff extracted the true blueprint that John had drawn up in his head for the car over the years.  Jeff's collaboration took John's ideas and dialed them into a tangible work of art.  Always craving the execution of a setup of this nature, in the matter of just two stages, John was well on his way into exceeding those expectations. 

During the first round, all fluid services were performed to baseline himself and keep track for his records.  The upgraded rod bearing job was performed along with Ohlins R/T coil overs and an Akrapovic slip-on muffler paired with a Borla quad resonated X-pipe.  After receiving the car upon completion, he reached back out to Jeff immediately to get the ball rolling on round two in order to prep parts that would take weeks to get in.  One of the bigger items is the supercharger.  His supercharger of choice is ESS Tuning's highest trim level for the stock block - the VT2-650 kit.  It was shipped directly from ESS to IND Distribution in Illinois to get custom paint work done.  Rather than ESS's standard wrinkle black plenum, John’s was done in gloss black with an Interlagos Blue stripe.  To slow the car down as quickly as it goes, a StopTech 60/40 big brake kit was installed.  Not the standard StopTech kit, the finish reveals that these are their lightweight Trophy kit.  Not only an improvement in performance, but the finish was perfectly subdued and worked well against the color of the car.  HRE Classic 301 wheels in their brushed dark clear maintains that classic appearance with a slight twist on the factory setup and almost a direct match to the brake calipers. 

BC Carbon front lip with IB paint matched lower, makes the carbon fiber front lip look as though it is stuck into the body.  An RKP diffuser and M Performance spoiler finish off the rear end with a touch of perfectly woven carbon fiber.  GTS DCT transmission software from AlpineMS sharpens the shift points and changes the attitude of the driving experience.  The Awron gauge is tapped right into one of the intake runners for the most accurate, real time readings while a vivid, high-resolution screen displays various functions including one of my favorite features - the active line graph of torque and horsepower. 

John’s M3 is already a monster, but he is still not finished with it yet.  Although rapid, he is enjoying the build process almost as much as the car itself.  For sure, this won’t be his only dream car.  As his stable continues to grow in his Uncle Artie's footsteps, you can be certain he is not going to be parting ways with this one.  I can already see the warm spring day coming up when John takes out his nephew into triple digits and carries on the torch of excitement and passion to the next generation.  

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Nick Dimitrov's E30 M3

Photography by @funkymac

1990 BMW E30 M3
92,900 original miles
Individual Fire Orange U94
All matching VIN panels (minus hood, that came off a DS 1988 e30 m3)

Exterior
OEM Vert Welded front Strut plates
Rolled quarters
Shaved passenger door lock
Shaved engine bay
Euro smoothen bumpers
Complete soda blasted body
Zero rust
Under Coated black
All brand new OEM gaskets and moldings
Brand New OEM front Windshield
Manual Roll up Windows OEM Conversion
Euro grilles non oem
Euro French Yellow Projected H1 LED, Smileys
Oem Restored Taillights
Oem Smoked front turning signals
Evo Sport Bumper strip (custom)
Evo Sport Fender/Hood OEM moldings
Evo 1 front lip non oem
Evo DTM ducks non oem
318is under hood panel
OEM brand new M3 front and rear badges
OEM brand new front and rear bmw badges
Kessell performance bumper strips
50% tinted windows all around including front windshield.

Wheels
CCW Forged Classics
Gloss black faces
Gloss black ARP hardware
Gloss black inner barrels
Tinted gloss clear over polished lips/ CCW oil slick stickers
OEM ///M valve caps
Shorten metal valve stems
Rally Road 90MM studs conversion
18x10 et25 225/35/18 Federal 595
18x9 et25 215/35/18 Continental Extreme DWS

Suspension
Bilstein PSS Coilovers front
8k spring rates
BR racing rear shocks/ Swift/ fortuneauto coilovers set up 12k spring rates
S/T sway bars 22mm F/ 19mm R
RD Poly sway bar bushings
Turner Motorsports end links
Ground Control Street/Track camber/ caster plates
Reinforced front subframe
Reinforced rear subframe
AKG Polly subframe mounts
AKG Polly diff mount
AKG Polly Rtab mounts
AKG adjustable camber/toe welded brackets and bolts
Garagistic rear strut tower reinforcement plates
Garagistic rear powder coated black strut bar
Garagistic towing/dyno hooks
DR racing adjustable front strut bar
E36 M3 96/99 steel lower control arms
Tree house lcrm mounts
Condor Speed shop poly inserts

Brakes
Porsche 996/911 Carrera Brembos
4 Piston Rebuilt with Gray seals
Soda Pop Orange Powder coated
Chase bays Abs delete set up with adjustable proportion valve and metal tucked brake lines
Ceramic Brake pads
E46 M3 328/330MM Brembo blank Rotors
Rally Road front and rear Brembo brackets
Sps concept modified rear e36 to e30 rear brackets
Rally Road Blue metal brake lines
944 Porsche OEM brand new brake booster
OEM brand new Bmw e32 750il 25mm Master Cyl
OEM E30 M3 Master Cyl Reserver

Interior
Black Alcantara catuned headliner
Black Alcantera Suede Door panels
Black OEM handles
Black Carpet
Euro Manual Windows Center Console
Euro OEM non locking glove box handle
Black Alcantara Recaro Evo Sport Rep seats/ Rear seat delete black suede
Black F30 Rubber OEM floor mats
Black Alcantara A, B & C pillars
Black Alcantara rear speaker deck and rear panel
Oem Mtech 2 385mm steering wheel with M tri color stitching (Nappa leather)
E30 UK Alcantara Shift Boot
E30 UK Alcantara ebrake boot
325is ebrake handle and trigger
Oem M3 5speed ZHP shift knob
BavRestoration custom E30 M3 cluster, with digital oil temp gauge, and DTM flat black Rings

Engine/Drivetrain
S50b30 US Spec- 75,000 miles
ZF1 5speed US Spec trans-
(Detent service, shifter select rod replaced)
Schrick 276/270 Camshafts
Dr. Vanos Stg1
TMS shorty track headers
Custom 3inch stainless exhaust
Race muffler 3inch dual exit tips
24 Lbs blue top injectors
Bosh brand new OEM intank fuel pump
Bosh brand new OEM external fuel pump
Semens brand new OEM Fuel sending unit
Oem e30 m3 fuel filter
3.5inch maf
Mishimoto 3.5 inch 90% elbow
JDM racing 3.5 inch 45% elbow
3.5 inch inlet Diesel intake filter
RK-tunes, burble tune
Redline raised to 7,250RPM
FX racing Stg2 Clutch, FXracing 14 lbs alum flywheel, Sachs Trow out bearing.
UUC Evo 3 Shifter
AKG 24v swap Dtm dssr bar
AKG 24v swap 90grade engine mounts
AKG 24v swap poly trans mounts
TMS alum trans mount cups
Brand new oem e30 325 trans cross member
E36 M3 4bolt drive shaft
E30 M3 OEM center support bearing
Oem Spec Febi Guibo
3.15 ratio LSD 188mm differential
Z3M Diff cover
E34 m50 oil pan, pick up tube and oil tub with dip stick
E46 M3 OEM oil cap
Oem oil filter housing gasket
Oem oil pan gasket
Oem rear heater pipe gasket
Oem oil pick up tube gasket
Oem shortened radiator hoses
Oem valve cover gasket
Oem new m54 oil pressure line
Denso spark plugs
AZautohauz heater core
Oem 318ti rear heater core hose
Oem spider hose
Oem rear main seal
Oem pilot bearing
Secured safety wired oil pump nut
Bavarian raceworks oil temp adapter to oil pressure switch
behr 318ti radiator with 1.4 Bar radiator cap
Oem oil filter
5w30 Castrol Synt Oil 6.9 Quarts

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