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Learning to weld helped this owner save his BMW E30

Jeff Glucker October 5, 2018 Wrenching Tips 4 Comments

Peter Monshizadeh is wrenhing on all sorts of great projects on his Practical Entusiast channel. From bikes to cars, Peter has a lot of work ahead of him but all of his vehicles are interesting. Like any home wrench though, he’s run into a bit of trouble with one of the cars. Peter has a BMW E30 he recently purchased, and upon getting it home he discovered the car is in a lot worse shape than he initially thought. In fact, he’s now had to add a new skill to his wrenching resume; welding.

This 1989 BMW 325i looks like an enjoyable driver on the surface. Once the car was up in the air, however, Peter discovered plenty of rust lurking… all over the place. Rather than throw in the towel, Peter advanced his personal skill set by purchasing a welder and learning how to use it. A project like this is the perfect platform to serve as a teaching tool and now Peter has set out repairing his swiss cheese E30.

Head over to Jalopnik for an in-depth look at his process, the rest, and the repairs.

[Source: Jalopnik]

  • Zentropy

    Those are the tallest jack stands I’ve ever seen. Having a set of those would have helped considerably with my homemade E28 exhaust!

  • Alff

    More power to him. You really have to like a car to make that effort worthwhile.

  • HuntRhymesWith

    This is impressive work. There is a lot of time in this article. In the era of youtube, most “personalities” would easily milk this for a month of content. Props for not doing that.

    I love the Hobart 140, it’s literally welding on “easy mode”. And you did great making patch panels. The old adage, the bigger the glob, the better the job comes to mind, in a good way. For a car like this, those gussets are the best maximization of utility while minimizing time and cost.

    Now it’s time to get all paranoid about rust resurfacing, maybe consider applying krown, fluid film or waxoyl. That rubberized undercoating is crap, just keeps the water in. Checking things out down there every six months or so is a good idea. An ounce of prevention being worth so much cure, etc.