SURE, WIDE NOT? GARRETT'S WIDE-BODY E30 - PART 3
He's done it! Garrett has finished off his custom wide-body E30 and we can't be any happier for him. She's looking sexy, stout and fully dressed in red. It's our privilege and pleasure unveil her and all her wideness in this latest installment. It's been amazing journey and If you're just joining us, Part 1 and Part 2 will bring you up to speed.
Alright, now that the dust has settled and she's back from a quick trip to the paint booth, we've caught up with Garrett to marvel at his lady in red. First, scouting a location for this shoot wasn't so hard. Since Garrett's from North Carolina, a backdrop of farmland is quite abundant and his last name is "Farmer," so, it was very fitting. The barn we found was well passed its prime and Garret's bright red E30 lent all the color we needed to paint the picture. The car was set, the sun was in position and we rolled with it.
What was difficult was trying not sit and stare at his car gleaming in the sun. But, as it was rapidly setting, we eventually got to work and snapped away. Not to mention, this was our only chance to get the shot, because Garrett was packed and ready to hit the road all around America and back. Needless to say, we wouldn't see him for a while.
Thoroughly impressed by Garrett's creativity and imagination, we were shocked to hear that he went with a commercial painter for a $300 paint job. Although, it made sense since the car would eat up plenty of rocks driving such a long distance, and he built this car for just that, driving. Speaking of eating, as we pulled up to the location, we met the owner of the farm while it was feeding time for his huge pig weighing around 400 lbs. It. was. huge...
We wrapped up the shoot and later met up with Garrett to wish him farewell along with his friends and some brews that week. His countless hours of massaging on each fender really paid off. It's crazy enough, but he's about to clock even more miles behind the wheel of his E30 and we can't wait to follow along.
We can't thank Garrett enough for sharing his build and truly inspiring all of us. We look forward to share more about him along with his journey around America. If you want to read more about it as well, his blog is thewidewayround.com
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1991 BMW 318is 'Slicktop'
OBD2 single vanos m52b28
Markert Motor Works wiring harness
Markert Motor Works Dyno tune
Turner Motorsports headers
M50 intake manifold
Bimmerworld intake boot
AKG solid aluminum engine mounts
AKG Stage 2 Motorsports quick shifter
Garagistic Strut Brace
RaceSkids skid plate
Custom straight pipes to e32 Supersprint muffler
2.93 Limited slip differential
Brakes and Suspension:
1997 e36 m3 front spindles, brakes and control arms
1990 e30 m3 rear trailing arms and brakes
TC Kline e36 m3 Single Adjustable coilovers
Ground Control Street Prepared camber plates
Ground Control tall rear shock mounts (allows the use of e36 rear shocks)
Powerflex Offset control arm bushings
AKG poly subframe bushings
Revshift poly driveshaft guibo
22mm ST adjustable front sway bar
14mm factory e30 m3 rear sway bar
E36 Steering rack with rack spacers for extra angle
Porsche 944 ATE brake booster (to clear 24v swap)
Hawk HPS pads
Wheels and Tires:
Front 17x10.5 approximately -10 offset
Rear 17x12 approximately -40 offset
Mickey Thompson Street Comps
Recaro SRD seats
Nardi Blackline 360mm steering wheel
Modified cluster painted black with trim rings and red needles
Euro analog clock
Map light mirror
Lightweight 8" LukeBox subwoofer enclosure and amp rack.
Sound system wired to factory head unit
Personally designed and fabricated metal widebody
e28 m tech trunk spoiler
Euro Bosch smilie headlights
Euro rear plate filler