Photo/Words: Luke Walker

Photo/Words: Luke Walker

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

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Garret Farmer


1991 BMW 318is 'Slicktop'



OBD2 single vanos m52b28

ZF transmission

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:

HRE 525s

Front 17x10.5 approximately -10 offset

Rear 17x12 approximately -40 offset

Mickey Thompson Street Comps

Front 275/40/17

Rear 315/35/17



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 grills

Euro Bosch smilie headlights

Euro rear plate filler