Here’s Exactly What It Cost Me To Buy And Rebuild A BMW E30

It all started 14 months ago with a straightforward objective: buy an older BMW 3 Series in need of some work, make it fully functional, and freshen up its appearance. It was a process I’d done before, and one that I’m sure I’ll do again. However, this time I greatly underestimated what I was getting into. I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, that doesn’t look bad at all!” Trust me, I thought the same… Back in late July of last year, I was itching for a new project to undertake (as if owning one life-sucking car wasn’t enough.) I was cruising Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace when I came across a car that caught my eye: a 1989 BMW 325i, of the much-loved E30 generation. It was rear wheel drive, it had a manual transmission, it had four-doors, and it was a one-owner. It checked all the boxes for me. The very next day I found myself at the seller’s house giving the old BMW a look-over. It was obviously in need of work, but during the test drive, the car’s old-school BMW charm won me over. I knew red flags were all over this thing but at the time I simply didn’t care. I was searching for a project, after all, so I threw in an offer for $1,800 and ended up bringing home a very negl...

Q: Tim, I went to buy some plastic drain pipe, and after looking at all the

Q: Tim, I went to buy some plastic drain pipe, and after looking at all the types, my head started to hurt. I decided to leave the store and do some research. I’ve got several projects for which I need a plastic pipe. I need to add a bathroom in a room addition, I need to replace old, cracked clay downspout drain lines, and I want to install one of the linear french drains I saw on your website to dry out my basement. Can you give me a quick tutorial on the sizes and types of plastic pipe the average homeowner might use around her/his home? — Lori M., Richmond. A: It’s fairly easy to get flummoxed, as there are so many different plastic pipes. Not long ago I installed a somewhat special plastic pipe to vent my daughter’s new high-efficiency boiler. It is made from polypropylene and can withstand much higher temperatures than standard PVC that most plumbers might use. It’s very important to realize that there are lots of different plastic pipes that you might use, and the chemistry of them is quite complex. I’m just going to stick with the most basic ones you might run into or might be required to use by your local inspectors. PVC and ABS plastic pipes are...