Rental cars through the years…

During the last 15 years, we have travelled a lot through the United States and have driven many different cars. Here is a selection of the ones from my digital camera period:

2019 Ford Mustang GT, 5.0L Coyote V8, RWD:

2019 Dodge Charger R/T, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:

2018 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, 4.0L M178 V8 Biturbo, RWD:

2016 Dodge Challenger, 3.6L Pentastar V6, RWD:
Dodge Challenger 3.6L V6 2016

Dodge Challenger 3.6L V6 2016

Dodge Challenger 3.6L V6 2016

2016 Ford Mustang GT, 5.0L Coyote V8, RWD:
Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016

Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016

Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016

Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016

2016 Dodge Charger R/T, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2016

Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2016

Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2016

Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2016

2015 Ford Mustang convertible, 2.3L EcoBoost I4, RWD:
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Version 2

Rental cars - 42

2014 Ford Mustang, 2.3L EcoBoost I4, RWD:
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro, 3.6L V6, RWD:
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 6.2L LT1 V8, RWD:
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2012 Dodge Challenger R/T, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
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2011 Dodge Challenger, 3.6L Pentastar V6, RWD:
Version 2

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2010 Lincoln MKZ, 3.5L Duratec V6, FWD:
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2009 Ford Taurus, 3.5L Cyclone V6, FWD:
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2009 Chrysler 300 Touring, 3.5L V6, RWD:
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2008 Cadillac STS, 3.6L V6, RWD:
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2008 Cadillac DTS, 4.6L “Northstar” V8, FWD:
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2007 Ford Mustang convertible, 4.0L Cologne V6, RWD:
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2007 Cadillac CTS, 3.6L V6, RWD:
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2007 Chrysler 300C, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
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2006 Chrysler Crossfire, 3.2L V6, RWD:
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2006 Chrysler 300C, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
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2005 Chrysler 300 Limited, 3.5L V6, RWD:
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2003 Cadillac DeVille, 4.6L “Northstar” V8, FWD:
Rental cars - 1

Rental cars - 2

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USA Roadtrip, September 2019

Another Roadtrip, this time back to the West Coast. But a little bit more up north, through Oregon. Our car this year, with a Hemi V8, the Dodge Challenger R/T 2019.

20/09: San Francisco, CA – Williams, CA
21/09: Williams – Arcata, CA
22/09: Arcata – Coos Bay, OR
23/09: Coos Bay – Bend, OR
24/09: Bend – Klamath Falls, OR
25/09: Klamath Falls – Sloat, CA
26/09: Sloat – Carson City, NV
27/09: Carson City – Merced, CA
28/09: Merced – Tulare, CA
29/09: Tulare – Las Vegas, NV
30/09: Las Vegas – Victorville, CA
01/10: Victorville – Victorville, CA (roundtrip through San Bernardino Mountains)
02/10: Victorville – Lompoc, CA
03/10: Lompoc – Santa Cruz, CA
04/10: Santa Cruz – San Francisco, CA

DAY 1: San Francisco and surroundings

DAY 2: Northern California (Highway 1)

DAY 3: Northern California (Redwood NP) and Southwest Oregon (Highway 101)

DAY 4: Midwest Oregon and Willamette National Forest (including McKenzie Hwy)

DAY 5: Bend, Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway and Crater Lake

DAY 6: Lava beds NM, Modoc National Forest and Lassen Volcanic NP


DAY 7: Gold Lake Hwy, Lake Tahoe and Reno

DAY 8: Bodie Ghost Town and Yosemite NP

DAY 9: Kings Canyon NP and Sequoia NP

DAY 10: Sequoia National Forest and Death Valley

DAY 11: Mojave National Reserve and Route 66

DAY 12: El Mirage and San Bernardino National Forest (Big Bear Lake)

DAY 13: San Gabriel Mountains and Santa Barbara

DAY 14: Highway 1 (Santa Lucia Range) and Santa Cruz

DAY 15: Highway 1 and SFO airport

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BMW 350i – Project “de witte” PICTURE UPDATE

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BMW 350i – Project “de witte” PICTURE UPDATE (details)

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BMW 350i – Project “de witte”

So here goes, the build story of my BMW E30 350i!

Many years ago I wanted to build my perfect E30. Even though that is probably not possible, I had a clear idea of what it should look like. This is what I had in mind:

  • Powertrain: naturally aspirated v8 and manual gearbox
  • Outside: sleeper look, only with Alpina front spoiler and 15 inch wheels
  • Inside: standard looking interior, but with M3 cluster and Alpina gauges
  • No trick suspension, just a simple and well set-up spring and damper combination
  • Some performance upgrades, like powerflex bushes and a big brake kit
  • Clean looking engine bay
  • Power assisted brakes
  • Basically a turn-key car > start and drive (like a daily or weekend car)

Then it was time to get to work and source parts…

It all started with a very nice 320i from 1984. One owner from new and no rust. We picked it up in Berlin and drove it home directly. Even though the power plant in this car was still in excellent condition, I decided to use this car for the engine swap:

The engine should be the S62B50 from the E39 M5. We looked for engines on the internet, but finally found a wrecked M5 with a running engine. This should be the one.

We picked the donor car up on an evening in the winter and even though it was smashed on both sides, we were able to test drive it a bit. The engine felt good and so did the gearbox. So on the trailer and off we went!

Front struts, rear subframe and trailing arms were removed and powder coated:

Only new parts are used and I had decided to give it the sleeper look. Therefore I kept the 4 lugs (stud conversion) and went for 15 inch wheels. To keep the power in check, I wanted the biggest brakes possible that would fit into the 15 inch BMW nuova S3 wheels (TYP 1209-A & TYP 1270-A). I ended up with Wilwood Midilite 4 piston calipers with 310mm rotors. We use these as well on our track-car and they work great (with B-compound brake pads)! Note: 10mm spacers are needed…

Springs and dampers are new (Koni Sport and G&M springs by Sandtler) and on the important areas, powerflex bushes are used. As said, I could have gone for an adjustable coilover set, but wanted to keep it simple. A turn-key car that does what it is meant to do: start and drive. This set-up should be a good compromise between sporty and still comfortable.

With the complete new suspension, dampers, brakes and bushes, this was the result:

I ordered a custom made radiator from Pro Alloy in the UK:

The motormanagement has been reprogrammed by Tino Trümer. All features are taken out (EWS, CAN bus link to DSC, Servotronic and ZKE) and the factory provided Alpha-N function is activated. The map is optimized and the sport-function from the M5 is switched on continuously to give better throttle response:

As I did not have the time, the knowledge and the skills to finalise the project, I asked Ronny Dreizehner to finish my project. He agreed, but mentioned that I should arrange the exhaust system. After some searching, I found GD Performance in the Netherlands and they are making beautiful custom systems. This is the result from their work:

When this was done, I brought the car to Germany where Ronny could do his magic:

Here are some pictures from all the details. Wilwood master cylinder:

The radiator sits in the front area just behind the grill. Therefore the hood lock mechanism had to be moved next to the headlights:

Hard brakelines on the front strut to reduce the movement of the flexible part:

We moved the brake booster to the trunk to create a clean look under the hood (and improve weight distribution):

Ronny Dreizehner created custom airboxes left and right for a symmetrical appearance which I wanted:

As mentioned, the radiator sits “in” the frame behind the grill. Ronny also added cooling for engine oil and power steering fluid:

I actually moved away from the “finned” diff cover from the Z3 M coupe and went for a standard E36 diff cover with 2 mounting points for more rigidity:

Originally I also wanted to have Wilwood calipers in the rear, but mounting was difficult and this would be with un-vented Z1 brake disks (290×12). Ronny talked sense into me and we ordered a nice set from vented 294×19 rotors with 540i/750i calipers:

Airbox finished and painted with wrinkle finish:

Engine bay painted and heat-shield/damper material applied:

Engine finally back in again with everything connected:

So when everything was put together, this is how it looked like!!!

First time on its wheels with everything on it, including the Alpina front spoiler. I love it with the 15 inch alpina look wheels!

Ronny and his team did a great job to finalise all the basics for the car. The brakes work as they should with a nicely assisted, OEM feel and firm pedal. The engine runs great and the manual gearbox shifts as it is supposed to do. The Alpina vent gauges are installed as well as the 320iS tacho: that means an original look with the correct information at hand (oil temperature, diff temperature, etc.). So the only thing left to do was to pick-up the car in Germany. Of course there will be a list of things-to-do, but that will be part of the finetuning, where I can take time to get all the details right. And perfecting can only be done by testing and driving the car, so that is what I will be looking forward to for the coming time! And when the time is there, pictures of the interior will follow as well…

Here are some final pics from the pick-up and at home:

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or remarks, please send me a message. I am always open for suggestions or any new thoughts!




Engine: BMW S62B50
Motormanagement by Tino Trümer (Alpha-N, optimized engine mapping)
Exhaust: custom system from GD Performance in the Netherlands (Guus and Don) – Equal lenghth headers with only rear silencers
Gearbox: BMW 6 speed manual from the E39 M5 (Getrag type 226 / BMW S6S 420G)
Differential: Medium case type 188 differential S2,93 (25% LSD) with E36 diff cover (custom mounts)
Driveshaft: front end from E39 525d and rear end from e36 328i (?) – custom made with new center bearing
Cooling: custom radiator by Pro Alloy Motorsport (UK) with SPAL electrical fan


FRONT: Wilwood 4 piston forged calipers (Midilite) with 310x21mm vented disks
REAR: E34 540i calipers with 294x19mm vented disks
Brakelines made from Cunifer + Goodridge flexible steel brake lines front and rear
Brakebooster in the trunk (E39 M5)


BMW E30 320iS Tacho with coding chip to correct rpm signal and 8.000/min redline
Alpina digital vent gauge for temperature (oil and diff) and pressure (oil and intake)
BMW E28 sportseats (Blue cloth; 0130 Pacific Blue Herringbone) with E30 consoles
M Technic 1 steering wheel (385mm)


Koni Dampers (front: 86 2277SP1 / rear: 80 2522SP1)
Sandtler spring kit (60/60 non-adjustable)
BMW E30 M3 front control arms (aluminium)
Powerflex Rear Beam Mounting Bushes
Powerflex Rear Trailing Arm Bushes
Powerflex Front Lower Wishbone Rear Caster Offset Bushes
H&R Anti-roll Bars front and rear (22mm front and 18mm rear)


Custom shift mechanism (shortened E30 shifter arm)
Custom airboxes by Ronny Dreizehner
Bosch 044 fuelpump (PN# 0 580 254 044)
Remote oil filter housing with thermostat (BAT-Motorsport) and additional oil-cooler
Power steering fluid radiator
Wheels: BMW Nuova S3 (7Jx15 ET12 & 8Jx15 ET12)
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 205/50 ZR15 – To be tested which tires are best…
BMW E46 steering Rack (yellow tag ZF rack with PN# 7852 974 712) – ratio 13,7:1
Alpina frontspoiler Typ 137 (PN# 41 00 145)
Alpina footrest (PN# 51 00 114)
M Technic 1 rear spoiler (PN# 1 923 965)

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USA Roadtrip, September 2018

Another Roadtrip, this time through the Midwest and Colorado. Our car of choice, this time from Europe: the Mercedes C63 AMG… Enjoy the pics!

01/09: Chicago, IL – Northbrook, WI
02/09: Northbrook – Bettendorf, IA
03/09: Bettendorf – Des Moines, IA
04/09: Des Moines – Broken Bow, NE
05/09: Broken Bow – Loveland, CO
06/09: Loveland – Loveland, CO (roundtrip through the Rockies)
07/09: Loveland – Lakewood, CO
08/09: Lakewood – Colorado Springs, CO
09/09: Colorado Springs – Gunnison, CO
10/09: Gunnison – Walsenburg, CO
11/09: Walsenburg – Dodge City, KS
12/09: Dodge City – Topeka, KS
13/09: Topeka – Hannibal, MO
14/09: Hannibal – Lombard, IL
15/09: Lombard – Chicago, IL

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BMW E30 Paint colour codes

While checking the possible colors for the E30, I found many different lists and tried to come up with the best overview so far. It may not be 100% perfect yet, so please comment if you have any suggestions or remarks. Thanks for your feedback in advance!

PS: Basaltblau is quite amazing and is on my wishlist…

Uni colours:

Colour Code Year
Akaziengrün 179 1984-1987
Alpinweiß 146 1982-1987
Alpinweiß II 218 1987-1994
Atlantisblau 207 1987-1992
Basaltblau 180 1982-1987
Brillantrot 308 1989-1993
Gazellenbeige 128 1984-1987
Hennarot 052 1982-1984
Karminrot 172 1984-1987
Lapisblau 173 1982-1987
Mineralblau 231 1987-1990
Nauticgrün 322 1989-1991
Pustagrün 194 1983-1984
Safaribeige 147 1982-1984
Savannabeige 187 1982-1984
Saturnblau 176 1984-1987
Schwarz 086 1982-1994
Tizianrot 315 1990-1991
Vulkangrau 329 1990-1993
Weinrot 224 1987-1990
Zinnoberrot 138 1984-1990

Metallic colours:

Colour Code Year
Achatgrün Metallic 177 1982-1986
Aerosilver Metallic 042 1985-1987
Arktisblau Metallic 045 1982-1986
Bahamabeige Metallic 170 1982-1987
Balticblau Metallic 178 1982-1984
Brokatrot Metallic 259 1991-1991
Bronzitbeige Metallic 139 1982-1990
Burgundrot Metallic 199 1982-1986
Burgundrot II Metallic 214 1986-1990
Calypsorot Metallic 252 1989-1994
Cirrusblau Metallic 189 1986-1990
Cosmosblau Metallic 185 1984-1986
Delphin Metallic 184 198 -1990
Diamantschwarz Metallic 181 1984-1994
Gletscherblau Metallic 280 1989-1993
Graphit Metallic 087 1982-1984
Granitsilber Metallic 237 1990-1994
Kaschmirbeige Metallic 301 1990-1994
Lachssilber Metallic 203 1986-1989
Lagunengrün Metallic 266 1990-1994
Lazurblau Metallic 294 1989-1993
Luxorbeige Metallic 219 1987-1990
Malachitgrün Metallic 205 1986-1991
Neonblau Metallic 255 1991-1992
Neongrün Metallic 262 1991-1992
Nerzbraun Metallic 212 1986-1990
Opalgrün Metallic 171 1982-1984
Platanengrün Metallic 188 1984-1987
Polaris Metallic 060 1982-1986
Royalblau Metallic 198 1986-1991
Saphirblau Metallic 149 1980-
Sebringgrau Metallic 229 1989-1991
Smaragdgrün Metallic 182 1986-1987
Sterlingsilber Metallic 244 1989-1993
Zobelbraun Metallic 196 1984-1987

Unique for convertible and touring models:

Colour Code Year
Alpinweiß III 300 1993-1994
Bostongrün Metallic 275 1993-1994
Daytonaviolett Metallic 283 1992-1994
Mauritiusblau Metallic 287 1990-1994
Micaschwarz Metallic 347 1992-1994
Mugellorot 274 1992-1994
Sebringgrau Metallic 229 1989-1991

Unique colours for M3:

Colour Code Year
Macaoblau Metallic 250 1988-1991
Misanorot 236 1988-1989
Nogarosilber Metallic 243 1988-1989
Schwarz II 668 1990-1991

I also found some of the stickers/tags on the internet, so here they are:

BMW Zinnoberrot

BMW Smaragdgrun Metallic

BMW Schwarz

BMW Royalblau Metallic

BMW Luxorbeige Metallic

BMW Lapisblau

BMW Lachssilber Metallic

BMW Gazellenbeige

BMW Diamantschwarz Metallic

BMW Cirrusblau Metallic

BMW Calypsorot Metallic

BMW Burgundrot Metallic

BMW Bronzitbeige Metallic

BMW Brillantrot

BMW Alpinweiss

BMW Alpinweiss II

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Alpina B7 Turbo/1 – Powerflex upgrade

After some previous work on the B7, it was time to finalise the front end with Powerflex upper control arm bushes (PFF5-801). Most E28’s have a judder in the steering wheel around 80-90km/h and mine was no exception. It was not so bad at all, but definitely not perfect. I was hoping that with all new parts installed, it would have been fixed. But unfortunately there was still some small vibration left.

Therefore I decided to install Powerflex bushes on the rear side of the lower control arms. The results are simply amazing: with all the new parts and this final upgrade, the steering is sharp as can be. Cannot be happier with this set-up!

These are the original (new) Upper Control Arms that I installed:

Original bushes are pressed out:

The Powerflex set PFF5-801:

Installed (with some copper grease):

This is the total set-up with the E34 Lower Control Arms (aluminium), Powerflex bushes for the Anti Roll Bar, Powerflex bushes for the Upper Control Arms and new Lemförder Drop Links (Suspension Link Stabiliser):

It looks good and drives beautiful!!!


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BMW 320i Restauration

We have a very nice 320i from 1984, but it had some problems. The gearbox would jump out of gear, the camshaft was bad and the airco was not working. But it had potential:
– Recaro sport seats
– Airconditioning
– Smooth M20B20 engine
– Standard looking in Alpinweiss

Therefore I decided to give it a try and restore it to working order. Key was that all should work and it would be a nice daily (weekend) driver with no fuss.

Here it is when I started:

Around 85,000 km on the odometer:

Under the bonnet it didn’t look so good, dirty and not working as it should:

The head was taken out and refurbished with a new camshaft, seals and new valves by Marcel Bol from Boltuning:

The gearbox was given a revision and looked as new:

Shifter mechanism with new washers, rubbers to remove play:

No new clutch was needed, so I only installed a new release bearing (and clutch slave cylinder) and cleaned it up a bit:

New waterpump and belt tensioner:

The head with all valves adjusted to the correct clearance:

Cleaned the head cover (not polished, wanted to keep the normal look):

All covers and brackets cleaned:

Intake manifold as well:

New oil return pipe:

New rotor and distributor cap:

Alternator cleaned and new brushes in the regulator:

New ground cable looking good:

All put together it looks like this (including new air filter, some new hoses, cleaned radiator and new battery):

Next was the driveshaft with new bearings and new hardy disk:

As I had some Weitec springs left, I also updated the suspension with new springs (front and rear, about 35/35) and Koni dampers:

With the new set-up it sits like this, little bit lower but basically standard:

Running smooth again!!!

Interior shot with the Recaro seats (Anthracite 0150 cloth, checkered):

Finally I repaired the airconditioning. I bought a new filter (receiver drier) and had the compressor restored:

Compressor installed with new fan belt:

The new filter has only 1 location for a pressure cut-out switch:

So 2 don’t fit here…

I had to find a 2-in-1 high- and low-pressure cut-out switch. After some searching I found this one:

Last but not least, the resistor for the electrical fan failed. In the USA I found a new one:

The system was checked for leaks and refilled by Philippe Marx from Marx Auto Airco Service. All looked good, except for the small matter that no cool air came out. Philippe found the issue and replaced the switch under the dash:

Driving home after this fix, I could see this blue light for the first time:

Last job was replacing the door stopper on the driver side:

And finally to give the car back its original look, I replaced the painted front spoiler with a standard black one:

If you have any questions or remarks, please send me a message. I am always open for suggestions or any new thoughts!


Parts used:
Dampers FRONT: Koni 86 2268 SPD1
Dampers REAR: Koni 80 2522 SP1
Springset: Weitec BM035VA/BM035HA
Top Mounts FRONT: Lemförder 10573 01
Top Mounts REAR: Lemförder 10669 01
High/Low Pressure Wwitch: NRF 00038902
Connector/wire: BMW PN# 61 13 0 007 442
Aux Fan Resistor: BOSCH PN# 3 134 503 020
Door stopper: BMW PN# 41 51 1 884 163
Gearbox Oil: Kroon Oil GL-4 80W
Engine Oil: Castrol Magnatec 10W-40
Brake Fluid: Ate SL-DOT4
Clutch Release Bearing: SACHS PN# 3151 231 031
Rotor: BERU PN# EVL115
Distributor Cap: BERU PN# VK290P
Spark Plugs: BERU Ultra X Titan UXT2 (PN# 0002335607)
Ignition Coil: BERU ZS122
Waterpump: HEPU P457
Belt and Tensioner Set: ContiTech Multi-V Belt Kit (PN# 30964463)
Alternator Mount Kit: Superflex SF094-0596K
Driveshaft Centre Support with bearing: FEBI PN# 07108
Driveshaft Centering Sleeve: Lemförder PN# 27196 01
Hardy Disk: FEBI PN# 02562

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USA Roadtrip, June 2016

01/06: Chicago, IL – Appleton, WI
02/06: Appleton – Duluth, MN
03/06: Duluth – Fargo, ND
04/06: Fargo – Redwood Falls, MN
05/06: Redwood Falls – La Crosse, WI
06/06: La Crosse – Dubuque, IA
07/06: Dubuque – Deerfield, IL
08/06: Deerfield – Deerfield, IL
09/06: Deerfield – Chicago, IL
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016

Snapping Turtle

Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016




Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016




Bald Eagle


Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016



Kroll's Diner - Fargo, ND





Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016













Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016




Golden Eagle









American White Pelican


Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 2016


Diner Grill - Chicago, IL

Diner Grill - Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL 2016











Signs - Historic Route 66 Begin

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