’85 BMW E30 323i (JPS)



We have been involved with several BMW e30 JPS over the years, most were rusty and unfortunately scraped! …This one, while yes it has minor factory rust and a minor tap LHR, making more work and needing redoing, thankfully wasn’t beyond help……

Owned by Iggi ,we came in contact with this 1985 JPS 323i a few years back when he came in looking to refresh the motor, after looking over the JPS, a plan was made for a better outcome than a quick refresh, so replacing the original motor (retained upstairs) with another 2.3 m20, he could drive and enjoy it while gathering money and special parts to do a full restore! End of 2017 Iggi came to us with a problem, he needed to reprioritise his direction and family finances for a new home, understood…..I did my homework to the truth of e30 323i JPS cars built!….ok here it is – Neither BMW or JPS at the time kept any records of production , however there is a small group of enthusiasts known as the “JPS Registry” Run by a very knowledgeable man Stewart , after forwarding the V.I.N to him saw it fits in the middle of the 30 cars ever built,  having the correct Recaro seats, cloth interior type, badges, steering wheel ,etc…It’s the Real Deal!

** This is an “After Hours” Project…… Being for Myself!

Update 1/2018- Only got this e30 in December last year so not much will happen in a rush, however some things needed to go from this car straight away, like the towbar kit and aftermarket steering wheel! done now to drive it around, find all issues before strip for restoration!….

Update 2&3/2018- Strip down to point of repairs on LHR corner, rest of car for Resto’

Update 4/2018- ..Done striped and delivered to panel beater Wayne!….a visit to the JPS showed a replaced rear mudguard section , but not finished off and painted properly, with the repair now exposed it can be done the correct way! Full rear panel removed and replaced along with rusted bottom side of mudguard in the boot.

Update 5/2018- Another visit to the JPS to check progress.

Update 6/2018- Another visit to the JPS to check progress.

Update 7/2018- Today it was decided that to replace the left rear panel completely ,due to not wanting a patchwork repair! this is the only way to go for this JPS to be a good car again! also replacing the drivers door with another without bog!

Update 8,9,10,11 and 12/2018- Not much happening here on this one, with lack of reliable staffing, it has slipped into the background ,plus local jobs coming in still and health issues for Wayne!

Seek and Ye Shall find! – Been Searching for the “hi-lo” Black-Grey cloth JPS e30′s used for the Recaro seats……if it is real, can get down to Lance to redo the original seats!!

Update 1/2019 – JPS body waiting but…New Personal number plates…“323 JPS” ..picked up…just waiting on the car to put them on!

Update 2&3/2019-  JPS body waiting , Meanwhile purchased Genuine(4×100) BBS RS 3pce Stagged 15″ that we’ll referb’ in GOLD!

Update 4/2019- JPS Body still waiting in the background as e30M3 is before it, but just bought Hartge H3 Extractors…..

Update 5/2019- JPS is now back on the Agenda…..panelling nearly done Wayne said!

Update 8/2019- JPS is all in Primer after panel work ready for the “Black”, the BBS RS 3pce are done and at the tyre shop!

Update 9/2019- Scheel seats with factory cloth are being dome by Lance in Manjimup as I type this!…..ready to collect next first week October!…Nope not ready….

Update 10/11/12/2019- Seats yep still with Lance……and yep body still with Wayne!

Update 1/2020- The JPS is back in our workshop!…Now to clean up , first to find and replace roof lining that “fell apart” in removing, then touch up some bits and pieces and remove the overspray, normal after spray painter work like cut-n-polish powder over everything! BBS RS 3pc two need re-sealing, buy new plastic clips for EVERYTHING! Fit new personal 323-JPS Number plates, gold pin-strip and original JPS Badges, a nice Dashboard without cracks is in stock ready to be fitted!…Lance will have full Interior ready hopefully end of this month!!!

Update 2-/2020- Deal done with Benny upon purchasing my BMWe46M3…Saturday free labour on JPS to completion! Getting good pieces together to replace the older ones!

Update 3/2020- Interior back from Lance, now the roof lining and Benny on the dashboard swap….I cant do that one!!

Update 4/2020- Benny is working on the interior now!

Update 6&7-2020- with all seats back in and windscreen in, time to do rest of rooflining and rear screen!

Update 12-2020- The JPS has come back to us with an issue , not starting with Alternator light in reverse order, Ignition off light on and Ignition on light off and won’t start!

Update 4&5-2021- Time to do the pretty outside stuff….JPS Badges stripe and 3pce BBs Gold RS’s!….

Update 7/8-2021- After testing alternator ,found it to have fused …Replaced it an now works fine,next is Distributor due to no pulse at injectors or spark at plugs, rear BBS now sealed and fitted back on the JPS!

Update 11/2021- After a small break doing others projects, Benny is back helping on this one, after I replaced alternator and dash light out, we are now looking for a power or earth wire not were it should be! Dash out and tracing…..Found the starting issue!! a ICU module….only on a early BMW!

Update 12/2021- Time to finish up, a oil service and check over, then a good detailer to finish!
















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