1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Baur Odyssey Part II: Baur on the Dyno

On this coming Friday, February 3, 2012  a new movie, THE BIG MIRACLE, has its Premiere.  As you may know, one of our own Baur owners (Jeff a k a alaskabimmer) plays a bit part in it, as does his Polaris silver Baur. 

As we stated in our previous post, we would like to honor Jeff and his Baur on the occasion of his movie debut by doing a series on one of his previous exploits:  his 7,000+ mile Odyssey in his Baur in May 2010 from his home in Anchorage, Alaska to Pasadena, California to attend Bimmerfest 2010.  To call this a journey of epic proportions is a gross understatement of what Jeff accomplished here.  Ponder this:  he traveled alone for nearly four days on largely unpaved roads across the Western Canadian wilderness, camping in a tent, just to reach the northern US border of the Lower 48 States! 

Here is a little of the scenery, the flora and the fauna, so to speak, that Jeff viewed along the way:

Wow.  Gravel road.  Spectacular backdrop.
Stopping to say "hi" to one of the non-english speaking locals.  Based on the facial expression that deer appears to be saying:  "Wow, is that really a BMW Baur?  Cool!"


Ok, we will get back to all that soon enough.

 I really believe that Jeff's Odyssey is an amazing story in itself.  However, in the course of preparing this series, I have come across a wealth of material that Jeff has shared over the past few years,  mainly in bimmerforums, that serves to flesh out his story considerably.  So I will begin this series by giving you a little history on Jeff and his alaskabimmer Baur.

Here is a video that Jeff posted in May 2007 of his Baur being tested on a Dyno. 
(for those who may be unfamiliar with a 'dyno'.....  According to Wikipedia:  A dynamometer or "dyno" for short, is a device for measuring force, moment of force (torque), or power. For example, the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover can be calculated by simultaneously measuring torque and rotational speed (RPM).)

"I'm not sure exactly what the motor is, all I know for sure is the head is a 2.7 ETA head since it's stamped on it. The guy who built it did it in 1990 and doesn't remember what all he did and the paper work is in a file box in a shed somewhere....So I'm assuming it's a 2.7 and it's running on K-jet"

As you can see from his comment above, there was some question as to just what motor was in the Baur.
 "Ended up with 140 hp and 161 tq at the wheels, not bad for a car that is 140 hp at the crank from the factory."
"The spoiler is a Zender E-30 M3 Evo spoiler. I'm not sure if it's an e-30 replica piece or a replica piece for the e-21 made from the e-30 piece. I can't find much info on the wing since they don't make them anymore."

N.B.  The comments in quotes are Jeff's.  All photos are Jeff's also.  Thank you, Jeff!
The Baur on the Dyno

Jeff and his Baur

Dyno Results

You can read more of Jeff's original posts on his day at the Dyno here:

Much more to come.  Stay tuned for the next installment.... an account of something we shall only refer to as "The Incident".


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