Stay in this industry long enough and you find yourself running into old friends at the most unexpected times. I've known Ed Haroutonian for almost 10 years. Ed used to run a shop that specialized in BMWs as well as custom fabrication work. His resume includes a plethora of track cars and this BMW 2002 I photographed and featured in '07 in eurotuner Magazine. So when I bumped into him at the recent Toyo Tires' Shutter Space event after not seeing him for years and years, you can imagine how stoked I was to find out this '90 BMW 325is was his baby.
It was revitalizing to see Ed has kept his passion alive with BMW, and he's also kept his fab skills fresh managing his own company, Mobile Weld Specialist. This new E30 project is something that came about in the last few months. Ed called on the help of his longtime friend, Mano Agulian (aka Manofide), to shoehorn an M30 "Big Six" into the bay. Essentially, that motor is a 3.5-liter inline-six taken from a 535i or 635i. Mano added a big cam and custom headers to make a little more power. What's left is a set of individual throttle bodies that will be installed in the coming weeks.
As for the exterior, LTMW sourced one of the first Pandem widebody kits for Ed's E30 and as expected, all body and paint work was executed by LTMW and looks stunning in person! On all four corners are 17x9.5-inch BBS RS wheels (staggered offsets) while the sedan is slammed via Air Lift Performance's 3H/3P kit. Ed mentioned he plans to lower it even more with further chassis modifications. Inside, you'll find a bunch of Sparco goodies, including the seats, steering wheel, shift knob and pedals. Ed fabbed up a custom four-point rollbar as well.
Ed has a few more things to tidy up on his 325is, but it's safe to say he hasn't lost his touch. We can't wait to show you the final product when it's all said and done!