Barn Find - The Original BMW 3 Series: E21 323i - Project Castellón: Part 1

In this episode, I branch out and buy a Nissan! Except, I clicked on the wrong button and accidentally bought something else. I found this little gem in Castellón, Spain where it was sitting unused for the last 25 years. In the first instalment of the series, we take the delivery of the car, inspect the condition and see what it will take to bring it back to life.

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Wheel bearing removal tool -
Wheel hub puller -
Spring compressor -
Sound deadening -
Cockpit Cleaner -
All-purpose cleaner -
Cockpit care -
BMW E46 Floor Mats -
Hazet suction gun -
Smoke machine -
Flare wrench for brake lines -
Fantastic working lamp -
Pick \u0026 hook set -
Compression tester -
Vice soft jaw -
Butyl for door panels, headlights -
Wheel cleaner -
Hobby knife -
Magnetic Retrieval Tool -
Fabric spray -
Drill brush attachments -

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  • I had a Baur Cabriolet one of these in russet red colour, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with it. They don't (or didn't) work so well here is Australia as the stock radiator was far too small so the poor thing was always running too hot and overheating. Absolutely awesome car to drive in it's day though. So agile. Wish I still had it... Love your work - keep it coming!!

    Owen EdwardsOwen Edwards17 timmar sedan
  • I can't believe I missed this. Glad to see you taking this one one on!

    Rob WRob W3 dagar sedan
  • Your channel and you are awesome ! I started to watch last week and now i can’t stop , thanks for me all the hours of sleep i skipped 😅. Maybe one day a VW ?! 🙊

    Yannis ValeraYannis Valera7 dagar sedan
  • 11:32 it is not 32k, it is 3k

    RivieraByBuickRivieraByBuick8 dagar sedan
  • When I was a child we had a BMW 1600 1969. It used to be my Grandfathers car and my mother got it from him when he stopped driving in 1980. My father drove it as a dalily driver until 1985/86. It stayed in the familly untill about 2005. And its still in the Swedish registry. The owner is living somewhere outside of Norrköping. Go and buy ut from him ;)

    Fredrik MalmströmFredrik Malmström8 dagar sedan
  • What year is this beauty?

    Johnnie GuitarJohnnie Guitar10 dagar sedan
  • Awesome 323 Love it !

    ThomasThomas11 dagar sedan
  • Hi, when are you planning on doing part 2

    MsAdela1111MsAdela111112 dagar sedan
  • New subscriber here! Wow.. this will be an epic project. Cant describe my fellings of nostalgia. My first car, after I got my drivers license in '94, was a 1980 E21 323i. Of course it was a rust bucket with multiple issues such as faulty exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, rusty fuel lines, etc etc. In hindsight it was a car that forced me learn tinker. :) Also so poor valve guides in the cylinder head is a common issue, resulting in blue smoke and high oil consumption. Seeing that your has the 5-speed gearbox must be truly unique. Trivia: The 1980 E21 got a minor facelift; the electric side mirrors and minor changes to the dash.

    Sonny KnekthageSonny Knekthage12 dagar sedan
  • new to the page, i love the videos so far, wish i was closer i would ask if you help me restore my rare 07 e92 monaco blau, im in love with these cars and cant wait to see more with this one!

    NorthernN54'sNorthernN54's12 dagar sedan
  • Excellent my friend 👏 cool bmw

    Themis DLThemis DL14 dagar sedan
  • :D Polish driver fast at all hah :D unfortunley he didnt speak eng ;c

    MEGABAWOL9MEGABAWOL914 dagar sedan
  • Hands down love this channel as it’s the best!

    Nathanael CiranniNathanael Ciranni14 dagar sedan
  • Great channel! I’m only a recent subscriber but well hooked already

    G CG C14 dagar sedan
  • The spark plug that falls when you're trying to get it off of the trailer, is probably the one you can see in the pictures when it went up for sale, sitting in the rim of the hood.

    Secard420Secard42015 dagar sedan
  • what websites do you use to find these cars?

    Oskar ThorsellOskar Thorsell15 dagar sedan
  • I knew you wouldn't curse your garage with an actual Nissan.

    Marc NotyouMarc Notyou16 dagar sedan
  • This is going to be great!

    B KB K17 dagar sedan
  • I love this car 😍

    Najwa CrystalNajwa Crystal17 dagar sedan
  • hell yeah!

    frank wfrank w17 dagar sedan
  • Man I love your new project, looking forward for new updates. Gettings from Costa Rica

    Marco SalasMarco Salas18 dagar sedan
  • Cant wait for next vids, Peace from Indonesia

    Abah SunnyAbah Sunny19 dagar sedan
  • hell yeah love this type of body of bmw

    Daniel VenomDaniel Venom20 dagar sedan
  • Love the E21 315 is the rarest apart from the Baur convertible

    Andy DUNNEAndy DUNNE21 dag sedan
  • "so it has bosch k-jetronic fuel delivery system, no idea how that works" It doesn't. :D To be fair the k-jetronic is way easier to work on than the KE-jetronic, which is just up to the gods to decide if it works or not.

    forzer45forzer4521 dag sedan
  • Bla bla bla

    Bernard HodgsonBernard Hodgson21 dag sedan
  • work more in this car

    GZeka C3 RKSGZeka C3 RKS21 dag sedan
  • You csn get keys for old BM 's at the official dealer with the VIN .I had the same problem.

    Andre GerberAndre Gerber21 dag sedan
  • Give this guy a camera crew and a heli and there you have it: A brand new Clarkson! :)

    flavianngabrielflavianngabriel21 dag sedan
  • im really hoping for the 3.8 e34 m5!

    Burnt AvocadoBurnt Avocado23 dagar sedan
  • Solchen Schlurren hatte ich auch schon mal. Hat mir nur Ärger gemacht und fast in den Ruin getrieben... Ich empfehle, die Kurbelwellenlager und Pleuellager zu checken. Bei meinem 323i sind die bei ca. 95000 km kaputtgegangen und waren bei dem Motor eine Schwachstelle.

    Thomas LuckfielThomas Luckfiel23 dagar sedan
  • Can't wait, that car is the best you've ever had

    Grunst57Grunst5724 dagar sedan
  • It's been one week, where r u my friend?

    Mircea-Alexandru LuncanMircea-Alexandru Luncan24 dagar sedan
  • I was expecting another video this week but nothing so far what's happening your end please.

    Steven GreenwoodSteven Greenwood24 dagar sedan
    • Nothing. It takes time to make videos. I don't release videos weekly.

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations24 dagar sedan
  • As this is pre 09/85 car and the splines are again different, Mtech 1 or 2 won't do. this is the steering wheel that fits -

    Alex MercerAlex Mercer24 dagar sedan
  • Channel dead?

    Sebastian SSebastian S24 dagar sedan
    • How do you mean? It's been a bit over of week. I cannot release videos quicker. It takes time to make them.

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations24 dagar sedan
    • @M539 Restorations no updates

      Sebastian SSebastian S24 dagar sedan
    • Why would it be dead?

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations24 dagar sedan
  • I had the euro 320/6 it had that rust spot sealed quarter windows in Canada they all opened. Fuel pump and battery light is the biggest problem. I was lucky I found alpina rims and all Zender spoilers recaro seats.

    Tyler ParkinsonTyler Parkinson24 dagar sedan
  • Your videos are like heroin, i need more NOW!

    TemetsuTemetsu25 dagar sedan
  • One week has passed, we need a new video!

    Dominik MikusaDominik Mikusa25 dagar sedan
  • most exciting project for me to date, amazing find, color and enthusiasm!

    piffinator91piffinator9125 dagar sedan
  • Hope all is ok. Don’t keep us waiting for the next episode

    Chris RawleChris Rawle25 dagar sedan
    • @M539 Restorations We understand it, take you time and give us a Blockbuster!

      ZestorZestor25 dagar sedan
    • Thanks but I cannot work faster. I am only one man and it takes time to work on cars, film and edit. I hope you understand

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations25 dagar sedan
  • Good luck bro Happy for you 👍👍👍👍

    Jap abdulJap abdul25 dagar sedan
  • Such a nice weekend for a new M539 video, don't leave us hanging!

    Ivo -BIvo -B26 dagar sedan
  • Getting some withdrawal symptoms, it’s been too long without a new video, rewatching older ones just doesn’t cut it... hope we get a ne fix, uhm, video, soon

    Haralampi NedelinHaralampi Nedelin26 dagar sedan
  • Really nice car, my family have it when i was kid. Hope that you will make it running again. Greetings from zemlje gde de peče rakija.

    kosta livirikosta liviri26 dagar sedan
  • Did you force the seller to give you some money back due to all the rust you found?

    GlycerinGlycerin26 dagar sedan
  • Been waiting for the next video for so long that I re-watched this 😂

    guri131guri13126 dagar sedan
  • Bueno, que puedo decir... Ojalá todos los contenidos fueran tan interesantes Así que, del 1 al 10... -14😁 Estoy deseando verte en tus proyectos

    Luiscustodio1Luiscustodio127 dagar sedan
  • Cannot get enough of your videos, love them....coooommming up

    John SainisJohn Sainis27 dagar sedan
  • Awesome dude

    Leo PerezLeo Perez27 dagar sedan
  • Very bad acting and super cringy, no thanks.

    Lucas SchnockLucas Schnock27 dagar sedan
    • @M539 Restorations Ciao!

      Lucas SchnockLucas Schnock27 dagar sedan
    • Sure. Bye bye

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations27 dagar sedan
  • 6:40 5 speed, cool and reversed gear layout :)

    TheTruth76TheTruth7627 dagar sedan
  • Fun fact: E21, the first BMW to break a million units.

    Driver599Driver59927 dagar sedan
  • The car I want to see you restore is an E28 1989 BMW 525e. Great car.

    xB-DeathKnellxB-DeathKnell28 dagar sedan
  • Diggah wo ist Upload man

    Sebastian SSebastian S28 dagar sedan
  • Yes sir, that's gonna be a sweet ride!!

    Alan HereAlan Here28 dagar sedan
  • Hi its justin from the uk just want to say I'm love the content at moment all BMW's you own are really nice I hope to buy a e46 touring always wanted one I've e46 20d on a 03 looking forward to seeing what you are up to next 🙃 stay safe justin 👌

    Justin HarrisonJustin Harrison28 dagar sedan
  • Hello, love your channel and BMW of course. Could you help me to know where to purchase cars as you do ? Thank you and e31 will rock 👍🏻

    Alexandre ParratAlexandre Parrat28 dagar sedan
  • If you ever need someone to go check on a car for sale in Belgium, you can ask me :)

    Yaron AlgoetYaron Algoet29 dagar sedan
  • Great video, recent subscriber here from Worcester, UK. I don't even like BMWs that much, more of a Porsche 944 guy but I love watching your enthusiasm and logical approach to projects. Also the humour throughout makes it a good watch. Keep up the good work dude 👍👌

    D4rkS4v4ntD4rkS4v4nt29 dagar sedan
  • Check megstuBMW he might help you with engine.

    Bonnie ColemanBonnie Coleman29 dagar sedan
  • Evil twin asks: When the car’s from Castellón why the plates are from Valencia. Sreten: Sh.. f... up - useless Twin because the first owner was from Valencia an sold it to new owner to Castellón?! I know this region quite good - got a flat in Santa Pola seaside - casi naci en el mediterraneo Great fun stuff your videos

    Michael-Javier PopigMichael-Javier Popig29 dagar sedan
  • Wonderful car, love the color!

    A MarcoA Marco29 dagar sedan
  • I watch an M539 episode for 42 minutes than I spend another two hours looking for neglected BMW.

    Milan KnapecMilan Knapec29 dagar sedan
  • You are amazing man, keep them comming

    Marcial JimenezMarcial Jimenez29 dagar sedan
  • Found this channel during the lockdown. Really enjoy it. Thanks so much

    eric dejongeric dejong29 dagar sedan
  • Im starting the same project, but mine 323i its really worse than yours. Great car n great project.

    Martin de Esteban FranceseMartin de Esteban FranceseMånad sedan
  • Really great e21. After 5 or 6 episodes it will be in great condition i think. You are a good mechanic. Great channel. Thank you for your videos👍👍

    D GD GMånad sedan
  • Would love to see a 79 Porsche targa restored

    Ken WebbKen WebbMånad sedan
  • e36 restoration pls !!

    RageMasterRageMasterMånad sedan
  • I really hope you find and restore a BMW 6 Serisi (E24) .... M635CSi ....

    Murat TezcanMurat TezcanMånad sedan

    Віталій АндрієвськийВіталій АндрієвськийMånad sedan
  • Hi, not sure if someone already mentioned it to you, but the the year on the spanish ITV sticker is the expiry year, and the dot marks the month, not when it was done. If it had its oil changed in 96 means someone drove it (maybe) for a year with an expired TÜF lol. Regarding the keys, my father owned for 30+ years an e30 and it also was my first car, with the older models to get keys done from the barrel, it´s best to get them done either with the drivers side door or the ignition, as I remember when my father bought his new in 1986, it came with 4 keys, 2 main keys that opened all doors, boot, glove box and petrol cap, one tiny key that was designed to hide somewhere (this one opened everything too) and a vallet key, which only opened the drivers door and the ignition. Love your videos, keep the great job. If you need translating spanish or portuguese anytime (my french is a bit rusty to offer lol), let me know, happy to help.

    esp27541esp27541Månad sedan
  • Mate you are doing a great job. I am also a bimmer fan , owned e46 320d touring, e46 325iA both facelift, e60 525dA e90 320d e87 118d facelit, e93 , love the cars. In Romania you can find bimmers that need rescue, when you have time throw a look on i can help you with all you need.

    Mircea SidorencuMircea SidorencuMånad sedan
  • I can't think of many transport guys in USA that would help take car off and push. Kudos

    kam1996kam1996Månad sedan
  • Great video, and great car! I am really excited for this series 🙂 5:22 That is a Dodge A100. Nice looking, but I think the Japanese ones were better, in looks and reliability. Jay Leno did a video on a van of that era, the Chevrolet Greenbrier:

    hitardohitardoMånad sedan
  • Well, thats really MINT for a 1980 car, indeed! I'm restoring a 1976 318, and it was in OK shape at a first glance, but I had to fully sand blast it after some closer inspection. And original M10 lump was almost destroyed by previous owner, so I had to get rid of it and found some very fun alternative with 60 in it's name : ) BTW, do you plan to source an original pop-up rear windows and side-mounted chrome mirrors?

    George ApakhovGeorge ApakhovMånad sedan
  • This is so exciting! I love your channel. Been addicted for several months now. I just bought a 1981 528i 5 speed also! It was well taken care of, but it needs some work to run as well as I want it to. I look forward to your thorough expertise of taking this engine down to get it running as the M30B28 engine in my 528i is very similar (or so I've been told). Good luck sir! I'll be watching closely and giving tips if I have any to give! Greetings from Canada! Peter

    Pete's ThingsPete's ThingsMånad sedan
  • Nice find! Looking forward for new episodes on this one. Hope you are able to service and reuse the k-jetronic fuel sistem. Good luck!

    Badea CristianBadea CristianMånad sedan
  • Love this channel.

    Josiah TechJosiah TechMånad sedan
  • The best channel on youtube. I haven't skipped a minute.

    Josh CadieuxJosh CadieuxMånad sedan
  • congratulations, now go to walloth nesch, they have all the parts for it. Next car a 02?

    02dag02dagMånad sedan
  • You can tell he watches Vice Grip Garage

    Chris BradshawChris BradshawMånad sedan
  • This car is quite a score... Surprisingly, it looks pretty clean and relatively solid. 😁😍👍🏼🔥🔥🔥

    Jordan JohnsonJordan JohnsonMånad sedan
  • Good to see something “old “ in the Chanel a proper BMW , Cheers you will enjoy this one !

    Franco RegaloFranco RegaloMånad sedan
  • Hat sich mal für private Fragen Zeit genommen mittlerweile scheinbar genug Abonnenten und desinteressiert wenn man mal was wissen will, danke für nichts

    bengalorauch andi1985bengalorauch andi1985Månad sedan
  • I used to have a 316i same colour 1979 Car loved it

    James LatimerJames LatimerMånad sedan
  • 1995 als der Markus Löffel auf der Loveparade gerufen hatte "ihr seid so shice leise!" oder 1980 als Harry genau diesen BMW gerne schonmal vorgefahren hat

    Frank LeimckeFrank LeimckeMånad sedan
  • Someone should give you a TV show

    nope nopenope nopeMånad sedan
  • For your new location, you need to find something in 'Benzinstrasse' ;-)

    137vuk137vukMånad sedan
  • LOVE your new project !! * * * * *

    jessman1004jessman1004Månad sedan
  • whaaaaat ? coming to Sweden ? WELCOME !

    Anders NAnders NMånad sedan
  • Nice vidéo as usually and really cool the E21, I find the color is matching with his original country 😎. By the way, really cool too to know you permit yourself to keep it :D. By the way it is really likable I found the essence of simplicity and quality incarnate by the E21 serie. Good continuation and thanks for the videos ;)! Ps: god damnit, while I was deseperatly to found a 315 or 316 to a decent price you have find a 323i arf^^.

    RomainRomainMånad sedan
  • Looking forward to see this project evolve. My fayher had a 520i MY 1975 and I have nice memories that this car, that is similar in many adpects, brings to life.

    alebignaalebignaMånad sedan
  • Can tell how laser focused you are on BMWs 😋*Looks at a Mclaren* "Nice Ferrari" 😂

    Matthew JMatthew JMånad sedan
  • I owned one 30 years ago.

    Jørgen FriborgJørgen FriborgMånad sedan
  • I really like your videos. May i ask you if you do this (fixing bmw) as a day job too?

    Bertrand du CouëdicBertrand du CouëdicMånad sedan
  • who owns the sexy Defender?

    lem0nlem0nMånad sedan
  • I like those original wheels. What was that style of wheel called?

    ianrkavianrkavMånad sedan
  • Thanks for this 😍

    R. S. RobertsenR. S. RobertsenMånad sedan