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    Cool Touch_Realitys E36 323.Full Rebuild - Back on the horse!

    Hi guys! About time I migrated over to the new forum :P Considering the crazy amount of work that's gonna be going on with the car so Ill just copy and past rather then re-write!


    So I figured I'd update post number one as now Im part way through the build it doesnt really reflect my ambition or the amount of detail Ive gone into past my original expectations of myself regarding this build. I'll leave most of the original post in but ill highlight where things have changed.

    MOAR UPDATES

    For the front end:

    Full Meyle HD kit ( Control arms, track rods, drop links, lollipops, and all associated bushes )
    While most of my non performance parts are Meyle the bushes were upgraded to powerflex as I felt the extra spending was justified.

    Pro Sport coil overs for the time being upgrading to MeisterR coil overs.
    ( This was abandoned in favor of HSD Dualtechs which are now fitted )
    New brake line from the res to the pipes + Braided HEL hoses all round ( HEL very kindly supplied me with a set of free hoses which I have been thoroughly great full for! New Brakes lines were not all that has been restored all associated clips and fixings were also replaced for brand new along with bowden cables ect. The entire breaking system is 99% brand new apart from the existing ABS pump and the upgraded M3 EVO Servo and MC.
    M3 Servo and Master Cyl. This has been installed. Bargain buy!
    330 Calipers/Discs/Pads - DONE - Should arrive on the 24th of July
    Full schultzing of the archs and anything else I can get my gun on :P - This was probably something that started off with just archs and extended to any piece of exposed body work on the car. As you can see from later photo's the under side was given a new lease of life. THIS IS DONE.
    New tyres
    BBS Alloys - Done got them for a bargain RC041's for 80 including all plates ect ect Genuine aswell <3 Still needing a refurb however centers being powder coated in the coming weeks.
    New Arch liners old ones are definatly on there last legs. I started off with replacing things people could see.. This escalated into anything I saw that was too tired to go back on the car. As such ALL plastic trim is being replaced along with all seals.
    New sensors as somehow.. I managed to snap two of them :P - ABS Speed sensors this is now 4 I broke as they were original and welded into the metal housing by a freak force of nature!
    Headlights and rear clusters are from germany they are not DEPO however they look amazing. Pics when I order them!
    M3 Bumper - Done and Rear also done.
    GT Splitter
    Full Poly Bush - With Powerflex expanding there range for the E36 I can now polybush the entire car at the rear and even the diff and lolly pops. However I will not. My reasons for this are the current beam poly bushes and the other renewed ones are more then suitable for the task however! I will upgrade them in the future the money it would cost to buy them will be better spent elsewhere for now. THIS IS DONE

    Every nut/bolt and washer is being replaced sad I know :P But im being thourough! Im not letting a rusty screw let me down on looks! Anything that's not load bearing is going stainless. All trim screws and such will be SS aswell possibly coated black to match in. This so far has held true! I have made 1 exception so far. 4 washers that hold the diff. For replacements it would cost me 33. I may be a little silly with my money on this project but I refuse to pay 33 for 4 washers out of principle :P! These however have seen the grinder and look brand new and coated nicely!


    Heres so pics so far!


    Bumper off


    Me remembering where these screws went.



    That's what it was like 6 months ago when I actually made a proper start on this

    Here's what it's reached so far



    Full schultz and powder coat of the underside.



    Entire new rear set up.



    entire new front end

    Leaps and Bounds baby




    All I need to do now is drain the system remove the rad and get rid of the top brace and the engine can be prepped for removal.


    This is going to be a massivly pic heavy rebuild so hope ya'll have the stomach for it!

    Todo list not including the front end work.

    2.5 Engine+Box - Cost rising the price of the engine is too much and I'll work with the stock potential
    Going to skip Vibra Technic mounts as after much consideration they will not be used to there potential therefore the cost to purchase them at 127 FOR Just 1! Is not justifiable however top quality replacements from BMW will be more then enough. But VT's are a possible future upgrade.
    328 Exhaust - This is already on hand. I will however be taking a trip up country to have someone build up a custom exhaust for it keeping it as close to original as possible using sport cats.

    All new brake lining throughout - DONE ( Thanks to @Ferret for giving the rubber anti vibe mount for the ABS now I can start making brake lines! )
    Braided hoses all round - DONE Courtesy of HEL
    Lighweight fly wheels are few and far between with the M52 engine and as such I'll be sticking to the original until I can possibly get hold of a UUC one.
    LUK Clutch - Im going to destroy whatever goes in anyway/
    New fuel lines, filter ect - This is currently in progress what with the tank being out and the lining down the tunnel being replaced at present.
    Poly Bush set - DONE
    Strut braces front+rear
    CDV Delete ( DONE )
    Braided clutch hose - DONE
    Short shifter - Already have the clubman Gearknob just need the shifter parts
    Full leather retrim gun grey with electric blue piping
    M3 Mirrors ( DONE and Genuine loon ones electric and free bargain!! )
    18 B OBC
    Possibly cruise control undecided on this.
    M3 Bumper - Done
    M3 Side skirts
    Depo Rear light clusters smoked LED Panel lights.
    LED interior bulbs
    Coil overs ( DONE HSD Dual Techs )
    Reseal entire underside ( Fronts done + Archs )And rear.. and wings.. and everyting else!
    Replace ALL suspension ( Fronts DONE ) REAR DONE
    New alloys ( DONE BBS RC041's )
    New Tyres
    Vibe sound system
    FATMAT entire car - DONE

    More to add!

    I have a lot more I'll add as I go along!

    Any questions, ideas, links, ect feel free to mail me, drop a comment ect Ill keep you all updated with the work! Parts will be arriving monthly so most of it will be prep work until the final week of each month so don't panic I won't be giving up on this baby <3

    It's hard to express with adaqute words how this build is progressing and how much works been put in. I can honestly say Ill probably never be as determined with a car as I am this one.

    I hope you are enjoying the slow and steady miracle that is the utter and complete restoration to show status of a 97' E36 Saloon. While not a classic the work now will ensure when it reachs it's classic status it will shine.
    Last edited by touch_reality; 20-03-2017 at 21:21. Reason: Picture Update Info

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    Sounds like it'll be a great project.
    Plenty to keep you busy and hopefully loads of pictures and updates to keep us up to date.

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    Is it going to be a show car or a weekend toy im subscribed to this thread I enjoy an e36 coupe project

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    Thanks guys Oh yes lot's of pictures! I am sorry to say it's a LOON not a coupe ;] Hopefully you're not prejudice though Tbh I have yet to decide it will possibly be both I have a 520 as you read as a run around and that's perfect but I can't help but want to take out the black beast a few times a week as I love driving her. I been popping up the unit few hours each night doing a few bits and bobs basically stripping down the engine bay ready to take out the lump. Managed to disconnect most of the loom this evening apart from the what's left attached under the manifold which will come off thursday, ecu is out ect ect

    My plan is to take her straight to a show and shine right after she's finished win atleast one and ill be happy lmao.

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    I didn't even notice it was a loon I do prefer coupes but im sure I'll still enjoy your project might even steal an idea or 2

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    Haha I have a few pics may compile into a mini guide into stripping down essential components of the engine bay for removal ect I found a local place to powder coat all the worn out bits ill be reusing should give it a new sprig of life ^_^ I already have my BBS RC041's genuines ready for the car but need about 800 in parts before front suspension goes back on and also a few more coats of schultz! Picked up the RC's for 80 bargain!

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    So quick update, Ive spent a hour here and there last few nights removing stuff, Brake Cylinder and Res is off, 90% of the wiring harness has been disconnected, ECU is out ( Never knew it was in the firewall.. great place to stash stuff! lol ) Took lot's of pictures mostly me just trying to remember where stuff went for future use. Air con's all removed pipes/condenser ect, Throttle Body and ACS is all gone, Airbox ect. Water pipes all disconnected going to try and replace most of this with flexi hosing rated to 1000psi with Mikalor SS clamping bands will look alot tidier and also no more dodgy ass pipes! I picked up a 323 E46 engine off ebay for 1 just because.. well I could lol piston ring has gone in Cyl 5 so going to see if my piston from this 323 engine will fit if so bargain swap pistons, do head resell and 600 if not strip down and scrap it for more then I paid ^_^ eitherway Ill make money.

    Also here's a picture of my bargain E39 I scooped up for 200.. Yes 200 Fully working, no bad points apart from a dented boot ALL original including torch, boot kit, first aid box and contents, manuals, BMW radio security key cards ect ect and the disc changer ALL original <3 Steptronic auto aswell good comfy fun drive while I restore my baby.

    Anyway.. PICTURES!














    Like I said mostly pictures of me removing things :P Anyone thinking baout this in the future can ask me anything as Im removing everything at some point so Ill know what won't make you swear like a sailor for half an hour after realising it's the wrong bolts you have been undoing ;]

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    Coupes and verts are too common us cool cats drive loons:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

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    Longtime no see Spirit! I finally got round to making a start on the big project as you can see! Managed to nab a massive unit for cheap monthly rates where I can work in the warm free from hassles ;d I even have a kettle.. Thats how loon drivers roll.

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    Another mini update, So day off I figured I'd crack on with the loom and all the assorted bits on the engine and get shot of the engine no use to me as I don't really want it for anything else so I cracked on engine bay went from looking like the pics above to this!









    Arch looking much better!



    This is how you manage to wire it all back up correctly! Take the time now it will save time later! Especially when you find you're indicator turning on you're aircon :P lol

    Also Im being shipped to ireland for 3 weeks in december so expect a small break as I have to go open up 3 new stores. On my return I should be fitting the new front control arms ect. and 330 calipers and discs but with the original shocks for the time being just so the cars movable. Im in the process of fabbing up the new brake lines which once done will be sprayed black to hide the lines and also to help protect them from abuse. The archs have both now recieved there paint job and will be another 2/3 coats before Im done. I want them to stay rust free for a loooooooooong time. Once the engines craned out I may either sell it on or strip it down for spares and scrap the rest. This will give me the room to get in and strip the engine bay down to bare so I can start prepping it for a paint job. I will remove all the old sound deadening and install fresh stuff that's lighter but better quality giving a minor weight reduction but a reduction all the same. I still can't decide on a paint code for the install though... Im changing most piping to silicone which I will fab up myself where I can and also 1000psi rated flexi which comes in a mirade of sizing just to tidy it up. Im thinking black and blue complete gloss black engine bay with blue brackets and piping ect but all the ancillarys recoted in silver. Either way I'll start prep work for all this over the next few weeks. Garage is a little full at the moment so I need a couple days to strip and get rid of the engine all in one shot

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