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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ( Fronts DONE Powerflexed )
Strut braces front+rear
CDV Delete ( DONE )
Braided clutch hose
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 Installed fronts )
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 )
Vibe sound system
FATMAT entire car - 40%% 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.