this thread has been copied over from Bimmerforums so sorry for any references too that
Thought id start a project thread for my new car after much blood sweat and tears and jubilation went into my old car.
Just too bring you up too date....
I was only 16 when i purchased my e36 316i coupe fresh out of school with a massive smile on my face....
what it looked like before i started (sorry for poor quality photos were taken on my phone a couple of years ago)
As a young teenage boy the inevitable happened a meeting with a large sign post luckily know one was injured.
as the picture shows the leg was bent so we welded a new one on and alll was good not noticeable, didnt get any photos of repair process wasnt a high priority but all went well and you can see the results. Jumped too the end off the car now you can check out my photobucket profile for more if your interested.
After 2 years of ownership i felt like a change thought id move the old girl on before she could start rusting away. After searching for 3 months i came across this
A 2003 316i Msport Saloon in Imola Red 62000 miles full service history for the right money but some work needed doing on it would pull too the right constantly and it needed a new interior due too some ciggarette burns and wear on the drivers bolster.
this had too go so i picked up a full saloon sport leather interior (will add pics soon havnt taken any yet)
final moments together :(
so now time to start work......
first on the list LED number plate lights.
next LED angel eyes
I also got too work investigating the pulling too the right problem, changed strut and top mount still the same then opted for hub and wishbone and all was well £135 lighter though but had to be right before i got my hottuning coilovers :P
so i got too work with the coilovers thought ahead and made a way to get on and off the jack....
sorry but didnt get any more pictures till they were on.
turns out the fronts rub on the coilover even with 5mm spacers so have had too leave it quite high till i get paid and some 13mm hubcentric ones with longer longer bolts can be ordered. had some spare time and decided too see how shed look low. oppinions? sorry was dirty at the time.
Iphone showing how low it was
later after a quick wash and demon shine
Plans for the Future
vibe components in front
jbl 12" sub
alloys refurbed or replaced not sure yet
black kidney grills
and probably much more but all i can think of at the moment.
photobucket for more photos
Pictures by jon1465 - Photobucket
so this is what replaced the worn interior....
my original door cards didnt have the mid range tweeters in but luckily my vibe ones fitted perfectly now i need another set for the front
also ordered my hubcentric spacers today as its payday
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Got my spacers fitted sunday inbetween the rain showers.....
i havnt gone all the way down on the front yet going too see how i get on with speed bumps first.
more updates too come soon HIDs and black kideny grills
got a few more bits done today
first off all black kidney grills
looks lots better
next was hid kit, i went for H7R as thy are designed for reflector headlights too stop glare that didnt stop them blinding my phone though
then onto N42 timing chain tensioner
old tensoiner out
comparison between the two
there is a big difference between the strengths on them and its also longer should hopefully help keep the N42 germlins away.
any one know any other things to do too the N42?
since i had my car the number plate light lenses were missing so got some from the dealers. due too having no lenses on the contacts have oxidized so i cleaned them up.
the new lenses had a black spot in the center and it blocked a lot of the light with the bulbs bieng LEDs
so i scraped away the black paint and it let more light through.
and then finished the day off with a wash and demon shine
not much of an update just had a couple of free hours so did a quick detail and lowered the front another 10-15mm more but think ill raise it back up due too the amount of front camber thats eating my tyres
after some bumper gel
same again on the scuttle
will hopefully start on my stereo this weekend too
with todays good weather made a start on my sub box....
first of all a base
with the sides i started with square pieces and then cut too suit
i then removed it from the car and assembled on the bench
then fitted the top
and then the back
and finally the front
base structure completed
as can be seen in the pics the front sticks out on the top i have done this so it can be planed down flush with the top.
with the lighter nights now should be able too work on it after work
Got a bit more done on the sub box.
Batons in corners too add strength
Fitted the sub and tried it in the car and even after I routed it the sun still stuck out and as it would move I think
It would hit the metal so I then made another front panel and mounted it on the inside instead
Led fog lights turned up today after 2 weeks awaiting deliverey can't moan for £3.50 delivered from china! :jaw-dropping
Not as bright as halogens but never use my fogs, do now tho as they wont blind anyone.
All fitted will try and get some night pics later on
Got a little more done on the box today
This plate is too create the channel for the sub too force the air through.
And the cut out for it.
Almost finished with the box now
Put some paint on the edges that will be seen.
Then I started on the carpeting
First of all front
Then the back and sides
And finally all together
As can be seen I fitted the Speaker connections on the side. Sorry there aren't many pictures just that spray glue is very messy! Will hopefully fit it in the car tomoro
Few pics from today didn't get many off wiring it into the head unit will get some when I install the front components next weekend.
Amps mounted up
All wired in
Im planning too fit a front so all that can be seen is the front of the amps will start that sometime this week hopefully.
Bit of an update started on the front speakers swapping the standard speakers for a set of vibe components
First of all took the door card out can see where the pervious owner had been In before and I had to patch up the insulation with duck tape.
Then onto the tweeters
The trim around the door was awkward too get off and had very sharp edges ask me how I know!
The vibe tweeters fitted perfectly into the tweeter foam and too keep it in place I put some very firm foam there.
In this pic you can see a white and black wire running up the door trim this must be heated or an alarm sensor not sure
And all back together....
Then I moved onto fitting the speakers into the door cards I got a pair of autoleads adapter plates too fit the speakers with then the standard screws were not long enough so it was off too the old bolt box found some the right thread and got cutting them down.
Then fitted them too the door cards.
And I fitted the cross overs in the corner of the panel, I cut away some off the foam so they'd fit in and siliconed them
Then fitted it all too the car using the standard speaker wiring as the input too the crossover and when i amp them ill tap in behind the head unit.
All back together and a thourogh clean inside