This is my E36 328i (not a sport) I bought for £1800 last year. A know it was a bit much but it was close and had some nice extras! I bought her as a project as I have never done anything to a car before other than fit a stereo (when I say fit I mean watched some-one else do it) and things have got delightfully out of control.
Here she is when I got her.
The first thing I did was fit GT corner splitters and a USA front reg holder and remove the M3 badges (we'll ignore the plate for now shall we?) Also changed the clear indicators and repeaters for amber affairs. I think it works really well with the supposedly quite rare Arctic Gray Paint, no?
I read posts on a forum a while before that this guy called Craig who has a red E36 328i Sport swapped all the running gear from an M3 Evo onto his car so this got me thinking. I Picked this up for £195
Had to have the LSD and not being a sport I knew mine didn't have on without looking at it. Things started to go wrong at this point where the amount clunks and rattles increased with every mile. The car came with a fair amount of history but most of the parts used were the cheap ECP parts. E.g outer ball joint on N/S wishbone had a half inch of play after 15k, not so good. So I ordered Lemforder E30 arms, droplinks and powerflex eccentric bushes and ARB bushes too and took 2 days of work.
I had never seen the underneath of a car before!! But managed with very little help!
I started to collect move parts for the next move; M3 Evo front hubs, discs, callipers, servo, master cylinder, rear discs and callipers and a 3.0 M3 prop and a fresh doughnut. All picked from random places for the grand total of around £300!! Boom! New Powerflex bushes all round and new bolts from a BMW dealer, just to be sure!! I didn't do this myself but I had befriended a local mechanic through my awesome social networking skills who did it on the cheap. Also got him to weld in the ring spacers or diff carrier reinforcement plate under the car to as a 'while I'm at it' measure! Sorry very little in the way of pics as I buggered off on holiday and left him with it...
Another eBay find were these! I really wanted staggered dished alloy for the car, Genuine E39 M5 ones in particular but not having a spare £800 I got these instead for £210. E38 M-Parallels. Other than having a ridiculous offset for an E36 I knew they would fit one way or another from other peoples project cars.
Nice camera trick eh?, but the finish wasn't great and wasn't a fan of the shiny look against the grey of the car so I send them of for powder coating. Couldn't fit them until I got tires and coilovers so I waited and did a few other things that needed doing.
Never look for rust on an E36, it will depress the hell out of you!! :( So All I did was find a whole bunch of holes, nothing a good welder cannot fix (still haven't sorted this yet but I'm up to June this year of the story so far). I decided it was time for a service (sitting at 95k and nothing but topups for the las 10k )so bought a kit for sparks, oil, filter, fuel filter and set about it. Peace of Pi$$.... But the engine ran like hell after this and now I need a new can pos sensor! Great
Bought some coilovers... went for HSD HR's I was between these and BC Racings ones but these has extra castor adjustment (E36's seem to love the castor, the dirty buggers)... and driftworks had a 0% finance over 6 months for them... HSD's for the win! Altho supposed to be slightly rougher than the BC's it made no difference to me as the roads where I live are like a 3rd world state.
This I was proper proud of... all 4 fitted by me with absolutely no help other that a heavy foot! So full allilignment next to get the wheels pointing the right way...
And here she is now...
Thanks for taking the time to look thru this, there will be a lot more to follow... the list is endless.
If you have any thoughts, good or bad... your opinions are always welcome.