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    Wink Justin's E36 325i SE build - Something different

    This project is going to be a little bit different to most. My dad owned a 1992 E36 325i SE in HellRot which I absolutely fell in love with as a kid. He sadly sold the car when I was 13, I always thought I'd own the car when I started driving but obviously he wasn't going to store it for 4 years, lol.

    Here are some pictures of the car when we had it (approx 17 years ago).





    Since then this car has always played in the back of my mind, It's the one car I wanted but never could have so periodically I looked on the internet searching the reg number, just in case it ever popped up.

    To my amazement it did, when I spotted this thread: http://www.bmwforums.info/projects/5...5i-saloon.html now in North Yorkshire. It looked very much at the end of it's life as the tread progressed but I didn't care, I had to have it!!!!

    I spoke to George (gsavill90) and arranged to buy the car as he had stripped it to scrap it. It cost 5 times the cars worth to bring it back from Yorkshire to Reading but I couldn't wait.

    When the car arrived it was it a real bad way. George (the previous owner) had already said the subframe was shot. When I got the car on a lift we discovered it had been jacked up in the wrong place previously which had killed the floor. The roof around the sunroof is rotten, the sills, rear arches, windscreen smashed, engine half stripped + everything that had already been sold. It had nothing on it that was worth reusing.




    Is that a drag strip number in the rear window? Time slips were found in the glovebox, lol.












    It had about 80,000 miles when we had it.



    It was tired and you need to know when to cut your losses. This car by every definition was scrap!!!

    I bought another HellRot 1992 E36 SE Saloon to base the project on. This car has 80,000ish miles on it, FSH, MOT'd, Taxed and rust free. First thing to do was transfer the reg number from the old car (this is how I remember the car, the whole project wouldn't be worth doing without the reg).







    So the build begins onto a new car. It might not be to everyones taste but this car (even down to the head unit) has to be exactly how it was 17 years ago. This build is all about the memories.

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    Re: Justin's E36 325i SE build - Something different

    Oh im so gonna like this thread

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    Thats a real shame about not being able to have the original car :(

    Is that your workshop?

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    Good work on tracking it down!

    I better take a seat and wait for some updates! I got the Manifold off that as well (Dont worry its going to be used well on my 328i )

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    It's not my workshop, I just work there. It's really nice come this time of year though as I would want to be doing it outside.

    It really is a shame the original car is a goner but it would be looking north of 5k to get it in good enough shape to start on as I like everything to be genuine BMW if i'm replacing anything. The replacement car has just saved me about 6 months.


    Number plate is now transferred legally, AC Schnitzer rear diffuser sourced and fitted, 325i twin cats and rear box fitted.

    The interior of the replacement car was really low spec for a BMW:







    Out with the old and in with the new, complete with the armrest.







    The OBC had the normal pixel issue, so a new one was fitted:





    The door cards had seen better days and has started to become unbonded so were again replaced.





    My Racing Dynamics (god these were hard to find) finally arrived - If anyone knows of anyone with a set of 45mm centre caps for these wheels I'd be very grateful. Racing Dynamics as a company are just shocking, after at least 10 emails, I got one reply and then they went silent.





    The fronts went straight on, I had some issues with the rear wheels as they were originally made for an E34 I presume. I had 5mm machined off of the rear wheels to pull them in slightly (there is still plenty of material left so no safety concerns there), 215/40/17 tyres fitted, car now lowered 40mm and rear arches had to be modified to make them fit without touching but they look great.





    Now lowered 40mm with my newly sourced AC Schnitzer front diffuser now fitted:



    George still had the spoiler I was looking for and kindly posted it down to me, I now have all the bodywork I now need.



    My M-Tech II non airbag steering wheel has arrived ready to fit



    Sorry these posts are so long, I have so many updates but very little time to post, most of my evenings are taken up.
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    Looking good mate

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    Some nice work there!

    But TBH what I am most impressed with is the workshop, beautiful! Are you a BMW indie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    But TBH what I am most impressed with is the workshop, beautiful! Are you a BMW indie?
    Yes, I work for Grosvenor Motor Company in Reading. The workshop is fantastic, it's an ex Fiat dealer so it's of a fair size, it's fantastic for satisfying the car hobbies in the evenings/weekends.

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    This is going a great thread, bet you was over the moon when you found here

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    Justin's E36 325i SE build - Something different

    This thread, will be one to watch

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