My E36 Touring sludger, now with HSD DT lows
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    My E36 Touring sludger, now with HSD DT lows

    I've been on here for a while now and thought it was about time that I bored a few of you by posting up about my current ride.

    I purchased the car in December last year as a non-runner, fully expecting to have to replace the engine.
    Being an SE it was pretty well equipped; 18 button OBC, Climate, PDC, ASC+T, and full Black Leather. It had covered 139,000 odd miles but this is pretty academic now I guess. What did impress me most was the massive folder of paperwork supporting just how well cared for the car had been, including replacement of the timing chains !!
    The bodywork and underside was in very good shape other than the rear arches which were starting to bubble (donít most of them...).
    The interior was also pretty much perfect too once I had fitted a replacement Leather Gear Knob cover and a USB Headunit.

    So, this is how she looked when I got her;

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    I sourced a low mileage engine on Ebay;


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    I swapped over the A/C Compressor, Starter, Alternator and PAS Pump from the broken engine as they all seemed to spin more freely. I had no way of knowing just how long the bought engine might have been stood for and wasnít taking any chances.
    As part of the engine swap I also replaced;
    Filters, both Belts, Glow Plugs (Bosch), Water Pump (Metal impellor), Thermostat, Diesel Leak-Off Pipes, Inlet Manifold Gaskets. I had purchased a new Clutch intending to change that while the opportunity was there but clearly there are different types (A/C and non A/C maybe?) and it was never going to fit. I made use of the new Bearing but as luck would have it the Ďoldí Clutch looked to be in great shape anyway Ė phew.
    As I knew I would be replacing the Oil and PAS fluid I thought I might as well change the Gearbox Oil too for good measure.
    I also had the Diesel Pump fully tested and all of the Seals replaced as preventative maintenance.

    Keeping in mind that I had never attempted anything like an engine swap before, this might all seem a little ambitious, especially as all the work had to be completed outside.
    I would be lying if I said that there werenít numerous points at which I almost gave up.
    Once the engine was (eventually..) sorted I knew the rest would be straightforward in comparison.

    I swapped across the fully adjustable FK Coilovers from my old (now sold) TDS loon along with new Front Top Mounts and Front Drop Links.
    I fitted some brand new Performance Dimpled and Grooved Discs Front and Rear along with Mintex Pads as the old ones were very rusty (not helped by the car having been stood for months).
    Iíd had the Style 44s sat in my kitchen for quite a while (originally intending to fit them to my old loon) so these were fitted along with some spacers and bolts I bought off Steve.

    Other mods include Light Smoked Front Indicators and LED Side Repeaters and a M look Rear Diffuser, which I was pretty pleased with as I wasn't sure what the fit would be like.

    Once the Rear Diffuser was fitted I really needed an Exhaust to fill the cut out, cue Top gear in Aylesbury and the custom Powerflow De-Cat setup they crafted onto the car.

    My most recent mod (and arguably the most effective) was supplied by Enda in the shape of one of his Chips. The Chip has totally transformed the car and even with just the seat of the pants dyno thereís certainly a healthy increase. Iím sure the freer flowing Exhaust must help the Turbo spool up a tad quicker too. Makes quite a nice noise too for a sludger

    Can't tell you how pleased I was when the car sailed through the MOT without a single advisory, always a nice surprise on an older car

    Future mods include;
    Fitting the M Door Strips which are on my floor
    Painting and fitting the replica M Front Bumper...also on my floor
    Sourcing some quality replacement 12mm RSMs for sensible money (not easy)
    A few secret things which will be revealed in due course.

    So here are a few pics of what the car currently looks like, yes it could be lower (especially the front) but speed bumps are no hassle right now and I'd prefer to keep it that way

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    Last edited by E36 TDS; 15-09-2014 at 12:20. Reason: Title change

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    Very nice mate, good to see another diesel on here

    What was up with the old engine?

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    That looks real sweet - MINT would be the word I would use! Looks clean and the exhuast looks sweet does it sound good?

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    Re: My E36 Touring sludger

    liking it so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    Very nice mate, good to see another diesel on here

    What was up with the old engine?
    TBH I still haven't found out.
    All I do know is that it spewed most of it's oil out of the dip stick tube and by the time I got my grubby mitts on it the thing simply would not start (I did top the oil up before trying )
    It would turn over but very slowly, as though there was a lot of resistance.

    It's still my intention to tear it apart and sell off anything good from it, but mainly to satisfy my curiosity as I always like to understand how things either work or have broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    That looks real sweet - MINT would be the word I would use! Looks clean and the exhuast looks sweet does it sound good?

    Consider me Sub'd
    Cheers fella, that's the great thing with pictures - they do hide some of the blemishes
    I had to drive 10 miles to get those pics lol, it's the top storey where I work and nice 'n quiet today.

    Yep I'm happy with the exhaust, it's not especially loud (especially compared to systems I have had on petrols in the past) but the tone is a lot more purposeful now.
    The downside is that I get soot up the back of the car, but it's a small price to pay I reckon.

    BTW I am still kicking myself that I didn't buy those Throwing Stars off Watty, but they do look mega on yours

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    Quote Originally Posted by E36 TDS View Post
    Cheers fella, that's the great thing with pictures - they do hide some of the blemishes
    I had to drive 10 miles to get those pics lol, it's the top storey where I work and nice 'n quiet today.

    Yep I'm happy with the exhaust, it's not especially loud (especially compared to systems I have had on petrols in the past) but the tone is a lot more purposeful now.
    The downside is that I get soot up the back of the car, but it's a small price to pay I reckon.

    BTW I am still kicking myself that I didn't buy those Throwing Stars off Watty, but they do look mega on yours
    Cheers mate! At least you dont have to worry about the refurb You'll see them at the meet

    V-Power Diesel aims to reduce the soot out put in those little sluddges... If your not using it now that is... worth a try if your not - but you would have to use it long term to reap the benefits

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    My E36 Touring sludger

    Looks like its in great condition mate look forward to seeing it in the flesh at Leicester


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    One thing that does confuse me with this car is the colour.
    Now the paint code on the suspension turret is Morea Green, which doesn't seem to be too common (a good thing in my book).
    However the registration document states that the car is blue.
    So does this just mean a mistake was made when the car was first registered or what ?

    It doesn't help that I am colour blind, so it could be either colour really

    @jim 320d likewise

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