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    Good job! I just had to muck about with those rear clamps too, snapped with ease they did upon removal but I could get them undid from the rubbers quite easily to operate on. Finding 2 bolts long enough was the problem I had. The replacement box didn't align properly fouling on a mounting bolt until I spied those secondary threads hanging down from the boot floor, as shown in your picture. Moved the mount over and jobs a goodun.
    I couldn't be bothered to weld the old back box, although it was a BMW effort it must have fell apart some time ago and was too crusty inside and out to bother with for 40 odd quid. Looks like sills are going to be a serious killer on these E36's as they get older, where have I seen that before?

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    And the left one

    Bought the pillar drill in the mid 90'. They were B&Qs first "cheap" power tools with discount and a welding job I did it cost me £22, then re-drilling a corsa / nova water pump pulley flange to 4 holes from 3 saved me another £23 so free on first use.

    Used here for drilling the spot weld plug holes in 1.6mm plate

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    Measured exactly where to put my replacement jacking point as could not be bothered making a hole for the plastic bit................then measured in from the wrong side and welded it on. Muppet!

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    You can never have too many pairs of cheap generic self grip wrenches.

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    When for some reason you weld better upside down than an easy run on the side of the car........putting some (not all) of that down to sun behind me

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    You can easily waste a lot of time filling doing this. Don't know why I bothered really. The low effort solution would be use a nail and hook a bigger plate inside and pull it to the car with the nail while welding, easy skim if bothered to make flush and time savings. Just can't help myself. Again no ridge made in plate as that would be a load more messing.

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    This is was going to be an arch edge as lying around

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    Should have had one of these years ago. It took me 2 days to make an inner arch on the Manta with flange beating it out. This would do it in 10 minutes literally. Trouble is back then these were £500+ and when I bought this one around £100

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    Re-profiled steel trimmed

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    Top taken off the weld with a grinder, then a quick flap wheeling and slap of Smoothrite. Pretty flush and easily made good with stopper if the car ever gets tidied up

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudeuk2 View Post
    Good job! I just had to muck about with those rear clamps too, snapped with ease they did upon removal but I could get them undid from the rubbers quite easily to operate on. Finding 2 bolts long enough was the problem I had. The replacement box didn't align properly fouling on a mounting bolt until I spied those secondary threads hanging down from the boot floor, as shown in your picture. Moved the mount over and jobs a goodun.
    I couldn't be bothered to weld the old back box, although it was a BMW effort it must have fell apart some time ago and was too crusty inside and out to bother with for 40 odd quid. Looks like sills are going to be a serious killer on these E36's as they get older, where have I seen that before?
    The jacking point rot is pretty much standard. What is annoying to me is all the square holes I had to cut for flipping side skirt mount holes that had rotted from the grommets.
    In pretty much one year (2013) this 328 went from being a better car than my wife's 325 to being a worse one........and all from side skirt mounts.

    The bottoms of the front wings are also rotted out behind the skirts and fine on the 325with no skirts.

    This is a hurried quick job for me, as seen by not putting the swage moulding into the square plates on the sides, but life is too short. By keeping the plate flush with the quarter I haven't done anything too Frankenstein above the skirts, so if it lives to get arches and paint is can easily be made presentable without reworking what I have done.


    Oh and nowhere appears to do pattern coupe sills, so I could have gut down saloon sills but they would not have solved my problems above the skirts and at £40 ea seemed a bit dear to just cut up for a few sections.

    Then rear arches for coupe are about £36 ea, so as the rust id just in the flare I will try cutting down saloon arches at £17ea if I get around to this.


    As usual I am disappointed with the weld consistency, MIGing outside with the sun behind a welding helmet didn't help but it is structurally sound if not pretty. I tend to show it how it is and not pretty it up with a grinder except where necessary (above swage, arch lip for example)


    Forgot to say I welded the rear right first in 2013. I have never had a section rot out again in 4 years before, usually my repairs last 10 to 15 years so I suspect that the arches that I knew needed doing were chucking water in to it. Very strange. Even drilled the jacking blocks to drain the which is pretty standard mod on an E36 or they hold water against the car.
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    Skirts on, jacking point tested

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    • OBC need calibrating (Thinks it is doing 34mpg but it's really doing 32mpg) N/A I can calibrate it to show LPG MPG, simple enough but I have a better idea
      how it's running comparitively with current figures (I do occasionally put in the calibration figure to scare myself) £0.00
    • ICV and / or MAF might need a clean Maf cleaned 14/04/2011
    • Bonnet release going (cable outer rusted and shortening) Replaced 16/04/2011
    • Offside front fog lamp leaking Replaced Star Wars day 2011
    • LPG ordered...............................Commissioned Star Wars day 2011 £850.00
    • Front anti-roll bar links (again) Replaced 18/06/2011
    • Space saver required due to LPG in spare wheel well Bought off a well known auction site 24/08/2011
    • Drivers side bowden cable snapped Fixed 03/11/2011 turned out to be a clip had fallen off the end of the cable outer, fixed in situ £0.00
    • Thermostat, runs at 1/4 when it's -10 Replaced 07/11/2011
    • Flap in one tail pipe seized shut (has been since I got it) Fixed 08/11/2011 After 23 months it took 10 minutes to do £0.00
    • Head lamp switch illumination out Replaced bulb 06/12/2011
    • Near side dipped beam out Replaced bulb 16/12/2011
    • The flexible material around the cruise stalk keeps sticking an end out Healed itself 24/12/2012 not sure exactly when £0.00
    • Boot lock button sticking Fixed 24/12/2011 WD40'd and worked in and out a few times £0.00
    • Drivers door handle sticking up Fixed 24/12/2011 WD40'd and worked up and down a for 5 minute £0.00s
    • Rear tyre down to 2mm Changed 28/02/20112 £128.00
    • Rear coil spring fractured Replaced pair 10/03/2012
    • Low coolant level warning Topped up with tapwater 17/05/2012 Seeing as I haven't topped it up since April 2011 I have no idea if it has taken this long to use it or if it's started leaking. Never mind. Update 25/05/2012 Warning has not reoccurred. £0.00
    • 26/05/2012 Neighbours van door just blew into my rear quarter and no, it won't buff out. 27/05/2007 Spend 3 hours slapping dent out. Not perfect but will have to do £0.00
    • Nearside front sidelight bulb out Replaced 06/07/2012 with some a new one that had been sitting in the glovebox
    • Rear shock leaking Both replaced 19/06/2012 with the correct MTEK shocks. New hardened washers on stems and new cup washers. Recycled old bumpstops and covers
    • Dirty. Still had the dirt stuck to residual WD40 on the door skin from oiling the locks in December last year Washed in local automated car wash 14/07/2012 Nice job on the car but shame about the wheels (one of the cars finest points)
    • Middle OBC bulb failed in "Check Control" area Replaced 16/07/2012 with some recycled spares that were in the rear ash tray £0.00
    • Oil just below minimum Topped up 16/07/2012 to between Min and Max
    • Bonnet and boot badges flaking Replaced 24/07/2012 Turns out the bonnet has been resprayed in the past, as flaking under badge and showing same colour underneath. Original bonnet usually equals an original front end so all good.
    • Nearside engine mount torn in half Replaced 29/07/2012 First sign this needed doing was the MAF ripped out of the airbox. I now have a short video of it running with a 50 pence piece balanced on it's edge on the inlet manifold .
    • Plugs Replaced 19/10/2012
    • Cut Sidewall on a good tyre :( Replaced 05/01/2013 £119
    • Rear Left down to 2mm Replaced 23/02/2013 £119
    • Front Wheel Bearing Replaced 03/02/2013 £49.90
    • OBC illumination 1 bulb failed Replaced 24/03/2013 with spare from old 325 MID £0.00
    • Sunroof panel head lining needs clean (anyone know how? I think time to go black) Replaced 04/05/2013 with black headlining due to my headlining matching 325 and not having one handy for 325 but easy access to a black one to match rest of my interior £40.00
    • Windscreen Replaced 19/07/2013 £100
    • Tyre Replaced 20/07/2013 £119
    • Meyle HD Anti roll bar drop links Replaced 20+21/07/2013 £40
    • Welding to Off side sill and Jacking points Resolved 20+21/07/2013 £Free
    • Adjusted handbrake Resolved 22/07/2013 £Free
    • Plastic frame in handbrake lever gaiter snapped occasionally making it pop out Resolved by adjusting handbrake so it now does not pop out even though still broken 22/07/2013 £Free
    • Put code back in CD43 Resolved 24/07/2013 £Free
    • Made two new holes for drivers mat fixing thingies Resolved 27/07/2013 £Free
    • Front disks and pads Replaced 27/07/2013 £57.28
    • Fitted the front 5" of the old plastic injector cover for no good reason at all Fitted 08/08/2013 £Free
    • OSF side light out / OSR tail light out / Instrument panel illumination out Resolved by replacing fuse 37 21/10/2013 £Free
    • Boot lid wiring loom defective After replacing fuse twice more to limp along this needed tackling. Resolved by accessing wiring loom and soldering in new sections and heat shrinking and replacing fuse 37. Details click here 02/11/2013 £Free
    • Nearside washer nozzle has one of the two jets blockedResolved using some wire cut from the boot lid loom to clear it 09/11/2013 £Free
    • 51162254020 (x6) New trim fitted 04/12/2013
    • 51161960458 (X2) New trim fitted 04/12/2013
    • Tyre Replaced 21/12/2013 £120
    • 2 Meyle HD front lower arm Replaced 19/04/2014 £115.20
    • 2 Meyle Lollipop bushes in brackets Replaced 19/04/2014 £27.19
    • 1 RTAB, Lemforder Replaced 20/04/2014 £??.??
    • 1 Trailing arm upper, outer bushes, Lemforder Replaced 20/04/2014 £22.05
    • 1 Trailing arm lower, outer bushes, Lemforder Replaced 20/04/2014 £13.05
    • 2 of RW 501 side light bulbs out Replaced 02/05/2014 £1.99 for 10 off a well known auction site
    • ABS light on Replaced tomatenrot ABS relay 03/05/2014 £13.74
    • Air-Con not working Fixed 01/10/2011 £50 by regassing - Unfixed 3 weeks later. 2nd attempt fixed 10/05/2014, Sealer £19.99, R134a £24.99, blue valve thing £19.99 23/05/2014 holding loads or pressure, just not quite enough, more money or walk away. dunno
    • 1 RTAB, Lemforder Replaced 31/05/2014 £??.??
    • 1 Trailing arm upper, outer bushes, Lemforder Replaced 31/05/2014 £22.05
    • 1 Trailing arm lower, outer bushes, Lemforder Replaced 31/05/2014 £13.05
    • 2" screw in tread Repaired 12/07/2014 £15
    • 1 25' roll copper brake pipe cut up and flared 22/07/2014 £9.01
    • 8 tube nuts (brake pipe ends) Fitted 22/07/2014 £Free from tub bought years ago
    • 4 rear flexi lines Fitted 22/07/2014 £40.13
    • 1 litre brake fluid Added 22/07/2014 £5.81
    • 2 cold chisels Purchased 22/07/2014 £10.98
    • 2 new 13mm head bolts left over from a set of pads for a Granada *used for tank straps) Fitted 22/07/2014 £Free
    • Hours of my life I'm never getting back Spent 22/07/2014 £priceless
    • Another 12 months MOT Passed 25/07/2014
    • Heater panel illumination / Manual aircon (yeah right, waving a book is manual aircon ) bulb intermittent replaced 26/07/2014 with RW286 1.2W left over from 2 pack of bulbs for headlamp switch illumination £free
    • LPG System service, an extremely complicated procedure - a coat of looking at and a new filter (I also hooked it up to the manufacturers software and checked it out in there too) replaced 29/07/2014 with one of the three filters bought at £1.50 each plus £6 postage, total £10.50 and another 30,000 - 100,000 miles worth of filters left over
    • Replace boot badge again (middle has been pushed in) Replaced 25/07/2014 with the old one off the M3, a bit rough but better than one that is pushed in £free
    • Intermittent dashboard reboot occasionally needing a slap became dead dash Soldered 24/01/2015 not to wait and see if permanent fix £free
    • Pad wear warning light on. Looks like it needs a full set all around Snow stops play, they work fine. Not going to freeze doing it. Mintex, Brakes International £41.70 with rear wear sensor
    • Rear pads fitted and sensor swapped, fronts still have half left. Fitted 30/01/2015. leisurely 22 minutes freezing outside £free
    • Replace intermittent cluster gone dead. Fitted 26/02/2015. 5 mins to fit my "clocks" to the "new" circuit board (easier than cleaning it up) and 3 minutes to fit £20
    • Second hand cluster 113K+ short on odometer. "Corrected" 02/03/2015. DashDoc 5 minutes - Said he had never done a car so old £50
    • Burnt head light dip beam terminal. Replaced 15/03/2015. Soldered one in cut from a smashed Sierra Sapphire headlamp years ago Terminal £free, petrol station H1 bulb £4.99
    • Tyres - front pair Replaced 13/04/2015 £248
    • Tracking - front Done 13/04/2015 £36
    • Wife that will drive 70 miles round trip to get you tyres without moaning 13/04/2015 £Priceless
    • Passenger side Lumbar support not working (Used fuse for Auxiliary fan) Needs 30A blade fuse. Recycled from Vectra fusebox 09/05/2015 £free
    • Driver side Lumbar support not working (Used fuse for Auxiliary fan) Needs 30A blade fuse. Recycled from Vectra fusebox 09/05/2015 £free
    • Car decided it liked LPG that much it blew all it's petrol out New hose clip fitted 12/07/2015 £1.69. Incidental Expenses: 13 litres petrol * £1.17 = £15.71 blown out and missed opening of the cheap LPG place while fixing it £0.14 a litre extra * 28 litres = £3.92. (Still cheaper than a 75 mile tow)
    • Service lights Oil and filters 04/06/2011 144,688 / 28/04/2012 161,050 / 19/10/2012 169,585 / 17/11/2013 182,542 miles / 18/07/2015 202,165 miles Filters £free Bought years ago) Oil £44.00 for 20 litres
    • Fuel trim out one bank at idle Two new NGK / NTK Lambda sensors fitted 18/07/2015 £160.44.
    • Meyle HD Anti roll bar links removed. 4 year guarantee, fitted 20/07/2013 Replaced with two new QH ones 20/07/2015. I would fit HD again as "normal" links I get through in 6 months so will be interesting to see how QH last. £23.76.
    • Another 12 months MOT Passed 25/07/2014 / 23/07/2015
    • Tyres - Rear Pair Fitted 30/12/2015 £240
    • ECP Water pump, coolant and Radiator (to try and fix original engine) Fitted 27/02/2016 £86.97
    • 328 engine, all ancillaries, "ready to drop in" Fitted 27/02/2016 delivered £430
    • Large DIY store, 2m of 800KG chain and a couple of shackles Fitted 27/02/2016 £54.52
    • Nuts, bolts, gaskets etc from BMW Fitted 27/02/2016 £40.54
    • LUK Clutch Kit, local motor factor Fitted 27/02/2016 £127.46
    • ECP, another water pump plus thermostat, gasket, coolant Fitted 27/02/2016 £47.39
    • Oil Filter Housing Gasket Fitted 27/02/2016 £5.75
    • Removed the seat and found the screw cover for the CD43 Retrieved 25/06/2016 £0 Just time
    • Got a refund for the incorrectly supplied iPod interfaces Refunded July/2016 -£152
    • Front right ABS sensor Fitted 18/07/2016 £52.49
    • Alarm doesn't always arm after closing bonnet Screw fitted 03/12/2016 Free
    • Ruined battery from sitting 4 months New Battery Fitted 02/04/2017 £81
    • Massive air leak appeared after sitting Duck tape bodge 02/04/2017 £0.00
    • Internally ruptured LPG vaporiser Replaced 08/04/2017 £65.00
    • Handbrake shoe mounting pins pulled out Replaced 13/04/2017 Handbrake shoe fitting kit E36 £8.44 Handbrake shoe fitting kit from transit (for washers only from Mintex MBA642 / BSF0642 Brakes International 86 - 91 transit 3 etc) £9.48
    • Intermittent temperature gauge Reflowed solder on temp connections in cluster 22/04/2017 Free £0.00
    • Interior Trim Bodged together using sealer 12/06/2017 Free, left over sealer used £0.00
    • RTABs (again) Replaced 13/06/2017 Free, accidentally bought extra about 5+ years ago £0.00
    • Right hand sill (again) Last did this 2013, only thing I can think if is the arch had been chucking water in and rotted out the plate double quick 20/06/2017 Paint, sealer, welding materials, grinder, tools etc already had so Free. Steel plate 1.6mm £10.00
    • Exhaust back box mounts failed shortly after dropping in back on it's wheels. £88 from BMW, no way paying that Chopped up some bolts and plate and got welding 21/06/2017 Free £0.00
    • Left hand sill Bought plenty of plate earlier so free 22/06/2017 Free £0.00
    • Another 12 months MOT Passed 20/07/2017
    • Headlining fell down on the sunroof panel Impact adhesive and bulldog clips instead of taking the panel out Free (left over glue) £0.00




    To do
    • Check "Winter Comfort Kit" thermostat and heated washer nozzles
    • Headlamp washers disconnected, nozzles leaking
    • Screw caps missing from glove box
    • 1 headlamp seal required
    • Quarter window seals need replacing - Jumped up the list due to some leaking
    • Auxiliary fan seized. Thermostatic switch now disconnected - turns out the low fan circuit was not blowing the fuse just heating the windings! Needs a fan and 30A blade fuse at least.
    • New years eve found 3" of water under the back seat and a few gallons soaked into it Pushed bung out in panel above exhaust in boot as a temporary fix. LH rear tail light leaks into area above exhaust and chassis rail closes off he side making a tray 2" deep that chucks water into the back seat under braking Need to re-seak tail lights for a proper fix. Most of the rear trim is screwed to the shed roof inside to dry
    • Low coolant warning - new radiator will not fit old sender
    • Brake circuit error 10 days before MOT up - so switches last 6 years


    To do - Low ROI
    • Rear window rubber strip needs replacing (corner fell off)
    • Passenger sun visor mirror light required in black due to one missing


    To do - No ROI
    • Synchro on first, second and reverse is the one slight annoyance (fine when box is hot)
    • Bonnet side seams have rust in
    • Rear arches bubbling
    • Scab by boot badge
    • Front arches bubbling
    • Rust on boot shut / sill on rear panel
    • Rust on one door
    • R/H sill needs paint since welding
    • Front panel covered in stone chips and some rust
    • L/H sill needs paint since welding
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