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dutchhome Thu, Mar-08-2018 09:30:38 PM

dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
This is a placeholder for documenting my multi-car M3 restoration. I'm adding just a high level overview for now and I'll fill in the gaps and add pictures as I go along.

Early 2017:
Son bought 2003.5 Jet Black / Cinnamon M3 with severe RACP damage:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1122359

Lots of new parts to dress it up:
* Trunk reverse lights
* Left brake light
* Headlight lenses and gaskets
* more stuff I forget right now

Spring / Summer 2017:
(Car is at High Tech Auto Body in Delaware)
Completely replaced the RACP and trunk floor panels.
Installed Vince Bar (welded) before installing trunk floor, so it truly was a stealth install.
Installed Redish reinforcement plates.
Here's a thread I started during that time:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1124601

Fall 2017:
Put car backend back together. Almost all rubber parts replaced.
Son drove it at New Jersey Motorsports Park during Porsche club event

Winter 2017:
Son lost control of car on a slow bend while aggressively shifting gears. Hit guard rail, broke both front wheel linkages, and car slid on nose down the road. Car was totaled and insurance company would only compare it to SMG cars. Time to buy the car back and part it out to make up for the lost money.

Early 2018:
Rented a barn to store the carcass and disassembly starts
Found and purchased 2001 LSB M3 on eBay:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F162861865624
Removed and trashed the bad gray interior
Installed the Cinnamon interior (driver's seat, door cards, carpet, dash, headliner, pillars, sunroof cartridge)
Rebuilt both doors. Car can now be locked / unlocked with key and driver's door now opens using outside handle.
Passenger window regulator replaced.
Horrible tint removed. (still lots of adhesive left on rear window)
Retrofitted OEM LED Tails using adapter cables
Retrofitted factory NAV
Added Sirius XM
Added CD Changer


March 2018:
Replaced right tail light
Replaced windshield cowl
Replaced key fobs & batteries
Retrofitted PDC (sensors not in bumper yet)
Replaced the clutch, clutch fork, pivot pin, throwout bearing - basically everything between the transmission and engine.
March 8, 2018: Car is driven for the first time!

Still to come:
* Cam shaft sensor faults
* Add bi-xenon high beam trigger wires from LSZ
* Add Orion V4 Angel Eyes
* Replace headlight lenses.
* Add bi-xenon headlights
* Add new OEM clear turn signals
* Front windshield damaged and needs replacing (newer model with light sensor)
* Replace right fender (silver)
* Replace fender grills
* Add new OEM Euro bumper
* Crappy aftermarket kidney grills don't fit. Hood might be to blame.
* Hood paint is heavily oxidized.
* Replace rear bumper with one that has PDC sensors (silver)
* Complete respray

dutchhome Fri, Mar-09-2018 02:59:11 AM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Today I finished moving the PDC from the wrecked car into my project car. My custom wiring harness seems to be working well. Rather than trying to drill holes in my rear bumper I'm just using a second hand bumper with sensors already installed and will have it painted when I paint the car.

This weekend I plan to run high beam wires to the headlights so I can retrofit bi-xenon lights. I've already installed the LSZ from the wrecked car and updated the VIN number to remove the tamper dot. We'll also finally put the glove box back on and finally install the cinnamon passenger seat.

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dutchhome Sun, Mar-11-2018 04:05:04 AM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3
 
Today we installed the new bi-xenon headlights and clear corners (still no high beam trigger wires yet) and finally put the passenger side back together. The headlights made such a huge improvement - lenses are clear and the bulbs are strong unlike the old xenon's that came with the car.

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killa_e46 Sun, Mar-11-2018 05:55:02 PM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Would love to see some pictures to accompany the progression that is happening!

audia4317 Mon, Mar-12-2018 05:52:41 PM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
How much fun was it swapping the interior? lol.

Glad to see you doing this though! Even better with your son's help!

dutchhome Tue, Mar-13-2018 11:52:24 PM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Instead of removing the heater core we just cut the carpet. It felt like cheating, but you really can't tell the difference unless you pull out the center console. It turned the long tedious process into a slightly less long tedious process with much less swearing. The other nice part was being able to install the nav retrofit without fishing it underneath the front carpet. We did this once before in our 330xi and I swore I would never do it again. Having the interior out made a huge difference.

Sorry about the lack of pictures. I dig up what I can and update the top post.

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02_LSB Sat, Mar-17-2018 08:07:30 PM

dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Ha! I found this thing on eBay and posted it here. I contemplated for a moment but it seemed like a massive undertaking to bring it back to life. Glad you pulled the trigger.

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dutchhome Sun, Mar-18-2018 12:08:32 AM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Yes, this LSB was particularly bad and I do think I overpaid for it, but hey, it's an LSB :-). I actually bought it because so much was wrong with it. The idea of parting out our wrecked car wasn't so bad, but I much preferred the idea of using it as a parts car. We had spent a lot of time and money making the original car nice. Nearly all the rubber pieces under the car we're brand new - bushings, exhaust hangers, guibo. Things that I likely wouldn't be able to sell. Also, the wreck was bad but we managed to come away with everything behind the firewall good and even the engine and radiator/condenser survived. So my plan was to find a car that was straight but otherwise bad so I could swap as much over as possible without wasting much. I managed to find a car that was perfectly crappy :-)

I will say that the moment we installed the cinnamon interior was pretty special. When the LSB arrived it was clearly unloved. The worst part in my opinion aside from the paint was the old car smell inside. Once the interior swap was done it felt was like a new car again on the inside. Ok, my driver's seat needs some attention, but it looked and smelled pretty nice.

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dutchhome Sun, Mar-18-2018 09:13:42 PM

Re: dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
I know I'm shy of pictures, so here's the car literally 5 minutes ago. Today is bumper day!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6532f58505.jpg

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02_LSB Sun, Mar-18-2018 09:19:11 PM

dutchhome's 2001 LSB M3 (no pics yet)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dutchhome (Post 1067798274)
I know I'm shy of pictures, so here's the car literally 5 minutes ago. Today is bumper day!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6532f58505.jpg

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Put it on blocks in the front yard [emoji6]

Just kidding - Iím sure itíll be great.

There is no such thing as overpaying for the car you want.


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