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propchef Sat, Feb-18-2017 02:36:09 PM

Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
I put the M away almost 2 years ago because small things were accumulating and I didn't have the time to spend. In the interim I've collected a few goodies and the time has come. Non-Op status has been updated and insurance is in full effect so the fun begins.

Calvin went through the entire rear suspension including a boxed subframe and RTA reinforcement plates. This was 4 years ago but only about 3000 miles, many of those driving back from Calvin's place in San Diego.

In keeping with my "theme" for the car I'm keeping everything as stock as possible, doing upgrades when necessary. Where possible I'll use OE or at least OEM.

I knew the car had some body issues on the left front but the panel and door are original. They were both repaired poorly as the pics will show. I'm replacing the trim and clips on this side after the areas are properly repaired.


Drivers door.
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Front quarter. Yes, I still have the original side markers that will go back
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Proper OEM kidneys are on the way
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This weekend I'll finish removing the MM underpanel.
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Yes, the wheelwell is missing. That's one of the reasons the car was parked. My goal is to take out everything, replace the old, broken and brittle parts, repaint the shiny bits and realign everything.
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This was holding on the trim for the drivers door and front quarter.
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On the list:
- x-brace
- cosmetic refresh on front end
- new mounting hardware for MM underpanel
- front end suspension refresh including most everything except struts. Those were replaced 8k ago.
- Tires. Michelin PS
- plugs
- oil change
- brake line flush
- new(ish) speakers for the interior. I have a good set of OE to go in
- compression and leak down test. I suspect a head gasket is in our future
- windshield. The one in now is the original and shot.

Sent from Andres' trailer

Evtron Sat, Feb-18-2017 02:48:24 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
I love these threads, I'll definitely keep a close eye on this one. Welcome back to the E36.

westopher Sat, Feb-18-2017 03:48:41 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Yessssssssssssssssssss. I'm looking forward to you enjoying this car again.

cblock Sat, Feb-18-2017 04:58:10 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Cool project, the front end of my car was pretty jacked up when I got it too. A new set of glass headlights will do wonders for the looks of the front end too.

propchef Sat, Feb-18-2017 05:05:08 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cblock (Post 1067594548)
Cool project, the front end of my car was pretty jacked up when I got it too. A new set of glass headlights will do wonders for the looks of the front end too.

That's on the list for maybe next year. I had glass Depos on it at one time but hated the light output. I never got it quite right so the stock lights went back in with good bulbs. I keep checking for a set of Bosch. If Brett puts up another pair I may be tempted.

damnboy37 Sat, Feb-18-2017 08:05:13 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Nice, giving it the love it deserves. I have some glass projectors, but the shop couldn't find a way to get them to fit them with the supercharger in the way.

westopher Sat, Feb-18-2017 08:57:29 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
If you get some glass headlights, do a proper retrofit and run HIDs. It does wonders in making the car confidence inspiring on late night drives. Mountain roads, wildlife and 20 year old headlights are not a perfect combo. I'm running FX-R projectors in DJ Autos and the light output rivals new cars. Anything I can help with, or any parts you need help finding let me know Chef.

Poorhouse Sat, Feb-18-2017 09:05:23 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Good work keeping it until you were ready to work on it.

I've read lots of stories about people selling a car and regretting it because they didn't have the time or resources deal with it at the time.

propchef Sat, Feb-18-2017 10:58:33 PM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by damnboy37 (Post 1067594647)
Nice, giving it the love it deserves. I have some glass projectors, but the shop couldn't find a way to get them to fit them with the supercharger in the way.

Quote:

Originally Posted by westopher (Post 1067594659)
If you get some glass headlights, do a proper retrofit and run HIDs. It does wonders in making the car confidence inspiring on late night drives. Mountain roads, wildlife and 20 year old headlights are not a perfect combo. I'm running FX-R projectors in DJ Autos and the light output rivals new cars. Anything I can help with, or any parts you need help finding let me know Chef.

Thanks guys.
I want some OEM Bosch. I really avoid driving the car at night and rarely do. I've owned numerous modern cars and know what a nice headlight setup can do. I'll keep thinking but this one is still back burner.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Poorhouse (Post 1067594661)
Good work keeping it until you were ready to work on it.

I've read lots of stories about people selling a car and regretting it because they didn't have the time or resources deal with it at the time.

Sell? lolnope. I love driving it too much.

Finished disassembling the front end and started cleaning.

I was inspired by the door handle trim thread and five8and10s DIY.
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Original tag still on the front end and all of the grill clips are intact.
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Cleaned up the door a bit. I'd love to slap whoever worked on this.
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All cleaned up (mostly) and all clips and attachments removed except grill.
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Sent from Andres' trailer

Porschetech Sun, Feb-19-2017 01:15:01 AM

Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh
 
Nice work Jim. Shame I wasn't still in the Bay Area otherwise I'd be over helping


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