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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, May-02-2019, 09:04:40 PM   #11
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Pretty insane turnaround already. Add me to the list of people who don't understand how an interior gets to that point. Would hate to see the POs other belongings if they treated the car this poorly.
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Old Fri, May-03-2019, 07:11:05 PM   #12
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. You guys give me motivation to restore this beauty and finish this project.

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I never wanted to post these pictures until I got it finished, but here it is. The hood must've had a poor paint job back in 2012. The paint and clear coat has fully pealed up in certain spots. My plan is to get the hood sanded and repainted, but I don't wanna bring it to a shop before I fix the ignition. Imagine me taking it to a shop and telling them to start the car with a screwdriver......

Please no hating, or shitty comments. Yes, I know the hood is extremely ugly, and I don't know how I have been able to drive it like this. It will be done soon, but I need to tackle the mechanical parts first.
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I thought it would look better if the spots were painted techno violet, right...…? I touched up these spots for a temporary fix using an aerosol can. Looks a little better, but still awful.
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I am having the dreaded e36 ignition/key problems. I ended up buying a brand new ignition tumbler from BMW to match my current key. I didn't want to have mis matched key for the doors and the ignition. The steering wheel ended up locking on me so I had to do my research. I figured out that the steering lock can be removed by simply drilling a hole in the steering column thing and removing the spring. IT WORKED. Gotta love all the documented problems on old BMWs. Thanks to the forums for help.

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The arm rest must be recovered. It's too ugly as it sits. Maybe the previous owner had sandpaper for elbows? Anyway.. out it comes and I will purchase some foam and fix it. It should be a lot better.

I am also debating on purchasing a new steering wheel.. Maybe an M tech with alcantara and a purple stripe in the top middle? Hmmmm…….
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Old Tue, Jul-02-2019, 05:00:14 AM   #13
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I replaced a tail light bulb holder and also recharged the A/C.
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I was tired of starting the car with a screwdriver. I bought an ignition tumbler along with a new key but that didn't work. Turns out I needed a whole new ignition column, and here we are... I finally got the trim panel under the steering wheel put on. We're making progress.

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I took the time to re-wrap the arm rest and man it's looking good.
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The interior is cleaning up nicely.
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The cracked leather on the steering wheel was driving me crazy. Something had to be done. I ended up sending it off to Coby Wheel for an alcantara wrap with a purple stripe. Thanks again Mike!

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I plan on getting the hood painted and also adjusting the e brake! I also want to replace the door handle gaskets which are cracked
I actually plan on selling the car in a few weeks or in a month so let me know if anybody is interested! There is no need for me to have 3 cars... Especially since I have the e46 m3. This car would be an awesome track build!
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Old Tue, Jul-02-2019, 10:33:51 PM   #14
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Nice progress. Time will tell you what to do where. My first was a TV on black coupe. The guy left it in the sun. One side had peeling paint and the leather knew what side had the sun too. Not pretty. Ross (16yo kid) totaled it shortly after I sold it to him then had the gall to sell it on CList with a huge V smashed into the front. He tried to take out a power pole head-on. I haven't sold to a kid that young since. What do I care? The money was green.
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Nice progress so far.

Does your steering wheel feel thicker now since Coby Wheel rewrapped it?
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Old Tue, Jul-02-2019, 11:34:29 PM   #16
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Nice progress so far.

Does your steering wheel feel thicker now since Coby Wheel rewrapped it?
Yes it feels just a little thicker. Not much though. It feels a lot better.

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Nice progress. Time will tell you what to do where. My first was a TV on black coupe. The guy left it in the sun. One side had peeling paint and the leather knew what side had the sun too. Not pretty. Ross (16yo kid) totaled it shortly after I sold it to him then had the gall to sell it on CList with a huge V smashed into the front. He tried to take out a power pole head-on. I haven't sold to a kid that young since. What do I care? The money was green.
I hope to sell it after I fix it up a little more. Hopefully to someone on here or even maybe a bring a trailer no reserve haha. Dang there’s so many nice cars getting taken out by crashes, getting totaled, etc. Sad to see it.
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Nice work. Where did you find the seat bottoms?
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Nice work. Where did you find the seat bottoms?
Thanks. I bought them on ebay. One was near mint for $170 the other was 80$ in worse condition. I think there’s only 1 left on eBay but it’s beat up.
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Old Fri, Jul-19-2019, 07:31:58 PM   #19
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

geez man, how the heck does someone allow a vehicle interior to get to that point. Unreal. You should get some sort of award from the BMW gods for saving this car. Well done so far.
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