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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, Apr-20-2017, 01:10:51 PM   #51
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Assuming you are going with new headlights, I would head with DEPO or DJ Auto and immediately do the FX-R projector conversion. PO did that to my car and the lights are amazing.
Been there done that. I'll eventually go with glass bosch.


So I might as well update. I'm stuck.


After consulting with a number of paint shops I'm afraid I won't be happy with anything less than a full respray. I can have the hood, driver's door and front left repaired but that will have to be blended into the surrounding panels and I'll end up respraying nearly half the car anyway. I already have almost all of the trim off and I didn't want to reassemble anything until the paint was done. Unfortunately a full respray isn't in the budget so that will have to be postponed, probably until the fall. So...the car drives great but looks like hell. I don't want it to sit all summer disassembled but I don't want to put all the trim back on just to take it back off in 6 months.

Dis fukkin' car.
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Old Mon, Apr-24-2017, 02:17:21 AM   #52
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I decided since this car is a driver I want to enjoy it. For now I've decided to reassemble the car, deal with the sore spots as best I can and put off the paint for a year. I've taken the front end apart a few times now and I'll do the prep work during the next rainy season.

So now I get to check a few things off the list.
- x-brace
- new trim pieces including kidneys
- new door handle gaskets
- reinstalled and refitted the under-panel. Fits better now. SO much easier to align and install with everything out of the way.
- I spent a lot of time today aligning things. I know it doesn't look perfect but it's much better than it was. The nose piece (holds the kidneys) is a bit wonked and the left front fender is poorly aligned. Until that is fixed this is very close. When I install the wheel wells I'll massage it some more.
- Did a thorough clay and wax before putting any of the trim back on. Errything is clean.

Right side. This is it's best side. I haven't installed the M3 trim badge yet. I may get the motorsports badge.




X-brace in


Early in the refitting process




Glamor shot. Still a few things to do. I put amber Laminex on my fogs and will install those in the coming days along with the ducting and wheel wells.


Getting there


Looking closer to normal
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Old Mon, Apr-24-2017, 05:08:25 AM   #53
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Looking good chef. I'm glad you chose to put off the paint. You deserve to enjoy the drive this summer with the refresh. I need to solve a minor paint problem on my car as well, but I can't handle the thought of not driving it this summer for any point.
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Agree, paint jobs are for the winter.
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Old Mon, Apr-24-2017, 01:27:26 PM   #55
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I made the same realization myself. I want to make it perfect and do everything I needed to in one go. But then I had the realization that it's better to just get it on the road and on the track to enjoy the car.
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Funny talking about paint. My car is at the paint shop right now. Had three small rust spots coming through. Had those taken care of and added the front and rear bumpers to the list as well. Figured "while the car is here..."

But, I definitely have a few more dings and scratches that I could have taken care of, but know that I do not need my car to be perfect. If it was perfect I'd be scared to drive it.
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This has shaped up to be one of the finest examples of the E36 out there. Congrats, Jim!

I'll echo what's been suggested, and that is to wait until next winter for a paint restoration.
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This has shaped up to be one of the finest examples of the E36 out there. Congrats, Jim!

I'll echo what's been suggested, and that is to wait until next winter for a paint restoration.
Thanks Chasen!

It's a nice example, yes, but I'm using Anubis (Jeff?) and Roland as examples. Remember Roland's car? I've been lucky to have a good starting point and I don't drive it a lot.

It drives nice now! Damn. It drives better now than at any point of my ownership. Tracks dead straight, no vibrations at any speed, amazing turn-in and good mid-corner balance. Haven't pushed it into Hooligan Mode yet but that's this weekend.


Now I need 12V to help me with the Hifi.

I wonder if he makes house calls?
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Thanks Chasen!

It's a nice example, yes, but I'm using Anubis (Jeff?) and Roland as examples. Remember Roland's car? I've been lucky to have a good starting point and I don't drive it a lot.

It drives nice now! Damn. It drives better now than at any point of my ownership. Tracks dead straight, no vibrations at any speed, amazing turn-in and good mid-corner balance. Haven't pushed it into Hooligan Mode yet but that's this weekend.


Now I need 12V to help me with the Hifi.

I wonder if he makes house calls?
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Progress is looking very good!
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Put in the fogs, ductwork, and new wheel liners.



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