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Old Thu, Jul-23-2015, 05:55:22 PM   #1
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It is time to start documenting my project. I bought this car a couple years ago and I'm just to the point where I am able to start on this work. What I have is a 1998 Techno Violet M3 coupe. It has 86K miles and, relatively speaking, is in good shape. There is no rust, the interior is really good, and the engine is solid. The paint is good except for a lot of rock chips. About a year ago I did a clutch job and replaced just about everything including the transmission shift pins and linkage.

I have a couple of goals. The first is to have fun. This is not my DD but a hobby car. I enjoy working on it so I lot of what I do is just for the fun of it. My other goal is to end up with a car that is track capable yet drivable on the street. I know this is a tricky balance.

Iím going to start at the front and work my way to the rear. Most of the work will be mechanical and less on cosmetics (although some). Cooling, engine breathing and lubrication, power steering, braking and suspension. I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do but, no doubt, things will evolve. This is going to take some time. Whatever work I do I have to squeeze in-between work & family. My wife is pretty understanding but she does have her limits.

Please chime in with constructive help. Iíll really appreciate it. I read a lot of the posts and there is a wealth of experience on the forum.

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Getting ready to pull the engine. A lot of blue tap labels so I have clues where everything goes back together.
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Old Thu, Jul-23-2015, 06:15:33 PM   #2
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How do you like the EZ lift? I sell it at work so I can buy it at discount (1400, so not a huge discount).
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How do you like the EZ lift? I sell it at work so I can buy it at discount (1400, so not a huge discount).
It is a good compromise if you don't or can't install a fixed lift. Lifting the car is painless and the lift is very sturdy. You can lift the car fairly quickly, higher than possible with jacks and jack stands, and moving around on a creeper is easy as there is not much that gets in your way. The 2 cross bars can be an issue in some circumstances. I managed to get the driveline and exhaust out even with the cross bars, but it would have been easier if they were not necessary. Also, the cross bars are car specific (width specific) so if you have multiple cars that require different cross bars, that can be a pain (I don't). A lot of the BMWS are the same (e.g. E36 & E46), but if you have, say, a Porsche & BMW, you may need different cross bars.

Here is a picture so others know what I am talking about.
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Looking good! Love seeing technoviolet's in good hands!
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Old Tue, Jul-28-2015, 05:57:39 PM   #5
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Got the cross brace welds drilled out and removed. Radiator and fan off.
Lots of blue tape indicating where stuff goes back together, plus a ton of pics. Have not done this before so slow and easy with lots of documentation.

Just about ready to pull engine.
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Maybe I missed it, but why are you pulling the engine?
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Maybe I missed it, but why are you pulling the engine?
For a couple of reasons. One, I have never done it before and I want to learn how. Then I have some engine work I want to do. The plan is not yet fully thought out but on the wish list is some head work, cams, new intake manifold & throttle body, injectors, new exhaust headers, then, flipping it over, either a dual pickup oil pump & pan or an updated pump and baffled pan. Plus some other bits. I realize all of this can be done in place but I'd rather have more room to work.

Then there is redoing the cooling, adding an oil cooler, power steering update, dropping and rebuilding the suspension (front & rear) with reinforcement plates, powder coating, springs & shocks, etc.

Whew! That should about do it except for everything I missed.
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Finally got the engine out. More work than I anticipated but I learned a lot.
Next stop is dropping the rear suspension, then front. Then I have to start lining up exactly what I'm going to do. I have a good idea but I need to get way more specific so I can start ordering parts.

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That's crazy that you pulled the engine just to learn, gotta love it. Great seeing a worthy e36 with an owner that takes good care of it!
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Progress is slow but that is expected. I finally got the rear sub-frame and suspension dropped along with breaking down the rear hub assembly in preparation for pressing in new bearings. The plan is to break down everything, media blast all the parts and weld in reinforcements. Then paint or powder coat, add new springs & shocks (maybe coilovers), clean and reseal diff, and rebuild half shafts.

Probably get the front dropped first so I can do all the suspension/sub frame work at once.

Rear end out



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