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Old Tue, Sep-29-2015, 12:39:15 AM   #1
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Hello all!

After reading many member journals here I was inspired to take on several projects as well as start documenting my work in the same way.

The Car:
* 2006 BMW M3 ZCP
* Interlagos Blue Exterior
* Cinnamon Interior
* 6MT
* Purchased Completely Stock
* VIN: PN66058
* Mfg 05/2006

History:
The original owner took delivery of the car in Boston, MA on 06/13/2006 where it spent the first few years of it's life. The vehicle was in some kind of accident 28 days after delivery but no damage is evident. I'm currently in the process of requesting the crash report from MA state but I assume someone rear ended the it at low speeds as it looks like the rear bumper cover was resprayed or replaced at some point. It's also evident that the original owner drove the car in Boston winters as between 08/29/2006 and 01/03/2007 it accrued 4,200 miles and between 08/21/2007 and 12/20/2007 it accrued 5,500 miles . In 2008 with 35,000 Miles on it, it ended up at a Mazda dealer in Boston and was subsequently purchased by a BMW Engineer who worked at the Spartanburg, SC facility. He kept the car in South Carolina until he was forced to sell it in late 2011 with 50,000 miles. From there, it made its way to the P/O in Connecticut where it accrued 17,000 miles over 3 years. I purchased it on 02/20/2015 with 67,000 miles on it.

I'm fortunate enough to have a friend that works for BMW and I was able to get a copy of the vehicle warranty claims past what I have in documentation.

Noteworthy bits:
* The BM53 radio failed pretty early in the life of the car
* The entire VANOS got stuck and the whole unit was replaced at 16,000 miles
* The cam bolts were upgraded by the dealer (something Kevin found while bulletproofing the VANOS) at 45,000 miles.



Current Mods:
* Smoked Corners
* Black Kidney and side grills
* Euro Side Mirror Glass
* Euro Sun Visors (Airbag Warning Label Removal)
* Full Besian VANOS rebuild


Pictures of the car provided by the awesome PO:

01/01/2015
































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2006 M3 ZCP 6MT Interlagos Blue on Cinnamon interior

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Engine: Full Beisan Systems VANOS rebuild
Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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02/20/2015
To see my trip with the car back home, see this thread: http:http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=501802
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Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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05/04/2015

First order of business was the VANOS rebuild. Because I'm not confident enough to tackle the job on my own, I had the awesome Kaiv (Kevin) do the work for me at ~73,000 miles.

VANOS Oil leak:


VANOS Torn apart - Cam bolts were already upgraded:




VANOS cleaned:



Worn Timing Chain guide:


Oil leak cleaned up:


Rattle Fix and new Oil Pump / VANOS Solenoid in place:





Full, clean Valvetrain:


Worn A/C belt:


Vavlve Adjustment:





New Spark plugs:


VANOS adaptations reset and a shot of her all done:

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Engine: Full Beisan Systems VANOS rebuild
Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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Old Tue, Sep-29-2015, 12:40:30 AM   #4
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08/29/2015

The car was due for Inspection II at 75,000 miles so I decided to swap all fluids, remove the CDV and replace the accessory belts.

Everything in place:


Car Prepped:


Oil Service (3,800 mi on oil):


New OE Trans fluid:


Disgusting brake fluid. It appears to be original:



CDV Removal:




Replacing Worn Accessory Belts:


15% Coolant / 85% Water mixture to deal with the hot Vegas summers:
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Engine: Full Beisan Systems VANOS rebuild
Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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09/02/2015

After reading other member journals (Braymond and onepremiere I'm looking at you), I decided to let my OCD run rampant and set off to refresh the underside of my M.

Step one was dropping the exhaust to remove all plastics. This proved to be extremely difficult as all the bolts across the exhaust system had rusted.




All new exhaust and plastic hardware. I didn't want to put a single piece of rusty metal back onto the car:


Neatly and logically organized:


New exhaust hardware installed:



Step two was removing the cosmoline from the plastics. I chose to bathe the plastics in gasoline in a kiddie pool in my backyard. It only took a gallon of gas and everything turned out great

Before:





After Gas wash:



After Washing them in Simple Green and dressing with 303 Aerospace Protectant:






After that, I cleaned the cosmoline off the heatshield:



Step Three was cleaning the wheel arches and detailing the wheels.

We started with the wheel arches

Before:


After:




Then I tackled the wheels:

Before:


During:


After:


Step five was removing the cosmoline from the body and scrubbing down the bare bottom of the vehicle. I pressure washed, simple greened and degreased it all in front of my house.

Before:



After:









Pressure washed and simple greened the engine bay:


Underbody after everything was reinstalled:



Old bumper guides:


New Bumper guides:
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Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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Old Tue, Sep-29-2015, 12:43:14 AM   #6
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09/16/2015

After the underside was completed, it was time to tackle the aging (but still in great shape) interior.


Interior Items that needed TLC:
* A / B / C Pillars - Fabric coming apart. Very Common issue.
* Rear Deck Rattle
* Rear Deck Color Fade
* Rear seat bench sound insulation coming apart


Step one was removing everything





Old pillars:







Removed trunk liners and found this crap:


Airbag sticker coming off:


Step two was to install brand new Pillars all around:


Removed and used Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric on the rear deck cover:

Before:


After:


New Euro (Airbag Warning Removed) Visors:


New Trim Clips for all the door panels I removed. I don't want any rattling:



Leatherique While things are out of the car:


Got a new rear headliner center cover as the old one was beginning to sag like the pillars.


The old rear seat sound deadening removed. It was just so dry it crumbled when you touched it:


The new sound deadening. I removed the fuel pump's and other wires so I could achieve an OE install. Not a fan of all the guides that tell you to slice the sound mat apart.


Rear Deck Rattle:

Problem - The HK covers were falling apart:


I also wrapped the speakers in 3M friction tape to prevent any rattling there:


Solution was to order two brand new HK speaker covers. Old on the right, new on the left:



Picked up a new pass-thru plastic cover because they're super cheap and mine was scratched pretty fierce:


Carpet Heat Extraction.

I had every intention of using an industrial heat extractor but unfortunately all the rentals came with incredibly long wands that I couldn't use. I ended up getting an industrial carpet cleaner with no solution/detergent and boiling water to mimic the heat extractor. This worked extremely well.

Shop vacced per usual:


Pardon the lighting, I was working in the garage late at night with a head lamp as my light source:


This water was light brown until I did the area rugs:


Clean area rugs:


I had to leave the windows open (in the garage) and a fan running to make sure the rugs dried. The morning after I realized what a hackjob I had done on the "Super Duper Anti-Bug Repellent shield" but regardless, it was sealed off properly.


Mmmm, fresh.


Rear back together:


Front seat problem areas being treated with extra Leatherique:


I ruined one of my rear bolster covers and accidentally ordered the wrong one. Still waiting on the one I need but my god, these are *extremely* expensive:


Old (left) center console v.s. new(right):


Old HVAC bracket:


After installation, I found out that this is in fact the wrong part and I'll need to order the correct one (A/C controls don't fit properly):


Ewwwww. I even found a really old chicklet in here *gag*:


Hard to tell but I vaccumed up all the crap:


How does the glove box even get dirty?:


Much better:


All the new bits installed and everything cleaned up:


Replaced the steering wheel trim with a used one I picked up here on M3F. Still in much better condition than the old one and it'll hold me over til I have the funds to buy a whole brand new wheel.


Installed:


Seats looking pretty great. I'm waiting on the handle trim as I broke it while the seats were out :


Brand New Door Sills; Old v.s. New


Installed:


Purchased new reading lights for the rear as I broke one and the other had messed up clips on removal:


Got both bolster trim pieces in now so I installed them:



Someone at some point left the battery vent tube unplugged and the bolts and part of the tray started rusting:


Old bolts on the right:


New on the left:


All together:




Here's the interior, all finished up (Except for the New-New HVAC bezel which arrives EOW):










All done!
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Engine: Full Beisan Systems VANOS rebuild
Transmission: CDV Delete
Exterior: Smoked Corners | Black Side & Kidney Grills | Painted Reflectors


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Awesome, love threads like this! Doing the same with my interior right now.

New pillars ain't cheap.
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Awesome, love threads like this! Doing the same with my interior right now.

New pillars ain't cheap.
Thanks! Word of advice if you're doing the B-Pillars - Plan on removing the rear door cards unless you want jam something between it and the body of the car and risk damaging it. Of course if you're removing the door cards, I also recommend getting new clips so you don't end up with worn clips causing massive interior rattles in the winter months. (Ask me how I know)
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perfectionist!
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Thanks! Word of advice if you're doing the B-Pillars - Plan on removing the rear door cards unless you want jam something between it and the body of the car and risk damaging it. Of course if you're removing the door cards, I also recommend getting new clips so you don't end up with worn clips causing massive interior rattles in the winter months. (Ask me how I know)
Oh yea, new clips are definitely a must. The whole rear of my car is basically gutted right now awaiting the new clips and new rear deck for re-assembly. A lot of sound coming from back there without the rear seats!
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