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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, Nov-30-2017, 08:48:42 AM   #1
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Default 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

I think it's time to start a formal journal on this new M3. The 96 is on hold until this and other projects are completed. This 98 M3/4/5 was purchased Feb 2017 as a joint venture between a friend and I (ryivnx on here) to fix and sell. For some unknown reason I got it in my mind to buy him out of it.

Car is a clean title AW/Black, original 5 speed with 128k miles (current odo). Manual seats, fixed back rear seats, HiFi, no cruise... but has the damn sunroof (almost had the perfect no option sedan). It spent some time in Idaho where it picked up the usual subframe and suspension corrosion, but no body side rot. The car came to us with a fried engine harness... that's another story but Ivan did that for the PO

Future Plans
-Paint. Personally I want a full body respray just because.
-Interior. Rewrapped seats (material is already on the way), rewrap headliner, Motorsport belts
-Engine. Dinan supercharged or S54 (I chose supercharger and installed it already but I may flip on that)
-Rear end refresh (already have the parts, just need the time). Same reconditioned metal/bolts and steam cleaning.
-6 speed E46 M3 gear box (already have the parts). Back of engine to drive shaft end cleaning continuation
-Differential. Undecided on gearing
-Brakes. 996 Brembo or the full UUC kit I have.

The pictures below are in order from purchase, to the "mini refurb" Ivan and I did to get it OK again, and then after my takeover where it has gone into another redo of everything. This is an ongoing project.

Delivery. Total crap (but a good car to be)


































Work begins.

















Get it clean enough to resell


Initial parts for it




Got it running in no time


Ivan doing some grunt work






DIY power steering line refurb Round I




New VANOS and engine inspection (not bad)






More parts




These are shit, don't buy. Round II coming


Ivan proud of his E39 M5 wheel install













Sitting on Automatic Sedan M3 springs


This concluded the initial work and me taking over ownership.


The big re-do

I think you all know me well enough to know that none of that was really up to my spec for ownership. Resale is one thing, but living with it is another. Basically everything has been redone, or is waiting to be redone.

First night I had to throw my JRZ on and the Style 24 set.



Small nonsense









M50 manifold prepping (Riot racing TB, don't buy it)


GT tray mounted to MM underpanel


Fixing rear bumper gaps






New Genuine side moldings




New OEM floor mats


Rear deck refurbish








Replica Motorsport side badges


New Bosch Euro lights with proper harness unwrap and rewrap with euro connectors.














Starting to really fix things...


























Head fully torn down and already had a soak in Simple Green


Many hours in the glass cabinet






The entire outer casting was focused on with 300grit glass. This brings back the original aluminum finish and 300grit doesn't leave the pores open for future corrosion.










Valves all glass blasted and then polished the stems on my press




Manifolds also were glass bead blasted (300 grit)


Every part pulled gets blasted and recoated back to original spec












Power Steering full rebuild and aluminum case recondition







Head back from valve job, valve seals and resurface. Etorx manifold studs installed






Oil pump clean up and Z3 2.8 pick up tube






Steam cleaning











This box represents the most fun I've had to date...



Like magic


Everything was binned according to size






Restored with ceramic trim restorer. This actually lasts.








ARP Studs, New OE rails, seals, etc








Getting detailed with the harness. All zip ties in OEM locations with the tails razer blade cut perfectly flat with the heads (PC builder pet peeve). Note; the zinc coated hardware was all replaced with yellow chromate later.


Cams back from a micropolish on the bearing journals






Suspension back from powdercoater. Factory semi-gloss black.





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Default Re: 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

Everything is new...


New H&R coilovers


Dinan camber plates (I wanted factory strut mounts with no noise!).




I made this hot air intake just for some sound




ST 30mm front sway bar








That's the front 1/3 mechanical done. A lot of details that I didn't show are all A/C lines refreshed (new seals), refreshed nuts/bolts everywhere, condensor refurbish, steam clean everything on the front 1/3, etc etc.

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There are more updates coming to bring the progress up to date.
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Default Re: 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

This makes me feel so much worse about the condition of my car.

One day I'll be on this level of perfectionism haha.
Amazing job, nonetheless.
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Another amazing restoration! Iím sure most of us on here aspire to have the means, knowledge, and skills to be on this level.
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Sweet lord, you do incredible work!

Very inspiring!

Did you use a steamer for all of the bay cleanup?

"harness unwrap and rewrap with euro connectors"

I'll be installing my Bosch Euro headlights soon. Did you mate the US connectors with the Euro connectors?
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Great work, thanks for sharing.
I put a steam cleaner on my xmas list based on the amazon link you provided in another thread.
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Holy. Crap. What a complete 180 done on this car! I knew it was in less than ideal shape, but had no idea it was that bad.

Solid job and looking forward to seeing the additional updates.
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Another amazing restoration! I’m sure most of us on here aspire to have the means, knowledge, and skills to be on this level.
We’re getting more and more journals with proper or even better restoration work like this. From yours to JitteryJoe and then Snader. It all makes me want to take it further and on this car (Snader level won’t happen on this one) I have a lot of you to thank for that.

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Sweet lord, you do incredible work!

Very inspiring!

Did you use a steamer for all of the bay cleanup?

"harness unwrap and rewrap with euro connectors"

I'll be installing my Bosch Euro headlights soon. Did you mate the US connectors with the Euro connectors?
The steam cleaner was a new method. I started to remove the cosmoline with fuel and that got old fast. The steamer with the right bristle head shocked me with how good it was. I’ll post a video. It was useful on everything though including gummy harness connectors.

The Euro connectors were installed by cutting off the US connectors. Unwrapping the harness was to pull the corner parking light wire to power the city light.

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Great work, thanks for sharing.
I put a steam cleaner on my xmas list based on the amazon link you provided in another thread.
Here’s the one I use that comes with all the right attachments. The black bristle brushes don’t scratch.

AutoRight SteamMachine C900054.M Red Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner for Cleaning Vehicle’s Upholstery, Windows, Leather, Chemical Free Car Care, 55 psi


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