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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 08:41:36 AM   #1
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Default My Epic Estoril Cinnamon E46 M3 Build

Introduction
This is my 4th M3. I've always wanted an individual Estoril Blue, but since they are so rare and I was unable to find one in satisfactory condition, I had an opportunity and I decided to go out and build my own, with no expense spared. Please read below, for the story.

Background
Believe it or not, the car started out as a 2002 Tiag/Black M3. At the time, I had a Sakhir Orange F80 M3 and a 2005 Mystic E46 M3. I had an opportunity to pick up this 2002 Tiag as a daily driver. I knew the previous owner took pretty good care of it, and I was able to get a good deal on it because at some point along the way it had a mileage discrepancy on the CarFax. I did not care at all about the mileage since I knew the car was well taken care of, and it drove solid when I test drove it. (The story on the mileage discrepancy was that the cluster failed and was replaced with a cluster from another car with different mileage, but seriously who knows.)

Here is a pic of my 2002 Tiag/Black Daily Driver from March 2016:



Vandalism:

Due to limited parking on my street, and due to having too many cars, I ended up having to park this car near a local high school in my neighborhood. When I came out to it the next morning, some punk ass kids had scratched up the hood and all the way down each side of the car with some sort of sharp object (was pretty deep so probably not a key). I personally thought the insurance might total it since it was a higher mileage car, but the adjuster told me they would cover $6000 for a new paint job. Here is the damage:




The Build:

I had to make a decision on whether I wanted to take the $6k for a $6k Tiag paint job, or if I wanted to use the opportunity to get myself a new color. I shopped around and interviewed several recommended body shops in the SF Bay Area and decided on the best one. I wanted them to go all the way, strip the entire care down, door panels, engine bay, everything and do it right. And while we were at it, I was going to buy all brand new exterior parts (New roundels, gills, badges, grills, headlights, taillights, windshield, window trim, fog lights, zcp wheels, euro bumper, and CSL Trunk from the group buy here on m3forum. I wanted every single detail on the exterior of this car to be brand new. Now my $6k paint job just jumped up to $15k or more with all the parts and a 5 month wait to strip the car down and get every detail right.

Here are a few pics of them stripping down the car and prepping it for paint:








Keep in mind, I was very anal about the process and check out how much detail they went through to get every piece of this car painted correctly:













We even got the OEM color sticker from BMW for the Strut Tower!



Here are some teaser pics of the finished product, I have hundreds more photos to add to this thread when the time comes:





Luckily, I was able to source a Minty Cinnamon Interior:




Comments:

Some of you might tell me that I could have bought a true factory Estoril car for the amount of money I've spent so far on this one (doubt it cause EAG has one right now for $70K), but I will put mine up against any right now as it looks brand new from the factory without a rock-chip or a blemish on it. I'd even dare to say this is right there with a factory paint job. Plus, mine has a front OEM Euro bumper and true CSL trunk all painted perfectly. This was a fun process and now I'm moving on to taking care of bulletproofing the car mechanically.

What's Next?:

The car is going to Kaiv soon to get the 6mt swap, a new suspension, motor mounts, Vanos, rod bearings, and subframe reinforcement.

More to come...
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2002 E46 Tiag/Black SMG Coupe Converted to Estoril/Cinnamon
2018 F80 Tanzanite/Cloth 6MT ZCP Sedan

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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 02:01:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: My Epic Estoril Cinnamon E46 M3 Build

Subbed.

Love that you got the motor pulled for paint and went all the way with it

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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 02:02:29 PM   #3
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Cool project! Do it right or don't do it at all!
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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 02:26:52 PM   #4
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Nice... now get a garage for it
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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 02:48:49 PM   #5
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Heck yea! Iím not sure if your planning to put a clear bra on but now would be the best time. This looks awesome
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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 04:26:23 PM   #6
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so sick.. one of my favorite colors!!!
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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 04:41:13 PM   #7
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Beautiful. Don’t leave this one parked on the street
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Old Mon, Jul-30-2018, 06:15:11 PM   #8
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Yes, the car is now garage kept and I'm looking at full ceramic coating and a clear bra. It's the perfect time for it.
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Fantastic build, think you made a great choice with the repaint color. Now lets see some more pics of the rear so we can appreciate that Estoril CSL trunk!
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Fantastic build, think you made a great choice with the repaint color. Now lets see some more pics of the rear so we can appreciate that Estoril CSL trunk!
Here you go, along with the brand new LCI tails. Also, the car originally had a PDC bumper, but I ordered a new one without the PDC warts.

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2003.5 E46 Steel Gray/Black SMG Coupe SOLD
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2015 F80 Sakhir/Black 6MT Sedan SOLD
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