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Old Fri, Mar-04-2016, 05:16:00 AM   #1
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Default That one 95 M3 HPDE build

This is going to be a thread about my 95 M3 track build. An HPDE/fun car.


I’ve been mainly an E30 guy for the last ~10 years. Built several S52 swapped cars, owned a couple iX’s, also daily drove a Mugello 95 M3 for a year (it’s drivetrain ended up in an E30). My current DD is an imola E46 M3. I was planning to get another E46M to gut and make into a dedicated racer after I took my DD on the track a couple times last year.


Well, I started comparing build and consumable costs for E46vE36. I also weighed in the fact that I have very little seat time on a road course and tons of autox experience (Nebraska is awesome). So instead of spending $30-40k on a bad ass E46 M3 track car; I began to search for an E36 M3 chassis to build from.


My search was very easy once I remembered about my buddies 95 that has been sitting in his shop since 2012. It was parked because of a 100% worn clutch disc and loss of compression in cylinder #2. Early 2013 we pulled the motor out of the engine bay and placed it onto a stand, that is all, didn’t pop it open, nothing. He lost interest and I never thought much of it.


Here are some of his pictures from over the years; 2012-2013




















Fast forward to now.

I’m wanting an E36 and he has a rust free mint shell just sitting there. We chat and it’s for sale; I say that I’ll buy it once the lost compression issue is found and not in the block.

Last week I went out to his shop and popped the head off. Everything looked awesome until I closely examined the head.

Split right between the intake valves on cyl #2. I just bought meself an E36.























I will begin to strip the interior and get the rear end rebuilt/car rolling for my first steps. He started pulling the trailing arms and sub frame but never finished it. Once the rear end is assembled and interior gutted, I'll tow it to a car wash and power wash it all down. Working on a dirty car drives me nuts.


Overall plan for the car

Drivetrain
  • Rebuild S50 - stock for the most part (plan to go S54 eventually)
  • Cooling system - stewart/alum rad/etc
  • ZF320 refresh - detents/seals
  • 3” SS exhaust/headers
  • LTW flywheel/6 puck
  • AKG shifter
  • 3.38 MFactory differential

Susp/Brakes
  • GC/TCK/MCS coils - whatever I can find in the classifieds later in the year
  • Condor Speed Shop full bushing kit
  • AKG camber arms
  • Z3 steering rack
  • GC sway bars
  • Stock rotors/rebuilt calipers w brass guides/PFC08 pads/SS lines - BBK when S54 happens and I’m a better driver
  • Replace all bearings/ball joints/etc
  • ARC8s 17x9
  • 255/40-17 RS3

Body
  • Gutted with 4 or 6pt cage - undecided on that
  • Recaro Profi SPGs
  • Remove HVAC system
  • Simple interior, nothing fancy. Function is the focus here.
  • CF sunroof plug
  • Lexan quarters/rear & Fiberglass hood/trunk - Pesch Motorsports



I’m hoping to get the chassis work done (less cage) and car rolling by September and build the drivetrain over next winter to be running for the 2017 season. I typically end up over building cars and shooting for the moon. With this one it's going to be a simple build to get seat time. I will upgrade the car as I advance as a driver.
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Old Sat, Mar-05-2016, 06:25:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: That one 95 M3 HPDE build

I ended up stripping out the interior today. I sold it to a buddy to put into his 323i. It went pretty smooth and I was extremely happy to see that the floor pans aren’t rusted out and in very good condition, thankful that it’s an AZ car.























I’m hoping to get the sunroof cartridge and rear subframe assembly removed this weekend. I’ll then clean up all the parts/boxes around the car and get a game plan together on what parts to order.

I’m still undecided what bushings to run in the rear; I’ve ran condor speed shop on a couple E30s with success but kind of leaning towards AKG aluminum subframe/diff bushings as I bought AKG 75D stuff for the E46 M3 and the build quality looks amazing.
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More progress over the weekend.

The rear subframe has been removed. I loaded it into the M3 and will be sandblasting, painting, rebuilding it all. I am still debating whether to keep the parking brake or not. I'm debating on dropping the fuel tank down as well. I've got a buddy who has a mobile pressure washing service in the same complex. Hoping to get the M3 outside and sprayed off before all of the rear end goes back into it.










I then tackled the sunroof removal. This was extremely simple compared to my E30.
I can’t believe how heavy it is too. It will get replaced with a FG or CF plug.












Once I had that stuff stripped off I went around the car cleaning up all of the trash and loose hardware.
I ended up organizing all of the parts he had acquired for the car as well and stacking it all up in front of the M3. It was a productive Friday.









Next;
rebuild rear end
pull fuel tank
clean underside of car
remove sound damping
trim wiring harness
install rear end
rebuild front end
get it rolling
tear down S50 for rebuild
focus on drivetrain
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Can't wait for more upgrades! Must be a nice one!
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I'll watch this...
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Can't wait for more upgrades! Must be a nice one!
it's super nice! i can't wait either. i never thought i would be this excited for an e36 hehe

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I'll watch this...
it might get exciting here quick..



The E46 rear subframe job is completed so I went back to working on this project.. I’m planning to go full speed ahead on this car now. I want to get it rolling by the end of April if school/graduation/new career doesn’t get in the way lol. Anyways, onto some pictures. Not too much exciting things happening right now but it’ll get better.




Finally removed the all of the trunk trim pieces





I found some rust on the rear trunk seal flange; it could be a whole lot worse haha




Fuel tank has been removed, pretty simple except for the lines on the passenger side that I found out about when the tank was basically on the ground and spilled fuel all over..






I then removed all of the front suspension parts to be refreshed. I was going to wait for this once the rear was done but I figured why not do it all at once..




Then today I started to tackle some wiring cleanup in the rear of the car.. I’m not fully removing anything until the chassis is rolling. One project at a time…
I’m planning on removing hvac, airbags, radio, ummm…. Basically everything but the cluster, lighting, abs, and windows. I would love to go nuts on the harness and remove windows and aftermarket gauges, etc. But I’m not trying to over build this car right off the bat. Those things can be changed later on.






Finally closed the hood to get a different perspective of it.. Man am I excited to get this car running







main focus: get car rolling


I just ordered:
  • Subframe, sway, rtab reinforcements from AKG
  • Front; ball joints, hubs, tie rods
  • Rear; ta ball joints, axle boots
  • Diff seals (waiting to swap diffs with a local buddy who is 5 speed swapping his 98 auto, 3.38 )
  • Caliper rebuild kits and new bleeders
  • ECS rear camber arms (just threw a pair on the E46 and love em)

Ordering this week:
  • Condor Speed Shop bushing kit, ss brake lines, and brass caliper bushings
  • Z3 steering rack and find an E34 lower u-joint locally
  • PFC08 and brembo blanks will come later on.. focus is to get it rolling now

Next;
rebuild front/rear
clean underside of car
install front/rear to get chassis rolling
pull dash; remove damping & hvac box
trim wiring harness
prep for cage
tear down S50 & focus on drivetrain
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Nice progress so far!
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Wow that car was in rough shape and you're bringing it back to life. Can't wait to see how it progresses.
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Wow that car was in rough shape and you're bringing it back to life. Can't wait to see how it progresses.
thank you!

it wasn't in too bad of shape considering the price he and i paid for it. it's 99% rust free and that's all that matters to me.. i have no problem fixing mechanical issues. i can't wait either! once it's rolling i'm not gonna be able to stop. i want it running and racing around the track!
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Lots of progress since my last update. I’m currently waiting on parts to show up and hardware to be plated. Plan is to have it the chassis on the ground during the first week of May.
  • I have been messing with refreshing all of the suspension bits.
  • Blasting/cleaning up hardware to be zinc plated.
  • I found out the front control arms weren’t BMW castings as my Lemforder ball joints did not fit. I ended up ordering some nonM Meyle HD arms from FCPeuro (lifetime warranty on track car ftw).
  • Calipers sandblasted, rebuild, painted, Condor Speed Shop brass carrier bushings, and new bleeders.
  • Trailing arms received all new ball joints, wheel bearings, and CSS rtabs. Hubs will be getting a zinc plating before install.
  • AKG reinforcements installed onto the front and rear subframes.
  • Acquired an ETM to make wire harness trimming much easier.
  • Car was sketchily placed onto “custom” dollies and after removing everything from the undercarriage and the car was rolled outside to be cleaned off with a hotsy. I will do some fine cleaning with brake clean and scuff pads later in the week.



Anyways. Here are some pictures.

More to come in the next week or two when I've got all my parts. Z3 rack is proving to be the most difficult to source for a good price. I'm hoping to find a deal and keep the budget down.


































Next;
finish refreshing suspension parts
install & get chassis rolling
pull dash; remove damping & hvac box
trim wiring harness & prep for cage
tear down S50 & focus on drivetrain
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