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Old Mon, Nov-28-2016, 05:20:12 AM   #31
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Old Sun, Feb-19-2017, 02:55:39 AM   #32
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Ö3 months laterÖlong time no posts, not much has happened with the car besides little things and slight changes of plans. Cage hasnít been fabbed yet, with the change of plans happening I told my buddy to keep on working on customer work before we get going on my car. Iíll put up some pics Iíve taken since I last posted.

Iíve got the majority of the S50 block assembled. Using the S54 oil system on it for some peace of mind. Iím sending another batch of hardware to zinc plating and once I get that back I will be able to install the timing cover and get the head on the block/button up the engine.






Installed my old Recaro Profi-SPGs for cage fab. I grabbed a full VAC mounting kit for driver and passenger side as well.






Mostly installed the carbon sunroof plug. Still need to put nutserts in the rear.




Had the chromo flywheel and grip force pressure plate balanced locally.



Started messing around with poly windows. This turned out to be a huge hassle to try and get done cleanly and efficiently. I will be using the small chassis tabs and M5 rivnuts & counter sunk allens for mounting the quarter windows flush with the exterior molding. These should be one of the first things fabbed when we get going on it. I'll be so relieved when they're mounted and look clean.






I then got it ready to take over to buddies shop and dropped it off there about 2 weeks ago. Iíve mostly been grinding things and just cleaning it up/breaking things and making the build much more serious and fuhraze.











So Iíve changed the plan quite a bit since my plan from November. Just a couple bullet points, more detail when these things start to actually happen.
  • Totally redesigned cage; no longer doing it like the red one linked to previously
  • Cage will be connected to front shock towers and will be building my own body harness; due to cage in oe fuse area
  • Custom harness means no stock cluster, will be getting racepak iq3 data logger
  • Factory column will be replaced with a race column; woodward, sweet mfg, or a one off setup- not sure yet
  • Factory pedals/booster will be replaced by tilton 800 series overhung brake/clutch and 600 series throttle
  • Removing ABS. If I don't like it I will implement MK60 from a wrecked E46 that I buy for its S54
  • Brake system will be plumbed with stainless hard lines, will be running it as a "4 channel" system


Itís a bit more than I originally planned but it will be worth the extra season off, I hope. All of these additional upgrades are being done to clean up and simplify things while improving the car at the same time. It all started when I tried to remove the ignition housing from the column and ended up ruining the column.. I've always wanted to build a chassis harness from scratch, tune a car with dual masters, drive with a truly solid steering setup, and a data logger to nerd out about; so why not now?

next;
cage/pedals/steering fab
get drivetrain hardware to plating
assemble s50
trans seals/detents/cleaning-still...
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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 02:28:28 PM   #33
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Damn epic build and the best color e36. Looks like you started with a great chassis and I appreciate the attention detail you have with all the parts and hardware. In for updates, can't wait to see how this thing comes out.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-2017, 01:15:40 AM   #34
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Damn epic build and the best color e36. Looks like you started with a great chassis and I appreciate the attention detail you have with all the parts and hardware. In for updates, can't wait to see how this thing comes out.
thanks man! it won't be staying alpine if i can help it heh. i'm a red m3 kinda guy and this one may be getting redone in imola. i only chose the alpine because it is such a clean chassis and painting a car is much easier than rust/damage repair. sometimes the attention to detail bites me in the ass and my indecisiveness really drives me nuts. this one is a big update! thanks again!










Another post and another change for this projectÖ it just keeps getting deeper and deeper into a serious build. I knew I couldnít keep lying to myself about building a simple car.

so itís getting an LS

Ideally Iíll find a wrecked 2004 GTO and pull the LS1(6) and T56 out. Then do some LS6 parts, an ASA cam, and a good wet oil setup/accusump. Simple and reliable 400rwhp.

Yes, it will no longer be a GTS car, itís now going to be an ST/TT build. Iíd love an S54 but I just canít justify the cost v. benefits. The S50, ZF, 3.38 LSD are pending sale locally once they are all rebuilt.

Moving on... couple simple chassis updates. Not much work done on it since the last time I've posted.






Since I will be installing a custom column and tilton pedal box, I decided to move the drivers seat back as far as possible on the VAC mounts and see where it put me. I was planning to cut up the floor and make custom mounts but the VACs allow the seat to go way further back than I had imagined. I will be leaving the seat in that position and build the pedals and column to work with it. I will also need a lay back shift lever on the T56 as my arms are not long enough to reach the factory hole in the tunnel.









Iíve decided to ditch the poly quarter windows that Iíve already got. Theyíre meant to look OEM and well, Iíd rather just make them as flush with the body as possible. So Iíve removed the drip rail trim and Iíve began to make a template to start messing around with. I also grabbed two sheets of 1/8 Makrolon locally. Iím thinking of getting a sheet of abrasion resistant stuff to make a windshield if these side windows go smooth.







Got an E46 M3 ABS Pump/Computer. Iíll slowly start finding parts for this swap. Iíll be building my own harness rather than paying an ungodly markup on the pieces with pigtails attached. Itís absurd what they charge for a kit.





Took a few random shots while it was on the lift. While I was trying to get a game plan together for cleaning up the floor pan section I had a thought of getting rid of all the undercoat and seam sealer (Iíd assume 20-30#) and stitching the chassis up while itís easily done. I think I will be going down that path during cage fabrication as well. It will then be coated underneath with the same varnish that Iíve coated all of the suspension parts with, Dolphís EB-41.









Cage fab has been on hold until I can get pedals and steering parts in. Hoping to get rocking on it in the next 2-3 weeks. We will see how it goes, buddy has been busy with other projects and Iím in no rush anymore as the 2017 season is a bust.

Iím also planning on putting the serious parts purchases on hold once the car is done with chassis work. I need to get some maintenance done on my E46M street car since weather is getting beautiful and Iíve put under 100 miles on it in the last 11 months. That car will be getting some attention and itís loan paid off before I throw $20k into this E36Ö Trying to be responsible here lol

next;
strip undercoating off
get drivetrain hardware to plating
cage/pedals/steering fab
assemble s50 & zf to sell
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Old Sun, Nov-12-2017, 04:26:23 PM   #35
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I havenít done too much to this over the last 9 months. Itís been at my buddies shop but itís been somewhat set aside during this time. Heís been busy with customer work, I changed careers, been house hunting, and bought an X5 so my time has been allocated everywhere else but this E36 for the most part. Iíll run through some updates that I have photos of, since everybody likes pics and doesnít even read this stuff if itís longer than a sentence.






March


Back onto the lift to remove rear bumper and side skirts





I repinned a 330ci abs pigtail to work with the MK60




Grabbed a Monti MBX to help strip out the seams when stitch welding





April


Test fit buddies 18x10 et25 - 285/30s






Camber plate was on crooked, doh




Started to strip wheel well, trying out the MBX




Scored a deal on three 77 series tilton master cylinders





August


Picked up two E32 3.15 210mm LSDs. One of them here to show the size comparison to a 3.38 188mm LSD.







Bought a 4.8is that has consumed all of my free time and money ever since 8/19Ö





October



Finally back at it. Spare tub cut out.








Most of the undercoating removed.




Partial stitch welding completed.









As of today, the car is at another friends shop for temporary storage until around the new year. More of it has been stitch welded and the RTAB plates are welded, just donít have photos. Over the last couple months this project has had somewhat of a reality check you could say. House hunting is going terrible and the more I keep looking, the more I want to spend more on a home than going full-on LS, dry sump, 4 speed dogbox, loud noises badass race car with this thing.

I feel like it will eventually get there but I think this phase will be somewhat toned down with an S54/ZF320 swap. S54 will require much less fabrication work and essentially bolt right in. Hopefully shave at least a year off the time required for this swap, probably even more. If it were to built with an LS like I picture it, we would be around 5y from completionÖ If I go with an S54 Iím going to estimate 3y until completion, depending what happens career/home wise. Even less time if I utilize the factory harness/gauges and braking system but wiring and plumbing this car actually excites meÖ..


There are a couple unknowns on the project right now and I will need to get them figured out to proceed ahead with the next steps.

Painting of the underside/engine bay
  • simply coat it with the satin black aerosol varnish that Iíve got the on the suspension components? ~$100, extremely chemical resistant, easy to touch up, but looks somewhat Ďcheapí being all black IMO
  • get some single stage imola red paint and spray it with a paint gun? ~$600, almost as chemical resistant, harder to touch up, will look phenomenal with refreshed suspension components and gold hardware

Gearing; the 3.15 will kill the feel of an S54
  • find a 210mm 3.91 or 4.10 R&P for 210mm, $$$, bulletproof, heavier
  • go back to 188mm and find 3.91 LSD, cheaper and less weight but more prone to failure with Rcomps

Flares/Tires; plan for wheels will be something 18x10 et25, either arc8 or nt03
  • Mashaw PTG with atleast 275/30-18; $$$, lots of work, badass, room to grow if it gets more power
  • Hard style flares with 275/285 max; hideous but functional by providing room for realistic required tire sizes for the S54. Function>likes

I also want to change it up bushing/suspension wise.
  • For sure doing - AKG Al subframe bushings, SPL lower arms, and spherical RTABs
  • Thinking about selling LCA and going with an SLR road course kit - can be done later
  • Also maybe sell the TCKline DAs for something with true rear coilovers, MCS JRZ etc - can be done later

Hopefully get back to it after New Years. I want to finish all the tedious boring chassis work in 2018 and have a mostly painted, fully caged, refreshed suspension/diff, poly window, ready for wiring/plumbing rolling M3. If I get more done, hell yeah.





next;
get hardware to plating
assemble s50 & zf
make some decisions
finish stitch welding
cage/pedals/steering fab
paint underside/engine bay
prime interior/cage
change out bushings
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Old Sun, Nov-12-2017, 10:48:51 PM   #36
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Very cool seeing the transformation here. Love the X5 too.
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