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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 Tue, Dec-19-2017, 03:26:42 AM   #1
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Default Estoril Blue 1999 E36 M3 Convertible *Build Thread!*

Starting a build thread for my 1999 E36 M3 restoration. First time doing this and I think its deserving of one. I regret no doing one for my pervious car, so here we go...

Previous:
2005 VW GLI



Current:
1999 E36 M3 Convertible






(My daily is a e91 328ixT 6speed Manual Premium Sport Wagon)








Exterior:

Brand New OEM Hood (From BMW Dealer)
Brand New OEM M3 Bumper (From BMW Dealer, NOT eBay!)
Brand New OEM Nose Panel (From BMW Dealer)
Brand New Gloss Black Kidneys (ECS)
New Glass Headlights with HIDS
Yellow Foglights (From BMW, Yes BMW sold factory French Fogs)
Smoked Turn Signals
Euro Taillights


Interior:
LED Bulbs


Suspension:

Broadway Static S500 Super Low Swift Package Coilovers (16k Front/12K Rear)
New Sway Bar Endlinks

Drivetrain:
Stock

Engine Bay:
Stock

Engine/Performance:
None (Yet!)


Braking:
Drilled and Slotted ECS Rotors
Rebuilt Both Front Calipers
New Stainless Branklines


Wheels:
Concave BBS RC II with Brand New Nitto Tires
(Wanted 18s but got to good of deal on these to pass!)

Recent Maintenance/Other (All Parts OEM and Purchased from BMW Dealer Unless Otherwise Noted):

Valve Cover Gasket
All Bushings Replaced with AKG Poly
AKG Trans Mounts
New Serpentine Belt
New Radiator
New Coolant Expansion Tank
New Waterpump
New Thermostat
New Hoses
New Clutch Fan
New A/C Condenser Fan
Diff and Trans Fluid Replaced with Redline MT90 (Diff) and 75W90 (Trans)
New Spark Plugs
New Stainless Brake Lines
New Clutch/Slave Cylinder
New Liqui-Moly 5W30 and OEM Filter and Plug
New Fuel Filter
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Having some trouble getting the pictures to embed properly off Flickr...
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Old Tue, Dec-19-2017, 05:10:45 PM   #3
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Having some trouble getting the pictures to embed properly off Flickr...
I use Flickr. What's the problem?
I use the Flickr desktop app which gives you a public URL to the picture.
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I use Flickr. What's the problem?
I use the Flickr desktop app which gives you a public URL to the picture.
I got them working, thanks!
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Old Wed, Dec-20-2017, 01:37:13 AM   #5
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Nice vert.
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so happy seeing someone put good work and use into my old baby miss that ting everyday
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First Months of Ownership/Summer 2017
Started this a little late so I have some pictures and progress from awhile ago that I will be updating the thread with gradually

First (and only thing) I did the summer I got the car was find a pair of clean Vader seats. I didn't want to do much to the car and spend the rest of the short amount of summer I had left enjoying the car.

The Luxury Sport seats were pretty beat up and I couldn't stand them.


Thankfully I was lucky enough to find a pair 5 minutes from my house that were pretty clean for only $200


Im still on the fence about refinishing these because they are in very in condition but not PERFECT. With the rear needing to be done, I have a feeling it will look weird/not match if I don't do them both.
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Wow nice score for $200! And clean vert!
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First Steps:

Once I had winter started knocking at the door and I set up the little garage I was lucky enough to get, I put the car on stand and got to work. First thing I did was wet sand and polish up the wheels. They had some pretty decent oxidation (Ill post a picture once I find it!) but nothing that I couldn't restore. Ive refinished polished wheels before and it was actually pretty enjoyable. I put on the RSii and they look great but need some spacers and new center hexes and logos for sure.



I then started to completely take apart the interior, wasn't as bad as I thought, although the dash isn't completely off yet...




Ever since I got the car the carpet really bothered me, it was really frayed and seemed super cheap, I just figured it was the OEM carpet and this was just the result of years of abuse. To my surprise after removing the rear seats, I noticed there seemed to be two layer of carpet, I pull and this is what I saw...


One of the previous owners decided it was a good idea to go and buy some CHEAP fabric and roughly cut it to size and spray adhesive it over the OEM carpet.The didn't even take the time to vacuum out the carpet before doing this, as I found paper clips and dirt under it. They must really have been a noob because I continue to find weird and just plan stupid things done to the car (randomly cut wires and poorly wired connections, etc) "PLMike" the owner before me shared some crazy stories of things he found as well and my hats off to him for fixing some of them

Removed Garbage Carpet


I did some research and found a product called "De Solv-It". Its all natural and apparently will clean just about anything. I sprayed it on and let it sit for a few hours and for the most part, with a soft brush, it took the old adhesive off pretty easily, some spots needed some extra help but its coming along nicely and I think it will be able to save it!

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I would suggest to pull the carpet completely and use a good power washer to wash the carpet. Shampoo the hell out of it. Blast with power washer and let air dry. Then spot clean if needed.
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