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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 Sun, Apr-26-2015, 05:26:28 PM   #31
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Default Re: Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

Did some work in the engine bay yesterday, and finished up installing the front lights.

First up was to put in a new radiator cover. I chose to put in the E36 Euro cover for the cleaner look:




My car is also such an early Dinan build that it pre-dates some of the upgrades that came on later Stage 3 cars, including the strut braces. I found a used front brace here on the forums, and installed it yesterday (alongside a minor engine bay detail):




The hood lining and seals were all shot when I bought the car (the lining was literally disintegrating), so I swapped in new parts.






Last up was installing a new set of US headlights. I swapped in some PIAA Night Tech bulbs to get the most from the non-projector housings.






Next up is to put some effort into renewing the interior. I need to patch and recolor the leather on the door panels, and try to refurbish the seats. I also plan to swap out the steering wheel, shift knob, and boots to new parts.

More to come.

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Default Re: Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

Car looks good, what kind of blower is that? Powerdyne?
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Old Sun, Apr-26-2015, 06:22:36 PM   #33
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Car looks good, what kind of blower is that? Powerdyne?
Yep, an original Powerdyne.
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Old Mon, Apr-27-2015, 03:37:50 AM   #34
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Default Re: Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

Put some more work into the car this afternoon.


The door panels had a couple of very worn spots, and the driver's side leather section was loose on the panel. I had tried to use a leather stain, but unfortunately the stain won't work on leather that is darker than the color you're trying to dye it. So, I ordered some VHT light grey vinyl spray dye. I recolored a set of E30 door panels with the stuff years ago, so I knew it would work well.


The damaged panels:








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Gluing the driver's side leather section back on the door panel. I used Gorilla Glue as it works really well on particle board.




And the finished result:






I also refurbished the shift and ebrake boots. The boots were both filthy and incredibly dry and cracking. So, I used some Leather Revive oil to bring them back. I soaked the boots in the stuff and put them in a zip lock bag in the sun to let the leather really soak the oil up. I did that twice and the leather is supple again.




I purchased a lighted knob and the adapter harness, and installed them both as well. A quick and easy project with great results.





Since I bought the car, I've really gone to town on the interior. To recap:
  • Steam cleaned the carpets
  • Cleaned and conditioned the leather
  • Cleaned all of the plastics
  • Installed new ///M floor mats
  • Repaired the HVAC
  • Refurbished the boots and installed a new shift knob

I have two large projects left on the interior; replacing the worn 4-spoke steering wheel with a 3-spoke, and refurbishing the leather seats.

More to come...

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Old Mon, Apr-27-2015, 04:18:35 AM   #35
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Nice work! What color dye did you use, light grey satin?
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Nice work! What color dye did you use, light grey satin?
Correct. Light grey.
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Wow interior came out great. Damn, I really need to reglue my door panels too.
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Looking great, Peter! You're making my car look like a lazy man owns it who doesn't care about the car... And mine's in pretty decent shape! Well done.
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I love watching the progress on this one. You make it look easy! It's nice motivation to take on a few projects of my own.
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