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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Sep-13-2018, 11:12:53 PM   #1
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Default The 230K E36 M3 Build Thread

Thanks to the people that replied to my other thread about this M3. I pulled the trigger last night and got it home! However, it had been sitting for about 1.5 months needing a new alternator that the owner didn't want to change because he had just taken delivery of a new Tesla. So, after jumping it and getting it home (in the pouring rain), we're guessing since it'd hadn't moved in over a month, a bunch of ants/spiders made their first appearance after it was in my garage! Woohoo...Not, cool. Lol! Just one of the many surprises that I'm sure are to come.

So, before we replace the alternator, we have more pressing matters. Time to bug bomb the E36 M3!

This will be more of a video series but I'll do my best to take pics.


Thanks again for all the previous comments. I'd love to hear what you think I should do first!

Cheers all!
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Ehhh. Iíll take the tail lights , side markers, and wheels. Iíll provide you with clear tails, side markers, and clear front corners .

The rest youíre on your own


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Old Fri, Sep-14-2018, 04:35:17 PM   #3
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If you're going to yank the interior anyways, yank it all out, then bug bomb it. In fact, I would remove the doors and panels, take out your entire interior including carpet and headliner, and then go to town.
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If you're going to yank the interior anyways, yank it all out, then bug bomb it. In fact, I would remove the doors and panels, take out your entire interior including carpet and headliner, and then go to town.
Yeah, I think you're right. I did one yesterday for the heck of it...we'll call it round one.

I changed the alternator today and didn't really notice any ants/bugs...but I'll probably do what you say, yank everything and do it again.

I haven't searched yet so I don't know if anyone has any experience with these...but I think I'm going to order a set with the latch strap. http://www.hardmotorsport.com/hard-m...oupe-textured/
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Yeah, I think you're right. I did one yesterday for the heck of it...we'll call it round one.



I changed the alternator today and didn't really notice any ants/bugs...but I'll probably do what you say, yank everything and do it again.



I haven't searched yet so I don't know if anyone has any experience with these...but I think I'm going to order a set with the latch strap. http://www.hardmotorsport.com/hard-m...oupe-textured/


Those look fancy


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Should be a fun project man, could go either way on the door panels. Are they sock panels thrashed and need to go, or...? If they're not toast, I'd keep them unless you need room for a cage.
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Should be a fun project man, could go either way on the door panels. Are they sock panels thrashed and need to go, or...? If they're not toast, I'd keep them unless you need room for a cage.
Ehhh, I wouldn't say they're toast but they're definitely worn for sure. Both door handle trim pieces are missing aaand I kind of like the idea of the door handles being converted to those latch straps

Side note, does anyone know if these pieces on the rear seat and trunk are factory? The car had some audio stuff installed, I'm not sure if this is dynamat (I think that's what it's called) or not. I'm not really an audio person.







The piece under the rear seats looks factory but it pulls up really easily and is clean underneath, there's nothing sticking it down which makes me think it's after market.

Anyways, we're moving along! Ooh, and if anyone has any tips on how to deal with rust under the battery, lmk! I talk about it a bit about half way through the video:

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under the seat is stock sound deadening. not sure about the trunk bit but mine didn't have it on a sedan
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Those are all factory BMW.

First vid; Less bug talk, more car work. I get that this is how YouTube works, but we're all adults here.
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under the seat is stock sound deadening. not sure about the trunk bit but mine didn't have it on a sedan
Okay, thanks!

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Those are all factory BMW.

First vid; Less bug talk, more car work. I get that this is how YouTube works, but we're all adults here.

Okay, thanks and thanks for the input! I'll definitely work on getting better at filming the actual work too. It's like I have one main project, the build...then my second project...getting better at filming, etc.

Sidenote, pulled the door panels, looks like we had a door replacement at some point! There was no vin tag on this door anywhere like there was on the passenger door.



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