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Old Tue, Jul-16-2019, 12:49:01 AM   #1
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Default 2004 330i ZHP S54 Swap

Project change! The wagon was scrapped due to the XI chassis. A 2004 330i ZHP 6MT with Alcantara interior and 98k miles was acquired to finish off this swap.







Ivan and I started to discuss this swap on July 2nd and by July 3rd, he already went and bought our donor. This cosmetically challenged (repaired janky af) 2004 M3 was perfect. All CA car with a healthy motor, transmission and rear end... albeit dirty.



A few days he was at my house, ready for a 2 day tear down. A time lapse of that is below.




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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

This is just the start, but you'll see a lot more detailing to come. Currently waiting on several thousand in new parts too









CPV was leaking and the rear main seal.

Befores (after is pending)










Some custom an fitting power steering line was on there, made a mess. All of that is getting replaced.







Lots to refresh with the engine, but you'll see it start to look more like 98 M3 S54 soon (OE E46 bolt color scheme for this build, as factory built).

Starting to clean up the mess we made tearing the M3 down and cleaning every part as I organize.





ZNS3 bolts clean up easily and any of the yellow zinc bolts I replace with the exact match recoated from my stockpile.
















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Old Tue, Jul-16-2019, 12:55:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

This will come out nice
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Old Tue, Jul-16-2019, 01:27:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

Jeez just when I was all excited to do mine, now this one comes along to make me feel like my standards aren't high enough...
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Jeez just when I was all excited to do mine, now this one comes along to make me feel like my standards aren't high enough...
And you come along to add more to my swap list, lol.
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Old Tue, Jul-16-2019, 01:41:52 AM   #6
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Excited to watch this build!
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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

here we go - we gonna attempt to salvage one turd and make another turd go a bit quicker, haha.

We have quite an extensive parts list

Excited to put it all back together, Brett!



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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

We are watching a legend in his prime
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Default Re: 2003 325xi Touring Wagon M3 Swap

Sheez how many cans of brakleen are you going through?!

Iím mid-swap on a mystic over tan. Very jealous of how clean your CA cars are.. wasted quite a few hours cleaning up the subframe rust on my ME m3 donor.

This is going to come out beautifully. How are you dealing with the transmission cross member?


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Sheez how many cans of brakleen are you going through?!

Iím mid-swap on a mystic over tan. Very jealous of how clean your CA cars are.. wasted quite a few hours cleaning up the subframe rust on my ME m3 donor.

This is going to come out beautifully. How are you dealing with the transmission cross member?


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I have a blast cabinet with 300grit glass and a 30L ultrasonic cleaner filled with Simple Green. On the transmission and any parts with cosmoline, I use gasoline to clean them.

Cross member I will probably cut the 325 part to extend the M3 part. I don't know yet tbh. I had forgot about that being an issue until Dave B asked me about it today.
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