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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 Sat, Feb-18-2017, 02:36:09 PM   #1
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Default Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh

I put the M away almost 2 years ago because small things were accumulating and I didn't have the time to spend. In the interim I've collected a few goodies and the time has come. Non-Op status has been updated and insurance is in full effect so the fun begins.

Calvin went through the entire rear suspension including a boxed subframe and RTA reinforcement plates. This was 4 years ago but only about 3000 miles, many of those driving back from Calvin's place in San Diego.

In keeping with my "theme" for the car I'm keeping everything as stock as possible, doing upgrades when necessary. Where possible I'll use OE or at least OEM.

I knew the car had some body issues on the left front but the panel and door are original. They were both repaired poorly as the pics will show. I'm replacing the trim and clips on this side after the areas are properly repaired.


Drivers door.


Front quarter. Yes, I still have the original side markers that will go back




Proper OEM kidneys are on the way


This weekend I'll finish removing the MM underpanel.


Yes, the wheelwell is missing. That's one of the reasons the car was parked. My goal is to take out everything, replace the old, broken and brittle parts, repaint the shiny bits and realign everything.










This was holding on the trim for the drivers door and front quarter.


On the list:
- x-brace
- cosmetic refresh on front end
- new mounting hardware for MM underpanel
- front end suspension refresh including most everything except struts. Those were replaced 8k ago.
- Tires. Michelin PS
- plugs
- oil change
- brake line flush
- new(ish) speakers for the interior. I have a good set of OE to go in
- compression and leak down test. I suspect a head gasket is in our future
- windshield. The one in now is the original and shot.

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Default Re: Estoril Sedan Winter Refresh

I love these threads, I'll definitely keep a close eye on this one. Welcome back to the E36.
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Yessssssssssssssssssss. I'm looking forward to you enjoying this car again.
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Cool project, the front end of my car was pretty jacked up when I got it too. A new set of glass headlights will do wonders for the looks of the front end too.
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Cool project, the front end of my car was pretty jacked up when I got it too. A new set of glass headlights will do wonders for the looks of the front end too.
That's on the list for maybe next year. I had glass Depos on it at one time but hated the light output. I never got it quite right so the stock lights went back in with good bulbs. I keep checking for a set of Bosch. If Brett puts up another pair I may be tempted.
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Nice, giving it the love it deserves. I have some glass projectors, but the shop couldn't find a way to get them to fit them with the supercharger in the way.
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If you get some glass headlights, do a proper retrofit and run HIDs. It does wonders in making the car confidence inspiring on late night drives. Mountain roads, wildlife and 20 year old headlights are not a perfect combo. I'm running FX-R projectors in DJ Autos and the light output rivals new cars. Anything I can help with, or any parts you need help finding let me know Chef.
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Good work keeping it until you were ready to work on it.

I've read lots of stories about people selling a car and regretting it because they didn't have the time or resources deal with it at the time.
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If you get some glass headlights, do a proper retrofit and run HIDs. It does wonders in making the car confidence inspiring on late night drives. Mountain roads, wildlife and 20 year old headlights are not a perfect combo. I'm running FX-R projectors in DJ Autos and the light output rivals new cars. Anything I can help with, or any parts you need help finding let me know Chef.
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I want some OEM Bosch. I really avoid driving the car at night and rarely do. I've owned numerous modern cars and know what a nice headlight setup can do. I'll keep thinking but this one is still back burner.
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I've read lots of stories about people selling a car and regretting it because they didn't have the time or resources deal with it at the time.
Sell? lolnope. I love driving it too much.

Finished disassembling the front end and started cleaning.

I was inspired by the door handle trim thread and five8and10s DIY.


Original tag still on the front end and all of the grill clips are intact.



Cleaned up the door a bit. I'd love to slap whoever worked on this.








All cleaned up (mostly) and all clips and attachments removed except grill.


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Nice work Jim. Shame I wasn't still in the Bay Area otherwise I'd be over helping
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