BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > Member Journals
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

Member Journals Do you have a long term project you would like to share with the community? Use this forum to create a single thread which you can update over time to document the progress.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 05:57:38 AM   #1
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Iíve been documenting a build for the last couple of years and figured it would be a good time to share with the community (especially since a lot of fixes and how-tos were learned from this forum). A lot of aspiration was gleaned from other great journals in this section.

This is a work in progress with no end date in mind. Main goal is to completely restore the vehicle, with some aspirations for ďOEM plusĒ and tasteful modifications along the way. Itís surprisingly how fun the car is on weekends just in stock form with a fresh suspension. Iím not trying to build a show car or high horsepower monster. I just prefer to take my time, do it right (or not at all), and try my best to be meticulous.

Iíll start with the project acquisition ĖJuly 2015.
-Alpine white, 1 owner, Texas car
-78K miles, all paperwork (minus window sticker)
-Style24 wheels all around + spare

The price was so low that I had to jump on it (after a 3rd party inspection), bought it the first day it went on market.

Arriving home in CA


Ready to start this project!


Filed everything away
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 06:03:10 AM   #2
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

The car looked decent in photos, but in-person inspection meant a lot of work was ahead.

Door Card Condition





Got my mobile leather guy to repair and took off the door cards to re-glue everything




Glovebox De-laminated, had to get creative



Rest of the interior is in good shape



New Boot and E-brake leather added on




All completed

Last edited by Oogie_M; Thu, Jun-08-2017 at 06:15:28 AM.
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 06:25:01 AM   #3
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Exterior Problem Areas







Stripped


New seals, cowl, gaskets, trim, corner lights, etc






Mobile Paint Touch-up



All done, a quick morning drive before the next phase


Last edited by Oogie_M; Thu, Jun-08-2017 at 06:37:54 AM.
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 06:46:59 AM   #4
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Wanted to start off on a clean slate, so figured might as well just start replacing everything. Vanos line, coils, spark plugs, filters, engine/diff/tranny oil, etc.






Spark plugs were wet, replaced the valve cover gasket, and did a compression test -190+ psi across all cylinders.




Cleaned and back together



Started preparing for CA smog. Since the battery was disconnected, I had to get the ECU ready by completing a drive cycle:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...or-Smog-Check/


Ready to Rock-n-Roll



PASSED
Celebration by repairing the burnt out bulbs with LEDs

Last edited by Oogie_M; Thu, Jun-08-2017 at 06:53:32 AM.
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 07:00:02 AM   #5
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Time to start cleaning. Just kind of taking my time with a toothbrush, degreaser, and steam tool.









Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 07:06:11 AM   #6
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Time to start fixing or upgrading. Just minor annoyances or opportunities to get everything nice and new.

Seats out for new clutch pedal, clutch pedal bushings (delrin), and brake switch.



Insulation was missing behind the knee panel underneath the steering wheel. Bought some insulation from Amazon.com and cut my own templates to re-glue.



Figured since I'm taking stuff apart already, might as well fix the gauge cluster. Many thanks to Braymond141 for the write-up. Off goes the steering wheel.








Cluster fixed put back together. Fix one thing and another problem rears it's ugly head -error for the brake pedal travel sensor.



Timing was good, didn't want to put the old steering wheel back on and the new euro wheel from Tainik came in from Germany.










Daytime shot below with new shifter
Attached Images
File Type: jpeg interior.jpeg (63.2 KB, 29 views)

Last edited by Oogie_M; Thu, Jun-08-2017 at 07:22:18 AM.
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 02:18:21 PM   #7
JitteryJoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 742
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 JitteryJoe is on a distinguished road
Location: Seattle

United States




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Nice low mileage car. Great to see it in good hands. Good luck!
__________________
My Techno Violet E36 M3 Journal
Jump to top JitteryJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 03:55:41 PM   #8
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Quote:
Originally Posted by JitteryJoe View Post
Nice low mileage car. Great to see it in good hands. Good luck!
Thanks! I wish I was more mechanically-inclined so I can pull the engine and subframe like your build
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 04:14:31 PM   #9
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

I wanted to clean the rear wheel wells, figured might as well just pull the suspension off to do it (and inspect the RSM since there was an occasional clunk while driving).




Turns out the rear passenger side shock tower had a slight crack. Called around a few shops, no one really cared to take the business. Found a race shop in Irvine called Lang Racing to help me out. Their facility has a dyno, alignment machine, fabrication shop, and engine building room.




I opted to do the left and right side with AKG RSM reinforcements. Plates were welded on, factory etch coat / primer applied, then painted white to match.



I had some extra money from an insurance settlement, so went a little crazy. Figured "while it was in the shop" I had the following done:
-new subframe and rear bushings all replaced (every piece of rubber with new OE)
-new RTAB bushings with limiters
-new FCAs and "lollipops"
-new engine and transmission bushings
-new shifter bushings and linkage
-new front and rear shocks


Drive back to the office was full of smiles!
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Thu, Jun-08-2017, 04:24:40 PM   #10
Oogie_M
o_O
 
Oogie_M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 376
Reputation: 0 Oogie_M is on a distinguished road
Location: Everywhere

Taiwan




Default Re: Oogie's 97 M3 Journal

Dash error lights seriously bother the hell out of me! Cleaned the wheel sensors for the ABS/ASC light, nothing. Scantool didn't show any codes. Swapped in new wheel sensors in an attempt to detect if a particular one was the culprit, nothing. Finally just replaced the brake travel sensor.... FIXED!




M-Rain interior came in, picked up at the Greyhound station. Also acquired some spare OE fabric for color matching (the rear side pieces didn't come in Alcantara). Seats are in good condition, passenger side and rear fabric is mint, but the vinyl seat backing needs some repair for scuffs and a small tear. I joined the group buy with M-Fabrics in the UK (https://www.m-fabrics.com/) for reproduction grey M-rain cloth. Waiting for everything to come in before finding an upholstery shop.






Last edited by Oogie_M; Thu, Jun-08-2017 at 04:33:15 PM.
Jump to top Oogie_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 11:53:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright ©1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing Oogie's 97 M3 Journal in the Member Journals Forum - Do you have a long term project you would like to share with the community? Use this forum to create a single thread which you can update over time to document the progress. at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)