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      04-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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The revival of my 'new' turbo e36 M3....

UPDATED 4/27/09

from today's BMW CCA spring tour for the national chapter. I will post up a bunch of photos from today, some awesome cars, great weather and beautiful locations and fun roads, cant ask for more!

tweaked the suspension a little more last night AND got my new seats installed...love them. There is a little more room to bring it down in the front, but I want to be careful with it...have to keep in mind there is a downpipe hanging low....dont want to tear that off!







no room for lowering here!



Corbeau CR1's are in...love these seats. Honestly, they are more comfortable to me than the Vaders, put almost 6 hours and 300 miles into these seats today and my back feels great! Could not say that w the Vaders. Important to get the optional adjustable lumbar supports if you buy these seats...big help.

Corbeau has aluminum insert rings for the harness holes...you guys think those would look good?

I'll get better interior shots sometime soon





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hey guys,
thought I'd post this here.

I picked up a very nice e36 w/ a TT stg II turbo kit last Thursday evening. Ever since I've been hard at work on it. The previous owner took good care of the car but the last few months...probably 4-5 its been sitting outside and untouched thru the winter. It was a MESS. I didnt really take any good pics of the damage but there was a ton of acid rain etching, swirl marks and scratches galore.

I went on a paint detailing/correction binge yesterday. A solid steady 12-13hr affair on nothing but the paint.

Here is a quick post from Mark on the boards (mscire2). He helped out and took pics the whole time. He'll post up more I'm sure. I have never destructed a orang pad like I did this one. The whole car got 2 full passes from an orange pad and Menz. SIP. The pad was TOAST. look how dirty the edges are in some of the pics. It was shooting off foam at the end like crazy.

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this is a copy of Mark's post (mscire2) from yesterday....he hung out and helped me thru the whole process:


Hey guys just giving a fairly large update to the cleanup of sniz's new e36

Pics are from yesterday and today and work is still in progress as i type this. Just throwing up a live update


Top of muffler pre polish


Post Polish


After a real good bath








The beginning of polishing










All 3 stages of polish done


Sealant is going on the car now

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more from me:

whats up guys....wow long long day. Started w/ a wash around 11am and finished at just about midnight w/ the wax. Nothing but exterior work.

what was done:

- all wheels pulled and wheel wells and suspension completely degreased and scrubbed......wow was that a mess

- full wash with about 5 different rinses. I have never seen paint so in need of attention, at least on a car that I own!!! No beading goin on here

- dry w leaf blower and microfiber waffle weave

- moldings pulled

- FULL clay bar treatment, seriously dirty clay afterwards

- Menzerna SIP w orange pad......the pad was TOAST afterwards, mark will probably post pics of that nasty ass thing

- Menzerna 106FF w white pad

- Menzerna glaze w black pad

- jeffs acrylic jett

- CG Pete's 53 wax

- Aerospace 303 on all moldings after they were degreased

-polished tips



the above took over 12 freaking hours...i'm toast.

here are 2 final shots, its Beam and Coke and then bed for me.


tomorrow is full interior detail, seats will be pulled, everything steam clean and degreased.



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looks great, how you like the 36 compared to the 92 you had
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Fantastic job. You deserve a big stiff drink. You sir get two
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looks great, how you like the 36 compared to the 92 you had

2 different cars....totally.

the M3 is a BEAST, very raw when it wants to be....I like that

I should have mentioned it has a stage II turbo w around 400whp/tq....

i'm working now on civilizing it a bit more. Custom leather Corbeau's, new stereo, adding a cat to the 3" exhaust, etc.

the 335 was a fantastic car, nothing I would have changed on it other than making it much lighter.
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such a classic car, must be a very fun project. I love the lines of the e36 m3. It looks even better when the car is in motion. Timeless design. congrats sniz.
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Super sick. Well done.
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the e36 is one of my favourites.....Nice car!
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Looks GREAT!@!!
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lookin good bro...
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brilliant...we need some interior and engine compartment pics now...i don't mean to tell you what to do...(like my wife does to me )...its just that your car is a fine example and deserves to be praised
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Shave the side moldings!

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Damn, that's one hell of a detail job. Nice work.
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Shave the side moldings!

no way, that wouldnt look right at all.the mouldings look perfect for the older style bimmers.
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no way, that wouldnt look right at all.the mouldings look perfect for the older style bimmers.
I agree. As long as they're not faded and scuffed up, I like how they look.
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Shave the side moldings!

hahaha...i was going to suggest the same thing...but i figured that most would feel that should be left "original"...but he does have aftermarket rims and the engine has been modded...
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nice car.. not really feeling the wheels though imo
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nice car.. not really feeling the wheels though imo
no worries, i'm just borrowing them, waiting for new tires for my BBS's.
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Int. pics and engine bay pics please!
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no worries, i'm just borrowing them, waiting for new tires for my BBS's.
that was the only issue i had with it as well - other than that, congrats.. it's a fucking awesome car & you did a great job on the detail
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Int. pics and engine bay pics please!
they will be up shortly
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yesterday before I headed back over to Adams to start detailing the interior and engine bay.

this shot is taken thru the screen on my family room window, so its a bit washed out, but still shiny!



I really didnt document this very well, I ended up pulling all the seats out and the center console. I scrubbed down EVERYTHING with a microfiber soaked in degreaser, then went back over everything with just plain water to rinse it off. Carpet was vacuumed, then sprayed with commercial carpet cleaner and scrubbed, then steam cleaned and dried, then deodorized.

all plastics were treated with Aerospace 303. Leather on the rear seat was cleaned and conditioned. The front vaders are in bad shape (especially the drivers side), I just cleaned the gunk off of them and put them back in at the end. new leather seats are going to be ordered soon :alright.

Look at all the junk! I pulled $7.35 in change out of this car, several different unidentified pills, french fries, goldfish, random other wrappers, receipts, a bungee chord, and a comb out from under the front and rear seats. NASTY.

but now its all squeaky clean

BEFORE





AFTER





the rag I used for degreasing/cleaning everything looked like I used it to change the oil, not clean the interior.....just nasty. So glad I did this :buttrock




ENGINE BAY

fully degreased (although not as thorough as I wanted, I was getting tired and hungry). Still need to hit all the plastic bits with protectant.

only bad thing, now I have a squeaking belt it seems...perhaps all the oil and crud was keeping it together. Oh well, new belts and and an adjustment it'll be fine.

Filter is being pulled now and cleaned, possibly replaced.

All those wires on the left are going to be organized soon.



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