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Old 23rd November 2017, 09:41 PM   #41
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Good work...looking great...best colour of course!!
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Old 23rd November 2017, 10:13 PM   #42
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Good work...looking great...best colour of course!!
Blimey, had some uppers !!
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Old 4th December 2017, 08:23 PM   #43
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Another month, another little update.

Found a full interior 5mins away from my house on Facebook Marketplace for a bargain price. Full working M3 interior with heated front seats and inflatable bolsters (which is what really appealed as my interior is just heated). The leather is a bit tired and has wear marks and fading but no scratches or tears so will come up well with what I have planned...



So since they are beaten up and in the horrid colour that is Kiwi, I want to make them in the rare colour choice of cinnamon. Going to get a leather dye kit from the US which has worked wonders on a few American M3s and has the advantage of being made to match the OEM leather colour.



Also the snow hit for a couple of days so I had to take advantage of the RWD nature of the car (pictured here pre-fun times)







Also up this week was the MOT. Failed on a rusty jubilee clip on the fuel tank to filler neck pipe and a burst tie rod bush. Nothing major thankfully and simple to fix.

On the roof of the dealership amongst the other service/sold stock cars.





The clips were described as corroded and letting fuel seep out so I thought they had lost their grip on the pipe but not to the extent that they were. Went to replace them last night and they came off without loosening. Totally corroded through!



New vs old. Thankfully they are easily accessible and I could replace them lying on the street.



And then back to work for the MOT retest and took advantage of the empty valet bay and blasted off all the salt and muck with the heated power washer system





Also got a bargain on some LED rear lights which should arrive soon as well. Will freshen up the rear end and give it the facelift look.



Next steps? Order the dye for the seats and I got a fresh delivery of carbon fibre supplies so I will get the dash trims finished soon too. Its all coming together and I still adore it!
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Old 6th December 2017, 12:28 PM   #44
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nice updates mate, cant wait to see how you get on with the leather dye.

Decent result on the MOT also.
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Old 6th December 2017, 08:02 PM   #45
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nice updates mate, cant wait to see how you get on with the leather dye.

Decent result on the MOT also.
Awaiting a response from a UK distributor for the dye so i don't get hammered by import tax on arrival from the US. No rush to do it but it will be a fun little project.

Today was spent redoing the carbon trims. Did it a few weeks back in a different resin to what I usually use and it looked awful so stripped it all back and started from scratch. Looking better already and its just one coat in. 3 to go.





Final layers to go on tonight and leave overnight to cure before flat back and polish with final lacquer layer to prevent UV damage. Should look smart once its all installed!
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Old 7th December 2017, 11:16 AM   #46
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Awaiting a response from a UK distributor for the dye so i don't get hammered by import tax on arrival from the US. No rush to do it but it will be a fun little project.

Today was spent redoing the carbon trims. Did it a few weeks back in a different resin to what I usually use and it looked awful so stripped it all back and started from scratch. Looking better already and its just one coat in. 3 to go.





Final layers to go on tonight and leave overnight to cure before flat back and polish with final lacquer layer to prevent UV damage. Should look smart once its all installed!

Nice, I'd be interested to see your finished results.

I'm still thinking what I'm going to do to sort out my interior trim, I've got 2 different colours spread between the dash & gear stick surround and then the door trims are different.
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Old 15th December 2017, 07:24 PM   #47
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Wee kick in the right direction (aka my fiancÚ getting fed up of a spare interior taking up the spare room) and Ive stripped the seats of their plastic trims ready for carbon fibre.



These seats are HEAVY. Lots of wiring, motors and air lines throughout. Taken the seat backs off to get the carbon treatment too.



All the bits ready to go. As I do this in our kitchen it will have to wait until after Christmas but its all ready to go and marked out for weave direction so it all 'flows' when reassembled.



And a wee addition to the key.



In the new year I want to investigate a weeping diff seal and investigate the rear floor/subframe mounting points for the typical cracks. If its needing work, strip the rear off, reinforce with Redish reinforcement plates and tidy it all up a bit. All in good time though!
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Old 8th January 2018, 03:42 PM   #48
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Found a pic of carbon backed Cinnamon seats. *I think it looks smart. *Removes the storage nets but they are never used and never have folk in back seats anyway.



Went to the Drivers Collective Boxing Day meet in Kinmuck. *Not a bad turnout considering it was so dam cold (circa -1║C!) with a few M cars, a Cayman GT4 and Elise Sport 380. *I was met by a near identical E92 M3 in black with competition wheels which I've always seen as updated versions of CSLs. *Cool to see them side by side.





Then on Hogmanay my fiancÚ and I bailed from Aberdeen for Dundee. *Hotel was still in Christmas mode.



On the 1st we got up early to deserted roads and headed home via Pitlochry, The Old Military Road, Glenshee and North Deeside Road. *Brilliant fun and lots of room for slidey action (especially in sub zero temperatures on these tyres :lol

Just coming in to Pitlochry



Just after Glenshee Ski Centre I stopped and grabbed a couple of phone pics.







So thats the good stuff, now for a little less god stuff....

Coming home from work a few nights ago I came up to a set of lights and suddenly the car started shuddering and misfiring. *Instant fear set in so i drew in to a local supermarket car park to see what was what. *No visible signs of leaks, broken pars or strange noises from the engine bay so thinking it would be electrical related like a plug or coil i nursed the car home at 20mph. *Borrowed Greigs Carista OBD2 bluetooth fault reader*and it identified a misfire in cylinder 5.



Reading up on the code it confirmed my thoughts of being a plug or coil. *Ordered up 6 new plugs and 6 new coils from a reputable eBay shop that multiple M3 chums have recommended. *To get me going I've thrown a cheap EuroCarParts coil in until my genuine ones arrive. *Problem solved but will replace them all with new when they arrive and keep the ones currently fitted as spares.



Thankfully a cheap fix and I was fortunate to be able to borrow the Abarth to get to work. *Bonus photo of that wee beast in the work valet bay.

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Old 8th January 2018, 06:13 PM   #49
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FYI I've been told by a few conolosing companies now not to change the leather colour by repainting/dying/conolising.

It's ok on door cards that do not move much once done, but on seats, the thickness of the paint that must be applied is not durable long term. Usually the amount that needs to be applied to change the colour results in it being thick. You might get away with not a lot starting from a lighter colour.

I really hope it works out for you.
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Old 18th February 2018, 09:13 PM   #50
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All good since the coil shat itself until the other night going to pick up the Mrs, the battery warning light came on under full lock then disappeared as I reduced the lock again. *Initially thought it was due to the cold and wet weather and maybe some moisture on the belt but 2mins later it came on permanently.



Nursed the car home and gradually started to lose lights etc. Checked the status of the battery and alternator using a test sequence on the gauge cluster and it was giving figures of 11-11.5V with the car switched on, aka ****ed alternator.

Using the Carista OBD2 reader again it proved the theory



Ordered up a new alternator and it arrived today. Bit of a faff to fit it as you have to take the airbox out and try and not break brittle plastic clips (broke 3 in the process....) for the radiator fan shroud and theres two oil hard lines in the way as well. Bit of wiggling and it was out.



The bearing on the old one sounds rough as **** so guess its been on its way out for a while.

New one in its place awaiting the belt to be properly routed.



And voila, no more battery light.



Still pretty lucky I could use the Mrs 595 whilst it was awaiting the alternator but glad to be back in this again.
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Old 18th February 2018, 09:39 PM   #51
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Few weeks back the ABS warning light came on with the handbrake and TCS light. Lovely. Knew straight away what it was, simple ABS sensor on the right rear (left rear stops the speedo from working and it was all good) so ordered up a new sensor. It arrived, went to fit it aaaaaaaaaand wrong part. Took it under personal recommendation to get the blue connector for the M3 but mine had the grey one which has different pin locations. New grey one on its way along with a new ABS ring as I found it had snapped and worked its way loose, taking out the sensor as it did so.

The differing connectors



The snapped ABS ring. Need to whip the driveshaft out to replace this and I dont have a 36mm multi point socket to remove the old hub nut (new one being put on) so will have to wait until I get a socket to fit.



Since its running staggered wheels it was cool to see how wide the rear tyres are. Michelin Pilot Super Sports are great in the dry so can't wait to get the car out to play in the summer time.



The other day going to work I heard a rumbling from the front right wheel. Instantly ordered up a new wheel bearing kit and I got that changed out today. Bit of a faff as I didnt have a 46mm socket or breaker bar long enough to take the hub nut off but with new tools bought, it soon got sorted out.



Old bearing looked rather worn to say the least! Looks like the last one that was put on didn't have the rear dust cover fitted so crap has managed to get in and wear it out prematurely.



All reassembled and new front dust cover popped on. Should be good for years to come as the car wont be getting used as much as it has been previously....



Which leads me perfectly to introducing the newest member of the fleet. The unplanned new daily in the form of a V reg Rav4 3dr







Best mate had this going spare and a decent deal was done. Sat for 6months unmoved so brakes were rusted up and battery needed replaced. With a new battery and a run up and down the road clearing the brakes, it was good to go. Great car for carting **** about reliably, without having to worry about the car getting damaged parked on the street or costing me the earth to fuel. M3 will stay off the road until I do a couple of bits of ongoing maintenance and will be deep cleaned in time for summer

And I shall end the update with the M3 with a shot from outside the work valet bay

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Old 18th February 2018, 10:19 PM   #52
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Nice progress mate. Reminds me of my old CB e46!
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Old 19th February 2018, 08:15 AM   #53
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Lovely looking car mate!
Must be one of the very first few, being a Y reg, can't be many about...
Not sure if you noticed but your front discs are fitter wrong way round, you have left one on the right and right one on the left...
Was reading your thread and my OCD-dar kicked in
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