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Old 16th June 2017, 07:33 AM   #21
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Looking forward to seeing some 'finished' pics OP.

Will it be a keeper or going up for sale?
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Old 18th June 2017, 08:09 PM   #22
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FulEnglish – A keeper 100%, all the hours that Mistercorn and I have put in I cannot see myself self selling this stunner.

Mistercorn – Next up, a couple of screws for the upper cover on the bonnet slam panel and some push in grommets for the grey boot lid inner cover.

The body shop did a great job of putting in and repairing all of the missing screws, grommets and bolts. An example of repair was replacing the under body air ducts.

I am so pleased with the boot lid it shuts perfectly.

I need to polish the scratches out of the back screen caused by car washes by the looks of it. Amazon sell a kit and I have a Rupes polisher so should get a good result. I’ll keep you posted on this.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windscreen-...cm_wl_huc_item

I intend to go to Birmingham next Saturday morning to see a car interior leather specialist to get a quote on restoring the drivers seat and sprucing up the rest of the interior, i.e. the nicks and scratches. Also the heated seat driver side seems to be kaput, so need to check it out. The front passenger seat is the standard I want to get the driver seat up to.

After the carpet clean, the deep clean with CIF and in intensive vac, the interior is now really clean and smells fresh. I’m going to get the wife to test it.

Longer term, wheels restored to OEM and tuned up at my friends at MRC who turned my RS4 B7 into a monster.




Stain under the driver seat:


Stain gone:


And here it is:






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Old 30th June 2017, 02:26 PM   #23
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Need to get the back screen polished. Just finding the time right now as off to the Goodwood festival of speed this weekend.

Trawled through the photos and this really is a good before and after comparison. A cold miserable day in February and a glorious summer day two weeks ago helps a lot. I know it’s not the same picture as above but the angle of the shot is nearly exactly the same.



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Old 2nd July 2017, 07:40 PM   #24
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Need to get the back screen polished. Just finding the time right now as off to the Goodwood festival of speed this weekend.

Trawled through the photos and this really is a good before and after comparison. A cold miserable day in February and a glorious summer day two weeks ago helps a lot. I know itís the same picture as above but the angle of the shot is nearly exactly the same.


This is simply phenomenal. Massive motivation to get me to do something with mine. May I ask how did you clean the carpet? Mine is a bit tired.

Also is the leather place that your using the same as they used in Wheeler Dealers, would it be possible if you wouldn't mind pm'ing their number?
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Superb! And getting an E36 M3 over a new one basically says it all!

Love the extended leather. Seems many UK cars have it.
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Old 3rd July 2017, 09:53 AM   #26
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Ganan53 and MParrallel thank you gents.


I got a local carpet cleaner Kleenrite who lives round the corner from me. They really did a great job and got all sorts of potions out to ensure the carpet turned out superb. The car smells a lot better now.

The leather people are the Car SOS company not Wheeler Dealers:

http://www.bespokeleathering.com/

I havn't been yet as it was raining every day last week when I had time. Maybe Friday or early next week. I had a good long conversation with them and they will take the two front seats to pieces, restore, swap the driver bolster with the inner passanger, etc to make two good seats.

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Old 10th July 2017, 08:39 PM   #27
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I need to delete this post but can't see the option in Advanced edit

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Old 10th July 2017, 08:41 PM   #28
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I've not yet been to leather restorers, but have sent an email to MJ Interiors as they can recover in leather one seat for approx. £275. So, I am exploring this option too.

On Sunday, I polished the back windscreen with scratch remover. I must say I was impressed with the results. It is hard work with a drill and pad. I would say that it removed about 70% of the scratches. It throws out a lot of splatter which when dry is easily removed with the Kranzle jet wash.

I will try and source a pad for my polisher which is a lot easier to control than a drill and finish the job off. But I'm being very meticulous as the back windscreen is really smooth now. The product used was:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also changed the near side fog lamp with an eBay one for £2.99 to match the offside.

I also noticed that the MOT ran out in March so it's booked in with Sytners Coventry on 22/07/2017. I've seldom driven the M3 so it's not a problem.

I also have some minor spare parts if anyones wants them for P&P money:
  1. The grey boot tool storage tray
  2. The 18cm shaft with grey plastic handle thingy
  3. A 12mm & 13mm open spanner
  4. The old near side fog light with connector and bulb

I also have and I'm open to offers on:
  • Two clear indicator lenses with bulbs and connectors; the OS has a hairline crack
  • Two x Bosch headlamp glasses & lenses

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Old 9th August 2017, 07:20 PM   #29
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I've just noticed that the offside headlamp glass has no nipples so ordered a new one.

Does no one want the spare's I've got. All are available for free apart from postage. This includes the new offside smooth headlamp glass.
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Old 9th August 2017, 07:40 PM   #30
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You've done an amazing job in very little time of ownership with this. Looks perfect.

I was going to mention a very small niggle asking why you didn't have a chrome front grill but then it appeared in the next post, but went back to a black one lol.

Looking forward to seeing the interior all complete. £275 a seat doesn't sound too bad to me for a full retrim, interested to see their work.
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Old 10th August 2017, 08:05 PM   #31
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Supurb Thread.

I think the silver on the E36 is brilliant.

Fantastic work and thanks for sharing.

The seat re-trim at £275 seems like excellent value for money... North of Bradford may be a little too far from London for me.

I'll be interedted to see the results.
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Old 17th August 2017, 03:03 PM   #32
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Amazing improvement, hats off to you for doing a proper job.
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Old 18th August 2017, 10:40 AM   #33
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Never really fancied an E36 until reading this.

I now feel ashamed about the state of my car.
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Old 29th August 2017, 12:22 PM   #34
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This looks great, well done! I love the interior, have always liked them on E36s, but yours looks especially nice.
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Old 30th August 2017, 06:28 AM   #35
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This looks great, well done! I love the interior, have always liked them on E36s, but yours looks especially nice.
Thanks all for the compliments, work continues.

My latest triumph, it took 3 knackered torches to make one good one:




I will have a brand new set of front coupe window seals for sale at the weekend. They were bought for a friend who had some already.
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Lovely mate - well done to you and mist.
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Old 31st August 2017, 05:53 AM   #37
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My latest triumph, it took 3 knackered torches to make one good one...
Now make it actually useful...

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...installing-LED

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Old 31st August 2017, 10:33 AM   #38
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NZM3AN thanks for this I will do this to the spare one left over
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It's in the details.

I still have NOS one laying around.
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Old 13th December 2017, 09:17 AM   #40
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Small update. I replaced the Air Duct Lower Covering each side as both were damaged. The screws welded to the bodywork had surface rust so were rubbed down with a wire brush and treated with rust killer and hammerite grey paint:







The painted wheels really bugged me. So, I have had the wheels sent off to Pristine Wheels to be refurbished and diamond finished. This is about as close to OEM as it gets. I know the purists will scorn but after a lot research I found that there is no firm who can achieve the OEM finish. I will post photographs of the wheels when I get them back this week.



I had my steering wheel refurbished by Royal Steering Wheels exchange service. I'll fit this at the weekend and post some before and after photos.

Merry Christmas to all M3Cutters

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