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Old 23rd June 2018, 09:37 PM   #1
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Hi guys, new poster on here, so just started reading through all the posts, and some of you guys seem to but a fair bit of effort into these old sheds, so I thought Iíd join in!!

I had an E36 M3 Evo Saloon many years back and always regretted trading it in for a 530d......So the other week I bought myself fundamentally solid 98 Technoviolet convertible M3 Evo (hence the username)

Iím looking for a bit of advice on how to get my 17Ē forged/polished wheels back up to speed.

They look like they have had the outside lip painted at some point and Iíve now rubbed that back. And managed to get them looking decent. However they look like they will tarnish easily.

I could get them painted/powder coated, of course, but I want to keep them as original as possible, so would like to keep them shiny!

To be honest itís not top of the problem list at the moment, Iím in the process of working through a fairly lengthy list of mending, but so far the spannering is pretty straight forwards.

Today I tackled the Vanos seals, courtesy of Mr Vanos so all being well that should sort that for a while. And did the front control arm to body rubber bushes as well, which are a bit of a pig without the right tool to press them onto the arm (ratchet straps and a socket worked in the end). I had the right sized bush press to get the new bushes into the carrier but found apart from the last few mm, a lump hammer and a block of wood worked quite well!!

On the Job list still to do:

Front Manifold section has a crack at the flange to the Center section. Iíve filled it with Ht silicone for now and am giving it time to go off and see how it lasts, then probably end up buying a used one in almost as bad condition! At £895 new Iím putting that off for as long as possible

Front drivers wing needs attention, and I have a patch panel in the garage for the body shop to fit, pass side is fine though😎

Interior is good😃 so no jobs there

New brakes all round, parts on the way but Iíve got some ATE floating discs to go on the front along with some standard road pads.

New rear shocks, front springs and shocks are new and the rears look pretty new too.

Iím going to get someone to re bush the rear subframe at some point, though itís not too bad it wants doing. And the rear trailing arm bushes needs doing!

AC doesnít work, new condenser and dryer are in the garage waiting to go on.

Oh and I need a new front DS arch splash panel

But other than that (and the lumpy Tickover, which may or may not be fixed by the seals) itís a joy! but Iím up for some skinned knuckles and I have a sizeable toolkit, so it should all be achievable.......
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Old 23rd June 2018, 09:49 PM   #2
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Welcome mate. It's all uphill from now on
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Old 23rd June 2018, 09:57 PM   #3
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Yep, don’t mind a bit of uphill, so long it’s not parked on bricks for a year....

Just been reading your engine out thread, don’t think I’m going that far with this one but if that manifold wants to come off then.......someone else may be taking that job on for me, not enough room in the garage and a chipping drive make engine hoists a rare thing at my gaff.
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I was under the E36 328 today, it was a bit grim

The fuel pump cover that was hanging down last year is gone.
Rear left hand brake cable bracket is gone and the bolt so rusty there is effectively nowhere to mount it
Some loose pieces of plastic
The exhaust flap solenoid works...…...the ECU has a flap fault (it was jammed but then it was also jammed from 2009 - 2011 so no big deal.
Oh and rust by the tail light means I can see into the boot

Yup this year it's got long in the tooth.
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Old 23rd June 2018, 10:09 PM   #5
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Good luck with it. It's nice to see so many people starting to try and save these cars again now after spending so long as the forgotten and unloved M car.
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Old 23rd June 2018, 10:13 PM   #6
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Thanks I’m looking forwards to it.

Managed to get me a hardtop for it too, but is Montreal blue not TV so that will need painting.

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Yep, donít mind a bit of uphill, so long itís not parked on bricks for a year....

Just been reading your engine out thread, donít think Iím going that far with this one but if that manifold wants to come off then.......someone else may be taking that job on for me, not enough room in the garage and a chipping drive make engine hoists a rare thing at my gaff.
I'm doing it outside in a yard made of stones and animal crap lol. I was so on the edge regarding just selling the pile of scrap or saving it. I decided to save it because I'm stupid and have a history of pouring money into old piles of junk. Porsches being the last money pits however, the e36 m3 imo is just something s little bit special. I've had a couple and loved each one. I KNOW if I let this old girl die, in years to come I would regret it. Anyway after seeing other people's "excellent condition" cars I've realised mine is not too bad
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Mine is far from perfect, but is fundamentally solid, which was what Iím after. Itís a car to keep and took around in the sun, pour a bit of cash into and have something different. There arenít too many 4 seat convertibles I can take the wife and kids out in, unless I want an howdie A4 tdi.....

The gearbox was a pig, but a new clutch flywheels and spigot bearing sorted that. Now itís had vanos seals and valve clearances done it absolutely flies. Next job is wheels.

Does anyone know best way to polish and finish the rims. Centres are good enough itís just the rims which are a bit rubbishy.
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Mine is far from perfect, but is fundamentally solid, which was what Iím after. Itís a car to keep and took around in the sun, pour a bit of cash into and have something different. There arenít too many 4 seat convertibles I can take the wife and kids out in, unless I want an howdie A4 tdi.....

The gearbox was a pig, but a new clutch flywheels and spigot bearing sorted that. Now itís had vanos seals and valve clearances done it absolutely flies. Next job is wheels.

Does anyone know best way to polish and finish the rims. Centres are good enough itís just the rims which are a bit rubbishy.
First Aid wheels in London can do it.

I had some done recently and selling them if interested
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Old 25th June 2018, 06:43 PM   #10
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Cheers, Bit far to travel for a refurb. Ive asked my local wheel specialist, but they just want to paint them. Will have a google in nottingham
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Old 25th June 2018, 08:11 PM   #11
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This evenings fun and games....

1 clean hood
2 get the dentmaster to come and take out a couple of small dents, one on the bonnet and one on the door. Brilliant job.
3 realise my temp fix on the manifold was not working. Next idea.....
4 recolour hood
5 remove seat and pass footwell carpet, replace the body plug which was parting company with the bottom of the footwell. New plastic BMW one fitted and silicones into place.
6 touch up leather dye on the door grab handles.

Itís getting there!!
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Old 26th June 2018, 07:19 PM   #12
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Ok so I couldn't keep out of the garage.....

Tonights activity was to dye and proof the roof!

Got hold of some renovo off amazon, used the cleaner yesterday and put on a coat of the dye. Today saw another coat of dye, then a coat of the proofer. Tomorrow is another coat of proofer.

I went out in the car to put some new boots on it, 4 new Mich PS4 later and I thought I would come home with the top down. Ahhh...... the dye had stiffened the fabric and the roof needed some "assistance" to fold. hopefully the proofer will soften it up some.

My care package from Buy car parts is on its way. This one has:

2 Rear Brake Disc
1 Seal, suspension strut bearing
2 Warning Contact, brake pad wear
2 Control Arm-/Trailing Arm Bush
2 Top Strut Mounting
2 upper rear arm bushes
4 hub carrier rose joints/bush
1 Front Brake Pad Set
2 Rear Track Control Arms
1 Rear Brake Pad Set
2 Rear Shock Absorber
2 Dust Cover Kit

and ive got the matching set of front discs.....

so that should keep my busy for the weekend!!
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That's quite a list mate. Keep you out of mischief
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No pics?
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Old 26th June 2018, 08:18 PM   #15
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yes, I know im going to need to get some up.

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Very nice mate. Look out for the Rogue RSM reinforcement plates. Well worth doing for the back shocks.
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Hereís a few to be going on with

New tyres, shiny and round.


Bit of late night hood treatment


One from the other day doing the vanos seals, took a pic so I could remember the wiring.....


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Old 27th June 2018, 09:12 PM   #18
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So today I broke the roof folding mechanism.... and unable to easily repair it took it apart and re installed it all!!

Problem was the roof was hitting the roof tonneau when it dropped into the storage area. So I figured this looked like an easy fix. All the motor mounting screws were loose. But it was a bit trickier than that. I ended up pulling the releases on the motor cassettes and it all went down hill from there.....

Anyhow after many swear words and a bit of improvisiation I got it back together and working properly and not smacking into the cover.

Then I set about one of the wheels with some wheel wax! I’m well chuffed with the result

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If the hood is hitting the toneau cover then it's almost certainly the tension straps in the hood that are failing. They lose tension when they get old, my 328i conv does it and I've tried all of the bodge fixes and none of them work for long. Only answer is hood right off and new straps and I'm not spending that much on it yet! Good luck.
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If the hood is hitting the toneau cover then it's almost certainly the tension straps in the hood that are failing. They lose tension when they get old, my 328i conv does it and I've tried all of the bodge fixes and none of them work for long. Only answer is hood right off and new straps and I'm not spending that much on it yet! Good luck.
You can also pull the old straps a little tighter. Take out rivet, pull tension strap tighter, re-rivet.

The question is always, does the roof hit toneau when the rear bow drops (toneau struts), or does the toneau hit the roof when toneau moves (tension straps).
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