Cheap Bmw E46 M3

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  1. 18 Dec 2018 at 4:33 PM #1
    Jaamesw

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    Hello all,

    1st post but picked up my first ever M3 couple of months ago, having owned couple of e36 328s before and then a mk4 r32. The M3 came up cheap and i was already in the area picking up some BBS RT for my friends e46 so decided to go and view. For the money i knew it was going to be rough and having reasearched them before, we diagnosed the subframe cracked, two rear springs broken, rusty front arches, overdue service, curbed wheels, siezed on brakes and a horrible knocking from the rear under accelertion in 1st. But im always up for a bargain and a project, its a manual, non sunfoof, hpi clear with mot. Decided it would be best to trailer it home but ill let pictures do the talking.
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    Immediately ordered new number plates, wiper blades,a new rear m3 badge and Hsd coilovers and droplinks for now. In the mean time picked up two sets of style 67 wheels and made one complete rear set which i sent off for refurb. Already had some Federal Rsr semi slicks kicking around in 265/35/18 so chucked those and everything else on.
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    I have since had Mr Vanos come and replace my vanos system, rocker cover gasket and valve clearences. Also fitted alcantara inside but will get photos of that later.
     
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  2. 18 Dec 2018 at 4:37 PM #2
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  3. 18 Dec 2018 at 4:37 PM #3
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    Nice, got stuck right in. What was the knocking?
     
  4. 18 Dec 2018 at 5:25 PM #4
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    Welcome to the forum & well done for getting in there with pictures immediately :bow2:
     
  5. 18 Dec 2018 at 5:40 PM #5
    Jaamesw

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    Thanks :)

    Yeah do not hang about haha, i havent actually found out yet but after doing some research i think bolt could be snapped around the diff area. But im just about to finish the workshop where it is then getting stripped and then im welding racp and polybushing.

    Haha its really not that hard :beer:

    Ive also been in contact with hack engineering today and will be ordering king racing bearings and arp bolts friday!
     
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  6. 6 Jan 2019 at 8:42 PM #6
    Jaamesw

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    Bought a few parts including a service kit as have limited history with the car so going to just renew most things. Put iridum spark plugs in to start with, When mr vanos came we noticed the waterpumps bearings had failed. Managed to find a waterpump from someone close and took a trip to bmw to renew thermostat, all coolant orings and coolant hoses. Also snapped the black plastic pipe linking rocker cover and manifold together so renewed that. Whilst i had waterpump up noticed the car had had a few oil leaks over its time so tried to clean and degrease as much of the block as possible. Got everything back together and was suprised at how easy the s54 bleeds having previously come from the m52 engine :(. Would ideally like to change my viscous coupling or put an electric one in but that can wait for now. Decided to take the car for a spin as ive probably only done 30 miles in it and it drives very well already. Also king racing bearings have arrived just waiting for arp bolts now

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  7. 6 Jan 2019 at 8:47 PM #7
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    A belated welcome to you mate. Top work. Sub’d.
     
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  8. 6 Jan 2019 at 9:02 PM #8
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    A double belated welcome! Sub'd
     
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  9. 6 Jan 2019 at 9:08 PM #9
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    Great work, what was replaced on the vanos or should I say was it in bad shape
     
  10. 6 Jan 2019 at 9:33 PM #10
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    Really appreciate it guys, seen the csl build and it is awesome.

    Mr Vanos came out and replaced the whole unit with a reconditioned one, with all new seals and gaskets and new chain plastic tensioners a load of other stuff to. Mine was actually in good nick with no tabs or bolts broken but it's more of a prevention thing for me.
     
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  11. 6 Jan 2019 at 9:39 PM #11
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  12. 7 Jan 2019 at 10:25 AM #12
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    love the way you have started on this . Looking forward to following this one
     
  13. 10 Jan 2019 at 10:54 AM #13
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    Nice start to a new car , how much did the big end shells set you back . Mines on similar mileage and think will have to be done .
     
  14. 14 Jan 2019 at 5:26 PM #14
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    Thanks mate, they were around £170 and because my car uses m11 bolts they were £205 or something like that, Just waiting for these and some other bits to turn up then its onto the Racp. Will be doing big ends in two weeks time.
     
  15. 14 Jan 2019 at 5:35 PM #15
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    Welcome, looks a great base for a project!

    This was where i began with mine about a year ago now, purchased a bargain which was to be a small hobby i could do as a side project to rennovating my house, in the end the house turned out to be a hobby i could do as a side project when im not working on this car.

    Plenty of work invloved mate but worth every minute and you are in the right place for advice and encouragement :thumbsup:
     
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  16. 14 Jan 2019 at 6:13 PM #16
    Jaamesw

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    Haha its a bargain to start of with but by the time you go through it it just becomes averagly priced. Yeah lots of work coming up and cheers. While im here may as well upload some more pictures. Some alcantara bits came up on fb so bought and fitted them want to get steering wheel retrimed to. Also stripped rear out getting ready for Racp wanted to inspect the inside as i was a little scared. You can see some spot welds broken and its dropped a bit. Does this look fairly normal or is it worse than some of your cars? Any advice appreciated.

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  17. 14 Jan 2019 at 6:22 PM #17
    Evil Six

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    Does look like there has been some movement mate which is common, ideally you need to inspect the whole perimeter of that rectangular section, on the underside inspection wise theres the 4 mount points themselves and also the areas around the turrets, it's also advisable to cut 4 inspection holes in the interior above where the mount points are so you can inspect for cracks appearing internally on these sections due to the torsional loads.

    If everything is fine underneath and not cracked beyond the plate repair sections, those spot welds which have failed in your picture can be replaced with some new spot/stitch welds along with underbody plate fitting and a possible brace setup to make everything solid.

    Theres a couple of good articles located here which you might find useful:
    http://cmpautoengineering.com/part-1-will-my-e46-subframe-crack-how-will-i-know/
    http://cmpautoengineering.com/technical/why-e46-subframes-fail/
     
  18. 27 Jan 2019 at 4:11 PM #18
    Jaamesw

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    Cheers for the mate had a good look and some useful information there.

    Had a weekend on the m3 and decided i was going to do the big end bearings so stripped everything out and went to put my new bearings in to only find out ive recieved the wrong ones. The next problem was the car was stuck up in the air at my work so left the sump of and put subframe loosely back on to chuck out the way outside. I did manage to delete my secondary air pump and reseal my CPV to which was the only bonus. Also
    jacked up the rear and have found two pretty big cracks in my rear subframe so have started ordering all the polybush items as this needs to be the next thing on the list. Going back to the big end bearings so far ive only pulled number 1 and 6 out and glad im changing them as you can see some significant wear on them.
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  19. 9 Mar 2019 at 4:47 PM #19
    Jaamesw

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    So havent done a lot else still trying to get all parts together ready for my racp welding. Decided to do something cheap and easy and remove the clutch delay valve. Car feels a lot better i feel without it. Will be buying a SME brace next week and some final polybushes. Think i only need anti roll bar and diff cover.
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  20. 16 Apr 2019 at 7:50 PM #20
    Jaamesw

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    Booked a whole week of work and have started on my racp. Just finished welding it all up today so now got the rest of the week for painting and polybushing.


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    Also picked up another 328 nice and cheap :oops2:
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