E30 M3 number 2.....

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  1. 3 Aug 2018 at 10:48 PM #61
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    Some of the rust that started in the usual place of the front floors. Sections cut from a rust free car provided repair sections as these cannot be bought new.

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    Much the same on the other side.

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    Previous damaged for being poorly jacked up.

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  2. 6 Aug 2018 at 10:34 AM #62
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    Top work. I need this doing on mine, too.
     
  3. 6 Sep 2018 at 10:42 PM #63
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    Bodyshop update time as its been a while.

    Right rear sill looking a bit scabby

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    Cut open to reveal some sneaky rust

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    Cleaned up and repaired.

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    Further along the same sill, previous damage from being jacked up poorly needed repairing.

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    The rear tow eye area had a few small scabs so we though it best to cut a section of the the rear panel off to have a look inside, glad we did!

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    Tow eye cut off and cleaned up before being welded back on

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    Front panel cut off, poor thing looking sorry for itself!

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    New front panel welded on and trial fit of new wings, bonnet and bumper

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    Its now looking like the engine, gearbox and everything else is going to come out.

    From what was going to be some minor rust repair, a repaint has now turned in to a full blown resto. :?

    Didn't think it would go this far but i should know more than anyone how these things can snow ball with E30's.

    In for a penny and all that!
     
  4. 7 Sep 2018 at 2:33 PM #64
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  5. 8 Sep 2018 at 9:06 AM #65
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    proper, only way to go about it with these :cool:
     
  6. 10 Oct 2018 at 10:25 PM #66
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    The Sunroof tray is one of the E30 bodies well known rust traps due to it being a collection point of moisture and virtually zero protection with only a light dusting of paint on the tray and bare E-coat on the inside of the outer roof skin.

    Upon close inspection there were signs of of surface corrosion starting in the M3 so this needed to be addressed now as left to fester it would spread to the outer skin and perforate it meaning a new skin or a tricky repair.
    As new sunroof trays are NLA a whole used roof with virtually no corrosion was purchased and after the outer skin was cut away i was left with the donor tray pictured above.

    This was then blasted back to bare metal then etch primed although i forgot to get a pic of it.

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    With my old sunroof try cut away you can see the extent of the surface corrosion in the pics above.

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    Inside of the skin was ground back to bare metal and a rust neutraliser used.

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    Inside of the roof skin primed and painted in Lachs silver.

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    Sunroof tray primed and painted in Lachs silver.

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    Bonded and welded into place as per factory but now fully painted inside and out so with some cavity wax applied when the body resto is complete will mean this area will be much more protected than when it was originally made.

    Next step will be to remove the engine, gearbox, axles etc to tackle the underside.
     
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  8. 12 Oct 2018 at 7:09 AM #68
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    This is going to be mint when done !
     
  9. 12 Oct 2018 at 7:55 AM #69
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    Great work there - scary how much rust can be hidden away, this is going to be mega.
     
  10. 12 Oct 2018 at 8:15 PM #70
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    I know it doesn’t rust but do you need a boot lid ? I have a spare and a grill for the front spoiler kicking about if your interested
     
  13. 18 Oct 2018 at 7:48 PM #73
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    Thanks but my boot lid is in perfect condition. Can you pm me a pic of the grill please?
     
  14. 19 Oct 2018 at 1:26 AM #74
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  15. 13 Nov 2018 at 10:58 PM #75
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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Much progress has been made with IIB so its time for a big update.

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    As work progressed at the bodyshop it was decided that there was no point messing about so i got the car recovered back to my workshop so i could remove all the remaining parts such as the engine and gear box, all brake and fuel pipes, fuel tank, complete body loom and every last clip, fitting and grommet from the engine bay and underside.

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    Underside with all but the axles removed. In pretty good shape with a lot of the original beige underseal visible.

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    The underside came up well after careful cleaning to reveal more of the beige underseal and the black paint in the wheel arches as per original factory finish.

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    After removing the bulkhead sound insulation i was a little startled initially as it looked covered in surface rust at first glance but the majority of it was just some of the reverse side of the insulation that had stuck to the metal bulkhead, this just scraped off easily to reveal a solid bulkhead.

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    The inside of the bulkhead in excellent shape.

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    Back at the bodyshop with both axles removed.
     
  16. 13 Nov 2018 at 10:59 PM #76
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    A thorough inspection of inside the wheel arches and underside for any crusty bits or loose underseal meant grinding it back to metal to repair any corrosion however minor.

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    After repairs were completed and corrosion cleaned, areas were etch primed then 3M spray sealed.

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    Various brackets removed, repaired and cleaned before going back on.

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    Some of the areas repaired and the bulkhead cleaned up of that insulation residue.

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    Underside completely painted in beige colour matched to the original factory sealer, wheel arches blown in matt black as per factory.

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    All underside and wheel arch repairs completed and how the shell looks now, work has started on bare metaling the top side of the shell as......

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    This is why the panels need to be taken back to bare metal, several layers of old paint would just mean trouble for the new paint with sinkage, cracking etc.

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    As the engine is now out i got it on a stand to start work on it.

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    Stripped to a bare block and head for all the ancillaries and throttle bodies to be improved cosmetically.

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    Still spotlessly clean internally and seeing as it was rebuilt by BBR approximately 60k miles ago and makes good power im undecided wether to completely strip it but the minimum it will get are a set of rod bearings and ARP rod bolts as well as replacing the Schrick 264 cams for the 284/272 ones i have for it.
     
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