E36 Evo Techno Violet Project

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  1. 20 Oct 2018 at 11:16 PM #1
    MattDear

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    Hello! Firstly a little introduction, I work for Evolve Automotive/Eventuri producing media content, so working at an M car specialist it was only a matter of time before I got one of my own!

    That's where this 1997 E36 M3 Evo comes in, I searched for a little while even flying to Frankfurt for the day to view a Daytona Violet one. Truthfully this was only the second car I saw, but with looking for a Purple car, and at the low end of the market my selection wasn't great.

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    The advert as you can tell was pretty poor but after a couple phone calls and a few videos me and my father set out on the 450 mile trip up to Perth to go view, and ultimately buy the car. It had sat for 2 years after the previous owner passed away, but with the tyres pumped up, a full tank of 99 and the fluid levels checked it was time to drive home, and to be honest the car performed pretty flawlessly on the 450 mile journey back home.

    Here's a few photos of how the car looked after the drive home:

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  2. 20 Oct 2018 at 11:17 PM #2
    MattDear

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    The car obviously isn't without its flaws, for example...

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    A few initial things I noticed were that the clutch bite point was very low, and it ground going in to reverse. There was a slight knocking noise I first thought was VANOS but later worked out is the flywheel. Also the central locking didn't work, the car idled a little rough, and the headlights and DRLs were fucking awful.

    The eagle eyed of you will have also noticed that the interior has been changed from grey to black, some of it using actual black items, others painted. The car also clearly doesn't have 36k on! Having had a clock change and unfortunately having had MOT's with the incorrect mileage showing.

    With the car having no alarm system this was something I urgently wanted to get fixed, but without the central locking working it was a little pointless! I booked the car in with @kamice1 on IG to have a Clifford 650 Mk2 fitted, and set to work out why the central locking didn't work. After a little snooping around I found the boot wiring had been 'fixed' before...

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    Unsurprisingly this was shorting out and blowing the fuse for the central locking, luckily one of the other companies is a professional wiring firm, and one of the guys did a great job fixing it for me!

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  3. 20 Oct 2018 at 11:17 PM #3
    MattDear

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    With that fixed it was time to get the car up on the lift and give the car a general check over. I was hoping for little rust, but the usual drivers side jacking point looks pretty crusty, the rest of the car doesn't seem too bad though. Nothing that can't be fixed with the help of the techs at work!

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    With the car in the air I gave it an oil and filter change, fuel filter and gearbox oil change. I also had intended to fit a Hack Engineering braided clutch line to see if that fixed the low bite point, but after aimlessly wiggling the disc, I noticed this.

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    Not the best sight to see after having driven the car 450 miles home! Benefits of doing this at work means I can get ECP deliveries, so with a set of Pagid pads the brakes were rebuilt, only to find one caliper was stuck. with this being a second car I decided to strip the brakes off and refurb them all, so an order was made with Bigg Red and I set about doing a quick brake refurb.

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    Upon rebuilding them I discovered the same piston still wouldn't go all the way in, so it wasn't the corrosion I first thought it was. It turned out to be where the bleed nipple had been drilled and re-tapped. With very little nipple seat left I just ordered a refurb'd caliper from ECP, and luckily it was an ATE caliper with the M stamping!

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    With these all fitted up and the Hack Engineering braided clutch line fitted I finally had a decent clutch pedal, and brakes that weren't spongy!

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    Finally Kam came and fitted the Clifford 650 Mk2, meaning I could leave it outside without wondering if it was still going to be there the next day!

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    This first post has probably gone on long enough, so I'll leave it there for now! Next up is making the car a little more OEM.
     
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  4. 21 Oct 2018 at 2:36 PM #4
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    Looks like a nice car in the making, already nice but I'm sure when your done it will be well worth the effort
     
  5. 22 Oct 2018 at 2:51 PM #5
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    Nice project!

    Those lights are properly 'orrid. Get the side skirts off and have a proper look over the sill. Don't seem hard to fix if you catch them in time.

    Always annoying when people waxoil cars to cover up stuff rather than fixing it properly first. Its a nightmare to remove etc. My old escort was utterly caked in the stuff - which the seller said was a plus point (it fucking wasn't).

    Good luck!
     
  6. 22 Oct 2018 at 4:05 PM #6
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    Wow that is a project car for sure.
     
  7. 22 Oct 2018 at 7:47 PM #7
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    That's had a hard life but hats off to for bringing it back.
     
  8. 24 Oct 2018 at 8:25 AM #8
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    Looks like it will be a good project.

    Will you be leaving the RCO41/42s on or going for OEM M3 alloys?
     
  9. 24 Oct 2018 at 9:36 PM #9
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    It's rough but I think there's a good car under there somewhere!

    Lights are already gone, just finding time to take photos now it's dark after work.

    I do feel like I should probably strip it all off but I'm not sure what I'd have left!

    Yep, something to get stuck in to over the next few years. Hopefully it's not so bad that I can't enjoy it.

    Some questionable mods but the history suggests it's been looked after for most of the time.

    The plan is to go back to the Sunflowers it originally had. Ideally a square rear set. Possibly something aftermarket later on too.
     
  10. 27 Oct 2018 at 6:49 PM #10
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    Nice post.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the car return back to more OEM techno violet is my favourite E36 colour. you are brave taking that on, Keep up the good work.
     
  11. 27 Oct 2018 at 7:48 PM #11
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    Best colour on a 36, will look a million times better given some TLC and taken back in the direction of OEM. Looking forward to watching it progress. :thumbsup:
     
  12. 27 Oct 2018 at 11:23 PM #12
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    I would probably go for it and take it all off, but its a horrible job. Historically I've used a mix of diesel, degreaser, paraffin and WD40 to remove it, soak it for a few days in paraffin and get plenty of old rags to wipe it all off. Takes quite a long time but its certainly worth it.

    Make sure you get the side skirt covers off and have a good look at the jacking points. My sills were quite a bit worse than I thought they would be but its not a hard repair.
     
  13. 28 Oct 2018 at 11:50 AM #13
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    Look forward to seeing how this comes along. Some proper bodge jobs there though and a note on those fog lights/drl's; sure I remember seeing something similar for over £200. Nice colour as well.
     
  14. 30 Oct 2018 at 11:13 AM #14
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    to get the underseal off try warming it slightly (hairdryer?) and using a wallpaper scraper to get the worst off it
     
  15. 2 Nov 2018 at 1:16 AM #15
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    Looking forward to seeing more progress! Good luck with the restoration :peace:
     
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    Oh man, I was wondering how there were so many bodies with o my 32k on the clocks. What do you think the real mileage is roughly?

    I've learnt the hard way that shutz type wax or oil based coatings are a nightmare, and don't fix anything. Best off getting it off, fixing the corrosion properly and using a proper rubberised coating.

    Best thing I've found to remove it is cellulose thinners. You want to be in a well ventilated area, but nothing else I've found works as well. Works best if you can spray some on with a paraffin gun, leave it a couple of minutes, then wipe off with a rag soaked in it. It will be a horrible smelly job, and you'll need plenty of rags!
     
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    I love the TV e36 so I'm in look forward to updates
     
  18. 2 Nov 2018 at 2:04 PM #18
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    This is going to be very cool. I would love to take on one of these but just don't have the time so I will be living through you.

    A knotted wire wheel on an angle grinder is the only time effective way to remove old underseal in my experience. Will help remove rust aswell so you can see what you're actually left with (but brace yourself for whats left)
     
  19. 11 Nov 2018 at 2:55 PM #19
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    Thanks for the advice guys. At the moment I'm not overly planning on removing the underseal to be honest. I know it's gonna be hiding a lot of rust but I want to just enjoy the car for a bit first. I used to work with a restoration workshop so at some point I may just book it in with them to do whatever is necessary.

    At some point it will hopefully go in to storage over the worst of winter, but I'm still using it fairly regularly as is. I need to wash it and update with a few new pictures of what's been done so far.

    Mileage I believe is roughly mid 90s, of course I'll never truly know and that's a shame for value, but I bought it as a car to enjoy for what it was made for not to worry too much about value and appreciation.
     

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