E36 M3 Restoration Build Thread

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  1. 3 Apr 2018 at 10:10 PM #21
    Old Greg

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    Had the day off work today, so got stuck in with the grey epoxy mastic paint to cover that primer up. Absolutely horrible arm aching job on the floor with a small foam roller and an inch paintbrush. It’s essential to get into all of the crevices and seams (of which there are many!) but I must say it looks great! Next to hit it with seam sealer and cover it all up with grey rubberised stone-chip.

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  2. 4 Apr 2018 at 10:48 AM #22
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    Hi,
    Your car looks great :thumbsup:

    Is your ride hight standard on the front?
    I'm having nightmares to get my front end to sit correctly after a suspension overhaul.
    I have a standard 3.0 m3 setup but the car sits so high.
    Could i be cheeky and ask for a measure from the bottom of your wheel to the wheel arch?? Mines at 605mm when aparently it should be 560mm.
    Many thanks
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  3. 4 Apr 2018 at 6:02 PM #23
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    Here's mines on standards and a comparison on springs and coilovers, measured from the ground to 12 o'clock on the wheel arch:

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  4. 4 Apr 2018 at 9:41 PM #24
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    Apologies my car is still off it’s wheels due to being on axle stands. Looks like Covkilller has saved the day though!
     
  5. 4 Apr 2018 at 10:15 PM #25
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    Thanks guys
     
  6. 8 Apr 2018 at 12:07 AM #26
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  7. 16 Apr 2018 at 9:48 AM #27
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    Hi all, thanks for the continued support and love for the project!
    Now brace yourselves for another grey underbody photo; this time the final layer of stone chip. What a messy job! It’s my first go applying this stuff with a Schutz gun hooked up to an air compressor and after rebuilding the ancient, borrowed Schutz gun with new seals I got started.
    I am so very pleased that I spend 2hrs masking everything up, pity I forgot to mask myself up! On a positive note; I am now stone proof....
    As for the finished job, it’s not perfect and certainly more textured than the factory coating. Not pretty but hopefully effective in protecting the old girl.

    Not wanting to climb any further under here are some (grey) photos of the rear.

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  8. 13 May 2018 at 9:31 PM #28
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    Decent weather and the wife and child going out for the day meant, joy of joys, I could start actually putting things back on the old girl. Basically spent most of the day cleaning and repairing the fuel tank vent system then fitting it into the boot and pipes routed I got the spare wheel cleaned (need to get a five spoke as it’s a sunflower). Little bit of surface rust encountered on a seam above the left tail light, now all treated.

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    Tank vent hose split, so cut out and a piece of fuel pipe put in. I’ll secure it when all done.

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    Nice and clean

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    Tank vent system cleaned, refurbed and going back in

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    Last job of the day: stripped down the diff - just when you thought progress was being made!
    Casing going off for powdercoatering this week meantime I’ll be cracking open the LSD unit to give it a once over and replace the clutch plates. All seals and bearings will also be replaced.
     
  9. 13 May 2018 at 10:07 PM #29
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    Absolutely incredible. Brings back happy memories of the restoration I did (on the top side) of my old E36 M3. Keep up the good work
     
  10. 14 May 2018 at 7:09 AM #30
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    What an amazing restomod thread. Great job mate. Looking forward to updates.
     
  11. 14 May 2018 at 9:38 AM #31
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    Looks great gregg.

    I thought you would have went for a flat estoril blue colour underneath though?
     
  12. 14 May 2018 at 9:25 PM #32
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    Decided to keep it close to the original finish, some areas like the rear bumper to body gap will get some paint when it has it’s respray.
    Thanks for the positive comments.
     
  13. 14 May 2018 at 11:22 PM #33
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    Looks amazing!
     
  14. 15 May 2018 at 5:32 PM #34
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    Stunning work under the car! Hope to see it in the flesh one day. Would you consider doing an underside restoration for another member? I'd pay you going by the quality of the work!
     
  15. 15 May 2018 at 6:17 PM #35
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    Incredible job. Even more so, considering you're working in a single car garage. :thumbsup:
     
  16. 30 May 2018 at 12:24 PM #36
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    looks absolutely mint! puts mine to shame :(

    dont suppose you do private work?
     
  17. 3 Jun 2018 at 12:41 AM #37
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    I’d like to say yes but it might end in divorce!
     
  18. 3 Jun 2018 at 12:42 AM #38
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    After so much bodywork it was good to get on with more mechanical work, not to mention the nice feeling that comes with putting this thing back together! I can almost remember where everything goes....
    So pulled the ‘box out to replace the weeping rear main crank seal with a modified type. Whilst out it made sense to replace the pilot bearing, that is after the ordeal of pulling the bloody thing out of the end of the crank.
    (Cover plate bolts are 10nm for the m6 thread and 22nm for the m8 in case you were wondering ;) )

    [​IMG]|https://thumbsnap.com/GqBVAxSS

    Then in with the new clutch. Realised I didn’t have a friction plate aligning tool and knowing the pain in the butt that comes with lifting a heavy gearbox in only to have the input shaft not fall in. So a large bolt, a piece of hose and some tape later; the finest bespoke tool!

    [​IMG]|https://thumbsnap.com/XvsmNNbG

    And then onto the gearbox itself. I changed the output and selector shaft seals a couple of years back, so for peace of mind I replaced the input shaft seal - besides it was weeping like an Italian widow.

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    Next up, replace the transmission tunnel insulation and heave the ‘box back in.
     
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    Love the thread so far!

    Evo box is a bit of a beast and not a lot of room to spare so don't envy you putting it back in!

    What brand of underbody stone chip did you use, and are you happy with the thickness and toughness of it?

    I need something to caber where I've removed the factory stuff in the wheel arches and found it's a bit of a minefield. Loads of underbody seal / protection stuff is the oil or wax based gunk you plaster on an old transit to bodge it through an mot, and a lot of stonechip paints just seem to be a thick satin paint rather than offer any real impact protection.
     
  20. 3 Jun 2018 at 10:22 AM #40
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    Good work. I know exactly what you are going through. I spend the the last 18 months doing a full strip and rebuild of my 3.0L
     

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