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    Default People still build E36s?

    Wow. Its been awhile since I've actually posted here. That being said maybe some of you remember my S10



    Well if you do, and actually read anything on that thread then you know that the entire time I put that truck together I wanted an E36. After awhile I convinced myself to build a drift car and what better choice than an E36, right? Time to fill in about a years worth pictures, and 3 E36s later.



    I picked up this 94 325is in April 2017 after realizing that the 98 M3 I owned was way too far gone to fix up and make something clean out of. I picked this up for $800 literally needing nothing, the car had no rust but was missing most of the interior. Brought it back home and started here.



    I was able to use a lot of parts off the M3 I owned like glass headlights and a few other odds and ends. Also found a M3 bumper for $50 haggardly spray painted, but didn't take any pictures of it of course. At this point I was preparing for a drift event in June and basically had a month to get it put together. I had already been ordering a lot of parts on the side and had most of it ready to install.

    Found a spare subframe with 3.91 diff locally for $100



    Stripped it down of its bushings, arms, and diff



    Prepped it up for paint with a wire wheel





    Did the same to the upper control arms





    Used a rust inhibitor to try and save the spots I wasn't able to get with the wire wheel







    The knuckles you see were off the M3 I had and parted, they were cut and shortened to increase angle





    Let the paint dry then scuffed them up to prime and paint them.







    I chose silver honestly because I just prefer the clean look to it and feel it suited the car better some reason?



    Condor bushings installed







    Picked up some BC coilovers with 8k/12k rates



    Teardown phase begins



    Old subframe out







    Picked up some OEM M3 subframe reinforcement plates and had a friend weld them in for me









    Took the time to clean under the car and undercoat it

    Before



    After



    Painted







    Originally planned to install the M3's trailing arm and axle setup but due to time and budget constraints I kept the original setup.

    Installed condor bushings



    Started the installation of the subframe





    Resealed the diff and painted the cover



    Sealed



    Diff in





    More to come

    @fackinsteve ; fackin build thread :
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    Nice start to the thread!
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    He's back!

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    i've said it before, and i will say it again... Fackin good work Steve!!!

    Really glad you made a thread on here for the 36 man!!
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    BOOM!!! Love it mate
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    That's one good start for a buildup!

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    I was just reading through your thread over on bimmerforums, glad to see it over here
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    Great start! Love that your paying close attention to detail and doing things right!


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    Gang! Can't wait to see where this goes Steve.

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    This is good, can't wait to see more!
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    Wow thank you all for the warm words! I want to make one thing clear here however, I definitely don't work as fast as these pictures may lead you on to think haha. With that being said lets continue where we left off.

    The rear of the car was essentially done at this point and it was time to move onto the front of the car. I had kept the front subframe from the M3 because it had the inserts for the x-brace that maybe one day I will acquire. It also had E46 control arms and condor engine mounts stuffed in there too so I figured it would be easier just to swap it all as one unit.

    Crossmember out



    Cleaned up the rack and subframe a bit. I should've done more research however though because i stuck with the 98 M3 rack which I think is actually one of the slowest ratio racks these cars came with.



    Ready for install



    Installed with one new LCA because I destroyed the threads on the original one, also seen are the AKG conversion bushings I was left with on the M3 aswell



    Threw the hubs on, tested out the lock.



    More lock testing



    Was ready to install the new power steering lines and reservoir as the original ones to my car had pretty much given up on holding fluid



    Ordered new hubs





    I'm a sucker for OEM BMW parts, I get a great discount through my work so a lot of things were replaced with original equipment

    Brakes all together with braided lines





    Threw the wheel on to see what I actually could use from the knuckles I had



    For those who are interested, this setup included M3 front struts, sway bar links, knuckles, brakes etc, with E46 lower control arm. The knuckles were modified to re use the original length tie rods, a lot more lock could be achieved with a non-M swaybar link but at that point you will be rubbing your wheel on the arm itself. For a beginner like myself, this is more than plenty of angle.

    Replaced my trans mounts with these aluminum ones, I plan on replacing these with normal height mounts



    And after a month of a ton of long nights working at the shop I got to put this thing on the ground



    After a quick trip to my work to get an alignment I headed off to finish the car up. Nothing noteworthy just to make sure it would pass the tech inspection. 4 hours of sleep later I woke up at 4am and headed to the shop to take it on its real maiden voyage. I had yet to drive this car at all besides a 5 minute ride to work and back. Friend of mine chased me in my daily and snagged a roller for me



    We had to do some not so noteworthy stuff to the fenders to fit the way oversized tires I had on there. But it was driving.

    More to come

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    i really like it, and i really like the SE bumpers on this.

    is that the bottom part of the front "fender" dragging on the floor?
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    Nice E36 man, I really like the stance you ended up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benwalsh91 View Post
    i really like it, and i really like the SE bumpers on this.

    is that the bottom part of the front "fender" dragging on the floor?
    Haha yes. It rotted out I guess from the bottom and I dragged that thing about 90 miles down the highway.

    So after getting to the event, I blew out my front tires. I previously neglected to mention that I couldn't get enough adjustment out of my tie rods so I spent most of my day messing with that at the track. Luckily a friend of mine had a spare laying around that he lent me.



    After raising the car to fit the 235's up front and doing an eyeball alignment I was out on the track



    I never said I knew what I was doing.



    After getting tossed around for a few hours drifting in my stock seats we made the 2 hour drive back home and tucked this old thing back in my garage. I finally decided it was time to paint my M3 bumpers and skirts. Being extremely budget minded and slightly ignorant I opted to paint it using rustoleum. I used to paint and prep cars for a living and was always curious how this stuff holds up so I figured what the hell

    How I received the M3 bumper



    After a lacquer thinner bath and a scuff pad



    I went over it a bit more before I sprayed it. I ordered oem hardware to mount the skirts up, pretty much did a quick and dirty install on that.



    A little bit of paint action



    Bumpers getting the same treatment



    And installed



    I did end up adjusting the bumpers to fit better. Please don't flame me

    Picked up some random drift spares that were a good deal. They're SSR Bang Vec II's 17x9.5 et high as hell. I actually sold these later on.



    Went to another drift event, I was actually having a lot of issues getting my car to run properly during this event. I had replaced all my CCV hoses but when I put it back together I installed the MAF backwards. Rookie mistake, but I corrected that issue with some new plugs



    Back at the shop once again



    After having enough of being thrown around in my car a friend of mine offered me his Bride's for a decent price so I went ahead and picked those up. They're Zeta III XL's



    At this point I was getting ready for the last drift day of the year for us in the Northeast. So I wanted to make my car looks halfway decent. I had ordered some ECS kidney grilles because they were on sale. You might've saw they were "carbon fiber" which I ***** but never got around to painting. So I scuffed them up and shot them with some trim paint



    I made a purchase on some wheels I fell in love with seeing them on someone elses car



    SSR Comp C RS



    Also found some tail lights I've always been super into. Not too many cars pull these off and I'm hoping to make my car look decent with these



    Not pictured were the new OEM M3 side moldings I purchased from the dealer. I get a great discount otherwise I wouldn't have bought them new, but I popped them on real quick as well as the new wheels and tail lights





    Took it for a test drive, one of the wheels was hitting the spring so I only drove it up the street for a picture



    I swapped back to the style 42's and got ready to go drifting. After a few laps I clipped a tire and this happened



    No worries, I planned on replacing it at some point anyways. Car looking decent in the pits



    Friend of mine grabbed some pictures of me driving







    Drove it home and got ready for the offseason.



    The plan was to pull the engine and trans assembly. Replace all the leaking seals as well as some other preventative items.



    Few hours later





    Ghetto hoist setup



    Out she goes



    The mess of old insulation and useless brackets



    Primary reason I pulled this all out



    As someone who drives his car harder than the average person, I am constantly double checking every nut and bolt on the car making sure nothing falls apart. That being said dealing with oil covered subframes and control arms drives me nuts.

    I figured that since I had the engine out I might as well try and clean it up a bit. I picked up a spot weld cutter bit and started taking out all the unnecessary brackets I will no longer need.





    Engine bay shot



    Hacked out the redundant battery tray, still need to clean this area up but I will get to it



    Acquired a new daily driver





    Bought some overfenders. Then sold them because I didn't want to regret cutting up my clean rear quarters



    With those sold I decided to sell the Comp's because I ***** how they sat on my stock body. I wanted to go down to 17s and keep my car fairly low. Originally I was looking for some SSR Professors but they were out of my budget. After browsing YAJ for awhile I gave up and came across a deal locally for some SSR Koenig's. Made the drive and picked them up



    The only issue was they are 5x114.3, but a friend of mine had some adapters kicking around off his E39. Threw them on and did a test fit







    Pretty pumped on the fitment, I still have to get the rear spacers cut down to 1" and order tires for them before I can see how they fit with tires on them. Once thats dialed and the engines back in the car I can setup my ride height.

    More to come

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    I am much excite

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    Nice progress

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    Love it!
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    Those Koenig's are going to be nasty.

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    Absolutely killer thread, Koenigs are awesome looking wheels!!!
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    Love those wheels! Keen to see updates


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    Thank you everyone for the kind words!!!

    After doing the test fit for the wheels I was pretty eager to get the car back up and running as it should be, but before that could happen I needed to get the engine prepped for paint and regasketing. Started with your typical M50 and began teardown.



    Manifolds off



    Intake and wiring harness off



    Began removing accessories



    Cleaned up the block a little bit, still lots of scrubbing in store



    On E36s when running low, as i am sure most of you are aware, they experience toe issues. With my setup I am only running 1.5* of camber in the rear as supposed to most everyone else running -5* or higher. A way of getting alignment back into spec is modifying your toe brackets. A friend of mine did these up for me with his TIG.



    You can see here how it offsets the position of the trailing arm



    Painted them up





    Then while going through a local junkyard I stumbled across a 92 325is with an entire black interior. Most drift cars are gutted but my car is half gutted and I despise it. So I began stripping the parts car and ended up with this





    Now began the fun task of pulling everything out of my car.

    Here's what I started with.





    A mess, to the say the least.



    Dash and console out



    Quick vacuum of my "new" carpet



    Old one out



    A lot of the foam disintegrated when I went to remove it and it made a good mess





    New carpet installed



    In US these dashboards were available in 92 and maybe 93? Non airbag dashboard





    Busted the original gas pedal so a quick order from BMW straightened that out for me





    Rear seats in place



    Dyed the parcel shelf black



    Console in



    Need to replace this with a Nardi in the future



    You may have saw the headliner being fabric-less in the before pictures. I grabbed some fabric and adhesive to wrap my headliner and pillars with

    Mocked up the length





    Fabric on



    And cutout



    Not in love with how it came out, I'm a bigger fan of the original fabric and will be looking for an M3 headliner and trim in the future

    Wrapped the trim up too



    I'm just starting to install this all into the car so I will have some more progress pictures next week or so. You can also look on my instagram for more real time updates if you wish!

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    I really need to do my headliner but I really don't want to.
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    This car is gonna be fire by spring

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    Damn, never knew there was a non airbag dash....might need to find one of those for myself. Build is looking great so far !
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