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jkmeisl 10-25-2012 07:34 AM

Out with the Old... In with the New
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Starting a thread following my progress on the 91 e36 325i. imported to canada a few years ago. After the 96 rust bucket I'm eager to work on a car worth my time. I hope to do alot of swaping from the stuff I have so like the digital climate control, 18 button obc and leather interior swap to start, then a 5 speed ZF swap. thats my plan for this winter. anyone ever done the 18 button obc install? :p looks like a pita but I want it!

jkmeisl 10-25-2012 05:03 PM

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got the M3 front bumper on the car today. pics.

ZeGerman 10-25-2012 05:54 PM

Are you going to perform a full tear-down of this one?

jkmeisl 10-25-2012 08:06 PM


Originally Posted by ZeGerman (Post 7158088)
Are you going to perform a full tear-down of this one?

Not for a while if at all. Its in good shape. But i am planning on swaping my m52b28 into to this car. Automatic is awful.

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jkmeisl 11-02-2012 09:41 AM

I found some M3 brakes in edmonton, the guy is asking for 500, for the calipers, pads, rotors, trailing arms, and spindles. good deal?:confused:

ZeGerman 11-02-2012 05:26 PM

Not bad, if everything is in good usable condition. All told, it adds up to a lot of hardware, so to me, $500 seems like a reasonable (if average) price if everything is in good shape.

jkmeisl 11-02-2012 05:56 PM

Ive had a hard time finding these brakes at all nevermind the whole set in one. Its always front set or rear set or just the trailing arms or whatever. So i think im going to go for it and just replace the pads and shave the rotors.

jkmeisl 11-06-2012 05:21 PM

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I polished the 325 up tonight, before and after shots.

jkmeisl 11-16-2012 08:19 PM

Got the M3 brakes, I will post some pictures later, but I got the trailing arms, knuckles, calipers, rotors, backing plates all the sensors for 470CAD so I thought I did alright, but I do need to replace the front rotors due too a warp in the passenger side, and the rear pads are worth changing. but overall they are in very nice shape barely any rust or chipped paint on any of the parts besides the rotors are rusty from sitting. very excited to install them.

E36_325i_Bmw 11-17-2012 12:56 AM

were did you find the m3 bumper? did you find it secondhand or you buy it?

jonesin 11-17-2012 05:54 AM

Best place to order one online is, then arrange to have it shipped to a UPS store in the states, and pick it up there.

Last time I had something large shipped to Canada though, I got raped on brokerage fees from UPS.

It is well worth the drive to pick it up yourself.

jkmeisl 11-17-2012 07:33 AM

I got the m3 bumper off of a previous project car

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jkmeisl 12-01-2012 01:30 PM

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more progress. got some M3 brakes, got my Magnaflow exhaust and AFE intake installed. still working on the fog lights. got 2 new front tires put on today and I cleaned out the trunk and to my dismay i found a pin hole that is starting to rust. anyways. pictures to follow

jkmeisl 12-03-2012 09:51 PM

Picked up some M3 tail lights today as i started install i pulled the weather stripping surrounding the trunk and i noticed a little bit of rust

so i wire wheeled it all off and brushed on some rust bullet. Ill do 3 or 4 coats then put the weather strip back on and finnaly install my tail lights

Ill post some pictures tomorrrow

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petriej 12-04-2012 11:26 AM

What are M3 tail lights?

jonesin 12-04-2012 11:30 AM

I've heard of clear tails referred to as M3 tails before :dunno:

jkmeisl 12-04-2012 11:32 AM

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here is an example. I kinda thought all the e36 m3's were equipped with these from factory?

jonesin 12-04-2012 11:35 AM

IIRC Euro M's are. Not the leftover slops we got. :(

jkmeisl 12-04-2012 11:36 AM

ah I see. well then... thats what I got haha

ZeGerman 12-04-2012 12:01 PM

No M3 sold in the US ever received clear tails. The clear tails were only available in certain European markets.

jkmeisl 12-20-2012 04:20 PM

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Hey sorry for taking so long between posts. finally going to be painting on Monday! getting the hood, driver fender, M3 front and 325 rear bumper and M3 side skirts painted dunkel blau. so exciting. getting the few dents in the rear passenger door pulled in the new year. and then I need to look for some used M3 coilovers or save for new ones before I can install my M3 brakes. kinda sucks but oh well.

jkmeisl 12-26-2012 03:31 PM

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jkmeisl 12-27-2012 03:33 PM

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wet sanded and polished the hood today(took 5 hours) looks pretty awesome actually. heres some pics
I'll to polish it again with swirl remover once more to get all the little tiny scratches out but I'm happy with it for now. for my first time painting a hood I think it turned out alright!

dc_wright 12-27-2012 03:56 PM

Looking great!

Just curious why the wet sanding on the hood......too much orange peel?

jkmeisl 12-27-2012 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by dc_wright (Post 7274144)
Looking great!

Just curious why the wet sanding on the hood......too much orange peel?

Alot of orange peel. Ill post more pictures later

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