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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-19-2012, 02:57 PM
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This looks like a fun project to help with. Shall we work on the car... perhaps while consuming adult beverages this weekend ffej?
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:20 PM
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This looks like a fun project to help with. Shall we work on the car... perhaps while consuming adult beverages this weekend ffej?
That sounds like an excellent idea! Perhaps even have an F1 brunch with bloody marys?
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:23 AM
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:05 AM
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:23 PM
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KrisL, looking like he did something kinda naughty with the car...

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Old 04-22-2012, 05:37 AM
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:58 AM
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So.... how'd it go yesterday?
Well, as you can see. It was dirty. Some good work though...



Did the full 330i brake swap, so we had to swap out the rear trailing arms. Since the 330i half shafts are more stout, I wanted to keep them. Which meant swapping the output shafts on the diff from the 3.07 to the 3.46. I knocked the 3.07 over on to the eff you finger on my left hand. That was a little unpleasant. I also tried to gore my leg while pulling out the one of the half shafts on the wagon. The impact socket came off, spinning, while we were pulling the driver's side rear trailing arm and got Kris in the forearm...which kept it from hitting him in the face. Pulling the half shafts off the wagon was a complete PITA on the exhaust side, because we were too lazy to pull said exhaust. All told, the rear brake swap took about 4 hours. The front end of the car took about 45 minutes for the brakes and sway.

The easiest job, by far, was putting on the Hotchkiss front sway bar. Actually, the easiest job was drinking beer. And going to see my 15yo perform at her school's big dance event later that evening.



We had an interesting day.

Today, an F1 brunch with some family and friends. When headed back to drop him off at the airport, Kris and I are gonna stop by and check out the Circuit of the Americas - LAME track name, but I can't complain too much. They're building it in my town.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:01 AM
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It was dirty.
I bet it was.


Sounds like a pretty awesome weekend though, nothing like a few close calls to make you feel alive and appreciate having all your extremities, like that finger.

Maybe I can get Kris to come help me when I drop the subframe of the M3 this fall.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:04 PM
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:24 AM
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Maybe I can get Kris to come help me when I drop the subframe of the M3 this fall.
I'm closer

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:58 PM
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:57 AM
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Great to see progress, I can't wait to hear about it all complete. I would have said "see" but I know it won't look much different, which I think is even better.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:17 PM
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This is where I would post video from the weekend I spent instructing at MSR Cresson with the BMW CCA Lone Star Chapter. HOWEVER, my android lap timer/data logger of choice recorded what was essentially colored static.

Siiiigh.

The wagon DESPERATELY needs a Limited Slip unit in the diff. Other than that, the car was awesomer than I expected.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:44 PM
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:52 PM
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I don't check in with the E46 crowd much anymore, but really stoked to see this project...go, Fejj!
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:22 AM
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:09 AM
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Waiting on the motor. About to order a VAC oil pan baffle...
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:28 PM
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This may seem like a stupid question but what is a zhp..im being serious..whats the difference between a zhp and my 323
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:59 PM
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Motor is back in my garage. Not as pretty as when it came out of the factory, but the alignment of the A/C condenser and tensioner pulley is perfect!
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:35 PM
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Are you keeping a parts list for us touring owners who are thinking 'I have a dream'....

Good luck dropping in the motor and the 6 speed. Also, where did you get the donor (and if you don't mind me asking, how much was it?).

Just wishful thinkin' here....

Keep up the good work!

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Old 05-17-2012, 07:54 PM
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Are you keeping a parts list for us touring owners who are thinking 'I have a dream'....
Alas, I am not, as there is a lot of "while you're in there" stuff that I'm tackling, too - oil pan baffle & lock-tite'd oil pump nut, headers, valve cover gasket, etc. I could probably put one together, though I'm not sure I have the patience and organizational skill for it.

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Good luck dropping in the motor and the 6 speed. Also, where did you get the donor (and if you don't mind me asking, how much was it?).
Got the car from copart.com. It was dirt cheap...once I sell off everything I will be cash positive on the deal. As long as you don't consider the cost of my labor, that is, cuz that's free

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:39 AM
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Motor is back in my garage. Not as pretty as when it came out of the factory, but the alignment of the A/C condenser and tensioner pulley is perfect!
Welded the divot back in the block? Pitchers!

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As long as you don't consider the cost of my labor, that is, cuz that's free
Are you keeping track of the "free" labor? Or are you booking this in the "pleasure" column?
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