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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:22 PM
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Looks nice!

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:49 AM
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For your next project I have a 95 E36 318is. Will be available after Jan for 1k USD. Has 138k on the odometer. Was going to save for an LS1/LS2 swap but decided against it. Currently my daily driver.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:36 PM
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Alot of orange peel. Ill post more pictures later

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Getting a lot of orange peel is pretty typical for a first spray job. Most are worried about getting a run so they mix slightly thick and spray just a bit too far away. Might have been a bit on the cool side too when you sprayed?
Good thing is that orange peel is easier to remedy than a big nasty run or sag.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:16 PM
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Getting a lot of orange peel is pretty typical for a first spray job. Most are worried about getting a run so they mix slightly thick and spray just a bit too far away. Might have been a bit on the cool side too when you sprayed?
Good thing is that orange peel is easier to remedy than a big nasty run or sag.
We sprayed in a heated shop but i had a friend of mine who job is doing spot paint repair on cars to spray the clear. Im happy with it just being done but he said hes not used to doing whole panels just little spots.

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:18 PM
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For your next project I have a 95 E36 318is. Will be available after Jan for 1k USD. Has 138k on the odometer. Was going to save for an LS1/LS2 swap but decided against it. Currently my daily driver.
No more projects for me man. This one is my last one... After this one is done ill start saving for my euro e36 m3.

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Old 01-01-2013, 02:50 PM
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hey, I installed the front and rear bumper as well as a carbon fiber rear spoiler today. heres some pic's
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:13 PM
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finally got the last eibach spring in the front only to find out the shock is toast... crappie but nothing I can do about it now, it will have to do till I get enough money to afford coilovers. anyways the stance still looks awesome. take a look
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Nice work! It's coming along very well. What are your plans for the rockers?
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:52 PM
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Nice work! It's coming along very well. What are your plans for the rockers?
I have side skirts to go on. Just waiting for the clips, i had to buy em from the stealership $4.10 a peice. oh well at least i know its bmw quality and my skirts wount end up on the side of the highway one day.

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:54 PM
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A buddy edited the one picture. Looks pretty cool

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:52 PM
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:57 AM
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Uh oh....





looks like a head gasket...

anyone have any good suggestions on which head gasket to get? I've read some DIY's and if money wasnt tight I'd be happy to do the work.

I have to do it soon. I still have to pull the car in and out of my shop every day...

any other maintenance items I should do while I'm in there?

the engine is the m50b25 no vanos.

maybe turbo build?
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I'd check compression first and change oil. This could just be condensation that isn't burning off if you are only moving the car in and out of the shop and not letting it get up the temp.
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I'd check compression first and change oil. This could just be condensation that isn't burning off if you are only moving the car in and out of the shop and not letting it get up the temp.
worth mentioning I have some good white smoke coming out the back. but I will change the oil. maybe rinse some through
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Yeah, that doesn't look like condensation to me. You'll know for sure when you change the oil, though.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:32 AM
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Uh oh....





looks like a head gasket...

anyone have any good suggestions on which head gasket to get? I've read some DIY's and if money wasnt tight I'd be happy to do the work.

I have to do it soon. I still have to pull the car in and out of my shop every day...

any other maintenance items I should do while I'm in there?

the engine is the m50b25 no vanos.

maybe turbo build?
I'm with TFG on this. Looks like condensation to me too. With respect to the white smoke, if I've let my car sit for a week and then start it I'll get condensation smoke up to 10 minutes after and I know I don't have a head gasket issue. Compression good and losing no coolant. Depending on the weather (Humidity), the CATs can soak up a LOT of moisture and it takes a while for them to get up to temp and boil it all out.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:37 AM
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OK so, doing an oil change today so I'll find out wether or not I need to do my head gasket.
now if I do have to do the head gasket, should I just yank this m50 out of the car and swap my m52 to obd1 and throw it in instead? then rebuild m50 outside of the car? I have a few idea's popping around my head today. what do you guys think?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:39 AM
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I would just use the M52 with all of the OBDI M50 wiring, sensors and intake manifold. You'll be pretty happy with the power increase. Unless you need the M50 for something else, just split it up and sell the parts.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:03 AM
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I would just use the M52 with all of the OBDI M50 wiring, sensors and intake manifold. You'll be pretty happy with the power increase. Unless you need the M50 for something else, just split it up and sell the parts.
I dont really need the m50. not without a manifold anyways. I'll just sell it I guess. its to bad the engine only has 108,000 KM on it.
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heres a question. my m50 is non vanos and the m52 has vanos... so the wiring for the vanos isnt there on the obd1 wiring harness can I splice this in some how or whats the deal with that???
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Oh. Yeah, it's a totally different harness. You'll need to purchase a wire harness from a Vanos M50 or S50.
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Oh. Yeah, it's a totally different harness. You'll need to purchase a wire harness from a Vanos M50 or S50.
ah, good thing I asked i guess. haha
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Don't worry. From what I read about making a non-VANOS car to VANOS, it is a huge pain. But if you're patient, you'll be fine.

And I like how the project is coming along! Good on you!
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Don't worry. From what I read about making a non-VANOS car to VANOS, it is a huge pain. But if you're patient, you'll be fine.

And I like how the project is coming along! Good on you!
from what I've read all I need is the obd1 vanos wiring harness and the ecu from an obd1 vanos car. but I dont really know... havent got in there and tried any of this stuff so we will see.
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