01-31-2014, 10:38 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Mein Auto: E39 540i6, E36 M3/4/5
Mjölnir's Build Thread
I recently purchased a 1998 M3 sedan, and will be documenting its transformation from a daily driver to an autox/HPDE tool in this thread.
The previous owner had kept up on maintenance, including recent replacement of brake pads and rotors all around, radiator, clutch, starter, and rear shocks. We were happy to find that it had rear shock mount reinforcements installed as well.
One of the first things we did with the car was remove the aftermarket alarm and stereo equipment. Here you can see the removal of the alarm unit.
While cleaning the car out, we discovered a bottle that once contained some "Obama OG" cannabis.
It appears to be misfiring based on smog results, which showed high levels of O2 and un-burned hydrocarbons.
Also according to the smog place I have a rare 2.8L M3
The valve cover gasket was leaking internally (into spark plug wells) so I'm thinking that that was the cause of poor smog results. The gasket and spark plugs have since been replaced. The valve train looks really clean especially considering the number of miles on the car (218,000.)
In addition to some basic maintenance, we also began removing unnecessary weight throughout the car, starting with the trunk carpet, sound deadening, amp, and speakers.
Then we moved on to the main cabin.
After some other minor maintenance items (trans and diff fluid, power steering cap seal, belts, etc.) and removing the hideous gray carpet, we started mocking up templates for aluminum floor pans and a dead pedal.
That covers most of the progress so far. I will try to update this thread regularly in the coming weeks when new projects are completed.
or PM me for E36 M3 grey interior parts