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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 12-31-2011, 07:28 AM
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Yeah, I have 5 of them...all either torn up or stained/faded. I'm dying the best set of cushions black.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:32 PM
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A few small updates:

Front seats ready to go in...I tore them apart, cleaned them with alcohol, heated the covers up and painted them with a vinyl paint I've had good experience with. If it doesn't hold up, oh well. But it should be find for how little I drive the car.



Got the rear suspension touched up and put the wheels on the ground for the first time in months: (4x4 status whoaaa)



And the engine bay is almost ready for paint:



I'm hoping to have the car pretty much together by the end of next week, I'll be starting a second job soon to fund some remodeling (and some boost. Shh, don't tell) so free time will be slim after that. Being that I'll have no time, I'm going to spend any extra moments I get in the next week getting things accomplished.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:58 AM
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Almost time to get the engine back in!





My Uncle is the best painter in the bunch of us so he does the honors:



Shave The Bay.







Getting friends to do the dirty work (Valve seals, cleaning the heads, lapping valves, fun stuff.)




Waiting on some packages to "rebuild" the front suspension so to speak and hopefully next week things start coming together and it looks like a car again!
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:07 AM
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Very nice! That's something I want to do when my engine is out. Any tips for shaving the bay?

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Old 01-07-2012, 08:10 AM
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Don't. Haha, it's not a lot of fun and since it'd take years to do it without using filler I'm gonna constantly worry about it cracking out.

Moving the fuse box was a pain but well worth it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:15 AM
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I'm not going crazy. Fuse box will stay but I want to smooth some things out and repaint it.

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Old 01-07-2012, 08:53 AM
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The ugliest areas on mine were the shock towers, they used some thick extremely textured seam sealer there. We scraped it out, used a smoother caulk and then filler to smooth it out. Cutting out any unnecessary mounting tabs and such helped as well. We just cut them off, ground it smooth and finished it off with a thin coating of filler. Doing those little things will clean the bay up immensely.

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:05 AM
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Just what I plan to do.

What's next for your car?

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:21 AM
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I just want it back together so I can drive it again.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:12 AM
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Hello hey Fazda am also in PA and trying to do the same swap using a 355 short block I was wondering if u would like to make me the motor mounts ofcourse some $$ involved for ur time

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:13 PM
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I'm assuming that you found this thread while searching for some info on the swap by your join date and post count. (Which is cool, and I'd like to welcome you here)

At the moment I am extremely busy and my car takes priority. It'll be late summer until I have the time to make up another set of mounts.

I don't want to come off as rude or discouraging but if you looked at the pics of my mounts and can't figure out how to make them and can't personally weld them up or have a close friend that can, this swap is not for you.

The mounts were the easy part. Driveshaft, trans cross member, radiator setup, hood clearance, slave cylinder, headers, exhaust, among many other things all took much longer to figure out and execute.

I could likely write a book trying to explain it all in detail.

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Old 01-08-2012, 09:02 PM
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I could likely write a book trying to explain it all in detail.
You should! Really!
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:15 AM
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I don't think there's much of a market outside of a few of you guys on the forum haha
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:46 AM
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:12 AM
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Engine and tranny were the easy part yo figure out engine is done tranny is bought I just dont know how to weld :/ driveshaft was easy too Nassau in NY can build.it Trans mount a few bends. Diffferential not that hard just cut and stick 9" rear pay somebody but just cant weld.

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:16 AM
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Smh this swap.has been done for many many years I think the.oldest one was like 10yrs ago the most powerful build ive seen is 1000HP in NJ.

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:19 AM
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We all have our strong points in mechanics here am sure that something that difficult to u would of Ben a chuckle to somebody else and vise versa if anybody is interested that knows how to weld and fabricate hit me up and will get something going just want to shove a sbc in my e36

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Old 01-10-2012, 11:59 AM
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Well it sounds like you've got it all figured out. Good luck with your build.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:29 PM
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Fazda, well played, sir. Please proceed with your thread.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:33 PM
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Thank you, thank you

On a good note, we're making good progress. I have the back half of the interior together and I love it. Today also consisted of running brake lines and wires. Hopefully this weekend the engine can go back in!
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:19 PM
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Getting some work done lately...

Passenger side doors re-hung after sill touchup, and M3 mouldings. (Don't mind the quarters, they need some love once I've got my wheels/suspension dialed in.



Two-tone Black/Tan Interior coming together



Suspension Overhaul





Engine Beautification



The only brake lines that will be seen in the bay.



Access holes covered, Bay ready for the engine.




Hopefully we'll have the engine back in by the end of the night Friday, then the rest of the pieces can fall into place much easier.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:24 PM
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:43 PM
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wow that's a lotta work there...and we've still got, what,...7 & 1/2 more months to go before b'fest east??.....ya gotta bring this thing thre for sure!!!



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Old 01-11-2012, 09:24 PM
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Looks like things are coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the final product!
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:38 AM
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Greetings from South Australia one and all. I have followed this thread with interest and much admiration for your workmanship and ability Fazda.

Please keep the pics coming - I am loving them
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