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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 05-01-2013, 08:18 PM
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love this thread!!
love the forum, too.

can't wait to see this thing done. think it'll be ready for the road to bimmerfest east??

i say this should be a collage submission for the calendar!!
too cool for sure.df
when and where is that?


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Old 05-02-2013, 10:38 PM
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:32 AM
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Trailer parts are in!...like Christmas in May.....

trailer tongue jack, got the center mount type that I can put a foot or wheel on...Stabilizer jack...for the back end (when the trailer is off the car, and you have unloaded all the stuff in front and forget you have the trunk still loaded!!! lol)....and lastly, Safety cables that coil up automatically, nice!....



Im installing the trailer tongue today with bolts and maybe a few tack welds, but its going in!....then I can wheel this bad boy out of the garage and get it flipped back over and on its tires again!...its been a while....


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Old 05-03-2013, 04:38 AM
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thanks for the pics...thats a good reference...there are many things I like about it. They took some time shaping the front wall, and it looks presentable.

Im thinking I will be making a hinged front panel....its just a matter of what materials to use...I want it light weight, but sturdy......

I like the lip at the top front panel....good area for my tonneau cover hinges....

I do like the body colored rockers....those are a must!


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Old 05-03-2013, 04:49 AM
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when and where is that?


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Old 05-06-2013, 06:26 AM
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Thanks.. Love to see yours when it done

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:01 AM
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I havent posted in a while, but made some good progress.....

Getting structure in the front of the trailer has proven a bit more involved than I originally thought....but its firming up nicely now....

Here is the stabilizer jack I mounted in place for the back of the trailer, knowing me, I would be off loading the thing with the trailer off the hitch and take everything out of the front first.....now, if I can remember to deploy the stabilizer jack, Ill be all set!.....



I cut a panel for extra support and plug welded it in place, then drilled my holes for the jack...its bolted and welded...should be good.





I welded in a piece of angle iron for the top of the trailer tongue where it sits in the rear diff cradle...this gives it good torsional support...so now its over built nicely...as I welded a 1/4" plate on top (really the bottom, but its upside down) of the cradle which I then drilled through and bolted the whole assembly together...



My welds are getting better, but I still need to play with wire speed, I think...any helpful advice there would be much appreciated. I think I need to go to flux core wire with the thicker stuff....(Millermatic, 110 unit)...right now, Im actually drilling down into the 3/16 tongue for better weld penetration...its a way around, but not a perfect solution!......(maybe thats why Im bolting things together too.....a little peace of mind)

I added some angle to the brace for the front floor area...which had quite a bit of flex in it. This will help support the floor braces and add strength to the assembly....



Finally a couple of welds I can show off...I butt welded the pcs...leaving a slight gap all the way around...this way, the weld went all the way through the metal.....



This one is at the leading edge of one of the angle braces...I filled in the corner with weld.....



well, thats about it....gotta button things up here, my deadline is fast approaching and I need the trailer operational asap!...

If you guys see anything that looks off, let me know!....

thanks for checking in!

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:25 AM
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getting ready to flip the trailer over this weekend.....buttoning up a few details.
seam sealed the battery tray area:


overall front structure: primed, painted and undercoated:


The wheels cleaned up really quite well....Im surprised at how much nicer they look. I decided to paint the discs silver and will be adding a weight saving faux red caliper complete with Brembo lettering and some rivet detail...it will be made out of aluminum sheet which will be bonded to a bracket....


I couldnt leave the nasty chipped and rusty shock bottoms so I cleaned them up a bit....


more later...

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:32 AM
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Billies on a trailer... I would have gone to a pick-n-pull (junkyard) and got some Bogies.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:28 PM
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Billies on a trailer... I would have gone to a pick-n-pull (junkyard) and got some Bogies.
could you translate that to "american", please...what are billies? bogies?




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Old 05-17-2013, 04:01 PM
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Bilstein shocks are Billies. Boge is an original equipment BMW brand and are Bogies. Sachs is the other OEM BMW brand but I admit I don't know the slang name for them.....Saki?
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:40 PM
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Donor car had "Billies" all around...might as well keep em!.....

thanks for the translation....I like Saki for the Sachs!




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Old 05-17-2013, 11:49 PM
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I always called sachs a sach of sh*t. But they do make good clutches.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:52 PM
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Boge is an original equipment BMW brand and are Bogies. Sachs is the other OEM BMW brand
Sachs Boge is the same company, owned by ZF

Here's a pic of an E46 rear shock to illustrate:
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:41 PM
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:11 AM
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Made some great progress this weekend with the help of my neighbor's FEL.....Got the trailer back on its sneakers....I have not seen this side of it in quite a while!







Finally got all that ugly bracing off!....glad to have that out of the way....



Welded in the top cross member..this trailer is very sturdy...even without the cross bar, the uprights didnt budge side to side...amazing construction.



The famous table leg rear bumper shock support tube;



Just to see what it looks like with the tail light in place;



My next challenges: deciding how to fabricate the drip rails for above the doors. These panels have to not only shed water, but give the tonneau cover a place to rest...and that has to seal too....its going to be interesting!

I am also figuring out the wiring...there is still a rats nest of wires that I left in place which has to be sorted out....

Front panel construction (not hinged any more) will consist of a steel frame with an aluminum panel for weight savings....

thats about it for now....

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Old 05-19-2013, 09:24 AM
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will a tonneau cover from something like a ford sport trac fit over the trailer??

i'd take some measurements and see what, if anything, comes close. that'll take quite a bit of guesswork out of the equation.




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Old 05-19-2013, 09:53 AM
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This is so cool. I love seeing the progress.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:09 PM
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thanks, guys!


for the tonneau cover, Im going to use my old one from my 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab...its big enough, but will have to be reworked...which is okay....it has a frame that hinges and has pistons to raise it when you release the handle....The fabric is kinda played out anyway, so what Im hoping is that I can reshape one end of the frame and have an upholsterer fit the top for me...I had some seats redone for a golf cart I redid for my dad last year up in NH....I would love to use the same person.

figuring out how to make it weather tight will be my biggest challenge yet!...

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:52 AM
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Got some more done yesterday afternoon...but ran out of welding wire!...bummer...I also burned out my grinder (which I had rebuilt 3 or so times, so it did not owe me anything!)

Here is one of the door handles frenched in...It took a while to get the template right, then trim the steel to the right size so it would be flush...but Im hopeful for good results with a skim coat of filler....I was after a nice smooth look to the side of the trailer, and since Im keeping the doors operational, I thought I should smooth out the handle area....(It will open from the inside only as a security feature....)



and I started work on the back end of this thing...what a chore this will be!...sorry, challenge, yeah, challenge! ( I know, I should just replace the panel with a new or used one...but I have not had any luck finding a local one...aftermarket ones are upwards of 275.00 and that is just not happening!....I can get a set of matching E91 wheels locally for 150.00, If I have anything left over, it will go towards them!)



Found the tonneau cover in the shed this morning, but am missing the hinged part that clamps to the truck bed...gotta be around here somewhere!

It needs a 1-3" channel to fit width wise, and of course it will need to be shortened and shaped by the trunk, but I think it will work!....


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Old 05-20-2013, 09:11 AM
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This is an awesome project. All the pictures and descriptions make for an awesome read!
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:28 AM
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:24 PM
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got the pass through opened up and folded over all the edges so I would not cut myself reaching through....now there is room for both camp trunks!.....this also allows me to adjust the load in the trailer to help with tongue weight.....



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Old 05-21-2013, 09:55 PM
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Wow, this is great. I got your PM by the way, I have some pictures to show if you're interested. I'm seeing dimes in those welds, they arent stacked too well but its a good start
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