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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:42 PM
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BMW E36 1998 328i Restoration

So I did a $4,000 5 month somewhat restoration on my 173k mile 1998 328i I got recently. I attempted to make a build thread, but with about 120 pictures in the whole project, it got way to long and outa control. So, here's some photos as she sits right now, and that parts list. If you got questions or comments please add them!

Car is a DD for highway AND town and a spirited driver car. Next step will be either M50 manifold/cams/tune/turbo or a fully built S52 with a turbo. Not sure yet. And better suspension.

Parts. All OEM or equivalent or better. I left most brands out unless it was relevant.

RTAB's
Rear Sub frame Reinforcement Plates
Rear shock mounts
Strut top
Raceland coilovers
Tie rod ends
OEM Rack and Pinion
Steering column flex disk
Control Arms
Control Arm bushings
Power steering hoses
Power steering res
Plugs
Intake manifold gasket
Throttle body gasket
ICV+Gasket+Hose
CCV separator+both hoses+gasket
Vaccum Lines
All new injectors and O-rings
Intake boot
Valve cover gasket
Oil pan gasket
Oil filer housing gasket
Crank rear main seal
Trans input seal
Trans shifter seal
Pilot bearing
Throw out bearing
Clutch Fork
Pivot Pin
Pivot Pin spring
Lighted Steel Flywheel
F1 stage 2 clutch disk and pressure plate
Flywheel bolts
All new shifter linakge
New 5th gear/Reverse Gate pin/spring/bushing
Flex Disk
Center Support bearing
Exhaust gaskets
AC belt
AC belt pulley
Drive belt
Drive belt hydraulic (swapped) tensioner
Drive belt pulley
Water pump
Radiator
Radiator Hoses
Coolant Hoses
Heater core Hoses
Expansion tank
Level sensor
Brass bleed screw
Expansion tank cap
Thermostat housing
Thermostat (88)
Radiator aux fan temp switch (81/88)
Raditator fan shroud with Aux fan relayed for 88
Motor Mounts
Trans Mounts
Clutch Hose
Slave Cylinder
Exhaust hangers
Exhaust hanger bracket
325i muffler (No vacuum crap on it)
All new fluids (PS, Motor, Trans, Dif, Coolant, Brakes)
Fuel Filter+Lines
Oil Filter
Stainless brake lines
Slotted rotors
Stoptech street pads
Sway bar links front/rear
3.23 LSD (80k miles)
Cabin Filter
Black powered/heated leather front seats
Black painted rear seats (Until I can find someone selling them)
Replacement OEM steering wheel
Hankook summer V12's (225/50R16)
BMW Style 30's + matching spare
Gas door lock actuator
Left rear lock actuator
18 button OBC SWAP (From 11)
18 button OBC Turn Signal stalk
Clear side markers
Clear corner markers
Clear tails
DDM thinline headlights with 55w 6000k
Old style center console
Brass Clutch Pedal Bushings
Windshield wipers
Windshield cowl
Factory HK AMP (Crappy aftermarket stuff was installed)
Factory HK rear mids/lows (Crappy aftermarket stuff was installed)
Factory HK floor lows (Crappy aftermarket stuff was installed)
M3 side trim with motorsport badge
Front/Rear strut bars
JVC headunit
Prosport gauges (water temp, oil pres, bat voltage)
Proclip custom phone mount
M3 front bumper
Traction control throttle body plate/pin removal (Silcone boot just cheaper and more boring looking)

I left out some small stuff and I'm sure I forgot stuff
I did some crazy electrical work like adding fuses and a relay to the OEM box for the fan/gauges, so there is no way to tell what I added. The whole car is clean, it needs some more work but it's getting there. Some pictures







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Old 05-02-2013, 09:33 PM
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I have this same car. I bought it for my son for $3900 on craigs list and dumped about 3500 into it. It is well worth it, fun to drive, fast!
Keep up the good work!
Looks great
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:52 PM
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That's some impressive list of fixes/upgrades/maintenance! Can't you post some photos of the highlights?
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:30 AM
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AWESOME DUDE!

I can't believe you did all of this for $4k.

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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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BMW E36 1998 328i Restoration

Inspiration. I just picked up a 218k mile 96 328i and I plan on restoring it. This things in sad shape inside and out but he motor and trans and all that's good. Need some fine tuning here and there. Hopefully I can come in with less than 4k$. Lol!


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Old 05-03-2013, 11:47 AM
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:10 PM
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Well what kinda contribution is a a typed list to the community. This is a somewhat shortened narrated montage of the build.

So I went ahead and picked up the new old car. 173k miles, black exterior, 1998 328i, 5 speed, dove gray interior, 11 button OBC, heated/powered seats, side impact airbags, etc. Almost everything worked. Bone stock. $2,600. A project car in my eyes.








First thing I did was pull the entire rebuilt front subframe outa my old car. New control arms, new steering rack and flex, new tie rods, racelands, new strut tops, new LCAB's, the whole deal.






Got the old subframe dropped, then the leaking oil pan came down.






Welded that oil pump nut, because race car? Well not really but still why wouldn't I.






Got the new subframe up and in.






Valve cover gasket might have been leaking a small amount....






Intake mainfold off. Time for all new gaskets, coolant hoses, vacuum lines, ICV, CCV, injectors, and the list goes on. Fun stuff, car spaghetti.






Exhaust and driveshaft are out! Time for the oh so wonderful clutch.






How does Jakobie get those bastard starter/top bell housing bolts you might ask? Socket extensions. A lot of them. Made the job easy






Success.






Trans is in my basement, time to get those mother ****ing gate pins replaced!






Got them out....






I love new parts







Got them in! Didn't use a single special tool, expect for the 3 I made.... I don't have a lot of money but I'm 18 and my time is worthless so if it comes down to it, I'm gonna make the tool before I buy it






Oil filer housing with my oil pressure sensor adapter and all that fun jazz. Custom solder connecters to blades for a better more reliable easier to service connection.






New CCV and lines going in. ICV and lines at the same time.






Traction control mod. I saw the price on that silicon boot and said screw that. I simply just removed the plate then cut the pin out with a dremel. It's clean and looks stock, and everything is plugged in so no lights. Also, it's pretty damn smooth so I bet the people with the boots aren't getting any more HP. Poor mans traction control delete






Looks good for 173k. Good enough at least. Motor will stay stock for now.






New clutch going in. F1 stage 2, lightened steel flywheel.






Fuel filter and all the lines






She's getting there!






Wait, what the **** does this plug go to? And what about this one? Why didn't I label these?






New injectors, looking pretty new. I like new.






Time to do the rear end. I like rear end work






RTAB's. That was fun. So much fun.






Subframe plates welded in. I'm not breaking another unibody.






80k mile 3.23 LSD I got for $280 local. Swapped the output flanges, bolted right in with no drama. To broke at this point to rebuild it, but it's fine.






On the right is my old cooling system setup from my last 325i. On the left is my new one for this car. Changes include better hoses (samco), a biggger fan, a fan shroud, and a much nicer system for the fans.
I wired my aux fan to turn on when the stock front aux fan turns on high, which due to my lower temp switch is 88c or about 188F. Relayed in the stock fuse box in a open shot with a 30amp relay. Power comes right off the battery, gets fused in the stock fuse box in a open slot I filled with pins and a 25amp fuse. More on that later.






Time for brakes. I like um red. All new slotted rotors, stoptech pads, new fluid, stainless lines.






New slave, removed the CDV, new slave line.

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Old 05-05-2013, 04:11 PM
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Adding new pins to open slots in the oem fuse box for a clean install for the gauges and the fan.






Same dealo with the relay.






Can you spot the two fuses I added, one for the fan and one for the gauges? How about the relay for the fan? I like clean wiring






Swapped out the 11 button OBC for the 18. Easy as hell if you are good at wiring. I had to add a few pins and such, but the whole job is clean.







18 button moved and mounted with custom aluminum brackets, and added my prosport gauges from my old car.






Traded my DS2's + cash for 5 style 30's that needed new tires. I am strangely in love with the style 30. Whatever, we all got our on tastes, mine is for the style 30. Got some Hankook V12's for them.






Interior. Went two tone, black seats in a dove gray interior = sex







Got the cooling system in, this is how I bleed it lol. Got it perfect first shot.






Bam. Passed emissions and inspection no problem.






Underhood






As she sits now.





I obviously didn't photo everything, as you can tell by reading the list of all the parts I put in. But I did cover a lot. There's a few more things to do, some cosmetic stuff a new other things but for the most part I am done the project. Hope you guys enjoy.

Keep on driving!

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:35 AM
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That is very impressive for an 18 year old.

Some of the photos are off (the fuse and relay section).


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Old 05-06-2013, 08:13 AM
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:04 AM
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This is extremely impressive work for any DIY'er, let alone someone who is only 18. Very well done! You have your head screwed on correctly.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:20 PM
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Beautiful car man
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:02 PM
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This is extremely impressive work for any DIY'er, let alone someone who is only 18. Very well done! You have your head screwed on correctly.
ditto...

very impressed with this build...great work!

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:51 PM
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Damn, if I had that kind of garage and shop tools available, I could do wonders!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:08 AM
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Wow! That's an ambitious project. Kudos to you for a job well done. (great pics too)
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:16 AM
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Nice work man..

why didnt you replace the control arm bushings with The urethane ?
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:55 PM
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Car is a DD with an LSD and no T/C. Jakobie you are the coolest 18 year old out there for doing all this work yourself and being so knowledgeable on cars at your age. You got yourself one solid DD now.

Awesome build. I'm looking forward to doing most if not everything you've done myself, and I wouldn't mind more photos.
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