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    Building my dream M3

    So I have owned a number of e36's in my life but they were always rusty and never how I really wanted them to look. Well years have passed and a buddy of mine messages me and says he has a 95 avus blue m3 rolling shell that he doesn't need. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. So on a wet night I rented a trailer and brought this beauty home
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    So what to do. First my plan was to make a engine using a 328 engine I got for $200 with m3 internals and some hot cams.
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    Well that went south fast as after taking the block and head to the machine shop found out the motor had been badly overheated and both were shot. So went next route and picked up a s52 and OBD1 converted.

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    Next picked up a Dove Grey interior to match the dash and carpet
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    Picked up some used depo headlights and grills. Discovered the cars nose had been replaced with a facelift nose. Also found out the hood nose had been resprayed and not to the best quality but would deal with that later.

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    Finally got the car up and running and got some 18in bbs sr's
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    So now that the car was running I started slowly changing things over the last year really making it my dream M3.

    Went through a lot of wheel

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    Loved these apex wheels but they were too side and would have required heavy flaring to fit decent rubber on
    New apex Wheels by thedude60526, on Flickr

    In the middle of this found some brembos off of a SRT Viper that had some adapter braket that let them fit non m spindles so swapped these on with e46 m3 rotors
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    About 5 months ago a lady backed into the car while I was grabbing some food. In the long run worked out great because the bodyshop hooked me up and resprayed the entire front end and also went back to a pre facelift nose and grills.
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    also added some new headlights with yellow high beams

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    Next got my hands on some new KW V3's and ground control sway bars.

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    Next was the interior I always wanted a modena interior and my buddy hooked me with his after turning his car into a full track car

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    Next was a big one. Picked up a rms stage one supercharger kit. Still getting the tune dialed in on this right now but man can't wait to get on this thing next spring

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    Couple other shots before she went to the shop for tuning and winter storage

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    You went through quite a few different stages! I am interested what you ending up dynoing after the tune?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSTX17 View Post
    You went through quite a few different stages! I am interested what you ending up dynoing after the tune?
    Thanks man yeah it was one of those get the car together as fast as possible than make it into my dream car. Hopefully in the next week or so get it on the dyno. Its a polar vortex here right now so can't do to much. Will keep everyone updated.
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    Holy smokes! Clean that engine bay.

    Great project man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxxxxxx View Post
    Holy smokes! Clean that engine bay.

    Great project man!
    Oh i know soon as the car is running right will be re doing all the wiring and cleaning everything up.


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    If one day you want to sell this modena seats - please, write me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korrespondent View Post
    If one day you want to sell this modena seats - please, write me.

    Will do I doubt it but if I change my mind will let you know
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    So got the car back and holy crap she’s quick. Sadly the weather is still crap here but at least she’s back home and can start adding on all my new goodies

    First time getting this car on the quick jacks. If you don’t have these get them they are fantastic. First job was swapping in street Polly revshift motor and transmission mounts. Needed to stabilize the motor with the supercharger and the trans with the chassis shifter.




    Next was the new oil cooler setup and oil change.


    Lastly was some fresh pads for the brembos. Love how easy it is to change pads


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    Coming along nicely man! Great combo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JZMIII View Post
    Coming along nicely man! Great combo!
    Thanks yeah its getting there for sure
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    Lookin good, can't wait to see her in action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunermt View Post
    Lookin good, can't wait to see her in action!
    Thanks man me too. Winter needs to finish up already.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAlice View Post
    it's amazing, well done!!

    Thanks its getting there. Some decent upgrades still planned.
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    Group by wheels finally came in. 17x9 et42 all around






    Next finally starting to clean up the wiring mess and engine bay. Wrapped the intake pipe and painted the charge pipe along with warping the maf wiring to start



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    Upgraded to the irp shifter and absolutely love it.


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