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    Techno Violet Restore and Upgrade Project

    Ive been on the hunt for a Techno Violet coupe for some time since I sold my last one almost 10 years ago. Ive owned over 5 e36 M3s and my favorite color has always been the TV.

    Finally, I found a good enough deal that I couldn't resist. I decided to go all out, and replace as much of everything that I can, and bring this car back to original condition.

    1998 Techno Violet Coupe. Prepped for Track-day with some very obnoxious decals.

    • Partial Dove interior (No rear seats, door panels cards, or front seats)
    • 4 Owners on Car fax, with all vin tags intact. 132k Miles.
    • Rear Cage welded, and trunk gutted
    • Yellow wing, and lip. Not sure why.

    Initial thoughts:

    • Car drove great. Suspension has been upgraded with coilovers and race pads installed.
    • Motor runs perfectly, but no cats, causes a CEL.
    • Random bulbs in cluster, OBC, Interior out.
    • Seals around doors, and trim at the rear windows poor.
    • Owner spray painted the rear interior section of the car since it was gutted, and caused some over spare on certain items like rear window opening handle.
    • Terrible radio and speaker set up.


    Plan:

    • Replace door seals, and rear window seals
    • Replace Rear window seals, and trim on the bottom
    • Replace door handle seals (exterior)
    • Since all of my insulation inside the car was removed, Ill be dyno-matting the entire inside of the car and doing a complete audio upgrade
    • LTW High Rise, and repaint lip, diffuser, and all trim.
    • Front and rear suspension will be refreshed.
    • Engine:
      • Refresh head, and go with a Bottom mount turbo
      • New clutch, and hydraulics.



    Sorry for the lengthy post, but I want to keep track of my progress and parts as I go thru the car replacing and repairing everything I can.

    Day I bought the car!

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    First thing that had to go was the decals. I have a over-sized heater in my garage, so I cranked it up and used my wifes cloth steamer.
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    Next is to remove cage, seats.
    I hate dove, so ill be converting to black!
    Last edited by truekid; 05-03-2020 at 12:30 PM.

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    Pictures aren't working for me. Sounds like a good project.

    Past: '99 Hellrot/Dove M3/2/5 | '97 S14 1JZ | '06 Triumph Daytona 675 | '01 330I M-Tech I | Current: '96 Estoril/Black M3/2/5

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrftKingIII View Post
    Pictures aren't working for me. Sounds like a good project.

    Ahh, Hmm. What are you guys using to host your pictures?

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    They are working now. That was quite the colorful combination on the car.

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    Good job on the decals, they were quite obnoxious. I would also let those wheels go if I were you. Looking forward to seeing progress with this project!

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    roll bar should be easy to remove...looks like it is just made of duct tape. lots and lots of duct tape....

    i don't recall ever seeing that car at track days around here.

    TV FTW!
    Last edited by mlytle; 05-03-2020 at 07:18 PM.

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    I like the turbo plan. These cars are awesome with a turbo. When you do the head, use a spacer to drop compression for the turbo. It does not affect off boost performance much and the extra boost it allows makes a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbonsalb View Post
    I like the turbo plan. These cars are awesome with a turbo. When you do the head, use a spacer to drop compression for the turbo. It does not affect off boost performance much and the extra boost it allows makes a huge difference.
    Ehhh. Yes, and no.


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    Some more Progress.
    Removed Interior
    Removed Cage.

    Got a black carpet, and Cleaned it while it was out!
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    Found a decent black interior for a decent price, will be restoring the leather. One early model vader, and one late. Fill find a another late one later down the road. Found a mint set of black from door cards.

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    Next up is the cracked old rubber and trim under the rear window:
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    Got my high rise in excuse the mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbonsalb View Post
    I like the turbo plan. These cars are awesome with a turbo. When you do the head, use a spacer to drop compression for the turbo. It does not affect off boost performance much and the extra boost it allows makes a huge difference.
    YEAP! CES Cutring and Spacer with ARP 2000 Studs. Im thinking a Borg s257

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post
    roll bar should be easy to remove...looks like it is just made of duct tape. lots and lots of duct tape....

    i don't recall ever seeing that car at track days around here.

    TV FTW!


    Where are you in NOVA? Yea the guy stopped driving it a few years ago, had issues driving a manual. I actually love VIR, but i high sided my SV650 Last year at VIR north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsanvi View Post
    Good job on the decals, they were quite obnoxious. I would also let those wheels go if I were you. Looking forward to seeing progress with this project!
    Id like to find a set of LTWs or Apex Arc 8. But I may just paint the yellow on the wheels black for now.

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    SOOO MANY COLORSSS!!! HAHAH
    Thank you for rescuing such a pretty (underneath) car

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    Yikes. That's quite the project you have taken on.

    Good work so far.

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    yup. in NOVA. have a 97 M3/4 in TV.

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    Now that is a project! Happy you are trying to breathe new life into a Techno Violet car. My favorite color.

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    Well just an update. Ended up getting a lot done. Car is now on the road, and have been enjoying it.

    Got the trim under the window done.
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    Next up was the seats. Works wonders
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    I restored the color on these too!!
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    I ended up Dynomatting the entire car and trunk. I installed a subwoofer and amp.
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    Interior Coming back up together.
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    Next up were wheels and trim!
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    Finally on to painting the faded rear bumper top, and detailing the car with a friend. Worked wonders. Walmart sells paint matched spray paint for 32$ a can and wow. I was impressed.
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    bmw by ninja124, on Flickr

    After wet sand and polish
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    Full shots
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    Upnext is to make it faster.
    Turbo parts are slowly coming in!

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    Last edited by truekid; 08-07-2020 at 12:35 AM.

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    Very good, thorough job! Looks great. Turbo is incredibly fun.

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    Looks great


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    Much better. Nice work

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    What a transformation!

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    Certainly a lot better than the original pictures. Kudos for taking on a big project. Technos are worth saving!

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    You can just buy a brand new black headrest from BMW. I think they're under $250 last I heard. Honestly, that might be the best move since finding a single vader is not only tough, but it's also gonna incur shipping costs most likely unless you're luck like with your current set you got within driving distance again.

    Are you gonna replace the dashboard too? Or you can just repaint it using SEM Trim Paint Satin Black. I've had great success painting my rear parcel shelf and some other interior trim pieces on my E36 with already-black interior and it matches extremely well

    https://www.amazon.com/SEM-39143-Tri...6822922&sr=8-4
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    Tell me what you used to colour your seat belt receptacles

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    Quote Originally Posted by das borgen View Post
    You can just buy a brand new black headrest from BMW. I think they're under $250 last I heard. Honestly, that might be the best move since finding a single vader is not only tough, but it's also gonna incur shipping costs most likely unless you're luck like with your current set you got within driving distance again.

    Are you gonna replace the dashboard too? Or you can just repaint it using SEM Trim Paint Satin Black. I've had great success painting my rear parcel shelf and some other interior trim pieces on my E36 with already-black interior and it matches extremely well

    https://www.amazon.com/SEM-39143-Tri...6822922&sr=8-4
    I am good with the current set I have, they have headrests too. I think Im going stick with the gray dashboard for now. Unless i find a pristine black one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frbz View Post
    Tell me what you used to colour your seat belt receptacles
    I used WD40 at first, and also tried Ceramic coating.

    I followed this
    https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/for...ation?t=311641

    Have had good results. I used 3M rubbing compound.

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    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by truekid View Post
    I am good with the current set I have, they have headrests too. I think Im going stick with the gray dashboard for now. Unless i find a pristine black one.

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    Oh yeah, I thought maybe you wanted the headrests to be matching seeing as you have a early-95 headrest on the one seat and a late-95 to 99 headrest on the other seat
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