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    Default Ben's E36. Project Revival

    So some of you follow me on Instagram and have seen the car but do you know where it started and how it got to where it is.

    I originally got the car back in 2012! My mum was in need of a car so she "borrowed" it off me... for 3 years i got it back in 2015. the suspension was well and truly fucked and the engine sounded like a bag of nails.

    But the bodywork was immaculate bar a couple of bits and pieces.

    The car started off as a 316 so that engine was never going to stay and the suspension was always going to get replaced.

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    So, the plan was, and in my opinion to build my perfect e36. At the end of the day its my car and for me.

    I have quite a bit of OCD and i am a bit of a parts hoarder so first things first is to collect a shit ton of parts, i will try and list everything that i can.

    Also, photobucket being the little bitch it is screwed everyone over and i lost a load of photos. But these days, Flickr has may back.

    SE spec is alright but i just prefer the m sport kit.

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    Genuine e36 sport front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts (not pictured) and the wider m side strips.

    I also have tinted indicators and all red rears but i decided not to use these.

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    the first batch of power flex items, CA Tuned camber arms, e46 330 front brake callipers with drilled/grooved discs, braided brake lines and merle lower arms

    and below, CA Tuned coilovers

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    The money shot of everything, and the equips but we will get onto that in another chapter

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    andddddd the Equips.

    Work Equip 05 in bmw PCD 5x120.

    17x8j fronts and 17x9.5j rears.

    I have new front lips to build them from 8j to 8.5j.

    17x8.5j et15 fronts
    17x9.5j et-2 (fucking stupid but we fix this in another episode).

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    Work Equips are one of my favourite wheels. i had the opportunity to buy a few other wheels such as BBS RFs and some RS but i just needed these as i rarely see them on BMWs over here in america.

    They give me a motorsport feel and also look good with some skinny stretched tyres.

    I don't want to have excessive camber or stretch to the main extent and also want to keep the body as stock as possible seeing as its so clean and seeing stock "fender" e36s these days seems to be a rarity.

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    Ok so onto building some parts...

    First of all lets start with the front hubs, they were horrible.

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    cleaned up the kingpins and gave them a coat of paint.

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    All new hubs, and genuine brake guards from BMW

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    SO MUCH BETTER

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    And with the CA Tuned coilovers mounted.

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    all ready to fit to the car with the other new suspension and brake parts.

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    More power flex parts and also cleaned up the metal part.

    I have also changed every single bush out for a powerflex item, unfortunately i have lost allot of photos about this

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    E36 M3 evo (proper engine one, not the wanky ones you got) ARB from a vert which are slightly larger than the cab ones

    powder coated and power flex

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    and cleaned these up, gave them some paint and guess what... yep, powerflex bushes again.

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    and with the rear ARB.

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    Once all the suspension was mounted to the car i trial fitted the front wheels to the car to see if any work was needed.

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    As you can see i also slid the front M bumper on

    I am not a massive fan of the wheels in white, so i was trying to decide on the colour and i done just a quick mask up and gave them a coat of silver. (this is not the finished job, they will get refinished by a pro)

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    and the trial fit, i think they look great especially with the 330 brakes behind.

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    The fronts are 8, i have bought slightly bigger lips to make these 8.5 front.

    so, as you can see from above i have the front callipers fitted, this is how we got there.

    First of all, i painted them red.

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    but as soon as i fitted them i quickly made up my mind i didn't like them at all.

    So i was trying to work out what colour to go and i just decided to go with a subtle black and i am so glad i did!!

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    Brass sliders, braided lines and new clips.

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    Splitting the wheels for a later refurb.

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    So, the rear wheels were ET(stupid). so i had the wheels plugged up and we shaved 12mm off the back!! making them a much friendlier fitment, this is before...

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    seeing as the body is so clean and i have done the over fender thing i wanted to keep this as stock body as i can and only with subtle camber etc.

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    You can see pictures of the new rear fitment later on.

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    So, as we know the car was originally a 316. Now this was not going to cut it...

    so out with the old.

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    Loaded up the touring with the goods.

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    I can't even remember what i ended up picking up but off the top of my head...
    e36 328 engine with 70k miles and gearbox.
    prop
    dials
    full scorpian exhaust and cats.
    manifold
    m50 inlet manifold
    rear subframe
    front subframe
    stearing rack

    and probably a shit load more.

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    and its in!!

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    I am leaving the interior for now but over time i have collected an immaculate set of black pillar trim, i also have the sun visors and all the clips and handles etc too in black but no photos

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    I also managed to hunt down a mint black non sunroof headliner.

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    They are all fitted but i don't have photos of this but we will get onto the interior in another episode

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    Here in the UK we got the Bosch glass headlights.

    these had sections that wasn't as clean as i would like but i gave them a lick of paint.

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    Also got some headlight shrouds.

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    De lensed too

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    In my opinion much better, here are they fitted.

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    Your E36 is so perfect


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