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    Wow.... that's a BIG project.... sunroof alone is enough to drive you nuts!

    Great pics.... keep'er coming. :)

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      New M3 Owner... The Build Thread

      Thought you guys might like to see this pic. We just had our second child, first boy, and when my wife wanted to have his newborn photos taken I had only one request...




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        Born in greatness... Congrats!
        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

        HOWTOs:
        DB vert plastic bumpers
        OEM Keys
        MTech1 docs

        88 ix Lach/Card
        91 ic Calypso 3.1
        86 Cosmo 2.7

        OEM+ or bust!


        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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          easily the best baby picture ive seen congrats on #2
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            thanks! He's getting an early start.
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              That's awesome me and my wife both agree.

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                Congratulations! That will be me in 3 months but with a baby girl.

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                  Field trip to Markert Motor Works for an engine inspection before I pull it for paint. Curious to see what they'll find





                  At the shop




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                    Waiting for some good updates :)
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                    1989 325i
                    1988 M3
                    1987 325ic
                    Past:
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                    2001 M3

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                      Originally posted by Zinoberrot View Post
                      Field trip to Markert Motor Works for an engine inspection before I pull it for paint. Curious to see what they'll find
                      Dont let them convince you to go OBD2

                      Very cool attention to detail here.
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                        So I'm a bit behind on updates. Here's the latest. Removing the sunroof motor is easy.



                        Just note which wires go where on the relay







                        Here's another thing that wasn't helping my sunroof-c clip had come off somehow.


                        After the motor is out you can clearly see how it works. The cables are threaded and the gears run through the threads, pushing the cables through the copper colored tubing to close the sunroof, or pulling the cables to open it.



                        Cables are easily removed once the motor is out by pulling from the side that attaches to the sunroof



                        The tubing comes off easily with a few bolts in the center (shown above) and on the ends





                        So that's the sunroof done for now. I don't want to remove the rest of the track and the silver/chrome strips because they are glued down, and in the case of the track, is glued down in a very difficult to reach place. This will be easy for the body shop to tape off so they don't get overspray.


                        Now removing some bits from the interior

                        Steering column cover comes off very easily with a few screws on the top and bottom.







                        And removing some wires and modules under the driver's seat. This is the cruise control module according to real OEM, which is confusing because I thought I already removed the cruise control computer. Maybe just 80s technology





                        This is how the wires go in. More a reminder for myself than anything



                        Hood latch out



                        Much more to do on the inside wiring. I think I'm going to pull all the wiring from the engine bay but try to leave the cabin wiring intact. We'll see.

                        Speaking of engine bay...

                        Removing relays



                        Removing coolant sensor wire



                        Removing ignition coil







                        This 02 sensor wire travels quite the path from the ECU, through the firewall, under the coolant tank, down the engine bay, across the firewall above the transmission, and down onto the exhaust manifold











                        I disconnected it but left the sensor in the manifold for now



                        GOODBYE UGLY PLUG WIRES! Replacing these with red ones.





                        Coolant temp sensors coming off



                        The little rubber loom piece was tricky to get off. Oil leaks had gunked it up pretty badly





                        Very sophisticated German cowl drain system



                        Hood latch release off








                        Throttle cables off









                        Very sophisticated coolant overflow drain





                        And air box off




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                        Last edited by CurrusDei; 02-14-2016, 09:06 AM.
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                          I think you meant sunroof motor in the first pic right?
                          The "cruise control module" behind the driver dash is actually the OBC control unit.

                          You are SOOO the right guy to own this car. Absolutely adore this thread man. Thanks for posting!!
                          I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                          HOWTOs:
                          DB vert plastic bumpers
                          OEM Keys
                          MTech1 docs

                          88 ix Lach/Card
                          91 ic Calypso 3.1
                          86 Cosmo 2.7

                          OEM+ or bust!


                          reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                          TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                          e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                            Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                            I think you meant sunroof motor in the first pic right?
                            The "cruise control module" behind the driver dash is actually the OBC control unit.

                            You are SOOO the right guy to own this car. Absolutely adore this thread man. Thanks for posting!!
                            Yes, sunroof motor. Fixed it. And thanks for the info on the mystery black box :up:
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                              Beautiful!

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                                Just saw this thread today. Man, Awesome thread and attention to detail on the car. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.

                                Congrats on your new born. Love that pic of him in the engine bay.
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