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    One Year In... M3 Build Thread

    Small update. I'm pulling wiring from around the driver footwell. Hoping to pass as little wire as possible back through the firewall and leave some in place in the car, we'll see how that works out.

    So far....

    This is the main connector for all the wires that run to the steering wheel and the stalks (turn signal, wipers, cruise, etc)



    Pretty self explanatory on how to get it off the column.

    [will post pic here when I disconnect the wires themselves, not there yet]

    This T shaped black mount sits on the firewall holds up cables and holds down insulation, easy to remove.


    This guy mounts to the firewall and holds the OBC module as well as several connectors that go through into the engine bay. Easy to disconnect just remember where everything was plugged in or take pictures. Take pictures. For your sanity. There are two main connectors

















    On the lower left side of the footwell, behind where the engine release used to be, there appears to be a zip tie holding the main harness in place. Do not cut this. I almost did until I saw you can leave it whole and remove the harness from it easily









    Detach some of the cable mounts from the ledge above the steering column. Remembering where each goes







    This apparently is the seatbelt buzzer relay.





    As part of this I'm removing the pedal box as well.

    Unhook the brake and gas pedal return springs. I just let them hang from the pedal box for now



    Remove the pin and clip holding the brake master cylinder to the brake pedal. The crop part of the clip needs to be lifted high enough so that the whole clip can slide over the pin











    Now the clutch master cylinder. No clip here, just a 17cm and 13cm wrench needed





    Both cylinders should be free of the pedals now.

    More to come!


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    Last edited by CurrusDei; 05-24-2015, 08:22 AM.
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      how's your back? great pics - you must be a contortionist :-)
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        One Year In... M3 Build Thread

        Originally posted by bradnic View Post
        how's your back? great pics - you must be a contortionist :-)

        Ha! It helps when you have the entire interior out. Opens things up a bit. I have smacked the back of my head on the exposed end of my steering column 2 or 3 times-that's always fun

        Birthday present from my sister came in Friday. My other sister got me a new heater core pipe - let's say I'm difficult to shop for.



        New OEM insulation!

        and from my wife....



        and from my grandmother...




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        Last edited by CurrusDei; 05-24-2015, 08:23 AM.
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          Epic Bday presents!

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            One Year In... M3 Build Thread

            Way overdue for an update!

            I moved the various wiring harnesses aside so I could get to the 6 bolts holding in the pedal box. This job is much easier with no dash/windshield.





            Top bolts out



            bottom bolts out. This loosens the brake booster as well.



            Disconnect the two bolts holding the pedal box to the clutch master cylinder.





            Then it wiggles free. Finally got that last piece of old insulation out!







            A also disconnected the ignition cylinder wiring while i was there



            MUCH more to come soon. I just loaded up over 400 pics.

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            Last edited by CurrusDei; 06-27-2015, 06:33 PM.
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              Cant wait to see :)
              Current:
              1989 325i
              1988 M3
              1987 325ic
              Past:
              2001 330ci
              2001 M3

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                One Year In... M3 Build Thread

                Center Caps look much better, but really show how badly the wheels need to be refreshed





                Here come the big guns

                Last edited by CurrusDei; 06-27-2015, 05:26 PM.
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                  Engine Removal Prep

                  Removing hood stops



                  White plastic clips around shock tower go to the ignition coil.



                  Bracket on passenger shock tower - holds an AC line







                  Clip for coolant tank overflow hose



                  Rail bumper



                  Cruise control actuator coming off - three bolts





                  Ground Wires - Working my way to getting the wiring harness freed





                  Loosening connections to ABS unit











                  And off comes the Intake Plenum



                  Magnet helps with the washers - dont want them falling down into the engine bay


                  Bracket on back of plenum holding line from valve cover gasket to brake booster


                  Disconnecting 2 hoses from bottom of plenum. One on front, one directly below.









                  Remove bolt under support bracket (probably replacing this old busted bushing with an upgraded unit. Kormann makes some good stuff like this)



                  Off!





                  Some oil blow-by



                  And there are those beautiful ITBs!

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                    Very nice. Have you separated the engine bay harness from the chassis side and pull it from the car yet?

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                      Driver side brake sensor coming off



                      Oil filter housing temp and pressure sensors





                      Distributor cap off



                      Rotator cap on for now



                      Diiirrrrty coolant. Draining coolant out of this thing is like helping a drunk friend puke. You think its done, you move something slightly, and all over again.



                      T-Stat coming off





                      Main upper radiator hose



                      Main lower radiator hose



                      Vacuum hose from fuel pressure regulator to hose to idle control valve



                      broke away when i tried to disconnect







                      This is the bottom of the line (below the ITBs) that the vacuum line above connects to. There is a separate opening that connects to another vacuum line that runs to the fuel strainer/separator near the ECU.



                      [spoiler here, but you know where this is going]





                      The little gold guy above isnt in the Real OEM diagram. I need to dig into the fuel side of this a bit more.

                      More to come
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                        Originally posted by gills View Post
                        Very nice. Have you separated the engine bay harness from the chassis side and pull it from the car yet?
                        Thanks. Yeh the harness is all out of the way, but I still have yet to go through the wiring to get all of it out of the engine bay. Thinking I may have to pull some out of the cabin but hoping not to have to pull the whole thing through.
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                          Good work :)
                          Current:
                          1989 325i
                          1988 M3
                          1987 325ic
                          Past:
                          2001 330ci
                          2001 M3

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                            Love it!

                            Check Us out on Facebook
                            Needing a harness adapter or wiring help? Check it out: also have 24v motor mounts, E30 M3 covers and E36 ECU mounts!
                            Full Product Line Tuning
                            OBD2 Tuning Available! OBD2 E36, S54 Swap, S62 Swap, etc: tuning@MarkertMotorWorks.com Dyno Thread

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                              Wow! Enough pics to use as a reference whenever any of us crack into ours for minor stuff.

                              You are definitely thorough!

                              It's not how you handle the good times, but the faith you keep in the bad that defines you.

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                                Great progress, great inspiration for everyone if we ever find a project M3 :D


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                                1988 325i Convertible Alpine White (SOLD)
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