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    Project Canyongrun - E36 Revival

    Project Canyongrun - E36 Revival

    Two scrap E36's on death's door.
    More time then money.
    One mission to make a running, driving machine.







    Current Modifications:
    Straight exhaust with OEM cats & custom silencers.
    Aftermarket ECU Tune (RKtunes).
    E46 Front lower control arms.
    Condor Speed Shop E36/E46 Conversion Bushings.
    Lowering Springs (H&R Race Front, Raceland Rear).
    Bilstein Dampers.
    Custom short shifter & knob.
    DRL Disable switch.
    16" Style 42 Wheels (Need new tires).
    Custom front lip.
    Kenwood KDC-X396 Headunit.
    MTX 12" Subwoofer in ported box.
    Pyle PLA2200 amplifier.
    Euro DEPO ellipsoid/projector headlights.
    Aukee H1 6000K LED low beams. Hella H1 Halogen high beams.
    Fog light delete blanking plates.
    15mm rear wheel spacers.
    RGB LED Underglow Kit
    Rear Shock Mount Reinforcement Plates




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    Subject one: 1998 BMW 328i E36 four door in rare Canyonrot Metallic (343).
    Former drift car.
    Welded diff.
    Gutted interior.
    Over 400,000km. Broken Odometer.
    Considerably Rusty. Decidedly Clapped.

    Gas tank held up by ratchet straps.
    Brake lines rusted through.
    Ebrake assembly removed completely.
    No swaybars.
    No seatbelts.
    No lights.
    Cracked windshield.
    Cut wiring harness.

    Straight exhaust.
    Aftermarket ECU Tune (RKtunes).
    E46 Front LCAs.
    Condor Speed Shop E36/E46 Conversion Bushings.
    Lowering Springs (H&R Race Front[?], Raceland Rear)
    Bilstein Dampers



    Subject two: 1997 BMW 328i E36 four door in Bostongrun Pearl Metallic (275).
    Heavy impact damage to passenger side rear door.
    Drivetrain pushed forward.
    Transmission and motor mounts snapped.
    233,000km
    Leather interior.
    Working A/C.























    Last edited by Panici; 09-19-2022, 11:29 AM.
    My Build Threads:
    '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
    '86 BMW E28 535i
    '98 BMW E36 328i
    '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
    '04 Jeep TJ
    '05 Yamaha R6

    #2
    Step 1: The Rust Monster

    Functional repairs are the name of the game here. I'm not going for perfect butt-welded repairs like on my E30.

    Gas tank strap mounts, gas tank access holes, trunk floor, trunk rain gutter, and front swaybar mount all patched.























    My Build Threads:
    '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
    '86 BMW E28 535i
    '98 BMW E36 328i
    '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
    '04 Jeep TJ
    '05 Yamaha R6

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      #3
      Step 2: Brakes, Differential, Swaybars.


      Swapped the entire rear brake system including the parking brake assembly and cables. (Air hammer and a modified socket is the trick to get the cables out without destroying them)


      Had to drop the exhaust systems and gas tanks to get access to the hardlines.
      The lines I removed from Canyonrot were completely destroyed. Talking multiple unions/splices on each line, and enough rust that they split in a few spots when removing from the car.


      Changed out one seized front caliper and was able to extract the broken bleeder from the other.


      Replaced the welded 3.91 rear end with an open unit, installed swaybars front and rear.















      Last edited by Panici; 10-18-2021, 06:22 PM.
      My Build Threads:
      '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
      '86 BMW E28 535i
      '98 BMW E36 328i
      '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
      '04 Jeep TJ
      '05 Yamaha R6

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        #4
        Step 3: Body Panels, Rad Support, Windshield.


        Now you see where we get the name Canyongrun, as we have a little of both going on!

        The red trunk was rusted through by the license plate lights. The whole latch assembly was destroyed from what looks like a crowbar.
        The front fenders were rolled and pulled, and the driver's side had a rust hole right through the side.
        If that wasn't enough, the hood was bent and creased up near the driver's side windshield.

        While I had the front end apart I replaced the entire core support, electrical aux fan, and polished the plastic headlights.


        Installed the hood, closed it, and it promptly stuck shut! Had to get under the car with some improvised tools to get it free. Took apart, cleaned, adjusted the entire assembly and swapped a hood pin from the parts car.

        Also had a glass guy come out and swap over the good windshield.















        My Build Threads:
        '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
        '86 BMW E28 535i
        '98 BMW E36 328i
        '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
        '04 Jeep TJ
        '05 Yamaha R6

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          #5
          Step 4: Electrical & Custom Shifting


          Going through the wiring has been interesting. So many things disconnected and many connectors cut straight off the harness. No bulbs in most of the car. Broken taillight & main gauge cluster.


          Hacked up wiring included front marker lights, temperature sensors, headlights, aux fan, reverse lights, horn, radio, etc. I didn't bother to take pictures of all the repairs, but you get the idea. Harvest connectors from the parts car, solder, marine heatshrink.

          Had a spare headunit sitting in storage, which does the job well enough. Also made my own short shifter, Z3-1.9 pictured for scale.

          Made a DRL disable switch as well for full lighting control.



























          My Build Threads:
          '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
          '86 BMW E28 535i
          '98 BMW E36 328i
          '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
          '04 Jeep TJ
          '05 Yamaha R6

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            #6
            Step 5: Interior


            Removed the tired vinyl front seats and set to work moving most of the leather interior and trim from the parts car.
            Even had to transfer the stock belts as they had been removed from the Canyonrot body.
            Fixed both rear windows which failed within a day of each other.
            Installed a new leather shift boot.





























            My Build Threads:
            '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
            '86 BMW E28 535i
            '98 BMW E36 328i
            '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
            '04 Jeep TJ
            '05 Yamaha R6

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              #7
              Step 6: Engine Bay & Exhaust


              Installed a fresh set of spark plugs to fix a P0306 misfire code. Transferred over the blower motor cover and seals.
              Removed the mechanical fan. Rewired the Aux fan for high-speed operation. Installed an airbox.
              Mounted the RKtunes ECU properly behind it's cover.
              Removed the SAP pump.

              Installed the OEM front catted section for emissions compliance and transferred the original muffler flanges onto the huge blast pipe rear section.

              Installed some leftover Kilmat sound deadening and new door seals to help with exhaust resonance.




















              My Build Threads:
              '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
              '86 BMW E28 535i
              '98 BMW E36 328i
              '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
              '04 Jeep TJ
              '05 Yamaha R6

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                #8
                Step 7: Front End Alignment & Test Drive


                Removed and reinstalled the Condor speed shop E36/E46 LCA conversion bushings.
                Previous owner installed the bushings skewed (as in the first picture) which threw off the alignment.


                Test drive showed much reduced pulling to the right hand side after the fix.





























                My Build Threads:
                '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
                '86 BMW E28 535i
                '98 BMW E36 328i
                '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
                '04 Jeep TJ
                '05 Yamaha R6

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                  #9
                  Step 8: Purchased 16" Style 42 Wheels


                  Test fitting these Style 42s on 225/50R16 tires was successful.
                  Will need a new set of tires before I can run these wheels.





















                  My Build Threads:
                  '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
                  '86 BMW E28 535i
                  '98 BMW E36 328i
                  '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
                  '04 Jeep TJ
                  '05 Yamaha R6

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                    #10
                    Thread is now up to date!

                    So far I'm at ~140 hours of work, and the car is back on the road.


                    Parts of this build have definitely been a battle, but it was a lot of fun!
                    Ultimately I'm pleased to have made one good E36 out of two cars destined for the scrap heap.


                    Obviously there are still items to be addressed, and many modifications to come. I'll update as work continues.
                    My Build Threads:
                    '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
                    '86 BMW E28 535i
                    '98 BMW E36 328i
                    '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
                    '04 Jeep TJ
                    '05 Yamaha R6

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                      #11
                      Love it. Good work! Don’t fancy sourcing some more doors & panels to make a harlequin-esque edition?! 😆

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                        #12
                        Going to match the paint at all? A wrap could be the cheap/ easy way to make it all canyonrut. lovely color
                        Simon
                        Current Car:
                        -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                        -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                        Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Matt@EDC View Post
                          Love it. Good work! Don’t fancy sourcing some more doors & panels to make a harlequin-esque edition?! 😆
                          Thanks Matt!
                          I do like the sound of that, would be lots of bright colours

                          Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                          Going to match the paint at all? A wrap could be the cheap/ easy way to make it all canyonrut. lovely color
                          Most likely won't match the paint. The chassis is way too rough underneath to put that kind of money into it.
                          Besides the two-tone paint scheme is really growing on me!
                          My Build Threads:
                          '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
                          '86 BMW E28 535i
                          '98 BMW E36 328i
                          '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
                          '04 Jeep TJ
                          '05 Yamaha R6

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                            #14
                            Ok damn that's a lot of update.
                            Originally posted by priapism
                            My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
                            Originally posted by shameson
                            Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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                              #15


                              I was looking at this like
                              "what are those ratchet straps around the headrest doing?"
                              "Oh jesus, those aren't ratchet straps"
                              Originally posted by priapism
                              My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
                              Originally posted by shameson
                              Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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