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    '89 M3 Restoration & S50B32 Swap Thread

    Well, it's time for me to get off my ass and post this...

    Many of you probably remember this car, which was posted here a couple years ago:









    I ended up buying it for $3,500. Surprisingly, it wasn't nearly as much of a POS as you'd think. You'd think that with those two weird rust spots under the tail light that the thing would be absolutely riddled with issues. As it turns out, though, the undercarriage is almost 100% clean. I suppose I ought to take some pictures of that. :)

    A couple pics from before the front end was disassembled:





    Even the floor pan on the inside is nice and clean. There's just a little surface crap around the gas pedal from when the PO (the one who actually drove it) tracked a crap ton of mud in from construction sites:









    Mind you, it had a TOP QUALITY Maaco style paint job at one point. And then sat out in the sun for a LONG time. Can we say paint failure?



    Getting rid of the rust spots under the tail light:



    Luckily, I had a donor tail panel available. It's easier than shaping sheet metal, although I've done quite a bit of that too. Lots of it was crap, but that area was great:



    First pass with a little bit of Evercoat:



    Core support mocked in:



    Front end mocked together:





    Engine bay is pretty clean:



    Aside, of course, from the spot on the frame rails next to the header. Luckily, it all ground away cleanly and I hit the rest of it with rust converter:



    Sanding away the Maaco:









    Almost got the windshield out without cracking it. Oh well. Protip: Don't try to take out the adhesive cutter tool once you've got it in. Just keep going:



    What the heck is this hideous sticker?



    Oh, wow:



    Anyone ever seen a CCA sticker turn to crap like that? I really hope I can figure out how to get that off without ruining the defroster.

    Sigh, of course there's a bit of rust in the windshield rim:





    No worries, some fresh sheet grafted in:

    --forgot to take pics of the repair. will remedy soon--

    I need to pick up some of Eastwood's brilliant Internal Frame Coating product. This should hopefully do a nice job of protecting the other side. I'd have killed for some of this when I did the 330is:

    http://www.eastwood.com/internal-fra...ay-nozzle.html

    Antenna hole filled in. Can't stand that stupid, ugly thing. I'll either stuff an antenna under the rear deck, or in the trunk lid. Not that I really care much about radio reception:



    Sunroof assembly removed:



    Sunroof panel welded in:



    This went surprisingly well… It just takes lots and lots and lots of patience.

    Slapped on a sea of Evercoat:







    Lots of sanding later….



    It's not quite perfect yet, but it's getting reasonable:









    Hopefully, by the end of this week, I will have the shell in primer. That'll be a great relief. I'm starting with PPG epoxy primer (DP48LF), followed by K36 primer surfacer (aka high build), and then I'll top that with another coat of DP48LF because K36 has to be sealed. After that, I'll go with Deltron for color and Concept for clear.

    And I almost forgot. I bought ChaseN's S50B32, so that'll be going in once the engine bay is painted. That's a little ways off, though, so it's not really all that important. (Although it takes up a lot of space in the garage...)
    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD LBZ/Allison
    2002 BMW M3 Alpinweiß/Black
    1999 323i GTS2 Alpinweiß
    1995 M3 Dakargelb/Black
    - S50B32/S6S420G/3.91
    1990 325is Brilliantrot/Tan
    1989 M3 Alpinweiß/Black

    Hers: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Black/Black
    Hers: 1988 325iX Coupe Diamantschwartz/Black 5spd

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    #2
    Nice progress. Looked pretty hurt in the first few pictures.

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      #3
      Nice work! Glad to see this being saved, looks like a very good project.
      88 325is - S52 powered

      Originally posted by King Arthur
      We'll not risk another frontal assault, that rabbit's dynamite!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Galactodactyl View Post
        Nice progress. Looked pretty hurt in the first few pictures.
        The nice thing is that while it looked terrible, there really wasn't much actual damage. The real work comes from the butcher job those assholes at Maaco did.
        2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD LBZ/Allison
        2002 BMW M3 Alpinweiß/Black
        1999 323i GTS2 Alpinweiß
        1995 M3 Dakargelb/Black
        - S50B32/S6S420G/3.91
        1990 325is Brilliantrot/Tan
        1989 M3 Alpinweiß/Black

        Hers: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Black/Black
        Hers: 1988 325iX Coupe Diamantschwartz/Black 5spd

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          #5
          I saw that car in person back when it was for sale. Looked really solid but couldn't come up with the cash at the time. Glad to see you're doing it justice!

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            #6
            very cool, maybe I missed it but what are your plans for the interior?
            Porsche 911

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              #7
              Nice find..but the top will need more filler..that's a lot of flat surface to get ....flat

              Good luck dude. Subscribed!
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              1991 318IS slick top
              1997 M3 sedan
              2001 325CI DD

              “whoever turns the wheel the least, wins"

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                #8
                Was that Mayer's old car? That was out at RRT?
                https://www.facebook.com/BentOverRacing

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by e30s50dan View Post
                  Nice find..but the top will need more filler..that's a lot of flat surface to get ....flat

                  Good luck dude. Subscribed!
                  Absolutely. This is just the first pass at it without even bothering with a guide coat. Or anything. My plan is to get it to decentish and then shoot the epoxy primer and high build. I'll probably need a little filler on top of that, but we will see.
                  2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD LBZ/Allison
                  2002 BMW M3 Alpinweiß/Black
                  1999 323i GTS2 Alpinweiß
                  1995 M3 Dakargelb/Black
                  - S50B32/S6S420G/3.91
                  1990 325is Brilliantrot/Tan
                  1989 M3 Alpinweiß/Black

                  Hers: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Black/Black
                  Hers: 1988 325iX Coupe Diamantschwartz/Black 5spd

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by M-technik-3 View Post
                    Was that Mayer's old car? That was out at RRT?
                    Moubray's. I'm not sure whether he had it at RRT or Funktion.
                    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD LBZ/Allison
                    2002 BMW M3 Alpinweiß/Black
                    1999 323i GTS2 Alpinweiß
                    1995 M3 Dakargelb/Black
                    - S50B32/S6S420G/3.91
                    1990 325is Brilliantrot/Tan
                    1989 M3 Alpinweiß/Black

                    Hers: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Black/Black
                    Hers: 1988 325iX Coupe Diamantschwartz/Black 5spd

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                      #11
                      Funktion, I think he took it too.
                      https://www.facebook.com/BentOverRacing

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                        #12
                        The interior is actually in pretty good shape. The carpet was disgusting, but half qn hour with the power washer did wonders. The front seats have no rips or tears, so I'll probably just redye them for the moment. The top of the back seat has the usual stitch failure that I will (attempt) to correct and then redye as well. Ifthat doesn't work out to my satisfaction, I'll talk to Kevin.
                        2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD LBZ/Allison
                        2002 BMW M3 Alpinweiß/Black
                        1999 323i GTS2 Alpinweiß
                        1995 M3 Dakargelb/Black
                        - S50B32/S6S420G/3.91
                        1990 325is Brilliantrot/Tan
                        1989 M3 Alpinweiß/Black

                        Hers: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Black/Black
                        Hers: 1988 325iX Coupe Diamantschwartz/Black 5spd

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                          #13
                          Great job!

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                            #14
                            Thanks for saving one!
                            S50'd

                            Originally posted by TDE30
                            What is this faggy shit I have happened upon?
                            Originally posted by slammin.e28
                            I can always live in a M3. Can't M3 a house.

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                              #15
                              amazing how bad some people let their E30 M3's get... I couldn't imagine letting an old 318i get that bad let alone a M3!

                              keep up the good work!
                              GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

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