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    Originally posted by IronJoe View Post
    We really need a PSA to tell people to stop removing their broken PB links and instead encourage installing the fix. If you remove the link, the extension is useless and so is the thread.

    Edit: Here's something to hold ya over ;)

    Super light weight!

    [IMG]https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/my350z.com-vbulletin/550x225/80-parkerbsig_5096690e71d912ec1addc4a84e99c374685fc03 8.jpg[/IMG

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      Alright, here's the first batch of photos from the shop which details the driver's side rear quarter panel and wheel arch. I will do my best to narrate as we go along...


      Here's the car as I dropped it off at the shop.
      21125646_10155379546725239_3067627716937555058_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      Another one. You can clearly see where the rear bumper is supposed to mate with the quarter panel and the good 2-3 inches width difference!
      21167296_10155379545255239_1131030189542279144_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      As shown previously, here's the M3 quarter panel trimmed:
      21083472_10155379546895239_9083768642156192589_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      Say goodbye to the old quarter panel!
      21122241_10155379549525239_5554460414976877785_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      ...and it's gone. You can see they left the wheel arch alone at this point.
      21122352_10155379551980239_1892671627601789163_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      Next, they fit up the M3 panel to begin planning the wheel arch.

      21125406_10155379551145239_7011516779294292034_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      Huge difference here. They decided to split the stock wheel arch and add material to replicate the factory M3 wheel arches.
      21167061_10155379553210239_1473511007473473488_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr

      Working on the inner arch... getting exciting!
      21200620_10155379552110239_6959773953729972096_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      Building out the inner arch
      21122472_10155379544500239_4295053936372579645_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      And the completed wheel arch, welded and seam sealed. It admittedly looks ugly from this view but from underneath it looks like one smooth piece. It will get factory undercoating and appear totally stock.
      21125680_10155379551920239_3360211932534266920_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr

      21199505_10155379552290239_119846476627173766_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr


      After completing the wheel arch work, they make the final trim & cuts and prepare final fit up of the panel.
      21122661_10155379553245239_7970896711290525688_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr



      And there she is, ready for tig welding.
      21125665_10155379552830239_3360054940645292623_o by IronJoeT16S, on Flickr






      As of yesterday I am told the final TIG welding is in progress and they will then move onto the doors. I am expecting another batch of pics soon!
      '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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        Simon
        Current Cars:
        -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
        Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
        Originally posted by Melon
        Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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          Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
          x2
          My previous build (currently E30-less)
          http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

          A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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            So very cool!

            [IMG]https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/my350z.com-vbulletin/550x225/80-parkerbsig_5096690e71d912ec1addc4a84e99c374685fc03 8.jpg[/IMG

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              Awesome.
              How to remove, install or convert to pop out windows
              http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=297611


              Could be better, could be worse.

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                Incredible work
                I take it the M3 rear inner wheel arch sheetmetal is NLA?
                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
                  Incredible work
                  I take it the M3 rear inner wheel arch sheetmetal is NLA?
                  That's right. I have had them on backorder since early 2016, exhausted every avenue in attempting to get a pair. There was a point at which a fellow enthusiast had parted a car and was going to sell me one side, but he ended up deciding to keep it. However, luckily I ended up with several photographs that were helpful. I have seen the new arches close-up and I can say they truly made them look great. I am looking forward to getting the car home so I can take detailed photos of everything.

                  The same work was done to the Griot's Garage Detailwagen.
                  '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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                    seriously well done sir.
                    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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                      Looking good Aaron. Fantastic actually. Thank you so much for those.

                      Is there any way you could get some detailed photos of how they address the area where the rocker panel and front of the quarter panel come together?
                      sigpic
                      Gigitty Gigitty!!!!

                      88 cabrio becoming alpina b6 3.5s transplanted s62
                      92 Mtech 2 cabrio alpinweiss 770 code
                      88 325ix coupe manual lachsilber/cardinal
                      88 325ix coupe manual diamondschwartz/natur
                      87 e30 m3 for parts lachsilber/cardinal(serial number 7)
                      12 135i M sport cabrio grey/black

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                        NIce to see you chose a professional shop to take of your needs, as we see so many times taking it to a shop to save just a few dollars costs thousands in the long run.

                        Are they painting the whole car when it's completed?
                        https://www.facebook.com/BentOverRacing

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                          Originally posted by flyboyx View Post
                          Looking good Aaron. Fantastic actually. Thank you so much for those.

                          Is there any way you could get some detailed photos of how they address the area where the rocker panel and front of the quarter panel come together?
                          Thanks! You bet I will get some close up photos for you! They really did a great job on that transition section which I was worried about.

                          Originally posted by M-technik-3 View Post
                          NIce to see you chose a professional shop to take of your needs, as we see so many times taking it to a shop to save just a few dollars costs thousands in the long run.

                          Are they painting the whole car when it's completed?
                          Thanks! I would have botched this for sure haha. I am painting the car myself, that at least I can handle.
                          '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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                            Thats nice work.
                            Good choice on your metal fab guys.
                            Jimmy P.
                            87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
                            88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
                            88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - SCCA SPU #98
                            92 M Technic Cabrio - S14 Powered!
                            98 318Ti Morea Green
                            04 Ford F350 Dually Tow Machine

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                              Did you save a rear quarter? I would say hang it on your garage wall it weighs not much as a reminder. I have started collecting things for mine.
                              https://www.facebook.com/BentOverRacing

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                                nice

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