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    Balleristic's DD E36 M3/4/5

    Well this should be a fun one. I haven't decided if I did the right thing on this one or not at this point but time will!

    A little backstory:

    I'm finishing up my senior year of college. I've already got a job down in Los Angeles starting in October of this year post-graduation in my field of study (Public Accounting) so I have been fantasizing about all the cool DDs I could buy with all my future, non-college life, wealth.
    My mental budget was around 10-20k but I wasn't really sure on what I wanted (E39 M5, E36 M3, non-M Z3 coupe, E46 ZHP, blah blah). But either way I wanted something BMW, not new (smart right?), and not boring.

    Rewind a month or so ago and I found a smoking deal on a euro E24 grey market car which I had to pick up locally. It was an original owner 635CSI with all the euro goodies so I bought it. However, living in the college apartment isn't super advantageous to owning even one car(my E30), let alone two.

    So naturally, after buying the E24, taking up too much of our already limited parking, pissing off a roommate or two, and never driving either of my cars(I ride my bike to school), I bought this E36.

    Now I know what you're thinking, its an E36. A parts car. A sacrificial lamb. A throw away. But...

    I paid $950 for it, and it was a few minutes down the road from me, and it was cosmoschwartz at some point so thats kinda cool right? I mean how could I not buy it???

    TLDR version:
    So I found myself a daily. Now to make it a driver.

    Here's the craigslist ad picture listed in auto parts for sale, not cars.

    The PO was trying to part the car and I just asked what he would want to sell the whole thing. He did.

    The car is a clean title, 98 M3/4/5. Originally cosmos on dove. Now baby shit brown and greasy fingerprinted dove.

    It doesn't run, has 5th gear lean, an E36 interior, and it is the ugliest car I've ever paid money for. But it's an M3. For $950!

    Here's some pics from when we pushed it out of its resting place into the sunlight. That didn't really help much.



    The interior (smelled exactly like every E36 junkyard car I've ever been in).


    The car is registered as non-operational so that's nice. No backfees.

    Got it home and in my driveway after some creative driving by the AAA tow truck driver. Here it is in its current resting place next to my e30. (Please note the sign on the carport put up by my landlord)



    So I was too anxious and impatient to see if I had completely wasted my money, so I alligator clipped the starter trigger post and jumped it to power.

    She turned over!

    With my newfound knowledge of a complete and properly timed engine I decide to really test my luck and do a compression test to see how stupid I was for buying this POS.

    These were my results:
    Cyl 1 215 PSI
    Cyl 2 220
    Cyl 3 210
    Cyl 4 195
    Cyl 5 220
    Cyl 6 185

    A bit of oil fell into the cylinders from the spark plug wells which i believe led to the high level of variance between a couple of the cylinders. But all i care about is the fact that that is plenty of squeeze to make boom.:D

    That's as far as I got today. Stay tuned for more of me trying to bring this thing back. Or parting it. Or setting it on fire. All appropriate I think.

    -NICK

    #2
    I'm in to it! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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      #3
      Ahh , ive seen this one on cl. It was listed as "e36 m3 none running" sad to see it looks the way it does now. Always been a fan of the sedans


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      1986 LTW M52 (First project 2015- )
      1998 e36 328ic/5 -
      Roundie alpina pig cheekā€™d (1969)
      1967 2002 parts car
      1994 318iS junked.

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        #4
        Some people were not meant to own BMW's. Please save this one :coolphoto:

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          #5
          I guess I didn't really lay out a real plan for this thing in my initial post.

          -Get the engine running
          -Clean clean clean scrub
          -Fix the fifth gear lean
          -Get rid of the E39 m5 style 65 wheels (anyone want to throw me an offer on those?) for some stock E36M wheels
          -Swap some stock suspension back in. No more stancelyfe :up:
          -Swap in a stock exhaust for the patched up supersprint that is currently on there.
          -Paint


          Here's some random photos of a few of the things that made me :hitler:

          The POS Jom/raceland/shit style coilovers the car has:

          Some high quality welds for your high quality supersprint exhaust!!

          PO said he ripped this off to diagnose the no start... from under the vinyl glovebox cover??? Wtf.

          Here's a bunch of stuff that may or may not make it back on the car. Just a huge mess. You can also see all the leaves and dirt in the jams between the body and the trunk seal. That crap is all over this thing.


          That's all for now. It's growing on me.

          -NICK

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            #6
            Sell me that intake.

            Is it painted or wrapped in that awful 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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              #7
              Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
              Sell me that intake.

              Is it painted or wrapped in that awful color?
              PMd you on the intake.

              Unfortunately that's primer over the original cosmos :( but it looks like they did a decent (read not perfect but on its way) job on the body work.

              I would have preferred poor condition original paint of course but $950 dollar car life.

              -NICK

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                #8
                This is a great daily if you can get it up and reliable. Rattle can it some better color and drive it into the ground!

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                  #9
                  Alrighty then, I finished up my last midterm before finals this quarter so I rewarded myself with a bit of time on no crank, no start diagnostics.

                  Let me recap my situation for anyone who may have better insight on these POS cars and those of you who do/don't care!

                  -car has voltage
                  -all the lights turn on on the dash when the key is in the on/run positions
                  -the starter can be powered directly on to turn the motor over
                  -have a no crank/starter click/ start problem




                  So first things first I checked the fuse box. They all check out just dandy.


                  Next I wanted to make sure I was getting 12v out of the yellow/black wire on the ignition switch. I was.

                  Next I bypassed the clutch switch between the purple/white and brown/black wires. No change

                  I tried to see if I was getting any signal out of the antenna ring when the key was turned to the "run" position. I got some quick like 2.5V signal out of one of the terminals on the antenna ring, but I don't really know what I should be seeing there.

                  Then I pulled the glovebox.
                  ]

                  Found the EWS box. And a sick twist tied and electrical tape job on a few of what I think are crucial wires.


                  However they have good enough (although hack) connection so theoretically they should work.

                  Idk what I'm doing with this EWSll BS. I've spent a ton of time online trying to find definitive diagnostics on it but am coming up with zilch.

                  Does anyone have an idea on how to properly diagnose the EWS2 system? Will a Flash EWS delete solve my problems?

                  -NICK

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                    #10
                    And to brighten the mood a bit, here's what I found when I unloaded the trunk CD changer.

                    Can wait to be cruising the primer M3 jammin to my tunes :D

                    -NICK

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Balleristic31 View Post
                      Alrighty then, I finished up my last midterm before finals this quarter so I rewarded myself with a bit of time on no crank, no start diagnostics.

                      Let me recap my situation for anyone who may have better insight on these POS cars and those of you who do/don't care!

                      -car has voltage
                      -all the lights turn on on the dash when the key is in the on/run positions
                      -the starter can be powered directly on to turn the motor over
                      -have a no crank/starter click/ start problem
                      I think you're on the right path with it being an EWS2 issue. That hacked up wiring looks a little scary. :(

                      A simple and silly thing -- are all the doors unlocked? My old E36 (95 325is so EWS2) left me stranded at home one day, the damn thing would not crank at all. Trying to debug I noticed the passenger door was still locked since the locking mechanism was on the way out. I unlocked it and tried starting the car up again and it fired right up. Tried this a few different ways and if one of the doors was still locked the car would not start up, everything unlocked = fired right up. So check those are all good, especially the back seats which probably don't get used/opened much.

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                        #12
                        So I think I made some kind of progress today.

                        I emailed TRM about what the deal was with their EWSll delete flash. Here was their reply:

                        Way too easy, so that pretty much seals the deal on that. I will be deleting the ews and never looking back!

                        I also made a deal to sell/trade the Style 65 wheels for 3 DS2s with tires plus some cash. Pretty stoked on that.

                        Went to remove the front wheels and hit what I thought would be a minor road block; locking wheel lugs. Luckily/unbelievably the only key tool I had in my box for wheel lugs worked on them :D Sometimes life works out.

                        -NICK

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                          #13
                          So I decided to experiment with the paint on this car a bit tonight. The results were VERY surprising.

                          I wanted to try and sand/feather an area where the primer was scratched through and showing a small amount of the original color beneath. After a couple minutes of wet-sanding the crappy primer was thinning pretty nicely. I wiped the area down with a bit of acetone to strip away the rest of the primer and to my surprise, there was acceptable and original Cosmos/clearcoat underneath!

                          This picture was taken after a quick buffing of the clear, which made me very happy. :D


                          Then I kept going with my stripping process for a few minutes and got here.


                          The crappy Iphone pics are a bit forgiving to the paints true condition, however, the level of acceptability is high! Seems like I'll be inviting some friends over so we can have a stripping party () over some beers and pizza.

                          And just for fun here is a silly picture of the corner of my e24!


                          That's all for now!

                          -NICK

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                            #14
                            I love builds like this. Keep it up. Subbed for strippers

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                              #15
                              I would LOVE to find a deal like this one locally; very well bought even parted. ;D

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