Hey guys, welcome to my new E36 project. I haven't ever created a project log as I've never really had a car for long enough.. This car is a 1995 Pre-facelift 328i E36 factory manual NZ new coupe. She has done 260,000kms but has a fair bit of service history and has been well looked after so I'm confident that it's a good starting point. My plan for it initially is to service, modify and refine it. I won't be doing anything too drastic as it is my daily driver at this stage. The plan after that is to start stripping it out and making it a road/track car i.e half cage, semi-slicks, LSD, 330 brakes etc etc etc. The idea in a nutshell is to have a car which I can drive on the street and have it still be relatively functional but also use on the track on the odd weekend and be able to drive it home- no trailer.
That's all for now, keep your eyes peeled for updates. Although this is E36 #15 for me, I should be keeping it a while this time.. Time to commit!
*Oh! And it has NOS by the way.. more on that later
My to-do list with prices is as follows. Some of these mods will be fairly long term goals and may not happen. I don't see many prices put against parts for other build threads so hopefully this will be useful for people looking to do something similar to this.
-'230hp' DME upgrade with EWS delete, ABS fix, 7000 rpm rev limited and rev hang fix. $250 Installed (Mates rates)
-Waterpump with steel impeller
-Rebuild head. P&P if there are significant benefits, lap valves, new valve stem seals, head gasket, head bolts etc
-Clutch fan delete
-Aux fan install
-Engine mounts -New rear main seal $55 Installed
-Beisan Systems Vanos rebuild -New NGK spark plugs $58.50 -Oil change+ filter About $100
-Replace any perished vacuum lines etc
-Clean ICV and PCV -Plastic rocker cover $80 Installed -New rocker cover gasket $105 Installed
-Sump gasket -Fill NOS bottle Sold NOS kit
-New slave and master cylinder
-Braided clutch line
-Gearbox mounts (Powerflex/Nolathane)
-Single mass light-weight flywheel and heavy duty clutch disk and pressure plate $800 Installed (Discounted rate. Usually $1300)
-Rebuild shifter linkages
-Z3 short shifter
-ZHP gearknob -Gearbox fluid change About $20. Used half of the $40 bottle
-Replace center bearing
-KBM/ second-hand medium case LSD Brakes: -E46 330 front calipers $250 including rotors. Installed -E46 328 rear calipers $60
-Stoptech/Goodridge braided brake lines
-Pagid/EBC yellowstuff pads
-Slotted rotors all round
Suspension, bracing, steering:
-New E36 standard front control arms -Powerflex M3 3.0 Offset LCABs $130 Installed
-Nolathane/Powerflex RTABs -Convertible X-brace $215 with nutserts. Installed
-Powerflex rear subframe mounting bushes
-Ultra Racing strut braces F+R
-Nolathane Sway-bar bushes F+R -XYZ/BC gold coilovers $870
-Powerflex camber arms
-Front and rear strut tower reinforcement plates
-Remove rear front and rear seats, carpet and sound deadening. -Remove headunit, sub and amp. -NZKW bucket seats, rails and subframe brackets $1000 for 2nd hand Racetech RT1000s with NZKW subframes.
-OMP steering wheel and boss kit/ Mtech 2 recovered in suede -Remove boot trims, linings and spare wheel
-Infill plates for drivers and passenger foot well.
-Tidy up wiring and remove SRS -Tidy up door cards (Already pretty good) Sold complete interior for $500
Body and cosmetic:
-Fancy wide rear diffuser or similar
-GT front lip
-PDR for significant dents
-Gas struts for bonnet and boot
-Replace door handle rubber seals
-Replace rear vent window weather strip rubber
-Replace windscreen plastic cowl
Wheels and tyres:
-TBC. Currently have a square set of 7.5' style 24s. Likely to keep these as my street wheels and buy a relatively cheap set of 17x8s with usable semi-slicks.
-2x Half worn Dunlop semi-slicks for front wheels- $36 from TradeMe
-TBC. SS mid-section and rear if budget permits.. Most likely a cheaper 2-1 from headers to mid-section, resonator and off the shelf 'euro' style muffler.