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E36 M3 FL update

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Hi all,

Recently picked up a 1994 NZ New E36 M3 from Christchurch and drove it back up to Auckland. I wasn't specifically looking for one as I had been building an E36 328i for the track but when it comes down to it the 328i will never be as good as an M3. The S50 is an amazing engine and I've missed my old M3 (and the ones before that..)  ever since I sold it/them. Being a 1994 the car started life as a PFL 3.0 M3 but in circa 2012, it underwent a transformation which includes the updated and superior S50B32, 6 speeds 420G, steering rack, arms, brakes, cluster and interior all from a donor with 90,000km. From what I can see, the only things that remain PFL include a medium case diff, climate control, steering wheel and colour (Avus blue). I still haven't worked out what the car is in my mind- a frankenstein M3? 'M3 evo'? ultimate 'PFL M3'? I want to say its an evo but I know that's not strictly correct so I guess its just an M3. 

 

Here are some pics anyway. So far the only real thing I've done is wash it and take the hideous wheels off. The engine bay needs a lot of loving. Currently borrowing some DS1s from. @atlantiskiwi

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I was going to ask, how many M3's is that now Brad? 🤣

Yes, Avus is beautiful... was available as an Individual option on the Evo as well. The front grill+support and the side markers are PFL also but a number of Evo's are PFL anyway (mine is but since mostly updated). You could also get that horrible steering wheel as late as 1999!

Seats look mint, I'm jealous already. They actually look like mine, Lotus White, do you know the specific colour?

Front fogs also look like mine at the moment! 😥

You need to get that feather duster out! 😉

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Good points! I missed out on a few things. I had no idea you could get that steering wheel as an option on a 1999 car.. its hideous. The interior is in great condition but will be even better with a bit of a clean and leather conditioner. As to be expected the vanos needs to be done so I'm sure I'll be in touch to borrow that cam bridge and pin again. Interesting that Avus was an individual option on the Evo. Estoril would be my pick any day of the week. Cool to know there would be other M3 Evos in the same spec from factory.  As for the interior, not sure that its Lotus white.. thought it was 'Dove Grey'.

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nice car , i know the guy who built it up and also the old owner of the donar car etc 

ps. clean that engine bay please :)

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I've gotten in touch with Tim and I'm sure I'll have a few more questions for him. Stoked to have so many receipts. Sounds like a real shame about that donor car.. what colour was it? The engine bay will receive a thorough clean for sure. The previous owner didn't care much for cleaning it unfortunately. 

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cant remember the colour of the donar car , may have been black ?? guy was a old time mate of my dads , he owned it from new , and then though he would do a bit of a hill climb stage in it out in pukekohe area with the puke car club   and rolled it , tim probably has pics etc 

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I'll ask him for the photos. Thanks for that. Such a pity!

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Got onto Beisan systems and Schmeidmann today and ordered all the necessary parts to rebuild the vanos as its in a pretty bad way. On several occasions the car has started hunting at idle and stalled when downshifting. Definitely a loss of power too so it'll be a big improvement afterwards. I'm thinking about doing it myself again but slightly nervous looking at the installation of the new diaphragm springs.. 

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Birthday treats have arrived! Also managed to find the flashdrive which contains all of the photos of the cars history and tells a good story (Just over 200 photos). Very stoked to have the whole swap documented thanks to Tim.

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better keep this one..

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54 minutes ago, qube said:

better keep this one..

I've been told under no circumstances am I allowed to sell it 🤣

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The rollover in the black one looks like an interesting story!

 

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4 hours ago, M3AN said:

The rollover in the black on looks like an interesting story!

 

Yeah, ouch!

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On 8/15/2019 at 4:11 PM, M3AN said:

The rollover in the black one looks like an interesting story!

 

I've been told that the owner decided to take the previously mint 90,000km evo to a hill climb event.. the pictures explain what happened next

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