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  • Birthday 04/01/1988

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  1. Believe it or not, that panel needed another few light runs of filler, some very deceptive low spots still, this curve is without a doubt taking me on a panel crash course from hell. But yeah for real, she's done. Well Im struggling to see where she's not good, so that's good enough for me. Walking a fine line to insanity getting this right. Slapped down some base coat to get some shadows showing, and she looks mint I was talking to a panel beater today and he laughed saying that what I'm dealing with is normal, happens on nearly every job Hopefully wrap up the other side on Saturday! Already put alot of work into it. But haven't applied a fine tooth comb over it like this side
  2. @zero Will take some photos but - rectangle hard rubber - rectangle soft foam - rectangle solid wood - knee board cut in half to be a very long one, good for contours Wish I had more, would have cut down my runs by 70% atleast And should have spent $40 on 3m guide coat powder. Probably would have cut down waste primer and guide coat runs
  3. Some small dings in the lower half, easy job compared to those God damn arches. One hit or primer and block sanded no dramas. And that edge wasn't edgy enough, and slight low spot under , close but no cigar so gave that another run It's damn close now, now i just think my eyes are playing tricks on me haha, need a coupe locally in tauranga i can eye up the lines to confirm if she's good now pretty much happy with this side now Going to do same checks other side, another big primer run, block sand and then practically at plaint stage.
  4. Gave it a small run to get rid of the remnant of the low spot Guide coat saving my ass again About to give it a final sand down, big run or primer, another guide coat then block sand to recheck. Those lines and shadows are looking real close, so nearly time to paint !
  5. Looking pretty stock over LHS finally. Small touch up on the RHS side, then onto home stretch. Would never have forgiven my self not to give these hacked up arches 110% to get them mint again Was tempted to build them out agressive to the bottom with no feather out like the m3 has it haha. Bit too much body filler for my liking on that one! Technique and speed doing these contours is now 10000% better than at the start, quite an interesting thing to learn. Home stretch boys
  6. ?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️ Doh! Lol Found an image of how the arches look, they go down just a bit further until it flares out. Lol back to the grind!!
  7. Thanks all ... Would have hated to do him a favor and the ended up being the opposite of a favour clogging up that filter haha.
  8. Hey do these have a DPF? 2005 120d e87 WBAUG52050PE71978 I thought post 2006/07 they were equipping them with dpf. Just doing a oil change for a friends car and wanted to know whether it's worth worrying about.
  9. Put a brand new radiator in today, slow leak through the bottom of the side tank in the old one. Not loosing too much coolant but thought might as well do it now would hate for it to burst during an out of town trip. Man so much silicon every where from the last people who had it off and too cheap to replace o rings even though 5k was spent on other work through a warranty claim + water pump and thermostat etc. O rings were WELL USED firmly embedded in the groove. Radiator came with new o rings anyway so stoked. Putting it back in being gentle and this broke, how ever luckily once again @Steveo1 came to the rescue on a Sunday with a spare in good nick to get me rollin. Coolant that came out was red , probably penrite not sure why they used that. thought it was supposed to be either penrite green or the blue OEM BMW / liquimoly. Anyway was really clean, but took like 8 runs of the water pump bleed procedure and dropping coolant to get rid of the red so it was just clear. Running liquimoly now and even have the sticker to add further hp / respect points.
  10. 325_driver

    MCM E30

    Haha yeah .. full send mode !
  11. DONE! Too many cans of primer Too many pots of filler (most of it sanded off!) Too many sheets of sand paper 1000ml of paint used as guide coats Learning 1000 ways how not to sand complex curves One last crack at the rear lhs kink, thin but long layer of filler, knee board as a sander block and she's mint. Rear quarter panels, kinks and arches SIGNING OFF! Guide coats and hand touch finally revealing nothing, well I'm sure there's always low spots but I'm really struggling to find it using the go to techniques. Onto easy small door dents, what a relief!!
  12. @Olaf I'm at the point on the arch knowing that it's not perfect but applying more filler and sanding back potentially leads me round in circles. Essentially I need $1000 in sanding block shapes and sizes. It's driving me mental haha, Ive measured the lip size on the front, which is 16mm and did the same on the rears but I swear they look slightly thinner haha. Might be madness setting in though
  13. @Eagle I have gained a totally new level of appreciation for body shops. I know I must be inefficient as hell because of the 2 pots of filler I slapped on the car, 90% of it has been sanded off from me trying to perfect contours. And learning conclusively there's 1000 ways to sand and also not to sand / shape. I don't know if I'll ever get it 100% but it's sure going to be close enough so that once the respray is done the pay off will be there Engine I'll probably either full rebuild, or something far more ambitious
  14. Atlast, getting to the point where I can live with this panel. Kink under window looking flat. Still cam feel a low spot but struggling to see any evidence of it in lighting Re dotted out the arch and added 0.5mm height to it, and made the edge slightly more defined. Found these photos, even this was after me slamming the flare back in with a sledgehammer, she was way out Onto door dents now. Then final sand down Maybe another large run of high build primer in panels I've been working on, with a dusting of guide coat followed by block sand. Diseasembly & prep Then paint!!!! She'll be the sickest 350,000km e46 in the game!
  15. Starting to take shape a bit. Just realised I measured out 15.5mm on the arch not 16mm so have to build another .5mm lol oh well Top bit is starting to look flat. Still a slight low spot I can feel. Nearly home stretch Touch wood
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