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  • #46

    Getting closer and closer now! The engine bay mid prep.

    All of the remaining panels not being replaced now in bare metal to get rid of the multiple layers of previous paint.

    Etch primed.

    High build primed.

    The arduous task of blocking down the primer to get a perfect surface for the base and lacquer.

    Painting is imminent!


    • #47

      We have some colour!

      Fresh lachs silver looks great compared to when its dull and flat but i guess you can say that about pretty much any paint colour. Cant wait to see it in sunlight and even more so looking forward to fitting it back up!

      Very pleased with how it has turned out.


      • #48
        Looks amazing, thanks for sharing! Qs: Was most of the repair metal fabricated or from donors? What spacing did you keep between welds or did you continue welding for 100%?


        • #49
          Originally posted by ethirtym View Post
          Looks amazing, thanks for sharing! Qs: Was most of the repair metal fabricated or from donors? What spacing did you keep between welds or did you continue welding for 100%?
          The repair sections were a mix of sections cut from scrap cars and sheet metal fabricated. For example the front floor square pad sections were cut from a donor car and the sill repair sections were fabricated from sheet metal. Continuous welds were needed and spot welds where they were originally.


          • #50

            Safely delivered back at my workshop today so can press on over the xmas/new year break.

            Very pleased with how the factory look has turned out. The aim was to replicate what was there before but without the corrosion and flaky sealer. Beige underseal and just the right amount of body colour over spray along with the black inner wheel arches faded in.

            Every orifice from the inside out has been liberally filled with Bolt Hamber UC cavity wax to keep the rust at bay.


            • #51

              The refit starts! All new engine bay bulkhead sound insulation fitted.

              New interior bulkhead upper sound insulation and replacement stick on sound insulation pads cut and fitted where removed for repairs.

              complete wiring loom has now been fitted with the engine bay re-wrapped in the correct fabric tape.


              • #52
                Small update. Chipping away at refitting it over the Christmas break.

                Routing the body loom in place and wrapping it using the correct tesa cloth tape.

                Carpet and HVAC box in place. Both doors have the wiring fitted, complete handle and lock mechs plus window regulators and glass.

                Main part of the dashboard in place. There are other various clips, bracket and fittings also in place around the car.


                • #53
                  I'm impressed with your swift progress. There is no holding you back, you must be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

                  Happy New Year.


                  • #54
                    Great to see you removing brackets to clean up behind them then reinstalling them, you made a big improvement to the wiring harness rewrapping it and would be quite satisfying getting it back in the chassi, excellent work.

                    E30 M3 1987
                    Mini Clubman GT
                    BMW E36 323 Msport
                    Toyota Corona
                    KTM 200EXC
                    Honda CB50 (1979)


                    • #55
                      Chipping away at it,

                      Bumper brackets have been blasted and painted, various fittings and brackets re plated in the original zinc passivate finish.

                      New heat shields fitted.

                      Original bumper side mounts cleaned up and refitted with new speed clips and spire bolts in the original finish.

                      Rear lights cleaned up and refitted, new number plate lamps and boot lock fitted.


                      • #56

                        One of the things that triggered the restoration... for those of you who have read the whole tale will remember the front screen being hit by what felt like a rock during a hot lap of the ring. Replaced with a new genuine BMW top tint screen joined by a new genuine rear screen all fitted with new rubber seals at the front and new clips and trims at the rear. Some new scuttle vent trims and all new wiper linkage mounting hardware on the scuttle finish off that area.

                        New Hirchmann antenna as my original was badly faded. Also my radio reception was never great so hopefully this will improve it.

                        Picked up some freshly vapour blasted parts removed from the engine .


                        • #57
                          Nice. Who is doing the vapour blasting for you ?
                          This space is a sanctimonious shit free zone.


                          • #58

                            For those of you with a good memory, back when i listed the new replacement panels one of them was a sport evo rear spoiler.

                            For those of you not familiar with the Sport evo it was the last homologated version of the E30 M5 which had a 2.5 engine as well as adjustable front and rear spoilers plus many other changes unique to the Sport evo. The spoilers have always been something that owners of non Evo M3's have retro fitted and ive always been a fan of that look (and function!)

                            The correct spacers unique to the Sport evo spoiler were fitted, something often missed out be people retro fitting or fitting a replica.

                            The bolts! These countersunk hex head bolts that hold the adjustable position rear blade to the main spoiler at NLA from BMW.

                            I had a selection of original ones, 6 corroded and 2 new (8 in total needed) and i was going the get the corroded ones blasted and re- chemical blacked to original finish but a trial fit found that the latest batch of Sport evo spoilers made by BMW had the threaded inserts recessed further in so the original bolts were not long enough,

                            Some searching online found the correct countersunk M8x1.25mm hex head bolts in a choice of lengths but in stainless so 5mm longer ones did the trick. A coat of satin black had them looking good and the result.....

                            Very happy with the rear end now! I've now the dilemma as to weather i replace the evo 2 front spoiler with a Sport evo adjustable front to match the rear...

                            What has become quite noticeable now is the left reverse light being duller than the right hand one so a new left lamp unit is now added to the ever growing list of new parts required.


                            • #59
                              Originally posted by BMG View Post
                              Nice. Who is doing the vapour blasting for you ?

                              Cant recommend them enough!