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  • Bray's 1998 M3 Sedan - Apline White on Black

    I think it's time to start a formal journal on this new M3. The 96 is on hold until this and other projects are completed. This 98 M3/4/5 was purchased Feb 2017 as a joint venture between a friend and I (ryivnx on here) to fix and sell. For some unknown reason I got it in my mind to buy him out of it.

    Car is a clean title AW/Black, original 5 speed with 128k miles (current odo). Manual seats, fixed back rear seats, HiFi, no cruise... but has the damn sunroof (almost had the perfect no option sedan). It spent some time in Idaho where it picked up the usual subframe and suspension corrosion, but no body side rot. The car came to us with a fried engine harness... that's another story but Ivan did that for the PO

    Future Plans
    -Paint. Personally I want a full body respray just because.
    -Interior. Rewrapped seats (material is already on the way), rewrap headliner, Motorsport belts
    -Engine. Dinan supercharged or S54 (I chose supercharger and installed it already but I may flip on that)
    -Rear end refresh (already have the parts, just need the time). Same reconditioned metal/bolts and steam cleaning.
    -6 speed E46 M3 gear box (already have the parts). Back of engine to drive shaft end cleaning continuation
    -Differential. Undecided on gearing
    -Brakes. 996 Brembo or the full UUC kit I have.

    The pictures below are in order from purchase, to the "mini refurb" Ivan and I did to get it OK again, and then after my takeover where it has gone into another redo of everything. This is an ongoing project.

    Delivery. Total crap (but a good car to be)


































    Work begins.

















    Get it clean enough to resell


    Initial parts for it




    Got it running in no time


    Ivan doing some grunt work






    DIY power steering line refurb Round I




    New VANOS and engine inspection (not bad)






    More parts




    These are shit, don't buy. Round II coming


    Ivan proud of his E39 M5 wheel install













    Sitting on Automatic Sedan M3 springs


    This concluded the initial work and me taking over ownership.


    The big re-do

    I think you all know me well enough to know that none of that was really up to my spec for ownership. Resale is one thing, but living with it is another. Basically everything has been redone, or is waiting to be redone.

    First night I had to throw my JRZ on and the Style 24 set.



    Small nonsense









    M50 manifold prepping (Riot racing TB, don't buy it)


    GT tray mounted to MM underpanel


    Fixing rear bumper gaps






    New Genuine side moldings




    New OEM floor mats


    Rear deck refurbish








    Replica Motorsport side badges


    New Bosch Euro lights with proper harness unwrap and rewrap with euro connectors.














    Starting to really fix things...


























    Head fully torn down and already had a soak in Simple Green


    Many hours in the glass cabinet






    The entire outer casting was focused on with 300grit glass. This brings back the original aluminum finish and 300grit doesn't leave the pores open for future corrosion.










    Valves all glass blasted and then polished the stems on my press




    Manifolds also were glass bead blasted (300 grit)


    Every part pulled gets blasted and recoated back to original spec












    Power Steering full rebuild and aluminum case recondition







    Head back from valve job, valve seals and resurface. Etorx manifold studs installed






    Oil pump clean up and Z3 2.8 pick up tube






    Steam cleaning











    This box represents the most fun I've had to date...



    Like magic


    Everything was binned according to size






    Restored with ceramic trim restorer. This actually lasts.








    ARP Studs, New OE rails, seals, etc








    Getting detailed with the harness. All zip ties in OEM locations with the tails razer blade cut perfectly flat with the heads (PC builder pet peeve). Note; the zinc coated hardware was all replaced with yellow chromate later.


    Cams back from a micropolish on the bearing journals






    Suspension back from powdercoater. Factory semi-gloss black.








    MSportParts | Braymond141

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    Everything is new...


    New H&R coilovers


    Dinan camber plates (I wanted factory strut mounts with no noise!).




    I made this hot air intake just for some sound




    ST 30mm front sway bar








    That's the front 1/3 mechanical done. A lot of details that I didn't show are all A/C lines refreshed (new seals), refreshed nuts/bolts everywhere, condensor refurbish, steam clean everything on the front 1/3, etc etc.






    MSportParts | Braymond141

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    • #3
      The "rags to riches" style of build thread, such as this, are the best type of build thread. I love seeing thoughtful planning and meticulous execution turning a car around.

      Past: '99 Hellrot/Dove M3/2/5 | '97 S14 1JZ | '06 Triumph Daytona 675 | '01 330I M-Tech I | Current: '96 Estoril/Black M3/2/5

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      • #4
        Can't be a "as new" E36. This was great to browse and very inspiring.

        It's almost too good to drive.

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        • #5
          Yes! Glad to see this thread back up and can't wait for fresh updates! What is your recommendation for refurbishing/detailing engine accessories like oil filter cover or thermostat housing short of pulling them for glass blasting?
          Nardo E36 M3 (UAM3)
          Nardo F80 M3 ZCP (ULTM3TE)

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          • #6
            Supposedly, dry ice cleaning is the super wonder magic cleaning method.

            Turning 60 years old cars back to factory fresh state in minutes. No removal of parts, non-corrosive, non chemical.

            This seems almost too good to be true:

            skip to 6:28
             

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MParallel View Post
              Supposedly, dry ice cleaning is the super wonder magic cleaning method.
              Yeah, I just sent them a request for a quote. I'm in classic car sales and restoration and that machine would do wonders. Plus, if I own it, I can use it on my cars too. It's probably going to cost me more than my M3.

              Bray, I had your previous thread bookmarked. You described your cleaning process, and I bought the steam cleaner but never wrote the process down. What do you use as a solvent, or do you just steam and agitate?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MParallel View Post
                Supposedly, dry ice cleaning is the super wonder magic cleaning method.

                Turning 60 years old cars back to factory fresh state in minutes. No removal of parts, non-corrosive, non chemical.

                This seems almost too good to be true:

                skip to 6:28
                Holy fucking shit. Thank you for posting this.

                I sent an inquiry. This is something I must have.

                MSportParts | Braymond141

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                • #9
                  You're welcome.

                  I wish I was stateside, but I have found some dry ice cleaning places, but I doubt anyone has that apparatus from that vid.

                  Very curious to know the results.

                  If it's true, I now understand how these "restauration detailers" do their work. Make cars like new, but charge for it like they removed each part individually, etc.

                  $45,000 for that macine is a little too rich for my blood

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                  • #10
                    I wish I had the patience/base car to be able to get my car this clean. You guys really are spoiled with dry weather cars.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MattDearPhoto View Post
                      I wish I had the patience/base car to be able to get my car this clean. You guys really are spoiled with dry weather cars.
                      lol. This car is from the rust belt. It's nasty (but recoverable) compared to the California cars I usually own.

                      MSportParts | Braymond141

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                      • #12
                        Brett, your work is truly inspirational. I want you to do resto on my car someday

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Braymond141 View Post

                          lol. This car is from the rust belt. It's nasty (but recoverable) compared to the California cars I usually own.
                          Looks clean compared to a UK car!

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                          • #14
                            It's nice to see someone who has a plan; knows the platform; knows how to work on the platform; knows the best parts to buy; knows the best parts suppliers; has the correct tools; and takes the time to execute properly. Nice work!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Braymond141 View Post
                              I sent an inquiry. This is something I must have.
                              I don't know if you heard back; they told me the PCS60 is $36k-46k, and blast "media" is $0.28-0.35/lb. Usage rates are between 30-80lbs/hr. Rental rates are about $1k/mo and they offer 12-mo. financing.

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