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  • Matt's E36 M3 Touring Project

    Some of you may remember my Techno Violet E36 M3 I had, project thread here - https://www.mforum.net/forum/member-...m3-evo-project

    Unfortunately I crashed it on a track day, and I'm now starting an M3 Touring Project! I work at Evolve Automotive in the UK so will be documenting the project through our YouTube channel. Would appreciate the subs/comments on the videos but will also be posting on here too







    The car that will form the base of the project is a 1997 Individual British Racing Green 323i Touring. An incredibly lucky find, it may be the only one in the UK, and a handful ever made, as it's a pretty unusual colour to order, and then spec on a touring.

    For a little inspiration, here's a polish car that has had the M3 look done. Lower/more stancey than I intend but a little visual aid.





    This is going to be a fairly slow project as I'm trying to make sure anything I put back on has been cleaned, refurbished or replaced. Certainly not a simple or cheap task but I don't see the point in throwing something together.

  • #2
    ooo im curious to see how this will turn out!

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    • #3
      You and me both! Hopefully well 😅

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      • #4
        Latest update now live! Man I am not a fan of taking apart rusty components...


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          Latest update and a bit of a DIY as I give the underside of the 130k mile touring a semi-deep clean to see what I’m working with rust wise. The joys of the UK means rust free is all but non existent, but I think this ones pretty close!

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          • #6
            Long time with no updates! But if you've been subscribed you'll have seen the progress.







            Things have been going admittedly slower than I'd have hoped, but life gets in the way and there's no rush. I want to build the best thing I possibly can without a blank cheque.

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            • #7
              I love the updates, keep up the good work!

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              • #8
                Thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Jim!

                    Hope you all enjoy this one, pretty long but full of info on the VANOS unit and taking a look at the internals of my S50b32 engine.

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                    • #11
                      Very cool video and much appreciated. Perhaps not everyone on this forum is as interested because it's a euro spec engine but since I have a fully built S50B32 I certainly am.

                      Keep us posted.

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                      • #12
                        Matt, one point about the video. I believe Steve (Mr. Vanos) described the vanos of the S50B30 as a "two-stage vanos unit where it just fired the cam once at one rpm and then again. It wasn't constantly variable like the later cars...."

                        I don't believe that's accurate so can you ask him to verify. BMW's literature (inclding training documents) specifically says the S50B30 is "infinitely" adjustable on the intake side. In the original brochure (M3 and M5) when the E36 M3 first came out BMW said the adjustment for the intake was based on the "most suitable of 286 different settings." So not exactly "infinite" but pretty adjustable. These adjustments for the vanos in the b30 are based on engine speed and throttle position.

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                        • #13
                          The S50B30 and B32 are 100% infinitely variable units. The firsts of their kind. (and high pressure as well).

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                          • #14
                            It’s something Steve has been looking more in to, but regardless of if he got that one detail wrong it’s actually not that important to know for what he does; as he said you view it as a hydraulic unit. How the ECU controls that unit doesn’t overly come in to it.

                            Either way he’s hugely knowledgeable, but one person can’t know everything!

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                            • #15
                              Latest update and something all you US guys probably don’t have to worry about quite so much.. rust!

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