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  • Moshi's 97 M3 Coupe AW

    Photo dump from my original journal on M3forum.

    July 2015 - project acquisition
    1997 E36 M3, 78k miles, one owner (Texas car)





    All the common E36 issues + 18 years of aging.
    Step 1: Braymond141's cluster dark spot DIY





    Step 2: remove and replace all the cracked seals and faded trim + PDR






    Step 3: replace sensors, hoses, parts, and conduct preventative maintenance based on the 96-99 "list"






    Step 4: rear shock tower reinforcement (left side was slightly cracked). Primed and painted after.
    Also asked the shop to replace every suspension bushing, control arm, motor mount, diff bushing, struts, etc.






    Step 5: cleaning and more cleaning (basically a weekly therapy for me from 2015 to 2022)


    Last edited by Moshi; 05-26-2022, 12:19 PM.

  • #2
    More cleaning






    Collecting parts








    Quick morning drive
    Last edited by Moshi; 05-26-2022, 12:07 PM.

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    • #3
      Found a NIB clubsport class II coupe wing aka "GT2" in Poland (2017). Installed May 2022






      Installed the LTW strut bar




      Installed new cooling system


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      • #4
        All records from the original owner + my new receipts compiled.




        Mobile Touch-up




        MSportparts Trunk Reinforcement + new steering wheel + Bosch headlights with Lightwerkz FXR retrofit








        New shift boot, shift knob, and e-brake handle




        Replicated and installed insulation underneath the steering wheel (previously deteriorated)

        Last edited by Moshi; 05-26-2022, 12:22 PM.

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        • #5
          Love it!
          2018 X1
          2014 335is
          1988 M3
          WTB: E36 M3/4/5

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          • #6
            Dry ice blast at R20 Motorsports in La Habra.
            entire undercarriage + small portion of the engine bay











            X-brace installed afterward along with MSportparts brace for the transmission tunnel insulation
            Swapped out the trunk shocks for the proper ones with the new wing









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            • #7
              I need to get my M3 blasted. That is so clean.
              2018 X1
              2014 335is
              1988 M3
              WTB: E36 M3/4/5

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              • Moshi
                Moshi commented
                Editing a comment
                I was apprehensive on the price but in retrospect should have done it sooner. I wasted money doing underbody high-pressure "steam" washes that weren't that effective.

            • #8
              Darn! That blasting sure makes it look pretty!
              Does anybody know where this can be done in DFW area?

              How much something like this runs (ballpark?)
              Terrific result.

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              • Moshi
                Moshi commented
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                Depending on the shop, it's normally charged by hour OR a flat rate. Flat rate shops in southern CA quoted around $2200 for the entire underbody. I went with a shop that did it by hour ($200/hr). He would blast/work on sections and send pics to discuss if I wanted to go further. This kept me within my budget vs work desired threshold.

            • #9
              Originally posted by TexaZ3 View Post
              Darn! That blasting sure makes it look pretty!
              Does anybody know where this can be done in DFW area?

              How much something like this runs (ballpark?)
              Terrific result.
              It isn’t cheap. There is a good read about it here:

              https://motoiq.com/project-fd-rx7-re...g-restoration/
              2018 X1
              2014 335is
              1988 M3
              WTB: E36 M3/4/5

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