Dar-Dar's 1995 Avus Blue E36 M3 Project Car

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  1. Dar-Dar
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    So I was looking around for a new car to drive and I thought I had my choice set for a 240sx. A S13 from Niagara Falls that was a complete bust and no other 240sx were good around the area. But I found a very good deal on a '95 M3 that was very hard to pass. This is my 1995 Avus Blue Metallic E36 M3 5-Speed Manual with Dove Gray leather interior.

    My new toy.

    7/2/2017 Update:

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    Updated Mods/Work Done:

    Engine:

    -Rotella T6 5w-40 Synthetic Motor Oil
    -Zerex G-05 Coolant
    -Carbon Fiber Intake with K&N Air Filter
    -NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
    -Water Pump with Metal Impeller
    -Valve Cover Gasket
    -Modified Oil Pump Nut with Safety Wire
    -Oil Pan Gasket Replaced
    -Aluminum Thermostat Housing
    -New Thermostat
    -Bando Accessory Belts
    -Fixed Oil Leak on Front Main Seal
    -Readjusted Vanos Timing
    -Bosche Fuel Filter
    -Repainted Valve Cover Wrinkle Black
    -Cleaned IVC Valve and installed new ICV Hose
    -Eurosport High Performance Chip
    -Paintmatched (from Automotivetouchup.com) front part of Valve Cover
    -Oil Catch Can
    -Wrinkle Black Valve Cover and Oil Filter Housing Cap

    Transmission:

    -Goodridge Stainless Steel Clutch Line
    -Dexron III ATF Fluid

    Brakes:

    -Rebuilt Brake Calipers
    --New Pistongs, Piston Seals, Bleeder Valves
    -Stoptech Front Stainless Steel Brake Lines
    -Centric Parts Posi Quiet Brake Pads
    -New Brake Plumbing on Front Driver Side Corner
    -Rebuilt Rear Parking Brake

    Suspension/Steering/Chassis/Rear End:

    -Koni Yelow Front and Rear Struts/Shocks
    -Front SPC Adjustable Top Mounts
    -Red Line D4 ATF for Power Steering
    -Lemforder Strut Bushings
    -Front and Rear Strut Mount Reinforcement Plates
    -Front E36 X-Brace
    -Resealed Rear Differential
    -Cleaned and Coated POR15 on Rear Differential
    -Cleaned and Coated POR15 on Trailing Arm Bushing Mounts
    -New Rear Subframe with Polyurethane Subframe Bushings and Reinforced Jack Point
    -FAG Rear Wheel Bearings
    -Mobil 1 75W-140 Gear Oil
    -Lemforder Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
    -Rear Trailing Arm Bushing Limiters
    -Cleaned and Coated POR15 on Rear Upper Control Arms
    -Trailing Arm Reinforcement Plates
    -Cleaned and Coated POR15 on Output Shafts
    -Cleaned and Coated POR15 on Stock Rear Anti-sway Bar
    -Lemforder Rear Anti-sway Bar Endlinks
    -Eibach Strut Bar

    Exhaust:

    -Bosche O2 Sensor
    -Stock Exhaust Manifolds with High Heat Coating
    -Magna Flow Midpipe with Catalytic Converters
    -Stromung Catback Exhaust

    Wheels/Tires:

    -17x8.5 ET38 BBS RA518
    -Front 235/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
    -Rear 255/40/17 Kumho Ecsta XS KU36

    Interior:

    -Detailed Full Dove Gray Interior (as of now)
    -Repaired Loose Door Panels
    -Leather 5-Speed Shift Knob
    -Replaced Cabin Ait Filter
    -Repaired Rust on trunk area
    -Reinforced Battery Mount
    -Fixed Headliner Sag
    -Fixed Door Latch Striker Switch
    -Replica AC Schnitzer Pedals
    -White LED Interior Lights
    -BMW Steering Wheel Emblem
    -Gray E36 M3 Floor Mats
    -Lloyd Clkear Rubber Floor Mats
    -BC Master Dash Cam with GPS

    Body/Under Carriage:

    -Paint Matched (paint from Automotivetouchup.com) Grille Shroud Replacement with New Kidney Grilles
    -Depo Glass Projector Headlights with Halo
    -Clear Tail Lights
    -Clear Side Markers
    -Repainted Lower Grille Gloss Black
    -Relocated Front License Plate for MAX RADIATOR COOLING
    -Coated Front and Rear Wheel Wells with Truck Bed Liner
    -MAJOR Rust Repair Underneath Front Fenders, Side Skirts, Jack Holes
    -Paint Matched (paint from Automotivetouchup.com) Fog Light Delete Covers
    -Rear Subframe Area: Cleaned, Rust Treated, and Coated with Truck Bed Liner
    -Body repair on poor rear end damage repair

    Downforce (:giggle:):

    -Fiberglass E36 LTW Style Front Splitter

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    Mods when purchased:
    -Huge M3 banner tinted over on the front windshield.
    -6-speed shift knob (lol wut?)
    -E46 wheels
    -Drilled front rotors
    -Knockoff Ebay coilovers
    -Rear tints and a M3 banner on the rear windshied tinted over
    -Some sort of intake
    -Red valve cover

    The car doesn't have parking brake either. :D

    Future plans:
    -Get it running as smoothly as possible so I can drive it hard.

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    The seller owned this car since September 2015 (shown in the title) and he only drove it for 30 miles. He did not touch the car since he had no time for it. I blame all the stupid mods on the previous owner before him. Haha.

    Here it is getting towed via AAA to my house. The towing guy was 'prepped' for this low car.
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    The owner also handed me a service manual for the car. Honestly, I like Honda's Bishko service manual for my 8th gen much more since it is more detailed. But then again, the Bishko service manual is much newer.
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    While checking out what the car has in store for me, I looked in the spare tire compartment and I saw this surprise. It's another E46 wheel with a tire that is completely destroyed. :rotfl:
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    I ordered all the necessary products for oil change, trans fluid change, brake flush, coolant flush, parts for the parking brake. And I also ordered Koni Yellows and H&R race springs since I cannot trust knockoff suspension parts.
     
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    Today, I did a little bit of interior cleaning. I completely removed the front seats to inspect how dirty the carpet is and to see how much gunk and human slime it collected over the years.

    I love these Vader seats. :drooling:
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    Yep, it's pretty dirty.
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    I tried to do the best I can by spraying carpet cleaner and scrubbing the carpet with a brush. This is much better.
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    The car didn't come with floor mats, so I had to improvise.
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    Good enough.
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    I cleaned all the panels and applied Meguiar's natural shine. I also used Lexol cleaner and conditioner all the leather. I didn't wipe down the conditioner off the seats since I'm letting the leather soak them up. I'll apply more tomorrow to keep the old leather healthy.
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    Ghetto 6-speed shift knob for a 5-speed car is installed in the most ghetto way. It was probably installed in Ghettoville. Yes, that is foil wrap to make the shift knob fit snug into the lower diameter shifter.
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    There's black stuff that was used to hold the aluminum foil. I wasn't sure what it was, but a friend guessed RTV silicone which is a good guess.
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    Luckily, I was able to collect all the black gunk using my glove.
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    The shifter is now clean and I need a shift knob. I might as well get a stock one for now.
     
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    Nice start man! Looks fun.
     
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    Where's all the mid 90,s m3 love? I remember worshiping those in high school. My d15b7 just just couldn't beat em. Ha. Can't wait to see some hot fire.
     
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    Looks like it's going to be a lot of work but then again it is a project car.
     
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    Why not gut the interiror? Should you replace the fuel filter as well, since your doing all the other maint stuff......
     
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    I didn't have the fuel filter in my list. I'll add it.

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    Rear trailing arm bushings, oil pump nut.
     
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    Pretty cool project car. Will it be gutted like nomar said, or full interior? Goals or plans for it?
     
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    I think jrotax and a lot of other people had the oil pump nut welded on.
     
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    As of now, it will be a full interior. My plan is to have the car running properly and use it for track later on. I've been wanting to get a second car so that I can have a back up if one fails during a race event.
    Yeah, I saw that. I guess I won't do an oil change just yet and get other parts for the oil pump nut fix (oil pan gasket and new nut or weld).
     
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    Previous owner must have been a Honda fanboy deep inside. That red velve cover kills me :turbospin:
     
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    Yeah, I want to do something about that. But it isn't necessary right now. Lol.

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