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AutoWerkez
11-15-2012, 10:06 PM
Hey everybody, my name is Ajith, I'm new to this forum but I thought I'd start a little write up as I go through this project so I could get some insights with the work I'm doing to the car.

So the project I'm undergoing is a 2000 E46 328CI that I got from my brother for free just because it needed a lot of work and he couldn't sell it for a decent price even if he sold it to a blind guy.

So lets start out with the good

GOOD
-Body has zero rust
-Motor has low km
-Interior has no rips or cuts

now lets get to the bad

BAD
-Motor runs rough
-coolant leaks at the expansion tank
-oil leaks everywhere!
-VANOS rattle
-All four ABS speed sensors gone
-Tires are way past 0/32...
-Front bumper has damage
-Hood dented in a tiny bit, so kidney grills don't fit properly...

basically a lot of f***ed up stuff. fcplm

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198342_3664793552643_1604430141_n.jpg

quite the light show...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/486190_3664793872651_939229211_n.jpg

Here you can see the front bumper damage and the hood damage.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/311490_3664798512767_1139142009_n.jpg

and now the cars tucked away until parts start coming through.

I'll keep updating as I work on the car!

cormier
11-15-2012, 11:00 PM
Wow lots of work! Love the colour and the body tho! Those things are important lol

Eurostyle
11-15-2012, 11:37 PM
Before you do ANYTHING to this motor, get it checked firts! NO point of fixing oil leaks if you end up replacing the engine two weeks later! Since you got the car for free, you can just get a good running engine and replace ALL the seals before droping it in, along with the cooling system. This will give you YEARS of trouble free enjoyment. *wave*

AutoWerkez
11-16-2012, 09:31 AM
I know the motors fine, I work part time for nissan and I got some techs just to help me out and check the car out for me, motor is in good shape, thank god the car was topped up every now and then by my brother. This build is going to be fun *th-up*

AutoWerkez
11-29-2012, 12:36 PM
Water pump, expansion tank, valve cover gasket, vanos unit gasket, double vanos seal kit, and four abs speed sensors, Just waiting on my CCV and oil lines cause I'm sure they are all on the verge of cracking and probably will crack when I pull em out *thmbsdwn*, Can't wait til my final exams done, finish up part one of my build!*rockout*

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/29354_3713768976998_544671007_n.jpg

Feels like christmas :D

TSI
11-29-2012, 03:05 PM
Nice! Looks like a fun winter to come...

If on;y I could get a free car like that, I'd be over the moon!

dbworld4k
11-29-2012, 07:16 PM
I love seeing cars with potential being rescued from the brink of becoming scrap. Looking forward to the restoration build!

AutoWerkez
12-02-2012, 06:37 PM
Thanks TSI and dbworld4k,

and if anyone would be to add a little insight to whether or not shortened end links will be required if I get a set of HSD HR coilovers, I consider doing a 2 inch or more drop. I know the most educated thing to do would be to get adjustable end links but since I'm a student I'm trying to not spend unnecessary money until I'm done school. If anyone could share some light on my question I'd be very thankful!

Blackedout95
12-02-2012, 07:17 PM
Good luck, not that bad really , sounds like the crap we do day in and out. All stuff your bro neglected over the years but all very common things. A good mechanic could get that all taken care of in a couple days.

AutoWerkez
12-18-2012, 07:30 PM
So its about time I finally got some work started, so before I did anything serious I needed to wash the exterior and clean up the inside of the car cause it was filthy, I got the exterior just about right just waiting to give it a nice polish and a nice coat of wax, but today I just planned on swapping the expansion tank and water pump.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/548742_3787824588342_585167727_n.jpg

First I removed the air box, radiator things that would get in my way when I am replacing the expansion tank and radiator.

You can find straight forward diy's to take out the water pump but just make sure you have m6 bolts to help push out the water pump because it will be sealed in there tightly.

old vs new water pump

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/528241_3787824868349_1218451299_n.jpg

Got so angry when my brother put coolant leak sealant through the expansion tank to "try and fix" the leaks, the stuff doesnt work, just leaves a big fat mess, definitely needa run a coolant flush to clear out the system.

Picture of the water pump housing
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/262619_3787824268334_1965694203_n.jpg

So just put my new expansion tank beside the old one, really should change these things early if they are leaking, causes the biggest mess.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/563715_3787824988352_1152770180_n.jpg

And basically in removal of taking the water pump out I snapped one bolt, even with using a 1/4 ratchet and the slightest force, oh well, waiting til tomorrow to go by bmw and buy 4 new bolts.

Note to self: When working on this car, expect everything to go wrong.fcplm lmao

AutoWerkez
02-01-2013, 11:23 AM
Ended up finishing this part of the project the day after I put up these pictures, and a note of advice, if you ever use coolant seal liquids or whatever, it can cause the water valve (heater valve) to jam up, I ended up cleaning that as well, blows hot air and running a little bit smoother.

Now my plans for February are rebuild the vanos, install my ccv, get my clutch replaced, and also I'm having a start up issue, I believe its fuel pump related because it will start for a split second then die out, and I can't hear the fuel pump going so I will diagnose that soon and hopefully it will only be a blown fuse if not then fcplm.

I also am trying out these coilovers that I've heard pretty good things about from the vw guys I know, solo werkes s1's, going to be ordered and installed in March-April and got a new set of rims, and some other little goodies. :)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/19530_3898715520546_1773697_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/601157_3961486049770_384073139_n.jpg

dbworld4k
02-01-2013, 11:29 AM
Why didn't he just replace the expansion tank?! It's relatively inexpensive... fcpalm

Good to see some progress being made.

cormier
02-01-2013, 01:30 PM
Nice -- VMR wheels?

AutoWerkez
02-01-2013, 01:42 PM
Nice -- VMR wheels?

Yup got them for a steal, 18x8.5s et35 all around, I can't deal with staggered set ups for now, my pockets aren't that deep haha

cormier
02-01-2013, 02:16 PM
They're pretty sweet regardless, I think I have the same in a silver finish....with some curb rash accents :p

Blackedout95
02-01-2013, 07:45 PM
Yes, leak stop in the coolant system can lead to not just a clogged valve but a build up of crap throughout the sytem, several flushes both straight forward and reverse can be needed. Just in case you suddenly have no heat, start there :)

Youll get wet over and over again for hours lol

AutoWerkez
03-17-2013, 12:09 AM
Alright so I ended up getting some more work done this weekend, just waiting on another bolt I broke, stupid vanos bolt, when re-tightening just snapped. But yeah before I get to that,

Got my self a set of solo werks s1's from dv8 performance
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/540847_4254397052362_1718048189_n.jpg

So removal went pretty smooth for the vanos seal replacement.

got the kit from beisan systems quality kit well worth the 70 dollars rather than the 800+ for a new vanos unit.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/390487_4273137040850_234850660_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/487508_4273138360883_435201348_n.jpg

Head looks like its in decent shape.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/531699_4273138040875_1392021975_n.jpg

Looking at why the seals need to be replaced, that should really not be sitting like that haha.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/734374_4273138560888_87802010_n.jpg

Close up.

Andd then putting the vanos unit together went quite smooth, then when I went to tight the intake side bolt it snapped sooo, gotta wait til I get the bolt in the mail fcplm

pawelgawel
03-18-2013, 02:47 PM
nice work thus far, but please invest $20 in a tourque wrench to avoid ^^

AutoWerkez
03-18-2013, 03:41 PM
nice work thus far, but please invest $20 in a tourque wrench to avoid ^^

If i was ripping apart the whole head and putting it back together I would just to keep it to spec but for small jobs like this its easy to feel out such torques but even with a 1/4 rachet it seemed the bolt had a lot of strain on it before because I just began to snug the bolt it from turning it in by hand so i guess its better that it broken instead while I was driving, but its fine, got the bolt out, getting another one shipped should be here this week.

Effay
03-19-2013, 02:17 PM
have you installed the solo werks ?

im not sure of your knowledge on coils , but what do you think of the kit?

thanks for feedback

ac_2007
03-19-2013, 05:21 PM
^ that chick is clearly warming up her daily serving of 3 sticks melted butter.

At least get the picture of her in shorts. That whooty is disgusting.

AutoWerkez
03-19-2013, 05:58 PM
have you installed the solo werks ?

im not sure of your knowledge on coils , but what do you think of the kit?

thanks for feedback

Note as of yet, but comparing these to other entry level coilovers i've seen, these are not bad, build and quality wise, when I install them I'll write a little review to help others decide if these are good for them or not.

and nice signature haha, serious doses of melted butter.

Effay
03-19-2013, 06:07 PM
Note as of yet, but comparing these to other entry level coilovers i've seen, these are not bad, build and quality wise, when I install them I'll write a little review to help others decide if these are good for them or not.

and nice signature haha, serious doses of melted butter.


cool man thanks, I might be getting myself a set in early April. Still interested in your review whenever you put it out.

Lmao thanks man . Ill probably end up taking down the sig, getting too much love and hate lol

VSanj
03-19-2013, 11:21 PM
nice bro.........something tells me your brothers gonna regret giving the car away for free when he sees it all finished up!!

AutoWerkez
03-27-2013, 05:10 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/488264_4315860068899_684179270_n.jpg

after waiting a week for the vanos bolt to come in, I noticed quite a difference in the feel and length of the old bolts vs the new ones, so since I ordered two I swapped them both out. I should of took a picture of the old bolts too, but I just wanted to start my engine up so bad that I forgot to and placed the old bolt somewhere in the trash. But yeah if anyone is going to take on the vanos seals I think its better that you replace the bolts anyway because after 200k and 10+ years of being pulled on, the bolt will face extreme shear and tension forces on it as its always pulling against the cam, stretching the bolt and weakening it, so yeah thats just my 2 cents on this. *wave*

98bimmer
03-31-2013, 07:34 PM
Where did you order the bolts from? I was going to replace my seals today and then remembered this thread lol

AutoWerkez
03-31-2013, 08:05 PM
Where did you order the bolts from? I was going to replace my seals today and then remembered this thread lol

got em from bimmerspecialists, but shipping was way to much, search around you can probably find a better deal somewhere else, two bolts costed about 2 dollars with 18 dollars shipping fcplm, i just needed the bolt urgently so I ordered it anyway.

98bimmer
03-31-2013, 08:07 PM
got em from bimmerspecialists, but shipping was way to much, search around you can probably find a better deal somewhere else, two bolts costed about 2 dollars with 18 dollars shipping fcplm, i just needed the bolt urgently so I ordered it anyway.

I cant order them locally?

AutoWerkez
03-31-2013, 08:21 PM
I cant order them locally?

I went to the dealership by markham, they said they didnt carry it.

98bimmer
03-31-2013, 08:23 PM
I went to the dealership by markham, just they said they didnt carry it.

Possibly have the part number?

AutoWerkez
03-31-2013, 08:28 PM
Possibly have the part number?

Part#: 11361748745

98bimmer
03-31-2013, 08:34 PM
Part#: 11361748745

Thank you *wave*

98bimmer
04-07-2013, 09:48 PM
HELP!!!! Im doing my VANOS and both bolts broke and fell inside.. What do i do??

AutoWerkez
04-08-2013, 11:40 AM
HELP!!!! Im doing my VANOS and both bolts broke and fell inside.. What do i do??

My bad about not responding faster, on max but yeah bro hopefully it gets fixed asap!

AutoWerkez
05-07-2013, 01:25 PM
Well finally I finished final exams and after all the partying and relaxing I thought today I started with something small, my exterior door latches began to act up. I had to yank the crap out of them in order to open the doors. So I began looking up DIY's and ran into a problem none of the door latch mechanism's looked the same. So I decided just to exam the situation and see what I could do. I realized, that the year 99 and 00 model e46s came with the better styled latch mechanism because it was all metal. After making sure nothing was broken or loose I went back to the little adjustment screw on the door. I skipped the screw because it was already tight but after when I couldn't find the problem, I just unscrewed it and re-tightened the adjustment screw and it worked. So anyone with 99 and 00 e46s, just to keep in mind if you have the same issue as me, if the adjustment screw is already tight, loosen it up and tighten it again and it will work. In the next couple weeks I will be servicing my brakes, replacing my abs speed sensors, installing my coilovers, and get around to replacing my ccv. Really dislike doing the job cause its too small a spot to work in fcplm

Effay
05-07-2013, 05:24 PM
you have any plans for engine performance?

AutoWerkez
05-07-2013, 06:35 PM
you have any plans for engine performance?

At the moment, not yet just want the car on the road asap, and being a student, and my desire for big power and not just throwing on a cold air and small mods will require a big wallet. My ultimate goal is to drop a s54 motor or getting a m54 and supercharging it, this will be in a couple years though, but by next year I want to upgrade brakes and the bushings to endure some track days.

Effay
05-10-2013, 05:05 PM
+1 for track days hopefully ill spot you on the road soon, question about your solo werks the endlinks that came with your kit, do you know how far of a drop those can handle before you have to get new ones?

thanks , and if you dont konw its no worries I just thought i would ask before i start digging away

AutoWerkez
05-12-2013, 01:50 PM
+1 for track days hopefully ill spot you on the road soon, question about your solo werks the endlinks that came with your kit, do you know how far of a drop those can handle before you have to get new ones?

thanks , and if you dont konw its no worries I just thought i would ask before i start digging away

When I drop the coils in on wednesday, I play around with the height adjustment to see how much leeway I have with my height adjustment and the end links, but to be honest if you're going to slam your car more than half the coilovers range, I'd advise you on getting adjustable end links, care free use also as you set them up right so theres no force on your sway bar.

jabela
05-14-2013, 11:35 PM
Good job with fixing up the car. Nice to see a bimmer saved from neglect.

Definitely use a torque wrench on your nuts and bolts, especially for the engine. I have a big and small torque wrench. Small one came in handy doing my Vanos seals, valve cover gasket and spark plugs. I almost snapped the Vanos piston bolts when I started to take it off... almost forgot it was reverse threaded!

Did you do your spark plugs? If not they're probably due for a change. Also check your intake tubes, between the throttle and air filter. They tend to get cracks and leak air.
Also, you might want to replace your belt tensioner pulley and idler pulley.
Looks like proper oil changes weren't done or the wrong oil was used. Looked like a lot of sludge in your Vanos. Thought that could be from a failed CCV.

I'm looking at the ISC N1 coilovers, so maybe we can compare once we both have them in.

spoon_civic1
05-15-2013, 11:47 AM
Nice to see your not giving up on the car, should look great once your done

AutoWerkez
05-15-2013, 09:20 PM
Good job with fixing up the car. Nice to see a bimmer saved from neglect.

Definitely use a torque wrench on your nuts and bolts, especially for the engine. I have a big and small torque wrench. Small one came in handy doing my Vanos seals, valve cover gasket and spark plugs. I almost snapped the Vanos piston bolts when I started to take it off... almost forgot it was reverse threaded!

Did you do your spark plugs? If not they're probably due for a change. Also check your intake tubes, between the throttle and air filter. They tend to get cracks and leak air.
Also, you might want to replace your belt tensioner pulley and idler pulley.
Looks like proper oil changes weren't done or the wrong oil was used. Looked like a lot of sludge in your Vanos. Thought that could be from a failed CCV.

I'm looking at the ISC N1 coilovers, so maybe we can compare once we both have them in.

Thanks man and yeah I should, but having no car at home with insurance makes it tough to get around so I make due with what I have, and spark plugs, lower intake boot tensioners and idler pulley done while my brother owned the car, and the sludge in the vanos, was probably cause of the CCV to sure but cleaned it up before I threw it back together.

AutoWerkez
05-15-2013, 09:20 PM
Nice to see your not giving up on the car, should look great once your done

Thanks bro!*rockout*

AutoWerkez
05-23-2013, 10:35 AM
So this week, I did a quick brake service, I plan on replacing rotors soon because I notice slight warpage, and possibly might up grade to Cross drilled or slotted rotors, we'll see in a few months.

So I finally installed my solo works which wasn't to bad of a job.

The Solo Werks Kit.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/540847_4254397052362_1718048189_n.jpg

Installed in the fronts.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/965488_4556695609637_1611430801_o.jpg

Installed in the rear, while taking the picture realised I forgot to install the bump stop on this side fcplm, so I went back and fixed it but neglected to take a photo.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/964884_4556696209652_1954659490_o.jpg

Overall ride quality is actually good and solid for entry level coils. No squeaks and noises just be sure to install them correctly and you won't have a issue.

You can use the instruction manual on solo werks to help you along the way.

http://solo-werks.com/docs/isheets/S1BW003_v1.0.pdf

Next up my General Module went out on me, waiting on getting it repaired. Slight body work, full clean up and she'll be out on the road!

Sitting After Coilover Install
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/966620_4556699889744_310120947_o.jpg

AutoWerkez
05-23-2013, 10:38 AM
Also forgot to add need rubber for my new wheels and then I can go lower with new wheels!.

Effay
05-23-2013, 12:49 PM
thanks for this!!

im not sure how wide your wheels are but if their a high offset you might need spacers for the front if you plan on scraping through the town.

but really. thanks for the review I was waiting for your insight on th buy:cool:


*wave**th-up*

jabela
05-23-2013, 01:26 PM
Where'd you get the coilovers? How much?

Do you need the kidney grills for your car? I just replaced mine, so you can have my old ones for free. Some of the tabs are broken, but it still held in place using some wedges.

AutoWerkez
05-23-2013, 03:35 PM
Where'd you get the coilovers? How much?

Do you need the kidney grills for your car? I just replaced mine, so you can have my old ones for free. Some of the tabs are broken, but it still held in place using some wedges.

No thats for the offer I need to repair my hood before I install the ones I have and I got them from a supplier on Kijiji.*wave*

AutoWerkez
05-30-2013, 12:59 AM
So I've been sick the past couple days and since I was in bed most of these days I spent some time in my car putting in a couple things I picked up.

Installed a CD53 deck after talking to another e46 owner but he neglected to tell me I needed the antenna amplifier with the same frequency as my old antenna amp and a special wire so connect the antenna to the deck but oh well, main reason I wanted it was so I could keep the oem look but have AUX! You just need to order a aux wire for the cd53 off ebay or you can go to your local dealership ask em for the kit but I think 10 bucks for the cable is probably worth it.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/AutoWerkez/2013-05-23202032_zpsaddd3363.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/AutoWerkez/media/2013-05-23202032_zpsaddd3363.jpg.html)

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/AutoWerkez/2013-05-27205357_zpsdcaa2c86.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/AutoWerkez/media/2013-05-27205357_zpsdcaa2c86.jpg.html)

Also got my hands a weighted illuminated shift knob, wired it in easiest tapping point is where the night light for the cigarette lighter is literally a 10 minute install if you know what you're doing.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/AutoWerkez/2013-05-23202115_zps9cfa1406.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/AutoWerkez/media/2013-05-23202115_zps9cfa1406.jpg.html)

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/AutoWerkez/2013-05-27205345_zpse8c5bc0d.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/AutoWerkez/media/2013-05-27205345_zpse8c5bc0d.jpg.html)

Also got my hands on a new central locking switch didn't realise my old one was just cracked at the bottom and wasn't allowing the button to be properly pushed in, so I used super glue and duct tape to hold it all together, Yeah i know its a bmw but hey you can't see the repair, all you can see is that it works :)*rockout*

Need to do my CCV soon, Need to polish and wax my car, Need to Get new rubber for my new wheels and I need to get my clutch replaced fcplm so much to do but only so much money and so much time. Hopefully get the CCV done for sunday.

Effay
06-15-2013, 10:54 PM
when you toss those wheels on its gonna look beaut with the drop

AutoWerkez
09-16-2013, 08:55 AM
Effay you are on point with that comment, it does look amazing check it out *rockout*

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1275462_10200096429447698_508891234_o.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/882220_10200206692124196_1358691107_o.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/547249_10200206692164197_1799199379_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1276838_10200206692764212_975240389_o.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1278871_10200206692804213_212411956_o.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1267874_10200206699724386_1918024917_o.jpg

This summer I was way to busy with work and trying to hold things together at home, so I never got a chance to actually put this bad boy on the road. But I guess its a good thing, now I have time to install my CCV, install my clutch and get some well deserved body work done. *th-up*

Still want to lower the rear end a tiny bit more but its perfect for now. And for those who want to know about my coilovers and how they are still. I do drive it to stretch its legs around the block with dealer plates, and no noise on turns or bumps, only thing I think I will need to get is adjustable end links because I feel as if the ones that came in the kit will turn out to be no good later on but until then*wave*

cormier
09-16-2013, 02:26 PM
Very nice look with the VMRs on.

AutoWerkez
09-17-2013, 11:45 AM
Thanks cormier! I got some fine adjustment to do with the alignment and ride height but I'll save that for the spring before I put the car on the road. Sucks being a student, always in debt (N)

Effay
12-14-2013, 10:26 PM
your bringing it back to life.. very nice

bmw.ae
12-15-2013, 02:17 AM
inspiring, i cant wait to see what she'll look like come summer time. free cars are awesome! i just got a e46 so im taking notes..

AutoWerkez
12-15-2013, 01:53 PM
Thanks Effay and bmw.ae, I'm been busy with school so i haven't been able to get a lot of work done to it so far, but once the weather gets better I'm getting ready to get my clutch installed and replace a couple of the bushings in the back, and a little body work needs to be done, this may I hope to have her on the road. The struggles of being a student lol.

Effay
05-08-2014, 06:19 PM
Any updates ?