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Old 01-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #16
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Small update.
Please excuse the picture quality as i forgot my camera and took the pics with my cell.
As it stands the body has been braced and on a jig.
All rust spots have been removed from the main frame and everything cleaned.
We have mounted the front arches and currently are mounding the cabrio reinforcements. We are missing the lower passenger side piece but i will have a company mirror it and fabricate it by hand.
We just got delivery of the roof skin, rear arches, front wings and the panel where the wipers mount.
We have also drilled out the welds so we can remove the rear quarter panels and replace them.
This will be done in stages (remove one part and replace it with new) so as to minimize the possibility of distortion on the body.
All parts are OEM from the dealer.Basically all but the doors, bonnet, sunroof and boot door will be replaced with new.
Unfortunately due to the amount of panels we have to prolong the timeline this will take so we have postponed a big order from VAC that we were about to place till hopefully closer in the summer.
The plan is to get a rolling chassis from the bodyshop that we can transport to our carage and continue the assembly ourselfs.
I will try and get more pics as frequently as i can


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Old 01-25-2011, 06:10 PM   #17
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I love this pic so i thought i share it my new rear wings and rear valance!!
Hopefully this week we will be painting the engine bay so we can start working at the back while the electrician starts the wiring in the bay.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:06 PM   #18
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Some more pics for you!!!
Front new arches are now in:











Had to get one of the cabrio reinforcement made by hand as its no longer available.



Next we need to weld or the reinforcements in.


Inner side valances are also in. Had to cut the rear arches to make sure the positioning is correct.







Also the new door hinges:
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #19
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Here you see the new rear arches and fenders to be mounted soon:








Some more parts have also arrived!
New roof,New front fenders, New Sideskirts:




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Old 02-15-2011, 07:00 AM   #20
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Here are the latest pictures.
Front is more or less done. All that remains is to weld the cabrio reinforcements but we will do this once the car is on the ground to ensure optimum alignment. Do you guys think i should do it prior to that?

The driver side is 95% done too with the rear quarter panel and arch mounted.
Now working on the passenger side removing rust spots and prepping the area.
We have decided to paint the underside too instead of recovering in the original material. We think this will look nicer and will also make it easier to spot trouble areas in the future. Keep in mind that the car will most likely never see rain again.
Also the footwell rust on both sides have been repaired. You can see on a box part of the corroded metal we have removed.
Also in the pics you can see why i had to replace the wheel arches. It was more like cheese than metal with all the rust.
Once the passenger side is complete the rear panel (where the lights mount will be going on and then the roof. I estimate 3-4 weeks by the time all this are completed.
Then we can paint and start making it into a rolling chassis so that we can move it to our garage and start re-assembly.
Hopefully once the car is done this will be the most complete renovation of an E30 M3. So far no expense has been spared and i can tell you by the time its a rolling chassis the cost will be the same as if i had bought a very low mileage SE.
I am going to South Africa for a few weeks so i wont be able to update for a while.
Hopefully if time allows it i will be getting some special parts only available there!





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Old 02-15-2011, 07:02 AM   #21
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Here are the latest pictures.
Front is more or less done. All that remains is to weld the cabrio reinforcements but we will do this once the car is on the ground to ensure optimum alignment. Do you guys think i should do it prior to that?

The driver side is 95% done too with the rear quarter panel and arch mounted.
Now working on the passenger side removing rust spots and prepping the area.
We have decided to paint the underside too instead of recovering in the original material. We think this will look nicer and will also make it easier to spot trouble areas in the future. Keep in mind that the car will most likely never see rain again.
Also the footwell rust on both sides have been repaired. You can see on a box part of the corroded metal we have removed.
Also in the pics you can see why i had to replace the wheel arches. It was more like cheese than metal with all the rust.
Once the passenger side is complete the rear panel (where the lights mount will be going on and then the roof. I estimate 3-4 weeks by the time all this are completed.
Then we can paint and start making it into a rolling chassis so that we can move it to our garage and start re-assembly.
Hopefully once the car is done this will be the most complete renovation of an E30 M3. So far no expense has been spared and i can tell you by the time its a rolling chassis the cost will be the same as if i had bought a very low mileage SE.
I am going to South Africa for a few weeks so i wont be able to update for a while.
Hopefully if time allows it i will be getting some special parts only available there!










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Old 02-15-2011, 07:03 AM   #22
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:04 AM   #23
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:46 AM   #24
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Here are some new pics .
We are currently waitting for the weather to get better so we can have it blast (geting a mobile blaster instead of taking it to a place as its easier for us).
Once that is done we will start prepping for priming and then paint.(will get pics as we go). The new roof will go on after blasting so that we can make sure all is ok!










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Old 04-14-2011, 12:44 PM   #27
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Looks very cool! This build is taking it's time but I'm glad to see you guys haven't overlooked any details and skipped any steps. This car will last another 30+ years easily
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:17 PM   #28
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Looks very cool! This build is taking it's time but I'm glad to see you guys haven't overlooked any details and skipped any steps. This car will last another 30+ years easily


yeah it is taking longer than planned due to our workload but also the time it gets to import parts. Hopefully once the weather is better and we blast it we will move faster.
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Whenever I see threads like this, I always wonder...Are you like a professional classic car restorer ? I can't imagine a normal person being able to tackle on such project..Curious if simply your passion has taken you this far or if it relates to your work

Loving the pics btw !
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Whenever I see threads like this, I always wonder...Are you like a professional classic car restorer ? I can't imagine a normal person being able to tackle on such project..Curious if simply your passion has taken you this far or if it relates to your work

Loving the pics btw !
Took my parents next door neighbor 10 years to restore and build his 69' Firebird. Some people can make things happen fast while others take time and patience to do it. Once I get a house, I'm planning on rebuilding a older BMW.
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