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Old 07-07-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
arturb
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My 740 Build



Hey guys, new to forum the here,
wanted to share my journey with the e38 in the last two years.
i feel in love with sedans last year and after seeing Matt Waln's e38 i pulled the trigger and bought one.
1996 740iL. Previous owner's DD through summer and canadian winters.
unfortunately i didn't take any pictures of it before i started tearing it apart, but it was black, sitting on chrome m par reps. front was completely pitted, headliner falling, broken trims and everything else you'd expect from a 96.

heads up, this picture heavy.

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started sanding the hood down as it was the worst part. Rock chips everywhere, headlight lenses completely pitted. Also had to replace 3 out of 4 doors because the bottoms were pretty rusty and rotted out.

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i only had plans to do the hood, but one thing lead to another and this happened

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decided to go balls deep and just paint the whole car.
acquire some custom built BC Br series coils with swift springs and finally made up my mind on what shoes to put on her.
fixed some odds and ends inside, and got my headliner wrapped in black suede. painted all the trims to match.
had a hiccup for a while as one of the wheel locks snapped on me. After a lot of time, effort, and carbide bits later (cobalt drill bits didn't work) i got the wheel lock off and was able to finish installing my coils

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wanted to do something different inside while keeping the class, so i sanded the original wood trim and went over it with a satin varnish for a nice matte look
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Wheels....i wanted to keep an OEM look to it. I decided i wanted wide 3 piece, 19" style 5s. oddly enough i found a set that just been built by Spintech. 18" faces stepped up to 19" and converted to three piece. 9.5/10.5 wide, 2" and 3" lips, but that wasn't going to cut it for me.
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i ordered bigger, 4.5" lips for the rear, and moved the 3" ones to the fronts, making them 19x10.5/12.
painted the centres, acquired polished aluminum hex caps, and finished it with red/gold bbs emblems
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:59 PM   #2
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decided to verify the size of the rears lol

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a quick test to see where i was at and figure out my next move

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the fronts didn't clear my struts so spacers were added to my list. rears cleared no problem, but i wanted to tuck the 12s and the -2 degrees of camber the stock adjustment allows just wouldn't cut it.
did a lot of research in order to figure out how to get more camber in the back. Since there is virtually zero aftermarket for this car i did it stance works style and built adjustable control arms myself. pics to come :eyebrows

got some rubber for the BBS. Went with Feds 595. 215/35 and 245/35. The rears didn't fit unfortunately so i had to upsize it to 255/40. Didn't mind the bigger side wall in the back either.
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worked my rear fenders on the inside aaaaand got her sitting pretty

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Old 07-07-2015, 07:00 PM   #3
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i had some bad rust on my passenger rear quarter, so had to do a little bit of repair
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30mm H&R spacer went in upfront, alpina rep lip went on, started masking the car for paint...
nothing rubs or makes weird sounds. She drives nice and that 4.4 v8 groooowwwlllss..
anyway if you've made this far, thanks for reading...she currently sits like this patiently awaiting paint.

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thanks for reading
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:02 PM   #4
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As you could see, one of my doors had bad rust around the handle.
i sourced out a replacement today, which to my surprise was ming and it fits perfectly! barely adjusted anything.
the only thing that sucks is that it came off a newer e38 with more options, such as lit door handles, and some chrome trim inside i don't have now i want!



did a few more things



welded my original muffler tips back on since i deleted the mufflers



never ending body work.... getting rid of a few dents



a few parts I've accumulated over this build. Replacing door trims, led plate lights, and a few3 other miscellaneous things. i deleted the headlight washers as well as the plate holder for a cleaner look up front. New kidney grills, fog lights, door seals, mirrors
Ive also replaced the interior lights with leds, added halos to my headlights and wired them to my euroswitch so i can control them independently. They were also flickering so i fixed that up. i also have new bmw roundels on order.

on the to do list i still have:
replace speakers (mine all suck)
new head unit with nav, iPod control etc.
parking sensors
back up camera
door handle lighting (a little brighter than oem)
misc lighting (vip style)
vip tables
full seat re-uphostery
folding mirrors
rear seat fridge possibly haha
cayenne bbk
....turbo ls1 swap muahahaha
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:05 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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Voila!




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Old 07-07-2015, 07:07 PM   #7
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I have a few thInga left to tidy up still but you get the idea here
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:08 PM   #8
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a few pics my buddy took





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Old 07-07-2015, 07:10 PM   #9
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heres another pic my buddy fsiguy (username here) shot.
ive also raised my engine 1inch using new engine mounts for oil pan clearance.
i also sourced out a place in the Durham Region that has an inground alignment rack which saved my day! got everything lined up right to chew less tires lol

have a few goodies coming in the mail within the next two weeks hopefully to tidy up a few more things. pics will follow once they're done!

so this happened gonna try to get it fixed this week still
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:10 PM   #10
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have not posted in a while, ive been busy however i have done a few things to the car!
nothing major, just little accents and things to make it more unique and more to my liking.


replaced my cabin air filter which by the looks of it was never replaced before

i smashed a fog light out of my own stupidity so replaced them with ones with black housings for a stealthier look



added some lighting!



wired them up so they'll only come on when the puddle lights come (when a door opens, or the car is unlocked). there are oem exterior lit handles but retrofitting them would be a lot more pain in the ass than doing this.
They are also way brighter in pics than in person. It looks more natural in person.



horrible pic i know, but its oem interior lit door handle. very subtle at night when its on



added better lighting to the trunk as well

some will **** the additions some will like them. I like them so i don't care!

also i decided to change my fitment. i raised the rear a bit and lessened the camber. The wheel is flush now with the fender instead of tucking like it was before. I rides so much better and looks better too in my opinion. It was too much camber out back and the fronts didn't match so it doesnt look good.
Anyway, went out and took some pics!





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Old 07-07-2015, 07:11 PM   #11
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just did some maintenance today



i put that hose there to delete the self levelling future of the rear shocks when i installed my coils. The shocks are filled with the power steering fluid and you cant just plug the line. The hose started leaking.
so i decided to fix it the proper way






bought a pipe bender and a bubble flare tool. Bent a piece of the original pipe and just reused the original fittings. now its leak free and i can drive it again!

havent done anything too exciting to the car recently. I bought supplies to fix my gauge cluster LCD screen soon, i plan on fabricating a BBK for it over winter as well. Other than that ive just been driving it and enjoying the car before the snow falls
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:14 PM   #12
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Over winter and spring I've been accumulating parts and working on this...





8 piston up front, 6 piston in the back. 2-piece rotors were too pricy and since I'm not tracking this car it made no sense to get them other than for brownie points.
EBC pads up front, hawks out back. Lines will be custom made by myself. Rebuilt all 4 corners with fresh seals and dust boots.
Need to give another coat or two of color on the callipers then a nice clear coat.
With school/work/life permits me with time i will start mocking up the brackets.

Rears are currently in the machine shop being modified to fit my spindle. front brackets should be ready soon enough.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:20 PM   #13
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so i split my wheels, refinished them and had some custom work done....





silver faces, copper hardware.
RS waffles/hex custom fit (will thread on) and face machined to match patterns on waffles.

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Old 07-07-2015, 11:43 PM   #14
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Nice! Always good to see a local E38 build! My favorite platform to work with.
If there is one thing I would add to your car, it would be the facelift side skirts, it does wonders as far as looks go!

P.S you need to bring it out to more events! I've been seeing pictures of it for some time, but need to check it out in person!
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:32 AM   #15
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Nice! Always good to see a local E38 build! My favorite platform to work with.
If there is one thing I would add to your car, it would be the facelift side skirts, it does wonders as far as looks go!

P.S you need to bring it out to more events! I've been seeing pictures of it for some time, but need to check it out in person!
Thanks man, I quickly fell in love with platform too. I've thought about doing the face lift side skirts before. I don't for now just bec she's so low if I need to jack her up its easy with the jack access on the sides. I'm gonna add air cups to my coils at some point though and then I'll probably do the face lift skirts.

I saw a post of the red e38 you guys did with the s62 and speed. really cool man. I'm pretty sure I saw it on stands when the transmission was going in. I was up at your shop like two years ago.

She'll make it to more shows as soon as I get her on the road again don't you worry
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