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Old 24th April 2012, 10:38   #31
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Hey digital4u
How is the gearbox swap going? Is your car on the road yet? I changed my phone and couldn't get a hold of your no. to get back to you. have been trying to get back in touch with you. Waiting for an update! If you still have my no. please do give a call, I would love to hear about the progress on your ride! Got the gearbox in?

Also, pictures!
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Old 26th April 2012, 13:51   #32
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Any idea what an E36 convertible should be worth today?
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Finally an exciting thread after a while on TBHP. All the very best for the restoration, will be following this thread closely, definitely inspired a lot of people to do try to do this sort of work. i too have tried to source an old 3 series convertible however they are quite rare and hard to come by.
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Old 28th April 2012, 20:27   #33
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Hi guys!

Yes, I know it's been longtime since I posted. Gr8 news for all the fans, my parts are here. Will post pics soon as I have already dropped the smg gear. Awesome smg gearbox, it is so clean, just such a pity with all the gimmicks going wrong with the smg pump and electronics and also I do not want to machine the bell housing as this will result in no gates.

But heh, we are rolling and the babe looks sexy to the boot!

Anybody have any experience with brake upgrades? I wanted to get some theoretical knowledge on changing my innova's rear drum brake setup to disc, i know it has been done before but was curious as to what changes need to be made, if any, for the abs sensors to function as factory setup?
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Hey... Any updates on the status of this rebuild? done the gear swap yet? Bring on some more pictures?!
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Old 15th June 2012, 15:03   #35
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M_Power - lost your contact details and seems you're off BBM as well. Been a while so give me a shout to catch up. Vaibhav.


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How is the gearbox swap going? Is your car on the road yet? I changed my phone and couldn't get a hold of your no. to get back to you. have been trying to get back in touch with you. Waiting for an update! If you still have my no. please do give a call, I would love to hear about the progress on your ride! Got the gearbox in?

Also, pictures!
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Old 22nd September 2012, 21:22   #36
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Hey, any updates to this thread?
I keep coming back every other week hoping for something!
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Old 3rd February 2013, 01:13   #37
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Wondering if this project has advanced... Waiting keenly for an update!
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Teaser........for all of you

Changed the Side Mirrors with the ones with the built in indicators to give it minor cosmetic update.

Changed the Clutch to a high performance lightweight flywheel.

Changed Leather Seats to Nappa Coffee Tan Leather from Stanley

Next cleaning Engine bay, some few cosmetics on the Engine Head Cover
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welcome back! Here's a couple of mine to keep you motivated... and perhaps you should think about replacing mirrors to stock - these aftermarket ones with the built in LEDs take away from the OEM look in my opinion...
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Hi Rekhiv

Yeah! its sooooooooooo good to be back. Just found sometime for myself again.

About the stock mirrors, it got broken off more than twice, since the e36 M3 mirrors do not fold at all, nice heh! It sure isn't a pretty sight to see your sweetheart's wings being clipped and hanging onto the side whilst you make a hasty getaway before a billion flies ask you "dude what happened to your mirror???" da!

I tried to source foldable mirrors but just could not get the exact fit. As matter of concern is that you have changed your whole car - new front bumpers, certainly not stock headlights, painted the beading. What have you done to the CAR.....get back to stock rapidoooooo please...or should I be pleased that you have not put in some ugly looking stickers and a MASSIVE bootspoiler???? Hahaha, just kidding man.

In btw, I also sorted the softtop of the car - manual!! Car is starting to sound and feel like the real 321 bhp, few more subtle tweaks to really get it humming, will keep you in the loop.
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@ digital4u: That is some project you've got there, by Indian standards anyway. Too bad BMW India didn't give you a hand, then again manufacturers here aren't used to organized and professionally done mods.

Where are you getting the mechanical work done? And where's the gearbox from?
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@ digital4u: That is some project you've got there, by Indian standards anyway. Too bad BMW India didn't give you a hand, then again manufacturers here aren't used to organized and professionally done mods.

Where are you getting the mechanical work done? And where's the gearbox from?
Heh Thanks Mate. Its daunting to say the least. You won't believe the incompetence of the people who work here in India, I am having to do most the work myself. If I leave it someone else, the level of professionalism would be much found better with dem yesteryear sewage cleaners. The blokes who did my seats broke off almost all the clips of the side panels and it took me the better part of a week to sort this out. I spent most of today looking for a tiny little clip that secures the gearlink and ended up giving up on the day.

Tomorrow is another day, will think of something.

If you ever think of getting a restoration done, I suggest you learn a lot about the mechanical trade. Just to give you a heads up, the very basics of a paint job are rocket science for most "restoration" specialists. They have no idea of what size of nozzle they should use for primer, for base coat, for clear coat. Yes, I might know a little more than the average guy on Automotive paint as I am a distributor for very high end spray guns, compounds and polishes from Germany, but I fail miserably to understand how the common man out there just accepts the shoddy work done on their much cherished cars.

I more than happy to help you or anybody out with your restoration project especially on the exterior paint process. We all have to make sure to raise the bar in the industry cause believe me the rates charged by these blokes are no less than what you would be paying overseas.
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Nice project ! Waiting for the final outcome
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haha.. I have a set of oem non m3 mirrors if you want 'em bro... PM me and i can courier them across but you're probably right with sticking to the M mirrors.

On mine, she's the way i inherited her! the headlights are definitely non stock but never got down to changing them even though I got stock lights in. But the bumper and beading is stock - has the mtech trim from factory which came with body colored bumper and side skirts a flatter side trim. Unfortunately just the mtech trim unlikes yours which benefits from the M engine.

Great that you sorted the soft top as well. And manual is just as good. Mine's a semi automatic so you twist and lift manually then the electrics take over.

Post some more pics pronto!

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Hi Rekhiv

Yeah! its sooooooooooo good to be back. Just found sometime for myself again.

About the stock mirrors, it got broken off more than twice, since the e36 M3 mirrors do not fold at all, nice heh! It sure isn't a pretty sight to see your sweetheart's wings being clipped and hanging onto the side whilst you make a hasty getaway before a billion flies ask you "dude what happened to your mirror???" da!

I tried to source foldable mirrors but just could not get the exact fit. As matter of concern is that you have changed your whole car - new front bumpers, certainly not stock headlights, painted the beading. What have you done to the CAR.....get back to stock rapidoooooo please...or should I be pleased that you have not put in some ugly looking stickers and a MASSIVE bootspoiler???? Hahaha, just kidding man.

In btw, I also sorted the softtop of the car - manual!! Car is starting to sound and feel like the real 321 bhp, few more subtle tweaks to really get it humming, will keep you in the loop.
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Reviving a very old thread but want to know - any updates?!?

I'm going to check out a e36 m3 sedan tomorrow - hence came here to know a bit more about what all needs to be done, only to realise that the story's not over yet!!

Is the original author listening?
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