E36 328i convertible (Discowifey's car)

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Re: E36 328i convertible (The work begins)

Post by Discostew38 » 24 Mar 2017, 21:48

So I've been round the car and I've got a massive list of jobs to do
Mostly cosmetics stuff and a couple of mechanical bits
Took the car down for its MOT and had a look underneath and it's solid no rust anywhere the rear arches are original
so well happy
The rear brake pipes have already been done and done properly IE the tanks been removed to do them so more good news
So the first job I've done is the the thermostate "the temperature was not getting up to a running temp so it must be sticking open"
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Went for the alloy housing and replaced the antifreeze at the same time
The running temperature is bang on now so all good
The plan is to bring this car back up to mint show condition but that will take money so it's going to be a slow journey
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Discostew38 » 26 Mar 2017, 19:24

Had to sort out the paint (finish) this weekend
It's been mopped "badly" and looks terrible in the sun so I had to do it properly
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Boot lid before
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Boot lid after
I hate machine polishing, it takes ages and it's a killer on your knees back and wrists but it had to be done it bugged me every time I walked past it
Because of all the mess mopping a car makes I had to wash the car at the end
It needs some paint work in the future (stone chips on the front and a spot of rust coming up around the boot look)
But I think it come up well
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Metroreg » 26 Mar 2017, 19:49

Looks spot on Stu, loads of working being put in to her
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by cockneyrebel » 26 Mar 2017, 19:53

Come up nice Stew, what's the colour, looks blue then black.
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Discostew38 » 26 Mar 2017, 19:55

After spending most of the day cleaning it I didn't leave me much time to do anything else
But I did have a look at the door glass (the n/s door glass didn't line up )
The door glass on the convertible is fully adjustable so with some time and patience you can get it spot on
As it happens the problem was due to a missing bolt from one of the adjusters
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So with a new bolt in place and some fine adjustment it was job done :thumbup:
On with the other jobs
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Discostew38 » 26 Mar 2017, 19:58

cockneyrebel wrote:Come up nice Stew, what's the colour, looks blue then black.
Oriental blue (dark blue to me and you)
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Discostew38 » 26 Mar 2017, 19:59

Metroreg wrote:Looks spot on Stu, loads of working being put in to her
Yes mate still a long way to go to get it how I'd like it
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Re: E36 328i convertible

Post by Gus247 » 27 Mar 2017, 08:02

happy days man, coming along nicely.... :)

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Re: E36 328i convertible (Discowifeys car)

Post by Discostew38 » 15 May 2017, 12:50

Well Alison is now using the car every day so I can only do bits and bobs as and when
I'm currently working through a list of stuff that needs doing (mostly silly stuff that wouldn't bother most people)
When we took it for its MOT I noticed the front brake pads were low so that was my first job
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The rears weren't much better so replaced the discs and pads all round one of the front brake flexi's is starting to show signs of age so I've added them to my "to do" list


The roof has been the biggest cost so far and the biggest headache and it's still not finished yet so more to come on that soon
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Re: E36 328i convertible (Discowifey's car)

Post by Discostew38 » 13 Jun 2017, 08:02

So updates
I've been busy on this over the last month or so
Just putting things right and making things work

Alison hasn't had a car without parking sensors for years and now can't drive one without
So that was the first job to do
The plan was to buy a genuine BMW kit and reto fit them but with the last E36 rolling off the production line in 2000 anything for sale is going to be a minimum of 17 years old
This means they will be unreliable at best and generally hard to find and expensive
So I bought an after market kit in Matt black to match the bumper mouldings and fitted them where the original sensors would have gone
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Once the holes had been cut out it was just a matter of removing the bumper to fit the sensors remove the iner boot trims to run the wires and fit the ECU fit the bleeper and job done
Happy with the end result
They look very factory and work quite well, certainly as good as the std BMW sensors work (my touring is a bit hit or miss)

On to the next job
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