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Navin323i 09-20-2011 12:36 PM

EUROPROJEKTZ | REBIRTH of Navin323i - "BMW Individual" Atlantis Blue 323i
 
10 years ago from today, 9/20, I underwent open heart surgery #5, defied the odds and survived my surgery. Fast forward 10 years to today... it's with great honor that I reveal Project "Atlantis Blau" all successfully completed and ready to take my heart awareness to the next level. :)

Why Atlantis Blue? Atlantis Blue is a metallic paint color which is a combination of 2 colors... blue and green. The color blue happens to be symbolic of "open communication" and green, in India, happens to be symbolic of the "heart chakra" or energy center within the heart... hence Atlantis Blue represents open communication about the heart, which represents exactly what I do with my heart awareness efforts. The moment I saw this color on my buddy Myke's IND M3 sedan a couple of years back I instantly fell in love with this color... Myke and his car definitely were an inspiration to me in choosing this color. :)

It was VERY hard to keep this project a secret from you all. I've never been one for progress threads and wanted to wait to surprise you all, but I'll be honest how tough it was to wait, lol. :D

I have a number of people to thank for this project... first off my wife, Kamini. All year, she and I were prepared to sell my 323i last month and purchase a Melbourne Red E92 M3 but at the last minute I couldn't sell my 323i and instead decided to take my car and heart awareness efforts to the next level with a full repaint. She and I are starting up a not-for-profit organization to raise heart awareness and donate the proceeds from our charitable events to the American Heart Association and other heart organizations. Kamini has been such a huge support to me and my modding over the years... she truly is the woman of my dreams. :bow:

I would also like to thank Revision Auto Salon in Rockville, MD for doing the paintwork sponsorship... they were extremely professional and courteous throughout the process. I would also like to thank Alan at Modbargains for selling me a CF CSL sedan trunklid... very happy with the trunklid and perfect fitment. I would also like to thank BASF for supplying the paint for my project. For those of you who don't know, BASF supplies the paint to BMW as well. I would like to thank Jason and Evan at Tischer for sourcing my new door sills from Germany. I would like to thank my buddy, Sergei ("unr") for taking pics of my car yesterday evening so I'd be able to post up everything today on my 10 year surgical anniversary. Finally, I'd like to thank Chase and Paolo (my Montreal MMA fighter buddy and his GF Carol), and my Europrojektz teammates including Charlie, Stuart, Manu, and Fern for their constant support and encouragement throughout this project. :thumbsup:

Pics are below... Sergei and I will be doing another photoshoot this weekend at more scenic places. Note that full exterior including door jambs, inside trunk, and visible areas inside the front hood were done. The only thing I didn't have repainted were the strut towers (decided to leave these in the silver color) and any non visible areas under the engine/supercharger components.

BEFORE
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http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i/323i-1-1.jpg

Old trunk setup - OEM trunklid with CF ACS-style 3 piece spoiler... darn spoiler encountered severe "hazing" in the CF, hence I decided to get rid of this and get the CSL trunklid.
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i/323i-2-1.jpg

AFTER
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http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue1.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue2.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue3.jpg

Special ordered these door sills from Germany thanks to Jason and Evan at Tischer for locating these. :bow:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue4.jpg

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue5.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue6.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...i-AtlBlue7.jpg

I will end this thread on a comical note... I'm a sneaker guy for the most part, so my wife decided to help me "change up my look" and bought me these driving shoes below that match my Atlantis Blue 323i... I'm not real familiar with the make/model of the shoes but they're super comfortable!! :D

Ferragamo Parigi shoes

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...gamoParigi.jpg

Thanks for looking! :hi:

Navin

Kwando 09-20-2011 12:40 PM

First?

Chyeaaaa buddy:thumbsup: Looks great! Not a fan of the side skirts but enjoy in good health!

SkrApUNB 09-20-2011 12:47 PM

props for putting in the time, money, and effort to get it done Not my cup of Tea though. :thumbsup:

SLVR JDM 09-20-2011 12:47 PM

Looks incredible, Navin!


Lose the baby on board placard though, lol.

zikhkd 09-20-2011 12:56 PM

Wow nice, that color looks absolutely gorgeous in person. Good luck with your new venture with your wife!

2000_328CI 09-20-2011 12:56 PM

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And dayuuuuuuuuuuuum I can't believe it's finally finished. Soooooo sexy Navin. Incredible work, dedication, and passion. You're a true rockstar and a forum LEGEND! Can't wait to see this in person and celebrate over beers with you! :bow:

PS: you should really have Kevin do a photoshoot for ya!

E46Moonlight 09-20-2011 01:10 PM

:drool: Incredible!

sedanpowersc 09-20-2011 01:10 PM

Looks amazing Navin!!!!!!!!!!

eddyys 09-20-2011 01:13 PM

:O Holey mother of god that looks bad ass! I need to check this out in person!

Navin323i 09-20-2011 01:14 PM

Thank you so much fellas. I know the color isn't to everyone's tastes but it's all good. I love that color so much and it symbolizes my heart awareness efforts perfectly based on the symbolism behind blue and green. :thumbsup:

Regarding the sideskirts, unfortunately the shop I got these installed at years back epoxied them on so removing them to reinstall them so they don't "flare out" as much would result in breaking those sideskirts, so I'm happy with them as they are, lol. :)

EDIT: Mike, you're more than welcome to check this out anytime. Please give my best regards to your family as well... hope you and they are all doing well. :)

eddyys 09-20-2011 01:17 PM

Yah man, Ill probably be up in the area at Euro Pros tomorrow night checking out how the hood and trunk lid are coming along. Lets grab some grub then.

BMWDon 09-20-2011 01:18 PM

looks good Navin! :)

fckupayme 09-20-2011 01:20 PM

Wow looks awesome (still preferred your OZ wheels :P). That color really is something special. Nice work. Can't wait to get my car back .

SkrApUNB 09-20-2011 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Navin323i (Post 13602226)
Thank you so much fellas. I know the color isn't to everyone's tastes but it's all good. I love that color so much and it symbolizes my heart awareness efforts perfectly based on the symbolism behind blue and green. :thumbsup:


This makes me like your car that much more. :woot:

C Digital 323CI 09-20-2011 01:37 PM

Nice change Navin. Color looks great!

ModBargains.com 09-20-2011 01:38 PM

Wow talk about a transformation! The car looks amazing Navin, I'm glad to see that everything has gone according to plan. It was my pleasure helping you out with the CF CSL Bootlid and it definitely does change the back of the car completely. PS. Loving that new paint job !!

bagher 09-20-2011 01:44 PM

when/why did you switch from EW to EP?

2000_328CI 09-20-2011 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bagher (Post 13602329)
when/why did you switch from EW to EP?

At least a year ago...

bagher 09-20-2011 01:47 PM

glad the csl trunk is on, now just gotta change that front bumper

2000_328CI 09-20-2011 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bagher (Post 13602339)
glad the csl trunk is on, now just gotta change that front bumper

What would you throw on? Vorstiener CSL?


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