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Old 12-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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jtower se46 build

picked up a halfway decent 2002 manual sedan near parkersburg, va a couple of weeks ago. 170k miles, runs and drives great, a couple of trivial warning lights on the dash but not CEL so don't care. will document the build as it happens, the goal is to have the bulk of the mechanical work done (including cage) by feb so i can get it on track and start dialing it in.
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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had way too much energy last night so i started pulling apart the front end. between the xenon headlights, HID fogs, and angel eyes there were a lot of wires and ballast that came off. A/C removal was next, not only is the compressor heavy but the mounting bracket and tensioner isn't exacy tiny either. radiator drain plug broke off as soon as i tried to unscrew it, and holy crap are some of those hoses difficult to remove, the "quick connect" system that bmw uses isn't my favorite. then it's a simple matter to pull the bumper, the bumper supports, and the whole front clip slides off easy. looks like i have nearly new front control arms too, bonus!
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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today i spent an hour or two on the trunk and interior strip. man there is a lot of sound deadening on these cars. fortunately it all comes out quite easily, there's a little bit of tar on the unibody that i still need to remove. next is headliner, front seats, and carpeting.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Are you weighing any of the material you removed?..getting ready to tear into mine....see you at VIR
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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^ yeah, your car has prob lost close to 350-400 lbs!
Good to see another car getting built for this series!
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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i don't have a lot of room so once something is removed it goes into the trash or recycle bin, no chance to weigh stuff. but i can tell you that it's a lot.

more progress today - airbags are out, stereo and hvac controls gone, sunroof assembly removed, plus lots of little misc stuff items. holy crap is the sunroof heavy, the complete assembly has to be 60# or so, and it's at the highest point on the car, losing that is a huge benefit. the airbags aren't light either, especially the passenger side one which is probably 20#. next comes the fun part - dash removal. not looking forward to that, although it will permit removal of the heater core and a/c evaporator, and it has to come out for the cage anyway.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:53 AM   #7
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took a bit of doing but the dash i got the dash removed, exposing the metal support frame and hvac system. removing the frame was easy enough but the hvac stuff was a pita, i'm just glad that i don't have to put it back in. while i was at it i yanked the seats too, bloody hell are those things heavy. tonight it's carpeting, misc trim, and start working on the doors. pretty soon i'll drop it on the scales to get a sense of where we are.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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carpet and sound damping material out. up next is tar removal, ugh.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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Make sure and use dry ice!
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:41 PM   #11
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really? is that a trick for removing that tar crap? If so, I wish I would have known that! Stuff sucks.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #12
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Yeah, it pops off in chunks. It only works on horizontal surfaces where you can let it sit, but it still saves a ton of time. It's much easier if you put it in a pillow case so you can pick it up easier, and don't forget to wear welding gloves!
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:45 PM   #13
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car weighed in at exactly 2600# as pictured. there's still more to remove, and then more to add back, but the target weight of 2900# w/ driver is very much achievable. might even come in under that.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:26 PM   #14
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sorry, i haven't been keeing this tread up to date. i won't post all of the intermediate steps but here's the finished and painted cage.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:44 PM   #15
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the first batch of parts, mostly brakes and suspension, that were installed prior to the first track day. bimmerworld did a great job putting this all together and making sure i had everything needed to finish the job.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:57 PM   #16
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today i started another big round of work. pulled the exhaust, driveshaft, guibo (severely worn), differential, rear subframe, and rear suspension off the car.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:22 AM   #17
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Nice updates, car is coming along great. Do you have a shop in Raleigh?
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:41 AM   #18
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Any updates? It's been about 2 months since your last post. Just curious if you've weighed the car since the cage was installed too. I saw you had it on scales, but didn't comment on the weight.
My buddy and I are going to be building a Spec E46 in the near future.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:07 PM   #19
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check out the spec e46 group on facebook. Its alot more active
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:45 PM   #20
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TY! Will do.
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