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Old 09-08-2017, 01:08 PM   #61
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Woot. IT WORKS!




One RTAB down, a bunch more bushings to go. Then the arms and subframe are off for sandblast and powder coat.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #62
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Nope Seattle, WA so I guess you would be very east and a little south of me. I would be using mine with a shop press also so that's perfect. Keep me/us posted on the other subframes bushing. Thanks for the measurements.
Fyi, my numbers were off. Didn't factor corrosion, squish or miss alignment.
Had to turn down most of the plugs by another half mm or more... real fun removing the stuck ones.
I'll repost the final diameter used when I have all the bushings out.

Still trying to design a setup for the subframe bushings. The lips on the bushings make things a bit more tricky.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:14 PM   #63
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Fyi, my numbers were off. Didn't factor corrosion, squish or miss alignment.
Had to turn down most of the plugs by another half mm or more... real fun removing the stuck ones.
I'll repost the final diameter used when I have all the bushings out.

Still trying to design a setup for the subframe bushings. The lips on the bushings make things a bit more tricky.
Nice! Hey at least the RTABS are coming out Yea I bet removing the stuck ones was fun . You are doing a bang up job getting her ship shape.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:36 AM   #64
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Ya! the haywagon is no longer a hot mess and can drive in traffic!
I have a working fan!

The aux/e-fan never worked on the car. Almost overheated before I found this out... Not a huge deal being in the country. I'm never stuck in traffic for more than a minute or two and average speed is 90kph.

Went through all the troubleshooting steps and narrowed it down to a continuity issue on the pwm signal wire or an oddly specific DME failure. Tested the multiple replacement fans on known good cars, and even tracked down a signal generator to benchtest the replacement fans.
Ordered 3 fans in total... I'm dumb.

Went in to probe the harness to see if there was an issue... unwrapped the connector end and found this.


Just the insulator holding things together. Snipped out the bad and soldered in a patch. Heat shrink and wrapped it back up and I have a working fan.

I can finally venture into the big city with the farm equipment.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:03 AM   #65
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Very nice. Was that to the coolant temp sensor on the lower rad hose?
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:15 AM   #66
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Very nice. Was that to the coolant temp sensor on the lower rad hose?
No, that was the fan harness itself.
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Old 09-16-2017, 05:51 PM   #67
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Did a run down to the city to pick up another parts car. A buddy was in need of a new windshield and I needed some random components.
Found a beat to hell "mechanically stock" 330ci.
This is what the rear floorpan looks like...


anyone else notice something weird(besides the huge hole in the floor panel)?

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Old 09-16-2017, 06:26 PM   #68
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Wow is that a crusty turd!

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Old 09-16-2017, 07:56 PM   #69
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Did a run down to the city to pick up another parts car. A buddy was in need of a new windshield and I needed some random components.
Found a beat to hell "mechanically stock" 330ci.
This is what the rear floorpan looks like...


anyone else notice something weird(besides the huge hole in the floor panel)?
Looks like a finned 3.64 diff? Looks like you can see the sunlight coming through the floor also.

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Old 09-16-2017, 09:35 PM   #70
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Z4 diff, maybe?
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:13 AM   #71
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Keep guessing
I was in shock when I crawled under the rear end to hookup the chains on the trailer.


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Old 09-17-2017, 04:59 PM   #72
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No spare tire well?
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:39 PM   #73
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No spare tire well?
It looks like someone tried to repair the usual floor pan cracks.. and didn't do it so well. No idea why they removed the wheel well.. this is a weird car.

Whats really weird is...

The M3 pumpkin!
I wanted to get a LSD for the wagon before winter (one wheel drive is no good up here). Had budgeted more than $1300 for the subframe, diff etc.. and the custom drive shaft needed to hook up to my 5spd box.

I got myself a M3 rear end, with a custom drive shaft for free. I'm not %100 if it's a 5 or 6 speed yet. Haven't touched the car since bringing it home.
Very stoked to get it pulled out. Likely send it off for a rebuild immediately. Need to track down a taller ring so I wont be sitting at 3.5k rpm on the highway.
Parts car lottery winner.
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:25 PM   #74
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Probably were going to install quad tip m3 type mufflers.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:35 AM   #75
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I think I've made some sort of scientific breakthrough...
E46 reproduce via some sort of mitosis.


Found another car, 328i auto, local to me to boot.
May not part it, seems to be in damn good condition.
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:50 PM   #76
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The i3 got nothing on the new whip.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:03 PM   #77
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Things have been pretty busy here on the farm, getting ready for winter and whatnot.
Finally got my shed organized so I won't be tripping over myself while working on the wagon.

My winter rim debacle is almost over.
To rant a bit.
Got a set of M5 reps with e46 fitment. Needed a refurb and sent them to a sandblaster in the area. Get a call a week late that the rims were done. Go to pick em up, I could have done better with my spot blaster blindfolded. Said they would do it again asap and call me. A month later.. no word. Showed up to their shop unannounced, rims in the same state. Picked em up and walked out.
Took them to the "other guy", done next day...
Rant over. Crap buissness piss me off and I hope they go down.

I'll post some photos of the refurb process. Epoxy primer and BMW dark grey metallic. Hopefully they will look good on the haywagon.

With winter coming, I doubt I'll be able to get the M3 diff or the rear end bushings done. I'll be lucky if I get one more day warm enough to paint the rims.... uhg.. winter.


Don't mind the banner.. I'll get a correct one eventually.


And put in some random LED fogs and replaced front plate hardware.
Left is the LED, right is oem. The LED actually throws a fair bit more light.

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Old 10-13-2017, 11:35 PM   #78
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Be interested in knowing brand/source of random LED.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:46 AM   #79
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That's one heck of a "shed." Lol!

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Old 10-14-2017, 12:16 PM   #80
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Be interested in knowing brand/source of random LED.
I'll dig up the listing.
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That's one heck of a "shed." Lol!

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