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Old 11-13-2016, 11:15 PM   #1
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2004 330CI ZHP Resurrection Thread

Hello All,

I had since moved on from e46s, but I have a soft spot from owning both a ZHP and an e46 M3. I decided I needed another car to drive to work to keep mileage off of my e90 M3, so I picked up a cheap 2004 ZHP.

In general, this ZHP has not been treated nicely. It has 124,000 miles, but drives and looks like it's much older. Here is the photo from initial pickup and driving back.



Link for Backup: https://goo.gl/photos/F8YXi5a5D5eaxLJ89

The car is Black Sapphire Metallic, but the paint has seen better days. There was a multitude of scratches, scrapes, and dents as well as several paint chips in some key areas.

After initial wash:



https://goo.gl/photos/8DPLX5895nebpke89

First order of business was a deep clean and compound/polish. I'm not sure how much this car has been polished before so I kept it light so as to not chew through the clearcoat. Results were decent for a first step:



https://goo.gl/photos/n8jE6qj1zPkjPnBx8
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2004 E46 330CI ZHP- Project Car. Bringing it back from the dead...

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2004 E46 330CI ZHP
2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
2006 E90 330

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Old 11-13-2016, 11:20 PM   #2
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Next Step: Car drove like crap on the highway: heavy wheel shimmy at speed. Looked underneath and bushings were toast. Replaced FCABs and RTABS with HD Versions. Sorry, no pictures of this step. Car drives much better now.

Also, interior had some seriously tacky pieces in it: think M logos everywhere and a giant shiny shifter. Replaced with Coby Alcantara pieces to freshen up a bit and a new ZHP Shift knob. Pictures to come shortly.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:41 PM   #3
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Roof was beyond saving. Clear coat was heavily pitted. Rather than sending it to the paint shop, decided to do an e90 M style carbon fiber roof with a vinyl wrap.

Before-

https://goo.gl/photos/9EUGsNh8bbGKufNF9

After-





https://goo.gl/photos/NoACsoRvB6izpfUn7

Only took $50 of material and about an hour of work. Well worth it I think.
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:43 PM   #4
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cant see the photos O.O
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:47 PM   #5
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Sorry, posted from phone. Couldn't get embed links. Will fix tomorrow.
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2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:54 PM   #6
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I can see the pics, it looks way better after a good wash
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:57 PM   #7
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Thanks. To be fair, there was about 6 hours of machine compounding, polishing, and then following up with two coats of wax. Compare the headlight lenses to see the compounding differences.
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:49 AM   #8
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Oh i noticed the headlights lol it makes me want to do mine, our just buy new lenses because I'm lazy
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:52 AM   #9
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I'm unable to see the pictures in the first post on desktop or mobile. Perhaps they were temporary links and have now expired, because even visiting the links directly doesn't work. If you can relink them as you have in post #3 that would be great!
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:12 AM   #10
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pictures do not work fyi
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:21 PM   #11
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Fixed- Hopefully...
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:27 PM   #12
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Looking really sharp after that compound/polish. Need to do that myself soon because I have swirls everywhere.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:12 AM   #13
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https://goo.gl/photos/vk688RC8sQgY5ziC6

Interior shot after a good cleaning. Steering wheel needs another round of scrubbing and seats need more TLC. However new shift and e brake boots make the inside much more presentable.
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:15 AM   #14
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https://goo.gl/photos/zxvicbJiivJUHgZW9

So much more to come. Waiting to go in...

Clutch
Trans Mounts
Center Support Bushing
Guibo
Shifter Linkages/Bushings
Differential Bushings
Subframe Bushings
Exhaust Hangers
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:50 PM   #15
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Subscribed. Love it. I'm doing the same kind of stuff on my Imola ZHP with 125k. Keep it up!


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Old 11-23-2016, 12:40 AM   #16
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Before I handled the clutch, I decided I had to do something about those wheels...

Stock wheels were heavily curbed and gouged. First step is a good sanding and prep for paint.




https://goo.gl/photos/DzbHvDbrVhv599RQ7

Here are the wheels after prep. That included cleaning with soap/water, heavy degreaser, then sanding with 100 grit for heavy pits, 320 all over, and followed with a scotchbrite pad. Then vacuumed and degreased again.


https://goo.gl/photos/kxLiZ4qTQthC5PLo9

Here is the finished product after 4 goats of duplicolor graphite and 2 coats of clear. Apologies for bad lighting, this is fluorescent lighting as it was dark when I had finished putting on all the coats. If I had to do it again, I'd paint the wheels upright as I feel having them laying down with the cans parallel lead to a slightly textured finish. I could always polish these to get a smoother texture but that's a project for another day...
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:18 AM   #17
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First off, thought I would start today with a better photo of one of the finished wheels. Here's one of them with the new center caps...


https://goo.gl/photos/5QLRsbFk269YM2nR9

Now the not so fun stuff... After a day of struggling, I finally got this sucker out. The 6 spd. tranny is a pretty big piece. I didn't have the rust issues that can cause the trans to hang up on removal, but I did have clearance problems which I'll detail later. Big piece of advice, make sure you jack up the front of the motor a bit to tilt the transmission downwards. This was the only thing stopping the trans from coming out the first time for me.


https://goo.gl/photos/awpo5WaFGQKtWkmL7

Here's a shot of the back of the motor with the transmission, pressure plate, and friction disc removed. As you can see, there are gouges on the sides and top of the transmission tunnel in the heat shielding where the trans. was getting caught. Tilting the motor solved this problem and could have saved me hours of frustration.



https://goo.gl/photos/Zpi5Eo63xrN5Sdqr5

Now the bad news. All ready to install new clutch and start putting things back together, only to find the flywheel is toast. The wear is unusual because the throwout pivot pin was broken and a little oil seepage on the disc. However, the bigger problem is you can grab the outer half of the flywheel and get about an inch of rotational play between the two halves. Looks like a new flywheel is next on the parts list. At least this thing will be mechanically sound by the time I'm done. Will update when parts arrive.
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:41 AM   #18
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Good colour choise for the wheels
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:14 PM   #19
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Forgot to share this...

This would explain most of the clutch grinding and wear. This plastic pin is the pivot point for the throwout arm that disengages the clutch. Why plastic? I Honestly have no idea, seems like a built in wear part. As you can see, my pin was broken off and the tip was sitting in the bellhousing. This means the clutch wasn't completely disengaging. End result is a toasted clutch. All for a $4 pin.... Thanks BMW.



https://goo.gl/photos/xbCRjETZCTrwujde6
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2004 E46 330CI ZHP- Project Car. Bringing it back from the dead...

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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
2006 E90 330

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Old 11-28-2016, 09:21 PM   #20
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So, in a fit of jealousy... Heidi, my e90 M3 decided to throw a tantrum today. Cruising on the toll road at 85 or so when the dash lit up like a Christmas tree... Car threw itself into limp mode. Suddenly my 420hp beast felt like a 90's Honda Civic.



https://goo.gl/photos/4g1n46etW1Znuh9Z9

Scanner shows Valve Actuator Malfunction. One of the few weak points on the S65 motor. Other codes just refer to the limp mode condition the car threw itself into.



https://goo.gl/photos/swj2XqfvJNhiE67x5

And the verdict, Bank 1 actuator is toast. This motor controls the throttle bodies for Cylinders 1-4. Not cheap!



https://goo.gl/photos/fVkdQukM257nsojr5

This might put the ZHP back a couple of weeks. Will update when I can.
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2005 E46 M3 Competition Package
2009 E70 X5 Diesel
2006 E90 330

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