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Old 12-17-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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Griffin #116 Turner SpecE46 build

2015/2016/ 2017 BUILD part 3 final stages...................................................... . This is my first car build and I plan on racing in the SpecE46 class in 2016. Until then I will be doing HPDE with NASA and a BMW CCA competition school this year. I have decided to gut the interior and install cage and seats. Lets get started.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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Slight change of plans

Have decided to wait until Nov. 2015 to put in the roll cage. As I will still be driving the car to NASA HPDE events. I have started to remove the interior, including the sunroof and will be replacing the electric seats with manual seats to give me more headroom. I had started posting what I was doing on FaceBook but have decided to post build updates here (it is more work) and leave FaceBook for when I need a quick answer. Just want to say thanks to everyone for the suggestions and support.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:46 PM   #4
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Interior for sale 01 330ci grey leather sport

check out my post on craigslist, please.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:52 PM   #5
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Good luck with the build!

I'm doing the same thing here on the east coast.... Like you, I plan to use the car for HPDE this year with the goal of being ready for SE46 by next year. If it were just the car I was prepping, the timetable would be a lot shorter. It's the driver prep that will take some time for me.

Mine is an 03 sedan... I've done front and rear control arms. FCABs and RTABs, put in a temporary coil over set up to replace the original 140K worn out suspension, and I'm currently refreshing connecting rod bushings, installing a 4 bolt oil pump and baffled pan.

Hope to see you on the track someday!
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:11 PM   #6
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My plan is to attend 8 NASA Great Lakes/MidWest HPDE events and a BMWCCA competition school. I have already done a cooling system refresh and a complete brake job with stainless steel lines, solid guide bushings, caliper rebuild, Hawk pads, new rotors and ATE brake fluid. Biggest issue I was having was hitting my helmet on the sunroof.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:12 AM   #7
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Been working on the interior when time permits. With the dash off I installed new AKG Motorsports delrin clutch and brake pedal bushings.
short videos showing before and after new bushings.



what a big differance.



Welcome suggestions from anyone with build experience as this is my first build.
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:17 PM   #8
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how difficult was the bushing install?
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:13 PM   #9
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I did the AKG Clutch bushings also.... it wasn't too bad. The hardest part was getting the stupid little spring clip that holds the bushings in place to snap back in. I think I fooled around with that for about 30 mins before I breaking out the needle nose pliers and re-bending the metal to make it fit better. Start to finish it was a little over an hour to complete the clutch pedal. I haven't done the brake pedal yet
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:18 PM   #10
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My plan is to attend 8 NASA Great Lakes/MidWest HPDE events and a BMWCCA competition school. I have already done a cooling system refresh and a complete brake job with stainless steel lines, solid guide bushings, caliper rebuild, Hawk pads, new rotors and ATE brake fluid. Biggest issue I was having was hitting my helmet on the sunroof.

I'm on a similar path with the HPDE and BMWCCA Comp school plan.

Pull that sunroof out as soon as you can. Removing the sunroof was one of the 1st things I did... that thing puts a ton of weight right were you least want it.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:10 AM   #11
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Spec46 IM me on facebook with phone# I can explain how I did it very easy in 30min. ragtop sunroof is out. A friend is going to help me make a model and make a fiberglass filler panel.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:15 AM   #12
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I'm on a similar path with the HPDE and BMWCCA Comp school plan.

Pull that sunroof out as soon as you can. Removing the sunroof was one of the 1st things I did... that thing puts a ton of weight right were you least want it.
Doesn't BMWCCA require at least 10 BMWCCA events in the last 24 months for a w2w license? I think with NASA you can make the jump from HPDE4 with one of their Friday schools. Interested to hear your opinions, as I am interested in moving towards the same path.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:25 AM   #13
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mostly just doing NASA events, did 4 events last year, starting out this year in HPDE2 and plan on driving 8 events. Was thinking either BMWCCA school or Mid Ohio which is NASA's school for the Mid-West/Great Lakes.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #14
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rear window motor delete on coupe

I have been gutting the interior and decided to remove the motors that open and close the rear windows. This left the windows hanging open so I needed to find a way to secure them. I posted a question on FaceBook SpecE46 page asking others what they had done. James Clay was nice enough to post some pics of what Bimmerworld had done which got me thinking. I used some flat 1"w aluminum stock, plastic knob and elevator bolt all from my local Ace Hardware store. The cool thing about the elevator bolt is the head size was similar to the BMW part and is flat. I bent the bracket in a vice and extended down to an existing bolt hole. A large rubber washer between the elevator bolt on the outside and the large fender washer on the inside. The plastic know allows me to open the window without tools if needed. I will need to give the head a coat of paint when it warms up.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:13 AM   #15
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M3 mirrors

Lots of discussion on FB about outside mirrors. Evan Levine posted some pics on the Spec E46 FB page of some mirrors he got on Ebay. I liked they way they looked and the price. Not too bad in quality and because I ordered the manual version I would not have to deal with the mirror controller on the door panels I was going to have to fabricate.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:56 AM   #16
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Door panels

I know! Three post in one day. Trying to get caught up on posting progress. Flight canceled due to snow so I have some down time. Because I'm doing my build in stages I elected to keep the windows in the car as I will be driving it to HPDE events with NASA GreatLakes/Mid-West region. The rules state if you remove door cards and keep windows it must be covered with at least .06 aluminum panel. I got a 4'x8' sheet from NGlantz for $80! Im also making a cover for the rear shelf and seat area. I also didn't like the looks and functionality of using the latch from the door card and just bolting it to the door like I have seen others do. What I really liked was the latches in Porsche GT3 cup cars. Using some scrape aluminum .9 and old bicycle parts I fabricated my own latch. I was able to cut the end of the door cable and shorten the housing without removing it from the door. If anyone is interested can provide more details but it was pretty easy. I plan on covering the panel with carbon fiber vinyl and changing the latch pull strap to red when I get a chance to make it to the fabric store.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #17
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Tom does great work! check him out at http://f-51gtphoto.smugmug.com/
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:43 AM   #18
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Stopped by last week and meet with Eric at EFab. Thanks Chad Clay for telling me about EFAb. After meeting with Eric have decide to have him build my cage instead of Mark McMahan Autosport. Mark is also 6hrs away and Eric is 30min. I have also decided to make some changes to my build plan after talking with Eric. Looking forward to working with EFab on my build.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:02 AM   #19
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Car is looking good Bill! I'll have to stop by soon and check out the door cards!
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:04 AM   #20
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how difficult was the bushing install?
Install took about 1hr. Remove bolt holding switch bracket to clutch bracket (nut is welded to bracket) remove clip from brake pedal connection to hydraulics, remove plastic pin connecting clutch pedal to hydraulics. Disconnect both springs. Then remove 3 nuts holding the entire pedal assembly and lower the entire assembly. Then with it on the bench it is simple to remove the clips and replace the bushings. I noticed that other manufactures bushings sometimes also require a shim, the AKG bushings don't and fit perfect!
http://www.akgmotorsport.com/catalog...ion%2FBushings
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