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Old 02-02-2015, 12:09 PM   #21
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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 02-06-2015, 08:54 PM   #22
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Door panel and latch

A couple of short videos showing the finished door panel and what the custom fabricated latch looks like behind the door panel.




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Old 02-12-2015, 09:47 AM   #23
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Northstar Motorsports

Visited Northstar with WindyCity BMWCCA. talked to John about the build and seats.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #24
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Hey Big Bill-

youre probably already past this point but in case you arent or someone else might find this interesting....a lot of people use heat guns to clean off the sound deadening. I found if you use dry ice and place it on the area that your working on for a few mins you can just hit it with a mallet and it will break apart. makes getting it off a lot easier and doesnt leave a residue.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:35 PM   #25
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rear seat/deck cover

I had purchased a 4'X8'X .06 aluminum sheet from NGlantz a sign supply company to make covers for the doors. I had some material leftover and didn't like the way the back seat deck area looked after gutting the interior so I decide to make a cover for it. I wasn't too concerned about the extra weight of the panel, maybe all of 10lbs. I used the plastic trim that I had removed to create the curved part of the cover next to the rear window. I then started with poster board to create a template and transferred it to cardboard. I had originally thought I would make the cover in two parts but decided that a one piece design would look and fit better. I transferred the outline to the aluminum and used a fine tooth jigsaw to cut it out. The one thing I needed help with was the bend. I went to a company that makes ductwork and had them bend it to my measured 63. I cleaned up the edges with a file and then sandpaper. I had left the rear headrest post and slipped 3/4" rubber chair leg tips so the aluminum could rest on it. After test fitting and fine tunning the shape I then used some small diameter vacuum tubing that I had slit and slipped it over the curved back area next to the rear window and anywhere it would come in contact with wires. After a couple more test fittings I then covered it with some carbonfiber vinyl. Using the two grounding bolts on both sides as the only mounting points used. It fits nice and snug.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:09 AM   #26
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Chicago auto show

Nothing to do with the build but got to meet one of my favorite drivers Tanner Foust. He even took the time to offer some drving suggestions to a newbie like me.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:44 PM   #27
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:22 PM   #28
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Picked up some OMP pedal covers at Northstar Motorsports. Perfect fit! Had to get longer bolts for the accelerator pedal.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:45 PM   #29
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Bought this book on the recommendation from SpecE46 on Facebook and Peter Krause. What a great book! Going to read Going Faster next
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:26 PM   #30
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I got speed secrets used for $3 on Amazon
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:53 PM   #31
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Found a 3.46 diff here on E46Fanatics, said it came with extras. Imagine my surprise when I pick it up with my Camry. Got it to fit with some help from Ryan the seller.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:29 AM   #32
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:30 PM   #33
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Have been finishing up the last of the interior details. Finally got around to fitting the eBay special M3 bumper. Was surprised that it didn't attach to the bumper support like the OEM bumper did, only a couple of screws and side support brackets. Any suggestions on a good/inexpensive DIY paint gun?
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:14 PM   #34
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I painted the interior of my car, and then the subframes with the cheap HF guns, and they worked well! I started with the larger one, but then went with the smaller to get into all the weird angles of the interior around a cage.

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Old 03-11-2015, 10:26 AM   #35
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Was looking at Harborfreight and Eastwood http://www.eastwood.com/evolution-hv...minum-cup.html
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:37 PM   #36
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Installed AKG MOTORSPORTS shifter and transmission mounts. Quality stuff! Went in easy! Feels great!
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:23 AM   #37
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Nice :thumb up: it's fun watching your build come along
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:25 AM   #38
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Nice work. I have to look into those brake and clutch bushings for when the time comes
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:12 AM   #39
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I can't say enough about what a great car/trackcar the E46 makes. Cars going for around 4k with 200k miles. the only thing I did to mine was complete cooling system refresh and brake overhaul. Fresh set of rubber before taking it on track. Checkout the SpecE46 Facebook group.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:45 PM   #40
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Installed AKG MOTORSPORTS shifter and transmission mounts. Quality stuff! Went in easy! Feels great!
Bill while at it, you might wanna remove the heat shields and all that stuff. Just an idea.
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