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Old 10-29-2016, 10:55 PM   #1
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"Blu" '03 330Ci Race Car Build Thread

My name is Lukas, I am a 43 year old German engineer living in Oklahoma. I have been eyeing E36 and E46 BMW's for a while to buy as a project car and finally found a good match.

The plan is to turn the car into a race car for HPDE (High Performance Driving Events) and then see further. The most important part for me is the building process itself. I am going to try to fabricate as much as I can myself and keep the budget as low as possible. I know there is a lot of awesome parts out there and I could easily throw 50K at the car but that's not going to happen. I am however willing to invest a lot of time and effort and learn a lot of things in the process.

"Blu", as my wife named her, is a 2003 Orient blue 330CI that had been stolen from the previous owner and then recovered and put up for auction as a theft recovery with a salvage title. Whoever stole her took her for a joyride that ended with an impact on the passage side, apparently pretty evenly since there is scratches and dings across the whole side from front to rear fender. Both wheels on that side had damage to the lip but only cosmetic, they still held air. This is what she looked like when I picked her up from the auction.





The interior is in good condition and everything works except the back light of the radio display, I guess I can live with that, especially in a race car.



I fixed the broken passenger side mirror and gave her a bath and come to find out, Orient Blue Metallic is an awesome color.



I got her tagged and titled and bought a key from a local BMW dealer and drover her to work for a week. She drives pretty good, the engine is smooth and strong. I decided to take her to an autocross event.




That went well until the left lower control arm bushing decided to disintegrate so I limped home. I guess it had been damaged in the joyride that the thief took her on. It was time to take her off the road and start the build.

Step 1: Engine Removal and rebuild

At this point the engine and transmission (automatic) are removed from the car and I will start the disassembly and rebuild in the next few days. The next post will update on the progress.

Front end removed:


Engine on the hoist:


Engine out:



to be continued...
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Old 10-31-2016, 12:20 AM   #2
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This is going in a good direction!
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:09 AM   #3
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I wouldn't crack that motor open unless it has a known problem. I would tell you to purchase an ATI Super Damper from VAC Motorsports the next time they have a 10% off sale, that will bring the cost down to $720. Also wire tie the OPN on while the motors out, give some consideration to the VAC baffled oil pan.

Those 2 or 3 working together will yield a relatively bulletproof motor for all of your tracking endeavors.


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