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Old 09-01-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2004 325xi
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Hey guys, my name's Chaddrich Freed, just call me Chadd or CFreed11, whichever.. live in the SW tip of Michigan, bout 2 hours out of Chicago.

Well I bought an '04 325xi back in March, and have finally started to get to it after saving up enough money. Previous owner wrecked it and the insurance company totaled it out, I got it fairly cheap and have finally started to put it back together.

Currently, she needs the following:
>>rear end of the frame pulled (rear ended, pinched the body just behind the rear doors)
>>new rear lower control arms (somebody lifted the back end with a fork truck and bent both rear lowers, the left side has been straightened a little, but I'm getting new ones for both sides)
>>probably needs a new a/c condenser (old one is pretty banged up)

I already have the new body parts, (driver side front fender, hood, headlights) including an M3 style front bumper and rear wing. Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs are on the way (just ordered today)

She's no prom queen, but I see the potential! Well here's pics from start to her current state:

Sorry if that's too many pics..I may have gotten carried away.. Hopefully it won't be too long before she's on the road!
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:32 AM   #2
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Congrats, hope you got an awesome price on it too, looks like you've got a lot of work to do. All in all it doesn't seem to be in too bad of a shape for a total but of course these days you don't have to cause a whole lot of damage for that label. Best of luck on the project though, there's plenty of resources to be utilized here as long as you've got the time and motivation to pull them off.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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Just leave the AC out. Saves weight. Good luck.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:15 PM   #4
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I got the car for $5500, and have shelled out about $1000 or so in parts.. So I feel like I've gotten a pretty good deal so far considering kbb list the car from a dealership at well over twice what I've paid. I just got the rear lower control arms in today, and with the 3-day weekend coming up, I'm hoping I can have the body work started before the end of the weekend. Lowering springs shipped out today and I should have them in a week..

The interior is in excellent shape, there was no broken glass and the airbags didn't deploy, so the only thing wrong with the interior is some clean-up in the cup holders and shampooing the floor up front.

I get my bonus from work in about two weeks, so I'm hoping she's ready for paint by then and my bonus money can go towards a custom paint!

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Old 09-09-2010, 09:17 PM   #5
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Spend your time and money getting the frame and body just right. If you skip out there, you'll never be happy with how the car handles, no matter how much money you put into it. Its a great DD and holds its own in the winter! Enjoy!
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