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Old 02-25-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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E46 M3 GTR Street Car - Build Thread

Please be aware this is a VERY picture intensive build thread.

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The following build thread is the conversion of an E46 M3 into an E46 M3 GTR Street Car. Unlike most “GTR” conversion, you see people make, this is meant to be as close to factory as possible using parts that are available today. Unfortunately, some parts will have to be aftermarket, as the OE parts are no longer made or were never available.

This build is planned to be completed hopefully within the next two years to be a showcase car for the 2016 event that I am planning for the E46 M3. As with my other build to make a CSL, a fully document process of the change will be posted here along with another in-depth build sheet.

I hope you enjoy the process and I welcome questions and ideas, as my hope is to make this somewhat a community project. By this, I mean ideas are welcome but in the end may not be used due to time, cost, or just too far out there. Those enthusiasts who wish to help / learn in this build process are welcome to come out and help once the build begins.

What is a GTR Street Car?
The E46 M3 GTR street car was made for BMW to compete in the Le Mans Race Series. For a complete history on these cars there is some website that offer limited data. The few image that exist are pictured below. Love or hate looks, this is the plan on what the car will look like once I am done. A note is that some changes will be made as to accommodate parts being used and some customizing to make unique.













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Old 02-25-2014, 02:24 PM   #2
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The Project Car
The car that is being used for the body of this project has been around on the M3forums for a while. I am stating off with a 2003 E46 M3 in manual and 133K on the motor.
There will be a lot of parts for sale soon from this car in order to fun the build. If you need parts, please check the for sale section to offer your support in this build.

The donor parts car will be a E9X M3 for the motor transmission and other bits. This is still in the process of being scourced.

Project Cars History
The car I was told started off life with screen name Mr. wolfe. Here are the images I could find of the car online at the beginning. No history beyond this:









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The car then was passed on to M3froums member spumoniM3

















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The last M3forum member to have the car before me was Tsnipe. Images of the car Set 1:































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The last M3forum member to have the car before me was Tsnipe. Images of the car Set 2:































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Car moving out west

Car was packed up and shipped out west to start its new life on the other side of the US. The car as you see in the images needs some TLC but over all in is in good shape for what is needed.













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IN. Your CSL rep is amazing so I can't wait to see this progress
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Adam, that ///M is happy you found it I know this will be an awesome build! Looking forward to seeing progress...
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It looks like it needed someone to love it again. Glad it has a good home now.
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I don't see the asthetic appeal in the E46 M3 GTR, but I can definitely appreciate this build. I'll be following up on it, and hope you get the performance parts to boot! Good luck, I'll contribute any way I can.
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I don't see the asthetic appeal in the E46 M3 GTR, but I can definitely appreciate this build. I'll be following up on it, and hope you get the performance parts to boot! Good luck, I'll contribute any way I can.
The looks I admit are a love it or hate it. The 1M is the same way until I saw it in person and then I bough one. Hopefully after the car is built there will be more love then hate. If not oh well, it will be my ugly duckling as it where =)
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hope to see the csl car soon.. lol come down with matt one of these days, to napa. the GTR i agree is a love or hate thing. with that v8 im sure its more of a love then hate affair haha
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