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Old 12-21-2018, 03:44 PM   #1
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My name is Nik and iím a project caroholic. I bought this 330i on ebay after randomly coming across it and getting the go ahead from the SO who thought itís cheaper than my usual asks.

The car was $2350 2001 330i with ~200k miles a bunch of small things wrong with it and some interesting goodies including dinan stuff. $1000 later it was in Houston and it turned out there are some major things wrong in addition to the small things. Pulled the front tower strut bar to find massive fractures. Okay time for putting it on jack stands
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:49 PM   #2
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After reading some more figured while fixing the front towers may as well do the rear subframe reinforcement and all bushings etc for hpde/spec. The subframe came out and at first it looked like only small hairline fractures around a few spot welds but cleaning up more reveled the truth
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:44 AM   #3
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Holy cats! Good luck. Clearly you're not afraid of diving in! Can't wait to follow this.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:56 AM   #4
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:07 PM   #5
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Clearly you're not afraid of diving in!

Well, i did drive it for ~30min before tires came off. Im definitely diving deep now
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:09 PM   #6
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Rear subframe painted. Good from far but far from good im terrible with a spray can but at least all surface rust will be gone for a while. Ready for delrin mounts and diff bushings
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:43 PM   #7
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What part of Houston are you in?
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:54 PM   #8
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Im in Spring, north side


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Old 12-23-2018, 07:45 AM   #9
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Wow. Not far from me, given Houston standards for distance.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:32 PM   #10
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Not much of an update. Delrin subframe and diff bushings are in. Putting them in the fridge makes it a lot easier (coefficient of linear thermal expansion for delrin is roughly 10 times that of steel). For the rear diff mount used a set of harbor freight front wheel bearing adapters and worked great.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:44 PM   #11
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:53 PM   #12
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Where in houston are you?
I'm just north of Willis (near Calvary Rd) about 10 miles north of Conroe.

Great work BTW. You going to cage it?
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:34 PM   #13
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Willis is close. Welcome to stop by nikís shop if interested *my wife got me the sign*
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:37 PM   #14
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Progress is slow but steady. A lot of the parts need some cleaning up so i have started a side project of restoring a sand blasting cabinet i got for cheap some time ago. Itís getting close to being usable now
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:45 PM   #15
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On the car side iíve been fighting getting the rear flanges out of the wheel bearings. They are unbelievably stuck. Broke a 3ton 3-jaw gear puller (stripped the threads on the main bore), tried a 5 ton and it didnt budge. Went to the 15 ton hydraulic and the arms were too long so tried with the arms from the 3ton and broke an arm finally used a torch for 15min and the 5 ton and it came off. That took probably 5 hours total. And this was just driver side. After that pressed out the trailing arm bushing (same HF front wheel bearing kit worked great) and got the knuckle top and bottom bushings out and the wheel bearing out. That was a lot of time just to disassemble the trailing arm. Are there some tricks i am missing? Or tools? I sure dont mind getting tools cuz now i have to do it all over again on passenger side
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Old 02-21-2019, 12:05 PM   #16
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Okay, i think I found a very efficient solution to remove the halfshaft from the hub. It was $40 prime shipped on amazon and beefy af. With a torch and a strong impact works great. Took 5min for driver side. For reference the bolt head is 1-1/8Ē. Beefy
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:06 PM   #17
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Gradually making my way through all the rear bushings and balljoints.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:55 PM   #18
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Slow progress. Got to test out the sand blasting cabinet even though i havent finished the lighting and vacuum system yet. Sure makes a difference
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:54 PM   #19
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subbed. great work thus far.

I recently bought my first E46 and had a friend do all of the hard work for me.

You may want to consider a 20-ton press from HF if you're regularly doing this work!

I have this press and it's a life saver. An oxy/acetylene combo is in the future for me as well as some other stuff.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:03 AM   #20
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Willis is close. Welcome to stop by nikís shop if interested *my wife got me the sign*
Hey Nik, I'd love to stop by sometime. I'm out of town this weekend, but other than that, I'd love to come by. You're probably not far off my commute home from work if you're there in the evenings.

Shoot me a PM.

Nice work BTW.
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