ADE’S E36 #BMW-323i-E36
As clean as the #BMW-E36
was, original owner Malcolm had a few mishaps with it in his later days of ownership. Nothing serious, but a bump on the front and rear corners were enough to persuade the 90-year-old to give up driving and sell up. Fast forward a few months and I’ve sorted the basics, had some fun on track and now I’m ready to freshen up the cosmetics.
As much as I like the simple SE looks I do prefer the Sport styling, and when both front and rear bumpers were required I couldn’t bring myself to not have some M3 influence coming into play! Up front, a cheap but surprisingly good-quality reproduction bumper was bought new from eBay for under £100. Complete with all fittings, trim and even an M3 Evo splitter it’s a total bargain! At the rear, the M3 rear bumper is subtly different in its shape towards the lower edges with a boxier design, plus there’s also the obvious rear diffuser. This isn’t such a bargain new, so a good used example was sourced locally. Same goes for the ‘twist’ side skirts, which will nicely bulk out the sills. The nose cone was also damaged, so the chance was taken to fit a new pre-facelift version which houses more discreet sunken grilles. Lower down the 323i’s front end was also personalised with some amber crystal fog lights. An unusual touch, but one which perfectly suits the car’s colour scheme.
With all the parts collected it was time to deliver it to a capable #bodyshop
, and there are few places more on the ball than #KD-Kustoms
in Lochgelly, Fife. Just down the road from Driftland and more than used to dealing with old cars, drift cars and E36s in particular, they really are the right team for the job. A full respray would be nice in an ideal world, but this is meant to be a budget fun car, so Neil and the team got to work on repairing and blending-in the areas which needed TLC. Tricky areas like the rear quarter with its integrated seam were pulled out and tidied expertly. The rear arches were also trimmed and sealed around the inner lip as I was having hassle with rubbing. It wasn’t even tyre rubbing, but instead the actual wheel lip!
With spray gun guru Toole finished applying the fresh Canyon red metallic it was time for assembly and then on to KD’s sister company, HyperKleen, for a full detailing session by Kara. The results speak for themselves and are way beyond what I ever expected from a budget tidy up job. Now the E36 is back to the condition it was in for most of Malcolm’s ownership, just now with a bit of an M3 flavour sprinkled on!
The E36 ready for its transformation. The E36 was delivered to KD Kustoms for its makeover. Damaged areas were repaired prior to the fitting of the M3 parts. M3 bumper looks great and Ade has added some amber foglights as well. Replica M3 bumper with Evo splitter. The E36 was treated to a full detailing session. ‘Twist’ side skirts and M3 rear bumper