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    ADE’S E36 #BMW-323i-E36 / #BMW / #BMW-323i

    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
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    Graham Leigh

    Awesome tuned BMW 328i Coupe E36/2

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, April 26 2020

    Awesome BMW 328i Coupe E36/2 Styled and tuned Santorini beauty. It’s not often we have someone writing about their own car for us, but who better to really get into all those little details? And with such a magnificently modded E36 328i Coupe, Graham Leigh is the perfect person to ensure everything is shipshape. Words: Graham Leigh. Photos: Rob Schaverien.

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    Elizabeth

    605whp turbo BMW M3 Coupe E36

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, April 25 2020

    Dripping with raw aggression and with a massively modded turbocharged S52 pushing out a monster 605whp, this full-on E36 M3 is an absolute beast. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Daniel Piker.

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    Daniel 1982

    Wide Arched BMW 328i Coupe E36

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, March 31 2020

    When we buy our first cars, we all dream about building something that’s cool enough to bag a magazine feature someday. But for Korrakot Buachan, simply dreaming wasn’t quite enough… Words Daniel Bevis. Photography SerialOne.

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    BMW E36 step-by-step – replacement of the ABS sensor

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, March 12 2020

    This time out we show you how to tackle a common issue on the E36 step-by-step – replacement of the ABS sensor.... Words & Photography: Andrew Everett.

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    PAUL WALKER KNEW A THING OR TWO ABOUT E-S

    / #BMW-M3-Lightweight-E36 / #BMW-M3-E36 / / #BMW-M3-Lightweight / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW / #BMW-M3-Lightweight-Paul-Walker-E36 / #Paul-Walker / #Paul-Walker-E36

    The late actor Paul Walker, arguably best known for his work in the Fast & Furious series, continues to influence the motoring world in 2020 as his iconic car collection crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. Walker had collected all sorts of cool stuff, both stock and modified, including an E30 M3, the Nissan 370Z from Fast Five, a big-power R32 Skyline, and a Mustang Boss 302 race car – but the big story is that, weirdly, he’d collected five examples of the E36 M3 Lightweight. This limited edition model, of which fewer than 130 were built, was a stripped-out road racer, and Walker seemed to think it had strong investment potential. He was right. The previous auction record for one of these was $145,750, but when Walker’s cars went under the hammer in January, sale prices ranged from $220,000 to $385,000.
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    2.4-litre 240bhp S14-swapped BMW E36 Coupe from Japan

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, February 01 2020

    The Japanese consider the E36 318iS to be the German AE86, due to its great handling and low power, so does fitting a race-bred S14 engine into this one make it the equivalent of Takumi’s tofu delivery sledge? Words and photos: Chris Nicholls.

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