- Post is under moderationCAR: BMW / ANDREW EVERETT / #BMW-E36 TOURING / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E36
Quite a lot’s happened in the past month; there’s been a significant clear-out and all I’m left with is the blue E32 730i and the green 318i Touring. The black E90, which I never gelled with (not a bad car, but too difficult to fi x, even in basic 320i guise), and the purple 318ti Compact have left the building. The latter is with its new owner somewhere in Scotland.
That Compact was a nice thing, but I had no use for it; it was basically in the way, so the £800 I eventually got for it and some parts, will certainly prove of more, practical use. In fact, it owed me next to nothing and, after eight years and 75,000 miles of reliable motoring – including a dozen track days – it really did a sterling job!
I’ve been running an E87 118d for another motoring title, and that’s been an excellent car that’s taken the heat off the green E36 Touring, which will need some welding before the next MoT comes around.
The backs of the sills are pretty much knackered and, while the brown, body-lightening disease is spreading around the rest of it quite well (rear arches mainly), I couldn’t care less about that. But want the car to be sound enough to pass the MoT.
It’s been very reliable, of course (more so than the much younger E90), but a clonk and a loud rattle from the rear signified a broken rear shock top mount. This took an hour to fi x at most, and minimal cost as I have a box of them in the workshop. But, with 175,000 miles now showing on the clock, it continues to be a most useful vehicle that does just about everything.
Has anything arrived though? Well, nothing of note. As another warning about the dangers of buying cars unseen from salvage auctions, I chanced my arm on what was badged as a ‘330Ci Coupé’ – not bad for £275, and ideal for a few laps of Croft. The trouble is, it wasn’t. Had I been wearing my reading specs, I’d have noticed that it was actually a 2.2 320Ci. Upon collection, it turned out to be complete rubbish. Still, I pulled it to bits, sold the engine, diff ’, wheels and panels, quickly tripling my investment. But I struggled to get £60 for the black leather trim. Ah well, you live and learn…
Unfortunately, not a 330Ci. That’ll teach me to buy ‘unseen’!
My #BMW-318ti-Compact has moved to Scotland. It was a great little car that served me well. / #BMW-318ti-Compact-E36
Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationBEN’S BMW-E36 / TOURING / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E36
After some time using the poor E36 daily it ended up with quite a ‘to-do’ list that I wanted to get ticked off. So, towards the end of the summer the E36 came off the road (thankfully I’ve since got a new daily).
The E36 had developed a bit of a rattle but one that seemed similar to a customer’s car. So, when disassembling his for repair, I was able to clue myself up as to what it was rattling on mine. The customer suspected worn rockers and supplied a set of #Schrick-DLC followers to fit; however I found that it was the rocker shafts that were really worn. They were in a right state. So I ordered a pair of new rocker shafts for mine, along with a full set of #Schrick DLC followers – not a cheap exercise. I’d noticed mild flat-spotting on mine and seeing as I was taking them out, it was a good time to upgrade.
After raiding the shelves at Hack Engineering I was ready to tackle the rest. I had a leaky sump gasket to replace, a new oil cooler to fit, a new CSF radiator to fit, a coolant temperature sensor to relocate, a new brake servo vacuum hose to fit and so on – lots of relatively small jobs that mount up. To ensure easy access to the sump and to make sure it went back on cleanly (to avoid further leaks) I dropped the whole front crossmember, steering rack, wishbones, the lot. A new sump gasket went on and everything was built back up with new Meyle HD wishbones, new Meyle HD steering arms, new Mondeo drop links, and I also changed the front springs to 10kg/mm items and fitted #BC-Racing topmounts that allow for both camber and caster adjustment.
Next on the list was the oil cooler, and while I was at it I removed the whole oil filter housing, gave it a good clean up and refitted it with a new gasket, filter and O-rings. The cooler itself is a Mocal 25-row item, running -10 lines that #Pro-Line-Motorsport knocked up for me.
Once the engine top end work was complete and the oil cooler lines were run, it was time for the stunning CSF radiator. My previous alloy radiator had sagged and was leaking. The #CSF item is a big upgrade. Fitment was spot-on and was completed with a 16” electric fan.
The final addition was a #VAC-Motorsports temperature sensor manifold. Previously the temperature sensor feeding my clocks was tapped into the thermostat housing so this new piece relocated it to be completely hidden underneath the intake. Now it’s time to add fluids and go – more on that next time.
/ #Hack-Engineering www.hackengineering.co.uk
/ Pro-Line Motorsport www.prolinemotorsport.co.ukStream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationCLEAN LIVING
Exceedingly smooth and bagged E36. Clean and smooth, this head-turning Touring is brimming with individual touches that really help it stand out from the crowd. Photos: Si Gray. Words: Elizabeth de Latour.
You know what really impresses us when we visit a show? It’s not the wild, no-holds-barred builds that get all the attention and steal all the headlines (though they are undeniably impressive), it’s actually the cars that look great but their owners have taken a much more modest route to making that happen. These builds are all about the subtle, individual touches that really make them stand out and allow their builders to put their own mark on their projects.
Take Andy Guyett’s E36 Touring, for example. There’s no wild body kit, no custom three-piece wheels, nothing outlandish, but it just looks so good and while the applied mods appear to be quite simple at first glance, there’s definitely a lot more here than meets the eye…
“I’ve always been into cars, never football,” begins Andy, “as growing up I was always around cars; my two brothers had all sorts of cool Yank stuff and while I never followed them down that road I have had all sorts of cars over the years. I started off with a white Opel Manta GTE when I was 18 followed by a Fiesta XR2 after which I decided to build something, which took the shape of a 1971 Cali-look Beetle. I ran it as a daily and it wasn’t great as it was very low and just not very well-suited to the task.”
The Beetle was followed by another couple of classic VWs before Andy decided to come over to the Bavarian way of life. “My friend bought an E30,” he explains, “and I loved it. It looked cool so I sold the Beetle I had at the time and bought myself a champagne E30 320i four-door with brown velour seats.” That might not sound like the sexiest of places to start but it ticked Andy’s boxes and started him on the road of BMW ownership which, almost six and a half years ago, led to the purchase of the 323i Touring you see before you.
“My girlfriend had a Clio at the time and after the cambelt snapped twice in two years we decided to get shot of it. The garage where I found this E36 for sale did a straight swap for the Clio and I had a good feeling about the car, it just felt right.” His gut was clearly on the money considering the Touring is still a part of the family, and while it had been purchased bone stock, the fact that Andy had modified every car he’d owned in some way meant that it was not going to remain that way for long. “I always knew what I wanted to do,” says Andy, “but I didn’t know I would go this far with it!”
The styling has been given plenty of attention and this Touring wears a blend of different parts that all combine to give it a seriously meaty look. Step one to its outstanding freshness is a full respray in its original shade of Orient blue and then comes the onslaught of Sport addenda, with genuine front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wide door trims.
The Sport additions make a big difference to the Touring’s looks just on their own, but these have been further enhanced with another layer of styling. Up front, a replica AC Schnitzer deep splitter has been added and this is matched at the rear with a replica #ACS boot spoiler, while a set of genuine ACS mirrors with custom decals complete the Schnitzer triumvirate, and the splitter, diffuser and roof bars have all been painted in Azurite black, which changes from black to blue in the light, adding a subtle individual aspect to proceedings.
The arches have been rolled (you can see why, with the rears receiving a bit of a pull) and there’s been a lot of smoothing going on across the body. The bonnet badge has gone, as has the boot badge and the model inscription. The side repeaters have been removed and smoothed, the petrol filler flap has been smoothed and the rear wiper has been removed altogether, using the first ever Kill All Wipers kit for the E36 Touring. The end result is a car that’s smoother than a wellused bar of soap. The finishing touches are the all-red rear lenses, angel eye headlights and pre-face-lift nosecone. You may have also noticed that Andy is all about those orange highlights, with the custom decals on his mirrors carrying orange script, his stickers printed in orange, the amber front indicator lenses and the flashes of orange paint on his calipers.
That’s something he’s carried through into the interior too. In fact, there have been some big changes in here and the first thing that hits you are the Recaro CS front seats because they look awesome; big sporty seats always make a big statement and act as a centrepiece for car’s interior, which is why it’s so disappointing when high performance models don’t have them, but always exciting when someone’s gone to the effort of fitting a set in their car. Here they sit on custom subframes made by Hard Knocks Speed Shop, while the rear bench has been trimmed to match the half-leather finish of the front seats and fitted with different headrests.
The headlining and A-pillars have been finished in an Alcantara-style material and the doorcard inserts, glovebox lid and trim, centre console, driver’s knee roll and inner mirror covers have all been trimmed in black fauxsuede; it makes for an extremely luxuriousfeeling interior. That’s impressive enough on its own, but that’s not even the half of it; Andy has replaced all of the previously grey interior trim panels with black ones and that includes the entire dash itself, which makes the whole interior look infinitely smarter and he has also replaced the carpet with a black one, none of which is no small job.
The steering wheel has been retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels, with perforated leather on the sides, Nappa leather on the top and bottom sections, M tricolour stitching and an orange centre marker. A Schmiedmann suede handbrake gaiter has been fitted and Andy has also retro-fitted the 18-button OBC and the start button from a Honda S2000. We’re not done in here yet because the lacklustre standard audio has received a serious upgrade, with an Alpine head unit hooked up to a set of orange-coned Hertz three-way components, powered by no less than two JL Audio amps along with a 12” JL sub in the boot, which is also where you’ll find the simple air install with just the single polished tank on display.
“I had HSD coilovers before the air,” says Andy as we move onto discussing his comprehensive chassis mods, “but it was going to the Players show that helped me make the decision to switch to air. I saw so many cars on air-ride, including Ed Johnston’s E36 Touring back when it was cream, and knew that was what I wanted. I ended up buying a three-month-old kit from one of Riiva Design’s cars, an Air Lift setup with V2 management and I fitted it over a long weekend with my son Tom and a friend of mine.”
The air-ride is just the tip of the iceberg, though, as the front end has been fitted with polybushed lollipops and ARB mounts with E30 front wishbones and an ECS Tuning strut brace under the bonnet. The whole rear end has been fully polybushed, with SPC Performance adjustable rear camber arms and an M3 rear anti-roll bar plus a set of Phoenix Motorsport rear damper reinforcement plates. The brakes haven’t been forgotten about either, with an E46 330Ci front setup plus an M3 servo and master cylinder and Goodridge hoses all-round.
With the wheels, Andy went through five or six sets before he settled on these 18” M Parallels: “I started off with some 17” Alpina reps, then I had BBS RKs, ACS Type 3 reps, all sorts, but I’d always liked the Paras,” he says. “They look like a strong wheel and these ones are in a staggered fitment from the E38 7 Series. I had to have the rear hubs shaved in order to be able to get them to fit under the arches.” M Parallels are the perfect example of a very clean, simple, classic design that works well on everything and looks good on everything, and in this particular staggered 18” form with diamond cut faces and lips they look absolutely stunning on this Touring.
Finally we come to the engine and, while there’s not a lot going on under the bonnet at the moment, with just a DaveF induction kit and 328i manifold-back exhaust, Andy has some big plans for that M52: “I’m really happy with the styling but now I want to make it go faster and I’m currently building an #M52B28 – I’ve actually had the engine for almost two years now,” he laughs. “The head will be gas-flowed, there will be a stainless exhaust manifold, an Alpina527 adapted M50 intake manifold, a Hark Knocks Speed Shop custom exhaust and I’ll get it remapped by Enda Ward at End Tuning.” That lot will add up to one pretty impressive lump that will definitely endow this Touring with some proper performance.
This really is a seriously nice car. It’s got a perfect blend of mods that combine to give it some real presence and plenty of individuality, all while retaining the essence of the E36 Touring. Andy’s built himself a cracking machine and the engine swap he’s got up his sleeve will be the icing on an extremely tasty cake…
DATA FILE #BMW / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-323i-Touring / #BMW-323i-Touring-E36 / #BMW-323i-E36 / #BMW-323iA-Touring-E36 / #BMW-323iA / #BMW-323iA-E36 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 /
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 2.5-litre straight-six #M52B25 / #M52 / #BMW-M52 , #DaveF induction kit, 328i manifold-back exhaust, five-speed auto gearbox #ZF5HP / #ZF
CHASSIS 8x18” (front) and 9.5x18” (rear) #Style-37M-Parallel wheels with diamond cut faces and lips with 215/40 (front) and 225/40 (rear) Kumho Ecsta tyres, #Air-Lift-Performance #Airride with #Air-Lift-V2 management, front strut brace, polybushed front lollipops and #ARB mounts, E30 front wishbones, fully polybushed rear end, #SPC-Performance adjustable rear camber arms, M3 rear anti-roll bar, #Phoenix-Motorsport rear damper reinforcement top plates, E46 330Ci front brakes, M3 servo/master cylinder, Goodridge braided hoses (front and rear), #BMW hardlines (front and rear)
EXTERIOR Full respray in original Orient blue metallic, bonnet badge removed and smoothed, pre-face-lift front nosecone, angel eye headlights with shrouded HID projectors, Sport front bumper, replica #AC-Schintzer deep front splitter, AC Schnitzer door mirrors with custom decals, side repeaters removed and smoothed, Sport side skirts, smoothed petrol flap, Sport wide door trims, Sport rear bumper, replica AC Schnitzer rear spoiler, all-red rear lenses, boot badge removed and smoothed, 323i badge removed, Kill All Wipers rear wiper delete, arches rolled all-round and rears pulled, front splitter, rear diffuser and roof bars painted in #BMW Azurite black, LED number plate lights
INTERIOR #Recaro-CS front seats on custom Hard Knocks Speed Shop subframes, rear bench retrimmed/coloured to match fronts, different rear headrests, all interior panels and carpet changed from grey-to-black, headlining and A-pillars recovered in black faux-Alcantara, doorcard inserts, glovebox lid and trim, centre console, drivers knee roll and inner mirror covers trimmed in black fauxsuede, Royal Steering Wheels retrimmed Sport steering wheel with M stitching and orange centre stripe, Schmiedmann suede handbrake gaiter, Sport inner sill covers custom painted in BMW Azurite black, Honda S2000 start button, retro-fitted 18-button OBC, #Alpine-CDA-9887R head unit, 2x JL Audio amps, Hertz threeway components, JL Audio 12” sub, LED bulbs
INTERIOR Big thanks to my son Tom Guyett, good friends Cliff Judson and Sam Hendrie for their continued help with the car and my fiancé Fiona for her patience with a stream of car parts in the front room and my constant absence! Dips at Custom Cars for his huge efforts with the paint and body mods, Richard at Ruislip Tyres for his sterling efforts getting the wheels ready (twice!) and constant tyre swapping, Ray Boultwood, Neil Chapman and all the members of BMWEnthusiasts forum for the (usually!) kind words during the build and for the camaraderie at meets and Badger Bourton of Hard Knocks Speed Shop for his outstanding fabrication skillsStream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationBEN’S E36 #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW
Project cars are always a test of patience and often I feel like the E36 punishes me for any hopes I have of components holding on. For example, I recently spotted that my power steering high pressure line was weeping quite badly. One to fix another day, or so I thought… Upon touching full lock while in the car park of the local post office there was a loud pop and a very sudden weight to the steering. At first I thought the aux belt had come off – a problem I’d had recently due to a pulley failure. However, the red ATF all over the car park told me all I needed to know: the high pressure line had given up, shooting the entire fluid contents of the power steering system in every direction possible. After some profuse apologies to the post office staff and my best attempt at mopping the Tarmac, I limped my way home.
Luckily I knew just the man to get it sorted: Mitch Plowman at Pro-Line Motorsport. I’d been at Pro-Line only a couple of weeks previously for a full outfitting of new brake lines and had even mentioned to Mitch that I’d be back for power steering lines – I just didn’t realise quite how soon. Despite being up to his elbows in race preparation on his own car, I had an appointment sorted in minutes, and gathered what parts I had ready for a trip to his Surrey HQ just two days later.
As this had been a planned upgrade for some time, I already had a Moroso aluminium fluid reservoir with AN fittings ready to go in. Mitch wasted no time in removing all of the old lines and reservoir, before making a bracket for the new one and starting the process of measuring and assembling lines.
Having had problems with the fluid temperature in the past, I had a universal Mishimoto cooler as part of the old system. This was binned in favour of a very smart Mocal seven-row fluid cooler, of course plumbed-in with the good stuff: finest quality braided hoses and AN fittings. Mitch mounted the cooler and in what seemed like next to no time, the entire system was complete and ready for fluid. Straight away the steering felt improved. The old setup had been noisy due to cavitation occurring from the leaky high pressure line, but with Mitch’s handiwork the steering is now silent in operation, leak-free and I shouldn’t have any more problems with temperatures on track. Of course it also looks much better too. Problem solved, and then some. Pro-Line to the rescue!
THANKS AND CONTACT
www.prolinemotorsport.co.ukStream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderation/ #BMW / #BMW-3-Series / BEN’S E36 #S54 TOURING / #BMW-3-Series-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E36 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-S54 / #BMW-M3-Touring / #BMW-M3-Touring-E36 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E36 /
It’s been a little while since I managed to put something together for this section, and unfortunately that’s simply because I haven’t done an awful lot with the car! It’s currently serving duties as my daily driver and work van during a workshop relocation.
That said, the summer evenings have come in handy for ticking some items off the list – mainly more track preparation and weight reduction. I had previously kept the front half of the car in ‘comfy’ format – the Sparco seats and Momo steering wheel were essentially the only changes, but the time had come to remove the carpet, dash underside trims, headlining and to strip down the wiring loom.
The head unit, speakers and associated wiring were also removed, along with the glovebox and the Hack Engineering store cupboards were raided for a Hard Motorsport battery kill switch panel which was duly fitted and wired in, completing the first stage of interior work. The next addition came courtesy of a fantastic firm local to me, Pro-Line Motorsport. The brainchild of Mitch Plowman, Pro-Line was set up to offer everything from braided brake clutch lines to full motorsport vehicle-outfitting, covering everything from oil lines and coolers to bespoke fuel systems.
The mission was simple – I was after one of Pro-Line’s E36 ABS delete kits but I wanted to run it inside the car rather than underneath, minimising potential damage and easing maintenance. I offered to lend a hand and so turned up at Mitch’s unit near Redhill in Surrey bright and early one morning to get cracking. When the fluid was drained I removed the original solid brake lines and ABS unit while Mitch measured up the new lines. The fronts were plumbed directly from the master cylinder, while the line to the rear meets a bulkhead connector on the passenger side of the engine bay.
Moving inside, we ran a line down under the dash to the new Tilton bias valve that Mitch supplied, and into the back. Here it split down to another pair of bulkhead connectors and down to the calipers.
To say Mitch is OCD about his work would be an understatement – as the photos will show, everything is precisely measured, incredibly neat and completely symmetrical. All fittings are swaged and, also, all of Mitch’s lines have a lifetime warranty. The system was bled through with Motul RBF600, checked over and I was ready for a test drive.
The difference all of it has made is absolutely astounding. I didn’t find brake feel a problem before, but the improvement is night and day, and I’m enjoying not having the ABS cut in at inappropriate moments – finally I can use the WP Pro brake setup to full affect. If you want the same for your car, all you need to do is give Mitch a ring – the under-car kits are also available through Hack Engineering.
THANKS & CONTACT #Pro-Line-Motorsport 0208 4064237 / www. prolinemotorsport. co. uk / #Hack-Engineering / www. hackengineering. co. uk /
Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.