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Old 10-11-2017, 11:00 AM   #41
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Dropped the engine and parts off at the Machine shop


This was left on my front door step


Painting some parts


Believe it or not this frame has less rust on it than my current one on the car. Waiting to hear back from a few shops that can either acid dip this thing or glass media blast it. If the quotes are too high, back to grinding.




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Old 10-11-2017, 11:01 AM   #43
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I'm working with a guy now for a dustless glass media blasting job on it, lets see what he comes back with.

My rear subframe was from a clean 9-5 in texas with 40k miles on it, I suffed it and KBS seal coated it, then chassis top coated it. The lateral arms were brand new from GM for cheap, I scuffed them, KBS seal coated them and chassis top coat. So my rear subframe will never rust. I already scrubbed the underside of this car up to the firewall and seal coated it. I plan to go back underneath the car during the winter and do an inspection and touch up any areas that may need it.

Machine shop trip!
Engine block is perfect, no need for oversize bearing on the mains, the bore is spot on. My piston to wall clearance will be an exact 0.07mm.


Flywheel has had 6lbs taken out so it is now 15lbs



Head is absolutely perfect, not a single thing was out of spec, infact every part was exactly the same measurement.





I wrapped the exhaust manifold. I probably should have had it ceramic coated, but my friend is going through a bit of a rough patch right now and can't do it for me. First time wrapping.



Things will begin to pick up in the coming weeks.

Goals
November-December - Interior tear down, carpets out, headliner, speakers, sound deadening improvment, dash fascia swap, new stereo

January-February - Rear suspension upgrades, undercoating check over, front suspension upgrades

March - Vinyl wrap car

March-April - prepare engine for pull through the top

May 3rd - Engine pull day (my birthday)

May-June - engine bay prep, repaint engine bay, assess what needs to be done

June - engine drop in, hopefully give it its first crank over end of june.

From there it is break in time, work out issues, and begin to tune it.

I only get one day a week to work on the car, Saturday. I work full time during the week and Sunday is family day.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:50 AM   #44
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Damn man, that's one hell of a schedule you've got planned for yourself. It should be nuts when you're all done, but that sure is a lot of work. Good luck, and keep posting pics!
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:44 PM   #45
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Crank


Pistons


I finished a steering rack I rebuilt


Lightened Flywheel (qwik's favorite! LOL)



I finished the headliner


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Everything is looking sweet....but the waviness of the headliner makes me nauseous!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:18 PM   #47
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I did my best to keep the lines straight, but the many contours don't help which is probably most of the waviness you see. My first time doing something like that. Once in the car you probably won't notice.
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I did my best to keep the lines straight, but the many contours don't help which is probably most of the waviness you see. My first time doing something like that. Once in the car you probably won't notice.
Yeah, that looks all but impossible to get perfect with a pattern that complex. I'm sticking to plain old gray when I re-do the M3!
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