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Old 10-11-2017, 12:00 PM   #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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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.

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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, 12:50 PM   #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, 01:44 PM   #45
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Pistons


I finished a steering rack I rebuilt


Lightened Flywheel (qwik's favorite! LOL)



I finished the headliner


My garage right now

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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, 04:18 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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Old 10-25-2017, 08:46 AM   #49
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So I picked up a 1999 9-5 Wagon base, Dark blue with tan interior, Manual

I had to tow it home because it has been sitting and a few things are questionable. Last oil change was June 2016 with 139,000 miles it now has 142,000 miles on it so it hasn't been sitting too long.

I plan to do what I can to get it on the road quickly so I have something to enjoy over winter, over time though I will add a few things that I take off my 04, but I did also manage to score the 308mm caliper brackets, Aero side skirts and some fogs for this things as well.







I begin to clean up the interior as there were some mouse nests and mold issues, nothing to bad, I've seen worse in my years of detailing. I should have it all back together all nice and clean this weekend.



I found the original window sticker in the car


The current state of my garage (more parts keep coming in for my 04 build)



As for the 99, it starts right up, drives and steers just fine.

-Clutch is a little weak, so I will try bleeding that first before I jump to the conclusion it needs a clutch (its grab point is about 2/3rds of the way up so it has some life left).
-Brakes are completely gone, so new brakes are on the way.
-There are no major leaks yet, only suspicious one is right below the brake booster on the subframe (which maybe why the clutch feels so weak) I will be investigating further.
-Brake dust shields are dust and completely gone
-LCA's are pretty crispy, so I have spares I can throw on
-Rust is there, but nothing horrible, the doglegs are an easy fix, everything past the firewall is about 98% rust free, the front subframe is about 15-20% rusted but this car was from Maine. I'm sure I'm going to have a few bolts snaps.
-The Seats albeit are non-Aero but they are really cushy (heated and ventilated) and MINT, no tears or major damage, hell not even minor damage. I did the rejuvenating oil to the leather already and the cracks from wear are disappearing. These are far better than my 01 base seats and I have no interest in putting Aero seats in.
-Body is in great shape, I plan to do a paint correction (because why the hell not, even my Jalopy's tend to roll pretty)
-HVAC cabin fan is shot, so it needs to be replaced, seems like the arms have been fixed though
-No sludge, no smoke from the old GT17 turbo

I'll document what I do as I go along, right now it is about getting this thing on the road bare minimum to get through winter, but over time I plan to make it look my 01 and Aero convert it. It'll probably get my 15T turbo, catback, RPF1 wheels to make it look killer. I'm also looking at the PFS suspension kit. Stay tuned.
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nice brotha! man, the day I can have 2 vehicles.... cant imagine the possibilites and benefits...

never thought of using plastix on the tails by the way... i have bluebatmobile vinyls on my tails though...
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Looking pretty good, keep it up!
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You're gonna love that dual oil temp/pressure gauge, I've got the same one and it's awesome! And that logo in your projector is freaking sweet, how did you do that?
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You're gonna love that dual oil temp/pressure gauge, I've got the same one and it's awesome! And that logo in your projector is freaking sweet, how did you do that?
The retrofit source does lens etching now. You can do predesigned ones for $50 or custom for $100.

I can't wait to get this car back on the road. I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. I haven't had time to start the engine assembly yet.
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