So, first up I'm afraid it's going to be a massive disappointment as I usually update my threads from work as my laptop is abysmal, but now my work have blocked IMGUR and any other photo-hosting sites! Currently, cannot share photos. I'll remedy this as soon as I can, check back soon if you're not interested in reading.
If anyone can advise how I can upload photos from my mobile, that would be great!
This will be my fourth build thread I think. You can find my drift truck, S13 and MR2 via my profile if you fancy having a nose about.
I picked up my latest E36 around the end of November 2020. It was built and used purely as a drift-only car and has not seen the road since about 2012 I think! Saying that, it has still been used fairly regularly so was sort of up together. And importantly, no rust!
I bought it pretty much sight unseen. I had been off down to Poole to check out a nice looking E36 328i saloon in black, which is what I really wanted! Sadly, the car was toast. I wasn't made aware that it had been sat, did not start or run. After getting a jump pack on it, the engine was as flat as a card and it was quite clear that compression was minimal. Balls. Best to leave that one where it is. The girl selling it either had no idea about cars or was trying to pull a fast one.
So, off to a local car park to scour the internet to see if there were any other cars for sale locally that would fit the bill. Then a sudden brainwave came over my mate and rig-driver. He had a mate who had a drifty E36 which he could be talked into selling. A call was made and they sent me the spec, off we go to check it out!
We got there and the car had been blocked in by spares and other stuff so it was quite an effort for the owner to get it out! We were told by another mate "you better buy it else he's gonna be p*ssed right off having to pull it out!" guess we're taking it home then!
A quick run down of the spec:
- 1990 E36 318is coupe (323 6cyl converted)
- Full HMSports kit including roof spoiler
- M52B25 conversion with M50 manifold upgrade
- Mapped ECU
- Full OMP cage
- Corbeau bucket and harnesses
- Fibreglass bootlid
- Polybushed all around
- Camber arms
- Strut braces
- 6cyl brakes
- ABS delete
- M3 lights
- M3 mirrors
- Hydro handbrake
- Dished wheel
- Rota Kyusha's
- And an absolute garage-full of spares (I am not joking, I had to rent another garage to fit all the spares in!)
The plan was to sort out the niggles, bin off the seats as they were trash, give it a proper clean in and out and get it on the road.
My goal was always to have a BTCC-style car. I've loved the 90's Touring Cars for so long but never had anything that I could turn into my own iteration, (aside from my Mondeo which was very short lived due to rust!). Now was the time! Decent seats, change the wheels, slap on a livery, have some fun! Hopefully you'll like what I've done so far as I really do!
For now, have a teaser picture of it the day after I got it and managed to give it a clean. I figured how to upload just the one pic for now.
I'll slap a load of pictures up this evening from home if I get a chance!