Sunday, June 21, 2009

30. Rust bucket

It's been a while since I've wrote about my project... Here's some latest news...

I've managed to pull the passenger seat out. It wasn't easy, but, nice big sledge hammer did the trick. Then, I removed the dashboard, heater assembly and the carpet. And, OMG! What a suprise... It looks like I'll have to start welding... So, here are a couple of photos:

Sunroof: It really looks heavy. I have to figure out what to use to fill the hole...

This is how the interior looks without the dashboadr. I gues, I won't be putting it back in...

And this is the suprise I was talking about... Man, it looks ugly!

And, here's another hole. Heh... :) Air condition :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

29. Rollcage talk...

I'm thinking about installing a rollcage in my E36...

The main purpose of roll cages is to protect the passengers in the event of crashing and/or rolling. But there is one other crutial bonus to rollcages: They stiffen up your car's body, thus improve handling. A lot of people put strut braces on their cars, and rollcage could be considered an 'ultimate strut brace'.

There is also a negative side to the story - Cages are made from steel tubing. And steel tubing is quite heavy. You would have to spend some extra time and effort on your 'car-diet' plan to compensate for the cage if you put it in.

Of course, you can choose from a wide variety of cages. Proffesional multi-point weld-in cages are absolutley the best. But for an amateur, a half-cage would do just fine. (Half-Cage: Rear half of the rollcage, consisting of a roll-bar and two attachements that go to the rear struts)

The danger in this buisness is lack of quality. We all know that roll-cages can be easily made at home. One would think that we need some steel tubes, an angle grinder and a welder... But that's far from the truth. Please, for your own safety, DON'T MAKE YOUR OWN CAGE! (That is, if you're not an expert fabricator and welder!) Be sure that your cage is from high-quality steel. Make sure that the person installing you cage has a welder's certificate. And check out the angles where the tubes are bent - first of all - the tubes must be bent - no welded angles allowed here! And the bends must be smooth, and not crushed! And one other tip - there's no point in installing a cage in a old rust-bucket! that's why I decided to buy a new shell for my Beemer! :)

The conclusion would be this:

Buy the best BRAND NAME rollcage you can afford. Be sure it was designed for your model, and go to a certified expert to install it. And think twice before installation - do you really need it? Think about pro's and con's. After all, it's your ride!

And, here are some pictures: (hard to find)Found here:

Project Ring-shed E36 325i

Project E36 - Track Day Car

Sunday, June 14, 2009

28. Sport Seats vs. ME!

Believe it or not - I lost four hours trying to remove co-drivers sport seat from my green BMW. And the result? FAIL!

I managed to swap the engine and make it run again, but, I'm obviously not smart enough to unscrew a couple of bolts and nuts. !!!??? The thing is, I can't push the seat far enoug to the front of the car, to unscrew the two bolts in the back of the rails... And I don't want to force the seat out of the car, because we'll use it in Rok's E36 316/318is Limo...

The only idea I have right now is to cut the whole passenger-side floor panel out.

Ah... stay tuned...

Seats - ME
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

27. BMW On-line action game

Here's a little flash game i found while browsing:

26. BMW E36 Service Manual

Here's another useful file:
BMW E36 Service Workshop Manual

BMW E36 Service Manual (ENG)

Format: PDF
Download: ZIP
Size: 70MB
Pass: e36docs

Found this manual useful? Support the authors, buy the real thing!
Click on the image to go to web store:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

25. Engine swap - Part 4

Finally, we managed to start the engine. It's still without a muffler, so it sounds like a V8 muscle car. And to tell the truth - I kind'a like the sound :) Here's a little video and a couple of photos:

24. Engine swap - Part 3

I'm happy to announce that the green Beemer is full of...


Thank's to my friends, and my mehanic Miha, we finally managed to put the engine in. We had a little trouble aligning the engine, but hey... engine swap wouldn't be an engine swap without trouble. So, here's a photo proof:

I hope we'll start it today...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

23. BMW Parts Catalogue

Here's a great parts catalogue for ALL Bmw's! The link will take you directley to the E36 section.


- Main page:

Friday, June 5, 2009

22. Engine swap - Part 2

So, we've managed to take the engine out of the red E36. And everything is going according to plans. We droped the engine, and we'll be putin' it on the green one in a couple of hours. Here's a couple of photos:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

21. BMW VIN Decoder

Here's a little tool that you could find useful:
BMW VIN Number Decoder!

Click Here!

And, here's another one. Useful for looking up parts for your BMW:

Click Here!