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    Lazlo’s 2002 M3 Project

    Well, what started as a project to swap an S54 into my 2003 ZSP 330Ci, has turned to madness. After securing the funds for the parts needed, I went looking for the needed gear for the swap. And then this past weekend, I laid eyes on a complete car with a front hit. After a few days of vacillating between swap, repair or walk away, I made the decision last night. Some soul-searching and discussions with like-minded people resulted in me putting a deposit on a salvage M3 to save it from doom at the crusher.

    Specs: Front end hit. No airbag deployment (I have a suspicion that the car was stationary and not running when struck) no structural damage, starts, runs and doesn't leak anything. Other than the obvious damage, the exterior and interior is very clean, demonstrating that the owner took care of this car.

    2002 Silver Gray, MT with 99,xxx miles. Leather, heated seats.

    Timetable and plan thus far:

    1. Take delivery of the car next week (likely the 3rd or 4th of Dec)
    2. Remove all broken parts and inventory
    3. Prioritize parts list
    4. Acquire A and B parts from varied sources
      1. A. Required to pass inspection and be road-worthy
      2. B. “While you’re in there” parts to refresh non-broken stuff (e.g.: VANOS)
      3. C. Nice, but don’t need immediately (rod bearing…)
    5. Assemble, repair and prep for state inspection
    6. Paint
    7. Register
    8. Acquire C parts



    I will try to update this thread periodically as to the progress in bringing back to life this fine example of an M3. Further, I will update on people’s reactions to this decision. “Who needs three E46 Coupes?” I do. The best reaction was my 7 yr old daughter last weekend when showing her photos – “Daddy, that car has no eyes.”






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    Subscribed. It looks beautiful


    -Holden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcbeck2689 View Post
    Subscribed. It looks beautiful


    -Holden
    +1 really nice color


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    Interesting, good luck!

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    +1

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    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, Ground Control Coilovers, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
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    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete, M3 Side Mirrors
    Note: Actual car no longer resembles signature picture

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    Great color. Should be a fun journey.

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    I think you will be very happy at the end of this project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcbeck2689 View Post
    Subscribed. It looks beautiful
    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    +1 really nice color
    Quote Originally Posted by Pip View Post
    Great color. Should be a fun journey.
    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    I think you will be very happy at the end of this project.
    It really is a sharp color combo. I am glad it will bring some contrast to the two black/black coupes that I already own.

    I am looking forward to this project and adventure. If I am not happy at the end, I will drive myself mad playing the “woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’” game in my head.

    “I would have bought a complete later model M3…”

    “I should have gotten sedan…”

    “I could have done something normal, sold all my BMWs and bought a Camry.”

    Thanks for the well-wishes, all. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    "... a Camry" ...

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    Ray, I'm glad you started this thread! I can't wait to see progress being made to your ///M
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