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Thread: The $2k Imola/Nat Brown 6MT "Beater" Transformation

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    The $2k Imola/Nat Brown 6MT "Beater" Transformation

    Hi all, Iíve been lurking around here for some time and besides chiming in on a few posts, Iíve mostly just been using this site as a *super valuable* resource as Iíve dug into my ZHP project car. I thought some of you might find the progress interesting so I decided to start a project thread.

    A little about my car:
    Late 2004 build, MY 2005 330i Sedan
    6MT
    Imola Red over Natural Brown
    1 Owner car, bought and exclusively serviced at local BMW Center in Austin, TX until 2018
    165k miles, 2k are mine
    Car has sat parked and completely unattended for the last 2.5 years
    Nearly every plastic piece in the interior was cracked, steering wheel was ripped to shreds, both front seats were torn/dry/ripped
    Clear coat was failing on most of the car
    Car was not running when I purchased

    Paid $2k and hereís how she looked when I picked her up... stay tuned for progress.

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    My Garage
    2005 330i ZHP 6MT, Imola Red/Natural Brown (Weekend)
    2022 X3 M40i, Brooklyn Grey/Tacora Red (Daily)

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    Welcome. Love that color combo. Looking forward to following your restoration.


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    +1. This car has lots of potential.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    152,000 miles

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    Did somebody swap the cluster at some point? White needles on gauges?

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    Welcome to 'official' status.

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    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV, Anthracite Black "my individual" interior trim
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Suspension: AST 44100 dampers, Bimmerworld front adjustable end links, Swift springs (8K front, 10K rear), Vorshlag camber plates
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection), BSW Stage 1 Speakers, Kicker Amp/Subwoofer
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot05 View Post
    Did somebody swap the cluster at some point? White needles on gauges?
    Needles look sun burned/ faded.


    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP, Silver Grey Metallic, Dinan: Stage 2 Software, High Flow Intake,
    Free Flow Exhaust, Front Strut Bar, Stage 2 Suspension System, Staggered Hartge Replica Wheels,
    M3 Mirrors (Side and Interior), M3 Seats

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdZHP View Post
    Needles look sun burned/ faded.
    Yeah my car came from Florida with no tint so I got them pastel orange needles


    Good luck OP - we'll help you along the way to saving this thing

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    Nice pickup for the price! At least with a sedan you can just replace the headlight lenses, unlike the coupes
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


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    Quote Originally Posted by PdZHP View Post
    Needles look sun burned/ faded.
    Yes, on closer look they DO look faded and formerly red....well, there is plenty of sun in Austin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot05 View Post
    Yes, on closer look they DO look faded and formerly red....well, there is plenty of sun in Austin.

    Yeah, they're definitely a light, pastel orange/red, compliments of the previous owner who left the car un-garaged for 16 years in the Texas sun and heat. You can also imagine the condition of pretty much every interior plastic piece.
    My Garage
    2005 330i ZHP 6MT, Imola Red/Natural Brown (Weekend)
    2022 X3 M40i, Brooklyn Grey/Tacora Red (Daily)

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