Words & Pics: Paul Kennedy
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Ok so myself and my brother bought this 97 328i up in Antrim, hadn’t been abused and it had a full service history, spotless inside and out.
We could have gone and bought a car ready to go but where’s the fun in that, we’ve never done anything like this before so we want to learn as much as possible and the only way is to get stuck in and do your own work.
So I got stuck into last night for an hour and got most of the rear internals whipped out.
We’ll be selling the complete interior, leather seats were spotless so hopefully someone will be interested in them.
So for some pictures;
The car as we got it;
An hour later…
And of course the first of many cut knuckles
So here’s the plans. This is just gonna be a track car and we haven’t got buckets of money to throw at it so trying to keep it as simple as possible.
Complete the strip out.
Remove the diff and either get it welded or try to get a welded 325 diff as I read that it has a better ratio, I assume it’d just a straight swap?
Looking out for a hydro!
Fit steering wheel & seats.
I don’t think we’ll be splashing out on a large cone air filter for the sake of a few extra horses, just going to fit a good quality panel filter.
I’ve read about replacing the manifold, gaining extra HP but that you loose torque, so we may just leave it as it is.
Really unsure about the suspension, probably just buy some good quality lowering springs for now.
Also on the look out for some wheels, probably sell the ones that are on it, all new tyres on them.
As I said we know f**k all so it’s gonna be a steep learning curve, trusty haynes manual on the way though.
So got the car pretty much all stripped and she was sitting up fairly high after it and felt alot quicker.
Moved it down to its new home for a few weeks so we can get to work on it in a bit of comfort.
Been gathering up a few bits and pieces over the last few weeks;
Strut bars…doubt they’ll be much good for anything.
Some cheap seats;
Cheap second hand coilovers – jamex, hope they last a while;
So we have the diff out and welded, currently removing the rear subframe to weld in the reinforcement plates, rear subframe is in some mess with rust, hard job getting bolts and nuts removed but we’ll get there.
This came today…fake ebay job but it’ll do me.
Ebay steering wheel fitted, happy with it anyway;
Got the remainder of the exhaust out for decat, busted one of the bolts though;
Also finally got the subframe out;