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So I'm starting a build on a 03 320 coupe. Standard car with a blown engine, timing belt broke I think.

Bought the shell, a s54 engine, specialist conponents loom and a 6 speed getrag box from a m3. The box is SMG so have to convert it to manual. Shouldn't be too big of a job, machine a hole for the shifter and fit the springs that centre the shifter. Then rip all the smg shit off it.

Plan is to strip the coupe shell down to nothing, then off to GripFab for a cage.

Gonna get John to brace down from the cage into the subframe as they are notoriously weak in that area.

Then throw in the engine and box, will prob fit uprated clutch and flywheel when the box is out. Get a custom exhaust made up and then have mapped!

Have a few bits gathered up for it,

Extra lock from Barry's Motorsport



Also got camber arms, poly bushes for the rear and a battery box.

One of the lads I work with has out of date seats and harnesses that were in his rally car that I'm getting for handy money.

Also picked this up, these engines are meant to be savage when turbo'd, it was buy it now on eBay so snapped it up. Will stick it on if funds allow, it's a KKK that's custom built with billet wheel etc good for 7/800 bhp



Hope to get it built before the end of the summer and get out for some practice.
 

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Be very very interested to see how the turbo works out on the s54.

Some how id say it will be extremely hard to do but looking forward to your updates:cool:
 

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They go really well with a turbo! Even on low boost, if you want high boost they need to be forged. Hardest thing to sort is the manifold I think. Yea will get more pics up over the next few days. Il be looking for plenty of help in the subframe/ diff area!
 

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Good project, but you've put a load of hassle on yourself with that gearbox.
If its a good smg box, sell it as is.
Pick up a 5 speed ZF from e36 m3 3.0 / 328 / z3 2.8 etc. Will be stronger and probably lighter. And since they don't break much, they are cheap!
The turbo will be an awful lot of work, would love to see it done though
 

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You reckon it'll be too much work to convert the box? I think I'd rather spend the few quid converting it and have a good box for life. Drill a hole in the bell housing and fit the springs to centre the lever and that's the job done
 

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I suppose since you already have the box you might as well give it a go if it can be done cheap. Its stronger than the older 6speed used on the m3 evo anyway.
 

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So got at this for a couple of hours today. Ripped the most of the interior out aside from the dash. There is some pile of stuff, the weight that's gone outve it already is unreal and haven't touched the sound proofing yet.

Anyone good advice on getting it off? It's really sticky even tar like stuff. Can ya spray somethin on it to freeze it and make it come off in lumps instead of tiny pieces?

Few pics, clean enough shell with a few scrapes and dents, nothin special but I'm lookin forward to makin it look mean!










Hope to get the engine and box out next week and get it fully stripped and ready for the cage!
 

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due cconstruction and weight e46 its a tough car to bulid decent drift car. My team mate has 328i with shorter diff and really healthy engine and its nothing special.


Best of luck with that one anyway :)
 

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:)

Been following on DI, cool build. Always loved Barnetts E46.
Haha Rory I hope yis picked up on the sarcasm on the 7 speed, cos there are prob lads out there that would come out with a statement like that! Yea it was a cool yoke alright, if it turns out half as good as his il be happy!
 

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Heat gun, crate a miller and a scraper sir. No other way really.. Will keep an eye :)
Some lads say heat gun and others say dry ice and freeze it and it'll come off in lumps? Haha the miller could affect productivity badly!
 

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E46s are only a fraction heavier than an E36. They aren't as easy to make a "decent" drift car out of them as an E36 just because parts aren't as easily interchangeable on them and in my opinion apart from the M3, the engines aren't really as eager to rev like for example an E36 325 or 328. lots of torque and all but more suited to being nice and drive-able as a road car.


Saying an E36 328/3.0L M3 gearbox is stronger than an E46 M3 box is rubbish. Granted, alot lighter but definitely not stronger. E46 M3 has the same gearbox as an E39 M5 with just a different bell-housing and different length input shaft.
 
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