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Z3 wreck repair build-up (QLD Australia)

Discussion in 'Progress Threads' started by fuzz, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. fuzz

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    Hi All,

    Just thought I would start off a thread about a build up on a damaged Z3 I got. Always appreciate advice and assistance as I don't know the car and this is just a hobby for an amateur.

    Cheers,
    Fuzz

    As I got it:

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  2. fuzz

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    Bolt on guards - nice:

    going to have to go to the shop to be pulled out and then source the body panels, quarters and a new bumper. I was hoping that there was someone who did an aftermarket fibreglass one but can't find one for the facelift as yet. Was going to look into making them but I will prob bite the bullet and ship them used from UK, US or Japan (rare as rockinghorse sh*t here).

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  3. GazHyde

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    Looks mainly cosmetic damage, so should be a relatively easy project. Is there any damage underneath that I can;t make out?

    There is a chap on here called @Stormy_be who makes panels in fibre glass, but probably not setup for facelift rear wings I guess. You may also want to have a chat with another guy called @spurs fan in a coupe who is regularly breaking Z3s (UK based). Both very useful contacts to keep on file.
     
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  4. Stormy_be

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    You are correct.
    I do have moulds for fibreglass rear quarter panels, but mine are pre-facelift wide body panels.
    I don't actually know if pre-facelift panels would be possible to fit a facelift model.

    Regards, Koen
     
  5. fuzz

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    it is mainly cosmetic with the exception of the damage to the passenger rear wheel well near the door and the drivers rear corner. I'll get those both pulled out properly on a jig and then have new pieces welded on just to do it right. No problems underneath or elsewhere have popped up.

    I actually contacted @Stormy_be and he only has the pre panels in fibreglass unfortunately which I would have to change lights and bootlid and a few other things from what I understand and wouldn't be as pumped. I will probably just try and source some 2nd hand. Was going to look at finding someone locally who would let me take theirs off and 3D scan them to potentially print some but that might just be more hassle than it's worth in the end.

    I will contact @spurs fan in a coupe. There was also a guy on eBay in Marlborough, Wiltshire UK who had very reasonable parts.

    Thanks
     
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    I also have the pre-facelift bootlid in fiberglass (inside and outside parts bonded together) ;-)
     
  7. g8jka

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    Welcome, should be a lovely looking zed once its all finished. I have 2 spare facelift rear arches that I will be selling soon if your interested and the postage is relatively straight forward and affordable for you.
     
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    Thanks Dave - I am interested.
     
  9. David Cullen

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    welcome Fuzz, nice to see one being kept on the road and not sent to the bone yard :) love the colour, keep us posted and best of luck with her ;-)
     
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    Thanks David

    If it was any other colour I would have had a go at vinyl wrapping it particularly with the used donor parts I will need however I really do like this gunmetal grey colour (Stirling Grey).

    It was amazing that it came up as the exact model and colour that I wanted, even with the rim style I would have gone for.

    It's supposed to be the donor car for a motor I have but the motor seems relatively healthy and reasonably powered with 150k km's so I may just run that.
     
  11. David Cullen

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    is one of the wheels busted man? whats the other lump? 3L? m tec? if you are doing any colour change have a look at plasti dip but id be happy with the colour it is :)
     
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    That wheel seems ok I guess the tyre just blew out - you can just make it out sitting in the passengers area with the inner guard. It's not cracked as I thought it may be but maybe on balancing it will be warped or dented?

    The other lump is a 1UZ-FE turbo which I've got an electromotive computer for and will run on E85 fuel. Should be good for enough ponies to move the Z3. Here she is patiently waiting in the background:

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    not sure though as I also have a couple of M122 superchargers coming, one of which I'm going to put on a 1UZ-FE which I'm putting into a Toyota Hilux 4WD. Might leave the 3 Litre in if I can figure out an intake and fit a roots charger in there?
     
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    hmm too many toys there haha hard to make a decision when there are so many lol some chassis stiffening may be in order ;-)
     
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    definitely seems like I will need some reinforcement either way and I will likely put in some better bushings and coilovers.

    and I have to figure out the LSD situation - a lot of reading and researching in that space!
     
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    i think @zedonist might be able to point you in the right direction re LSD, any questions you have, just fire them out there, seems to be plenty of knowledge on this site, i am only new to the Z myself and have plenty of support on this site, great bunch of guys and galls here Fuzz ;-)
     
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    @fuzz have you had the geometry checked on the rear end ?

    If it has had a sideways knock on the back like it looks to have it is not unknown for the rear subframe/wishbones to become misaligned causing the all sorts of problems.
     
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    Hi @Aceman - It has had a knock and it may be out of alignment, hopefully not too badly. In Australia they have become very stringent with crash inspection and "writing off" cars that have structural damage, it's reasonably unlikely that you would see a car which has any major structural damage that is classed as a repairable wreck as this was.

    a 5 min video on a car bench and pulling the car back for anyone who hasn't seen this as I hadn't. Naturally they use precision laser/computer to measure how much to pull. The shop I am taking it to it's basically a robot who pulls the panel back to <1mm of factory and does the spot welds.


    View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vX4XHpNTJuI
     
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    Who is this chap then fuzz?
     
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    Hi fuzz, you may find a forum member willing to do the leg work involved with picking up your parts from this seller and posting them to you. Any offers?? JIM
     

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