I bought the car late 2007 with 98K. It was a local car but it had never seen snow. I changed that and drove it my first winter of ownership....bad idea. After winter I got to put a new fascia on, respary the front, and replace all the underbody panels. I also bought a winter beater.
Since then I've done the following Mods until the big tear down a few years ago:
New Drivers side Vanos Solenoids
Most new sensors on Engine
Refreshed trans with any part that can be replaced
Replaced all replaceable suspension components with new OEM
Put Mono Balls in the rear control arms
MonoBalls in the front thrust arms
This winter the subframe and diff bushings will be replaced
New Guibo.....awesome word
Put in a UUC V-12 clutch conversion....it spins, so doing something different
UUC Short shifter with stabilizer.....had to modify becasue it wasn't as firm as I liked
The shop I frequent built a complete header back (everything but the headers) exhaust system with custom mufflers.
I put an Eurocharged Alph-N tune in the car......whopping 2 HP ooooooooooo
I had all the side and bumper moldings painted gloss black
Changed the brushed aluminum interior trim to gloss black
Add a Brembo big brake kit. 8 Piston Front, 4 piston Rear
KW Coilovers all around
There might be more little stuff, but that is the extent of it.
So for the last three years the car has been under the knife. Majorly under the knife. When you do the impossible, it takes time. Time is what I have very little of. A well known member here once exclaimed that if you can't devote a good portion of your life to your car, then you shouldn't have a car like this. Well, he is full of crap, it just takes those of us with lives, a bit longer to do things.
This will be a Twin Turbo M5 when it is back together. Well, since that is impossible, it won't really be Twin Turbo, it will just look and function as if it is, but it wont be. I know it's confusing, but it is the state of affairs here on this forum.
Where do we put the Turbos?
Scary right? More on that later
How do we make headers?
With a lot of time and ingenuity. Curses to the guy that designed and placed the steering box in our car. I hope he spends eternity opening advil bottles and pulling the cotton out.
You create a fixture/jig of sorts
And you tack a bunch of Schedule 40 Stainless together
That is the Passenger side.....the 'easy side'
Then you have this....
The nightmare drivers side.
Note to future builders.....I HATE log manifolds......If we did this over, there would be a log manifold there.
Some mock-up pics
Most of those are of the Pass. side, but you can see the gore and carnage we had to do to make the stuff 'fit' yes, I use that term loosely. I will have more progress pics later when I have the car up in the air again.
There will be further updates on Major suspension upgrades as well. Still playing catch up.