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2000 Imola M5 Journal/Build Thread (Long and picture heavy)

For this journey, I can't recommend Adam (Clemster) on this board enough. Check out his ongoing part out thread in the for sale section - he is my first go-to on any needed parts.


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Congrats! I'm very much looking forward to your updates and yes, you are quite loyal to the brand. Are you wearing a BMW shirt right now?

2 things:
  1. Will your collection ever include an E30 M3? Feel like that would definitely bookend your collection.
  2. I'm extremely envious of your driveway. Does it have multiple area codes?
Haha, strangely enough I don't think I own a BMW shirt. Got couple hats...
E30...out of my price range right now. Despite owning many cars, I actually have a very tight budget and its more of a hobby. I'm afraid I dont have the dough, or desire to spend so much of it on E30 M3 right now. I drove a couple, they are fun, but probably the only other car I will add at some point will be E46 M3 Coupe.
Driveway is long, but narrow. Can't shuffle cars without moving others out. Not ideal, but great for parking bunch of cars!


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Do you have the part number for that gasket?
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For this journey, I can't recommend Adam (Clemster) on this board enough. Check out his ongoing part out thread in the for sale section - he is my first go-to on any needed parts.
Thanks, will definitely check it out.

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WOW this was an amazing story I'm so thankful you shared this story with everybody. I myself just purchased a Le Mans Blue E39 M5 all the way in Pennsylvania with 90k miles


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These cars are definitely worth traveling for. Better to get one far but in better shape than one close but not in best condition. Though they all worth saving.



Kidneys looked fine, but after close inspection the grids had too many broken tabs and were barely holding in place.





So I yanked them out and cleaned up the openings.



I do like chrome kidney surrounds, but I prefer black grids. So I purchased black kidney grilles (they are cheaper), and luckily my chrome surround pieces had all their tabs intact and chrome in good shape.



After taking black ones apart, I used chrome surrounds on black grids with all the intact tabs:



Looking goooood…..


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The paint on mine is in OK shape. It was repainted in a few spots, but it is still in pretty good shape. Honestly I didn't expect it to be in as a good a shape as it is for a car that was a semi-daily driver for 15 years.

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Nice job on the grills, love the idea and didn't know you can separate the grills. I would like to do the reverse, can you link me to where you purchased the grills? Thanks.

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Nice job on the grills, love the idea and didn't know you can separate the grills. I would like to do the reverse, can you link me to where you purchased the grills? Thanks.
You mean you need black surrounds? If so, I can sell you mine, i'm not going to use them. They are brand new, PM if interested.
I got these at ECS Tuning:
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...bme-1601-3000/

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Awesome story and write up. Looking forward to more updates

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Over the weekend, I was cleaning and restoring interior. Overall, it was in very good shape with few notable problems:

-After 17 years in Texas sun and heat, leather up front (I think this is due to the fact that windshield was never tinted) was a bit dried up, which resulted in it starting to harden, losing its pliability and becoming a bit cardboard-like. This also resulted in some very slight top coat wear and cracking that needed attention.

-interior had a faint unpleasant smell, which I can only attribute to one of the owners smoking? Though it was definitely not a fresh (or very pronounced) smell, more like – somebody smoked in the car at some point maybe few times? It was definitely not a smokers’ car, but a bit of smoke smell lingered.

-Finally, there were few interior pieces that were broken, needed attention, or just a thorough cleanup.

Over the course of the last week and this weekend, I have addressed most of the stuff above. First, the entire interior has been given a good cleaning – and by good cleaning I mean – disassemble everything you can, get into every crevice, steam clean the carpets, vacuum every nook, wash everything with shampoo, damp cloths and such. Lot of q-tips and tooth brushes were sacrificed….








After everything was thoroughly cleaned, I decided to tackle the odor. Honestly, by the time all the cleaning was done, there was not much of it left as most of it was probably trapped in the carpet, seats, and interior surfaces that were thoroughly cleaned by that point, but a hint of it still remained. I wanted it completely gone by the time I would start on leather, so I got my trusty 3500mg industrial strength ozone generator fired up and blasted the interior and trunk (just folded the seats) with it for 2 hours.



I left the car opened up overnight for ozone to dissipate, and it was minty fresh in the morning!
While I still was waiting on few parts to arrive, I decided to tackle leather. Overall leather was in good shape for 111K miles being baked under Texas sun. But like I mentioned above, needed some love. It was a bit hardened and a bit worn…




The best leather softener and conditioner I have found over the years is Leatherique. I have brought back absolute cardboard back to life using it. Mind you, it the leather is really hard, it will take a LOT of it and may applications to soften up. This one was not bad at all, so I have drenched every leather piece of the car in Leatherique, put garbage bags over the seats, and let it bake in the hot Texas heat overnight. 12 hours later, I have removed the bags, reapplied conditioner again to the spots that visibly soaked it up, and left if for another 5-6 hours. Everything was cleaned up with Prestine Clean and then soft clean slightly wet microfiber and let dry overnight.



Results were good, and leather felt nice and supple for the most part. I will do another application at 6 months and over time, it will be back to 100%. Now it was time to fix the wear. I have used 75% Fiebing’s Oil dye and 25% atom wax mixture applied with a soft sponge and massaged into the leather (wear gloved, the dye WILL dye your skin for a LONG time, ask me how I know!), then buffed with slightly damp microfiber to knock down shine. After completely dry, was sealed with Lexol leather protectant. Leather looked great again!

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Not the best lighting, but I will make some better shots sometime later. Best thing about Leatherique is that not only does it make the leather supple again, it makes it smell great. Pretty happy with how this one turned out.





More on the interior to come!

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