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Old 11-02-2014, 09:09 PM
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Default Imola Red S50: Ruby

Yes I just came up with that name off the top of my head...

So, after owning a 2.0 Z3 roadster for the best part of a year


I decided to make the upgrade to a Z3M coupe. This is Indy and Rag's old car, and as such has a book full of invoices, and is equipped with a Racelogic traction control system. The Vanos was done in 2011 and the boot floor has also been repaired. It's not the prettiest, but that gives me something to work on.

Anyway, I took it for a drive at the weekend up to Tan Hill




Best thing I heard was at a petrol station

Attendant: Is that a z3 with a hardtop
Me: No, its a Z3M coupe
A: I've never seen one before
M: Yeah they're quite rare
A: It's quirky
M: Yeah and it goes like stink

I love the noise, the speed. It hasn't come unstuck yet, but that's probably because I have the TC on wet setting!!

Plans:
  • Full detail. I have a DA polisher so need a dry weekend
  • Replace bonnet badge (lacquer peeling)
  • Replace faded M badges
  • Sort the grill out (they are loose for some reason)

Cheers for reading! Hope to hold onto this for a long time
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:23 PM
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still looks good! congrats on your new car
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:42 PM
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Hi all

Very aware that I’ve not done much in terms of a journal, so I’m doing a large update to this thread.

The first job at hand was to get the DA polisher out to give the paintwork some much needed attention, mainly to get rid of some swirl marks and to try and get the bonnet into shape. Unfortunately the bonnet has no lacquer so polishing is just taking the paint away (it does improve it temporarily, however). There is nothing for it but a respray.

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Old 04-10-2014, 02:43 PM
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I also replaced the aging ///M badges around the car, as they were fading

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And replaced the bonnet badge as the lacquer had been peeling:

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For the interior, I had a go at the driver’s seat bolster with some Scuffmaster. It is better than before, but I still need to give it some more attention

The car had been converted to HID, however as that is not in keeping with the age of the car I reverted it back to standard.

For some reason the car also had different headlights; one chrome ringed and the other black ringed. I soured some chrome ringed headlights from eBay and fitted them with some new fixings

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Old 04-10-2014, 02:45 PM
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The kidney grills were not secure and not in great condition so managed to source replacements from zroadster.net

Ordered a Stormwerks gear knob and it really improves the shift.

Had a trip to the Nurburgring for 4 laps which was great fun




http://youtu.be/x_Zmmxwin-o

It struggled to get through the MOT due to the lambda reading (too much o2 in exhaust). After changing the lambda sensors and having it fail again, I changed all of the vacuum hoses. Needless to say they were shot – they couldn’t hold treacle never mind air!

The headunit was not standard so I sourced a cassette player from another forum member along with a CD changer and cover for the boot. I haven’t fitted the changer yet as I thought the loom would already be there, but I was wrong. Not sure what to do with it yet…

The rear wiper wasn’t working so decided to remove it and put a colour coded blanking grommet in

I also managed to source a full stainless Powerflow exhaust system from eBay and had it fitted. Whilst it sound great at full power, between 1k and 3k RPM it booms inside the cabin. I’m still considering what to do about it…

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Brief video:
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:45 PM
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So what is left to do?
• Sort out the booming exhaust
• Repair and respray the front bumper.
• Respray the bonnet
• Upgrade the suspension (ARBs, springs and dampers)
• Get some OEM floating front brake discs (currently solid from being replaced)
• Order some spare keys

This is an ongoing project – it is in good condition to be fair, but would like to make it extra good!

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Good write up and so lucky on the roundabout off! Like the sound of that exhaust in the video by the way.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:25 PM
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Great job with the DA polisher
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Old 26-10-2014, 09:01 AM
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Here is a video of the exhaust from the inside. It is louder than in the video.

http://youtu.be/eT_wK3QUm-w

After speaking to Jess R, I'm thinking of having a couple of mid-silencers fitted to kill the drone at cruising speed. That said, it does sound good when in the upper reaches of the rev range!
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:41 PM
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Just a quick update on this. I had the mid silencers which calmed the drone down and has eliminated the rasp.
https://youtu.be/dZgqegt-G6E

I've also just got the car back after a bumper repair, and front bumper, bonnet, sill and a touch up on the rear hatch. Prestige paintworx in Darlington did the job, and I have to say it looks fantastic. They stripped the bonnet right back to bare metal. Good job. Gives the car a fresh lease of life

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More pictures to follow after a good wash!
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