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E46 Diesel Coupe Project
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octo 
Good evening gents, I mentioned yesterday an upcoming e46 coupe project I had on the back burner that I was slowly building up. Those plans changed dramatically today as Herman (wannav8gocart) contacted me with interest in building a special/unique e46 coupe that isn't a M3 or powered by a M3 engine. We tossed ideas back and forth and have come up with a plan to build a 330cd but with some choice mods and creature comforts. I have the coupe and I have the donor 330d ready so the initial build to diesel should progress rather quickly. The diesel mods will take more time as we have alot to experiment with but the idea of adding the sequential turbos and injectors off a E70 X5 3.0sd is on the cards. A custom intercooler will be fabricated as we need really low IATs seeing as we working with 19:1 compression on the stock M57N vs the 17:1 compession on the X5 3.0sd.

I bought this 2000 318i coupe auto from Mo CarCandy's sister last year with plans to build it up one day, I have spent a little time on it already so its already received some cool upgrades. 
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Two weeks ago browsing FB marketplace I came across an accident damaged 2004 330d going for cheap so I went to check it out in Glen Ridge, struck a deal, eft'd the money and had Paul my flatbed guy come pick it up, that was a little challenging as the front right wheel was in the boot and we had no key to straighten the wheel. Hooray for the winch!
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Home safe, on a dolly.
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Less talk, more torque!
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This is going to be an epic build!! I’d skip the sequential turbos and just go with a bigger single turbo. I’ve got a BMW magazine from overseas I must find, guy built an awesome E46 330d ci with some proper choice mods. Will find it and take some pics to send through to you with the relevant info, was a machine!
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Alex from carthrottle (youtube) did a series where he builds a 330d touring to lap quicker than a e92 m3. It's because of that series why I built my own 330d touring. They upgraded their turbo but I would like to adapt the sequential turbos instead of the big single just to be different and learn along the way. I already have the turbos and manifold on my shelf.
Less talk, more torque!
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Now this is the Gizmo builds that I have missed for some time now. Eagerly waiting for updates.
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Awww man im excited for this!!!

Cant wait to see the progress
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(18-05-2020, 08:20 PM)Gizmo Wrote: Alex from carthrottle (youtube) did a series where he builds a 330d touring to lap quicker than a e92 m3. It's because of that series why I built my own 330d touring. They upgraded their turbo but I would like to adapt the sequential turbos instead of the big single just to be different and learn along the way. I already have the turbos and manifold on my shelf.
I was going to post this in your other thread
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#7
Yes sir, this is set to be a crazy cool project. We have quite a bit of time and much experimentation to do, but in the end, she will be a tire smoking, oil burning, road and track monster.

Gizmo and my only conflict at this point is the look, where he is more in favor of the sleeper, but I'm seeking the look and potential to match. I guess we will meet somewhere in the middle, or not ????

What do you guys think, sleeper or poser?

(18-05-2020, 07:46 PM)Ga-3M Wrote: This is going to be an epic build!! I’d skip the sequential turbos and just go with a bigger single turbo. I’ve got a BMW magazine from overseas I must find, guy built an awesome E46 330d ci with some proper choice mods. Will find it and take some pics to send through to you with the relevant info, was a machine!

G-man, please do share. I'm pretty sure what I need it to be, but some more options to confuse Tiptoe  why not.
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#8
Hey Gizmo!

So glad you're back. You've done great work in the past and I hope to see even more excitement going forward! This build should be just as epic as your others!

CheerS!
Previously owned cars:
2003 Alfa Romeo 147 T-Spark (Navy blue and beige interior)
2006 Alfa Romeo 147 JTD 16v (Silver and beige interior)
Current:
2007 BMW Z4M Coupe (Silbergrau and Black Leather)
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Today's progress
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#10
Wow this is going to be epic! Great to see you back with some incredible builds Gizmo!
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#11
I must say, the ci is in good nic bar maybe the seats.

Its gonna be awesome with the 330d motor.
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Keep the updates coming!
#NoLivesMatter
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#14
Sleeper with a nice set of wheels and a 325 badge.
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Epic! you could probably remove a 3.0d engine with your eyes closed now..
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Current:
F20 M135i
Alfa Romeo GT 3.2

Ex:
E90 M3 Dynamic LCi, '11 BMW E90 320d MSport, '09 BMW E90 320i Exclusive, '03 BMW E46 330i Individual, '02 BMW E39 525i Individual, '06 Impreza 2.0R Wagon, '03 S3 8L, '11 A3 1.6TDi, '70 VW Beetle 1600 Twin Port '00 A4 2.4 V6, '09 Ibiza Cupra 1.8T, 2013 Vivo Gran Turismo, E36 M3 Coupe, E46 320i Individual MSport, '98 Civic V Tec, E36 318is Msport, E30 318i Coupe,GOLF MK1 GT
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#16
(19-05-2020, 07:19 PM)Peter@AEW Wrote: Sleeper with a nice set of wheels and a 325 badge.

I was thinking 320d  smile bounce
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#17
Is it just me, or is that some sort of botch job 330d downpipe?
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(19-05-2020, 05:09 PM)Gizmo Wrote: [Image: 20200519_165524.jpg]

Please clean me sir, before the heart transplant.
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#19
320i badge on the back...
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(20-05-2020, 09:39 AM)RAArmstrong Wrote: 320i badge on the back...

Because old 320i's smoke   Rofl
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