Got it pretty much done. Turned out pretty good I think.
I'm just kidding. These are from my trip to the BMW Museum in Munich. It was full of everything BMW and was all finished to the most perfect of levels.
So where I am actually at is that I have gotten more of the trim delete closer to being done.
I got my paint in for down the road. I am still debating about trying to tackle it myself or to try and have someone do it for me. I got the single stage 22 Line from Glasurit in Riviera Blue.
While working on the body work up on the front I noticed that the front nose was a bit loose near the bottom and had noticed that the prior owner had it swapped at some point. The tabs on the bottom were cut to remove the old one but the new nose never was welded on down there. I found a few sheet metal screws and decided to pop it and clean it up. I ground off the old tabs and straightened the sheet metal out then proceeded to weld it back together. I was going to try to do spot welds to keep it more factory but my spot welder would not get into the locations. I also straightened up the lower lip and got rid of all the bent portions. Kinda looks like a boat with no tires on.
As you can see it had minimal welding done down the sides and other than the few spot welds the sheetmetal screw on each end were about all that was holding it on.
These are the old tabs and the new one wasn't even welded down here.
The final fit after getting it welded up seems to be pretty good.
I dropped the front suspension and went through the steering box. I think I got lucky and other than a bit of rust on the shaft which cleaned up fine I didn't notice any pitting on the gears. I used the iemotorsport steering box refresher kit and swapped all the seals and changed the oil.
Dropped the front subframe and got it into the sand blaster.
Welded in the reinforcement plate and painted it all up. I'd like you to all note my awesome welding skills.
I opted to reuse the control arms because they looked pretty good.
Assembled but only temporarily because I had fresh hardware in the mail but was leaving for a trip.
Got my hardware to swap in. Got it at http://wallothnesch.com
Here it is with the new hardware installed.
I then proceeded to drop the rear and that is in progress for a rebuild.
Found a bit more rust that I will have to work on.
I think these are the US bumper mounts welded into the European mounts. I was contemplating cutting the US stuff out but think I may just leave it in there. Has anyone attempted to modify them back?