Greetings to the M3Post community! My handle is 949banker and I've been a long time reading non-member of this forum and decided to come out of the woodworks
. As much information I've learned from this forum, I figured to give back with a build thread of my 2003 Jet Black BMW E46 M3 Convertible.
Here she was a few weeks ago =)!
A very short Mod List:
CSL Rear Diffuser (smoked)
2 Piece CSL Style Splitters (smoked)
Amber Corners, Sidemarkers, and LED Tails
Victoria Court Hood, Trunk, and Wheel Roundels
Piano Black Centered Kidney Grilles
8K HID Masters 9006 Lows
3K HID Masters 9006 Highs
3K HID Masters 9006 Fogs
Lamin-X Yellow Foglight Lenses
Gruppe M Rep Exhaust (Section 3)
Custom Slanted and Staggered Double Walled Exhaust Tips
B&G Suspension Springs Kit
Varrstoen 1.1.2 ET20 19x9.5 All Around (with RSM 12mil Spacers in the Rear)
Kumho Ecsta SPT1 255/35/19s
Dice Ipod Kit
Mod4Cars Auto Top USB Controller
A week ago =(...
An unfortunate accident occurred on July 1, 2012 where a drunk driver in an Acura TL smashed into my car while parked on the side of the street in Sherman Oaks, CA. Fortunately though, witnesses were there to see how it happened and even got the plates of the woman's car. On the downside, the whole left side was bent, scratched, and at certain portions of the rear bumper cracked. The rear axel is done. The real suspension is beyond repair. The rear left wheel broke mid way in the barrel! The radiator support, headlights, and the hood caved in due to the rippling effect of the impact. It was a stomach aching sight to see but had to keep composure in front of the witnesses and the police.
First people I called were big brother Laidback of MFest and Moe from TheSHOP of Culver City. Despite being so late at night or actually pretty early in the morning (to be exact around 3:00AM), these friends were there ready to drop everything to help me out knowing I was stranded and far from where I live in the OC. That's mad love right there. No HOMO =P.
The tow truck brought me and Mia to Culver City where Moe had reparked his client's cars so he had space for the vert. Talk about high class customer service at 5:00AM!
Let me dissect that a little further. 5:00AM Sunday MORNING. Barely got any rest, still meets his client at work and still volunteers to take me to LAX to get a rental. I've worked with several body shops. Not knocking on them since they were good to me, no complaints. But Moe is a game changer. That level of sincerity can't be found and studied about in the training books. Going way above and beyond. Now, I know why many go to him for work to be done. It's those finishing touches, that differentiate good from greatness. Situations like this, you know that's when the BS stops. Right there, I knew Mia is in good hands.
Later on the day, Laidback and I talked of the plans of rebuilding the car. Being the innovator that he is, he advises me that this a great opportunity to think about going WIDEBODY
with the car. I promised myself I was not going to go full blast with the vert. But with Laidback's convincing motivation, I could not say no.
Since I had a SEMA project in the works with Yuya of Avante Garde Forged Wheels for a set of 3 Piece 18 inch Series 240 wheels, I requested to have these 18s a tad bit wider and with more aggressive offsets =P. Once again, another classic example of exceptional customer service. Yuya was more than happy to get this going!
Next people I spoke with are the guys at StilundMacht Spa. I told them about the predicament I'm in. They were very excited since this would be also a great opportunity to introduce their bootlid for the vert!
That matched with Moe's high level of expertise in clean custom widebody themes, I'm definitely getting excited. What got me is when Moe said these words, "Bro you're widebody will be different than any of the widebodies I've done. Each car I've done has it's own personality. I already envisioned what we're going to do for Mia."
For reference, here are some of the current widebody projects TheSHOP has going now:
m kube's IB E46 M3 Coupe
Laidback's CB E46 M3 Coupe
With these great people within the car industry and others I'll mention on a later date, the Reinvention begins. The wait will be back breaking with a rental provided by AllState, but I know it'll be all worth it because I know Mia is "in good hands." =)...
Check back from time to time with this build thread because some there will be some things going to be done on this E46 vert that has not been done before