Andrew Fanning

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    E46 318CI Sport Vert
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    Cork, Ireland

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  1. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Sorry @momo hadnt looked in on this thread in a few weeks as did have much to update, no time no money. But ya you are 100% right they are csl style, actually ordered the wrong ones off ebay but happy mistake as I much prefer these now. Time to stop with the small stuff for a while and focus on getting new wheels, really want a set of 18'' satin Black LM reps ( def cant afford genuine ) and a small drop on the front.
  2. Bleeding Problems

    Hi Guys Hoping someone can suggest something I am missing. So on Saturday myself and a friend changed the thermostat in the car as it seemed to be sticking and car was very slow to come up to temp and internal heating wasn't getting very warm ( well not warm enough to be putting the roof down anyway). Should mention the car is a 2003 318i facelift vert with N42 engine. So We drained the coolant system, changed the stat refilled and bleed the system but couldn't get hot air through the vents. Car didnt seem to be over heating so as it was late I set off from home about 15 mins into the journey I stopped off at a petrol station to pump the tyres and check the coolant level, toped it up and waited a while to bleed again this time I got heat through the vents. The journey home took about 20 mins in which time I lost interior heater again. So After many many attempts to remove all the air from the system last night we decided to drain the system and try again from the start using the below method. Coolant Replacement/Bleeding With everything back in place youll need to refill your system with coolant. Its recommended that you use the BMW stuff but i just used the Halfords (G40 i think) mixed 50/50 with distilled water. Before you do anything, put your key in the ignition and turn to pos2. Now turn your heat setting all the way up, and your blowers all the way down. This will open up the thermostat to allow the coolant to flow in the system. With the drain plug now back in position and the expansion tank cap off, completely remove the bleed screw next to the expansion tank: Now with the engine off but key still in pos.2 gradually add your 50/50 mix into the expansion tank until you see coolant coming out of the bleed nipple. As you top up you will see air bubbles leaking from the bleed nipple. The aim is to allow the coolant to settle long enough to allow all this air to escape to prevent an air lock when sealed back up. After 2-3 minutes of topping up coolant and keeping an eye on air coming from the bleed nipple you should see no more bubbles, at which point you should be ok to replace the bleed screw. Top up any extra coolant that you think is necessary to get the level marker in the correct position and allow the engine to run up to temperature. Keep a close eye on your engine temperature dial, and make sure it reaches mid way and stays there. If you see it go over the midway position, switch the engine off immediately and check your levels/redo the bleeding process. Again we got heat from the vents fan cutting in everything seemed good so we left car cool down checked levels and set off from home but yet again lost interior heater. Currently the engine is coming up to temperature nicely, Fan is cutting in at 106 degrees according to the digital temp gauge setting and sits there between 100 - 105/6 even in a queue of traffic on the off ramp. Any help before I go at this again tonight would be much appreciated as it is really starting to fry my brain, I rely on the car to get me to work but just don't have the cash to send it in anywhere at the minute.
  3. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So the BAD. Purchased some clubsport splitters from Ebay which were described as new but arrived with scraps from running over kerbs on the underside, not really worth the wait and bother of returning so I am just going to refinish them and move on. The good: so excitement got the better of me so decided to give them a quick test fit with tape in the office carpark and I LOVE them should have been the first thing I ordered. I know there is the dents in the wheel arch and scrapes on the front bumper but am still holding off for better weather to have this done due to road conditions in my area. Was think to finish the front end look: * Silver / lightly smoke Tinted ( show only ;-) plates ) * split lights and paint inner indicator parts But really have to save some penny's for new wheels, while I really like the look of the sport wheels in person the curved spokes make them look really small even for 17". Would love to pick up a set of LM reps and finish in satin black. Also thinking of dying the roof black to tone it in with the rest of the car thoughts????
  4. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Few pic's taken outside my friends cafe. We were all down for our AGM and meeting to start planning out this years show for our club, while this is a VAG owners club in the last few years we have opened the doors to all classic and modified German brands. The Show will be towards the end of the summer in Co.Cork, Ireland but I will post more details for any Irish members as soon as they are confirmed. Also wanted to give a shout out to my friend Paul and all the team at the Greenway Cafe, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland. If anyone finds themselves holidaying in the area do pop in and say hello, Paul is an out and out petrol head and will be happy to chat. Paul started The Cafe and Charity Rebike to gather unwanted and unloved bikes, recondition them and give back to family's, centers and groups were children might never get another opportunity to have a bicycle of there own.
  5. Photo Shop Request - Club Sport Splitters

    Thanks @Daz 330 Cs been having a look on there and seen a few but was more interested in how they would sit on my car with other changes. I know I was saying I am watching the penny's but pulled the trigger on these, guess I am just to impatient to wait for them to arrive :-(
  6. Hi All, As you will see in my build thread I have been adding some black contrast to my silver vert. The next thing Im thinking is some clubsport splitters but have to set aside some penny's cant be ordering much at the min as my missus just lost her job. Anyway could some nice techie person do a quick photoshop for me to see how they would look im to impatient. Many thanks in advance
  7. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Stopped off on the way home for a coffee and grabbed a few more pics to do a comparison from when I got her to today The day I got her home. And this is were we are at now
  8. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So Yesterday was a typical wet Irish Sunday and feeling a little down with the struggles of life, I loaded up the car with some bits and pieces and took my self off the company workshop for a bit of car therapy. So as i said somewhere up along the line Since getting the car I always felt it was too much silver and need some contrast and I decided to go with a silver and black theme. First up I masked of the rear spoiler and the wing mirrors and got on with changing them to black, still not 100% on this but will give it a week or two to settle and if I am still not happy its is only an afternoons work to change back ( will pass another wet miserable Sunday ) While that dried I got on with changing the badges and wheel centers to black and silver Added some sill extensions ( vote is also out on these ) After A wipe down pull her back out into the rain to see how it all looked in the day light. I know both bumpers have bad scraps on them from previous owner but I am going to wait till the weather pics ups before having them repainted
  9. Goldie.....

    I know this is a very old thread but being a new bmw owner ive been trying to do as much reading as possible. Currently on page 34 of the photozone thread and have to say this is so far one of my favorite as its is all so do-able, Baz while i dont intend on copying you in anyway I have come up with so many ideas from reading your posts, Top work fella
  10. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    And a few more pic's just because, Think these were taking before the above jobs were done
  11. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So while on a boring day stuck at home i decided to raid the shed and see if I could find any bits for a bit of diy projecting. So with 2 small squares of light tint film I had lying around I tinted the fogs lights, also while stripped down I also painted the fog light surrounds and brake ducts satin black - All in all I think it freshens up the front end a lot. So while I had the satin black in hand I went looking for other black plastic that needed a refresh as I hate going around the car after every wash with trim detailer While I was in the middle of this the post man arrived with my new latch for the toolbox flap and my wheel nut covers so on they went too, think given the black and silver theme im working on I think ill have to order a set of carbon wheel centers. So with no chrome left on the car ( as this progresses you will see a black and silver theme come together ) I was considering changing the finish of the tail pipes to matt black but was unsure how this would looks so I tried a bit of plastic dip I had on the shelf and now love the the look so will have to do a more permanent job of it, only problem is now that I am studying the pics my cut down single exit diffuser looks a little rough soI think a new one with space for duel exit will have to be ordered.
  12. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Not much changed of late im afraid, time of year i guess, so many bills to pay, short evenings and s**t weather. My cousin did just get a new car lift installed in his man cave so took the chance to the the car up and give it a good once over. - Rad in perfect condition - all bar front anti roll bar bushings in perfect condition, ordered anti roll bar bushing but no rush really as there is only the slightest of play in them but said as everything else suspension seemed perfect ( most seems recently replaced ) it would be a shame not to do them. - tiny oil leak from engine bay but not 100% were from yet so cleaned all down and will have another look over next few days. - other than above i came away smiling from ear to ear as everything seems to be in great order Plans - so apart from sorting the above short term plans are limited, I did order some wheel nut covers ( love the small details and about the only thing on my wish list i could afford at the min :-( ) - order leather repair kit and have a go at sorting the drivers seat bolster - next mod im thinking is the kbs sill kit below but not crazy about the front splitter but cant make up my mind between clubsports or the csl in pic below
  13. 330Ci Project Topaz...* Bumper Fitted *

    Loving how this is coming together, I think the rear spoiler and new front bumper while not to everyones taste give the car a more upto date chunky modern look
  14. E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Few little updates Got some standard number plates and a new number plate holder for the front bumper, I know a lot of people remove these but I think it just leaves an unfinished look to the front. Nice to have standard font plates but not happy with the quality so will have to look for something better but will do for the test Next up was the rear lip spoiler again not to everyones taste but Ive loved the look of these since msport's started appearing on the roads. Ordered on ebay ready painted and have to say match is way better than i ever expected and once warmed up a little went on easy. Also had some lint tint film left over from my mk4 so decided id try tinting top half of rear lights, really like the smoked look but have odered some new film as was rush job and not 100% happy with finish. Also got some new tailor fit carpet mats to replace the horrible generic rubber one that came with the car but did get a pic before ( or after fitting ) ****Next up Now ive made a few changes to the car feels more like mine so time to start tiding up some bits im not happy with before any other mods. 1. polish front lights and research some bulbs as with current short evenings lights are useless, much more interested in seeing were I am going than how the lights look turned on...anybody got suggestions?? 2. get her aligned and prob fit some 12 or 15mm spacers on the front 3. book test and pay road tax 4. paint front and rear bumpers 5. replace gear-knob and boot and handbrake boot 6. order kit or find someone to repair driver bolster wear ****** Wish List 1. citroen stubby aerial 2. have my eye on kbs splitter kit ( not sure on front may just get sides and rear and find something else for front ) 3. new wheels ( 18inch csl rep or seen nice alpina rep I fancy ) 4. android head unit 5. wind deflector
  15. Hey Guys I am looking for a splitter for the front of my sport spec vert. I have seen a pic somewhere recently of the splitter very similar to the one in the pic below on a standard sport bumper and really like it but cant find anywhere, now I am new to the BMW scene so might not have the right name on this but if anyone out there know what I am on about and could help with a link I would be very grateful.