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E46 german el camino

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by bodycustom1, Aug 30, 2010.

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    bodycustom1

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    my 04 german el camino
    a pic of work in progress
    I got her weighed on friday 3400 lbs. with a full tank
    I think she was 3280 empty from the factory???

    I beefed up the rear with 1X1 tubing -see pic- this winter I'm goin to make a trailer to tow behind
    just because

    phrozen06 guest

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    innovation
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    az3579

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    That's ridonkulous... really cool way to save the car. I remember reading somewhere that the car needed saving, right?
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    granthr

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    I think I see a Penna inspection sticker there, where are you located? I would love to see that some day. What did you use for the rear?
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    Zeichen311

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    That is so ... so ... wrong ... yet impressive and cool. My hat is off to you--partly in salute, partly to scratch my head. :D

    Does the sunroof still work at all? From the photo it appears you would have had to shorten the cassette quite a bit. And yes, do tell the identity of the donor car(s) for the back half!

    (And as long as I'm asking: More pics and the story, please! I see some clues that this entered the world as a ZHP? :eek:)
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    bcweir

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    If it did start out as a ZHP, lots of BMW fans could cry foul

    It would be like doing this conversion on a numbers-correct 2002 turbo, an original 507, an original E30 M3 Evo, or even an 850CSi (of which only around 1,500 examples were shipped to North America).

    OK are enough purists sick to their stomach now with the imagery of cutting up all of the above cars? Good. :D
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    jsunma

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    bodycustom1

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    greetings
    bed off of a 2006 colorado
    the width was right on, had to shorten a bit to match wheel wells
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    bodycustom1

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    greetings
    yes it is a ZHP
    It was totaled so I figure I saved it from the scrap heap.
    still handles and drives like a dream
    nobody ever passes me out on the turnpike
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    bodycustom1

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    greetings
    yes the sun roof slides back about 8 in.
    I'm an old dude I crank up the AC.
    I'ts a black car when it sits I just lift the back for some venting
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    granthr

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    BMW did create an M3 el camino back in the 80s. It was powered by an M40 though. This is a factory car!
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    az3579

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    Pure fail.


    The ZHP-camino is a really sick idea though. No matter what purists say (hell, I'm a purist), a camino-ZHP that otherwise would've been sent to the scrap heap is a helluva lot better than a totaled ZHP that isn't worth the crud from under my fingernails. And, the handling is still there. What is there not to love? (other than the looks, of course... at least the front is pretty!)
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    Zeichen311

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    Yep - once it's basically been destroyed, it's fair game for creativity and imagination. Or, from another angle, kinda like adopting a dog from a shelter--beats the alternative by miles. :D
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    granthr

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    ?????? That car/truck, cruck, was NOT powered by an S14. An M40 is the 4 cylinder motor that never made it the USA, thank goodness. It is a POS 8 valve version of the M42 that was in the E30 318is.

    What do think was in it?
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    GSMetal

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    Uh....no.

    To quote someone's Avitar:
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    bodycustom1

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    der strAbe

    couple pics
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    az3579

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    Gee, I don't know... an S14, perhaps???
    If it's gonna look like an M3, it had better go like one too. :mad:
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    Brian A

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    It's the perfect track rat: carry the R-comps and full-size jack in the back.
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    BMRDRVR

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    You might want to apply for a patent - zee German engineers could be watching!
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    bodycustom1

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    greetings
    I thought I had a first
    wonder why they still don't produce them??

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