Is it possible to Sawzall the rear off an E36 Touring and graft it, along with the doors onto an E36 4-door sedan? Dr.AK, are there any structural/trunk floor differences? I think you owned non-Touring E36s before.
It used to look like this back when I bought it in 2009:
In the summer of 2010 installed the M bumpers and skirts, dropped it on AP coils and threw on some OEM 8x18 ET20 and 9x18 ET22 Style 32s off a 7-series E38 wrapped in 215/35/18s.
Then I hit an animal, which effed up the front end with a cracked bumper and a bent nosepanel, then sold the wheels and in the following winter I slid into a sign post. Which gave me this and a cracked bumper:
I've spent the last few months fixing it up again, fixing some rust issues, got some new wheels (BBS RF in 8.5x17 ET13 and 9.5x17 ET13 wrapped in 205/40 and 225/35 Falken FK452s), pulled the rear arches heavily and now it's only minor stuff left until the car goes into the paintshop. I did everything myself so far, only the paint will be done by a professional painter.
You can follow my build over on Stanceworks.
thinking about it, theoretically it should be possible. As far as I know the undercarriage is exactly the same, as I haven't noticed any differences between my previous sedan and my current Touring. The rear most part, where the hatch closes at is a bit different, I think. But the parts underneath the car are exactly the same.
There might be some hidden chassis bracings in the sidewalls to give it a bit more stability, but I don't know for sure, but I doubt it.
A good body worker should be able to do this, with a good sedan and a Touring shell.
Last edited by Dr.AK; 08-17-2011 at 08:29 PM.
Of all the synonyms for wagons, "variant" just plain bugs the hell out of me. It hits my ear wrong and sounds pretentious, even though the Audi-synonymous "Avant" does not bug me. It's weird.
Ford Unicorn (I could not find pictures of the red Car and Driver second-gen SHO wagon)
2007 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring