Five months after traveling to a scary backwoods town to buy a car that turned out to be even worse than I could have imagined, I found myself in the driver’s seat of an E36 M3 with a Ford 5.0 V8 installed, plumbed up, and ready to rock.

Join me on an exciting journey experiencing the wonder and the majesty of eight angry cylinders attempting to brutalize a neglected German chassis. Chuckle at my witty commentary. Marvel at how I apparently can’t drive with my mouth shut. And enjoy the burnout that blew off my coolant hose (more on that next week).

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