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  • Smokey Bear
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    Seeing your previous work, dropping the subframe wouldn’t be a big job for you, disconnect the brake lines and shocks and most of the job is done… I definitely don’t have the interest right now and will probably wait until I have a lift in the shed. I’m a lazy cnut though. I’m not even sure you’d have to drop the subframe completely off the studs.

    As I say though, I don’t have that motivation anymore but don’t go by me, I’m just a wast of time paper pusher. I haven’t earned a quid by lifting a spanner in 6 years.

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  • AMGE34
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    :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D, I was going to order the preformed ones and all next week. There's no chance I'd be able to drop the subframe. Do you reckon you'd get away with out dropping the subframe if you were to make your own up? I might have to sub it out to a professional I'd say.

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  • Smokey Bear
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    Originally posted by AMGE34 View Post
    Are you going to make up your own fuel lines or did you buy the pre formed BMW ones. My vent line is looking fairly crusty and the two full lines aren't much better, so it's on my list. Still not sure what route to go. I heard it can be awkward enough with the formed ones with the subframe in the way and as I'll be doing it on the ground I want to make it as easy as possible.

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    So [mention]AMGE34 [/mention]

    It will be a gigantic ballache to do the fuel lines. I have started it and definitely will need to drop the subframe to do it unless I want to bend the pre formed lines. If you can get away with just removing the vent line and touching up the other two I would as a interim solution.


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  • e30mclow
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    I missed the Racing Diffs update. It is something that I'm hoping to do myself soon, just waiting for a little bit better of an exchange rate as it works out quite expensive with shipping.
    I was hoping to not have to do the bearings but I guess it'd be foolish not to.

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  • Smokey Bear
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    I bought the pre formed ones. They were not too expensive and it saves the fooling around bending them. I’m doing them on the ground too so will soon see if it’s actually possible or not.

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  • AMGE34
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    Are you going to make up your own fuel lines or did you buy the pre formed BMW ones. My vent line is looking fairly crusty and the two full lines aren't much better, so it's on my list. Still not sure what route to go. I heard it can be awkward enough with the formed ones with the subframe in the way and as I'll be doing it on the ground I want to make it as easy as possible.

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  • Smokey Bear
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    Sorry Conor, I’ve taken none of your advice



    I pulled some black leather out of storage that i had been hoarding for whatever time corresponds to the thickness of mould on the seats.

    I gave them a decent clean down with misc cleaner, fitted some cloth armrests and fired the whole lot in the car.

    It looks fairly terrible but it’s functional.

    All the bits to do the fuel lines arrived along with the bracket from an e39 to fit the fly by wire throttle. Another inch closer to completion I suppose.
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  • Smythy411
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    I dunno is it a good thing or a bad thing I didn't see that black Friday sale bought enough as it was. Get the engine running and the motivation will be straight back!

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  • Smokey Bear
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    Racing diffs had a sale on Black Friday, I’m not sure if I saved much but I had been wanting to upgrade the diff. I had previously put new clutches in it but it was just a standard lsd. For the 10 minutes I drove the car with the last engine it didn’t pass the hoonage test.

    Some of mammys excellent cherry cake and tea and a look at the wares before going to the cold garage to start the job.

    This kit includes two extra dog ear plates and two extra clutches to the standard setup. To account for the extra clutch thickness there is a new end cap which has less material than the original end cap. There’s some new Belleville washers and a new shim if any damage needs to be machined out.



    The car was already in the air so the casing came out relatively easy



    Back cover off



    The diff had previously had fresh oil and has no miles on it so I carefully removed the cage without loosing too much of the oil. Waste not want not.



    With it on the bench it was just a case of belting some torx into the hex heads which I should have replaced last time round. Oops.




    The racing diffs end plate I then realised didn’t come with a bearing. Balls. Should have noticed this earlier but was too busy eating cake.




    Time to build it all back up and the bearing can be got during the week.



    It’s all back together now anyway with new bearings. These went on very easily in a press and did the outer races in the bench vice.

    Another job ticked off but no closer to starting it. I really need to finish off the fuel lines but motivation is low.


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  • Smokey Bear
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    I replaced the check strap with one from the spares car this evening, this was a barrier to getting the door cards on so was kind of important.

    While trying to fit the doorcards a month ago I noticed the door pockets were missing along with almost half of the holders which hold the plastic clips which in turn attach the door card to the door.

    Up until last week there was two replies from the vendor who told me he was too busy to deal with the problem. Not wanting to wait any longer I decided I would remove the parts from other cards. I was worried the bits would get damaged hanging around the garage.

    The left behind glue is all that can be seen of the missing parts here.


    I went about removing the bits I would need to make the new cards useable




    The pockets were a fairly important piece seeing as they have 3 clips integrated into them.



    They are glued to the cards using what looked like hot glue. They were fairly difficult to pry off so I’m not sure how the ham fisted breaker from the north managed to rip them off.



    Seeing as the clips were held on with a hot glue gun it was a great excuse to buy new tools, it seemed logical that wurth or 3m would sell decent glue and their gun would be the best for applying it. Really happy with this piece of kit!




    Here’s the passenger card repair completed.



    Drivers door vapour barrier refitted.



    Drivers door card fitted, I’m really happy with this, for years the clips had been broken in the old one.



    The little sunglasses pocket wasn’t present when the interior arrived. A nice man on the e34 Facebook page was selling some bits in the UK, sold me the required missing pocket for my car.



    Fitted, now just need to finish off the passenger side, the electric accelerator pedal also needs to be fitted but I’m just waiting on a bracket for that. The interior work which I used to hate is actually somewhat enjoyable this time around. It’s nice to see a visual improvement after doing a job I suppose.



    A well deserved glass of wine 🤤




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  • Smokey Bear
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    I have a wood Nardi which I’ll stick on it. That will do me. There’s a guy on Instagram doing wood gearknobs made from recycled skateboards so I’ll probably get a handbrake handle and gearknob from him to tie it all together.

    I think the best thing to do is not talk about cars in work. You do you. I have a friend who has gone down an awful rabbit hole getting to the bottom of an issue with his car and he said it’s very awkward in work when having lunch with the quashquai brigade they can’t understand any spending outside of their monthly pcp payment.

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  • AMGE34
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    Nice work, I'm fond of a bit of wood trim myself. I almost bought a genuine bmw wooden sports steering wheel last year, until the lads in work started taking the piss out of me, asking did it come with a captains hat.

    I'm sorry I didn't buy it as I saw another e34 with one in the flesh and it looked unreal.

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  • Smokey Bear
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    I was ordering some side skirts for my e36 project recently and had to have them put on a pallet from the breakers yard. I asked him what else he had of interest and found out he had an e34 with wood trim, something I’ve been looking to pick up for ages. It was a no brained adding the doorcards and dash panels to the order making use of the pallet.

    Because I was afraid some bits were missing I said it takes precedent Over other jobs on the car so Os started to install the wood trim this evening.




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    While this was happening I remembered the rear passenger door hadn’t worked in 13 years. It turned out to be a seized door handle. Fitted one off the parts car, great success.

    One other job before the door cards go on is the drivers door check strap needs to be replaced.


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  • Smokey Bear
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    That’s no problem Phil, hope it wasn’t too much trouble to fix it!

    Another small bit of progress has been made. I have tucked all of the wiring into the e34 plastic covers and put the ecu into the original location. Compared to an e36 it’s much easier to tidy up the wiring, it seems to fit better and there’s more space to tuck away the excess.



    During all of this the car has been moved to a new home again. It’s done more mileage on the recovery truck this year than it’s done in the past 13 years under it’s own steam.

    I have a short list of stuff left to go before I can fire it into life. It just needs a fuel supply, oil and a dipstick.

    I will still need to put a prop shaft on it and an exhaust before I can move it though and I suspect I’ll have to get a custom exhaust made.


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  • philb
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    Top notch thread! Sorry that your content seemed to get hidden in the migration, sorted now, enjoyed reading that
    I've good memories of my friends e34 touring, magnificent cars. Probably of a higher quality than the e39 but fairly similar feeling on the road.

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