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My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Sun May 24, 2015 12:41 am

Picked this up a couple of weeks ago for a car meet. I'm kind of forced to keep it for the time being. So, I'm fixing it up until I can sell it.

So far, I like the way it drives despite being awfully slow, and it's actually kind of ugly up close (10ft car). Looks like it will need some work too.

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On 5/3 started ripping out the interior as the carpet was wet, the inside smelt bad, and the interior was semi-trashed anyway. Picked up an all black interior the next day.

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On 5/4 I removed more of the interior and cleaned up the rear half of the car using diluted purple power. The car has a bunch of water and smells at this time. I then went up to the Albany area to start getting all the black interior from a person that parts out BMWs. I have to go back to pick up the dash, seats, and headliner. I have pretty much everything else for the swap.

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Here's me stuffing my Altima to the brim with parts. #allblackeverythang

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On 5/8 took pretty much everything out of the car and grabbed all the black and grey interior for the donor in Albany. I fixed the leak in the sunroof and started to put stuff back together. So far the door panels and rear hatch are done, and I have the headliner semi-installed.

Next on the agenda is to swap out the heater core since I already have the dash out.

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On 5/10 I installed the headliner. I was thinking of making it black. But, at this time I don't care. I have a spare to mess around with if I want to...

I also re-installed all the rear paneling and the upper seats with the side bolsters. I need to look to see how the rear seatbelts attaches so I can install the bottom seats.

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Rear seat is in. Time to figure out the heater core so I can do the rest of the interior.

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On 5/11 Installed heater core and front carpets

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1075889

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On 5/12 Dashboard in and driver seat along with the driver's side interior plastics.

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On 5/19 A bunch of parts came in today. Still need to order more.

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5/21-5/22 - Interior almost done. I need to find a glovebox latch so that the glovebox closes. I also need to install the passenger side panels and then clean it up again. And finally, mess around with the sunroof so that it's functional.

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I started to take apart the engine last night so I can change coolant hoses and the CCV. I still have to remove the fan, clutch, radiator and get it ready to swap over to an electric version and change the OFHG.

I also replaced this hose on the air pump
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The new CCV is partial installed. Man this was a bear getting off the intake manifold. Looks like I need to replace a lot of vacuum lines and other hoses too.
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The head and block were caked in grease, and dirt. I cleaned it up a bit. Still have more to do.

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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby Baker » Sun May 24, 2015 5:08 am

crxgator wrote:Picked this up a couple of weeks ago for a car meet.


You should explain this.... :lol:
By your own admissions, you sound less than pleased with it, so I'm wondering why take pick it up to take this on?
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Sun May 24, 2015 2:09 pm

There is a car meet I've been going to http://40sinabag.com and it's euro only, so I picked this up from my barber. I guess it needed more work than stated. I was hoping to sell it at the meet. I actually like the chassis and am thinking about a ZHP sedan.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby Robb » Sun May 24, 2015 5:28 pm

BMW's are nice cars up until they need repair/servicing and after 5 years look out !
They can be money pits !
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Mon May 25, 2015 1:49 am

Yeah, just routine maintenance really. It's everything that was supposed to have been done 100k ago.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby Baker » Mon May 25, 2015 5:05 am

crxgator wrote:Yeah, just routine maintenance really. It's everything that was supposed to have been done 100k ago.


What year is it and how many miles actually on it?
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby daveb91 » Mon May 25, 2015 9:57 am

Black interior looks good.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Mon May 25, 2015 11:14 am

Baker - 2000 with 206k miles

Dave - thanks. It made a world of difference having a nicer interior in it.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby tommy » Tue May 26, 2015 8:36 am

It does look much nicer in black. I was kind of hoping that BMW continued with their station wagons, but I guess the internal SAV ( :rolleyes1: to that little BMW acronym [baloney]) people won out. A current 3 series station wagon would be tits.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Tue May 26, 2015 9:21 am

Tommy, they do have a 3-series station wagon. a 4-cyl turbo (gas, and diesel).

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/content/ ... lcode=15TD
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby tommy » Tue May 26, 2015 10:08 am

Yep, you're right. Thought they had killed all of 'em. No manny, though. Thanks for the info; would still love to get a ti and slap in an M engine. Nice combo of practicaility, ugliness, and M power. Yummy.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby bairdandrew77 » Tue May 26, 2015 11:56 pm

Nice car, I love station wagons. Other than the interior needing to be redone and past due maintenance, seems like a solid car. But with that many miles I'd be scared of it turning into too much of a maintenance vehicle
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Wed May 27, 2015 7:35 pm

well the maintenance will be completed and wouldn't really need to do anything else
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby asianflava » Wed May 27, 2015 8:19 pm

tommy wrote:Yep, you're right. Thought they had killed all of 'em. No manny, though. Thanks for the info; would still love to get a ti and slap in an M engine. Nice combo of practicaility, ugliness, and M power. Yummy.


Like this one? I really like this Restomod, an E30 M enngine in a 2002.
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Re: My stupid BMW

Postby crxgator » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:03 am

Well, more parts came in this week.

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I worked on the car Friday and Saturday (haven't touched it in almost two weeks). :(

Changed the valve cover gasket and seals.

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Ran a new vacuum line for this (stupid expensive for what it was)
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Spark plugs done
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Oil Filter Housing Gasket done
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New VANOS line installed as well as coolant pipe seen on the block

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Then I started to install my cooling system. Does this look like it's seated correctly? I can't pull it off, but I want to make sure.
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New radiator, lower radiator hose, expansion tank and related parts are installed.
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I have started to replace all the steering hoses (I don't have a picture yet). I also installed a new oil level sensor and temp sensor as well. Way more to go...
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