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  1. sharkfan

    E34 Headliner material idea's

    There's a guy on PH doing a great Rover SD1 restoration who did a load of research for his headling woes; I asked him and he said this stuff... https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/product/1554/high-heat-resistant-aerosol-adhesive
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    E34 Headliner material idea's

    What is the best glue recommended for re-gluing the headliner back up; this summers sun has caused mine to start coming away a little.
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    E34 parts

    Hi Cotswold, Are these parts still available and how much are they please? https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part?id=HK42-EUR-11-1995-E34-BMW-540i&mg=31&sg=10&diagId=31_0142&q=31321129196 And the sill cover clips, 1938940 for the same car. Many thanks.
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    What are you currently drinking...?

    Currently drinking cold black coffee and amaretto over crushed ice; caffeine to fend off the heat lethargy and ice cold to... fend off the heat, amaretto to make the black coffee palatable.
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    3night break suggestions please

    Lived just down the river from there back in 1999, in Kiev. Scary museum in Kiev, horrible stories from the locals about medical problems and the river Dnieper was NOT for swimming in. I used to work in the nuclear industry as well so had read a very many detailed classified reports about the incident.
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    Ask in the F10 section, you might find there was a recall on dodgy OEM condensors.
  7. sharkfan

    Need Help...Broken M5

    1. Check for vacuum leaks on the little pipes that operate the fuel pump regulator and intake plenum flap. CHECK THOROUGHLY. 2. Check for leaks on the intake system, especially the ribbed rubber section, jubilee clips, etc. 3. Compression check, including checking how tight the spark plugs are when you undo them. 4. Coolant sniffer check, to check for petrol/emission gases blowing from the head gasket to the coolant system. Good luck and I hope its something simple.
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    AC engineer around surrrey/ Croydon area

    If that's sourcing, replacing and re-commisioning then I'd say it's pretty fair but I'm no expert. I use AutoAir out of Woking for all my AC repairs and re-charging.
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    Painting chrome trim

    I had my tired external chrome trims on my E34 vinyl wrapped with gloss black vinyl a few years ago and they are still great - no shrinkage, no fading.
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    What tool?

    From memory a 10mm and 11mm box spanner, fairly common and easy to get hold of.
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    MOT advice

    As long as no 'Dangerous' defects are noted on the fail sheet you can still use the car to the date on the previous MoT. The other defect classifications are 'Minor' which are not MoT failures, and 'Major' which are MoT failures, but not sufficient to render the car dangerous to be used while the existing MoT is still in date.
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    OAL-BB 50 - 50 years of BMW Alpina book

    One here... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-ALPINA-Automobile-50-Jahre-3-0-CSL-3-5-6-7-8er-Z1-Z4-Z8-B3-B6-B7-Buch-book/360732997486?hash=item53fd5cb76e:g:N7cAAOSwYIxX2~00 or call Sytner, they might have some on the shelves still. Edit to add; Buchloe still have it listed as available at its original price of 75 Euros.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    MoT passed after a couple of small bits of sill welding, inoperative main beam headlight and a drip from the rear diff. Diff cleaned off and now bone dry, headlamp fixed, welding down and underseal protection applied.
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    Help with "Alpina" B10 cam install requested

    Have you double checked the spark plug leads are correct from the distributor to the plugs?
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    Motorcyclist films himself at 189mph

    Followed by two gigantic sweepers of your own... As a former Paramedic I can see there is very little, if anything, to choose between the driving capabilities of the poorest bike and poorest car drivers. One thing I will say is that I see far fewer car drivers overtaking on double white lines, single white line against or even the zig-zags of zebra crossings than I do motorcyclists - which I do witness almost on a daily basis around the South-East.
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    Motorcyclist films himself at 189mph

    Mobile organ donor... if you can find any decent pieces ...
  17. The Alpina V8 engines have a lovely burble and a blue and white propellor...
  18. You should consider the V12; a decent level of toys and the nice ones have all the toys; the engine is better and far more powerful and reliable than the V8's and everyman should own a V12 sometime shouldn't they...
  19. No affiliation or anything but if anyone is free for a chance of a roadtrip to Moscow for Sunday's big match have a look at this... https://www.facebook.com/99575746433/posts/10155499511856434/
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    Any issues with the new MOT for anyone?

    It's worth getting under the engine, gearbox and diff to see if there are any leaks to be cleaned up. Wipe them up and make it look clean and dry and you'll have less chance of getting caught on the 'leaks detrimental to the environment' clause.
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    E34 Alpina B10 3.5

    Yep, a 535i plus bolt on parts and a glued together badge. Back in the early 1990's when you could order either, the B3.5 came in just under £4.5k for them to fit all the bits I mentioned plus the genuine Alpina shocks and springs (which this car has lost) compared to a proper B10 3.5 was around £13k, which of course included the 260bhp Alpina M30 engine and a LSD. Any Alpina interior mods would be more money again but were available to order from Buchloe. Frank Sytner had made himself whole range of 'Alpina' cars, probably to the increasing consternation of Herr Bovensiepen who owns Alpina; I suspect the cutting and pasting of genuine 'B10 3.5' into 'B3.5' badges was perhaps the last straw after all the E30 variety box cars Frank offered and the E36 B2.5 and even a E31 B5.0 mash up. By contrast Alpina in Buchloe were only producing brand new cars, not some used cars like Sytner, and also had standard model specifications instead of Franks broad brush for all sizes of wallets. I think the last Sytner conversions were around 1994, certainly the two rhd 'B10 4.0' E34 models were made by Sytner in 1994 and by 1995 I believe all Alpina production was returned to Buchloe exclusively. This shouldn't detract from what appears to be a very well looked after E34 but IMHO the vendor is stretching the Alpina name and provenance of this particular car to justify quite a high asking price. What would anyone price an E34 535i at, if it was near identical condition to this car, and also had all the 'B3.5' Alpina bits fitted to it, perhaps including the suspension? £5k? £8k? £10k? Or £18.5k like this car?
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    Headlamp aim too low

    If you posted a bit more information about where you live someone local might offer to pop by and help you out. My E24 failed on dip beam aim a few years ago and the mechanisms were seized but it took ten minutes to take the entire headlights out, five minutes to free them up and two minutes to set them right when I got it back to the MoT station.
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    I gave up counting all the mistakes - utter garbage in terms of accurate information across M-models, Alpina and even basic E numbers.
  24. sharkfan

    Hello from Cala D’or

    Good for you Dave, hope you all have a great time.
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    E34 Alpina B10 3.5

    Perhaps there isn't a fuss about it because it isn't a B10 3.5? It's a B3.5, a Frank Sytner special for his customers who couldn't afford a B10 3.5, so no Alpina engine or transmission modifications whatsoever. Back then, and even now, you can make your own B3.5 because all it is in essence, is all the bits that Alpina will sell you from their E34 accessories catalogue, namely wheels, suspension, steering wheel, gearknob and a spoiler. All Frank did was put a bow on it by cutting up some genuine 'B10 3.5' badges and gluing them together to make a 'B3.5' badge (also offered on an E32 chassis as well) and perhaps liberally throwing some more Alpina stickers around the car. Sytner specials, those cars that aren't identically built to Buchloe standards, aren't exactly collectible as they are all possibly different (being built to cusomers specs of what they could afford and not what Alpina stated was a model), generally not Alpina powered (E30's are their own can of worms) and it's perhaps cars like these that helped Burkard Bovensiepen decide to take all Alpina car manufacture back to Buchloe with no more concession design and builds ever allowed. Edit to add; Reading through the advert the car hasn't even got Alpina suspension (which is still available) so all it is, is wheels, steering wheel, spoiler and gearknob. Absolutely brand new and wrapped in glorious Alpina wrapping paper I suspect those items wouldn't cost much more than £3.5k from Buchloe, with the suspension kit another £1.5k so for £5k you could make any E34 you choose more of an Alpina than this £18,500 imposter...