El Turko

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  1. Small world - I'm also in Ickenham. but unfortunately my e39 is tucked away in my parents garage in Bournemouth until summer.
  2. Great work Chris! Nice to see this car progressing. You'd only just picked it up last time I was up collecting bits and pieces!
  3. I've not updated this for over a year and it is long overdue an update. This is probably the first car I've owned where I have tried to tackle the majority of jobs myself, so I really should have kept on top of the journal (even if just for my own benefit). Apologies in advance for the lack of order and decent pictures. November '15 I made the decision to take the car off the road. The plan being to stick it on axle stands, and tackle all the jobs I wanted to do, taking my time and doing everything exactly how I wanted. I even bought a daily run around to see me through, and the plan was to be done by February/March The reality is, I got to May, still hadn't finished half the jobs I'd over ambitiously planned, so put the car back together so I could enjoy the car over summer. I will persevere and finish off my plans this winter, but will update on where I am up to: As I had done so much to the exterior, alot of what I wanted to do was interior based; upgrade the hifi/stereo, add a bit more leather, sort out a boot build for all the airlift stuff and also upgrade the air ride management system to the latest (at the time newly released) model. If I stripped the inside of the car, it would make all these jobs easier, right? Working in such a mess actually became a bit of a de-motivator at times, as it was difficult to see a finishing line I managed to source some extended leather bits: Steering cowel Centre console Lower dash Glove box Lower B pillar trims It doesn't sound like much, but made a difference. No pics yet unfortunately. Also fitted a compass mirror Then I moved onto the front seats. The sport seats are good, in fact there was nothing wrong with them, bar a little bolster wear. But as I was going to so much effort with the car I just wanted something different. A friend had linked me to an e38 interior for sale, which had the contour seats with lumbar support. The fronts bolted & plugged straight into my e39 as both cars were facelift models. I made the long old journey down to Torquay to collect. Yup, the seats are beige. So another learning curve; restore/re-dye seats First up was replacing the dead foam in the drivers bolster. I went to a breakers, and sourced foam from a passenger seat (shares the same foam as an e39 sport seat): Then once I had gone over them with some heat (to reduce some of the the stretch in the leather) I set about dying them to black. I was really nervous about ruining the seats, but had the mindset of nothing ventured, nothing gained. Ordered a kit from furnture clinic with matt finish and set off nervously. Side by side comparison: With a stroke of luck I also found some extended leather seat backs for them. They had scratched trim, but a morning wetsanding them had them come up like new. The results of the seats are not 100% perfect, but I'm really impressed with how they have turned out. After 6 months of use, I've had zero issues or even wear. So, onto media. One of the guys on here (Piper) linked up to a youtube video of NBT installed in an e39. For those that don't know, NBT is basically the media system installed in BMW's after 2012/2013. As soon as I saw the video I knew I wanted to do the retrofit. A guy in Ireland (company called Germaniks) makes a retrofit loom for all the kit, and a few of us latched on to a group buy for the loom. I then scoured ebay for the hardware: NBT unit, screen, controller, mounts etc. The loom made it far easier than most imagine, and Mick kindly logged onto my PC remotely to code it all to the car. The only challenge being, because this is such a rarely tackled retrofit, stuff like controller mounts and screen bezels are not manufactured, you basically have to go have it made, or make it yourself. Not having any experience with fibreglass or fabricating, I chose the illogical option to make them myself. I am not going to lie, not knowing what I was doing meant it took me ages. I think i spent 4 weekends sanding, filing, cutting, fibreglassing etc. I really struggled, but I got there in the end. Screen in (and trimmed in leather): The NBT retrofit is amazing, and is by far the best thing I have done. 200gb hard drive Bluetooth USB Aux Ipod/Iphone integration with album artwork European Maps/Nav Traffic updates Postcode search Handsfree telephone On screen check control PDC - with on screen images (can even install a reversing camera in the future) Interior back in: Having everything integrated in the car made me want to do something with my new Airlift controller. I decided on a roof mount, and custom fabricated (again this was all new to me) a sunroof panel which would house; hazard light switch as its oem position had been replaced by the NBT controller, sunroof switch, microphone, and the air ride controller. But, to make it more complicated, I wanted the controller to be at an angle to make it easy to read/control. Headlining was dropped, wires run, and I got fabricating. After a lot of swearing, and again, black leather, I'm proud of how it turned out. Also means I don't have a controller flapping about. I had planned upgrading speakers and amplifier, but I wanted everything in to minimise the need to chase faults with the NBT kit. I'll tackle it more this winter. I have all the bits, its just finding time. Next up, boot build. As the plans with the car escalated, I was looking to upgrade whatever needed doing. I want it to be perfect. So I stripped out all the stuff in the boot relating to the air ride, and replaced with new; New seamless tank Upgraded from 1x 380c compressor to 2x 444c ViAir compressors Bought noise isolator mounting kits for both to keep compressor noise to a minimum Upgraded from Airlift V2 Management to Airlift 3P (the latest) Also bought an Alpina boot carpet (from Maccavvy on here) in fitting with the wheels I normally run. Set about building a mini boot build: Under the carpet I built a false floor, with countersunk holes so the screws/bolts wouldnt stick out. Then trimmed the whole lot in black felt to keep the boot silent. Still have a bit of work to do, but getting there. I also replaced all my window and bumper trims as they were showing signs of age: Old rubbers: That's pretty much where I got up to in terms of working on the car. It was then MOT'd ready for me to hit a few shows. First up Rollhard Show in Cressing Temple Barns Then it was to a local Bmwowner.com meet in Surrey, Minter was on hand to take some great pics; Players10 in Essex The next show I was due to attend was 100% Tuning in Rotterdam. I was invited by the organisers, and couldn't refuse as I love shows abroad, and its the first indoor event for the e39 which I was hyped about.. I decided to make a proper trip of it with the Mrs, taking in Brugge and Amsterdam along the way, making a mini trip of it all. Hotels, crossing etc all booked and ready to go, we were both really excited. Until two days before one of my wheels started leaking, and as I was on the motorway, it killed the tyre. Nobody could get me the tyre size i needed before going and I had no time to get it fitted. Proper gutted, but decided to do the trip anyway as everything was paid for. A friend of mine came to the rescue with a generous plan - overnight some centre bore adaptors/spacers, and I could run his wheels so I could still make the show. The results are epic: The show was awesome, and to see the car on carpet, roped off, and on general display in front of 40,000 visitors was amazing. Such a brilliant feeling, The whole trip was incredible to be fair, and the car got attention wherever it went. Lastly, Ultimate Stance in Telford. I'd gone from never exhibiting at an indoor show, to two in a matter of weeks. Slam Sanctuary kiindly invited me to appear on their stand again: Thats it for now.... I'll try and keep it more up to date over coming months to save such a long post in future. **I'll have to go through the pictures at some point and update the photos - looks like the quality on a few has gone to pot where Ive saved on my phone and uploaded to photobucket.
  4. I finally have mine in the car. Nav etc works. But at the moment, do not have any sound coming through. Is this normal, pre coding? I've just fired off an email to Mick to help with the coding side, but I'm pretty sure that i should still hear something. My only guess is that the NBT unit Ive bought is turned down, and it wont recognise my steering controls until coded? Any help from those that have done the install, would be appreciated. Thanks
  5. HI, Where are you based, and do you have any pics of the rears of the units as well? Thanks,
  6. Definitely definitely requires a donor engine - don't even think about breaking this car Chris.
  7. 1 x Front windscreen cover - 51 31 8 159 784 3 x Rubber buffer - 51 31 1 925 433 1 x Rear glass cover upper - 51 31 8 159 785 1 x Rear glass cover lower - 51 31 8 159 786 2 x Rubber mounting - 11 42 1 436 982 1 x Recessed handle - 51 16 7 141 735 Thanks
  8. Hi Tim, How much for the rear passenger footrests?
  9. AFC Bournemouth fan here. I think Leicester have stolen the spotlight in terms of teams over achieving this season - but fair play to them. Its been fantastic to watch and a great talking point. Its amazing. Leicester have Chelsea away in their final game. It would be absolutely fantastic for them to wrap it up early and get the 'guard of honour' at Stamford Bridge.... who'd have thought hey!.
  10. Chris, I've tried to PM you, but think you inbox might be full again!
  11. Perfect! Thanks..... I have electric seats already with the yellow connectors that match the contours - so looks like I'm in a good place. So now its just wiring in the heated bit and getting pads into the seats. Thanks!
  12. Not expecting a massive response - but if anyone has any for sale, please let me know. Prefer black, but any colour considered. Thanks,
  13. Hi All, I’ve recently acquired some contour seats but they are non-heated. I want to go all out and change this, retrofitting some heated elements. Ive read about 6/7 different DIY’s on here, all incredibly useful, and feel semi confident with the retrofit. Now, obviously finding the actual seat pads for Contours is going to be mission impossible. I have been on Realoem and Bmwfans.info and both sites show the picture but no part number for the mats. I’ve then had a mini brain wave – that maybe I can buy a set of heated sport seats and butcher/dismantle them for their heated elements. EDIT - after a bit more digging, the foam base is the same part number as e39 sport seats, so the bottom half will definitely fit. Does anyone know if sport seats elements will fit? I am calling on forum knowledge about the shape / size of the seats? As I have tried to get part numbers for contours but failed, I can’t even cross reference to check if they’re different. The other issue I have is after reading multiple threads, is that the contours require some additional wiring (if you ignore the heated retrofit part for now)… I thought they would be plug and play, but a few threads have got me thinking differently? My e39 is a facelift and the seats came out of a 2000 728 – plugs are the same. Am I going mad? Have people found the retrofit easy? Any help would be greatly appreciated – I know there are a few retrofit experts on the forum! Thanks!
  14. I've also completely misunderstood what this was..... I thought it was a retrofit kit to be fitted to an e39... Doh! I wonder how much of it could be stripped down to be made to fit? Ive seen a few people on Instagram with electric rear seats
  15. Do you still have this? Any pictures?