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About Calypso-E34

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    Inverness
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    Modern Classic Cars
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    Financial Controller, Company Secretary, Company Director.

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    F10 525d SE Auto ; E34 520i SE Auto

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  1. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Today was a day for removing and refitting bits of trim, carpet, insulation and the like in order to remove the cable for the old Sony CD changer, and fit the BMW one so I can fit the changer to suit the BMW Business head unit. Its all all done now, but in order to fit this changer I’m going to need some brackets, which I don’t have and am struggling to find. I also need to find a power source - I had a look today but couldn’t see anything obvious. CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS? Pic of the player and connections below. I fitted the new new plastic bumper trims today, and they are a big improvement. They are not OEM, but they are inexpensive, and as far as I can see, just as good. I have removed the instrument cluster, and will be packing it off to have it refurbished, as the mileage was starting to fade, and the gear position indicator is unreadable most of the time. I should have it back for next weekend. I got got my spare wheel back from the refurbishers, so I put that back where it belongs, and finally, I have a working glove box torch! This has been refurbished with new batteries and converted to LED. Can’t believe what I spent on that - in fact I’m not going to fess up!!
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    Wiking/ herpa 1/87 model cars

    These are nice little things. I have a Herpa 1:87 E34 B10 Bi-Turbo, and it's amazing the detail they managed to show on something so small. My Wife would kill me if I bought all of these Dunc, but if you decide to sell individually, give me a shout. I fancy a few of the 'cooking' ones rather than the more iconic models.
  3. Came across this on a Facebook page, and thought to myself - this would suit me nicely. Early E39, I the right colour, with the right wheels - lovely. If it had Anthracite cloth, that would be icing on the cake. Less stupid engine electronics than later ones too.
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    The replacement seat, which I will clean up, fit the arm rest, and have looking like new :
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    So, thanks to Tim Pollock (Member name Tims on here ) BMW Classic Spares, I have en route to me a couple of items which, while not strictly speaking absolutely necessary, should reduce my OCD itch a bit. Firstly, the plastic rubbing strips on the doors. A couple are a bit scruffy, while one of them has a screw in it where the clips have obviously failed. Tim has sent some good used ones, and I have some new clips and grommets from BMW, all of which I will fit soon. I also found some new old stock front bumper corner trim, which will tidy up the front end. Secondly, Tim had a completely unworn driver's seat in the correct 0411 anthracite cloth upholstery, which is a rare thing indeed. The seat in the car is actually not too bad, but has worn through an area the size of a 50p piece on one of the seat back bolsters, so when this came up, I bagged it, as these will get even rarer as the cars are scrapped - not much call for cloth seats when leather is still a popular upgrade. My current seat :
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    Wheeler Dealers Series 14 Part II - 21 May 2018

    Great episode - the Wagoneer turned out great!
  7. Now on eBay - but it's cheaper here!
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    Kit's E34 535i

    You'll miss those comfy 15s!! Actually, the 32s suit the car. On an SE, I've found that the Style 33 16" turbine style E39 wheel looks surprisingly good too! Don't forget your spigot rings!!
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    Splondike's M535i Project

    I think this is my favourite car on this forum. Not just for the looks, but the genuine quality and attention to the tiniest detail.
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    I almost forgot! I finally got the broken headlamp sorted out. There was a hole in the high beam lamp on the passenger side when I picked up the car, but another complete unit was included with the car. In the end, I decided not to waste half a day of my life working around the maze of lunacy that is the E34 grille and headlamp assemblies, and got the local specialist to do it. He seems to have it down to a fine art. So yes, I cheated! Replaced all the bulbs with new Osram ones, along with new stalks for the parking lights I have been trying to find anyone who does some sort of protectors for these lights for reasonable money on this side of the Atlantic without success. Anyone know of any?
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    So, I think the car has come a LONG way since Andy rescued it from the scrappy, and to be honest it was well worth saving, as I have been using it for the last couple of weeks. To be honest, I'm reluctant to get back into my more recent F10, but I have to remember that this car is for occasional use - and is insured under a limited mileage policy, so it's back to weekends and holidays - which is fine, as that's what I wanted it for after all. There are still some jobs to do in the near future. I have a CD43 radio / CD player which I bought for this car, however I have now decided that I prefer the idea of retaining the radio cassette, but I would like the facility to play CDs, so I'm going to install a CD changer in the boot. The Sony changer which came with the car, and matched the Sony head unit is still in the car, but it won't match the head unit, so I have bought a 6 disk changer and cable which matches the BMW Business head unit, which is made by Philips. I know they are compatible with each other, as they both came out of an E36. I am told that this unit was sometimes fitted to the E34, but I can find nothing online which confirms this, which isn't a problem in itself, however by problem is that I can't for the life of me find brackets to fit the changer to the underside of the bulkhead beneath the parcel shelf. I may have to try and get someone to make me up something. If anyone has a solution, I'd LOVE to hear it! I will also need to find a spare power source for the changer. The Sony unit drew its power from the head unit, but that's not the case with the BMW setup. Another issue I have is with my windscreen. It's delamilating at the bottom, and looks unsightly. The only way to sort this properly is to replace the windscreen, and I will do this eventually, but it's an expensive job, so I'm looking to find a bodge for the time being. I'm thinking some sort of glass paint, or perhaps some black film. Have any of you had a similar problem, and come up with a solution? The car has the usual problem with the wipers rubbing on the bonnet. I understand that this is due to worn wiper linkages, and that the fix for this is quite involved, and expensive too, if you can't find good used parts. I've hears it's even more painful if the car has factory air conditioning. My car has had air conditioning retro fitted at some point during its life, so I'm not sure where that leaves me. For now, I have moved the wiper up a little on its splines, away from the bonnet. It looks ok, and the wipers are working fine, so it's something for the future. Other than that, the car is going in for a paint correction detail during the second week of July. It will bever be perfect, but it will be as close as it's possible to get without a bare metal respray, which I couldn't really justify, as it's pretty good for its age. I also had some reproduction Cooper Reading (original supplying dealer) dealer stickers made by Pukar Designs, and will put those in once I have given the rear screen a good clean. The car is already wearing reproduction dealer number plates in period design, also made by Pukar Designs.
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    This week, time for the first of the expensive jobs, and one which I wanted to get 100% right, rather than me just having a go. My Wife had very kindly bought me a voucher for The Wheel Specialist in Inverness for Christmas. These guys have refurbished many sets of wheels for me before - BMW style 32 and 37s, Volvo 16s and Ford 17 - and while one or two didn't turn out 100% back in their earlier days, they always re did them if you weren't happy. They have come on in leaps and bounds now though, and although I had in my mind set aside this voucher to do the F10 winters, I decided to have these done instead. Rather than just the four, I decided I'd do the spare too. The job was done earlier this week, and I'm very pleased with the results. Many E34 owners add bigger wheels to their cars with great results ( including me - I've had Style 5 17s, Alpina 17s and Style 37 'M Parallel' 18s on previous E34s I've had), but for this car, an original looking 520i, I had already decided to try and keep it as intended by its manufacturer. I am still waiting for the spare which for some reason TWS couldn't complete at the same time as the others, but at least I've cleaned up the spare wheel well in anticipation of its arrival!
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    And so on to last week - not very much done really, but I did have one small victory. The car came with the unusual option of folding rear seats, which can be very handy indeed - however these didn't work. When you pull up the seat bases, there are supposed to be a pair of brass coloured levers which release the backs. The problem was that one of the levers had snapped off at the base, and the other one didn't appear to be working at all - and guess what? NLA from BMW. I had put this issue on the long finger on the basis that it didn't matter that much, but I thought I may have a broken coil spring, in which case this would have to be resolved in order to get at the top of the rear strut mounting nuts. Anyway, after fiddling around with the side which still had the lever, I managed to get that working, and the other side has a bit left of the lever which was just square enough to get a spanner on and release the seat. I took the opportunity to replace the broken centre belt while I was in here, so that's another little thing.
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Next up, some bitty jobs I wanted to get done. The bonnet was always in the background thinking about killing me every time I was under there, due to weak struts, so replacing these was a bit of a no brainer. On the trim front, I wanted to put a shiny exhaust tip on there (even though I don't think it would have had one when it was new), and replace the small panel on the bumper around the exhaust, which had gone missing. It was also high time that the door handle seals were replaced, as they were all cracked. Now you CAN buy aftermarket ones on eBay inexpensively, but my research told me that these don't last too well, and so I bit the bullet and bought a new set from BMW. These fit perfectly as you expect, and come with new plastic handle surrounds, which is an (expensive) bonus I guess! I also replaced the engine covers with some cleaner ones, and replaced the screw covers.
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