Its been a while, as well theres not been much action or love for it to be honest. The missing a running E34 in my life is strong!
I thought i'd jack it up in the summer, lol this is an update from the last 5-6 months. Pleased to report its not a rusty scottish looking tea bag under here. On the grass isn't ideal, but that should change soon
not the best picture but the fuel pipes have been replaced so thats one job saved!
Next is mounting the intercooler. Theres cutting involved here unless you want to buy a "bi turbo" bumper from Alpina for about a million quid
the all important mounting brackets, these are replacements from Alpina as the originals were bent in the accident
The bumper won't mount with the intercooler fitted so you have to make room for it by chopping bumper!
This is most of the cutting to get the bumper to fit properly
bumper fitted, the number plate holder also needs triming, or again you can buy and alpina one for loads.
The bi turbo front spoiler mounts over the whole lot so you can't see any of the cutting. Its the only real part missing as it was damaged in accident. Its a £600 bill i need to stump up for, luckily you can still buy them i suppose
My dad had to make a little fiddly part here that was missing* it connects this pipe to the boost controller ECU. It runs to the inlet manifold
This is the throttle potentiometer. Or fly by wire throttle. I found this in a horrid oily box of bits that came with the car It was a moment i had in the shower when it all twigged. So the throttle opens and shuts now with this plugged in
Back on the theme of missing parts. It takes alot of looking sometimes to notice things aren't there. So the red wire is the live battery feed to the starter motor! Plus the engine earth strap was missing - this one is a temp one.
This did bring the car back to life alot.
then come to today!
4 books of main dealer wiring diagrams and a mate who knows how to read them with a volt metre
So some checks with a volt metre revealed the ignition switch is working and the DME or engine ECU was getting power. A good sign. Still no cranking over
This is the starter motor relay, it was missing so i've sourced one and fitted it. Now the wiring diagrams reveal this is only needed for auto cars, the manual cars don't have a relay. Our guess is this is fitted for the auto selector switch on the autos so the engine will only start in N or P and not D
Testing again revealed the starter wasnt getting the start signal/volatage to crank. So removed said relay and bridged the wires together aka like a manual like below
Lets give it a try...............................engine cranks over!!!
This turd may see the road once more, engine hasn't run at a guess in 10 years. We can smell fuel and checked for spark and have both.
Theres lots unplugged but this is probably the biggest leap forward in my eyes. So the games back on! Theres no oil, coolant, radiator, intercooler pipes, auxillary belts, exhaust fitted currently so will need to get busy to get it into a postion that will run, signs are promising that it should go
The loves returned for the mutant
I've dont a bit more alpina wiring in the mean time but forgot to update this