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Everything posted by boiliebasher

  1. Boilie basher's E34 540i touring project

    Thanks mate. Certainly is a nice feeling Definitely well worth the effort. Your doing a fantastic job on your 540i project and you'll see it will all be worth it in the end buddy
  2. Boilie basher's E34 540i touring project

    Right so here we go........ This is my new pride and joy as seen on the E34 section...... It's one of the late 1997 registered ex Sultan of Brunei cars.... Its looking a bit sorry for its self right now and needs a lot TLC.....(The photos make it look a lot better than it really is, believe me!) Today I took delivery of the first important part for my new V8.... Super well packaged from a very reputable company... But can ya tell what it is yet?! Its a beast that should with its 100 AH and 830 CCA be ample enough to crank that M60B40 engine over. In fact its probably over kill but seeing as its going to be my second car and long term project, it may be sat around for weeks at a time not being started so I figured this would be a good start. Apparently it comes with a 5 year guarantee so theoretically I should be good until 2020 !!!!! Anyway it fits like a glove too.... When I bought the car a few days ago it didn't exactly have a lot going for it, bad paint body work, engine misfiring, no fuel, no MOT, no V5, no radio, no nothing. Not even a battery to start it with!! Yes I know its just a flippin battery and its not exactly exciting but hey got to start some where... Any way here's my first of many question to the Pro's on here......... That alternator is not charging up the battery. I fired the engine up (on 7 cylinders lol) today using the new battery and it has no voltage gain what so ever going to the battery when using a voltmeter. (registering constant 12.24V) Even reving the engine has no effect on charge current or volts... When I bought it home on the transporter last week I used the battery from my 520i touring and I distinctly remember the battery warning light coming up on the dash when engine was running and head lights switched on...... On the 520i which I know has a good alternator, I'm getting a constant 14.2 V from the same battery with the engine running...... I'm thinking voltage regulator, crappy connection somewhere or slack alternator V-belt... Any other suggestions out there from fellow forum members?
  3. Agree to a certain extent. The pumps do fail but last what the best part of 100k miles until they do? And they are only mega bucks to rebuild if you have to pay someone to do the work for you right? Much like any other car really. But yes agree that most have been scrimped in comparison to their petrol counterparts
  4. IMHO an e34 TDS touring is a fantastic car and has plenty of low end torque for towing etc. The problem is trying to find a decent one now days. They are all hanging out their arse holes and falling apart at the seams.... I recently purchased an e36 TDS tourer as a cheap run about and have been impressed so far. My advice would if you find one get it but decent ones as so far and few between you'll be waiting for ever for it to turn up or will be paying strong money for a clean example
  5. Yeah that car has only been for sale for what is it now; 5 years give or take?! No one has touched it in all that time and there's probably good reason for it too
  6. Cheap run about

    Hi all, After some advice really please guys. I'm after a cheap run about and having a look around to see what's local to me, E46's seem to be dirt cheap at the moment any reason for this? Are they that crap? After a 3 series ideally but not completely opposed to the idea of a older 5. Had a look at a E30 325i yesterday and asking price was 1900 and it was a complete dog. So I figured I'd much rather put 500 quid into say a cheapo e46 318i or something similar then spend 4x as much for a grotty, beaten up E30. There also seems to be a few E46 320d's going cheap but I think those engines (N47?!) where pretty problematic?! Would prefer a petrol manual engine configuration really as presumed they were more reliable?! So basically if you had a buy a cheapo runabout what would you guys consider and why and obviously most importantly the most reliable. I'm handy with the spanners so can and will fix own cars if needs be, but only to keep it on the road and not make minty minty as I only want a cheapo for commuting etc. I'm thinking e30,e36 e46, e34, e39. Preferably tourer but will consider a saloon and I'm based in Hampshire if there is anyone local to me that knows of something going locally. Thanks for your input guys
  7. Cheap run about

    Hmm ok, I'm definitely not up for that scenario so I'll proabably just leave it standard then. Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. It's funny that you mention that because only this morning I read somewhere about a P38 owner putting a con rod through his M51 rangie and I though, wow that's odd......
  8. What transmissions fit

    I'm surprised that most are not interchangeable tbh. Other than the obvious difference in the bell housing, I (wrongly?) presumed that generally the internals would be similar?! But like I said I'm not sure at all tbh
  9. Cheap run about

    I'll get some pics up when its had a decent wash! As for price, lets just say it fitted the cheapo run around budget nicely!
  10. What transmissions fit

    Dongiov will be the one to speak to on that one mate! He's running the same box in his 530i I believe. Very common auto box across the BMW range the 5hp18
  11. Cheap run about

    Sooooo, I found my cheapo run about! I picked up a E36 325 TDS Manual tourer very cheap near to me! It's been in the same family since brand new, full service history with 148k miles on the clock! Quite a good spec with bmw 6 cd changer, air con, cruise control, high OBC etc. Its good a bit of rot around the tail gate, but underneath is near spotless! It's got a couple of problems that I'm slowly but surely working my way through, but so far so good! Once it's all up an running how it should be, there's a good chance I'll be speaking to Enda for a chip!
  12. E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Seems like an a bit of an odd one that. I would imagine that the RAC chap is correct and it does appear as if there may be two different issues going on. I would be far more concerned about the car overheating than cutting out...... You may have even done your head gasket if you are unlucky, but by the sounds of it, you probably got away with it.....
  13. BROCADE RED E34 540I / 124k MILES / BARN FIND

    Looking better by the day great work guys
  14. Changing fuel pump on e34 525tds touring

    Your a star. Thanks for that matey
  15. Changing fuel pump on e34 525tds touring

    Have you got the part number for the o-ring and pump please? Can't seem to find it on realoem. Many thanks in advance
  16. Replacement Engine

    If your changing the engine you might as well drop a 2.5L in there instead. That's what I would do anyway. Your mpg will probably improve with the m50b25 in you car too!
  17. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    I don't mind WD, but you gotta take everything with a pinch of salt IMHO everything is doing SOLELY for entertainment purposes and Mike's "cheeky chappy" happy go lucky character that he pulls out of the bag when it comes to sell the car is nothing more than an act. However I do believe he was telling the truth in the above video to a certain extent, as in Ed didn't want to get his hands dirty any more..... Why carry on being a grease monkey why you can just pay someone to do it instead and still earn a truck load of $$$$$$
  18. Little addition to the family - E36 316i Compact

    WOW Bargain! Only 44k miles and you paid 300 quid?! Seriously that's a steal. Just out of curiosity where did you find that one if you don't mind me asking?!
  19. Project E34 - some Success, but mostly FAILURE!

    Surely one for the project section?!
  20. BMW E3 - if I had to have one car forever....

    ^ Wow they both look stunning!
  21. BMW E3 - if I had to have one car forever....

    Gotta be E21 or E24 for me if money/age/ condition was not a factor. For me they were the best looking bmw's to ever roll of the production line......
  22. Cheap run about

    Hi Dan, many thanks for the offer mate. I'm ideally looking for a manual tourer but I will give it some thought if I get stuck
  23. Cheap run about

    Thanks for all the replies guys really appreciate it
  24. Problem with Outlook (Hotmail)

    Just searched my inbox on my live mail account and at the top of the page is "top results" (non date specific) but then directly below this is "all results" and that however IS in chronological order.......
  25. Cheap run about

    Nice one thanks mate