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Everything posted by boiliebasher

  1. Nice one! Looks all new and shiney under there! Keep up the good work!
  2. No problem. I'm pretty sure you don't have vanos to worry about on the TDS! So looks like your friend just has to learn to live with that noisy tappet!
  3. Yeah 3k for 70mph is a bit too much for me really. My 540i/a is barely doing 2k @ 70mph which makes a fantastic cruiser. I suppose your 525 diff would probably add to that too. I'd be interested if anyone has a m60b30 bog standard 5 speed manual setup is getting RPM wise @70-80mph. Would imagine somewhere around ~2750ish at a guess?. Still, I bet your that set up your running flippin flies tho!
  4. The E34 can wait the main thing is that you're ok. Plus, they seem to be slowly creeping up in value so it could be worth a fortune by the time it's all done and dusted All the best mate
  5. Seems like a similar set up I had on my m20b25 manual. It is possible to this lot in situ, but a bit fiddly. The worst bit is the "bitch clip" which is a p.i.t.a. to remove/ access (hence name lol) But, I did it all in situ, obviously with prop and zaust removed. You can gently lower the g/b mounts to give you better access which helps. As has been mentioned though, it wasn't a fun job in situ but it is possible......
  6. Keep us posted mate, I'll be interested in the outcome of this. The 5 speed box's are a lot easier to come by, but I've always been worried about the m60b40 revving its tits off when cruising on the motorway in 5th..... Either way good luck, and let us know the outcome
  7. ^^ Agreed, a sharp tap with a decent hammer normal pops them out ^^
  8. Hi Bill, I would of said that being a 96' TDS, it's more likely to be an E39. I'm pretty sure that the TDS units DID NOT come with vanos either and the noise you describe sounds to me like a lazy tappet. The reason why it's probably noisy on idle is that there is less oil pressure to fill the hydraulic bucket and when you increase the revs, it in turn increases oil pressure, thus taking up the slack on the tappet. I could be wrong, but that how I see it anyway. There's not a great deal you can do other that make sure the oil is kept top up. Or a rebuild, but that's very costly and not worth the hassle. It's fairly common and I would just advise you friend to live with it. You "may" be able to find some sort of "miracle oil additive" that will claim to fix the issue that might be worth a go if you want to try and resolve it. I personally would just put up, it's strong old lump and I don't think a lazy tappet is going to stop an M51 working any time soon. Hope this helps
  9. Hmmmnn! An e34 m30b35 turbo, nice! Looking forwards to this one! Oh and welcome back!
  10. Whole heartedly agree. Companies like parking eye etc are IMHO complete scum, harassing people and prey from the weak, vulnerable and gullible. I had several "final notices" in big red letters come through the post and ignored every single one. Never replied back, never contested the fine, I simply ignored them and just chucked them in the bin. They stopped sending them after a while and I never heard back from them. Essentially they are fishing and as soon as you make contact, they've got a bite..... From what I read at the time (few years back), they did NOT have the rights to enforce sweet F.A. and were sending fines to the registered keep's address from number plate details through DVLA. Difficult to prove who was driving/ parking car and most of the time were powerless to take to court and usual employed "scare mongering" tactics to trick people into coughing up. However, like I said that was a few years back and things may well have changed by now....... Plan B: Can you not go to the gym and enquire about the date the fine was issued and maybe get proof that you were legit? If it's a private company that I "think" technically its the gym that employs them so they "should" have the final say. If it's a fine from the council, that's a whole different game..... Hope this helps but please don't take it as gospel as I don't want to drop you in the doo doo matey!
  11. Please may I have a quote for the following: 25111220707 It should come up a bearing shifter arm for an E30 318i Many thanks Marc
  12. 4.3k for an import? Bit much isn't it? That's easily TWICE as much as I've seen the equivalent rhd car go for! I think the guy's smoking crack.. Probably explains the horrendous colour scheme! That interior is just absolutely awful!
  13. Ouch...... 1800 euros for a windscreen... I don't know where you are based but I'm currently living near Rodez and I fully agree, prices for car parts around here are a joke compared to what I was used to back in the U.K. I've all but given up going to my local motor factors just out of principle that I think they are taking the pi$$ I now either mail order or just get it sent over from the UK. Even with postage it still works out far, far cheap than over here!
  14. Nice find, looks like a lovely old car. Seems to be in great "origenal" condition
  15. Yeah I too did wonder where it went?! Can't find any trace of it anywhere....... It's like its disappeared off the face of the planet.....
  16. Nice! If the shell is rotten on the sport, break it. All least you'll have a nice tourer out of it!. As regards to the stroker idea, sounds great but it all depends on how much time, space, money and effort you want to put into it. Dropping the engine into tourer shouldn't be too difficult and could potential be done in less than a weekend. If you want a stroker build and a full overhaul, the car is obviously going to be off the road for far longer....... I would say if you don't mind having the car off the road for a little while, then go for it!! A m50b28 or m50b30 powered E34 Touring would make an amazing machine!
  17. Gutted The original and best is no longer with us. I remember as a kid watching those episodes and Mum making up a cape for me using an old curtain.....Then running round the street, showing off my new cape to my mates, "flying" fast as I could shouting DE NER NE NER NER NER! BATMAN! Good times, millions of other kids across the planet, including myself, thank you for that amusing childhood memory and providing endless hours of entertainment. RIP Adam West
  18. Fair enuff chaps! I bow down to your superior knowledge and experience regarding the M51 tds engine! I must have got lucky with mine then! Li
  19. Wowsers! You must like that car after all that crap! Find it hard to believe that both a brand new starter AND alternator both failed within a couple of weeks of each other...... My advice would be to firstly, find a new parts supplier as I've personally had budget/cheapo starters, batteries and alternators etc last for years with no issues! Secondly fix the oil cooler and get shot of it!! Stick to the original plan, take the plates off and move it on! The car is clearly cursed and I would move it on before it (or you, which ever comes first) blows a head gasket!!!! Nah in all seriousness, that's a series of pretty unlucky events if you ask me. My TDS was bullet proof!! I would have driven mine to China and back in a heartbeat!! Feel for you mate, that's proper bad luck!
  20. Agreed. You are doing all you can given the scenario and have wisely chosen to pursue legal action. I wish you the best possible outcome.
  21. I'm just so surprised he's being so dismissive of the whole situation Either way I hope it gets resolved swiftly
  22. Bollox. That doesn't sound like good news... Sorry to hear that, sounds like he was just trying to pull a fast one and is clearly not a trustworthy dealer Name and shame?
  23. 2 stroke carbs are pretty notorious for gumming up...... The petrol evaporates and the 2 stoke oil remains gunking up all those tiny little jets...... Just my experience with them anyway
  24. Rear axle rebuild is definitely on the "to do" list for my 540i, so good effort Carl, keep up the good work. Looks like its another going to be another job well done on the TBL