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    '95 BMW 520i, '07 Toyota Aygo, '73 MGB GT

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  1. adam73bgt

    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Made some further progress, the driveshafts are waiting to have the CV joints pressed off them, need to get myself a press really.. I also made a renewed effort to strip down the 525i engine, getting the remaining ancillary bits off the front, including a very gunged up water pump! Which will be replaced of course. Got the cam cover off, everything looks pretty decent underneath, made some progress on removing the chain sprockets ahead of getting the head off I'm currently a little thwarted by a mistake I made in not cracking off the crank pulley while the engine was still in the car.... So I'm having some trouble in undoing it now. Once I get that cracked, I'll get the flywheel off and mount the engine on my engine stand ready to whip the head off and finish off the strip
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Cheers! I miss driving an E34 so I'm trying to get on with it over winter Since the last update, I've taken apart the shift linkage and rebuilt it with new washers, a poly oval bush and the 550i shifter, so it should feel nice to shift when I get it back all together hopefully! Quick comparison of the standard 525i to the 550i shifters My next job has involved cutting the gaiters off the driveshafts to check on the condition of the joints and regrease them, a messy job which is great fun... haha
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    E34 520i Touring

    Going by the plate, it probably shared some forecourt space with mine back in the day
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    What a coincidence that would be @boiliebasher Made some more progress on this today, stripped some bits off the 525i gearbox, I'm going to renew the rubber mountings as they're a little tired and the bushings for the shifter linkage itself were very loose Annoyingly the bushing at the back end of the shifter linkage was all but finished, and new ones are oddly expensive! So I'll have to hope the one from the 520i is in better nick (and the same design) or shell out for a new one I then got painting a few bits, the Sport ARBs, the LSD, Prop and the caps that go around the ARB bushes I then trial fitted one of my new wheels, I need to do a little recalculation on the offsets as it just touches the suspension strut, another 5mm spaced out should see it fitting fine
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    Trackday e34s anyone ??

    When I've put mine back together (with bigger engine!) I'm hoping to get it on a couple of track days next year
  6. adam73bgt

    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Dropping back in here again! Been struggling with motivation for this and with other things happening, progress has been slow but some stuff has happened Once I got the bushes out the rear subframe, I painted it up in black then fitted some polybushes which came up for a good price Wheels got refurbed and built up with tyres on, will need to have a bit of a play with tyre sizes but I'll put them on the car soon so I can roll it about Bought a pair of wings to replace the rotten originals And got my 550i shorter throw shifter My next steps are to refurb the trailing arms, I've got polybushes for them, and I think I'm going to get new wheel bearings put in them while its all off. I'm going to change the oil in the diff and put some new CV boots on the driveshafts then from a rear end point of view, it'll be largely ready to go. I've been dragging my heels on taking the M50b25 engine apart because I'm still not sure of where I'm going to go for honing and other machining work ahead of fitting the M54b30 internals, so more research needed there then some money to be spent!
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Yeah you're not wrong to be fair, pattern wings are the other option. The only thing is I always read about pattern wings not fitting quite as well as original items on various cars, but then the wing/bonnet panel gaps were never great on mine so theres probably a bit of alignment work to be done anyway! The other irony is that I had a pair of wings on the donor 525i that were in better nick than mine! Got the passenger wing off today and it certainly looks a lot worse from this side.. Seems the bottom of the wing is as much of a mud trap as the sill covers are.. Aside from bodywork, I've made some progress in removing the rear subframe mounting bushes from my 525i subframe ready for paint
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Quick update 525i shell has now gone I finally got round to fitting my M tech 2 steering wheel, feels much better than the old 3 spoke airbag wheel. I do need to sort out the horn though as the clock spring contact set up seems to be quite different so its not currently working I also got some 17" wheels for it again, gone a bit left field and chosen some Japanese RAYS wheels which I'm quite a fan of, got some adapters to fit them and have been working on getting them refurbed I took the car to the Retro Rides Gathering show the other weekend, was surprised to see quite a few E34s about and the 520i scrubbed up ok for it After that, the MOT had just about run out so decided to get it off the road and just make a start on the engine and drivetrain/suspension swap stuff. I started off small though, removing the tatty BMW treadplates and putting the black ones from the 525i Sport on I then noticed some daylight coming through one of the holes in the top of the sill on the passenger front side.. Got the side skirt off and was presented with this sight Looked at the drivers side also to compare and not much better.. Quite a while back I'd had the rears of the sills sorted for rust and the repairs there are still solid. At the time the fronts were ok but I guess they've been quietly getting worse while I've been using the car. In addition to this, I knew the passenger front wing was a bit bubbly But I didn't realise the bottom of the wing was this bad! And of course, the Drivers side didn't want to feel left out I'm hoping I'll be able to find a decent pair of Oxford Green wings to try and keep the costs down as I hadn't been banking on doing a whole load more bodywork quite so soon. Worst case I can always run with different colour wings for the time being. Bumper is off already as I aim to get the wings off and assess the bodywork underneath, safe to say I'll be doing some rustproofing on bits that are still solid!
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    E34 Front Wings

    I've recently found my front wings are a tad shot.. so putting out feelers for replacements Ideally I'm after a pair of Oxford Green wings in good condition if anyone has or knows of any Cheers!
  10. adam73bgt

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Sorry! Yes, as @ustbutler said, I unbolted it all. I made getting the engine out fairly hard work to be honest! But got there in the end I also went to Retro Rides and did a bit of E34 spotting (couple of bonus E28s thrown in)
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    I am terrible at keeping this up to date! What's happened since January then? Well for quite a while, not a lot.. Recently however I needed to press the 520i back into service as my other car was off the road and a mate needed an E39 bonnet moving, we got the Crank Position Sensor and it was back in business! Then this weekend I've made real progress on the 525i donor that I've had hanging round for the best part of a year :O I'd hit a snag with a rounded halfshaft bolt in the diff, but with a bit of heat and a hammered in hex socket, it came free I then made rapid progress on getting the prop, gearbox and engine out! I've made a start on stripping the ancillaries off the engine, I'm making a list of bits I'll need to replace, so far I've found an idler pulley that was about to fail, two heavily cracked knock sensors, a frayed engine earth wire, and a tired looking guibo Plan is to finish stripping the engine down until I've got a bare block, then it will be rebuilt back up with the M54b30 internals that I have, I've also got the M54 intake cam to fit in the head. I'll be going for a 550i short shift on the gearbox, along with some new mounting bushes where ones are tired, and I'm currently in two minds about whether to go for an M20 solid flywheel or not.. Its an ideal time to do it, but I don't know if I can justify the cost as the standard DMF seems to be fine. I also need to give the LSD a bit of a service/going over just to check alls well Plenty to keep me busy!
  12. adam73bgt

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Took the 2.5 out of my donor shell finally :O
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Looks like a nice job on the exhaust
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    1994 BMW E34 540I - GF22093

    Nice work just looking at the pic of it as found covered in leaves and algae compared to the shiny pic of it waiting for an MOT shows how much of a transformation its been! That coin holder is kinda cool too, not seen those before, do they just clip into the door pocket?
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    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Ah I hadn't seen that @TomGC , thats really helpful actually as I've not had a go at removing those bushes yet, my first thought was to cut out the middle with a holesaw or similar then use a hacksaw to remove the remaining rubber but that looks a neat way of doing it as well, may have to invest in a puller
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