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    '95 BMW 520i, '04 Toyota Corolla T Sport, '73 MGB GT

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  1. adam73bgt

    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
  2. adam73bgt

    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!
  3. adam73bgt

    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!
  4. 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)
  5. adam73bgt

    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!
  6. adam73bgt

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Took the 2.5 out of my donor shell finally :O
  7. adam73bgt

    Kit's E34 535i

    Looks like a nice job on the exhaust
  8. adam73bgt

    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?
  9. adam73bgt

    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
  10. adam73bgt

    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Been pretty lax on updating this thread as I've not really done anything with the 520i since it broke down, a couple of short drives after the initial breakdown confirmed that it wasn't very happy starting after having been driven a while but the issue was intermittent, so I focused my efforts on getting the replacement engine ready I've been very slow working over the winter months though, the M50b25 is still sat in the 525i on my drive but I have got the ECU and engine loom out Diff has been proving a pain to remove as I think I've rounded one of the hex head bolts holding the half shaft on, so I've left that headache for the time being.. I have however sourced the bits I need to make my M50 'b30' All wrapped up here but its all M54b30 parts like crankshaft, rods, pistons, sump baffle and I also got the intake cam and cam tray. The parts are in pretty good nick from first inspection, but I'm trying to find a machine shop/place that knows M5x engines near me to properly measure the crank etc. to make sure everything is in spec. I haven't totally given up on the 520i just yet though! While its been off the road I've been dailying my RX7, which is fun but not the most economical or practical so its going to be for sale soon and I'm hoping in the meantime I'll be able to use the 520i still while I get the 3.0 engine ready. I've got a new crank sensor which I'm hoping will resolve the 2.0 issues so at least I can get it out and use it again! Couple other bits of update while I remember, I sourced some rear suspension bits to freshen up the 525i subframe I've got, gone for Lemforder mounting bushes, poly trailing arm bushes and new dogbones/pitman links. I'll also be getting new ARB bushes to go with the thicker Sport front and rear ARBs which will go on the touring I also got the touring on the 15" BBS which I took off the 525i, as I've been trying to sell the RT's I think it looks kinda cool with the fat sidewalls, but if the RT's don't sell then they'll go back on at some point, maybe with a colour change to the wheel centres, we'll see
  11. adam73bgt

    How Long Have You Owned Your E34?

    2 years exactly today! Then Now
  12. Same issue here I'm afraid! Just after the stroker bits on their own unfortunately
  13. Damn @cableguy beat me to it But if you've got the intake camshaft still Tim, in good condition, let me know what a price for it would be please
  14. adam73bgt

    M50 Stroker parts

    I've been mulling this over for a long time but I think its time I kicked into gear and looked at building the engine to go in my E34! Basically I've got an M50b25tu that I'd like to build into a 3.0. Having looked around the net, I believe I'm after the following bits from an M54b30 Crankshaft, Rods and Pistons While I'm at it, I'd also like to upgrade the cams slightly, so if anyone has either of the following: M54b30 intake camshaft M50b25 intake camshaft (must be non-VANOS) If you have any of the above in good condition, let me know!
  15. adam73bgt

    E34 520i Touring Daily Project

    Yeah its strange, I took the car out for a drive last night and it was largely fine. There were no temp issues at all, the only two things were it started a bit lumpy/rough, but that cleared up and smoothed out after about a minute of idling, and then once when slowing down to a roundabout, the rev counter dipped down then shot back up before normalising to where it was, accompanied by a pop from the exhaust so maybe it cut spark briefly?.. Because there have been no temp issues since, a stuck thermostat is looking like my first port of call for that issue at least. This engine had blown a head gasket with the previous owner so most of the cooling system had been changed but I'm not entirely sure what quality of parts had been used (although they've lasted fine up till now!) I'm using my other car until I get to the bottom of the issues with the 5 in any case