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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    2003 E60 530d

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  1. oldjohnny

    E60 bootlid strut.

    Removing the combined spring and damper is a doddle. Simply remove the retaining clip first and pull back on the spring. The tension on the offside seems to be much less than the nearside single spring assembly, or does that point to a weak spring on my old E60?
  2. oldjohnny

    E60 bootlid strut.

    Many thanks. Checked the nearside single spring which was at the last point, so moved it right to the back as you have shown. This has reduced my opening speed from 300mph to 250 mph. I have to face it that firstly I have to get the retaining pin panel on the offside welded back in place as even a replacement strut will not function properly until this is done. I will keep you posted.
  3. oldjohnny

    Err.....

    The only thing missing is a harpoon.
  4. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    He is definitely well named. TRUMP : to get the better of: OVERRIDE. Where ambition invariable TRUMPS loyalty. (Michael Kramer) I have suddenly realised what his hair style resembles. It' a back-combed wheatabix!
  5. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    I live in hope that when push comes to shove that the really big businesses in Europe will apply pressure for a sensible soloution if seriously adverse decisions may be seen to threaten their operations. In the end it will be finances all round that will decide the final result. A hard Brexit would leave us going into the unknown but make no mistake, it is a two way street. A mutually beneficial outcome is the only hope for all. 'If at first you don't succeed, try try try again' should apply in all of these discussions. (This advice does not apply to sky diving).
  6. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    On the other hand, ( 5 fingers and a thumb ) the non participants could equally have been brexit type chappies who though there was very little chance of it happening and didn't bother voting.
  7. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    I think you may be surprised at the result of any re-run.. This topic is never far away in my locality and I can tell you that attitudes here, (majority of remain voters originally including myself) have hardened considerably, due in no small way to the contemptuous arrogance continually being displayed by Jean-Claude Junker, Michel Barnier and Co. Regardless of what we propose, they will continue to mock it, screw us into the ground and extract every last cent/penny they can, which in my opinion is top of their list. We may not be the world power we were in the past but I am no less British now, and despair of the cap in hand approach we seem to have adopted in these negotiations. Time to stand up and state clearly that this is the way it is. Negotiate by all means but if not then WE Will walk away. As you may have guessed I am now firmly in the Brexit camp.
  8. oldjohnny

    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Surprised that the Ford Corsair hasn't been mentioned here after all the threads. Perhaps it's to do with my having exceeded my three score years and ten and there are not a lot of us left. If i'd have known I was going to live to this age I would have taken better care of myself. A recent jolt to the coconut has brought back memories of a Corsair 2000E I had for a while in the late 60s/ early 70s. A four door saloon with bench seat and 4 speed column change, it was rear wheel drive from a 2.0lt V4 engine and it went like stink. The acceleration was fantastic but cornering was not for the faint hearted. This one was a left hand drive and I used to scare the shite out of my front seat passenger who suddenly discovered other cars flying at them instead of the usual kerbstones. Strange I can recollect the car but have no idea what I did with it. Could be dementia but I can't remember!
  9. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Jake is correct. I had a touch of brain fade there with this heat. 82 For both front and rear on the E60/61, which you would think I should have know after ordering the wrong set last year!
  10. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Sorry, can't help with this. but simply use good double sided tape if unsuccessful, making sure to cover the holes as well.
  11. oldjohnny

    Bonnet badge size

    Correct. 82 front and 74 rear. Removing may depend on what way they were fitted. Place an old credit card or similar underneath and lever up to see if the badge moves easily. If not there may be double sided tape as well as the two fitment pins. Leave the credit card in place and use a fine flat screwdriver or similar and gently prise upwards by turning left and right , a little at a time, moving round as you do this. Do it patiently and gently to avoid body damage. Another method used is by slipping that very fine, half inch plastic packaging tape underneath and again gently pulling the badge off. By the way, many of the badges on ebay, while excellent reproductions need a little bit taken off the retaining pins as they are just a little longer than the originals.
  12. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    The 1 million uk residents living in the EU quoted earlier are either working or retired and rest assured that none are living on cash from social securities or relying on social housing from any of those countries. When I stated that it was one way traffic I meant that we are the 'soft touch' of Europe in so much as anyone who can get here, from Europe or not, will be taken under the wing of our system right away. The average man in the street may not understand the high level discussions re Brexit but simple figures will not have eluded them. God only (it would seem) knows the immigration figures for the past five or six years but from 2001-2011, four million immigrants arrived in the UK, and just short of 470,000 were allocated social housing. The impact stemming from this on those waiting for years to be housed is surely obvious, hence just one of the reasons for such a large leave vote. I would dearly love to see free movement staying as is, but the sheer financial stress on our finances cannot continue on this scale without regulation of some description which we cannot apply under current EU rules.
  13. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    Totally agree with the freedom of movement Mike but how do you control the financial liabilities involved in this as it's all one way traffic to the UK at present. Didn't mean wars as such although everyone turned to the UK for help when they were threatened as they were once a much stronger force both militarily and financially. The assistance given in the fields of finance, equiptment and manpower over the years to other countries has been staggering and still going on for reasons best known to those in power. The attitudes of Michel Barnier and in particular Jean Claude Juncker have been mocking and dictatorial from the beginning of this process, making any proposals pointless. For an example see Jean Claudes comments tonight about the UK government when told that Boris had resigned as well. With friends like this, who need enemies.
  14. Hi Folks. Firstly the main problem. I am 16 going on 72 and still trying to figure out how the two empty cans attached by a length of string works! In other words computer illiterate. I purchased a BMW e60 530d (2004) recently and discovered this strange array of equiptment in the place where the cd multidisc player would have lived. I would like to transfer my Itunes library to a usb stick and play it through the car via this set up. It is not a very big collection, just a couple of thousand songs. I know I can do it using my old iphone 5 but would prefer not to. Twofold question. What is the procedure (for idiots) to carry this out and would the formats be the same or need to be converted. Many thanks.
  15. oldjohnny

    Davis resigns

    I have a feeling that another referendum would return an even bigger majority to leave because of the sheer arrogance of European negotiators towards the British. I have to admit that I was on the fence but this has certainly hardened my attitude. All these Euro chappies have short memories as to what they owe this country over many many years including their very existance in many cases. The motto of France should be, "We will always be there when we need you". What's your views? And what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?
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