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Hi guys, Abs here hope everyone is well.  I bought this old BMW E34 2015 April, for a run a around as had one previously which are kinda solid.  Big mistake was when I rushed to buy this as the millage was low at 55k for a 23 year old car.  I didn't check the car properly, just wanted to get back from a 3 hour train journey from London to Durham.  The car had some rust signs but thought should be fine and il get that sorted.  Big mistake costed me £1500 to get it professionally sorted.

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Hi guys, Abs here hope everyone is well.  I bought this old BMW E34 2015 April, for a run a around as had one previously which are kinda solid.  Big mistake was when I rushed to buy this as the millage was low at 55k for a 23 year old car.  I didn't check the car properly, just wanted to get back from a 3 hour train journey from London to Durham.  The car had some rust signs but thought should be fine and il get that sorted.  Big mistake costed me £1500 to get it professionally sorted.

The car actually drove smooth all the way back London.  Once i got back to London thats where it all started to go wrong.  London is bad for speed humps, all the knocking sounds came out from now where. eventually overtime i couldn't take it thought i was going to fall through the seat and end up running the car like Fred Flintstone. Ended up spending nearly 2k on parts got all the brake pads, discs, bushes, fuel linings, brake linings, shocks etc replaced. Even the seller put a small battery in the car just to get in running i suppose,  so got that changed too.

Anyway heres some pics of the rust:

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Have loads more pics, courtesy of Rustbusters rust.co.uk which did a fantastic job.  Both jacking points and under sill where rotten, one section is where the car has been jacked incorrectly and this has split the floor section and the damp has got in corroding the floor, the passenger front floor is also badly corroded required plating. The NS rear wheel arch also has corrosion and had some welding. It was really very bad they kept chasing the rust and finding more rot. There was serious rot in all corners of the vehicle and a large area of the floor, both the rear arch inners have had to be re fabricated.  But at the end of it all done. heres after pics.

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So ended up being a small project, so decided to keep going as kinda nice when you get a good end result. Had to get the skirts done as the Rust guys had to sort that, very common part for rust on E34. So got some skirts put on and painted. Did not get the whole car resprayed as budget was going a bit out of control. Got the interior changed from a good guy on ebay.

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really, any pics. I had no intention too though but ended up. Only the 55k on the clock made me want to save it.

 

 Take a look in the project section on this forum, Bill's is there   :razz:

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Thanks, I nearly. Spent all that money I think i needs a garage.  Unfortunately i have don't have one :-(

Worried about someone driving into it or something. Hardly drive it, as im at work most of the time now.

May have to put it up for sale, and hope someone would give it some TLC

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Hello, ahus,

First, let's say what a fantastic job's been done repairing your car! Oh my, she was rotten through! I was a little worried about my own car because the front two jack points have gone rusty and soft, which is something you mention too. I have rust treated, reinforced and rubber coated them as a temp solution to keep out damp. But everywhere else on the chassis is A-OK - original undercoat with the rust limited only to those two jacking points and my car's done 500,000 km.

You've given me confidence that the rust on my car could actually easily be repaired, so thanks for that! What caused the rust on yours - is it just down to the incorrect jacking you mention - it looks more than that - maybe salty winter roads in Britain?

Anyway, well done - your car looks fab inside and out now - a cool blue colour too.

All the best,

Astra.

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Hey Astra,

Thank you for your comments.  The car was bought from County Durham not to far from the sea so im guess the salty waters in the air, the rain. Seems like it was parked up for some time, as the inside smelt like a farm  :???: .  The incorrect jacking was defiantly the cause of some of it and it just spread around. Both the passenger and drivers floor area, where striped to cut out the rot in all areas and weld in new sections. Check your arches quite common there too.

 

The rust guys did a fab job, they treated the whole car. Check out there steps might help you with yours as you don't want to the visible bits only:

 

http://www.rust.co.uk/we-rust-proof-your-car-from-250/c32734/

 

Abs

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Hi, ahus! Smelt like a farm? Oh, dear! Glad that's sorted! Thanks for the link about Rustbusters. They look like they've perfected a fantastic, multi-step technique. There's a dearth of private firms like that and "men in sheds" in France (too many N.I. insurance contributions over here!) I'll have to get up to Britain!

 

All the best,

Astra.

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Great job, but I'm especially loving the news on the rust company - this is the kind of service I've been looking for for a long time.

My beemer is solid and doesn't really go on any salted roads...however I'm restoring a Mk3 Toyota Supra, I'm going to book it with these people once we finish the welding (already spoken with them).

 

Tempted to enquire about their welding itself but I'm going to need parts fabricating, and I already have someone who can do both.

But a good find, your underside looks fantastic.

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