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6 hours ago, Blackman said:

 

I don't know if it's just my eyes, but on the above photo it looks like you've got the wider wheels on the front :D 

 

I was hoping to get the exact tyre sizes fitted to front/rear, if know them? I've got the exact same setup 17x8 front and 17x9 rear as you (style 21s), so just wondering what rubber you're running?

I’m going to have to check if they are the right way round now, I’m sure they are correct.... 

 

fronts are 235/45Z/R17 and tears are 255/40Z/R17

 

Edit: just checked and they are the correct way around. Had me worried there 

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16 minutes ago, KitsonRis said:

I’m going to have to check if they are the right way round now, I’m sure they are correct.... 

 

fronts are 235/45Z/R17 and tears are 255/40Z/R17

 

Edit: just checked and they are the correct way around. Had me worried there 

 

Spot on, exactly what I've got on mine. If you still have the stock suspension, then the ride will probably be fine, but if you go for anything lowered with stiffer shocks/springs, then it might become a bit too harsh, although still usable for every day, depending on your preference of comfort.

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Yeah I know the issues of lowering and stiffening it. I used to drive a stripped out track car with near solid suspension every day so I am not that fussed. I am just not going to drop it on it’s ass, as I am sure that will ruin it. 

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Just had my insurance renewal through which reminded me I've had the car a year now. I just need to sort out an agreed value for it, just not sure what though as I've been looking around on the sale sites for a price of what is currently out there.

 

Car also had a bit of love today. Changed the oil and filter. I should have done it sooner but I haven't covered 3000 miles in it yet! Bit worried that about 3ltrs of oil came out, didn't realise it was that low. I had it draining for about 30mins with all caps off. I put 5ltr back in, turned it on and the level dropped to the middle of the dip stick. Will check the level again tomorrow.

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Was going to change the plugs but the ones I bought ages ago didn't fit. So I have ordered some more and will do that next week. Air filter is on order too, although it looks brand new.

 

Had a bit of a worry too as I turned the car on today after about 3 weeks and the coolant level buzzed at me. Opened the cap and there was non in the header tank that I could see. No idea where this has gone. I poked about the engine bay and there doesn't look like there has been a leek. But there are some dry water warks on the fan, but I don't remember it being there, but saying that I haven't opened the bonnet in ages so I am not sure if it from a new leek or just old. Will keep an eye on it and get it up to temp over the weekend.

 

Oh and one of the locking wheel nuts won't work - the key doesn't go in the lock. Hoping a bit of WD40 and a soak will help but if it doesn't then I am not sure. Although I have just taken out key cover with my insurance so not sure if this includes any key on my key ring as I have been locked out, just of a wheel!

 

Next little job that I can do on my own is to refresh the headlights. Will be looking at how to restore glass lenses, if it is too much effort I will sort new ones out.

 

Still researching lowering and looking for a local body shop.

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New spark plugs turned up and fitted them. Turns out I was being a mong (like usual!) as there was a little screw thing on the connector that I needed to remove. Doesn't matter anyway as the ones I have fitted are exactly the same as the old ones. Hopefully with the oil change and new plugs it will have a bit more go in it and be smooter. Need to figure out how to reset the service indicator.

 

It had a proper clean this morning as I needed to take photos for the insurance and also I am on holiday next week and taking it, plus any excuse. So here are some pictures:

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Gave the lights a once over with the polish I used on the paint, not sure if this has made any difference though! I didn't use the DA though as I don't have any pads small enough. Will see if my brother has any he can lend me for this job.

 

Need to investigate the cooling system though. As previously said I had to top up the coolant as the warning light came on. I've just driven it up the road and it got upto temp, which is the needle on the 90deg, but ever so slightly just above it - like it is half on the marker hald over it. I haven't checked the coolant level yet as it was still hot and don't want to open it. I am hoping that it is just the warmer weather

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Great work! Looks like a lovely old bus! :) As regards to the reset tool for the oil service lights, I bought one of the these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E30-E34-E36-E39-Z3-X5-OIL-SERVICE-RESET-TOOL-20-PIN/120912527995?hash=item1c26f2c27b:g:cUwAAOxy039TOazZ

You can probably get them direct from China for a about a fiver ;) Or, there is a way to bridge the pins on the terminal which essentially does the same thing as the tool. I have used this method before and it does work but for the sake of like 5 or 10 quid I prefer the tool just in case one day I bridge the wrong terminals and blow something up!! (I hate electrics lol)

 

I would keep a sharp eye on your coolant levels, IMHO coolant doesn't just disappear somewhere for no reason at all, it usually tends to be a leak somewhere along the lines....... Even a pin hole leak in the radiator or a lose jubilee clip is enough to start the oh so fun game of hide and seek with the coolant!!!! :) Good luck and keep up the great work!

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19 minutes ago, boiliebasher said:

Great work! Looks like a lovely old bus! :) As regards to the reset tool for the oil service lights, I bought one of the these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E30-E34-E36-E39-Z3-X5-OIL-SERVICE-RESET-TOOL-20-PIN/120912527995?hash=item1c26f2c27b:g:cUwAAOxy039TOazZ

You can probably get them direct from China for a about a fiver ;) Or, there is a way to bridge the pins on the terminal which essentially does the same thing as the tool. I have used this method before and it does work but for the sake of like 5 or 10 quid I prefer the tool just in case one day I bridge the wrong terminals and blow something up!! (I hate electrics lol)

 

I would keep a sharp eye on your coolant levels, IMHO coolant doesn't just disappear somewhere for no reason at all, it usually tends to be a leak somewhere along the lines....... Even a pin hole leak in the radiator or a lose jubilee clip is enough to start the oh so fun game of hide and seek with the coolant!!!! :) Good luck and keep up the great work!

Ahh didn’t know there was a tool, will get one of those. I wouldn’t be comfortable in shorting something! 

 

Yeah I know, just can’t see where at the moment. I am now paranoid about it so no worries I’m not keeping an eye on it. I had it running with the bonnet up yesterday and couldn’t see it pouring out and the engine bay was dry. Again no leaks on the floor under the car. Maybe it was just low as I will admit I have never checked it in the year I have had it. The oil I removed looked clean and no signs of head gasket going, so it’s not going there! Tbh if it is an excuse for a new ally rad and silicone hoses then I’m all game. 

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Yeah about the alloy rad thing.........

Looked into the subject for my 540i and from  I could make out, I had two (reasonably priced) options; adapt a Mishimoto E30/36 M3 radiator to fit the E34 or get one custom build from a specialist in the UK. Either way, an off the shelf E34 alloy rad is as far as I'm aware, non exist or expensive. The only one I could find that was suitable for an E34 was this one:

http://www.zionsvilleautosport.com/store/bmw-e34-530-540-aluminum-radiator/

 

Bit too pricey for my liking and it's got to be shipped over from the states.....

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44 minutes ago, boiliebasher said:

 I would keep a sharp eye on your coolant levels, IMHO coolant doesn't just disappear somewhere for no reason at all, it usually tends to be a leak somewhere along the lines....... Even a pin hole leak in the radiator or a lose jubilee clip is enough to start the oh so fun game of hide and seek with the coolant!!!! :) Good luck and keep up the great work!

 

  That's very true,  normally without the hose/ raditaor/pump route It's the heater matrix  leaking .... does the interior mist in the winter.

 

 We had a slight coolant leak in our old 540 ... We checked the normal areas only to find the leak on breaking her .... The matrix :rolleyes:

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2 minutes ago, ustbutler said:

 

  That's very true,  normally without the hose/ raditaor/pump route It's the heater matrix  leaking .... does the interior mist in the winter.

 

 We had a slight coolant leak in our old 540 ... We checked the normal areas only to find the leak on breaking her .... The matrix :rolleyes:

 

Yeah and this is very reason why my 540i/AT hasn't moved for a little while now. I'm pretty convinced the heater matrix has got a leak and knowing how much of a p.i.t.a it is to fix so I'm put the subject of for the time being lol. It's only VERY MINOR leak as in half a pint in hundreds if not thousands of miles but it's still there and the give away for me was the smell of coolant when I switch the heater on.........

I'll get round to it sooner or later lol.

 

Just out of curiosity where was yours leaking from?!! Was it the actually matrix itself or a rubber oring seal?!! It's just when I plan on tacking the job I'm half temped to pre order a new Nissens, behr or hella matrix so it's on hand to swap out..... BUT, i'll be a bit p'eed off it turns out to a silly O ring seal and I've spend out cash on a new core lol. Could also send it back but that's sometimes more hassle than its worth......

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Haven’t looked at an ally rad for prices, but if I were replacing it I would consider it price depending. 

 

Forgot about the heater matrix. Tbh it was never used in the winter so have no idea! But the carpets and that all seem to be dry. I will get it up to temp again and see. Also want to see what the running temp is like in the cooler weather to see if that helps. 

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8 hours ago, boiliebasher said:

 

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Just out of curiosity where was yours leaking from?!! Was it the actually matrix itself or a rubber oring seal?!! It's just when I plan on tacking the job I'm half temped to pre order a new Nissens, behr or hella matrix so it's on hand to swap out..... BUT, i'll be a bit p'eed off it turns out to a silly O ring seal and I've spend out cash on a new core lol. Could also send it back but that's sometimes more hassle than its worth......

 

 It was the matrix leaking from the bottom corner .... 

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Went to Wells for a few days and took the E34. Got to use it some time otherwise it is never going to leave the garage. First real run in a year and it was flawless. Very good for this kind of use - comforatable, easy to drive and just a nice place to be. Didn't use any coolant or oil after topping them up and the service before I left. Also running cooler than last time but not sure if that is the cooler outside temps.

 

Visited Cheddar Gorge as well and wanted to get some nice pictures of the car with the cool back drop, but that failed. One I don't have a good camera and there wasn't a good oportunity with the light until the evening and I don't think the girlfriend would have appreciated stopping again to take the same pictures! Below are the best three I took. It is something I want to do next year when I have it "finished" is to get some nice photos of it and maybe hang one up on my wall.

 

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From these pictures the rear looks very low and the front quite high. Is this normal? As I haven't got anything in the boot. Also it should be running standard shocks and springs.

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Very nice indeed !  Could be the uneven ground that is causing the issue you mention. Is it the same on normal tarmac ? The rear does look low though. As they left the factory I doubt that the top of the rear tyre wasn't visible, but could be wrong.

 

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It is a little better on even tarmac, so I am hoping that it is just the ground. I am not too fussed though as I am going to be putting it on new dampers and lowering springs in the coming months.

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On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 8:38 PM, ustbutler said:

 

 It was the matrix leaking from the bottom corner .... 

 

Thanks mate. I'll take that on board and order up a new heater matrix when I finally decide to take the job on then!!

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So the car is in a local garage for the following work:

* new fuel lines

* new fuel pump and fuel filter 

* new rear wheel bearings 

* gear box and diff oil change as I cba to lie under neath it to sort this out. 

 

Was a bit weird giving it to a garage. So I chose a local one which I have some faith in. It’s a friend of my brothers and the owner is into his old BMW’s. Told him what I had and he was straight out to have a look at it. He loved it. Then he showed me his E23 that he has owned since new. It made my vgc E34 look like scrap. I think it is in safe hands. 

 

Spent an hour on Real OEM the other day getting part numbers for all the suspension parts. Prices all seemed very reasonable which I was surprised about. Only thing I am not getting direct from BMW are the front top mounts, front hubs, ABS sensors and dampers/springs. When I get the car back I’ll order these parts up as I don’t actually know how much this work is going to be! Garage is also stripping down some front hub assemblies as I couldn’t get the hub nut off (very difficult when not on the car!) and I’ve got the day off to start to prep and paint them. 

 

Pictures to follow....

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Just been down to collect the hub assemblies so I can paint them. Still not done. Slightly annoyed as I dropped them off over a week ago and he only started yesterday on them. Was told the collars holding the dampers in are stuck on. Wondered why the seller didn’t remove the dampers, now it makes sense. Glad I don’t have to deal with them! Going back down after lunch to check on progress. 

Gutted as it’s pouring with rain so I can’t wash my daily or the girlfriend’s car. And I hate taking a day off work and not using it. 

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Small update....

Had a call from the garage yesterday saying to pop down as he wanted to show me something and get my thoughts on it. Initialy thoughts were "oh, what has broken this time....". But no. He just wanted to tell me the rear wheel bearing change is a nightmare of a job (which I knew and that is the reason I am not doing it!). He had it all apart and was worried that pressing the new bearing in while the hubs and that are on the car would be risky as the hub part is such an interferance fit he didn't want to push the inner of the bearing back out. Just wanted to show me and let me know he was going to remove the rear wish bones. He is also going to replace a few linkages and bushes if they need doing. Also the rear brake disc shields need replacing as they are getting worn and have damaged the discs, antoher reason to remove the wish bones apparently. I did notice a griding noise when I first start driving which I thought was just dirty pads and it is rarely used. Nope, it was this.

Gear box oil changed - he said it was black so I am glad that has been done.

The mechanic has given the car such good praise being a classic BMW fan, which is good. As many people have said how good it looks but he has actually taken the time to inspect it. He was even surprised that it still has the original under tray and that it isn't damaged. I am pleased someone in the know has looked at it as I don't think (fingers crossed!!) it will cause me any issues if I keep on top of it.

 

While the car isn't with me I decieded to test out some new cleaning stuff I got for my birthday from my brither on the new daily....sticking with BMW I have just recently recieved a new M140i. Took the opportunity as next door have moved out to get a photo of them both together.

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But yeah, got a drying towel and some detailing spray. The cloth makes drying the car very easy and really impressed. Can't wait to get the E34 back and give it a once over as it was filthy when I dropped it off at the garage. Will probably give it a quick onc over with the fine polish on the machine again if I can find the time.

 

And decision time: Do I go for Bilstein B8 ot B12? The B12's are currently at £745 here which looks like a good deal. If this is a limited offer I could be tempted to just do it now instead of wait until the car is back and I order the other suspension stuff from BMW which was my original plan just to spread costs.

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Car is back from the garage and my bank ballance is a lot lighter. However there was a lot of work done in the end, the receptionist at the garage said it was one of the longest lists of work she has ever had to price up. Worth it in the end. And I think they enjoyed working on it being old BMW enthusiasts. When they took the rear arms off they even primed and painted them black without even being asked. The whole back end is now new (apart from the dampers which is what I am currently sorting out). All in I am very happy with it

 

Went to BMW earlier to get prices on the suspension parts from them - everything apart from dampers, springs, front hubs and top mounts. Turns out RealOEM is not a good place to get an idea of price from. I have posted more details in my OTHER THREAD on the suspension parts I have needed and asking some more advice on price and is it worth having all new BMW parts to heloing the car's value.

 

Change of plans with the body work. As the suspension is going to be a lot more than I thought I am not going to put the car into a bidy shop but do it myself and not have the front end re-sprayed, as I will probably end up getting the whole car done at some point. Being only the mirrors needing paiting red this shouldn't be too difficult. And the black sills shouldn't be difficult either, and speaking to a few people, plus having a good look at them when the car was on a ramp in the garage the other day, the jacking points are not bad, just have gone slightly orange so will figure out the best way to rectify this. Good job I have a garage now so it will now become a mini spray booth!

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Parts are slowly turning up.

Pile of stuff from BMW and some tasty suspension parts. 

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There were two options I could have gone for and the only different I could see was price - the stuff I got was £50 cheaper. No idea why! Must be missing something which I have no idea. Also got the springs that give the biggest drop, think it’s 50mm on the front. Still waiting on a delivery from AutoDoc, two weeks I placed the order but apparently they aren’t the fastest. Not an issue. Going to start putting it together next weekend and seeing what I am missing as I can guarantee I have missed something. 

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Also on a weekend away in Pembrokeshire at the moment. And as per usual it is raining - most of the times I have got the car out this year it is pouring with rain. Oh well. Still such a nice drive and a place to be. 

 

Its absolutley filthy and covered in leaves and that. Will need a good hover on all the door shuts, bonnet and such when I get home. Going to wash it and put it away while I do the suspension parts and paint stuff and then give it another light polish and coating before I use it in the new year. 11DEBF27-FE84-4C51-96F5-CDB013E422D0.thumb.jpeg.4f4ef2a7e7668419de0fc58324211707.jpeg

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So things are happening....

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All items have turned up and I have been going through them all making sure I have everything. The only thing I know I am missing are the ABS sensor bolts. And also Autodoc have sent an incorrect item - the right hand front disc splash guard thing; the packaging labels are correct but the item in it was wrong. Currently speaking with their customer  services to sort this out but they have told me "it is the right part" - yes I know the label says that but the actual thing is wrong!! I have even sent them pictures of one that has been removed, the new left hand one (which is correct) and the wrong one.

I think I may have the wrong front top mounts as the threaded bit on the damper doesn't come all the way through so working out if this correct or I need to get different ones.

Apart from that I have done what I needed to do today and identify any issues with it. I now need to go back to the garage to get them to press the new wheel bearings in place and do up the lock rings for the front dampers, but can't do that until the issue with the wrong part is sorted. But now I am not working away in the week I can do more things in the evenings on the car.

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