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BROCADE RED E34 540I / 124k MILES / BARN FIND

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2 hours ago, Blackman said:

Lovely colour and good that you're saving it, but the 540i definitely needs a manual box :) Have you managed to have a look at the sill panels/jacking points? Probably with the skirts on, you can't see much anyway...

 

The colour is what first attracted me..... She should be plenty of fun when the 3:64 LSD is fitted and some software has been tweaked.. But the manuals are the ultimate :wink:

 

1 hour ago, Carl-e34 said:

 

I will hold back judgement ... but the sills and jacking points do feel fine ... and the jacking points do work  :ph34r:

 If Stefan needs the manual rush  ... TBL is normally ready to rock n roll :D

 

 

Always willing to make you feel like Burt Reynold..

 

Just now, e34m525i said:

Awesome project I saw the car myself advertised and thought that should be saved!, well done for saving this!!!

 

 

Thanks and yeah she definitely needed saving..:D

 

Thanks For The Supportive Comments 

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Update Four

3/10/9/2017

 

 

Today saw us removing all the surface rust from where the fuel tank lives and applying a coat of red red oxide primer.

 

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After a few cups of Tea and five hours later it was ready for the trusted Hammerite.

 

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That's that part done the front and sides haven't been forgotten there just isn't anything to de-rust on one side and we are waiting for another nimble stone to arrive to attack the one patch on the other side but it will be addressed when we fit an detachable tow bar later this month.. ;) 

 

Why we where waiting around for paint to dry..:lol: We decided to condition the leather again and come across the build sheet tucked away in the rear bench.

 

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I took a quick photo and put it back where we found it.. That's all for now should be an exciting updated tomorrow.

 

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Comments Welcome As Always. :D

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Nice one Stefan! Already top notch work is starting to shine from Butler HQ! I've got a funny feeling that this Hammerite fetish runs in the family right? :lol: Keep up the great work and I'm sure you'll be rewarded with another fantastic 540i in the end. Such a worthy project and I wish you all the best in your build.

Regards Marc :)

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Just now, boiliebasher said:

Nice one Stefan! Already top notch work is starting to shine from Butler HQ! I've got a funny feeling that this Hammerite fetish runs in the family right? :lol: Keep up the great work and I'm sure you'll be rewarded with another fantastic 540i in the end. Such a worthy project and I wish you all the best in your build.

Regards Marc :)

 

Thanks mate defiantly a labour of love but she isn't a hard car to work on if that makes sense some of ours have given us real fights :lol: But this one definitely wants back on the road .. We do like Hammerite :lol:....It works thought and hasn't put us wrong yet the local D.I.Y shop knows what we are after when we pop in :lol: I'm hoping she will be a lovely thing when shes done thanks again for the goodwill wishes. :D

 

 

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Update Five

4/10/2017

 

First step was refitting the gear selector and surround which I'm happy went back together lovely as we didn't original remove it 

but the previous owner took great care removing it so it went back together great.

 

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Then we went about changing the oil and oil filter and replace with Shell Helix oil and Mahle filter

 

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Old oil and filter.

 

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I've never seen 15 year old oil before so I wasn't to sure about what to be expecting.

 

Then it was time to address the bull in the room and attempt to start the engine first task was to naturalise the pesky alarm.

luckily there is a long and lengthy process of resetting the alarm and that step was undertaken and the alarm is working again.

we then removed the fuel pump fuse and still nothing turns out our standby battery wasn't keeping charger so we swapped the battery 

and she turned over on the button...we turned her over a couple of times to move all the oil around the engine we then replaced the fuel pump fuse and turned her over again after roughly three attempts she came to life we left her running and got her up to temperature checking for leaks and making sure everything was copacetic and as luck would have it everything seems to be in good order.

 

:D

 

( Click HERE For First Start Video )

 

That's All For Now

Comments Welcome As Always.

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It's gotta be said guys that turned over a bit longer than I would have expected for it to fire up? I would have said you might have had a fuelling problem to begin with before it burst back into life? Unless that was the two first couple times you turned the engine over to get the oil pressure up before replacing the fuel pump fuse? I think that is what I understood above?

Either way congrats to you both as you can now successfully say you have another running E34 M60b40 in the family! :D Yeah! Nice one guys! :D Ahhh the sweet sound of success when the V8 finally fired up! :)

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11 hours ago, boiliebasher said:

It's gotta be said guys that turned over a bit longer than I would have expected for it to fire up? I would have said you might have had a fuelling problem to begin with before it burst back into life? Unless that was the two first couple times you turned the engine over to get the oil pressure up before replacing the fuel pump fuse? I think that is what I understood above?

Either way congrats to you both as you can now successfully say you have another running E34 M60b40 in the family! :D Yeah! Nice one guys! :D Ahhh the sweet sound of success when the V8 finally fired up! :)

 

We do :lol:

 

1 hour ago, adam73bgt said:

Sounded like a long time to have it on the starter just to get oil round! But good that it got running in the end :)

 

Just now, Tuvoc said:

Compared to the video just above, Ford Escort barn find first start after 18 years, started almost instantly !

 

The first and second turn over was with no pump fuse the second time wasn't but she only had ten pound of fuel with the front of the car up and on a slant a fact we failed to pick up on once we added more fuel she started wasn't the quickest of starts but now shes on the button :lol:.. lazy old girl :wink: we haven't had much experience with starting engines that have been stood but managed to get her started so I'm striking that up as a win :lol:

 

Thanks For All The Comments.

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Update Six

8/10/2017

 

It's all been plain sailing and a bit of a laugh until our first major problem  rear its ugly head upon the first test drive we noticed the gearbox

will not let us reverse... :ph34r: and neutral is like drive anyway when we got back and had a cup of tea... we tried to see what it could be ..  Upon arriving back at the car she had lost all gears..:mellow: fast forward to this morning  Sunday at Butler HQ is car wash day the neighbour comes out very inquisitive about old Boudica and it comes to the normal line of " whats she sound like "  so I started her up from out the car and she starts to move forward..  luckily Dad can still move when he wants to :lol:

 

So the long and short is we have a gearbox problem first we had no reverse and neutral was like drive then we had no gears now

all the gears are drive gears including park.

 

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On the bright side.. all the brake calipers are free and in good health

 

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Dirty

 

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Very Dirty

 

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Much cleaner and free brake nipples and pistons.

 

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Rear disc looked like they had just been changed prier to her coming off the road..:huh: Unfortunate I don't have any cleaned up photo's of the rears

but I'll be painting the calipers this coming week I can't stand rusty coloured calipers and lucky the rust hasn't attacked them so painting them with be a pleasure.

 

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Some of the old brake fluid we will bleed the brakes again when new disc..pads and shoes arrive.

 

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That's all for now :)

 

Comments Welcome As Always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow that's an impressive collection of cobwebs right there! Enough to make the Addams family proud I rekon! :lol: Well, you guys are definitely making progress as it's moving under it's own stream!B) Re gearbox, almost sounds like the cable is not adjusted properly?! Too tight maybe?! I Where you able to manually select all the gears from the selector shaft before you fitted the new cable?!

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37 minutes ago, boiliebasher said:

Wow that's an impressive collection of cobwebs right there! Enough to make the Addams family proud I rekon! :lol: Well, you guys are definitely making progress as it's moving under it's own stream!B) Re gearbox, almost sounds like the cable is not adjusted properly?! Too tight maybe?! I Where you able to manually select all the gears from the selector shaft before you fitted the new cable?!

 

I've been under again ... and checked the cable adjustment . It sadly, looks to be working fine :ph34r:  

 The cobwebs are home to some big and vicious spiders :lol: It's not nice being on your back looking at some p**** off Spider :lol:

 

 

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Update Seven

14/10/2017

 

We have spoke to our local independent BMW specialist about the gearbox problem and she will be going in within the month

for investigation ..:rolleyes:  unfortunately we have no access to a ramp or pit so we thought it would be best to leave the job to someone that has experience

with these gearbox's and know what they are doing... Don't worry we still have many niggly jobs to undertake...:)

 

Window Wipers 

 

Upon first inspection we noticed the window wipers where seized so today we set about liberating them.

 

First we had to remove the wipers and scuttle panels.

 

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Like most of the car many spiders had made it home.. Their home..

 

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Before we could do any liberating we needed to do some cleaning..

 

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With all that grime gone we liberated the wipers plenty of SAS spray and a little bit of time.

We have moving wipers but only on the maximum settings and they aren't moving very fast.. :ph34r:..

We have changed the wiper module and Control Module..I'm hoping to see everything loosen up a little more tomorrow

We have left the spindles and arms soaking in SAS spray over night and we will see what tomorrow brings.

 

 

Comments Welcome As Always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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