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You can’t polish a turd! Or can you? Budget e34

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As an e39 sport owner I’ve been wanting to ‘upgrade’ to an e34, so looking for the right one has been a weekly thing, Anyway this particular car came up for sale a few mile from me, it’s not the colour I want nor the engine or the spec but for £400 I felt the urge to have it, maybe I just felt sort for it! I had been talking to the seller thru txt and the car has running issues but the guy txt me say it was running lovely..... while I was working, driving to the firms other yard, I found the car dumped in a dodgy spot broke down! I stopped n had a quick nosey round it, it was minging! But..... I snapped his hand off :ph34r: plenty of mot on it and plenty of potential, will be a running project and I don’t how I did it but I talked my wife into running it while i get round all the work (we don’t have space for 3 cars) 

To be continued.....

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20 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Throw a bucket of water over it and you'll feel the urge to crack on!

 

Got the car dropped off Friday evening n made a start, had Saturday n Sunday on it and last night for a few hours,

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4 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

And you say you've convinced Mrs Tibbs its the car for her? Well done that man :lol:

Well, funny thing that, turns out she not so keen now and it left me in a predicament, plan was that this was going to be like a practice 5er to get her used to a much bigger car (she had a 08 tdi Ibiza) as I will be giving her my e39 at some point, she said that I’ll have to have e34 and she’ll have mine!! I’m not ready to part with it, meanwhile my 18y o daughter is learning to drive and thinks the e34 is ‘sick’ ... cool to u and I .. so now the wife is having it and putting the youth on ins’ and when she passes she’ll have it! Happy days!

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24 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Good taste your daughter has! Nice safe place to put her too and i'll bet not so daft to insure?

Much safer than a French biscuit tin, and it’s old enough for classic car insurance, but I do hope it grows on mrs, would love to have 3 x 34s in the family

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Finally got to the bottom of the poor running issue, the fuel pump was goosed, the original one did work and pumped at a good rate, but while I waited for the replacement to arrive I had the old one running in a bucket of water, when holding my finger over the exit and capping the flow it leaked out of the bottom and lost pressure, new pump fitted and runs lovely, also had the tank down and replaced the vapour pipes.. been cleaning the interior again today, it’s nearly clea:oops:n, also today the previous owner dropped me a few spares off which was nice! I do need a few bits tho, need fuel flap hinge and the rear bumper side mount slider, 

its starting to feel like a usable motor now.

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Looking good that Sir, attention to detail is impressive. Iv never gone as far as stripping window switches. 

 

Too many young people don' t appreciate a quality older car i got my E39 when i was 20ish (7 years ago) it was only a little bit more expensive to insure than the MK3 astra i got out of. One hell of a difference!!

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17 minutes ago, trenchy24 said:

Looking good that Sir, attention to detail is impressive. Iv never gone as far as stripping window switches. 

 

Too many young people don' t appreciate a quality older car i got my E39 when i was 20ish (7 years ago) it was only a little bit more expensive to insure than the MK3 astra i got out of. One hell of a difference!!

I took all 4 switches out too, not too difficult but each one has a tiny spring that’s easily lost, also the square button has 2 even smaller springs, I don’t know what that button is for lol?????

it was the only way to get them clean!

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