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Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

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DUDES!!!

 

What is all this nonsense on my project thread!!  Bugger off to the 530i for sale thread!

 

....unless of course you have a pair of E34 rear lamps with the white indicators going cheap - in which case - Stay!  Have a cup of tea!

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 Back from our holiday now, and took the 520 off to have a bit of paint correction and a good detail. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. 

 

Of more concern to me will be the annual MOT test, due in  early September.  I’m hoping the car won’t fall foul of any of the new MOT regulations. 

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On 7/10/2018 at 2:43 PM, Calypso-E34 said:

 Back from our holiday now, and took the 520 off to have a bit of paint correction and a good detail. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. 

 

Of more concern to me will be the annual MOT test, due in  early September.  I’m hoping the car won’t fall foul of any of the new MOT regulations. 

 

Don't see why it should

 

My pals got an E30 with an M54 conversion and he had zero issues, bar the usual corroded brake lines etc. Just a simple advisory

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A few teaser pics from the man who is detailing the E34 for me. Beginning to look very nice I must say!  Looking forward to getting it back. 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Very nice B)

 

8 hours ago, GStarrr said:

Looks awesome Mark :D

 

Thanks chaps!  It's looking as good as it's likely to now.  It was a good car to start with, and I've probably spent about £1000 since I got it, mainly on cosmetics like detailing and wheel refurbishment, but loads of other small things too.  Other than what it needs for the MOT and maybe an oil change, I don't think I'll be spending any more this year anyway.

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Is this metallic paint? As I machine polished mine, maybe a bit too soft on it as I didn't know how thick the paint was, and it has not come up as shiney as this. It looks really good.

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5 minutes ago, KitsonRis said:

Is this metallic paint? As I machine polished mine, maybe a bit too soft on it as I didn't know how thick the paint was, and it has not come up as shiney as this. It looks really good.

 

Yep - Orient blue, so has a clear coat. I don’t think yours will have a clear lacquer finish as it’s a solid red - but someone here will know for sure. 

 

I know now nothing about paint depths etc, so what I have learned is that it’s worth getting a pro to sort the body, and then maintain it myself. The man who did this job also did a Volvo V70 for me four years ago, and the finish was still awesome 3 years later with just basic car care. 

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10 hours ago, ustbutler said:

Orient Blue, BMW's dealer colour of 1995 :wub:

 

BMW's dealer colour?  Does that mean what it sounds like - that Dealers were allocated certain colours?

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9 minutes ago, Calypso-E34 said:

 

BMW's dealer colour?  Does that mean what it sounds like - that Dealers were allocated certain colours?

 

 It means that a  certain colour was pushed for certain models and Orient Blue was the colour for the e34 during 1995, (BMW adverts etc)

 Arctic Silver  was the 1994  colour of choice for the e34 in BMW's sales marketing 

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3 minutes ago, ustbutler said:

 

 It means that a  certain colour was pushed for certain models and Orient Blue was the colour for the e34 during 1995, (BMW adverts etc)

 Arctic Silver  was the 1994  colour of choice for the e34 in BMW's sales marketing 

 

Well there you go - every day's a school day after all!

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So - with the exception of sticking on the clear rear lamps and the re-made main dealer stickers, that's it - job done for now.  Without a respray, the body is now looking as good as it is ever going to be - and I'm very pleased with it.  Obviously there are still a few odd blemishes in it - stone chips, a couple of patches where bird lime was left to linger too long, but on the whole, it's nice.  Refurbished wheels make a big difference to the car too.

 

Inside, it's looking just as good.  Cloth seats are nice with no rips or tears, facelift door cards and dash sorted out the delaminating trim which was there before.  Nice OEM stereo system installed in there too, and that sounds just fine.

 

Next thing will be the MOT in September!

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So, I picked the car up this morning, and attended to a couple of small things like the dealer sticker and tax disc holder, and fitted the clear rear indicators. I like this setup,  it I do think the car looks more original on the Ambers, despite the fact that clears we’re an option at the time. 

 

Lots of work gone into this car from lots of people, so thanks chaps - Andrew Everett for rescuing it and getting it back on the road, Kenny at the Wheel Specialist in Inverness for refurbishing the wheels good as new, James Sutherland at Highland Polishing in Inverness for the detailing work, Tim Pollock, Geoff Sutton, David Olias and Cotswold BMW for various parts - and lastly - ME!  I’m very pleased with the way the car has turned out.

 

Anyway - done for now - just the OEM CD changer left to fit. 

 

 

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