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Adding extras & recommissioning the e34 540ia... update july 2016 with pictures

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After Three years sat in my parents garage my e34 540ia has been draged out and shown day light... over the time it has spent in the garage it has been left with the battery disconnected and started and warmed up every couple of three months... during the three years I done a couple of jobs... first replaced the ac fan with a good s/h unit from a member on here who also supplied the ss exhaust.. and while the bumper was removed had it resprayed

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Couple of months ago the car was taken to a local mot station ( never used them before ) for a test... and to my susprise it passed straight away with no problems at all....

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test day

after that took it back to my parents and left it for a month while I finished off my garage and constructed a small workshop so I could reommission the car....

taxed car for july the first and drove to mine.... not a nice drive.... the tyres have gone square and the brakes feel like abs is in all the time.....

First job todo was get the sill covers off and inspect the sills for rust and possible failure.....

Have been very lucky only to find surface rust at prescent, mainly due to the fact I have only used the car in the dry since I have owned it and it being stored in a garage...

see thread

http://forum.bmw5.co...-with-pictures/

Thanks to those who have advised in the above thread on the best course of treatment for the sills and products to use..

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o/s sill

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n/s sill, the worst of the pair... but not to bad

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after a quick clean

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dirt from under wing and covers

list of jobs to carry out

treat sills for rust and wax oil

replace front brakes, (after alot of time and money wasted on some m5 brakes.. just going to replace with standard )

service car

Fit 18" wheels

Fit m5 rear bumper

replace all fuel lines

replace fuel tank straps

fit secondhand ss exhaust I have ( powerflow) with a slight mod to it ;)

Fit m5 rear plate surround

retro fit full memory sport seats and loom and mirrors, and retro fit lumber to seats

retro fit electric steering coloum

HId fog lamps

poly bush car

wax oil underside of car

And enjoy driving it..!

Also as time goes on hifi system to install

A rear seat mod if can pull it off...!

And one last mod which some will like but others will hate... but long way from that one... :)

Would also like to thank the members of the forum who have help out with advise and parts so far and will name drop as I go along...

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Ive been waiting for this blog.i must say, your 540i looks very nice.looking forward to the coming progress blogs.

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Well today should of started the prep on the body work, but just did not feel like it so... went to a car boot sale instead.... and look what I found...

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For a major outlay of £2 I have an airfree spray gun.... but don't worry not going to be used for spraying with... it has a attachment for spraying wax oil treatment into sills.... so will see how it works pipe will fit lovely in the clip holes on the sill...

Last couple of days have been stripping down two comfort e32 leather seats for there electric lumber supports

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passenger stripped down

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what I will keep for spares as required

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drivers memory loom

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then stripped the lumber loom out of the main loom so can run into my sports seats...

At this point a thanks to tim for sorting out the seats for me, and sharkfin for planting this mad idea in my head...!

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sports seat back removed, then had to cut out lower fixed lumber support

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motor ready to fit

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After some well spoken words to myself and a couple of jamed body parts we have fitted the motor. over the next couple of days will wire in the switch and loom into the sets main loom, only requires two earths and ignition feed and a light feed for switch lighting ( which I'm sorting at mo as one switch does not light )

so temp wired it up to a battery to see if all works ok... and looks fine the drivers seat will be harder as has additional wiring for memory...

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Great stuff-looking forward to seeing things progress & another 540 back on the road! :)

Particularly interested in the memory seat retro-fit as I'm doing the same. What bits have you acquired so far? I've got most of what I need except for the err......seats! :lol:

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Have facelift seats, facelift memory harness and memory mirrors ( my car is facelift model ) There are two types of seats and harness. They look the same but have different type of plugs on them ( wiring and ecu) took ages to find correct pairing I required... but after some help from david at classic-md-autos I got what I required

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Small update.... not much has happen of late due to work and house requiring some jobs doing, but have found a gap today to have a go at fixing the illumination on the lumber seat switches I have for the electric lumber retro fit....

Out of the two switches I have only one bulb worked... pet hate is bulbs n/w in cars so set about addressing this..

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first stripped switch down the other day to see what the bulbs looked like, when taking switch apart carefully lever base from housing... two contacts and two ball bearing will come out... watch for these as very small

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They have amber bulbs fitted to them called " grain of wheat " bulbs... went to local train model shop and bought a pack of ten bulbs for £4.50 and set about work.... first cut out old bulbs and test fitted new... slighty tailer due to the insulated wires.... non insulated would sit lower, but after a test fit they fitted fine....

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cut wires to lenght on new bulb and solider onto brass tabs, this was the hard part as job to get solider to take... contacts covered in a clear coating that has to cleaned off... conected up power and tested

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At this point cleaned all contacts in switch with wd40 and lightly greased rocker contacts and balls / springs, this will help to hold them in place when you reassemble the switch.. ( you need to lower top half of switch onto base this requires ball bearings to be held in the upper section ) and checked

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so for 90p a switch have got them all sorted and working.... hope to wire up lumber in both seats over the next couple of days and maybe one day get them fitted...

Have stalled on the body work at mo as have a idea about doing the side skirts black, like the m5 as like this look but don't want the car to be a rep... but just a nice up spec 540... any views would be welcome...

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The switches look great :-P nice work ! so your thinking of spraying your cill skirts, met black ? ive seen that done on a blue 540 with silver skirts and front brake ducts ( no sure about silver) but the black might work.

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The switches look great :-P nice work ! so your thinking of spraying your cill skirts, met black ? ive seen that done on a blue 540 with silver skirts and front brake ducts ( no sure about silver) but the black might work.

Your on my wave lenght..... brake ducts black and skirts black and rear bumper lower lip black ( m5 bumper )

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Well about time I done a bit more to the old girl... was too cold for any body work on the car as garage very cold...! ( any ideas for wall insulation on a prefab garage..?) so set about finishing what I started in august....!!!! finished running in the wiring for the lumber suport, and connected up the switch

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was going to try and fit the first aid box in under seat but something missing...? ( see thread in e34 section http://forum.bmw5.co...-picture-added/ )

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So then had a brain wave on wiring the seat up on the bench... connected up feeds and check all seat operations all seems to work ok... even the heated pads... so well happy

so am going to leave that seat for a while... and start on the drivers seat... couple of weeks ago was lucky to find this on ebay.... well happy....

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so am going to fit the lumber and then bolt on the fire extinguisher and check operation...

will not leave so long next time...!

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A small not so important update

Have got first aid box bracket prob sorted...

was missing the retaining plate from base of seat ( poss has never had one fitted,,,?)

had an old e32 base I kept for spare and this had a plate on it but, bit rusty.. ( from a early 750li )

thought would just clean up a bit and touch up as required, but in true forum five style ended up rubbing down, under coating and giving a complete flash over in black.

dirty and rusty

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rubbed down

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drying after top coat

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wiring clips refitted

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fitted to seat

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just find out first aid box and fit

now going to start on drivers one... this needs more work...

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First up found first aid box and fitted to seat.... ( another photo... I know...! )

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Never really looked at first aid box before, was the one that was fitted to the comfort seats the car came with... but what is the number on the front...?

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While my bro was round we lifted the seat off the bench and put the drivers seat in its place... dug out the wiring loom I purchased from david at Classic MD Autos and prayed it would fit... and it did...

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connected power and started check operations on seat... all works apart from the seat base heater does not heat, but back does so wiring or pad issue... have got power at multi plug under seat.

head rest does not go up or down but motor works ok, and when happy retro fit lumber to seat and then get seat re coloured...

so started on head rest, removed seat back and operated motor can hear cable turning but not spinning gear in drive box, remove assemberly from seat.

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strip down and find both cable ends worn and slipping in drives

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now going to see if can locate a 418mm drive cable.... have some non memory head rests but the cables are shorter...

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From a quick search on realoem, looks like need 52101889108, £13.60 from bmw... not bad

http://www.realoem.c...323&hg=52&fg=10

item 5

heated seat pad not so good part no 64111388496 nla from bmw

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=HE62&mospid=47384&btnr=52_3148&hg=52&fg=65

item 1 sports with leather..

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never even crossed my mind, just fitted the lumber the same way as the heated seat switch was..... now got to run down the garage and check the drivers one which I have not touched yet... help ocd kicked in...!

Great work and attention to detail, just one thing tho for the peeps with OCD.....you switches in the seat are facing the wrong way .....

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Great work and attention to detail, just one thing tho for the peeps with OCD.....you switches in the seat are facing the wrong way .....

never even crossed my mind, just fitted the lumber the same way as the heated seat switch was..... now got to run down the garage and check the drivers one which I have not touched yet... help ocd kicked in...!

All ok can sleep well tonight... thanks Fb for the ocd moment switchs swapped around, could not settle untill I corrected them...

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all ok now I hope...!

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