always weird when you start a wip, it is infact a new chapter, of life, of car culture, of way of living. this is just my new way of wasting money in nonsense. last month I've bought my new car, paid waay to much for it because I went there already convinced that it was going to be mine, no matter what. I know estate v8 manuals are rarer than most of the cars I see every day, and this will make sense very soon. bs aside, this is the reason why I'm going to be completely broke in the next years e34 540i touring with a getrag 560, all factory, as far as i know this is one of the famous (?) 63 rhd produced. She's BH15015 for the vin number geeks out there This thing is my first car in the UK, therefore first one with steering on the wrong side, and first beamer, which means I have no experience on rwd bitches, and more importantly, first car that I bought myself. My ex money pit was a 94 civic eg6, if you're not into hondas is the first thing you can buy when you start every Gran Turismo career. mine looked like this I realised I needed a rwd car when I put my brother's e87 diesel into a wall trying to be an idiot, with success, and I've always been a fan of estate cars. I knew I was going to get a BMW, there's pretty much nothing else out there part from mercs which are all autos, not for me, I was pretty much sure that it would have been an e46 touring, maybe a 330d. I've read about these e34 touring and all the cool features they have, first of all the EPIC twin sunroof, and the split tailgate just like my old civic, self leveling suspensions, good engines and the fact that most parts are interchangeble with even more modern stuff. my dream was to build a touring with an m70, 6 speed and 520i badge at the back, but it takes years and lots af skills that I'll probably never have, so when I saw this 540 for sale among a jungle of auto 525s i knew that it had that "little more" and I made it mine. Neglected, probably abused and maybe even crashed, this car represents my idea of perfect vehicle: big, estate, rear wheel drive, good/big engine, manual gearbox, tough look, old style, massive sunroof. It's the only car that ticks all the boxes. and is nice to look at too, score ! When i brought it home I was very daunted: all by myself, no idea what this thing was going to do, I didn't test drive it because the dude wouldn't let me without insurance, and so the first ever drive was when the car was already mine. 146miles, Wolverhampton to South London.. here we go ! ...and it made it ! surprisingly this thing just ate miles and road, and brought my scared ass back home, champ ! very first thing, get it up on a ramp at work to check how bad the conditions really are: ...very, that's all I can say ! the described "surface rust" on the bodywork just meant that the guy never had it on a ramp. There is serios rust on the sills that have already started flaking, and I still have to check the inside of the front wings. It has had regular mots in different places, given the fact that all the numerous owners lived all over the country, so with the last one done last october I would assume that it won't fail again, but it needs to be sorted, one day or the other. on the bodywork it is actually just surface or slight bubbling, I can sort that myself, but stuff underneath, that will need someone that knows what to do... I've already "booked" someone suitable at work. so that's on the list. I've thrown in a set of plugs just for peace of mind, original ngks, I think they are bkr6ek. all the rest it's just a lot of neglecting and owners that cared more about looks and engine noise that actual car health. first saturday off (I used to work every other saturday before I had this car)I tried a first jet wash on the underside, so that I can really work out what is leaking and what is just dirty, or maybe just make my life a little bit easier when I'll have to crawl underneath to fix something ! car on axlestands in the wash bay, courtains around to protect valuable stuff, and look at all the grime that came out ! it's not even half of what's underneath that thing !! but then, sorry, I had to ditch those ridiculous angel eyes and HID that came with the car. I apologise in advance to HID people or angel eyes supporters, but I got to the point when I was driving at night with no lights on just because I was embarassed of those horrible things, and they were a complete mess held up with cable ties and electrical tape, they had to go. Got a set of original smileys for 100 pounds, and started working for the very first time on my new car. then I also tackled the completely loose exhaust by fitting two missing rubber hangers to the middle section and two clamps with some exhaust paste to actually connect it to the rear section, what a mess! It now leaks from the manifolds, which is a massive bonus, but at least is 50% functional. I then tried to regas the A/c, but had to stop half way through the process because I ran out of time and nobody was going to wait for a crappy bmw to finish regas, and so, next week, hopefully! this is the new look, with bonus cracked main beam next on the list was a compression check. you think m60, you think nikasil coating, so fingers crossed here we go. it did fine, 155psi average with a low of 135 and high of 170, I think i'm all right, I may actually be lucky with one of the latest alusil coated engines, still to check. wich me luck. then two weeks of stop because I was busy driving to the uk the very car that made me thinking about this in the first place, queuing at dunkirk and the last job so far, drive belts. the bentley manual says you have to take off the fan. obviously mine wouldn't play, I've taken them off anyway. and here we are. in the meantime I've changed the bonnet and bootlid struts, so those huge metal bastards don't break my neck everytime. in the future there is a full service with A/c regas, rust on chassis, sunroof, suspension, brakes, rust on bodywork, electrics, diff overhaul, oil leaks, thermostat... is a long list. the ridiculous shnitzer badge at the back will soon go, together with the side stripes. the number plate would have been fine 10 years ago when I was 15, not now. I'm still not sure wether to remore the 540 badge or keep it. I'm a fan of the clean look, but this is one of the few badges worth keeping. we'll see. and no M stuff, i should die first. I hope you've enjoyed it, saturday more misery still to come !