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    2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
    1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
    1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
    1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd)
    1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from thousands made and still valiantly fighting against a rusty grave)


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    B10 V8 T, B12 5.7 L, B10 4.6 T, M635CSi, 635CSiA

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  1. sharkfan

    E34 540 - left bank not firing

    Sniffer test and compression test when hot and failing?
  2. sharkfan

    Door wont open

    I had this with a rear door - I manged to get the door card off without damage. A squirt of WD40 got the solenoid that operates the lever working again but don't just leave wd40 on it as it dries to nothing - get some 3-in-one oil on there to actually lubricate it. For a front door, I would take the opposite door card off to accurately find the solenoid, then take some measurements as to where it is and then try and put/drop/squirt some lubricant in on the inside of the window on the stuck side. This is what I did with my E38 - then as soon as you get the door open, whip the door card off and lube up, or change, the solenoid. HTH
  3. I arsed around with my filter housings to get the whole lip (sides as well) of the filter housing under and behind the windscreen cowl part. I managed it with the O/S but only the inner and lower edges with the N/S; the outer edge just would not behind the windscreen cowl bit - I think because it has been misaligned so long the plastic of the windscren bit has bent too far back. Anyhow, while I was in an arsing about mood I cleaned out the filter assembly including the little duct with the flap that slots into a rubber grommet in the inner wing; then I looked into, and stuck my finger into, the inner wing rubber grommets... Both pretty blocked with one decidedly damp. I extracted the grommets to clean them - hoping that, 1. They wouldn't break, and 2. I could re-install them without too much of a saga. They didn't break, they were completely clogged, they do go back in quite easily - they are definitely worth cleaning out.
  4. sharkfan

    SuperDave RIP

    If you're having a glass of wine/beer/other beverages are available tonight then please raise a glass to SuperDave, Dave Andrews for it was his funeral today. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but I passed in mine and the forums condolences to his widow. RIP SuperDave, cheers to a life well lived.
  5. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    A couple of glasses of APOTHIC Red, a lovely blend of zinf, cab sauv, syrah and merlot - very moreish indeed.
  6. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Everyone is cleaning up - I washed mine after a few days around the Cotswolds - that V8 noise is epic
  7. sharkfan

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Headgaskets done now Dave; E39 M5 S62 headgaskets are a direct swap for the M60B46 engine and a number of other new parts were replaced at same; oil cyclone, crankcase breathe, radiator, valley pan, knock sensors, thermostat, thermostat casing, and a million gaskets...etc, etc. All work done by the excellent Lee Shannon at Bentley, just outside Farnham - who also carried out my E39 engine replacement and refurbishment.
  8. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    E31 Classics are 9x18 front and 10.5x18 rear; they will on E31, E32 and an E34 that has E32 rear trailing arms fitted (such as the M5 and B10 BiTurbo). They won't fit on an E24, E28 without extensive work. I have a square set (all 9x18, plus a spare) on my E34 Touring; the dish on the 9x18's is greater than the dish on any of the different width E31/32/34 17" wheels which come in 8, 8.5, 9.5 and 10 inch widths. The dish on the 10.5x18 rears is just over 3 inches.
  9. sharkfan

    My other Motor.

    Lovely looking car, 2.8 or 4.4?
  10. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Very briefly; it is photo-shopped, they are Classics not Softlines, and the biggest you want on an E32 are 18's at a push. You can get 18" Classics which will bolt onto the E32 but they were only made for the E31 and the last second hand set I saw for sale were c£4000.
  11. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Bright sunshine, home grown mint, a lime from the grocers so it has to be Mojito time.
  12. sharkfan

    LED flickering Mains

    This works well with the angel eyes as they draw a comparatively small current but I would be more careful about the size of the relay for main beam lights, led or otherwise.
  13. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Above is my safe and PC answer; my 'I have been drinking and mourning the death of my friend from this forum' answer is... ...in retrospect a little rude. goodnight all, apologies to the forum. rip Superdave.
  14. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Not what I've been drinking (a bottle or two of apothick red from California) but more the Viking games competitions my danish neighbour and I are now planning for our road for the Summer; kongshpiller, archery and axe throwing
  15. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Some of us have been engineers for 30 years not mechanics of ten years... And some of us us have been engineers/ mechanics/ enthusiasts/experts/ whatever for even longer so might I suggest your OTT approach is a little, no a lot, patronising to people who have might have looked after their cars for longer than you have lived...