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  1. sharkfan

    Alpina Wheel Caps

    PM me a price please.
  2. Just posting this to help a new forum member get some identifying and sourcing a bowden cable for his rather rare right hand drive Alpina B10 3.0 AllRad which is based on the 525iX. https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/142067-restoration-project/?tab=comments#comment-1523381 I know there are a few 525iX owners and enthusiasts on here so perhaps someone could help him? It seems rhd and lhd cables are different and the rhd is discontinued and not available anywhere at this time. Could a lhd cable be made to fit? There are two new available on ebay.de. Any help greatly appreciated.
  3. sharkfan

    Hello, New owner of a E34 525IX Automatic AWD

    Two saloons were made in rhd by Sytner, one manual, one auto, and the owner of the auto just started a thread about its restoration. No B10 3.0 AllRad Tourings were made in rhd though.
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    Restoration project

    Which we need pictures of
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    Restoration project

    My memory isn't that amazing; I remembered the article and have kept the magazine - I had a quick read of it before posting. I do have a slight Alpina interest and came very close to buying quite a few rhd B10 3.5 cars and also a lhd B10 AllRad that was for sale in the North of England a few years ago. I ended up with a Touring though as I needed dog space at the time. I've started a thread on your behalf in the relevant E34 technical section of this forum to help your quest ... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/142206-525ix-auto-gearbox-cable-help-for-a-new-member/
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    Restoration project

    One of the UK cars was a manual gearbox, the other an auto. The auto (presumably yours now) was featured in the November 2001 Total BMW magazine with the number plate 'B10 FWD' and a really good write up with some nice pictures. There were no rhd B10 3.0 AllRad Tourings ever ordered or made but quite a few on this forum (including me) have often thought about trying to build one; I nearly went for it a long time ago when an engine from an E36 Alpina B3 3.0 that had been wrecked appeared on ebay but other considerations and cars got in the way. There was a discussion on another thread recently on why the Alpina 3.0 engine was seemingly detuned from the 250bhp in the B3 3.0 car to the 231bhp in the B10AllRad - apparently Hartge did a similar 3.0 conversion to a 525iX but with their 250bhp engine installed. The UK B10 3.0 AllRad cars were listed on the Alpina Archive at one time, along with the two rhd E34 B10 4.0 cars (again both saloons), but for some reason they've slipped off the records there. Good luck with getting the gear cable sorted out and post up some pictures when you can - there is a lot of love for E34's on here. EDIT to add; The cable should be a bog standard 525iX rhd cable - have you tried the main dealer? It will also be worth starting a specific thread about the part you need in the E34 section as there are a few 525iX members who might know a little more and haven't seen your thread here.
  7. sharkfan

    E34 540i/6T again

    Avus, Calypso, Silver, Gold so far I think - which are thinking of getting back, avus or calypso?
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    Restoration project

    Good thread with good links to E34 Alpina stuff... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/37519-calling-the-experts-e34-b10-allrad/?tab=comments#comment-384694
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    Restoration project

    IIRC there were just two rhd B10 AllRad cars, both saloons, and both made by Sytner (rather than at Buchloe). I thpught they had both been scrapped but I might be getting confused with the two rhd B10 4.0 cars.
  10. Probably the rarest and almost certainly the most expensive Alpina alloys you'll find... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Alpina-B12-18-e31-wheels-BMW-840ci-850ci-CSI/233571128568?hash=item3661ec94f8:g:QAMAAOSw-AFepYM7
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    Early memory seats in a late car

    It's a long time ago now but I once fitted memory seats to a manual seat optioned M5 and after fid the loom beneath the carpet I think I just used a voltmeter to indentify the loom positive and negative and an online wiring diagram to identify what to connect just those two wires to on the seats; then I just jumped those two wires over.
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    540i touring. "The Improvening!"

    That's a good interior to match the exterior - at least you have AC and without the sometimes troublesome push-button auto AC option. One thing you may have to tackle is replacing the ventilation system pollen filter but it's a little easier with an auto than a manual. There's a wealth of E34 enthusiasts on the E34 section so don't be afraid to ask about even the silliest of the things. I notice you haven't got an ASC (traction control switch) around the gear lever area - have you checked your VIN for the build spec to see whether it has a LSD? It has rear PDC as well, that's a nice addition and a relatively rare option on these cars; I won't point you to the E34 options thread just yet as you might just go option-tastic and there a few...
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    540i touring. "The Improvening!"

    Welcome to the E34 tribe; a 540i with any transmission is always a very good drivers car and the torque of the big V8 does work very well with the E34 chassis. Your roof rail restoration is one of the best I've seen and has got me thinking about retro-fitting roof rails to my smooth roof Touring as I don't want ever to have to mount any roof bars on the gutter trims. Any interior pics at all? We're just like kids and we love any pics
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    So what are you doing in isolation?

    All lit up here too with some seasoned ash.
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    Got wood?

    Can anyone recommend or provide a link to a very good quality high gloss piano black vinyl wrap please - I have an E34 set I would like to have a go at wrapping.
  16. The seller must be listening to you guys - he's already reduced the buy-it-now from £5k to £4.5k.
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    So what are you doing in isolation?

    Teak furniture is a LOT more expensive than it was a dozen years ago; after a neighbour asked me about hammocks I decided to figure out how much our collection of table, chairs, benches, hammock, etc, would cost to replace - over £4000...
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    So what are you doing in isolation?

    A bit of light outdoor furniture restoration has gone on; 6 reclining dining chairs, 1 9' x 3' large dining table, 1 lounger, 2 occasional folding tables, 2 benches and a deck lounger. The pic shows the before, after sanding and then teak stained chairs... they are the thick end of 20 years old so well worth buying the best you can then giving it a yearly or twice yearly spray with teak oil - this is the first time I've sanded them back and re-stained them.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    I think the lighter coloured E34 cars suit gingercators - it was one of the first things I did to my arktis silber Touring when I bought it.
  20. sharkfan

    Outdoor Patio Lighting Ideas?

    My experience with outdoor solar lights is that they are very weak, not very watertight and not very long lasting. I would look at some hardwired stuff if you actually want to use the light to see by.
  21. sharkfan


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52344678/coronavirus-we-woke-up-in-the-morning-and-he-was-gone Heartbreaking, but just one of perhaps tens of thousands of similar stories worldwide so far. Stay as safe as you can.
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    So the UK is still almost exactly following Italys figures two weeks later with our total at 15,464 as of today.
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    Pressure washer questions

    I have a near twenty year old Karcher K5-something; it's always 'pulsed' a little when on but not triggered but perfectly smooth in use. As I said, I never leave it out through winter and it survived a dozen Yorkshire winters before we headed South. Because I only ever hand wash the cars I could never be bothered to get the Karcher out to do the wheels or arches so I bought the battery powered Worx Hydroshot for ease of use. You simply attach it to the hose and off you go - it's obviously not as powerful as a mains machine but it's good enough for wheels and arches and rinsing soap off, there is also a snow foam applicator too. You can run it from a bucket but it would last just a couple of minutes at best.
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    Pressure washer questions

    I have a near twenty year old Karcher but the only advice I can give is don't let them get cold; when not in use. Put them away in a shed/garage/cave/whatever.
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    This bit is certainly true - and similar opposing voices then are questioning his calculations today.