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Splondike last won the day on January 2 2019

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About Splondike

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  • Birthday 03/04/1972

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    85 M535i Manual BMW E36 M3 Saloon E39 530i Manual Touring E46 328i Track car

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  1. Splondike

    My 'new to me' 2011 F01 730D

    Very nice, that colour will keep you busy mate
  2. Splondike

    530i Touring Manual

    As above, yeah sorry. It's indeed a double din Kenwood DMX125 unit and Innovadrive. I have been away on hols to Yorkshire and not been around much, car performed faultlessly as you would expect Piccy at Elvington with a bunch of cool jets ! A Meteor, a couple of Hunters, a Tornado, a Buccaneer and a Javelin
  3. Splondike

    Splondike's M535i Project

    No, I think the guy's son you are referring to is called Tahmid, did his dad have an E24 M635i as well ? I met him at a car club meet a few years back. These were both dark blue probably Macau, or similar. Nice little collection though !
  4. Splondike

    530i Touring Manual

    After a sabbatical from having a BMW as my main car, with the Landcruiser Amazon and then the E350 the count went back up to four in the house during lockdown one. I discovered a poor dejected looking E39 touring in Welling that had been languishing unloved for a period of time and another forum member pointed me in the direction of the car and thought the owner would take a sensible offer for it. So a bit of a "barn find", only out in the open........... ......not really. It was Steve's (Oxo) and as such had been well looked after and nicely brought up to spec during his ownership and was too nice to pass up When Steve first got the car around 2014 it was a nice individual Orient Blue 530i Manual which he set about bringing up to sport spec. He added sport bumpers and a sport headlining and then set about bringing up to spec and when I got it had the following: New Clutch, New Flywheel, Rear crank oil seal, New Clutch Slave cylinder, New Radiator, New expansion tank, Gearbox oil seals front and rear, New ABS unit, Underside checked, Brake lines cleaned and undersealed, New brakes / disks etc, New suspension all round, new rear air bags, New springs, New shocks, New Steering arms, New drop links, New windscreen, New black Headlining, New front and rear sport bumpers, 7 x Rotagrid wheels, New door cards, New exhaust, New vacuum hoses, Diff oil changed, Gearbox oil changed New Viscous coupling and fan. So too good to pass up really. I got her home and she looked like this: Immediately I wanted to update the interior a little, so I found a nice set of brushed aluminum trim and the later sport steering wheel to give the interior a lift. Whilst mechanically perfect and a nice looking thing, the front offside wing was a pattern item and the paint had reacted and was letting the side down a little, and on the rear was a crack where a dent had been filled so it needed those areas attending to. I found a perfect original BMW wing and sent it into the paint shop to get these areas remedied. I was not expecting the outcome but once the filler was removed the size of the dent in rear wing was revealed ! The bodyshop did a brilliant job of removing all the filler and re-shaping the panel before addressing any other issues with the doors and painting the whole side ! She came home looking stunning. Having got used to a couple of cars with decent audio systems I set about upgrading the sounds with a Kenwood head unit a Rockford Fosgate amp and 10" sub in a bespoke enclosure and some nice Focal audio speakers up front. I am quite happy with the sound now. Whilst I liked the Rotas I felt it was making it look a 520i trying to be something it was not, and with fond memories of my previous 530i Touring on 19" parallels I had a look around for some. However they seemed to be pretty hard to come by so started to look for OEM 18" ones. Whilst doing so I discovered a set of the 19s which were nice and straight but had been painted in plain silver. So I had them re-furbed with a slightly darker silver centre and here is the result: The eagle eyed will have noticed the change of plate to an ageless one which cost £46 plus the fee to swap. I also had to fit a tow bar as it has to do some towing duties. But I am quite happy with the result and will now enjoy. I did have to replace the front arms due to the famous E39 shimmy despite them being replaced fairly recently, I am not sure if the big spacers on the Rotagrids had a part to play in this but she drives perfectly now Big thanks to Steve for letting her go, Perfect Paint for the excellent work and Diamond Cut for a lovely job on the wheels. Now what to upgrade next
  5. Splondike

    Splondike's M535i Project

    Finally had them out after a mix a lockdown and poor weather ! I must either try and use them more or flog them to someone who will. I dropped my son to a friend of his and took the M535i. His dad says, "Oh that's a lovely E28. I have a few BMWs in my garage do you want to take a look?". Anyway he opens up this large garage area and the first thing I see is a nice 840, and a B3 3.3 Alpina convertible. To left though is something really special, a lovely 850Csi (V12 Manual beast) and over in the corner a nice blue E12 M535i and a Carbon Black E39 M5. A nice surprise, nice bloke too so hopefully will see these things out in the wild some time !
  6. Looking good mate, mine has a similar amount of tint by the looks
  7. Always grateful to Ja for letting me drive 172 at Marham, an epic machine indeed. Capped an awesome weekend hosted by the RAF lol Off the clock down the straight, and the noise ! Surreal moment overtaking my own M535i as well haha. Let's hope she goes to a good home
  8. Splondike

    Genuine Hartge (OZ) Alloy wheels 17x8.5 ET13

    Sold for the asking
  9. Splondike

    Genuine Hartge (OZ) Alloy wheels 17x8.5 ET13

    Lol Si I've re-thought the price and figured out due to the vast selection of cheaper ones available I'll leave it as is
  10. I persuaded another forum member to sell me these wheels as they are one of my E28 favourites and I had been looking around for ages for a set to come up. Anyway we struck a deal and although not essential, I had them powder coated in BMW silver and fitted new Hartge centre badges to freshen them up. I then put them on the car and it looked lovely, however not as lovely to my eyes as it looks on the Borbet Bs and they have since sat in my garage gathering dust. They have the proper centre cap key and fit perfectly on the E28 with a really nice dish, much better than the much more common 16 inch variety and the come with correct centre cap key. They really deserve to adorn an un-kitted E28 or an E34 which would look fantastic, sadly they won’t fit on my E39, E46 or the E36 M3 so with some reluctance I am prepared to let them go if anyone here wants them. I would buy a car to put them on however this is slightly impractical I can pm individual pics etc if anyone is interested. £1200 Socially distanced collection possible. Located in Ashford in Kent.
  11. Splondike

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Finally got this unit installed in my recently acquired 530i Touring...BMW count now up to 4 lol It's nice quality and looks like it belongs in the car so I am really happy. Even I managed to install it so it must be simple I do keep trying to adjust the volume with the fake "knob" though lol Thankfully I have bought a kit that allows for the steering wheel volume up/down and track/station skip to work (and it worked first time amazingly) Thanks to Dennis for the prompt service
  12. Splondike

    Everyone with a e28 put your pics up :D

    It was just a reflection, I was moving around my garage space and one of my spare set reflected nicely in the headlights
  13. Splondike

    Everyone with a e28 put your pics up :D

    Currently taking mine apart and cleaning things that have been annoying me After taking this picture I noticed my "Hartge" light was smashed by a stone so another job to add to the list !
  14. Splondike

    1986 E28 M535i - Restoration

    Loving what you are doing Ian. I had a chat with Piers about his M30 work and he was very happy with Lester Owen and Alunox. Those guys really do nice work.
  15. Splondike

    To all the newbies :-)

    What he said ^^^^^