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    E39mad got a reaction from Dutchgunner81 in Bmw specialist Greater Manchester   
    Darren Wood shut their doors a few weeks ago.
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    E39mad got a reaction from Y15HAL in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Not paying for one month's tax for one journey - I'm a tight Northener I'll have you know  
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    E39mad got a reaction from Cadwell Parker in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    It's the spring in the cap of the filter housing that is missing that attaches to the filter and brings the filter out with the cap when you renew it. Have to buy the cap too at £25!
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    E39mad got a reaction from Y15HAL in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Not paying for one month's tax for one journey - I'm a tight Northener I'll have you know  
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    E39mad reacted to Calypso-E34 in So what are you doing in isolation?   
    Thought I’d tidy up the F10 today, as I’ve done all the other jobs!  A good thorough wash, and decontaminated it. Amazing the crap that was on a car that looked clean enough!
     
    Finished off  with a good coat of Gold Class. 
     
    I’ve had it almost three years now, and I still like it. Looks ok for a car almost 10 years old I think!

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    E39mad reacted to Flandy in 540i touring. "The Improvening!"   
    So I've owned this car for a couple of years, I bought it to replace my E39 530d touring as it's getting a bit tired and it's value is such that it's not worth spending money  on beyond maintenance. I fancied an older and more simple BMW of similar size with superior performance, but also a touring. E34 540i touring was what I went looking for, I was really after a manual, but only found one, and it was not in particularly great condition. I therefore figured converting an automatic with better bodywork would be a better option. I picked up this Ascot green example up with relatively high miles at 196k, but as i was replacing the transmission, diff, and propshaft, I figured it didn't really matter.


     
    The newly refurbished staggered throwing stars were a definite bonus! Those will most certainly be staying.
     
    I spent most of the last 2 years collecting parts, mostly for the 6 speed conversion, but then for everything else. I certainly needn't have bothered about the mileage because there'll be bugger all original mechanicals when I'm done!
     
    But first I needed to sort a few more pressing issues, like a sunroof leak. I don't believe in taking things apart and fixing just one thing, when you can sort out several things, so i figured if the headlining was coming out to sort what turned out to be a blocked rear drain, I might as well take the roof rails off and sort out the flaky paint on those, recover the headlining that was old and saggy, replace the gas struts on the rear glass hatch, replace the dried and shrunken sunroof perimeter seal, and for an added bonus while significant portions of the rear interior are apart, replace the usual wiring hack job towbar electrics with a genuine BMW kit I picked up brand new for a song, along with rebinding and tidying up all the electrical wiring.
     
    First off, the roof rails
     
    Until i took them off, I didn't realise they were fibre reinforced plastic! I had figured they were cast metal, as what was showing under the paint was a dull grey colour. Live and learn huh! Interesting construction technique, the structural portion of each rail is formed of an incredibly tightly folded piece of stainless steel, with four stainless studs that protrude through the car roof. The moulded plastic rails are then held to these with a multitude of short stainless set screws that thread into brass inserts in the plastic. 
     


     
    I didn't get pics of stripping the paint off the rails, or them bare plastic, suffice  to say it was a messy process and revealed that some of the inserts and surrounding plastic had been pulled out, but were thankfully not missing, so before I painted them, I refixed them, and reinforced all the others with some JB weld (JB weld will feature later, stay tuned!). I gave the rails a sand with some 240 grit until any scrape marks from the stripping were gone, gave them a coat of plastic primer, and then about 3 coats of plasticote satn black. 
     

     
    Came out pretty nice, and I only had to fish one little fly out of the finish, I'll call that a win! Once  they'd dried fully (I left them for a few days out in the sun) I was time to assemble them, and look into the spacers that go between the studs and the roof. 
     
     
     
    The rust staining around the studs is from the spacers. They allow the rails to be clamped down to the roof without squashing the rubber gasket that fits between the rails and the roof panel. The originals were badly corroded, and the rubber o-rings were pretty shot. New ones were expensive for what they are, and didn't seem from research to come with new o-rings. I decided to make new ones from a couple of stainless washers (M8 and M12) and a silicone rubber washer (16mm ID if memory serves). Thickness came out the same, it fits over the shoulder at the base of the studs nicely. To hold these little assemblies together in alignment, I used a layer of double sided tape. 
     


     
    That sorted, I used the double sided tape to hold the gaskets onto the base of the rails and moved onto preparing the roof in readiness. There was a little corrosion around the holes in the roof, so i bare metalled these little areas, treated them with kurust, and epoxy primed them . The epoxy is some stuff I've used on suspension components, and bonds really well to steal, is water proof, and in this application, where it's going to be covered, needs no top coating. I'd already fitted the perimeter seal on the sunroof (pain in the arse job to get the sticky glue remains off, sorry no pics of that job) so it was time to refit the rails.
     

     
    All in all, a very time consuming, but satisfactory job, that I'm glad is done. 
     
    Next, a seemingly unrelated job!
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    E39mad reacted to Steve540 in e32 750iL Calypso Red   
    14 months of hibernation ended last week when I pulled this car out. I just sold my e34 and e38  so now I’ve time to focus on this! ( and the 540 ) 
     
    Gave it a wash and a really good clean inside. Also cleaned the leather and put some conditioner on it. There’s some scuffs marks in various places with peoples nails etc that I’d like to get touched in at some stage but overall the interior is in remarkable condition 
     
    Going to give the car a full service. Gearbox, diff everything. Starting with the engine of course. I plan on pulling the intake manifolds and getting them refinished and also checking the dreaded intake gaskets
     
    I’ll also do whatever else needs done while I’m in there. The car is running really poorly. I imagine it’s a combination of bad petrol and sitting for 14 months. The spark plugs are probably ruined from starting and stopping it, so it will be glad of a new set I’m sure 
     
    Going to have a look at the brakes, I’m sure they will need either cleaned up or replaced from sitting so long 
     
    Last but not least the body needs attention. The bottom of every door is bubbling along with rear boot lid and bottom of the rear arches. I want to have it running perfectly before I get the body sorted 
     
    This isn’t a progress update but more of a taster of what’s to come haha 
     
    I would love to have a black e32 750iL, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to find one with a spec similar to this car. Personal taste I guess, I just have a thing for black long wheel base 7s 




     
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    E39mad reacted to Steve van hool in E39, M5's in the Northwest.   
    To ask if there are many E39 M5 owners on here that are based in the Northwest?
    I

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    E39mad got a reaction from DJ Syxx in E39 530i Individual Aegean Edition Build.   
    Lovely car and good work.
     
    The petrol Aegeans had Lotus White leather and the diesels had std grey
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    E39mad got a reaction from 740mick in So what are you doing in isolation?   
    Cheers Mick for keeping the country's goods moving 
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    E39mad reacted to duncan-uk in Record low oil prices....and we aren't seeing the benefit. As usual.   
    Just been out to the car and some bastard was siphoning petrol in!
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    E39mad got a reaction from Beermonsterblack in The wifes 530i sport   
    Can't beat an E39 saloon in black with style 37's
     
    Do you ever drive it on tarmac
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    E39mad got a reaction from Beermonsterblack in The wifes 530i sport   
    Can't beat an E39 saloon in black with style 37's
     
    Do you ever drive it on tarmac
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    E39mad reacted to duncan-uk in New Deliveries   
    Is the issue that being on the road puts you at more risk of an accident and thus a further stretch on the emergency services?
     
    If you can avoid driving don't seems the best policy however frustrating.
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    E39mad got a reaction from Paddy O'Furniture in Sir Stirling Moss   
    Yes a great racing driver who will be sadly missed - remember a great program about his Mille Miglia win in the Merc SLR around 1955. 
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    E39mad reacted to sharkfan in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Just a general best wishes to everyone on the forum and their loved ones that as many people as possible get through as possible; there will be deaths as it is a deadly respiratory virus but try and remember it is one of many that circle the globe picking off humankind as it sees fit.
     
    I watched the sky documentary from northern Italy earlier and the part that struck home with me was the Italian Doctors correcting of the interviewer when he suggested the virus was like a bad flu; the Doctor corrected him and said, no, it is like pneumonia.
     
    I suffered double pneumonia about 11 years ago and I have to say from my own experience it is a long, long way removed from flu (I was a Paramedic at the time too) so might I humbly suggest while we all sit and wait out whether we've had it, got, or waiting to get it just take as many steps and measures as you can to get yourselves as physically fit as you can so if it does come your way you're in the best shape to take it on; just losing a few pounds in weight, extending your walking, running, cycling, whatever you can manage to get your heart and lungs in shape might increase your odds by the small margins that might be necessary to defeat the virus and its effects on you.
     
    Also, on a different level, value and enjoy the company of those around you; life is finite, no-one (except the Highlander) is immortal and facing the potential of grave circumstances with a significant chance of personal loss is something that our forebears that passed just two or three generations before had to go through and now it seems do we; let's all appreciate what we have perhaps taken for granted for too long and enjoy the moments that affirm life and love so well while we still can.
     
     
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    E39mad reacted to Grand Dragon in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Update on my daughter bestie! 
    Its happy news!  
    She was struggling to breathe after having a cough and cold, but thankfully the wonderful NHS staff at Alder Hey worked their magic and she’s now home and recovering! 
     
    Stay safe out there peeps 
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    E39mad reacted to Grand Dragon in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    My daughters class mate is in alder hey hospital with suspected Covid-19.
    she was admitted on the 8/4 and her parents where not allowed in to the ward! 
    Thats sad in itself, but today the 9/4 is her 5th birthday! 
    My daughter sent her a happy birthday and get well soon video today, it made me cry! 
    I just hope she’s ok as my daughter will be devastated! It’s her super best friend, you know how kids friends are all their best friend, well these two consider themselves cousins... (  )
     
    God bless to everyone in this time! 
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    E39mad got a reaction from nealpina in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    I believe Sweden also have testing kits so people self isolate if infected, a much lower population and population density plus have more ICU beds per head of population than many other European countries. 
     
    All this equates to their reasoning for letting the virus go through the population naturally whilst keeping the economy going.
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    E39mad got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in My 2002 E39 525i Sport Saloon in Titanium Silver   
    Welcome back - I remember your 540i Sport. The 525i looks very clean.
     
    I had Poplar wood in my 530i Individual - it's the best interior trim for an E39
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    E39mad reacted to nealpina in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Even Boris's most fierce opponents are doing nothing but sending him well wishes.  It's nice to see that some things are bigger than party politics 
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    E39mad got a reaction from marko530d in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Spent over 8 hours washing, clay bar, wash, machine polish with DasPro 6, and finally applied a coat of wax. Man the car was filthy as went through a whole bar of clay!!
     
     

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    E39mad got a reaction from marko530d in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Spent over 8 hours washing, clay bar, wash, machine polish with DasPro 6, and finally applied a coat of wax. Man the car was filthy as went through a whole bar of clay!!
     
     

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    E39mad got a reaction from marko530d in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Spent over 8 hours washing, clay bar, wash, machine polish with DasPro 6, and finally applied a coat of wax. Man the car was filthy as went through a whole bar of clay!!
     
     

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    E39mad got a reaction from marko530d in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Spent over 8 hours washing, clay bar, wash, machine polish with DasPro 6, and finally applied a coat of wax. Man the car was filthy as went through a whole bar of clay!!
     
     

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