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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from coupe king in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Not quite today but plenty of time spent on it directly & indirectly over the last 12mths give or take and rather a lot over the last eight wks..
     
    So.. where am I now with this car? After an eventful year, I’m pleased to say much much closer to the finish line. Various issues both unavoidable and of my own doing slowed down progress and the pandemic absolutely hasn’t helped at all.  In short we’ve had an complete engine change that turned out to only be partially successful (kinda my fault), ultimately neccessitating a fully overhauled and refreshed cylinder head assembly having to be fitted. I also took the opportunity to try another g/box I had, that I had acquired untested some time ago and also a replacement steering box, which upon other discoveries may possibly not have been needed..
     
    The complete front suspension was on its last, so I bit the bullet and replaced virtually the lot. All control arms replaced, struts refurbished, new wheel bearings, top mounts, shims, ARB drop links, backplates, the lot, with upgraded components where necessary. Bilstein B8 were the dampers of choice this time, though I did retain the current road springs, though also fully refurbished. A 25mm front ARB was also fitted with new bushes and brackets. Two new track rods were installed also.
     
    The front brake calipers were completely refinished and rebuilt inc new pistons & seals, to go with new brake discs and pads as a matter of course. 
     
    Plenty to keep me busy… As usual, even during these strange times, I just find it difficult to find the time and admittedly sometimes the motivation to get on with things and additionally, when the (growing) family fleet also needs attention from time to time its easy to procrastinate.
     
    Anyways, enough of moaning…Here’s a few shots..


    The cylinder head……Almost fully built up here, just waiting for new exhaust studs. Major works included valve guides on the EX side, all valves & seats cut, ports fully decarbonised and the casting itself pressure tested and lightly skimmed.
     



    Front & rear suspension, built up ready to go on the car. I decided not to go for full rose joint or poly uppers, it is after all primarily a street car. I settled on e34 M5 control bushes as against the previous 750 bushes I had previously fitted. The M5 bushes being much more substantial than the 750’s. The original engine is hiding in disgrace under the sheets…. It will live to fight another day…..
     

     
     
    Front calipers with new pistons. 540 spec in this case.. proper epoxy finish not powder.
     



    Rear struts fitted..
     

     

    Front strut assembly in place. E31 lower arms fitted, removing more rubber from the front end. I have heard the lower arms are NLA aftermarket, only BMW.
     


     
    After the suspension was all fitted i decided to set up some basic alignment angles. Unfortunately the relatively basic (but accurate) equipment I had available was not compatible with the e34 rear arch shape quirk, requiring that the car be slightly supported to be able to get the equipment to fit in place on the tyre and not foul the arch..…
     

     
     
    As on any car with adjustable rear suspension, this must be set to centreline spec before the front is adjusted. So basically in this case everything is set to parallel, just until I can take it for a full four wheel alignment where the measuring heads are attached directly to the outer face of the wheel.
     



    ….and finally the front 



    So not far to go now. At this very moment all the headlights and grills are off the car for cleaning, treating and new hardware including all new adjusters. Then some minor repairs to the rear silencer, refit some external trim and the rear seat squab.
     
    I’ll have to paint it at some point to have it really nice though. All this time knocking about has taken its toll with various dings, marks, damaged lacquer and other issues. Frustrating but…
     
     

     
    And finally, when everything else is done, fit the fully refurbed wheels & tyres, then an MOT (pretty much a formality I’d imagine) then it’s ready for a shake down. It’s begging for some mileage. Been way too long now.
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from coupe king in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Not quite today but plenty of time spent on it directly & indirectly over the last 12mths give or take and rather a lot over the last eight wks..
     
    So.. where am I now with this car? After an eventful year, I’m pleased to say much much closer to the finish line. Various issues both unavoidable and of my own doing slowed down progress and the pandemic absolutely hasn’t helped at all.  In short we’ve had an complete engine change that turned out to only be partially successful (kinda my fault), ultimately neccessitating a fully overhauled and refreshed cylinder head assembly having to be fitted. I also took the opportunity to try another g/box I had, that I had acquired untested some time ago and also a replacement steering box, which upon other discoveries may possibly not have been needed..
     
    The complete front suspension was on its last, so I bit the bullet and replaced virtually the lot. All control arms replaced, struts refurbished, new wheel bearings, top mounts, shims, ARB drop links, backplates, the lot, with upgraded components where necessary. Bilstein B8 were the dampers of choice this time, though I did retain the current road springs, though also fully refurbished. A 25mm front ARB was also fitted with new bushes and brackets. Two new track rods were installed also.
     
    The front brake calipers were completely refinished and rebuilt inc new pistons & seals, to go with new brake discs and pads as a matter of course. 
     
    Plenty to keep me busy… As usual, even during these strange times, I just find it difficult to find the time and admittedly sometimes the motivation to get on with things and additionally, when the (growing) family fleet also needs attention from time to time its easy to procrastinate.
     
    Anyways, enough of moaning…Here’s a few shots..


    The cylinder head……Almost fully built up here, just waiting for new exhaust studs. Major works included valve guides on the EX side, all valves & seats cut, ports fully decarbonised and the casting itself pressure tested and lightly skimmed.
     



    Front & rear suspension, built up ready to go on the car. I decided not to go for full rose joint or poly uppers, it is after all primarily a street car. I settled on e34 M5 control bushes as against the previous 750 bushes I had previously fitted. The M5 bushes being much more substantial than the 750’s. The original engine is hiding in disgrace under the sheets…. It will live to fight another day…..
     

     
     
    Front calipers with new pistons. 540 spec in this case.. proper epoxy finish not powder.
     



    Rear struts fitted..
     

     

    Front strut assembly in place. E31 lower arms fitted, removing more rubber from the front end. I have heard the lower arms are NLA aftermarket, only BMW.
     


     
    After the suspension was all fitted i decided to set up some basic alignment angles. Unfortunately the relatively basic (but accurate) equipment I had available was not compatible with the e34 rear arch shape quirk, requiring that the car be slightly supported to be able to get the equipment to fit in place on the tyre and not foul the arch..…
     

     
     
    As on any car with adjustable rear suspension, this must be set to centreline spec before the front is adjusted. So basically in this case everything is set to parallel, just until I can take it for a full four wheel alignment where the measuring heads are attached directly to the outer face of the wheel.
     



    ….and finally the front 



    So not far to go now. At this very moment all the headlights and grills are off the car for cleaning, treating and new hardware including all new adjusters. Then some minor repairs to the rear silencer, refit some external trim and the rear seat squab.
     
    I’ll have to paint it at some point to have it really nice though. All this time knocking about has taken its toll with various dings, marks, damaged lacquer and other issues. Frustrating but…
     
     

     
    And finally, when everything else is done, fit the fully refurbed wheels & tyres, then an MOT (pretty much a formality I’d imagine) then it’s ready for a shake down. It’s begging for some mileage. Been way too long now.
  3. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from coupe king in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Not quite today but plenty of time spent on it directly & indirectly over the last 12mths give or take and rather a lot over the last eight wks..
     
    So.. where am I now with this car? After an eventful year, I’m pleased to say much much closer to the finish line. Various issues both unavoidable and of my own doing slowed down progress and the pandemic absolutely hasn’t helped at all.  In short we’ve had an complete engine change that turned out to only be partially successful (kinda my fault), ultimately neccessitating a fully overhauled and refreshed cylinder head assembly having to be fitted. I also took the opportunity to try another g/box I had, that I had acquired untested some time ago and also a replacement steering box, which upon other discoveries may possibly not have been needed..
     
    The complete front suspension was on its last, so I bit the bullet and replaced virtually the lot. All control arms replaced, struts refurbished, new wheel bearings, top mounts, shims, ARB drop links, backplates, the lot, with upgraded components where necessary. Bilstein B8 were the dampers of choice this time, though I did retain the current road springs, though also fully refurbished. A 25mm front ARB was also fitted with new bushes and brackets. Two new track rods were installed also.
     
    The front brake calipers were completely refinished and rebuilt inc new pistons & seals, to go with new brake discs and pads as a matter of course. 
     
    Plenty to keep me busy… As usual, even during these strange times, I just find it difficult to find the time and admittedly sometimes the motivation to get on with things and additionally, when the (growing) family fleet also needs attention from time to time its easy to procrastinate.
     
    Anyways, enough of moaning…Here’s a few shots..


    The cylinder head……Almost fully built up here, just waiting for new exhaust studs. Major works included valve guides on the EX side, all valves & seats cut, ports fully decarbonised and the casting itself pressure tested and lightly skimmed.
     



    Front & rear suspension, built up ready to go on the car. I decided not to go for full rose joint or poly uppers, it is after all primarily a street car. I settled on e34 M5 control bushes as against the previous 750 bushes I had previously fitted. The M5 bushes being much more substantial than the 750’s. The original engine is hiding in disgrace under the sheets…. It will live to fight another day…..
     

     
     
    Front calipers with new pistons. 540 spec in this case.. proper epoxy finish not powder.
     



    Rear struts fitted..
     

     

    Front strut assembly in place. E31 lower arms fitted, removing more rubber from the front end. I have heard the lower arms are NLA aftermarket, only BMW.
     


     
    After the suspension was all fitted i decided to set up some basic alignment angles. Unfortunately the relatively basic (but accurate) equipment I had available was not compatible with the e34 rear arch shape quirk, requiring that the car be slightly supported to be able to get the equipment to fit in place on the tyre and not foul the arch..…
     

     
     
    As on any car with adjustable rear suspension, this must be set to centreline spec before the front is adjusted. So basically in this case everything is set to parallel, just until I can take it for a full four wheel alignment where the measuring heads are attached directly to the outer face of the wheel.
     



    ….and finally the front 



    So not far to go now. At this very moment all the headlights and grills are off the car for cleaning, treating and new hardware including all new adjusters. Then some minor repairs to the rear silencer, refit some external trim and the rear seat squab.
     
    I’ll have to paint it at some point to have it really nice though. All this time knocking about has taken its toll with various dings, marks, damaged lacquer and other issues. Frustrating but…
     
     

     
    And finally, when everything else is done, fit the fully refurbed wheels & tyres, then an MOT (pretty much a formality I’d imagine) then it’s ready for a shake down. It’s begging for some mileage. Been way too long now.
  4. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from coupe king in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Not quite today but plenty of time spent on it directly & indirectly over the last 12mths give or take and rather a lot over the last eight wks..
     
    So.. where am I now with this car? After an eventful year, I’m pleased to say much much closer to the finish line. Various issues both unavoidable and of my own doing slowed down progress and the pandemic absolutely hasn’t helped at all.  In short we’ve had an complete engine change that turned out to only be partially successful (kinda my fault), ultimately neccessitating a fully overhauled and refreshed cylinder head assembly having to be fitted. I also took the opportunity to try another g/box I had, that I had acquired untested some time ago and also a replacement steering box, which upon other discoveries may possibly not have been needed..
     
    The complete front suspension was on its last, so I bit the bullet and replaced virtually the lot. All control arms replaced, struts refurbished, new wheel bearings, top mounts, shims, ARB drop links, backplates, the lot, with upgraded components where necessary. Bilstein B8 were the dampers of choice this time, though I did retain the current road springs, though also fully refurbished. A 25mm front ARB was also fitted with new bushes and brackets. Two new track rods were installed also.
     
    The front brake calipers were completely refinished and rebuilt inc new pistons & seals, to go with new brake discs and pads as a matter of course. 
     
    Plenty to keep me busy… As usual, even during these strange times, I just find it difficult to find the time and admittedly sometimes the motivation to get on with things and additionally, when the (growing) family fleet also needs attention from time to time its easy to procrastinate.
     
    Anyways, enough of moaning…Here’s a few shots..


    The cylinder head……Almost fully built up here, just waiting for new exhaust studs. Major works included valve guides on the EX side, all valves & seats cut, ports fully decarbonised and the casting itself pressure tested and lightly skimmed.
     



    Front & rear suspension, built up ready to go on the car. I decided not to go for full rose joint or poly uppers, it is after all primarily a street car. I settled on e34 M5 control bushes as against the previous 750 bushes I had previously fitted. The M5 bushes being much more substantial than the 750’s. The original engine is hiding in disgrace under the sheets…. It will live to fight another day…..
     

     
     
    Front calipers with new pistons. 540 spec in this case.. proper epoxy finish not powder.
     



    Rear struts fitted..
     

     

    Front strut assembly in place. E31 lower arms fitted, removing more rubber from the front end. I have heard the lower arms are NLA aftermarket, only BMW.
     


     
    After the suspension was all fitted i decided to set up some basic alignment angles. Unfortunately the relatively basic (but accurate) equipment I had available was not compatible with the e34 rear arch shape quirk, requiring that the car be slightly supported to be able to get the equipment to fit in place on the tyre and not foul the arch..…
     

     
     
    As on any car with adjustable rear suspension, this must be set to centreline spec before the front is adjusted. So basically in this case everything is set to parallel, just until I can take it for a full four wheel alignment where the measuring heads are attached directly to the outer face of the wheel.
     



    ….and finally the front 



    So not far to go now. At this very moment all the headlights and grills are off the car for cleaning, treating and new hardware including all new adjusters. Then some minor repairs to the rear silencer, refit some external trim and the rear seat squab.
     
    I’ll have to paint it at some point to have it really nice though. All this time knocking about has taken its toll with various dings, marks, damaged lacquer and other issues. Frustrating but…
     
     

     
    And finally, when everything else is done, fit the fully refurbed wheels & tyres, then an MOT (pretty much a formality I’d imagine) then it’s ready for a shake down. It’s begging for some mileage. Been way too long now.
  5. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from coupe king in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Not quite today but plenty of time spent on it directly & indirectly over the last 12mths give or take and rather a lot over the last eight wks..
     
    So.. where am I now with this car? After an eventful year, I’m pleased to say much much closer to the finish line. Various issues both unavoidable and of my own doing slowed down progress and the pandemic absolutely hasn’t helped at all.  In short we’ve had an complete engine change that turned out to only be partially successful (kinda my fault), ultimately neccessitating a fully overhauled and refreshed cylinder head assembly having to be fitted. I also took the opportunity to try another g/box I had, that I had acquired untested some time ago and also a replacement steering box, which upon other discoveries may possibly not have been needed..
     
    The complete front suspension was on its last, so I bit the bullet and replaced virtually the lot. All control arms replaced, struts refurbished, new wheel bearings, top mounts, shims, ARB drop links, backplates, the lot, with upgraded components where necessary. Bilstein B8 were the dampers of choice this time, though I did retain the current road springs, though also fully refurbished. A 25mm front ARB was also fitted with new bushes and brackets. Two new track rods were installed also.
     
    The front brake calipers were completely refinished and rebuilt inc new pistons & seals, to go with new brake discs and pads as a matter of course. 
     
    Plenty to keep me busy… As usual, even during these strange times, I just find it difficult to find the time and admittedly sometimes the motivation to get on with things and additionally, when the (growing) family fleet also needs attention from time to time its easy to procrastinate.
     
    Anyways, enough of moaning…Here’s a few shots..


    The cylinder head……Almost fully built up here, just waiting for new exhaust studs. Major works included valve guides on the EX side, all valves & seats cut, ports fully decarbonised and the casting itself pressure tested and lightly skimmed.
     



    Front & rear suspension, built up ready to go on the car. I decided not to go for full rose joint or poly uppers, it is after all primarily a street car. I settled on e34 M5 control bushes as against the previous 750 bushes I had previously fitted. The M5 bushes being much more substantial than the 750’s. The original engine is hiding in disgrace under the sheets…. It will live to fight another day…..
     

     
     
    Front calipers with new pistons. 540 spec in this case.. proper epoxy finish not powder.
     



    Rear struts fitted..
     

     

    Front strut assembly in place. E31 lower arms fitted, removing more rubber from the front end. I have heard the lower arms are NLA aftermarket, only BMW.
     


     
    After the suspension was all fitted i decided to set up some basic alignment angles. Unfortunately the relatively basic (but accurate) equipment I had available was not compatible with the e34 rear arch shape quirk, requiring that the car be slightly supported to be able to get the equipment to fit in place on the tyre and not foul the arch..…
     

     
     
    As on any car with adjustable rear suspension, this must be set to centreline spec before the front is adjusted. So basically in this case everything is set to parallel, just until I can take it for a full four wheel alignment where the measuring heads are attached directly to the outer face of the wheel.
     



    ….and finally the front 



    So not far to go now. At this very moment all the headlights and grills are off the car for cleaning, treating and new hardware including all new adjusters. Then some minor repairs to the rear silencer, refit some external trim and the rear seat squab.
     
    I’ll have to paint it at some point to have it really nice though. All this time knocking about has taken its toll with various dings, marks, damaged lacquer and other issues. Frustrating but…
     
     

     
    And finally, when everything else is done, fit the fully refurbed wheels & tyres, then an MOT (pretty much a formality I’d imagine) then it’s ready for a shake down. It’s begging for some mileage. Been way too long now.
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Mark-535i-sport in Shocks/Springs or Coilovers   
    I myself, have recently fitted the ubiquitous  bilstein b8 sprint dampers, though unfortunately I can’t give any feedback as to how they ride/perform as yet. I chose the fit them with the spax springs already in use but suitably refurbished. 
     
    First impressions are that they are very firm….but I expected that. Initially the ride height appeared higher than I expected but with some movement around the yard it has dropped substantially though not quite yet to the level previous with the spax dampers.

    I carried out the damper replacement in conjunction with a FULL front end overhaul, to go with the rear end I did a while ago. The only original components pretty much are the strut bodies and the ABS sensors….
     
    Now. In regards to part No’s, I’m not sure how old the OP’s car is but my car was built just on the cusp of the 1990 works summer shutdown so has the older e32 style top mounts and the larger 97mm w/bearings. If so desired, now is the time to perhaps move to the later style of top mount/damper. With the confusion on top mounts etc, It is better to perhaps buy whatever style of dampers that are required and then purchase top mounts to suit. Having said that I believe the early style mounts to be superior to both later types, but the earlier hardware is now more limited (and expensive) to get hold of.
     
    Incidentally, people say you can’t use lowering springs on standard shocks but I disagree. If 25% lower springs are used on standard height shocks all that occurs is a loss of 25% damper stroke. Hardly the end of the world imo.
     
    I did consider the koni set up but they could only supply for later type top mounts. I also believe that the koni items are NLA now anyways, but don’t quote me on this..
     
    If folks require it I can/will do a full thread on e34 front end rebuilds and more….

     
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from KitsonRis in Oil Flush? Low pressure   
    I also use a semi synth oil, usually a 10w/40, 5w/30 being too thin for these motors imo. 
     
    Anyways... I would check the banjo bolts as a matter  of course, but it's unlikely they loose if not long done, but not impossible. Personally I would be looking closely at the oil filter housing assembly as particularly the early ones were known to develop an internal fault with the non return valve which allowed the oil to run back to the sump when the motor is at rest.
     
    The pick up gauze in the sump could quite possibly be blocked but again unlikely if maintenance has been kept up. 
     
    The sensor in the sump is for oil level, with the oil pressure sensor at the rear of the cylinder head on the intake side. Usually quite reliable but worth a visual check. If its leaking it will be obvious.
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    FIVE-OH reacted to Sir Anthony Regents-Park in M5 steering box and sway bar swap to 540i   
    Ah. Anti roll bars then.
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    FIVE-OH reacted to Tims in Headliner fabric source?   
    How many of these have I removed do you all think?
     
     The screen does not need to be removed
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Keliuss in Headliner fabric source?   
    I can’t speak for anyone else but I can definitely say that the headlining panel will come out of the rear doors, once the front seats have been fully reclined or removed. I have completed this task twice previously without any major issues. I’m also unaware where there is any internal trim on e34 that requires the screen to be removed. All internal trim is clipped into place and easily removed.
     
    A colour change from grey to black (or any colour) is always an option, the only problem being the black handles (and any other hard plastics also required to be black) are seriously difficult if not impossible to come by. However, with the passage of time, more and more products & options are appearing that may prove possible to achieve a colour change easily and effectively.
     
    In regards to flocking I personally wouldn’t do it but it’s a personal choice. The application the vehicle is used in also plays a major part in the decision making. I would rather trim with full leather/alcantara or similar. 
     
    You pays your money…….
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    FIVE-OH reacted to CG172 in E39 M5 on eBay   
    For comparison, a budget of £55k would buy (according to PistonHeads classified ads):
    A sub 3,000 mile Aston Martin DB9 V12 from 2008 A 22,000 mile Audi RS6 from 2016 A sub 7,000 mile Jaguar F-Type Supercharged V6 from 2018 Another F-Type. It’s this time an “R” with 18,000 miles from 2016 A Maserati Granturismo, V8,  24,000 miles,  2016 etc, etc... I “get” the E39 thing, but that price is just obscene.
     
    The state of the classic market at the moment is just horrible - speculators are rife, and enthusiasts are pushed out. It’s a sorry state of affairs in my humble opinion.
     
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from stevenc3828 in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Steven.  Hi mate, long time... 
    Ideally, you really want to get them to seat all the way in. Luckily for me I had the beam on a press so it was fairly easy to do so.
     
    I always use some kind of soap as lube to assist on rubber bodied bushes.
     
    However, many years ago, i installed some using the weight of the car and a bottle Jack.  I did end up with a gap between the lip of the bush and the frame, perhaps 5mm or so but It didn't cause me an issue going forward.
     
    In short if you can, get them all the way in. But if there is a small gap as long as they secure in the beam they'll be ok.
     

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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Zackpl in The e34 rear sill thread   
    Well over 10yrs now sir, and for sure they were mint. At the time I hadn't considered a full panel change, but after speaking to you it just made sense. I think in total it cost me £250 all in, including the cost of van hire and fuel, which iirc was approximately £100 of that!
     
    I was very surprised when you confirmed the car was lazerblau. It is a rare colour on e34, royal and orient blues being far more popular. I think I've only seen perhaps five or six lazer examples in the flesh, other than my own example. 
     
    Here's the only shot I have of the car/victim. I'd hate to think what it would be worth today. A lovely motor and a real shame. I believe you reckoned that at least 10-15 e34's benefited from the demise of this one car.
     

     
    And my my own car after the swap.  Probably at it's peak condition in my ownership at this point.
     

     
     
     
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    FIVE-OH reacted to Bumbaclut in E34 Alpina B10 Bi turbo touring project   
    Yes i picked her up yesterday its all taxed and MOT'd road legal!   It sat for a week or two as they were so swamped with other work

    So it ended up going to their bodyshop to sort the sills out







    These were the two front repairs needed on the sills
     
     
     


    Also some repairs on the rear of sills
     
     


     
    And re stone chipped the paint.  So at least now thats all the grot removed, as although the bodywork is tatty its not a rusty pig the shell
     
     


     
    This Marks a nice chap, he got the engine running a year ago, so he was back on it this time.    They've fixed the EML light not coming on so that has allowed full boost! this was some wiring into the cluster that need completing. The wiring was there.  Also ABS light was on permanently, i think this was an incorrect relay.  
    OBC is still dead, this is suspected the unit is faulty. I've got some spares in english from American cars but they are different.   Reverse lights is some wiring in the tailgate suspected as only 4volts there but its not needed for MOT believe it or not.
    they've also wired in the ASC traction plug.  The loom was there as part of the EML system So added the plug loom into it and this is working but not.    ABS is working correctly and so is ASC when engine fires up. You can press switch and turn it off. once driving however over say 10mph the ASC light comes on and wont go off. ABS still works correctly.  So basically i've run out of money as the welding spiralled and nothing every goes perfect!  So will have to save and send back.  Theres a hunch its my clocks which are a mismatch that needs sorting.   
    Cruise control is working, that was just a missing clutch switch,   I'd never ran a spec check on the base car but Barry ran it through and it was a very well optioned 525i touring!
    Avus blue - special order as was an M5/3 colour only
    manual
    LSD
    heated sport leather
    air con
    twin sunroofs
    OBC
    cruise control
    A fine e34 in its own right
     
     


    I took it for a spin when i arrived yesterday and its an fucking animal! No lie, fastest car i've ever owned.  A slight tickle on 2nd on the way out had the back swinging no sweat, i caught the slide fine but wasn't quite expecting that!  It must be the lightly tweeked turbos as it gets to full boost at about 1800rpm and they come in quite hard.  The standard bi turbos are more linear and come in about 3500RPM.  I've not driven a standard one to compare but Barry has and mine feels alot stronger.  Its cold and the tyres are new but old if you get me but when the boost comes in snakes in 2nd 3rd no problem.   Its going to be fun learning to drive the hot rod as it needs a bit of respect!
    When the rolling roads open i'll have to visit Charlie and get it on there see how the fueling is. In the meantime try and not thrash it everywhere and damage it.   I just need to save some more money to keep going through it. I think this will be the biggest turning point in this project.  Very chuffed and thanks to all those that have helped along the way so far 
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    FIVE-OH reacted to JAM172 in E28 M5 number 172 of 187 RHD   
    Hi Duncan, yes all good, missing the shows etc.
     
    I have resigned myself to no more track days, nothing else even comes close to 172.
     
    What I thought I should do, seeing as I owned 172 for so long both as a show car and latterly a track car, was do a little write up on her and the e28 M5's general appeal, so here we go:
     
    I have spoken to the guy selling 172, it has had extensive engine work, he is trying to obtain copies of invoices as the guy that restored it sadly passed away, and all paper work with him.
     
    Before I owned the car, back in 1994 the previous owner tasked "Auto Technic" to investigate non - starting, he ended up with a bill for £3500 back then for chain, bent valves etc etc, it had covered 108300 miles. I note the mileage to be as I sold it (sold as non runner due to cam chain noise on start up). It had not jumped teeth on the sprockets this time.
     
    The body work and interior looks amazing, it was originally Pacific Blue Cloth, but I think the leather is a massive improvement.
     
    Would I have it back? in a heartbeat, actually I nearly did and as I was only around £54950.00 short of the asking price but nearly struck a deal to part with my e12 M535 and my e3 to get it back, but finally saw sense and realised that 172 excelled on track and it's now way too good for that, and for me on the road ......... bye bye license................AGAIN!!
     
    No, somebody else needs to own  E917 NCR, I purchased it 19 years ago £7500 and sold it 5 years ago as a non runner for £7500, ah just £47495.00 worth short of what it is worth today. The restoration would have been fortunes, I would have needed to start by finding:
    16 inch BBS wheels e28 M5  specific. Electric interior Complete Aircon kit Boot carpet specific for boot mounted battery To name just a few hard to find expensive items, sadly at the time, an e28 M5 was rare but not worth that much and consequently I had sold all of the above for what now is peanuts and due to lack of storage space.
     
    172 now looks superb, the current owner has another 12 rarer BMW classics in his collection, including E24 M535CSI, two E12 B7 Alpinas, E12 M535is, E28 Alpina B9 etc etc.
     
    Some of you may remember that for a year or so I also owned another E28 M5 at the same time as 172,  one previous owner Nr 165 covered 190000 miles and had not had the timing chain and associated works carried out, the oil had been changed every 4000 miles throughout it's life, begging the question is it really "Fact" that the chain must be done every 100,000 miles?? I think the answer is that it really depends on how well it has been looked after, needless to say I parted with around £4500 and had the work done. 172 spent the last 8 years of it's ownership with me, on track and rarely below 4000 RPM, but the oil and filter was changed after every outing, these outings included Bedford, Snetterton, Goodwood , Abberville in France and The Nuremberg ring and it never missed a beat. Like I said happy days
     
    My summary and for what my opinion worth, if you love e28's and you have never driven an e28 M5, you need to, the power delivery is what can only be described as savage, particularly in the lower gears, but beware on the road they are an accident waiting to happen in the wrong hands or conditions, let the revs climb too much and touch the throttle too soon on a greasy surface and you will end up with more than a little fight on your hands leading to some very nervous passengers, the same can be said for changing down too enthusiastically, it will lock the rear wheels and leave you facing on coming traffic  On the other hand at low revs, it will pull from 1000 rpm in any gear, you could be driving a nice low mileage mild mannered 520i, such is the appeal of an e28 M5 they really were a wolf in sheep's clothing and I count myself as very fortunate to have owned them both in more affordable times.
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Sir Anthony Regents-Park in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    A happy new year to all.
     
    Though december was quite busy...
     

     
     
    A full update soon..
  17. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Sir Anthony Regents-Park in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    A happy new year to all.
     
    Though december was quite busy...
     

     
     
    A full update soon..
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Tyre sidewall damage - safe to drive?   
    No problem with that.  Seen much worse go through test with similar damage. 
     
    Although the rubber has come away there appears to be no cord showing so it's not illegal.  If you can get hold of some vulcanising solution then I'd be inclined to bond it back into place. 
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    FIVE-OH got a reaction from stevenc3828 in The e34 rear sill thread   
    So. Into the final furlong ..
     
    With the front end sill repairs done it was time to go back to the rear sills to complete.
     
    The inner sill join...
     

     
     
    Which was tidied up and sealed.
     

     
     
    A couple of days later, it was time to fit the outer panel. This was the area I most feared for getting it wrong since any major mistake would be visible.. 
     
    After trimming off the excess, the outer panel was placed into position and marked..
     

     
     

     
     
    Then clamped firmly into position...
     

     
     
    ...and then cut through both panels on the overlap with a 1mm cutting disc to leave this.. pretty much the ideal gap for welding.
     

     
     
    With the general dimensions in place, the panel was taken back off the car and marked for drilling. I tried and tried to get hold of a spot welder to give that professional look. But unfortunately it was not to be.
     

     
     
    Moving back to the car, the inner sill area was cleaned off and tidied. All excess weld and other detritus was removed. 
     

     
     
    BH S80 liberally applied....
     

     
     
    Outer sill drilled for plug welds and zinc primed.....  I've said it before but the OEM BMW sill panel really is a quality item.
     

     
     
    After allowing the zinc coat to dry the panel was tacked into position 
     

     
     
    ....and the door briefly refitted to check alignment and gaps..
     

     
     
    ....and welded. Very slow and patient to avoid distortion.
     

     
     
    And the money shot.... all welds were cleaned off, again slowly.  You can still distort with too much heat during the cleaning off process. However, the key difference here is the location of the lifting pad. Structural rigidity now completely restored.
     

     
     
    A view along the sill. I was happy with the outcome.
     

     
     
    All completed on this side. Just a skim of filler and paint required to finish the task.
     

     
     
    Next visit will land us back to where we started, the o/s rear corner, which was as usual turned out much more involved in the end
     
    More soon.
     
  20. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Keliuss in The e34 rear sill thread   
    Thanks to all for the kind words in regards to this thread. It's much appreciated.
     
    Yes, I am 'in the trade' but not in the retail sector. More fleet based.
     
    The time taken to complete the necessary repairs was high. As mentioned by sten, you've got to know what your getting involved with. If you got a full time job, plus family commitments then it can be challenging. You also need a fair amount of room around the car and if you don't have access to a lift it will be that much more difficult overall.  If your paying for a restoration similar to what I have achieved, then prepare to open your wallet.....wide. However, if it's something rare or sought after it may be less of a financial penalty, but I doubt it would add significant value to those examples.
     
    @Sten  you stated that your car had previously been repaired. Did you find evidence that this was actually the case? Nice save btw.
     
  21. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Keliuss in The e34 rear sill thread   
    So, a small update...
     
    With the structural welding repairs done, there were a few things to do to complete the job.
     
    Firstly, I decided to refit the onboard 'wind up jack' brackets to the repaired area of the front sills. The klokkerholm panels do not have these attached, but the rear OEM BMW sills do have them. It's debatable whether they're really required or not but to keep appearances I went for it.
     
    After a clean up they were refitted and plug welded on.....
     

     
     
    I immediately decided to apply the rubberised external coating......
     
    Firstly to the dummy floor area and the rear of the inner wheel arch...
     

     
     
    And the full sill after a final tidy.....
     

     
     
    Here's a close up of the finish, pretty close to OEM. The level of finish is determined by the air pressure and how close the application gun is held to the surface.
     

     
     
    I also gave both of the lower wing repairs a thorough coating internally.
     

     
     
    And finally the area directly behind the lower wing. 
     

     
     
    The final task was to inject cavity wax protection into all repaired areas. Copious amounts of dinitrol ML was used. More on this next time.
     

     
     
    Cavity waxing really should be undertaken at the end of any resto after paint.
     
    Next time we'll get back to the subject of drainage and a few other things that may be of interest.
     
     
     
     
  22. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Keliuss in The e34 rear sill thread   
    So, a small update...
     
    With the structural welding repairs done, there were a few things to do to complete the job.
     
    Firstly, I decided to refit the onboard 'wind up jack' brackets to the repaired area of the front sills. The klokkerholm panels do not have these attached, but the rear OEM BMW sills do have them. It's debatable whether they're really required or not but to keep appearances I went for it.
     
    After a clean up they were refitted and plug welded on.....
     

     
     
    I immediately decided to apply the rubberised external coating......
     
    Firstly to the dummy floor area and the rear of the inner wheel arch...
     

     
     
    And the full sill after a final tidy.....
     

     
     
    Here's a close up of the finish, pretty close to OEM. The level of finish is determined by the air pressure and how close the application gun is held to the surface.
     

     
     
    I also gave both of the lower wing repairs a thorough coating internally.
     

     
     
    And finally the area directly behind the lower wing. 
     

     
     
    The final task was to inject cavity wax protection into all repaired areas. Copious amounts of dinitrol ML was used. More on this next time.
     

     
     
    Cavity waxing really should be undertaken at the end of any resto after paint.
     
    Next time we'll get back to the subject of drainage and a few other things that may be of interest.
     
     
     
     
  23. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from Keliuss in The e34 rear sill thread   
    So, a small update...
     
    With the structural welding repairs done, there were a few things to do to complete the job.
     
    Firstly, I decided to refit the onboard 'wind up jack' brackets to the repaired area of the front sills. The klokkerholm panels do not have these attached, but the rear OEM BMW sills do have them. It's debatable whether they're really required or not but to keep appearances I went for it.
     
    After a clean up they were refitted and plug welded on.....
     

     
     
    I immediately decided to apply the rubberised external coating......
     
    Firstly to the dummy floor area and the rear of the inner wheel arch...
     

     
     
    And the full sill after a final tidy.....
     

     
     
    Here's a close up of the finish, pretty close to OEM. The level of finish is determined by the air pressure and how close the application gun is held to the surface.
     

     
     
    I also gave both of the lower wing repairs a thorough coating internally.
     

     
     
    And finally the area directly behind the lower wing. 
     

     
     
    The final task was to inject cavity wax protection into all repaired areas. Copious amounts of dinitrol ML was used. More on this next time.
     

     
     
    Cavity waxing really should be undertaken at the end of any resto after paint.
     
    Next time we'll get back to the subject of drainage and a few other things that may be of interest.
     
     
     
     
  24. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from stevenc3828 in The e34 rear sill thread   
    Into the home straight ....
     
    With the N/s completed I moved onto the O/s..
     
    Just prior to this point, I had done more digging and was not at all happy with the area directly under the B post, where the hidden section of rear sill is located. It transpired that most of that area was also corroded. More cutting was required....
     
    The o/s Turned out to be much more complex to deal with.
     
    The complete area was again cleaned off and tidied. The small area of rust was ground back treated and primed.
     

     
     
    Again, the outer panel was placed over the edge of the old and marked and cut. Then it was drilled and prepared for fitting 
     

     
     
    Final prep, clean off and sealed with more S50...
     

     
     
    ...and clamped and tacked into position.....
     

     
     
    ....though I did make a mistake by not allowing enough expansion gap at the rear outer arch. It did catch me out later on..
     

     
     
    Fully welded into place...
     

     
     
    Structural strength restored enough to be supported by the lifting arm..
     

     
     
    Closing off rear wheel arch.
     

     
     
    And completed....almost
     

     
     
    Now all that was left.....
     

     
     
    The required area was cut from the redundant klokkerholm panel...
     

     
     
    And welded.
     

     
     
    Another minor overlook here. My horizontal cut was far too close to the lower swage line. 5-10 mm lower would have been much better and easier to deal with. I had to be very careful to avoid more issues during the cleaning off process.
     

     
     
    And fully completed and primed.
     

     
     
    And done...
     
    So, the major work was completed. Stand by, still a bit more to come folks..
  25. Like
    FIVE-OH got a reaction from stevenc3828 in The e34 rear sill thread   
    So. Into the final furlong ..
     
    With the front end sill repairs done it was time to go back to the rear sills to complete.
     
    The inner sill join...
     

     
     
    Which was tidied up and sealed.
     

     
     
    A couple of days later, it was time to fit the outer panel. This was the area I most feared for getting it wrong since any major mistake would be visible.. 
     
    After trimming off the excess, the outer panel was placed into position and marked..
     

     
     

     
     
    Then clamped firmly into position...
     

     
     
    ...and then cut through both panels on the overlap with a 1mm cutting disc to leave this.. pretty much the ideal gap for welding.
     

     
     
    With the general dimensions in place, the panel was taken back off the car and marked for drilling. I tried and tried to get hold of a spot welder to give that professional look. But unfortunately it was not to be.
     

     
     
    Moving back to the car, the inner sill area was cleaned off and tidied. All excess weld and other detritus was removed. 
     

     
     
    BH S80 liberally applied....
     

     
     
    Outer sill drilled for plug welds and zinc primed.....  I've said it before but the OEM BMW sill panel really is a quality item.
     

     
     
    After allowing the zinc coat to dry the panel was tacked into position 
     

     
     
    ....and the door briefly refitted to check alignment and gaps..
     

     
     
    ....and welded. Very slow and patient to avoid distortion.
     

     
     
    And the money shot.... all welds were cleaned off, again slowly.  You can still distort with too much heat during the cleaning off process. However, the key difference here is the location of the lifting pad. Structural rigidity now completely restored.
     

     
     
    A view along the sill. I was happy with the outcome.
     

     
     
    All completed on this side. Just a skim of filler and paint required to finish the task.
     

     
     
    Next visit will land us back to where we started, the o/s rear corner, which was as usual turned out much more involved in the end
     
    More soon.
     
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