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chemicalal last won the day on July 11 2020

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    1983 528i Opalgrun Metallic 75k

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  1. chemicalal

    WTB e36/e46 leather steering wheel

    Scrap that. No one will courier the airbag on a plane to Oz on account of it being a wee bit explosive. I should’ve maybe thought about it a wee bit before posting. Doofus!!
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    WTB e36/e46 leather steering wheel

    In really good condition and willing to post to Sydney.! Pic to show style required but don’t want two tone suede just standard leather all round. I realise that this is 3 series pish I’m talking but I thought it worth a punt. Let me know with pics and costs to post to the antipodes. Al
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    The E28 range, likes/dislikes.

    My parents bought a beautiful 4 bed detached house in one of the best areas in Glasgow’s west end for £55,000 in 1985. Staggers me that these cars were “half a house” worth in the mid eighties!! On topic, I love the looks (best looking 5er and one of the best looking saloon cars ever made). I dislike the fact that they occasionally fail (guess I secretly love this too though)
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    Hey Mick, Thanks for asking mate!! Yep, it’s running perfectly now. Changed the exhaust manifold and deleted all of the emissions shite (many thanks to Mr Everett!!) and bought a new genuine centre box. The engine timing was very slightly out and was fixed. I do still have the steam coming out of the exhaust but It’s been analysed and nowt sinister. I’m putting this down to my specific motor quirk. Feels quite disconcerting that there’s nothing wrong with the car!!! Sure that will change soon enough and I’ll be back on here asking stoopid questions! keep well Mick!!!
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    Oil Pressure switch!

    My M30B28 is weeping oil from the Oil Pressure switch AGAIN. This is obviously very easy to remove/replace, but I wanted to ask you learned gentlepeople if oil will pish out of the hole (in a big way) when I get round to changing it? I assume not (as with the engine off it won't be under pressure) but wanted to ask anyway.
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    Out At Last

    Yep, looks good. I found mine on eBay brand new with fittings from an old guy in Adelaide. He’d had it since 1986 in his garage. Very lucky as I was searching for options to mask the chinless and awful prefacelift valance.
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    Out At Last

    Doppelgänger! Even the same factory front lip (had thought about painting mine the same as the body as per factory, but wanted to try black first).
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    Factory fitted Alarm

    Has anyone on here professionally ripped out a BMW factory fitted alarm/immobiliser? I’ve got some funny control units hooked into the under-dash/steering wheel beige panel. Some are unplugged and some ain’t and I’m wondering if this system could affect idle (thru electrical load, in the same way as when you turn on your lights or Aircon?) by still being connected in some way?!?! Thoughts and advice gratefully received (as is constructive criticism and pointing out why I’m an idiot)!
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    So, the engine valve timing was quite a bit out! They’re gonna adjust and then reset ignition timing and tune it fully. Getting the sump gasket done and both engine mounts and gearbox mount changed too!! $1800 but if it means that this car is eventually running as close to “as new” as possible, then I’ll be happy! Just need to fit the new manifold and new genuine centre box and my work should be complete! Thanks to all for your thoughts/help! Very much appreciated!!
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    Sounds perfect!! let me know how much and how to get the money to you.
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    That’s fine Andy! Please look it out, let me know it’s in ok condition and how much you want for it and I’ll pay immed.
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    Experiences with Fritz Bits Exhaust ?

    Bought a centre box and rear box from BMW for my 528i AU$1050 delivered. ‘Bout £600 ish so actually pretty good!!
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    Thanks very much!! Please let me know costs and your preferred mode of transfer and I’ll get the payment to you ASAP
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    Hi Andy, Thanks very much for the response and help! Would you post this manifold to me in Sydney?? Big ask, but would be absolutely brilliant if you could take the time! I'll pay over the odds!! Let me know and I'll act accordingly. I'm dropping the car off again on Wed and will 100% tell them to do the clearances cold! Taking liberties here, but if the valves are not the issue/root cause of the low vacuum at idle (and also not the exhaust system), any very well educated thoughts on what it could be?!?!............I've been trying to solve this issue since Dec 2018 (as I knew in my gut something wasn't quite right with the power delivery) and its beginning to p*ss me off! KR Al