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About Ordnator

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  • Birthday 02/23/1960

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    Halifax, Nova Scotia
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    E28s, E28s & E28s
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    Ship Building


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    525e, 525e & 525e

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  1. Ordnator

    Sharkfans pics

    Not the old "it's my neighbor's car" excuse Best regards, Mick
  2. Ordnator

    Firing order

    Yes, we like pictures. Best regards, Mick
  3. Hi Phil, Sorry to hear that you had to sell this fine looking E28. Thank you for filling in some of the blanks and correcting my mad assumptions. Whoever purchased this E28 scored a bargain. There are fewer quality E28s around and prices for good one are definitely on the up. Almost need to consider keeping some sort of E28 register / database of known vehicles. Stay safe and best regards, Mick
  4. Looks like a well cared for Eta with a recent re-spray that presents well in the pictures. Should be worth a look see if you are looking for an E28. https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1415996 MOT history does not indicate body corrosion merely worn items commensurate with age and mileage. A good candidate for "base lining" with a re-sprayed body. The pearl beige Lux interior still looks good in the photographs indicating that it has been garage kept for a significant period of time which supports the lack of body rust in the MOT history. £6,995.00 looks to be a fair price for this E28. Does this belong to any forum member? If not, then it likely should. Good luck with the sale. Best regards, Mick
  5. Ordnator

    Buying E12 HELP - UK

    If you can get the VIN number then a search with the VIN on Real OEM should reveal which model of E12 it started life as. The seller may regard this as special because there are not many left rather than because it is special (desirable / valuable). Whatever it really is, it looks like an expensive long term project with hundreds of hours of fabrication and bodywork, not to mention all of the engine, drive train, suspension, electrical system, etc. As Duncan previously pointed out, Tony BMW has a great thread about restoration of an E12, which looks to have been in better condition from the start. https://www.tonybmw.co.uk/ Take the time to decide with the head, rather than the heart. Easier to say than do This coming from a bloke with three standard E28 525e with varying levels of rust Best regards, Mick
  6. Ordnator

    Mini ratchet for Mechanics bits

    I agree, this is not a breaker bar or torque wrench and I for one would not attempt to use it as such. It is great for those confined spaces where you cannot swing a ratchet, and an open end spanner will only get 1/12 of a turn, so you have to keep flipping the spanner over and back between movements. The sidewinder will change a 10 minute nut removal into a 20 second event, with no Anglo Saxon language required. Best regards, Mick
  7. Ordnator

    X5M anything to know

    Hi Steven, I had one as a rental out of Edinburgh airport for a week back in 2017. I put twice the miles on it that week compared to my normal weekly use, as I just wanted to keep driving it. The torque and exhaust note are addictive and coupled with the elevated driving position, I was hooked. I don't think you will be disappointed but you might find yourself covering a bit more than 6000 miles a year I can't comment on long term ownership or issues but wish I could as then I would of had it a lot longer than 5 days. Scratch that itch, you get one go at this life malarkey, so go enjoy the journey. Best regards, Mick
  8. Ordnator

    Mini ratchet for Mechanics bits

    Here's another: Picked this up maybe 20 years ago, possibly from Halfords. Used it twice, maybe. 3/8 inch drive. One of those tools that you just have, for the odd occasion where nothing else will fit / work. Best regards, Mick
  9. Ordnator

    WANTED: Coarse Spline mtech 1 steering wheel

    Course spline M-Tec 1 steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara: https://www.mye28.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=156876 Best regards, Mick
  10. Ordnator

    WANTED: Coarse Spline mtech 1 steering wheel

    Hi Jai, The "Steering wheel" and "Steering spine upper" changed in September 1985: Prior to September 1985: - M-Tech 1 Steering wheel (coarse spline) - Steering spline upper (coarse spline) Post September 1985: - M-Tech 1 Steering wheel (fine spline) - Steering spline upper (fine spline) Coarse spline steering wheels are quite rare and tend to command higher prices but do come up from time to time. Another approach would be to acquire a fine spline "Steering spline upper" and change this out which would allow you to fit a later M-Tech 1 fine spline wheel. Far more involved than just changing out the steering wheel but possible, depending on your level of wrenching experience. More of the later M-Tech 1 fine spline steering wheels around so they can be acquired for slightly less money. Several re-trimmed ones available from Eastern Europe but not cheap May be cheaper to acquire a worn example and have it re-trimmed in the UK. Several good specialists / trimmers known to fellow forum 5 members. Some E28 specialists / breakers may be able to supply a used fine spline steering spline upper. https://www.bizseek.co.uk/tim-pollock-bmw-classic-spares-07770-303005 https://www.e28.nl/en/ The following steering components are common for both pre and post September 1985 E28's: - Swivel joint - Flange - Lower joint assembly An American site "myE28.com" can be a good source for M-Tech 1 steering wheels: https://www.mye28.com/ Just a thought. Best regards, Mick
  11. Hi and welcome to a great forum and the joys of E28 ownership. Great thread start with lots of E28 pictures. We like pictures. Impressive work so far and grabbing the "bull by the horns". SEM Trim Paint 39143 is a popular solution for achieving an OEM satin black (shadow line) trim finish. Also good for the bonnet grills and front light grills. Expanding on Duncan's comments about M5 ARB's: RealOEM shows the 1987 M5 front ARB (item 1), 25 mm rubber mounting (item 2), stabilizer support (item 3), as still being available. The M5 ARB is larger at 25 mm and has an M5 only stabilizer support (item 3) mounted with two bolts. The body requires an M5 specific M5 body bracket which is no longer available from BMW. The good news is that a guy over in the US has manufactured some good quality copies (link below to my earlier thread). The stabilizer Link (item 6) is common to all E28's. No. Description Supp. Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes For vehicles with Sport suspension Bilstein =Yes 01 Stabilizer, front D=25MM 1 10/1986 31352225886 $160.11 02 Stabilizer rubber mounting D=25MM 2 10/1986 31352226001 $17.55 03 Stabilizer support 2 10/1986 31351131622 $6.27 04 Wave washer B8 2 12/1987 07119932095 $0.09 ENDED 04 Wave washer 2 07119904115 $0.09 05 Hex bolt M8X18 4 07119913632 $0.17 ENDED 06 Stabilizer link 2 31351134582 $50.38 ENDED 06 Stabilizer link 2 31351130075 $31.32 Required for repair -- Self-locking hex nut M10 4 07129964672 $0.36 07 Self-locking hex nut M10 4 07129964672 $0.36 08 Washer A10,5 2 31351128229 $2.82 The Rear M5 18 mm Stabilizer (item 1) is shown as no longer available from BMW, so you will likely have to go for an after market copy if you want 18 mm. The 18 mm rubber mounting (item 2) is still available as is the stabilizer support (item 3), which is common to all face lifted E28's. The body bracket this fits onto is viewed as a week point but can be boxed for additional strength. No. Description Supp. Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes For vehicles with Official vehicles =Yes 01 Stabilizer, rear D=15,5MM 1 09/1984 33551128391 $227.44 For vehicles with Sport suspension Bilstein =Yes 01 Stabilizer, rear D=18MM 1 10/1986 33552225888 $161.74 ENDED, +core 02 Stabilizer rubber mounting D=18MM 2 10/1986 33552225890 $22.48 03 Stabilizer support 2 33551129195 $1.52 04 Hex bolt M8X20-ZNNIV SI 2 07119903039 05 Stabilizer link 2 33551126932 $19.68 ENDED 05 Stabilizer link 2 33551124375 Required for repair -- Hex bolt M8X45-8.8-ZNS3 2 07119902955 $0.62 -- Self-locking hex nut M8 2 07129922716 $0.36 06 Hex bolt M8X40-ZNNIV SI 2 07119905549 $1.05 07 Self-locking hex nut M8 2 12/1987 07129946400 $0.35 ENDED 07 Self-locking hex nut M8-8-ZNNIV SI 2 07129905767 $0.27 ENDED 07 Self-locking hex nut M8-8-ZNNI SI 2 07129906196 $1.60 Hope this helps. Keep the pictures coming, did I mention that we like pictures. Best regards, Mick
  12. Ordnator

    Car wheel impact gun! Uses, and recommendations

    Acquired the DeWalt DCF899B last year along with a Sunex 1/2 inch drive impact socket set (10 - 36 mm): The battery pack is awesome and I have the following: 2 x DCB 201, 1.5 ah, 30 Wh - https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/batteries-and-chargers/batteries/20v-max-15ah-compact-battery/dcb201 2 x DCB 204, 4.0 ah, 80 Wh - https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/batteries-and-chargers/batteries/20v-max-xr-lithium-ion-battery-pack/dcb204 1 x DCB 205, 5.0 ah, 100 Wh - https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/batteries-and-chargers/batteries/dcb205-20v-max-xr-5ah-battery/dcb205 2 x DCB 230 Battery Chargers - https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/batteries-and-chargers/batteries/20v-max-starter-kit-with-30ah-compact-battery-and-charger/dcb230c When I moved across to Nova Scotia I was all set to re-kit with the Milwaukee range of power tools, but production has moved from the US to China and quality took a nose dive Went with the DeWalt brand instead. So far I have the following: DCD 771 - 1/2 inch Drill Driver - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/drills/drills-and-hammer-drills/20v-max-lithium-ion-compact-drilldriver-kit/dcd771c2 DCF 885 - 1/4 inch Impact Driver - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/impact-drivers-and-wrenches/20v-max-lithium-ion-14-in-impact-driver-kit-15ah/dcf885c2 DCF 899B - 1/2 inch Impact Driver - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/impact-drivers-and-wrenches/20v-max-12-high-torque-impact-wrench-bare/dcf889b DCS 331B - Jig Saw - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/jig-saws/20v-max-jig-saw-tool-only/dcs331b DCS 355B - Oscillating Saw - https://www.dewalt.ca/en-ca/products/power-tools/oscillating-tools/20v-max-xr-cordless-oscillating-multitool-tool-only/dcs355b DCS 380B - Reciprocating Saw - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/reciprocating-saws/20v-max-cordless-reciprocating-saw-tool-only/dcs380b DCS 391 - 6 1/2 inch Circular Saw - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/circular-saws/20v-max-612-in-circular-saw-tool-only/dcs391b DCG 413B - 4 1/2 inch Angle Grinder - https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/grinders/small-angle-grinders/20v-max-xr-45-in-paddle-switch-small-angle-grinder-with-kickback-brake-tool-only/dcg413b The energy the battery packs hold is awesome and is delivered in a linear way. The tools deliver impressive levels of torque for the size. Recommend the DeWalt 20v range of cordless power tools without hesitation. Best regards, Mick
  13. Ordnator

    "Merry Christmas"

    Wishing all forum members a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. A balmy -5 degrees with wind chill this morning in Nova Scotia, frozen lake but no snow: Santa visited : and left a little something for after dinner: A challenging year where more than a few fellow ex-mariners crossed the bar as a result of Covid-19, as well as some extended family. Will be toasting absent friends for sure. Stay safe out there in these uncertain times. Best regards, Mick