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    E39 530d Sport Manual, Golf mk2 VR6, Mini Cooper sports LE

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  1. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    Forgot a few other photos. I changed the diff bushes and the rubber washers that sit on the top of the bushes, the bushes were reasonable but the 4 washers were about £100! IMG_20200605_150547 by Sken21, on Flickr That alternator also came in handy in the end. IMG_20200616_105253 (1) by Sken21, on Flickr The bushes actually still looked fairly good. IMG_20200616_111349 by Sken21, on Flickr IMG_20200616_111409 by Sken21, on Flickr And almost back together. IMG_20200624_165958_1 by Sken21, on Flickr
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    My 530D sport project

    I got bored during the first lockdown and decided I would fit an M5 rear end with the LSD and reinforce my subframe. IMG_20200604_103316 by Sken21, on Flickr No surprise this led to finding some more rust. I replaced all the fuel lines on the tank and the underbody fuel lines. IMG_20200609_173214 by Sken21, on Flickr IMG_20200617_104219 by Sken21, on Flickr Got the grinder on what rust I could find, rust converter, then epoxy primer, then Upol raptor coat over the rear half. IMG_20200619_114354 by Sken21, on Flickr These plates cover the fuel tank strap holders, mine were all cracked and paper thin. So I cut them out and welded zinc coated steel in. IMG_20200619_114414 by Sken21, on Flickr The finished result- IMG_20200623_163606 by Sken21, on Flickr LSD with m5 shafts ready to go in- IMG_20200624_140326 by Sken21, on Flickr Had a tyre go on the M3 one afternoon before Christmas! luckily could feel something was going on very quickly and coasted to an off ramp as the tyre let go fully. Also sod's law that I took a trolley jack out the boot the night before, luckily the impact was still there. Now gone back to the style 66's and put a new set of Nexen Su1's on. I was going to try uniroyal RS3's but couldn't find them anywhere (the Alpina had a new set last year). IMG_20201222_104321 by Sken21, on Flickr IMG_20201222_105540 by Sken21, on Flickr A shot of the mini that was meant to pass an mot after a weekends work...... IMG_20210205_152110 by Sken21, on Flickr IMG_20210204_175108 by Sken21, on Flickr
  3. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    Just to update this, I am still driving it daily! the mini takes up most of my time as its turned into a full body rebuild. I was on the look out for an M5 early 2019 and ended up buying this Alpina that came up nearby. Its by far the cleanest E39 ive owned, only needed servicing and the coolant system + stat replaced. It had a problem with the sunroof and I did end up fitting a facelift unit with all new parts (not a job I want to do again). IMG_20190302_125800_2 by Sken21, on Flickr IMG_20190302_132953_2 by Sken21, on Flickr Fitted the E38 armrest into the 530d IMG_20190313_062719 by Sken21, on Flickr I also fitted a new in-tank pump, I had an uprated one that had been kicking around the garage for ages, so decided to get it fitted. IMG_20190724_123624 by Sken21, on Flickr I had a spare alternator I was going to rebuild, but found that it was beyond repair. IMG_20190828_225323 by Sken21, on Flickr Then I think for the mot 2019 it just needed a small patch on one of the front jacking points. A lower front arm and the handbrake adjusting.
  4. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    With all the work you would think I am doing tons! I've only done about 50k in it now.
  5. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    Cheers Dan !, yeah have been meaning to update for an age. Looks very clean! I would certainly buy on body condition and not mileage if its been looked after they will go on fine. Mines on about 330k I think. To be fair in 2018 I barely touched it all year, I just fitted a new rear bumper. For the mot in Jan it only had front brake pipes, front track arms and the smaller thrust arms. 1 advisory for the front wheel bearings feeling a tad rough. Its the best daily ive had, handles quite nicely super smooth, enough power and decent mpg. Its also been reliable in the scheme of things. I used to have loads of time but no money, now I have money for it I have no time. I have been tempted by an F10 just to then work on the other cars I have but im not sure I could not drive the E39 everyday haha. Just to update the whole of 2018 and into last month for the mot. Pulling injectors from the silver one- Been here before...... Front brake pipes (Still cheap from bmw) 300,000 odd had taken its toll on the drivers seat belt so this was swapped out. Winter wheels on for the mot, and that takes it up to date now. Planned bits are to get the webasto working and front wheel bearings sometime this year. Some of my paintwork has crazed so ill probably bare metal it and paint it again but no idea when ! want to get my hands on a clean ish M5 or Alpina for a bit.
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    My 530D sport project

    Sods law I did actually buy a 540i Touring, and also realised I have been hoarding wheels. The 540i needed what mine had and then more! I decided once the mot was up to get rid. Moved to my own place so the parents could have some of the front lawn back.............. Spare engine for under my workbench. Rebuilding the balance shaft unit for my parents VW. It was actually driven to the garage and the garage then ran it with no oil pressure (Woops). Some how it didnt really do any damage and the turbo is still fine 6000 miles on. Bit of a gamble. The blue was nearly totally in bits, I also purchased a plasma cutter and cut it in half, a HIAB couldn't get up the drive. Someone in Reading rear ended me whilst I was stationary!!!!!! time to look for bumper number 3 FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. I somehow ended up with another 530d sport, something to the Mrs about needing a bumper and I cant remember...... I had then been prepping a new bonnet and the front bumper for the new IC. The bumper was cut back for the larger intercooler already. It needed quite a lot of plastic welding. E39 approved knee pad. Emptying the tank of the silver sport, again this had terminal rust. I stole the glass sunroof and a few other bits. The roof skin and mounts are the same. The hard part on a retrofit would be cutting the sunroof section out. I also purchased this as it would fit easily in the garage. A cooper sports le with a load of engine and gearbox work about 90bhp.
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    My 530D sport project

    Into 2017, I ran Para's I then had stripped the needed bits for mine (Kept the engine spare, remember mine is nearly on 300,000 plus now). And picked up some B12's. Parts to go on- -B12's + new top mounts. -E90 inlet -E60 larger turbo -E60 engine cover -bigger IC. I also replaced one injector, E60 map sensor to be fitted once mapped. Who said you need a touring?
  8. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    I am still driving this heap! not updated the thread for ages. Still plenty more done. I cant bring myself to get rid of it now lol, on the look out for an Alpina or an M5 though. Back to the end of 2016 early 2017. I picked up a set of style 65's I ran for some months. With some mates E39's . (Not sure if Simon is on here, the black one is in E39 heaven now). I then did 2000 miles around the highlands. Even did one night in the E39, suprisinly comfy with some double mattress sized foam and bedding! E39 taxi spotted in Hamburg. I then managed to find some E38 heated contours after 2 years of looking. Some more work - The other sill went as well. Probably will have to drop the tank and cut all of it out at some point. I also purchased another 530D, she was owned by a bmw tech. Sucked in a flap and the head was rebuilt, has the E60 turbo and a few other mods. The autobox TQ then went so I broke it up and stole bits for mine.
  9. Ski

    Alpina B10 V8 - SOLD

    Where abouts are you located? Cheers
  10. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    Ok time for an over due update, been busy with work. Wanted to do some slight work on the rest of the exhaust :). 2016-06-22_12-26-56 by Sken21, on Flickr One of my rear ARB brackets snapped, I nearly dropped the phone when Bmw said they were £39 each!!!!!!! how much????!!!!!!! 2016-06-22_12-30-07 by Sken21, on Flickr 4x New tyres all round, also got a set of 18"s and a set of 19"s. Fronts were 225 40 17 and rear 245 40 17, now gone for the correct 235 40 17 and 255 40 17 the ride is better on the front for sure. 2016-06-22_12-31-22 by Sken21, on Flickr Then my problems started, took about a month of mixed driving to cure it (touch wood). 2016-06-22_12-29-26 by Sken21, on Flickr As can be seen my pre-supply went and I limped home, next day I went to start and it wouldnt even fire pre-supply down to 1 bar. It had an occasionally mis-fire that was completely random, would come and go. I also had a serious diesel leak, the last injector on the rail had become loose at the connection and pissed diesel down the back of the block. My theory is the miss and failing pre-supply created vibrations that loosened it. Anyway ECP new pierburg pre-supply, inlet off tighten up all working again. Following week the miss comes back (FML), plug it in and the error code is fuel pressure sensor. Fit a used one problem solved. 1500 miles later, miss comes back (Maybe I should drive it off a cliff), Advised to replace the loom connector to the sensor aswell. Ordered the connector £60! and left the car whilst I fly off for work. Fly back then on the way back to my parents........... 2016-06-22_12-31-41 by Sken21, on Flickr Next day I take the inlet off and replace the connector, touch wood its been fine now. 2016-06-22_12-32-23 by Sken21, on Flickr 2016-06-22_12-32-01 by Sken21, on Flickr I also did a leak off test just to rule anything else out. 2016-06-22_12-32-50 by Sken21, on Flickr Then auto glass turned up. 2016-06-22_12-32-35 by Sken21, on Flickr Wet vac of all the carpets inside and all the interior bits. 2016-06-22_12-33-01 by Sken21, on Flickr First attempt at cutting and waxing the paint. 2016-06-22_12-33-33 by Sken21, on Flickr Planning a road trip to Scotland and the clutch pedal has slowly started to feel worse, it wasn't slipping but there was a clunk and delay with engagement. So that was done aswell, clutch doesnt look half bad for probably 275k. 2016-06-22_12-33-58 by Sken21, on Flickr 2016-06-22_12-34-10 by Sken21, on Flickr Put 700 miles on the new clutch over the weekend, when it runs well it makes all the hassle worth while !!!!
  11. Possibly rail pressure sensor, mine went recently it developed a miss-fire and would play up when hot. Its located on the end of the fuel rail, up near the bulkhead, its an inlet manifold off job, the plugs also often break on them repair loom is about £19 from bmw. The Sensor is about £230 from bmw, or grab a used one for £20-40.
  12. Hello all, hopefully someone can shed some light on my e39 530d manual issue, My clutch pedal problem has come back, this is another bmw exactly the same problem as mine, does it near the gearbox with engine on or off. What should I check first? or is it a given that I have a flywheel/clutch problem?. When under the car a clunk seems to be coming from the slave cylinder / inside gearbox housing.
  13. Ski

    2001, E39, 530d, SOLD

    That is clean! I don't think you will have much trouble selling it for that.
  14. Ski

    My 530D sport project

    Few more bits done, coming up to having done 12k in it shortly been very smooth quick miles . Gave her a quick clean. quick fluids check, all good. Engine bay getting quite dirty over winter. 2016-04-08_09-20-39 by Sken21, on Flickr My wiper arms have been rusty for some time and its quite annoying, ive got a spare set to paint and fit then ill be getting a new windscreen as well. 2016-04-08_09-20-54 by Sken21, on Flickr Fitted some roof bars..... for.... 2016-04-08_09-21-03 by Sken21, on Flickr 2016-04-08_09-21-27 by Sken21, on Flickr
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    My 530D sport project

    Haha thanks The paint should be presentable when I get time to cut it back Not really done any serious mods engine wise or anything yet. Ohh really? I was under the impression the trim was just different around the opening but the structure underneath was the same. Cant say Ive noticed any difference after removing it. Im not sure what my insurance would think about retro-fitting rear folding seats though lol!. I might consider welding in some bracing around the edges. Cheers :), I would say ive not regretted it so far, excellent all rounder car :).