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    gaza01 got a reaction from Ordnator in Merry Christmas fellow E28 Curators   
    A bit late but hope you had a good christmas Mick...and everyone else!
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    gaza01 reacted to JohnH in Hitting a brick wall with a non-starter.   
    The 528i runs LE-Jetronic and not Motronic, so be mindful when looking at US sites and Duncan's guide.
    One of the features of LE-Jetronic is that when you turn the key to start, the ECU re-pressurises the system with a quick burst of the fuel pump. It then stops pumping until the engine rpm is high enough to run (about 300-400 rpm). In other words faster than the starter motor rpm, so you may get a quick burst of fuel then no more until the engine is running.
     
    I would take a look at the ignition, which is independent from the ECU. It may be an ignition switch problem,  or an OBC code relay failure. You can bypass the ignition switch circuit by running a jump wire from battery positive directly to terminal 15 on the coil. (Double check the terminal, it'll be the one with green wire under the rubber thingy.)
     
    It may be the fuel/main relay (the big tall one). You can bypass this by removing the relay and jumping the various connectors. I cant remember which ones, but the Haynes manual for the 520i & 525e has the wiring diagram for LE-Jetronic.
     
    Edit, I made you one up;
     

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    gaza01 reacted to 528i-FAN in The price of originality!   
    Agree it would be nice to fit sports seats etc but I want to keep this totally original, as you say, it's a survivor car. 
     
    Even this :
     
     

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    gaza01 reacted to JohnH in Door upper trim removal   
    I did a bit of internet research and found several threads going back 15-20 years ago and the universal advice was to not try as it was impossible without damaging the trim. Well that was a bit of a red rag to a bull for me, and got me thinking. How did they fit them on the production line? It had to be very simple and fast, so logically, removal must be the same simple and straightforward task, and so it proved. Once you have done a bit of prep the trim springs off in under TEN seconds.
     
    The obvious place to find out how to do it is in BMWs own service manual, which can be found here https://www.bmwtechinfo.com but it now seems that BMW wants you to pay a subscription. Just as well I took a copy of some of the pages a while back.
     

    This is well and good and shows the intention if not exactly how to do it.
     
    The first thing you need to know, is how is the trim piece held in place,
     

     
    If you know where the clips are, you know where to unhook it
     
    You need to start by removing the mirror 
     

     
    When you have done that you need to remove the lower outer trim. See the red and green arrows in the photo above. First remove the self tapping screw, then put some masking tape along the door next to the trim. BMW recommend using a wooden wedge, but a modern plastic trim removal tool shown in one of the pics below works well. Very carefully lever the trim off. Only lever where the trim clips are. NEVER do it on the end near the green arrow, of you will bend the trim.
     
    Very carefully pull the window seal from the upper door frame. Be careful to not break the seal especially on the vertical section by the mirror. That is a favourite place for them to break in use, so it may be weakened there.. 
     
    Now you are ready to pop the upper trim off. The thing to not is that the trim does move up and down a little bit. You need to start where the mirror was, yellow arrow, press the trim down and ease it passed the turned up edge trim passed the clip. No  more than an 1/8"
     

     
    Its now useful to take a look at the form of the greeny clips (note they are not really green, thats just the text colour in the photo).
     

     
    A look at the cross section of the trim and the folded edge
     

     
    Move on to the left hand green clip. Press the trim down with your left hand and easy the trim passed the clips tang. Just a nats. Go back to the yellow one and ease that a bit more. Now move onto the 2nd greeny and ease that then back to the other two and ease them a bit more. It should now be off the frame and be held by the corner, so press down on the corner and ease that. Be very gentle. dont pull it, move on to the third clip and ease that. This is as far as I needed to go as the trim just sprung off. Job done.
     
    A look at the end of the trim shows how it curls over the edge of the door meaning you could never start at this end.
     

     
    Some further thoughts.
     

     
    I think the procedure for removing the rear door upper trim is more or less the same as the from door. You need to start at the back and more forward to the top from edge. The manual gives some clues
     

     
    Once you have removed the small door glass you can and the lower trim you can start at the bottom end and uncurl it around the window, forward to the front.
     
    The only damage incurred during this process was to one of my finger nails!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from 528i-FAN in The price of originality!   
    Definitely worth keeping original. Not sure i've see one this clean before. Nice car!!!
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    gaza01 reacted to JohnH in Build 2   
    Well I have tried, but dont want to go any further, because I know it will be bent up. Then I will just have a door without a trim. I was going to reuse this door and was happy to use the trim on my current door and letting you have the good one but I think its no go. Sorry Shaun.
     
    You could try taking your trim off and straightening it a bit. I would guess that the trim was fitted to the top corner first then snapped on across the top and then around the corner and down to the mirror, so would try unclipping from the mirror end first. The one thing that is certain, is that it would have been a very fast process during production. No more that a few seconds. Getting it off should be almost as quick, if one had the confidence to do it. 
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    gaza01 got a reaction from Ordnator in Build 2   
    Throw back to earlier in the year fitting the fritz bits system. Mrs took this shot and didn't tell me until now.
     

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    gaza01 reacted to 528i-FAN in Build 2   
    Great stuff, a strong steering lock will put off all but the most determined thief.
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    gaza01 reacted to Sandip in Build 2   
    Nice! More pics please!
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    gaza01 got a reaction from 528i-FAN in Machine polish and Zymol wax!   
    Great result!!
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    gaza01 reacted to 528i-FAN in Machine polish and Zymol wax!   
    Thought I'd share a few photos of today's car fun. 
    Machine polished with DA and Meguiars compound. 
    Zymol wax applied by hand. 
     
    Henna red. 




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    gaza01 reacted to Ordnator in Build 2   
    Go Gaza, Go Gaza,
     
    Car is looking the mutts  
     
    More pictures, we need more pictures.
     
    Great work recovering from the small setback earlier in the year.
     
    Regards,
     
    Mick
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from Taffy 1 in Build 2   
    Got one of those big yellow steering locks on there as well and alarm being fitted this friday. Working on getting a garage to 
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    gaza01 got a reaction from duncan-uk in Build 2   
    So the clutch has been replaced along with all the gear linkage bushes, new clutch slave and master cylinder and hose, 210 lsd fitted and new oem diff bush, steering column and stalks replaced...so she's back on the road! 
     

     
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from duncan-uk in Build 2   
    So the clutch has been replaced along with all the gear linkage bushes, new clutch slave and master cylinder and hose, 210 lsd fitted and new oem diff bush, steering column and stalks replaced...so she's back on the road! 
     

     
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from Taffy 1 in Build 2   
    Got one of those big yellow steering locks on there as well and alarm being fitted this friday. Working on getting a garage to 
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    gaza01 reacted to duncan-uk in Build 2   
    HEL yeh!
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    gaza01 got a reaction from duncan-uk in Build 2   
    So the clutch has been replaced along with all the gear linkage bushes, new clutch slave and master cylinder and hose, 210 lsd fitted and new oem diff bush, steering column and stalks replaced...so she's back on the road! 
     

     
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from duncan-uk in Build 2   
    So the clutch has been replaced along with all the gear linkage bushes, new clutch slave and master cylinder and hose, 210 lsd fitted and new oem diff bush, steering column and stalks replaced...so she's back on the road! 
     

     
     
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    gaza01 reacted to JohnH in Build 2   
    I've got a front LH door here. What bits do you need Shaun? 
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    gaza01 got a reaction from 528i-FAN in Build 2   
    No idea but he is very reasonable. Message me if you want his contact details
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    gaza01 got a reaction from Ordnator in Build 2   
    Hi Mick
    Thanks and yes thats sort of what I'm going for. I've got a few touches planned to help break things up
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    gaza01 got a reaction from 528i-FAN in Build 2   
    No idea but he is very reasonable. Message me if you want his contact details
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    gaza01 reacted to Ordnator in Build 2   
    Hi Shaun,
     
    Great news, really happy for you that you have been able to recover from the break in incident.
     
    Those re-trim teaser pictures look great.
     
    Who is doing your re-trim?
     
    Is this the look you are going after:
     

     
    Keep up the good work.
     
    Regards,
     
    Mick
     
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    gaza01 got a reaction from 528i-FAN in Build 2   
    With the help of some great people (you know who you all are so thank you) i've been able to source the replacement parts that were damaged when the car was stolen. Only thing i'm missing is the door trim and a 9j style 32.
     
    Progress on the repairs...I replaced the steering column and all the stalks. The car is now at the garage having the clutch replaced and all the miscellaneous bits that go with it. Whilst there I am also getting them to replace all the bushes etc on the gear linkage which was a job I had planned to do and to fit the large case lsd i got a few months ago.
     
    But the best news of all is that the trimmer sent some pics through today. I chose a colour different from what you normally see for retrims but still classy and oem-ish.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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