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    Kit reacted to sharkfan in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Drove my E34 up to the Bicester Scramble then back again - it was spotless when I left, pretty grubby when I got there and filthy by the time I got home so it had a wash before I put it back in the garage - next outing for it is Tuesday for the MoT.
     

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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    As I've finally sorted my problem of uploading pictures to the forum today I thought I would share some pictures of a quick detail I had before a recent trip to Scotland.
     
    Pleasingly fresh...
     


    Today I also updated my project thread Incase it’s of any interest to you -
     
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    Kit reacted to Spandex in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    £5000 a year on finance definitely won’t buy you anything nice. It will only rent it.
     
    My point was that people happily spend £5000 a year or more on finance in order to drive the car they want. So maybe spending £5000 a year on maintenance instead isn’t any worse, from a financial point of view, if it gets you the car you want.
     
    If RRs don’t float your boat, the same argument could apply to TVRs… or a lot of the classics. 
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    Kit got a reaction from 740mick in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    I am not sure there is another car that splits opinions so much.

    My research tells me to avoid pre 2007 cars like that featured in the article. The TDV8 seems to get 25mpg on a mixed run and 30+ on the motorway by all accounts, not great but nothing I’m not used too with my e30 & e34.
     
    Messing around cosmetically with any car can quickly change its character and what you project to the world when driving it, let’s be honest many BMW owners are not shy on that front.
    But if they love it, chrome wing mirror caps and 100% tints all round, who are we to point the finger.
     
    Personally I have never gone down the renting route, just like throwing cash into a landfill in my opinion.
     
    But again, each ego to their own.
     
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    Kit reacted to Spandex in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    Have now started reading that thread too, despite having no real intention of actually buying one.
     
    One thing that stood out was one of the posts on that thread from someone who has done 35k miles over 4 years in their leggy L322 and has spent £20k on it over that time (admittedly they didn't DIY any of the repairs). At first I was a bit horrified, but then it occurred to me that a large portion of the population seem to think nothing of blowing £5k (or more) a year in monthly payments for a car they'll hand back after 3-4 years with nothing to show for all that money. Maybe spending £5k a year for the privilege of wafting around in a RR (that you will actually own) isn't so mad after all.
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    Kit got a reaction from Sir Anthony Regents-Park in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    Made on a bright brisk Tuesday morning perhaps. 
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    Kit reacted to RichardP in E34 M5 Touring restoration   
    I first bought a BMW nearly 30 years ago, that was an E30 325i Touring and since then I’ve had an E36 328i, E46 330i and E46 330d Tourings.  My current BMW’s are all M cars, but I miss not having a Touring.  There are only 2 official BMW M car Tourings, the E34 M5 and the E61 M5, neither were built in large numbers. 
     
    My preference has always been for a manual gear box, so in late 2015 I started looking for a decent E34 Touring that was fundamentally sound but maybe needed a little work.  The problem is that the E34 Touring is a very usable vehicle and most E34 M5’s have been used, a lot.  There are very few about that have done less than 100,000 miles, most have done significantly more.  I looked at a few but none met my criteria and most had significant rust on the main chassis.
     
    A rare manual 4.6 E34 Alpina Touring that had been restored was for sale in Germany and I briefly contemplated that as an alternative.  Many would argue that it’s a better car than the E34 M5, the Alpina modified V8 being much more flexible, having similar power but more torque than the rather highly strung 3.8 version of the straight 6 S38.   But for some reason there is something I prefer about M cars to Alpinas, can’t put my finger on it but the Alpina was not for me.  There is also some sense of destiny with the evolution of the initial M88/1 in the M1 and it’s final evolution of the S38B38 in the E34 M5. 
     
    By mid 2017 I’d just about given up hope of finding a suitable E34 M5 Touring and started looking at the E61 M5 instead.  Obvious benefits were that it was available in right hand drive and is a more modern car.  Then there is that V10 engine, but there is also that gearbox!  There was a low mileage, high spec car for sale not very far from me, so I arranged to go and look at it.  While I was in the car on the way, my phone rang.  Someone had found an E34 Touring that was not ‘officially’ for sale, but it would be open to sensible offers.  I went ahead and looked at the E61 anyway, it was in very good condition and had obviously been well looked after, the owner had several other very nice cars including a Ferrari Daytona in their garage.  However, with the prospect of a suitable E34 with a colour scheme I wanted (Avus Blue silver accents and black interior) and the E61 with a colour and interior that is probably my least favorite (Silverstone with Silverstone interior), I decided not to go down that route.
     
    My first sight of BL01698 was just via some pictures taken by a friend who lived nearer to it than me. Initial looks made me wonder if this would be a good choice after all!  I had been told that it was a 6 speed car, actually it’s the earlier 5 speed version.  The mileage was more than I’d been told, but still low at a little over 77,000.  Apparently the car had had a minor scrape down the passenger side, then been left awaiting repair.  The minor scrape was not quite as minor as I had hoped and a lot of the ancillary components were looking decidedly crusty.  The interior was reasonable, except for the front seats that were showing quite a lot of wear and has some strange scratches, as though someone had been wearing a studded belt or something similar.
     
    On the plus side, maybe the 5 speed box is not a bad thing, they are readily available if something does go wrong with them, unlike the 6 speed which is pretty much unique to the E34 M5.  Some reports also claim that the earlier 5 speed is nicer to drive.  The car has Hi-Fi speaker system and full leather dash which makes the interior feel a bit more special. It also has a factory fitted tow hitch which was one of the things I really wanted, the tow hitch mounting was a little scabby though.
     
    The engine had had major a rebuild quite recently, so the internals would not need any work at all even if it looked pretty scabby on the outside. 
     
    A closer inspection of the vehicle chassis revealed that it was mainly in pretty good condition.  The decision was made; BL01698 would undergo a total restoration by Munch Legends.
     
    Pretty much everything was stripped off the car, engine, sub frames, fuel tank, heat shields, sun roof, doors, tail gate, front wings and ancillaries in the engine bay etc.  One of the front wings was a little rusty and the two passenger side doors were damaged enough to warrant replacement.  On examination at the body shop it was decided that the cost of replacing the driver’s side doors and other front wing would cost little more, possibly less, than prepping the originals.
     
    The entire underside, including the inner front wings, was bag sealed. The original active shock absorbers were sent to Poland to be refurbished, the rest of the suspension components, drive shafts, brake dust shields, and sub-frames etc. were either replaced or refurbished and powder coated. The diff was rebuilt and painted where appropriate.  
    All brake calipers were rebuilt and passivated, along with all other unpainted underbody components. Most of the rubber and trim pieces were replaced where still available from BMW. All engine covers, plenum, water pump etc. were vapor blasted and repainted where required. Brake lines, fuel lines, fuel tank and all clips etc. were replaced. The fitted Powerflow rear silencer was replaced with an OEM part. The wheels on the car were rather nasty two piece after market design and the outer rims were badly corroded.  There were replaced with the correct M5 Throwing Star wheels with new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. The sun roof was jammed pretty much solid, but eventually opened up to allow refurbishment.
     
    Most of the work on the chassis and running gear is now complete, there are still a few bits and pieces left to sort out. The tailgate needs fitting and the sun roof is in pieces awaiting reassembly and refitting. The interior has not been touched yet, apart from removing parts to allow for removal of the sun roof cassette and facilitate other work.
     
    I have quite a few pictures of the work being done, for now I’m just going to post a comparison of some of the original pictures and the same area as it is now, plus of couple of the whole car and underside.  Please remember, this is still work in progress.
     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     
    And a couple of pictures as she stands now


     
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    Kit reacted to sharkfan in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    I've always liked the look of some RR's but I'm too much of a coward (and skint) so I'm living vicariously through reading this...
     
    https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=47&t=1950064&i=0
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    Kit got a reaction from Keliuss in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    Ha, good point! It’s what the Mrs calls it, and we all know what she says goes.
     
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    Kit reacted to kingludba in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    Love these tourings. 
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    Kit reacted to Keliuss in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    Get with the program @Kit and name the car correctly in that app of yours. It's not an estate!!! 
     
    Nice pics though.
     
    Keliuss
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    Kit reacted to Dereck in 1995 W124 coupe.   
    If I am not mistaken this design was made by Bruno Sacco. He is a genius.
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    Kit reacted to duncan-uk in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    I’m no expert on these in any sense but I do like how the L332 looks and I can see the appeal. 
     
    I think if I was looking I would want to see one from a moneyed owner with sheaths of paperwork. 
     
    Hopefully with lots of problems attended too and evidence of love. 
     
    then I’d put a chunk of change aside as a war chest. 
     
    to quote John Ruskin
     
    “It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When
    you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay
    too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you
    bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The
    common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a
    lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well
    to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will
    have enough to pay for something better.”
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    Kit reacted to Stacker93 in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    What sort of year are you looking at?
     
    I had a TD6, 2003 model a few years ago, and it turned out to be a nightmare motor, but I'd have another one!
     
    I purchased it from a Gumtree advert, and went to view it sat in the car park of a mechanics garage in Birmingham. Spoke to the bloke who owned the garage and the guy who owned the car had booked it in to have the rear brakes done, but the work required was a bit more and the rear brake mud shields had rusted and broken, which are what the handbrake shoes attach to. He said he had quoted the bloke to do the work but he couldn't afford it, and had left the car there and still owed for the work up to that point.
     
    I purchased it anyway, got it recovered home and set to work on getting an MOT on it, which to be fair I purchased some mud shields, my Dad managed to cut them correctly and make little 'straps' so they could be rejoined together, which saved taking the hub etc off which would have had to be done. I sorted this, replaced the rear brakes and purchased a £90 LR code reader to reset the air suspension and to my surprise there were no other issues, got the car through an MOT!
     
    During the next year, had several minor issues, mainly to do with suspension components with worn bushes etc, and to be fair the car had 110k on looks like they had never been changed, but oem parts aren't exactly expensive and replaced them all myself, did an overhaul of the front suspension arms etc,  went to get a 4 wheel alignment and they couldn't adjust the rear! So replaced the arms on the back to so they could be adjusted. All was good, had the alignment done and on the way back home the exhaust snapped in the middle hahaha
     
    Anyway fixed that, got the air con fixed which turned out to be a leaky pipe, £90 for a genuine LR one and I also replaced both front air struts, as weeks apart they just went!
     
    The issue I had was the next MOT, it was clear the boat in a previous owner had been used for launching a boat into salt water, and the subframes etc were starting to rust. I was able to get it welded enough to pass the MOT, but knew without serious work it would never pass the next one, and I got to a point where I decided that I wouldn't spend anymore on it, and just wanted to enjoy it for that last year, which I did until I sold it a couple of months before the MOT was due!
     
    Generally, they are pretty easy to work on, and parts and expensive, depending on how involved you want to get. Very comfortable cars though, albeit have some niggles! Got a L494 Sport on my drive at the moment, and a Velar but somehow I'd take a 2012 L322 over them both!
     
    All the best with choosing, if you have any questions give me a message, I would also recommend the full fat RR forum if you go ahead, some really knowledgeable and willing guys on there!
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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    As I've finally sorted my problem of uploading pictures to the forum today I thought I would share some pictures of a quick detail I had before a recent trip to Scotland.
     
    Pleasingly fresh...
     


    Today I also updated my project thread Incase it’s of any interest to you -
     
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    Kit reacted to 740mick in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    ^^^^ I think you,ve hit the nail on the head,i,m currently looking at E70 X5s,Audi Q7s and Range Rovers not particularly because i need one just that i fancy one but there are a lot of polished turds out there with partial or no history,blinged up wheels and mis-matched cheap tyres,
    To be fair the Volvo XC70 has done its job pretty well this last 2yrs i just fancy a change.
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    Kit reacted to Spandex in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    I’ve often considered the same, but have never had the balls to do it. That being said, I’m not convinced an L322 is a completely terrible idea. At the end of the day, it’s a piece of machinery and it can all be fixed - you just have to have enough money in the fighting fund to cover the issues as they crop up.
     
    I think the people who regret buying a Range Rover are the ones who work out if they can afford one based on the purchase price alone. They get seduced by the thought of getting a luxury motor for a bargain price and kid themselves they don’t need to worry about the running costs because they’ll pick ‘a good one’.
     
    At the end of the day it’s no different to buying a 5 series. A BMW isn’t going to be as reliable as a Japanese car and the parts are going to be more expensive. You buy the 5 because you work out that you’re willing to pay the extra in maintenance costs in order to have the nicer car. The L322 will be another level up in (un)reliability and in parts costs, but it’s still the same decision.
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    Kit reacted to Marc P in Range Rover L322. Bad idea?   
    You’re just like me in that my perfect RR spec is ‘country spec’, for me it’s Galway Green, cream interior and the smaller wheels with big ‘wafty’ tyres.
     
    I’ve been lucky enough to drive many RR’s from P38’s to L405’s and they are incredibly comfortable and lovely to drive, that being said, I’ve also been lucky enough to never actually own one.
    When they work, they are lovely places to be, but when they don’t, the crippling maintenance costs will take your house, family and the clothes you wear.
     
    I’ll never forget when a friend of mine picked me up in his 3 week old, £72k, RRS a couple of years ago in the middle of winter and the main system crashed so it had no heating and a radio system stuck on Classic FM at high volume
     
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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    As I've finally sorted my problem of uploading pictures to the forum today I thought I would share some pictures of a quick detail I had before a recent trip to Scotland.
     
    Pleasingly fresh...
     


    Today I also updated my project thread Incase it’s of any interest to you -
     
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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    It's been a while but thankfully I have sorted out my picture uploading issues so thought I would update you all.
     
    Overall the car has been behaving itself and fun to drive.
     
    I've had a chip from Enda put in which is tuned for higher octane fuel (I only use Esso Supreme 99+) now the car feels more lively and responsive, especially in the higher gears. The best result has been the fact the chip was based on a standard 525i manual, not the auto chip that I inherited from the donor car, this has solved the issue of the revs staying too high after each gear change (an auto box feature it seems). The car overall, with the new engine and chip feels like it was worth all the effort (thankfully!). Bit more poke.
     
    I also had my donor doors fitted as the originals were rusting from the bottom up and were deemed scrap, also had a new headlining fitted along with the kickplates from the donor. Makes a big difference. A few extra little bits and bobs were sorted out too like realigning the boot which never sat flush - fiddly job. So quite a bit of work (and expense as usual) of late.   
     
    I have sold a few bits on ebay that I had from the donor which has now been scrapped sadly, amazingly a kid from LA bought the oem steering wheel (minus airbag of course), glad I can help keep these car going in a small way. I have other bits that i will list soon.
     
    I have had a few issues over the past few months but have found a really good local mobile mechanic who knows his stuff (rare find I think) so has made fixing small problems easier during lockdown etc. I had to replace a power steering hose that came from under the top up bottle near the front light as it was causing a leak that made a mess of anywhere I parked for more than a few hours, easy enough fix.
     
    The car passed the MOT but it highlighted that I needed some new anti roll bar bushes so had them done...
     

     
    The rear wiper is still not working which is annoying so may get that looked at again, used it quite a bit for the brief time it worked.
     
    I also managed to buy some leather door cards to finish off the interior transformation (see below), they are yet to be fitted but I got the wood from my donor car which will also be fitted, they have a better grain and a deeper colour although my current ones are mint.
     
    (I will have my very good condition cloth and burr wood door cards for sale if anyone is interested)
     

      
    After a quick oil change (Castrol 5w40) and a detail I packed the car up for a 1500 mile round trip to Scotland, a good opportunity to further run in the engine...
     


     
    Was a much needed trip away, we broke the drive up by an overnight stay in the lake district on the way up and the way down...
     

     
    I was very keen to see the MPG figures with a loaded car and roofbox, overall the driving was quite mixed outside of all the motorway miles so a good test.
     
    The chart below shows how it has done the past few (busy) months...
     

     
    Close to 29mpg over close to 2000 miles isnt too bad.
     
    The best I got was 32mpg prior to the scotland trip, but half of that tank was driven without the roofbox and a lighter load inside the car.
     
    Next on the to do list is to get the leather doorcards in and sort a few other small bits, an odd intermittent noise from the steering column popped up this weekend - perhaps dry bearings or something in the column.
     
    There's always something isn't there.
     
    Thanks for reading.
     
    Kit  
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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    It's been a while but thankfully I have sorted out my picture uploading issues so thought I would update you all.
     
    Overall the car has been behaving itself and fun to drive.
     
    I've had a chip from Enda put in which is tuned for higher octane fuel (I only use Esso Supreme 99+) now the car feels more lively and responsive, especially in the higher gears. The best result has been the fact the chip was based on a standard 525i manual, not the auto chip that I inherited from the donor car, this has solved the issue of the revs staying too high after each gear change (an auto box feature it seems). The car overall, with the new engine and chip feels like it was worth all the effort (thankfully!). Bit more poke.
     
    I also had my donor doors fitted as the originals were rusting from the bottom up and were deemed scrap, also had a new headlining fitted along with the kickplates from the donor. Makes a big difference. A few extra little bits and bobs were sorted out too like realigning the boot which never sat flush - fiddly job. So quite a bit of work (and expense as usual) of late.   
     
    I have sold a few bits on ebay that I had from the donor which has now been scrapped sadly, amazingly a kid from LA bought the oem steering wheel (minus airbag of course), glad I can help keep these car going in a small way. I have other bits that i will list soon.
     
    I have had a few issues over the past few months but have found a really good local mobile mechanic who knows his stuff (rare find I think) so has made fixing small problems easier during lockdown etc. I had to replace a power steering hose that came from under the top up bottle near the front light as it was causing a leak that made a mess of anywhere I parked for more than a few hours, easy enough fix.
     
    The car passed the MOT but it highlighted that I needed some new anti roll bar bushes so had them done...
     

     
    The rear wiper is still not working which is annoying so may get that looked at again, used it quite a bit for the brief time it worked.
     
    I also managed to buy some leather door cards to finish off the interior transformation (see below), they are yet to be fitted but I got the wood from my donor car which will also be fitted, they have a better grain and a deeper colour although my current ones are mint.
     
    (I will have my very good condition cloth and burr wood door cards for sale if anyone is interested)
     

      
    After a quick oil change (Castrol 5w40) and a detail I packed the car up for a 1500 mile round trip to Scotland, a good opportunity to further run in the engine...
     


     
    Was a much needed trip away, we broke the drive up by an overnight stay in the lake district on the way up and the way down...
     

     
    I was very keen to see the MPG figures with a loaded car and roofbox, overall the driving was quite mixed outside of all the motorway miles so a good test.
     
    The chart below shows how it has done the past few (busy) months...
     

     
    Close to 29mpg over close to 2000 miles isnt too bad.
     
    The best I got was 32mpg prior to the scotland trip, but half of that tank was driven without the roofbox and a lighter load inside the car.
     
    Next on the to do list is to get the leather doorcards in and sort a few other small bits, an odd intermittent noise from the steering column popped up this weekend - perhaps dry bearings or something in the column.
     
    There's always something isn't there.
     
    Thanks for reading.
     
    Kit  
  22. Like
    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in 520i M50tu to 525i M50tu   
    It's been a while but thankfully I have sorted out my picture uploading issues so thought I would update you all.
     
    Overall the car has been behaving itself and fun to drive.
     
    I've had a chip from Enda put in which is tuned for higher octane fuel (I only use Esso Supreme 99+) now the car feels more lively and responsive, especially in the higher gears. The best result has been the fact the chip was based on a standard 525i manual, not the auto chip that I inherited from the donor car, this has solved the issue of the revs staying too high after each gear change (an auto box feature it seems). The car overall, with the new engine and chip feels like it was worth all the effort (thankfully!). Bit more poke.
     
    I also had my donor doors fitted as the originals were rusting from the bottom up and were deemed scrap, also had a new headlining fitted along with the kickplates from the donor. Makes a big difference. A few extra little bits and bobs were sorted out too like realigning the boot which never sat flush - fiddly job. So quite a bit of work (and expense as usual) of late.   
     
    I have sold a few bits on ebay that I had from the donor which has now been scrapped sadly, amazingly a kid from LA bought the oem steering wheel (minus airbag of course), glad I can help keep these car going in a small way. I have other bits that i will list soon.
     
    I have had a few issues over the past few months but have found a really good local mobile mechanic who knows his stuff (rare find I think) so has made fixing small problems easier during lockdown etc. I had to replace a power steering hose that came from under the top up bottle near the front light as it was causing a leak that made a mess of anywhere I parked for more than a few hours, easy enough fix.
     
    The car passed the MOT but it highlighted that I needed some new anti roll bar bushes so had them done...
     

     
    The rear wiper is still not working which is annoying so may get that looked at again, used it quite a bit for the brief time it worked.
     
    I also managed to buy some leather door cards to finish off the interior transformation (see below), they are yet to be fitted but I got the wood from my donor car which will also be fitted, they have a better grain and a deeper colour although my current ones are mint.
     
    (I will have my very good condition cloth and burr wood door cards for sale if anyone is interested)
     

      
    After a quick oil change (Castrol 5w40) and a detail I packed the car up for a 1500 mile round trip to Scotland, a good opportunity to further run in the engine...
     


     
    Was a much needed trip away, we broke the drive up by an overnight stay in the lake district on the way up and the way down...
     

     
    I was very keen to see the MPG figures with a loaded car and roofbox, overall the driving was quite mixed outside of all the motorway miles so a good test.
     
    The chart below shows how it has done the past few (busy) months...
     

     
    Close to 29mpg over close to 2000 miles isnt too bad.
     
    The best I got was 32mpg prior to the scotland trip, but half of that tank was driven without the roofbox and a lighter load inside the car.
     
    Next on the to do list is to get the leather doorcards in and sort a few other small bits, an odd intermittent noise from the steering column popped up this weekend - perhaps dry bearings or something in the column.
     
    There's always something isn't there.
     
    Thanks for reading.
     
    Kit  
  23. Like
    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    As I've finally sorted my problem of uploading pictures to the forum today I thought I would share some pictures of a quick detail I had before a recent trip to Scotland.
     
    Pleasingly fresh...
     


    Today I also updated my project thread Incase it’s of any interest to you -
     
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    Kit got a reaction from Vlady in Your 5 Series Photography - ONE Photo Per Post Please :-)   
    The Highlands.
     

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    Kit got a reaction from Ordnator in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    As I've finally sorted my problem of uploading pictures to the forum today I thought I would share some pictures of a quick detail I had before a recent trip to Scotland.
     
    Pleasingly fresh...
     


    Today I also updated my project thread Incase it’s of any interest to you -
     
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