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  1. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Got the e32 rocker covers back from the powder coaters. He must have left them outside and the insides where a right mess. But after a bit of scrubbing they came up well Before fitting I gave everything a good clean There was some sludgy crap in around the engine as shown below... Spent a long time cleaning all that off. Also made sure the cams where nice and clean before refitting the covers. Its amazing the amount of dust that can sneak through a closed bonnet and towels New gaskets from BMW Both sides fitted Next up was sealing the intake gaskets. They were stinking in carbon and general crap. They are £150 each so I decided to clean them up and see if they were worth re installing.. and they were Added a fine film of sealer on the intake ports and the gaskets and torqued everything up to spec Spent more time cleaning in around the engine than actually fitting parts. Its now been hours and a lot of carbon cleaner haha. And from looking at that last photo I still have more to do.. I also replaced all the high/low pressure fuel pipes, vac lines and emission hoses. All reinstalled using new clips So next up is refitting the intake manifolds. Currently cleaning them, so hopefully I will get them refinished soon and installed so I can hear this v12 purr again
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Many weeks ago I washed the 7 and was sitting inside it feeling the headliner (as you do) and I noticed the B pillars very cold.. almost damp So I took them off and low and behold there were water droplets in behind them Sunroof leak then, great! Could have been 1 of many things. There are 4 drains in the sunroof, two that come out at the back bumper and 2 that come out under the windscreen seal. I had this problem with the 740 and it was the windscreen seal drains that were blocked. But its also possible that the rubber pipes in the cassette can come apart and discharge the water directly onto the headliner Decided to drop the front of the headliner to check if the drains had come off first But, without thinking I moved the sunroof forward with the bump stops removed and this happened.. So thats the sunroof toast. Cassettes are set and calibrated from the factory. I would have to remove the cassette to repair that one, and I'd never get it set properly so I just decided to replace it with a whole new/used unit I took a cassette out of this 740 And then went about taking the one out of my 750. Headliner, drivers seat and rear seat out.. I replaced the sound deadening cardboard before refitting the new cassette. Also used jubilee clips to clamp all of the rubber drain pipes Once the cassette was fitted I thoroughly water tested it ! never ever want to see another leak again Also cleaned out the windscreen drain channels. All thats left to do now is fit the new windscreen seal So to go back to the cause of the leak.. I assume it was from the bump stops in the sunroof cassette. These are sealed with silicon from the factory. When my car got its new headliner they would have been removed and refitted without new silicon. I've resealed them, cleared out all drains and clamped them.. so theoretically this thing cannot leak but I still water tested it just to be sure.. with a hose This job took many hours. After work out in a cold shed all because I destroyed the sunroof. However, it's future proofed for leaks now and in doing so the initial leak has been resolved I then fitted a new BMW windscreen seal since the old one was shot and destroyed when I was checking the drain channels Also got two new batteries out of BMW and a trickle charger for them
  3. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    I appreciate the feedback! And I agree. I’m planning on lowering it at the front. Currently looking into the different options I might have to fit coil overs though. It depends on how it rides from dropping the front a little
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Yea 21” Alpina B7’s 295/25 255/30
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Replaced fuel hoses and emission lines on the E32. Currently refinishing the intake manifolds since they are the next thing to be installed Meanwhile.. the 750 arrived and I didn’t even have to advertise the wheels before they sold! I already have a set of parallels bought for the E32 that are in storage, so a spare set for the e38 just seemed a waste The alpinas have been waiting for this moment ever since I bought them 2 years ago.. As you can see, it rains a lot here..
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks !
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks. Can’t wait to get it home
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Headliner and parcel shelf finished
  9. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Wow that sounds very special indeed I wouldn’t change blue piped champagne for anything! I’d love to see it some time
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Haha, i didn't realise you had an e38? any details? I won't be letting go of this interior, I still cant believe I managed to find a complete one!
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Meanwhile... I’ve provisionally bought a club interior for the e38. I’ll take more pics when it arrives. It’s just like my oem interior only it’s not black and grey. But I’m hoping a re dye will sort that out Still tempted to retrim my contours to suit because they are so much nicer than the comforts I’ve bought! But the oem spec is comforts
  12. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    The car was mot'd when I bought it, but I hadn't time to do anything with it being at uni etc so I stored it giving the odd start here and there. The cold starts were showing their effects on the engine so I decided a bit of a refresh was needed. This started out as a service but it snowballed a bit M70/M72 v12s suffer from vacuum leaks. One of the main causes is the 6 intake gaskets they have. The rubber becomes hard and brittle, so people usually take them off, clean them and reseal them providing they aren't badly damaged. They are £150 a pop from bmw and there are no after market ones available Lockdown happened, so the stripping began.. after removing a lot of skin from my knuckles I lifted out the cooling system, just to make life a lot less painful. Its surprising how big your hands feel when working around a v12.. You can see just how stinking the gaskets are, and everything in general haha Since I was in there I decided to pull the rocker covers. Its common for the rear bolts on the oil feed line to go lose over time. In some cases they've actually come off and starved the engine of oil leading to failure ! I was able to turn the rear oil feed bolt on each side by with my hand... So good job I lifted the covers off Once I start rebuilding I will torque to bolts back to spec I sent the rocker covers off to get powder coated in matt black since the silver tends to turn a dirty yellow over time. I am also going to refinish the intake manifolds after I clean out all the crap thats gathered in them from the last 26 years While the rocker covers were away getting powder coated I changed the spark plugs. Even with the intake manifolds off it was still a tight squeeze to get to some of them. Its almost impossible to get to the first 1 in each side with the car built back up. Most of the time dealers/garages don't bother replacing them. I was glad when I found they were just as dirty as the rest and the same make, so I assume they were changed in the last service I done this over lockdown. I started working from home shortly after I began this little project in April, so the next few updates should have more detail in them since they will be as and when I do the jobs. Finally started back into it on Friday/Sat when various gaskets and stuff arrived
  13. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    No, it was registered on that website in 2015 I think so that’s when those pics are from. It just has club door cards at the minute. Everything else is black nappa
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks. Nappa heated contours which is nice but I’d prefer the club. Will probably get them retrimmed club style in the future. Got a couple of quotes in around 2.5k ouch Club interiors don’t wear very well hence the old one being replaced even though it’s a 114k Miles car You can see the original interior from this link. Front seats were comfort which I hate, so the contours will definitely be staying, just may look slightly different in the future! http://www.e38registry.org/danny-750il/
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    It’s a 2000 750il post facelift Schwarz II Originally spec’d with club interior which someone removed. Looking to get one for it. Currently getting an Alcantara headliner trimmed. I’ve yet to see the car hence lack of pictures
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