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    E39 540 E34 525 E38 740 E32 750iL

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  1. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks !
  2. Steve540

    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
  4. 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
  5. Steve540

    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
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    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
  8. 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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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    E32 is stripped down to the rocker covers atm. Waiting on parts/gaskets so I can build it back up. But in the meantime I’ve bought it some company ...
  12. Steve540

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    @Bronson I want to restore one Id like a black e23, e32 and e38 beside other
  13. Steve540

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    @Bronson haha seen that one. Very ambitious pricing. I’m just after a black one. Any engine any condition
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    14 months of hibernation ended last week when I pulled this car out. I just sold my e34 and e38 so now I’ve time to focus on this! ( and the 540 ) Gave it a wash and a really good clean inside. Also cleaned the leather and put some conditioner on it. There’s some scuffs marks in various places with peoples nails etc that I’d like to get touched in at some stage but overall the interior is in remarkable condition Going to give the car a full service. Gearbox, diff everything. Starting with the engine of course. I plan on pulling the intake manifolds and getting them refinished and also checking the dreaded intake gaskets I’ll also do whatever else needs done while I’m in there. The car is running really poorly. I imagine it’s a combination of bad petrol and sitting for 14 months. The spark plugs are probably ruined from starting and stopping it, so it will be glad of a new set I’m sure Going to have a look at the brakes, I’m sure they will need either cleaned up or replaced from sitting so long Last but not least the body needs attention. The bottom of every door is bubbling along with rear boot lid and bottom of the rear arches. I want to have it running perfectly before I get the body sorted This isn’t a progress update but more of a taster of what’s to come haha I would love to have a black e32 750iL, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to find one with a spec similar to this car. Personal taste I guess, I just have a thing for black long wheel base 7s
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    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    Ahh no worries. I’m on the look out for a black e23 Enjoy the e32, I’ve recently pulled mine out to start working on it. Great cars
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