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  1. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Got my lip spoiler painted and fitted Also fitted lemon slices, need to polish my headlights next
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    The e38 has a very slow coolant leak coming from the back of the engine. So I've decided to stop using it as a daily driver so I can address any outstanding issues. So I bought this of my friend to use in the meantime Its a 2000 750i swb, 1 of 113 with a cool buffalo interior, 1 of 5 with that interior. It's absolutely immaculate, the work he has done to it is incredible. It's orient blue with only 67k on it Sat on bilsteins here but he has since fitted a new stock SACHS suspension. I prefer the bilsteins, maybe something I'll change in the future.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    So, I failed the MOT on two rear arms, ABS fault and a missing seatbelt (oops).. Obviously the rear seat belt was easily sorted. Was hid underneath the rear seat. Next I fitted 2 rear arms which was easy enough. I plan on doing a suspension overhaul during the winter when the car is off the road, but since I kinda need it atm to get to places I'm just doing whats needed for the MOT I also replaced a couple of SLS Flexi hoses for the rear suspension while the car was in the air. Got the hoses from BM Then I replaced the front coolant temperature sensor.. the rubber O ring on the old one was out of shape and caused a massive coolant leak while the car was off the road Started into trying to diagnose the ABS fault. I read the codes with INPA and 'brake pressure sensor' fault appeared. So.. I decided to test the sensor before shelling out £120 for a new one. I broke out the multimeter and everything checked out. I then tested all of the wheels speed sensors on INPA and they checked out to0. That meant the only thing left to test was the ABS module . So off it went to England to get tested/repaired and thankfully it was at fault and they were able to fix it. Some are unrepairable and the unit is 3k from bm!. At least now theres no dash lights on ! which is a rarity for an old bm haha Passed the retest with no issues. MOT tester was more interested in talking about her than actually testing it lol. Didn't know she passed until I seen the certificate laying in the passenger seat. While I was waiting on the ABS module to get repaired I thought I'd do a bit of interior work. The head unit didn't work, there was a backlit screen but that was it.. no radio, nothing. It also didn't fit properly, it looked absolutely awful. So I pulled it out and quickly realised it was of an e53 x5 lol. So I bought an e38 one from a friend in England in perfect condition alone with a proper e38 surround. Plugged it in and ... it didn't work either. Had the same problem with the 740 I had which was the outdated traffic master feature in them. For some reason it blacks the screen out, but you just have to bypass it in the boot. With the screen now working, there was still no sound of the radio. Again, had this problem with the 740. So I pulled out the radio module deep inside the boot.. replaced the fuse and took the module apart to address the 'dry solder' problem a lot of e38s suffer from. So I re soldered all of the common dry solder joints, reassembled but still no sound. Decided to borrow the amplifier from the 540 and that fixed the problem. So, got an amplifier from my mate in England and reassembled everything. Since I got the car the gearbox would always go into sport mode. I actually knew about it when I bought it, bit of a risk but I thought it was something electrical and not an actually gearbox fault. Friend in England sent over a gear shift selector which took 2mins to replace and cured the problem. Also replaced the broken leather boot around the gearstick selector. So easy enough fix, operating perfectly now Clayed it over easter which took forever but it was worth the effort.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @sharkfan, I didn’t realise they had a special diffuser. Now I want one, must enquire. I won’t be fitting stripes or badges, that diffuser will complete my look.
  5. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    It’s for the e38 @sharkfan I like the sport lip that’s on the e32
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    What was the F01 like @sanjx I would love a 760li F01. There’s a lovely white on black one for sale atm. But in reality I’ll probably get a 740d This arrived all the way from Germany
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Double post
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Ahh that’s far from convenient @sanjx! That sounds lovely. I’m sure it would make my old 7s look extremely dated haha I’d like a f01 as a daily when our office opens up. 7 series are just superior
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @sanjx. G11s look great. A 750 G11 sounds impressive
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @sharkfan The wheels on the e38 are 21 B7 alpinas and the ones I just bought are 20 B12 alpinas, probably the same ones that are on yours? Only you have the proper car to match them!
  11. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Decided to daily drive this as of last Saturday. So, first drive after 8 months of ownership and I absolutely love it. Lots of work to do though, which I’ll hopefully get stuck into soon Also picked up a set of these. Tempted to try them on the e32 haven’t arrived home yet
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @sharkfan, still so much to do though!
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Got a box of bits from BMW I had a coolant leak before I started work on the e32. I had a suspicion it was pipe 12, as it runs directly from the expansion tank so it's always full of coolant. The old expansion tank was that brittle it actually broke inside the pipe and bits of plastic became lodged in the pipe that I couldn't get out. So I decided to replace it. Cost a fortune and came all the way from Germany but its here now and its on! Delayed progress this week but it’s a job that can only be done with the intakes off, so it was now or never. I had to to remove the rocker cover again to fit it and other coolant pipes since it was so hard to access I decided to remove the other rocker cover again to make sure everything was spotless Just to keep track of part numbers I’ll post them on here Refinished the intake manifolds. Really pleased with how they turned out After a lot of cleaning I was ready for the intake manifolds Intake manifolds fitted, with gasket sealer applied I was cleaning up the throttle bodies and noticed one of them wasn't working very well. If I pressed it open it barely closed.. very slow and sticky. Which is strange as these symptoms would cause the care to over rev in one bank of cylinders which it didn't do. I decided to take it apart and clean it despite bmws best efforts at fitting tamper proof screw!As you can see, everything was clogged with carbon As you can see, the brushes were not in contact with the motor. Meaning this throttle body wasn't working at all! That explains the lack of power then. You are probably thinking if the car was down a bank of cylinders you would notice just by listening to it? well, not really.. since it works of 2 banks of 6 cyls, when one bank is down the engine still sounds silky smooth since theres still 1 bank of 6 cyls running. V12s are notorious for hiding problems like this .. they are very hard to diagnose misfires, the joys of balanced crank and banksSo this is what the brushes should have looked like .. Everything else was cleaned up and reassembled Currently tiding up the rest of the engine bay. Particularly where the radiator sits. It is black with crap and there is some surface rust where the mounts were attached. Car is now running, I pulled the fuses of the fuel pumps and let it turn over for 30 seconds to build up the oil pressure. Only had it going briefly as the rad was disconnected, but so far everything has been a success !
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Got the 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 wellBefore fitting I gave everything a good cleaning 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 towelsNew 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.. although there seems to be some weird surface corrosion on the aluminium that doesn't come off. It wasn't on the intake ports which was the main thing 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 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
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