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  1. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    The rear lights on e38s yellow at the reverse light bulb. So I sanded it back and buffed it up. Came out nicely. Also washed it for some better pics
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    @sharkfan found a method to compress pictures Anyway, I fitted eibachs to the 750 this week. Just waiting on wheels getting refurbed. Should be ready soon.. they've been in 6 weeks...
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Started to work on the black long wheel base. It had a coolant leak at the back of the engine which led to me buying the short wheel base one and use it as the new daily driver.Some pics before I started working on it So I started into it.. Took the injectors out and couple broke #standard. The plastic is notoriously brittleIntake manifolds off I then doused the place in paraffin and got the steam cleaner out. The rhs was a mess due to a leaking power steering pipe which is standard fare on these. There are two coolant pipes that run from the water pump and connect into a coolant accumulator at the back of the engine. The leak was coming from the accumulator end, around the large pipe.. so I suspected it was the big O ring inside there that had started to lose it's seal. I got new seals and gaskets for the accumulator so decided to remove it and replace the lot The accumulator is held on with 6 bolts. 4 out of the 6 snapped on me. Just to give an idea of how tight for space this is I had to use the front camera on my phone to see what I was doing.It was a real effort to get it off. It was seized on with the rusty studs but I managed to get it off. You can see the big O ring which was causing the coolant leak. Most would have removed the water pump and taken the pipe out that way but I wanted to cover all bases and replace the gaskets as well. I managed to get two nuts on each stud and slowly got the out with a spanner. If this hadn't of worked it would have been an engine out job because there was no room for anything larger than a spanner back there. Was a relief to see them out. Worthy of a photo.. While I was fitting the nuts to the studs, I pulled my hand up over the engine bay, hit my elbow on something and dropped a nut into the valves it fell straight down into one of the oil drains. I tried fishing it out with a magnetic but couldn't find it. So I removed the sump and found it laying in it. Ive got the valve covers back on now to make sure I don't drop anything else in, feel like I've used 2 lives in this job already.. Just have to get everything cleaned up and refitted now..
  4. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Replaced the corner trim on the swb 750 as the old one was damaged. The replacement trim wasn't perfect so I repainted it, which led to repainting all of the front trim pieces to make them match. Also sent the car in for some bodywork. It's looking very sharp now. Couple areas of surface rust were addressed. Thankfully it was very early stages.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Currently working on the black 750iL. I'll update when finished Meanwhile, I got another alpina lip. So it looks like the inevitable is going to happen to the blue 750, yea the daily that I was going to keep standard
  6. 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.
  9. Steve540

    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.
  10. Steve540

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    It’s for the e38 @sharkfan I like the sport lip that’s on the e32
  11. Steve540

    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
  14. Steve540

    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!
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