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My E39 540i Touring - BX98177 - An ongoing project / build

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@Carl-e34 :

Yeah saw that you've been collecting parts etc for the Nugget while you wait for the Welder to get some free time.

 Good to hear that your close to getting the TBL back after what 2 years, I take it you got messed about bodyshop / painter wise after what was said in the latest Butler HQ Video.

Hows the progress on Boudica coming along?

Have you sold the Orient Express or kept her?

 

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UPDATE - 07/11/2019 :

Cars due its MOT (Expired on the 29th October 2019) - Haven't had it MOT'd sooner due to waiting for parts to arrive so the work as stated below can take place whilst its in for its MOT.

Going to drop (take off) the sump to check for any plastic debris from the chain guides, think their all ok & engine isn't making any odd noises or anything like that but going to do it for piece of mind & its really the only way to properly check them.
Whilst the above is taking place i'm replacing the sump gasket due to a very very slight oil leak underneath the car. I done the valve / rocket cover gaskets when i had the covers powder coated earlier in the year so i know their all good & leak free but i'm still getting a slight oil leak from somewhere so hoping that the sump gasket is past its best & thats the source of where the oil is coming from. If not atleast its another job i can cross off the list.
Fresh oil & filter.
The drivers side Rear window has stopped working (Not got a clue when this packed up as i rarely / never use the Rear windows) so going to investigate why thats stopped working & replace any parts that need replacing to get the window operational again.

Future plans for the Touring are :

Source a wood trim & get that painted in a nice gloss Black finish - Think the hydro-dripped carbon effect has been done to death & i also think it ages the interior more than a nice gloss Black trim would.
Try and source some E39 M5 Front brakes or a used big brake kit - Depends if i can get them for the right money,  as i don't wanna spend loads on them as i'll never do track work & do very few miles per year. Truth be told just want some for the looks.
Now that i'm finished (well for the time been atleast) getting paint work done to the exterior it could really do with having a professional detailer show it some love & attention - i try my best to keep it looking good but theirs only so much i can do .
Still need to sort the audio side of the build but everytime i think about going ahead with it something else always needs doing - I'm sure i'll get it done eventually.

On another note : My Lexus LS460 hasn't missed a beat since i've owned it, i just use it, service it & MOT it.
 

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If you feel the need to check for any chain guide wear also lift the rocker covers to check the top of the guides - you can see deterioration there as well as bits in the sump.

 

I'm with you on the carbon fibre trim thing - I'm lucky my E39 has the anthracite birch trim which is all but black, but my E34 has dated wood trim which I'm hoping to replace with gloss piano black once I figure out whether to get my spare set wrapped or painted.

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Well seeing as the weather has been lovely over the past couple of days i decided to give the old Touring a wash then go meet my mate to take some photo's of it all while social distancing etc.

Photo credit goes to Blackbird Faraz,
Photo location - Digbeth, Birmingham

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Still one of the best Tourings i,ve seen,Excellent work Jay.

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Hi Jay/P,

 

Lovely pictures ! 

 

Are you now running with no front plate/in the windscreen/one from Static Plates/on the tow eye holder location/flip up/down hidey plate ?!

 

Hopefully catch you guys up again soon !

 

Stay safe and well !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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Thanks @740mick - Its a never ending project / labor of love but its what makes me happy.

@DennisCooper - Yeah my mate knowing what he's doing with a camera and editing them hence the much better photo's, way better than the ones i normally post as i'm more of a 'point & click' type photographer. 

Now running a Front plate from Static Plates - To be honest if i was using it everyday i'd have left the Front plate holder & number plate alone but considering it mainly sits on the drive and only really gets used on the nicer days we have or to attend shows etc plus its something i've wanted to do for a while just to 'clean' the Front end up.
If someone made the towing eye plate holders that you see the guys in the USA use, that fitted UK / Euro sized number plates i'd have probably gone for one of those over the Static Plate in all honestly.The Static Plate is great and all but i'm just wary of it coming off.

Yeah hopefully once this situation blows over we'll be able to meet up for a good chat once again.

Hows your Touring coming along?

Hope you & the family are ok & staying safe during these times.

Cheers, Jay & Pete

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10 hours ago, Jay_w said:

Well seeing as the weather has been lovely over the past couple of days i decided to give the old Touring a wash then go meet my mate to take some photo's of it all while social distancing etc.

Photo credit goes to Blackbird Faraz,
Photo location - Digbeth, Birmingham

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Looks awesome bud. So clean!

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On 08/08/2019 at 20:28, Jay_w said:

So i finally got my other set of BBS CK Air II's Fitted today.

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I've been meaning to ask what the width and offset of these beauties?

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14 hours ago, Jay_w said:

Well seeing as the weather has been lovely over the past couple of days i decided to give the old Touring a wash then go meet my mate to take some photo's of it all while social distancing etc.

Photo credit goes to Blackbird Faraz,
Photo location - Digbeth, Birmingham

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It's a stunning car pal; every credit to you :) 

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@Piper - Wheel specs are :

F - 8.5J X 19 ET18 - 245/35/19 - Fronts do have a 15mm spacer on them to bring them more flush with the arches.

R - 10J X 19 ET20 - 275/30/19,


@d_a_n1979 - Thanks pal :) 

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Hi Jay/P,

 

All good here and staying safe with the family in lockdown, we're not venturing out at all unless necessary!

 

I looked at the static plates solution and decided not to risk it, my luck would be it'd somehow fall off and I'd get a tug by the cops. For now I've left it in the windscreen;

 

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I don't really want to run it like this permanently though so thinking on which route to take. The Touring is back from the respray and also from a full mechanical overhaul, fixing of niggles, service items and of course mods and upgrades :) I let the paint alone for months and just did light cleans and it's now due a good detail and ceramic coat & PPF. I'm trying to concentrate on building up some of my 3 piece wheel sets, and other nice bits keep coming along to tempt me !

 

Once this situation is over and it's much safer to be out and about again, we'll catch up for sure, can always have a chat on the phone in the meantime though !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

 

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1 hour ago, Jay_w said:

@Piper - Wheel specs are :

F - 8.5J X 19 ET18 - 245/35/19 - Fronts do have a 15mm spacer on them to bring them more flush with the arches.

R - 10J X 19 ET20 - 275/30/19,


@d_a_n1979 - Thanks pal :) 

 

Thanks.

 

10j...nice. sits nicely under the arch.

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Just a couple more pictures from the photoshoot me & my mate did on Friday (24/04/20)

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@Piper - I did like the Style 5 reps on yours, very OEM+ look & hows the E60 BTW?

@DennisCooper - Good to hear that you & family are staying safe mate :smile:

Yeah my old Front plate is currently sat in the same place of as yours (Front screen) due to the reasons you mentioned reguarding the Static Plate.

Your Touring is looking great in that picture you posted, What mods / upgrades you being doing to yours then?

I see you've gone to the double slat grills, hows the fitment on those ones as i've looking to get some for mine? 

Mine was due to go into the detailers for a 2 stage polish & coating at the end of May, ready for the BMW Show at Santa Pod but COVID-19 happened so thats not likely to be happening anytime soon.

All the best :smile:

 

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11 hours ago, Jay_w said:

@Piper - I did like the Style 5 reps on yours, very OEM+ look & hows the E60 BTW?

@DennisCooper - Good to hear that you & family are staying safe mate :smile:

Yeah my old Front plate is currently sat in the same place of as yours (Front screen) due to the reasons you mentioned reguarding the Static Plate.

Your Touring is looking great in that picture you posted, What mods / upgrades you being doing to yours then?

I see you've gone to the double slat grills, hows the fitment on those ones as i've looking to get some for mine? 

Mine was due to go into the detailers for a 2 stage polish & coating at the end of May, ready for the BMW Show at Santa Pod but COVID-19 happened so thats not likely to be happening anytime soon.

All the best :smile:

 

 

E61 cost me £2000 when the timing chain snapped, so I've got to keep it for at least another two years to make.ita pay for itself....

 

...style 5 reps - thanks but looking to change to 19s :)

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Hi Jay/P

 

Yes, as a family we have some very vulnerable members and simply cannot take any risks, so staying home and not venturing out until it's absolutely necessary. 

 

In terms of what I've done recently, it's been the Carbon Fibre powerdome bonnet, the Hexagon shaped lower grille, Hamann foglight covers, daerk glass foglamps, the twin slat F10 grilles & Hartge mirrors for the cosmetic changes. At the back I smoothed off the tailgate badge and I'll soon put something on the front bonnet badge area - just deciding on what to do!

 

The fitment of the slat grilles is good but not great, it jiggles a little bit but I'm putting that down to the irregularity of the cutouts in the CF bonnet. I'll get them to fit more securely in due course, they're not bad that they'll fall out anytime soon, just need that last 10% of being affixed properly. 

 

The interior I fitted up the E38 Sport Contours, ACS Digital Display gearknob and I've removed the M3 CSL steering wheel. It's KW V1 coilovers all round, E60 Turbo and new intercooler for a bit of a power bump and a Dinan strut brace. I'll be looking to ARB's etc later if I feel the need. 

 

I used to have a build thread ages ago, I'll perhaps create a new one soon! I'm wanting to get a few of my wheel sets built up next, a few more maintenance aspects, some minor niggles and then more enhancements !

 

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I was in bit of a rush the day I took these pics, I remembered just as I stopped taking them I'd left my wide angle lens on! No interior shots as yet !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

 

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On 8/7/2019 at 7:31 PM, Jay_w said:

@d_a_n1979 :

Sent you a PM with details to where i brought it from.

Yep designed for the M-Tech / M-Sport bumpers, As for the fit & finish its pretty much like OEM, has all the fixing points in the correct places etc.

Took at few days to come but as you can see it was packaged well & arrived without any damage.

@Carl-e34 :

Thanks mate, Being after one for ages but was struggling to find a single exit one as most of them are made for E39s with quad exhaust setups, very happy pleased with how it looks & feel it modernizes the Rear end.

Hows the E34 coming along? You gonna be at Gaydon? 

Hi Jay, I've been looking for this type of difuser. too. Can you please share with me too on where you bought it from. thank you.

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14 hours ago, Sunny88 said:

Hi Jay, I've been looking for this type of difuser. too. Can you please share with me too on where you bought it from. thank you.


They are on Ebay.De.

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