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'94 540i Touring 6spd - The Money Pit!

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A couple of pointless little fixes in the past weeks.

 

First, I replaced the intake manifold mounting spacers; I somehow lost the originals while cleaning the manifold at work and only realized it months later when I was slapping it back on the engine. I ended up using regular washers underneath the nuts just to fire the engine up but later on I managed to order a genuine set from Cotswolds at a great price, like half of what it would have costed on eBay, go genuine!

 

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All then properly torqued, happy intake.

 

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I then put my attention to the cam covers, they looked pretty miserable after years of service and oil leaks, time to restore them

 

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I went for a dark grey wrinkle finish. I thought it was going to be way lighter than what it actually is, kinda like the original color, but I'm glad it's darker, unusual but still very subtle imho.

 

I discovered halfway in the process of sandblasting the cam covers that the f*****g things are magnesium! Pain in the ass to strip down even using an aquablaster (can't imagine how hard could be without one), also weird material to paint on, I had to lay a thick layer of enamel primer to cover all the pitting and little caves on the surface, a real challenge. I'm usually pretty good at painting cam covers in wrinkle but each color has his own reaction times and look. This is a very light wrinkle, usually it's thicker than that, but I'm used to black and red.

 

After all this the car fired up after two months and runs good. I think I have to have a look at all the exhaust manifolds nuts to make sure they're all right, I can hear a slight blow at idle.

 

I have a new drive belt tensioner to put in next, then swap the sunroof, still a long way..

 

 

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This must have been a looong and "empty year" for the old barge.

After all that work, she was put away in a garage and only came out last week for a cheeky run round the block to make sure nothing was seized. (and she clocked 145k miles a few minutes after that..)

i purchased a little run around to have fun with, and I'm trying my best to get a little more out of each payslip, so that I can finalize the work on this car, and finally drive it.

I'm worried that the engine may have some compression issues, as It still struggled to fire up when warm. if that will be the case, I don't know what my next move could me. i'm not getting rid of her, I said it !

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Hi @Piper the car is still in the same garage pictured above, and I'm still using the Clio that in the meantime has been totally converted to Cup suspension and drove almost 20k miles in a year ! That would be impossible in the BMW, with the money I earn atm.

Funny enough, I'm phoning different insurance companies today to find out how much could cost me to put the BM back on the road.

Still needs the sills welded and outer panel replacing, and I'm halfway through repainting the replacement double sunroof cassette that was white. The exhaust also has to be put right but that's a couple of hours welding and should be done.

I put two continentals at the back to ditch the useless nankangs, and professionally cleaned and balanced the fuel injectors.

She does get started every few weeks, but really she's just been sleeping.

Not to go anywhere though, this is my car, and still my favorite.

 

 

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The low emission zone hopefully won't be a problem. I'm looking to buy a house somewhere in surrey and definitely not interested in sharing the road space with the black cabs and ubers of central London.

ive called many insurance providers, best quote was Lancaster in the high 700s, or admiral on a multi cover with my Clio. Still stupid money.

before all this I need to sort the body out. Any body shops you'd recommend..?

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yoho,

 

while my car is still snoring inside the lockup garage I've made a decision.

 

I'll get rid of all the ACS stuff, keeping only the exhaust, reverting the rest of the car back to original.

This means I'll put for sale the ACS Type 2 I currently have, and start to shop around for wheels.

 

Now, being this a normal 540i I'd expect it to be delivered new with 16" Style 16, am I correct ? I saw cars with a 17" staggered version of these wheels, were they a factory option on the e34?

 

Looking at my car's build spec, I saw it was equipped with sport suspension and lowered ride height. Would this mean a different style of wheel from standard ?

 

My intention is to keep the car's appearance as original as I can, but I do like the look of 17" on an e34, my wheels are just not to my taste, they are eccelent and very good quality, but I like the oem look.

So would 17" style 16 be a sensible choice? the other option would be style 5s, but were they an option too?

 

if you know people that are getting rid of wheels like these feel free to let me know !

 

Second matter of business is the steering wheel. My car now has a leather 3 spoke ACS wheel, which is very nice and also very rare, but I'm more for an original look, so I've decided to put that up for sale too.

On the build spec of my car it does specify this:

 

S255A Sports Leather Steering Wheel

 

if I type E34 sport steering wheel all I see are Mtech wheels, which I believe have no place on non M cars. Although I absolutely love the look of an Mtech1 wheel !

 

which one of these steering wheels would have been found on a car like mine ?

 

this one ?

 

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I hope not this one...

 

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or this other one ?

 

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My heart says to go for an Mtech1, but I'm determined not to stick any M stuff on a car that's just not one of the breed, I'm sure you'll get it.

 

So feel free to give your opinion, I'm a BMW ignorant !

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Mazz said:

yoho,

 

while my car is still snoring inside the lockup garage I've made a decision.

 

I'll get rid of all the ACS stuff, keeping only the exhaust, reverting the rest of the car back to original.

This means I'll put for sale the ACS Type 2 I currently have, and start to shop around for wheels.

 

Now, being this a normal 540i I'd expect it to be delivered new with 16" Style 16, am I correct ? I saw cars with a 17" staggered version of these wheels, were they a factory option on the e34?

 

Looking at my car's build spec, I saw it was equipped with sport suspension and lowered ride height. Would this mean a different style of wheel from standard ?

 

My intention is to keep the car's appearance as original as I can, but I do like the look of 17" on an e34, my wheels are just not to my taste, they are eccelent and very good quality, but I like the oem look.

So would 17" style 16 be a sensible choice? the other option would be style 5s, but were they an option too?

 

if you know people that are getting rid of wheels like these feel free to let me know !

 

Second matter of business is the steering wheel. My car now has a leather 3 spoke ACS wheel, which is very nice and also very rare, but I'm more for an original look, so I've decided to put that up for sale too.

On the build spec of my car it does specify this:

 

S255A Sports Leather Steering Wheel

 

if I type E34 sport steering wheel all I see are Mtech wheels, which I believe have no place on non M cars. Although I absolutely love the look of an Mtech1 wheel !

 

which one of these steering wheels would have been found on a car like mine ?

 

this one ?

 

2067307922_e34wheel.jpg.8d56a2413102b795d7140138dc0da29f.jpg

 

I hope not this one...

 

1387825073_e34wheel2.jpg.55c8d49e350b17f6644b2e11860cf2cf.jpg

 

or this other one ?

 

297541181_e34wheel3.jpg.68f2dd313bd857c3ae001b1b056c7867.jpg

 

My heart says to go for an Mtech1, but I'm determined not to stick any M stuff on a car that's just not one of the breed, I'm sure you'll get it.

 

So feel free to give your opinion, I'm a BMW ignorant !

 

 

 

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The second steering wheel down is a pre-facelift wheel and not the M-Tec version (Which is a much better steering wheel)

17" style 16 alloys are my dad's wheel of choice followed by AC Schnitzer's 2's and splits

But going back to the steering wheels  The bottom steering wheel is really an E36 wheel and was a cheap fix from BMW IMHO I'm not sure

the top M-Tec wheel will fit on the spline in your 540.   

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4 hours ago, Mazz said:

Oh ok, I though the third one was the standard 540 airbag wheel ?

 

The third one is the standard issue E34 wheel Which really was a cost saver from the E36 range.

 The M-Tec 2 was an option on the 540/M5 versions.    

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Thank you. I'm finding cheap Z3 wheels that look very much the same, would they fit ?

Wheels: were 17" staggered style 16 a factory option on e34 540is?

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14 minutes ago, Mazz said:

Thank you. I'm finding cheap Z3 wheels that look very much the same, would they fit ?

Wheels: were 17" staggered style 16 a factory option on e34 540is?

Don't think a z3 steering wheel will fit

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=HK32-EUR-02-1995-E34-BMW-540i&diagId=32_2023

Yes 17" style 16 were an option

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=HK32-EUR-02-1995-E34-BMW-540i&diagId=36_1615

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Thank you Sharkfan, I was pretty sure that was the one. the hutn begins then !

 

I've done some reading, and apparently NOn airbag cars have a different spline on the steering shaft. The only way I'm going to find out is by removing the schnitzer wheel I suppose..

 

Staggered style 16s will be a challenge to find, I'm also keeping my eyes open for staggered style 19s, they're growing on me !

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Yup, that is definitely an option !

 

Didn't like them very much at first, and I also thought they were e39 wheels, out of place on an older car.

 

RealOem opened my eyes once again, they were an option on our cars !!

 

They are definitely contenders, will see if a set pops up at a decent price, considering I need to get rid of the ACS (and I need to do it efficiently!) and also my Mongol Rally adventure is happening this year, my wallet will be dead by august.

 

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