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There is a somewhat ropey looking orange charger under a tarp near me. I often wonder what the deal is with it. They have other sheddy cars too so suspect it will slowly return to the earth before it gets fixed :(

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Thanks Carl. I’ve been using it far more than I intended to. I’ve decided it’s going to stay standard, I am really enjoying the relaxed gearing and soft suspension. It will be going on to 16 inch e39 Style 5’s and I’ll just use it for daily duties and as a tow car. 
 

The Caterham is up and running, did a track day at Oulton Park yesterday and loved it.

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As far as the 540 goes, it needs quite a bit fixing  but is enjoyable as is. The list is long:-

 

steering idler to replace

sill patching for now 

new brake lines

heater only blows hot air

random weeping gaskets to fix

locks are all out of sync 

Rear wiper inoperative 

sunroof goosed
air con knackered 

 

sure there’s a lot more but It still feels great to drive and sounds v8y so all is good.

 

 

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On 15/01/2020 at 12:05, duncan-uk said:

There is a somewhat ropey looking orange charger under a tarp near me. I often wonder what the deal is with it. They have other sheddy cars too so suspect it will slowly return to the earth before it gets fixed :(


It’s a shame how they rot away when left outside. Saw the Charger the other day, always wanted one but still can’t get over how big they are.

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Looks like the “cliche” 69 charger that everybody likes.

standard 383 and 3 speed 727. If they’re lucky it will have a 8.75 diff (otherwise a 7.25), very likely to be single spinner looking at the low spec of the car.

 

grew up dreaming about owning a general lee. Still in my wishlist but I learned how mediocre chargers can be (like any other American muscle car) in normal conditions (ie not sliding on a Rally stage)

 

tired of seeing general lee replicas though, I think they look cool in black or blue.

 

the best engine for them is a hot 383, since factory 426s would cost like a 458 Italia!


sorry I’m a muscle car nerd.

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Nothing wrong with being a nerd. I couldn’t have a General Lee replica now. Like you say, a nice darker colour. With the way prices have gone I don’t think I’ll ever own a muscle car now. 

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My 'kids' are in their 20s and wouldn't have a clue what a General Lee was/is.

 

I'd drive one anyday...

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First offer to you lovely bunch, I may be getting my old touring back depending on me selling this one. Roll up roll up. £3k and it’s yours.

 

Jobs needed off the top of my head.

 

Service

Passenger front window reseating

sills patching or replacing

Steering idler replacing 

Brake lines on their last legs

Sunroof needs leak fixing, redneck fixed with tape for now.

 

Other than that it’s great, has had lots of new suspension bits, sls works well. New brakes including callipers. Pulls well, sounds great.

 

Bodywork, has a few blemishes and corrosion on the bottom of the doors and bonnet. Interior good condition. Air con not working. 
 

I’ll knock a proper advert up soon but thought I’d put it here first.

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As in your buying the Avus car back?! Hard to know which one as you have had so many!

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On 02/05/2020 at 14:37, MadeinWigan said:

First offer to you lovely bunch, I may be getting my old touring back depending on me selling this one. Roll up roll up. £3k and it’s yours.

 

Jobs needed off the top of my head.

 

Service

Passenger front window reseating

sills patching or replacing

Steering idler replacing 

Brake lines on their last legs

Sunroof needs leak fixing, redneck fixed with tape for now.

 

Other than that it’s great, has had lots of new suspension bits, sls works well. New brakes including callipers. Pulls well, sounds great.

 

Bodywork, has a few blemishes and corrosion on the bottom of the doors and bonnet. Interior good condition. Air con not working. 
 

I’ll knock a proper advert up soon but thought I’d put it here 

Good to see your still attempting to own every 540i touring in the country.... :)

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12 hours ago, 540v8 said:

Good to see your still attempting to own every 540i touring in the country.... :)


There’s always more out there! Have you still got your 540?

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38 minutes ago, sharkfan said:

Avus, Calypso, Silver, Gold so far I think - which are thinking of getting back, avus or calypso?


Don’t forget the first ever 540i/6t I had, a black one.

 

Yes, I’m wondering about the Avus one Duncan.

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On 12/05/2020 at 14:40, MadeinWigan said:


Don’t forget the first ever 540i/6t I had, a black one.

 

Yes, I’m wondering about the Avus one Duncan.

 I hope you get the Avus back :wub:

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It would be nice but I’d have to sell this one first and it does need a bit of work.

 

I’ve had a go at a couple of jobs today, the passenger front window had come off its runners but whipping off the door panel and popping the window back on the regulator and lubing the runners has fixed it nicely.

 

feeing confident after that success I thought I’d give the sunroof a try. Instantly regretted it as it wouldn’t go back fully. It did however give me access to the workings so I liberally sprayed silicone lube onto the runners and worked the sunroof back and forth a few times. I’m calling it a result as it now fully opens and closes, I got access to the sunroof drains and they are clear so things are looking up.

 

I’m thinking of advertising it as is and see if I get any interest. I may even get brave and take the sill covers off.

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It’s a cracking deal for the money considering how much people advertise 525s for nowadays.

obviously a car with half the mileage and half as many owners would probably be worth a tad more regardless of the engine, but these are so rare and such an unbeatable package that I think somebody will get real lucky with it, more so if the sunroof works too!

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Cheers, that’s the trouble now, it’s so hard to find one that I don’t want to sell it too cheaply as I know if I see one advertised again it will be for way more.

 

How are you getting on with yours?

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not much progress. Done a compression check lately, still not convinced on the health of the block.

Now asking around for welding quotes, with that aspect sorted I;d feel a lot more motivated !

 

I hope your car goes to a good home, a working sunroof is so rare. fingers crossed

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