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E34 Touring - 525i to 540i 6 speed

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Another wagon build thread. (Hi Geoff :-) )

 

Have wanted one for quite some time. According to some I have spoken to down here, there are only around 26 in the country. Not sure how true that is, but they're pretty darn scarce. We only ever got 525i autos as far as I can tell.

 

So...found the below. Unfortunately it was put into a wall. A friend had bought it for parts, to restore his.

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After taking the front bits off...yeah, quite bad.

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Got some quotes to do the repair, good thing I was sitting down. Around a month later, while talking to the previous owner of this here touring, he mentioned that he knew of another abandoned project...

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Brought it home too:

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Stripped out the interior to find that 80% of the wiring harness had been cut out.

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Stripped out the entire harness out of the other touring and put it in this one.

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Yeah...needing some throwing star covers.

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Dyed the carpeting and seats black.

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The plan all along was to swap in a V8. So found a parts car.

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Transferring some brackets.
At one stage it had a complete M5 drivetrain.

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Wiring harness is mostly in:

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Welcome to the forums @Uber Soldat

 

A cracking entry into these pages ;) 

 

Update your profile to show where abouts in the world you are; so it appears here:

 

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Update your garage too; so we can see what car(s) it is you have :mrgreen:

 

Looking forward to more updates 8) 

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Installed the fuel return line. V8 cars have this running down the right hand side whereas the inline 6 cars, the line runs down the left hand side.

Strangely enough, the attachment points for the brackets that hold the line in place were already on the touring.

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The rear seat had some pretty rubbish leather. Managed to get some grey leather off a seat in Latvia, swapped it and dyed it black. (Thanks Tom and Benji :) )

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Had to cut some holes in order to run the V8 fuel and brake lines. The inline 6 cars have the lines run on the inside of the left fender rail. If they stayed there with the V8 in place...much boiling will take place. The V8 cars have them running on the outside and through the body as seen below:

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Removed the autofail and engine from the donor car.

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The rear subframe will need to be swapped as well.

 

Touring:
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Donor:
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Sanded the engine bay and prepped it for paint.
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Rear seats looking good.
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Engine bay primed:
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There was a section of metal that had to be removed here as well.
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And the bay is sprayed:
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We added some hinges to the tool kit holder thingy. 
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Added some sound deadening and heat shielding:
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Brake master cylinder and ABS unit installed:
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Aircon compressors stuffs:
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Steering box and lines:
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Not entirely sure what this thing does. Apparently its some sort of sensor for the HVAC system:
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Some front end stuff added:
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Installed the front fuse box and associated wiring:
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Couldn't quite decide on a colour...
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Ready for a carpet:
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And carpet is in...
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Rear sedan door cards trimmed slightly and installed:
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Heater core coolant pipes swapped out for non corroded ones and ready to install:
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And in
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Clutch line and other bits added:
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Dashboard is in:
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Sometime back we swapped in 540 audio wiring. Since connecting the battery, we found that some of the speakers weren't working. 
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The culprit...
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Swapped it out and now all speakers emit wonderful noise.
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Front centre console and glovebox are in.
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Some more interior pieces added:
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We found out why stuff wasn't working in the rear hatch.
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Sorted.
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Cut up a front passenger side wiper, trimmed the rear one...and viola.
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Repaired and painted the hatch tool holder thingy...whatever you call it.
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Sprayed some more stuff.
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Some sport seats.
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Never thought I'd see a brand new M5 rear bumper.
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And of course you have to "test fit".
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Swapped on another bonnet. Much better condition than the first.

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Put a stiffner in the rear bumper.

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Rear crossmember installed.

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Front passenger door card in.

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Front drivers door card in.

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Windscreen wipers installed.

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1 x dirty engine.

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1 x not so dirty engine.

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Replaced some seals:
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Right engine mount:
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Left engine mount:
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Alternator power cable and knock sensors:
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Waterpump:
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Coolant accumulator:
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Dampner:
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Alternator:
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Tensioners and pulleys:
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Belts and power steering pump:
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Redone power steering line and more stuff:
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Tappet cover gaskets are next. Previous owner used copious amounts of gasket maker...yay.

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I like how clean the motor is looking, keep up the good work.

 

Not sure if it would work on different brands of instant gasket but over here you can get Hylo Clean which is supposed to break down Hylomar, the clear blue instant gasket. Could be worth a shot if it's caked in it?

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@Duncan - Thank you sir

 

@FLX - Thank you sir. Fortunately the gasket maker came off quite easily (I think it was recently done. They must have taken the covers off and just added the sealer to stop it from leaking - So silly). The old gaskets turned out to be more of a pain in the butt to remove.

 

Onto some updates:

 

Flywheel and clutch mounted
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Intake manifold installed
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Tappet cover redone
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Injector testing
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…and installed
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So close
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Fun times.
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Cleaned up the gearbox, replaced seals etc
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Now I have something to play with…
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Slave cylinder installed
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Darnit…
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Installed the tool holder. Looking for one in better knick.
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