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Bought a fitz manifold and exhaust for the old thing. It has a blowing exhaust so it time to change the whole system.

 

Thats being fitted next week.

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On 05/03/2021 at 07:50, sharkfan said:

 

While that was being dome the rear axle carrier bushes were found to be shot so I've just had them done, 

 

Can I ask if Lee pulled the axle carrier bushes right into the beam or is there a gap between lip of the Bush and carrier? 

I've got my bushes out but the tide marks on the old ones are different and my spares differ too! 

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Not a clue I'm afraid - I just threw money at him and trusted to him to do it well - he does everything well so I'm fairly safe on that front.

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12 hours ago, stevenc3828 said:

 

Can I ask if Lee pulled the axle carrier bushes right into the beam or is there a gap between lip of the Bush and carrier? 

I've got my bushes out but the tide marks on the old ones are different and my spares differ too! 

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Steven.  Hi mate, long time... 

Ideally, you really want to get them to seat all the way in. Luckily for me I had the beam on a press so it was fairly easy to do so.

 

I always use some kind of soap as lube to assist on rubber bodied bushes.

 

However, many years ago, i installed some using the weight of the car and a bottle Jack.  I did end up with a gap between the lip of the bush and the frame, perhaps 5mm or so but It didn't cause me an issue going forward.

 

In short if you can, get them all the way in. But if there is a small gap as long as they secure in the beam they'll be ok.

 

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1 hour ago, sharkfan said:

Not done as much but I got an agreed valuation on my E34 through and confirmed by the insurers, £45k.

The value of what I might term  "mid value" cars has gone through the roof.  High value cars have dropped a bit, but those in the 10-100k range have seen a big increase in demand.  I was quite shocked by the valuations I received on my 2 M5's for insurance renewal this year. 

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It is all a bit bonkers - I've valued mine and the Insurance company has agreed - they are not even close to the condition of yours but I reckon I've got the value/replacement cost about right.

 

The E24 is also insured for the same which is about right as it is pretty much immaculate despite the miles and I have proposed a £35k value on the E38 given Old Colonel Cars have sold two B12's recently at £25k for quite high miles and £40k for similar miles.

 

As an aside, did you read about the Jag XK120 that went through Silverstone Auctions recently;

 

The Advert said:

 

SUMMARY

A driver-focused XK120, fresh from a two-year restoration, with some choice upgrades.

DESCRIPTION

The XK120 Roadster - as elegant as XK Jaguars can ever be

A landmark Jaguar sports car and the world’s fastest production car in its day

Sourced specifically from the US by Jaguar specialists for restoration/enhancement

Two-year nut and bolt rebuild, now in RHD with added driving enhancements (including power-steering, disc brakes, uprated suspension)

Beautiful colour combination of California Sage paintwork with a Biscuit interior

Recently finished, shaken down and ready to enjoy

A car-starved Britain, still trundling around in perpendicular pre-war hangover vehicles, glimpsed the future in October 1948 with the launch of the Jaguar XK120 at the Earls Court Motor Show. Production commenced in 1949 in Coventry, and the XK's swoopy shape and stylish occupants would become a common sight on British roads over the next 15 years. It heralded the arrival of Jaguar's famous 3.4-litre twin overhead camshaft XK engine, (the basis of all their engines for the next 25 years) with an alloy cylinder head and twin side-draught SU carburettors producing nearly 160bhp. The “120” referred to the car's top speed which, at the time, made it the fastest production car in the world. Jaguar seems to have always had a flair for marketing and to illustrate that the car's top speed was not a figment of a publicist's imagination, in May 1949, on the Jabbeke to Aeltre autoroute, an XK120 with its hood and side screens in place recorded a speed of 126mph, and no less than 132mph with the hood and windscreen detached and an undertray fitted. The car was in almost instant demand and when on to spawn the famous XK lineage of fast and elegant sports cars.

The car offered here is a 1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS (or Roadster) which has been meticulously restored from the ground up over the last two years by long-established Jaguar and Bentley specialists ‘DJB Engineering’ of Northamptonshire. The father and son team that run the company imported this car from the US specifically for this project. The car’s Heritage Certificate tells us that this particular XK120 OTS was manufactured on the 20th of May 1952 and was (unsurprisingly) LHD originally, fitted with a manual gearbox and painted Suede Green with matching interior and a French Grey hood. It was sold through Jaguar distributors, a Hornburg of Los Angeles, to its first owner, the pleasingly named, Mr K McCorkle.

Converted to right-hand drive and with fully renewed bodywork, adopting a fast-road/racer aesthetic, the car now looks simply resplendent in Aston Martin California Sage, by craftsman Steve Chandler, with a Biscuit interior by Workshop 77 of Weedon Bec. Knowing the potential of these early XKs as proper driving machines, DJB Engineering also ensured this car has had some sympathetic upgrades beneath the skin. Fitted with a full stainless-steel exhaust, a 5-speed gearbox, adjustable shock-absorbers, hydraulic power-steering, polyurethane suspension bushes, hard passivated suspension components, an external oil cooler, larger volume radiator with an electric fan, and full servo-assisted disc brakes with Coopercraft billet calipers, this car is now extremely capable. Added to this, the lustful 3.4-litre XK engine has been fully rebuilt and dressed, with an overhauled cylinder head fitted with a new composite head gasket and new timing chains installed.

During the restoration, simply no corners were cut, and the car features virtually every available improvement to make it most exciting to campaign. Photographic records show every stage of the process, literally from the prepared chassis and up. The car has been ‘shaken-down’ with road trails and performs as well as it presents. Father and son were sorely tempted to hang on to their recently finished car, such is its appeal and ability, however, a new project awaits.

The XK120 OTS was hugely influential in period and has an elegance of line that would be completely at home on the manicured lawns of Pebble Beach, however, there is no denying that, in standard form, the 1940’s mechanicals are a touch ‘agricultural’. This superb example, on the other hand, with its intelligent upgrades drives, brakes and handles like a ‘modern classic’ offering, we believe, the best of both worlds.

 

The new owner/buyer said;

 

The Jag is a nightmare. Here's the list. Like I say, be careful buying at auction.

1. Within the first four miles of driving, the car came to a sudden halt and would not go. When the differential case was opened, a catastrophic failure was found. The cause was obvious: the differential had not been filled with oil and was dry.

2. There is a serious leak of brake fluid at the front of the car. This affects the performance of the brakes and has burned off the paint where it has spilled onto the chassis rails.

3. The gearbox is leaking oil.

4. The engine is leaking oil.

5. The power steering system is leaking oil.

6. The petrol tank is leaking from the drain plug, which has been fitted with a home made runner washer rather than a copper washer. Needless to say, the rubber washer has perished from contact with the fuel.

7. The exhaust is poorly routed. At the front of the car, the offside branch is not physically connected to the downpipe and also interferes with the clutch cable. At the rear of the car both branches are in contact with the petrol tank along its length, with no heat insulation; the petrol tank, of course, is leaking. At the very rear of the car, the offside branch projects two inches further from he car than the nearside.

8. The gearbox does not seem to be properly set up. It is not possible to select reverse.

9. The wipers do not work. I have not checked the lights and indicators.

10. The speedometer does not work (as new speedo cable was with the car, so obviously at least this fault was known to the vendor).

11. The engine block and sump are not original. I do not know about the head. The sump appears to be from the British Leyland era and we assume it comes from an XJ6. It has been somewhat bizarrely cut down and welded up to make it fit. We have not yet identified what engine is in the car.

12. The bottom coolant hose is in contact with the auxiliary belt at the front of the engine.

13. The bottom of the bodywork appears incompletely painted.

14. Overall the car is unfinished in its details. For example, the latch on the driver’s door is hanging off, the passenger door does not fit, various fixings under the car are missing, various bits of bodywork are unfinished.

 

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Good god, that's appalling.  I guess it's even more difficult with online auctions, but you'd hope they would be duty bound to give at least a vaguely accurate description. 

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Well today is well earned (imho) day off from doing what everybody else wants me to do so I'm taking the opportunity to sort a few bits out for myself for once - starting with not taking my E39 'van' on the school and supermarket run but instead taking the E34 to clear the cobwebs, loosen off all the fans, motors, servos, joints and anything else that usually stays still in a garage and moves about a bit on the move.

 

To say it sounds raspy and throaty after the somewhat subdued rumble of the E39 V8 is a little bit of an understatement - it is simply glorious. Everything seems to work, central locking, windows, AC, gearbox, engine etc so that's all good, and no leaks of any kind on the garage floor. I came out of the shop to find a couple of guys having a good look around it and asking what it was and how many were made, but also to find a splash of bird poop upon it - so it'll get a wash later in the day.

 

Any other E34 owners taking their cars out this weekend now that the torrents of rain have abated?

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I’ve been driving mine throughout the year, it’s got the right amount of patina to not worry about it deteriorating.

 

Good to see you still have your E34 Kevin, I do like that car.

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1 hour ago, MadeinWigan said:

I’ve been driving mine throughout the year, it’s got the right amount of patina to not worry about it deteriorating.

 

Good to see you still have your E34 Kevin, I do like that car.

 

Good to know you're still in an E34 Richard; I still have mine but was nearly forced to put it up for sale a few years ago when needs almost became a must - luckily we weathered that financial storm and since then it and the B12 are now safely garaged.

 

 

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I’m glad that you held on to them Kevin. I’ve come to appreciate garages, a dry garage is invaluable for keeping a car in good condition. I’ve only got two garage spaces, I should treat the 540 to a space at some point but it doesn’t leak unlike some of the others.

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Put a new driver's side door seal on that I bought last year. Went to fit it months ago but it was too cold and a right pain. Took the opportunity of the warmer weather and with a little bit of a heat gun (which I am not sure did anything) went straight on!

 

Also filled it up with fuel, first time since August. Forgot how much it costs to fill the tank.

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£45k e34. Wow that must be a mint m5 or a mint alpina b10. 

 

All i have done today is bought a new short block and a new windscreen. 

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3 minutes ago, bm0p700f said:

£45k e34. Wow that must be a mint m5 or a mint alpina b10. 

 

All i have done today is bought a new short block and a new windscreen. 

It’s a one of one Alpina Touring. If you think £45k is a lot, your eyes would water with the agreed insurance value on my M5 Touring.

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7 minutes ago, bm0p700f said:

£45k e34. Wow that must be a mint m5 or a mint alpina b10. 

 

All i have done today is bought a new short block and a new windscreen. 

 

 I sold my e34 M5 Touring in December for £80K and it didn't have an MOT!

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That makes the one on ebay for £35 a bargin then. 

 

Its good the cars have value but its a shame no one wants the 530i as much. 

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Blower fan was not working properly at slower speeds so replaced this

 

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Some E34s use a MOSFET device to control the fan speed rather than the resistor pack that's used in E34's without climate control and other newer cars, it's commonly called the Sword due to it's appearance.  Just as the resistor packs fail, so does the Sword. It should be repairable by reflowing the soldered joints and replacing the MOSFETs, for now I just replaced it. One of the causes of failure is due to a build up of crap in the microfilter which reduces air flow and causes the Sword to run too hot, eventually causing the MOSFETs to burn out. So while replacing the Sword, I also replaced the microfilter which may have been just a little overdue.  This is common as it's a bit of a bitch to get at.

 

Plenty of detritus inside the housing, which I cleared out

 

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New and old filters:

 

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The old filter was a RHD version, it's split in two to enable you to fit it without removing the steering column, the LDH part does not need to be split as it's fitted from the passenger side footwell, you 'just' have to remove the glovebox, some trim and some of the vent pipes.

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Bought and fitted some nice new Autostyle floor mats.  In the past I've not been able to get any that fitted other than genuine BMW and they were just too expensive.  These were pretty cheap at £29 but the carpet is really nice quality and the edges are properly finished. Best of all though, they're properly tailored to fit the E34.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.  Once I replace the gear lever and handbrake gaiters with black suede and find a suitable 350mm steering wheel the interior will be pretty much sorted apart from the headlining. 

 

 

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