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  1. I knew I wouldn't be the only one. Next time get 5l of IPA Olaf. You might need it doing the rear end.
  2. nick496

    M50 Timing!

    Got a single vanos set which should work for you in Hamilton.
  3. https://www.trademe.co.nz/2248256074
  4. I sold my rotating assembly a few months ago.
  5. I don't believe they do as the ends have venting grooves. There weren't any locking tabs on mine when I was replacing the inners.
  6. Mines stalled currently. But it is the next item on the list.
  7. nick496

    328ti Rally

    Whilst I haven't done it, it looks like it can be done with the z4 disks. https://srs-concept.com/product/e36-318ti-big-brake-adapter-kit/
  8. https://www.trademe.co.nz/2055597600
  9. I found the hardest part was putting the door lock back in. Once you have it out of the table, the only thing to go wrong is having the tumblers out of order, but you can swap them around pretty easily. In your case, it will depend on if you can figure out the numbers from the drivers door alone, or if you have to pull the passengers side to figure it out. Providing you are comfortable will pulling out the door lock, you shouldn't have too much trouble. Olaf has all the details you'll need in that post. Very helpful.
  10. No, that's why she's requesting a dog kennel this year for "the dog to sleep in"
  11. While doing the vanos, my valve cover which I'd painted in crinkle black hadn't held up. Got it blasted Casting is pretty crap Ground back the worst bits Got it powder coated. You can see the imperfections, but its a lot better than what it was. While doing that, figured I should get the front subframe done too. Had that blasted, reinforcement plates welded in, and then powdercoated. While doing all that, found that some moisture got around the rubber that holds the front sway bar. Some interesting corrosion there Sway bar was powder coated, and replacement mounts were ordered.
  12. Got a dog. We fit in the touring, and everyone is happy about it Got tailed one night by a random. Pull into a car park and he followed me. Had a good yarn. Turns out he only lives a few blocks away. Decided to do the vanos seals at the start of last year, so ordered all the bits from Beisan Systems, and some cheap timing locking kit from Ebay. Guides all say to set everything to top dead center and lock it in place. Well... that's fine on a stock system, but turns out I couldn't use the crankshaft lock due to my different combo. Having a look online on this, several people said it shouldn't move. So pulled it all apart, couldn't undo the nut and rounded it off. Got a unit from Kerry, and he kindly rattle gunned the nut off. Replaced the seals, and then went to put it all back in.... and what do you know, the crank had moved while doing the work. Not wanting to risk anything, I pulled the motor and did it on the stand. Mmm delicious oil in my intake Back on the stand Cleaning up the parts of burnt on oil. This was done while the wife was out. Boil a pot of water. Place part inside. Add laundry power. When you stop seeing bubbles on the surface, add more. As per the vanos unit above, it cleans parts up really well While taking it apart, broke one of the guides All back together. Built a garden shed (No car parts allowed says the wife)
  13. Tidied things up enough, and went out for a track day at Hampton downs on the Club Circuit Sadly no videos or photos of it in action as I went by myself. Learnt a few things -My 3-4 year old tyres aren't really up to the job -You get thrown around a lot in the stock sports seats -Power isn't everything on the small track. The little 1.8l MX5 fell behind me on the small straights, but was right up my behind every corner. -Brakes weren't up to the challenge Found that after a few runs by brake pedal was feeling a bit spongy, so called it a day. So with that under my belt, I was keen for some more track time. I went along to the E30 Race Series scholarship day to see what racing was all about. Ended up starting the day in a hot lap in an E30, which within a few minutes of the track opening had managed to flip itself in the sand. Fortunately everyone was alright. Cages are there for a reason. After that lovely incident I hopped into an E46 M3 for a hot lap, and tried not to sh*t myself in a car with double the HP. At the end of the day, had a new appreciation for racing, as the guys race very closely. Then the rest of the year was pretty uneventful. Wof guy noted that my exhaust was rubbing on my rear subframe. Tried to tweak the angle a bit, but it's still an issue. My central locking unit decided that it didn't want to talk to my remotes. I found that during this, someone had replaced the drivers door lock with another one, and didn't swap over the tumblers. So meant I had to lock/unlock passengers side until the lock rebuild kit arrived. Had to take out the passengers lock to get the initial key combo (and I took the ignition barrel out for good measure) So with the first 8? (I've forgotten) tumblers matched up to the passenger door lock, I just made up 3 remaining tumblers for the rest of the drivers door lock, as they are used for the deadlock function. Got a key cut to the tumbler codes, and everything worked smoothly (including glovebox), so pretty happy with that.
  14. At the same time as doing the heater core, I thought I might as well do an electric sunroof conversion. I ended up cocking this up quite substantially. I drilled through the holes in not quite the right places, so the motor would only be held in with 2 bolts. I'll be doing this properly later on, but for now you can review my cock ups. So you need the electric motor mount. These are riveted into the copper bracket that houses the wires. I just drilled out the rivet heads. Electric on left, manual on right. I found pretty quickly that the electric motor needs a bit more space, so cut a section out of the copper to match. Now in theory, you are supposed to be able to just bolt the black mount back onto the copper plate, and then just screw in the motor. For whatever reason, this didn't quite work for me. But I thought I had done rather well considering I had the front of the touring headlining hanging down so far during all the work. Ended up just dropping the headlining and removing it. It now lives on my back wall I continued to struggle with this. Ended up rounding out the electric motor gears as I didn't disengage them properly when manually winding it to test the sunroof opened and closed. This is the unit mostly apart And of course some classic sunroof rust. After this I just left the sunroof in place, and there is nothing connected to move it currently. Will come back to this hopefully later this year.
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