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1 hour ago, e46v12 said:

So managed to spend the day trying to find out if anything was wrong the E34 540i touring. As stated had been sitting around for roughly 3 years. 

Syphoned the left over 20lts of petrol out.

Drained the old oil and replaced with new. 

Undid and took out the coils and spark plugs found little pools of oil down by plugs so due for a rocker cover gasket change ( at a later date)

Put a few drops of oil into the cylinders, hooked up new EXPENSIVE battery. and cranked her over a few times.

Put 98 in and started her up with no success. My mate Conrad gave the fuel lines a squeeze and no pressure.

Volt tested the plugs to pump to make sure it was getting power. As we knew the pump is a goner, Still wanted to get the car started to see if she ran smoothly so gave a couple of sprays of engine starter into the intake pipe and Bang she goes.

Started up like a dream :)  so small things to fix.

New pump, Check over oil pump bolts, new oil filter, fix both passenger windows, dry car out, 

Then we are away laughing. 

 

You should do a restoration thread/discussion to cover your adventure ....

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Hi Peter

 

i did think about starting a thread but didn’t think it was going to be worth one to be honest, it’s mainly things that I’m sure every m60 owner has covered and fixed over the years. 

Again I don’t plan on doing too much more to the vehicle. 

But thanks for the interest.

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Changed out the driver's door window regulator. 

Actually changed it out on Saturday, then again on Sunday while I worked out why the new (aftermarket  :unsure:) regulator wouldn't work, and finally today, when I sucked it up and got a used regulator from a wrecker. 

The used part might be 15 years old, but at least the drive pulley isn't made of cheese. 

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Got the rear suspension bits sorted for the 328:

And replaced the tank vent valve on the M3:

 

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Tried - several times - to change the mid-fuel-pump and fuel filter on the 320d. Rain stopped play on several occasions, and left the work area awash more than once.

Thought I'd be smart and remove the pump and filter as a single unit (with connecting fuel hose) and refit the same way.
Finally got the cover off only to find the power connector for the fuel pump has some sort of fancy lock-it-together clip that you just cannot see the working of unless you are above it, which is where the floor of the car is. Eventually got that off, but more weather means that is as far as I've got.

Other than swearing about BMWs ridiculous one-use-only crimp-type fittings they use on pipes on cars...

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OK... Sorta sorted the fuel hose connections. Not just the oetiker clamps, but also two sizes of jubilee clips, and some one-way screwdriver clips that may have an oval-shaped head. Hard to tell.

They're all the bloody same now, though. :angry: So much ridiculous faffing around for two things connected by a short piece of hose.

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Added a rear bar to the ///M...

 

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Started the rear suspension on the 328...

 

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Nothing.

I have spent a lot of time getting tools out of the garage, and putting them away again.

Bloody weather!

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Gave it a much deserved wax, as a nice break from pulling the sump off the toyota...

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yesterday:  collected e60, following Valve Stem Seals replacement.  Woohoo, no more puffing billy & oil consumption!  Thanks Autosure Extreme MBI, that would be an uncomfortable job in full from one's wallet.

today:  collected e46, windscreen replaced by Insurance (full glass cover); Winger BMW my preferred repairer.  Quality job.

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1 hour ago, Olaf said:

today:  collected e46, windscreen replaced by Insurance (full glass cover); Winger BMW my preferred repairer.  Quality job.

Can you tell me about this? I need a new windscreen.

 

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3 hours ago, M3AN said:

Can you tell me about this? I need a new windscreen.

 

Damage:  driving on SH1, impact damage sustained (bullseye and crack 15-20mm) from flying debris.  

Insurance: Car fully insured including glass cover.  Called insurer, lodged claim.  Asked who my preferred repairer is,  nominated Winger as local BMW dealer.  

Repairer:  Supplied claim number to dealer, who then assessed and quoted.  Replacement screen recommended. Quote process and approval managed by dealer, furnishing my claim number.  Once quote accepted, dealer updated me on process, then ordered new screen, booked appointment with me *after* they'd taken delivery of screen and confirmed no transit damage.  

Repair:  I elected to leave vehicle overnight to leave additional time for sealant to cure.  Genuine BMW screen fitted.  

Point of difference: new exterior seal/trim installed.  Whenever I've had a Smith & Smith replacement, they say "nah we don't do that/can't get that/not part of the job" and burgerise around with old seal/trim.  Plus the standard Smith & Smith poor service, glass left in car or tools left in car...  Contrast this with BMW dealer finishing touches new replacement WoF sticker fitted, and Rego label holder fitted, both sensibly positioned.  Clean car, no broken glass left behind or rattling in vents, no tools left in car.  And of course that wander around the showroom (with my kids, on collection), and courtesy ride back in to town on drop-off. If I drank coffee, a complimentary coffee too.  A good service experience.  

Summary: the BMW Dealer experience significantly better than run-of-the-mill "windscreen specialist".  Not to mention great service from AA Insurance.  I received some great prelim advice from BMW Car Club NZ members.

Now I just need to clean & Rain-X the new screen, and fit new set of BMW wiper blades from my parts stash.

Hope that helps

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5 hours ago, Olaf said:

new replacement WoF sticker fitted, and Rego label holder fitted, both sensibly positioned.

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Nice, got to remember this,  the regular crowd of windscreen repairers are useless. 

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e46:  I've just cleaned and rain-x'd the screen, and installed new BMW wiper blades.  It's not clearing correctly; so I'm consulting my Bentley manual for correct position and torques of the arm-to-shaft securing nuts (30Nm or 22 ft-lb).

 Bentley (being US) states Front wiper blade tip to gasket distance for Right = 24mm, Left = 44mm.  I guess they're reversed down here!  Armed with this, and once I locate my torque wrench (yes I know 30Nm is "not much"), I'll have a go at it and report back.

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Towed my Morris home from a mate's house. Manual x5 is such an excellent tow wagon

Picked up a set of r888r for the race car this morning 

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Gave Betty's convertible top a proper wash with a (shoe) brush and convertible top shampoo ready for application of weather treatment.  Rest of Sunday was spent with son sanding and filling his "opsies" on the Mazda.... better in that than in Betty though i suppose.

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On 4/8/2018 at 2:42 PM, e46v12 said:

Hi Peter

 

i did think about starting a thread but didn’t think it was going to be worth one to be honest, it’s mainly things that I’m sure every m60 owner has covered and fixed over the years. 

Again I don’t plan on doing too much more to the vehicle. 

But thanks for the interest.

 

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So this morning, after a knock on the door from the courier, I did this to my 2002 (LCI) e46 325i Touring:

 

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 The reason I got these was:

 

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A 16 year-old Original Equipment LHS front indicator unit this morning, looking a bit foggy and worse for wear.  PN 63137165847

 

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A 16 year-old Original Equipment RHS front indicator unit this morning, looking slightly foggy and impact damaged.  PN 63137165848

 

These were 18 Euro each (NZD29) for the TYC units (which are German TÜV approved), and eliminating the condensation and cracking keeps my car legal, so it won't have any WoF issues.  The part numbers (2001-2005) are different from the US market ones.  for info:  

RH= 63137165848

LH= 63137165847

I chose aftermarket (for a change), rather than Original Equipment, or the OEM option... these were cheap enough that I could have them lobbed in to the box with my new Steering Coupler.  Which I purchased abroad as the $60 saving paid for these two indicator housings.  Though I like to support our local dealers and BMW NZ, I just couldn't swing it on this occasion.

Now to sort out e-torx socket for the steering coupler (steering guibo), and fit that.  

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OLAF your wish has been granted. look in projects for twin e34

 

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32 minutes ago, e46v12 said:

OLAF your wish has been granted. look in projects for twin e34

 

sweeeet!  (link added above)

 

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Multifunction steering wheel fitted to the E46. Cruise control fully active, stereo controls to come for aftermarket HU.

going to enjoy CC on longer road trips!

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1 hour ago, hunter said:

Multifunction steering wheel fitted to the E46. Cruise control fully active, stereo controls to come for aftermarket HU.

going to enjoy CC on longer road trips!

Nice one.  What's the score with the Airbag recall?

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2 hours ago, Olaf said:

Nice one.  What's the score with the Airbag recall?

new wheel has had current, freshly recalled (last year) airbag fitted. so i'm sorted :)

 

old air bag needs checking first and foremost, i forgot to take it to dealer. so will do tomorrow. they will check but can only perform recall on vehicles once (recall is vehicle aligned not airbag aligned).  if airbag i did get with the MF wheel does need to be recalled it'll have to go to a car that hasn't had one yet or be disposed of.

if it doesn't need recalling i will sell with the steering wheel that came out of my car. 

 

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