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Day 2 part 2

Sump off. Quiet odd, bolt torques were allover the place, some were hand tight others very tight. May have been oil interfering with the factory thread locker?

The drain back tube from the CCV system would be a total mare to remove without the quick disconnect tool (1/2"). Its very tight and in a very tight spot.

Id place money on the fact they all seem to leak at the same spot, lowest aft corner, is that that is also the location where the gasket steel frame is also joined.. German engineering! Will put it back together with a thin smear of sealant.

I was hoping to pull the windage tray off too have more of a looksee at the innards but it requires disturbing the oil pick up into the pump, and id rather not bust an o ring and cause it to starve. Bloody hard to get a decent picture of block innards...

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Day.. Tuesday.

Sump cleaned up, oil level sensor seal changed.

Sump gasket and the sensor seal were very brittle. Surprising it didnt leak more to be honest.

Getting the sump back in and lined up is a bit of a dexterity test... But once in its in! Would be so much easier to do in a hoist and with the subframe totally out of the picture.

Torquing it all back down is time consuming but straight forward - 8Nm +90 degrees.

Engine mounts are simple, problem is the top of them isnt keyed to the engine, so need to be tightened with the lower section already in the lower key.. Access to the top nut is a bit of pig with the lowers tight however! The old mounts have noticeably more movement in them than the new, no sign of rubber cracking but I assume the fluid filled lower section is dead.

Lining the subframe up and bolting it back down is a bit like wrestling a mechanical octopus...

Could do just the sump gasket in 2 days pretty easily.

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Oh theres a scratch. Oh theres another dent. Oh theres another stone chip. There is a reason people pay other people to do this stuff :D 2 Hours per panel.. but shes looking pretty shiney! 

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A few more days of wet and dry sanding, compounding, polishing, realising missed a spot, OCDing, starting again, and its getting there. It also goes now :) Matt black rear valance looks pretty good (plastidipped), stands out less than the silver/grey standard colour. Engine is actually noticeably smoother with the new engine mounts, I guess they dont last 250,000k. 

Still have the roof to clean up, was too tall on the jack stands, and then its ceramic coating followed by a few beers. 

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Nice work.

Is it just the photo, or does the old engine oil look dodgy?

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awesome work, Chris!

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8 hours ago, zero said:

Nice work.

Is it just the photo, or does the old engine oil look dodgy?

There isnt really a pic of the old oil, (other than the windage plate?) inside of the sump is funny looking full of ripples from when they press it, and it reflects light strangely.

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Done. Beer time.  Figure out what Ive busted on the front PDC sensors tomorrow :D

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I need to sort out insurance for this thing next week, the agreed value keeps dropping each year and Id never be able to replace it for what its currently insured at.

 

Any input on whats a realistic figure?  I roughly know what Ive spent on it in total, way over 20, but I figure I could semi-replace it for 17ish ?

 

2006 (Dec 05) 130i, NZ new (1 of 15)

Full service history, until the start of this thread :D .. 

246k on the clock (but looks better, even on the inside, than most sub 100k cars)

Birds B1 kit, Quaife diff and the other stuff in this thread

19x8.5" ACS Type IV (genuine) 

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