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E39 Ute Reboot

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Well, it's been a while since I last looked at this project, mainly due to other projects, business and getting married. Oh and moving house and travels etc (any excuse really haha)

Original build http://bimmersport.co.nz/topic/49495-e39-touring-to-ute-project/

As some of you may know, I recently brought the Ute out of storage where its been for the last 18 months. I spent a few days deciding what direction the project should take and what deadline.

I've chosen to go with a recently acquired decent PFL 540 that will be used as the foundation to power the ute, as trying to locate a donor M5 is just becoming near impossible. So for now, the plan is to run a super charged rebuilt M62 with padel shifts.

The following still needs to be done,
- Complete the Tailgate.
- Rear left chassis jack point needs rebuilding
- Review of the body work for surface rust, dings, misc things that need doing.
- Engine bay clean and detail
- A few wiring tidy ups
- Engine transplant along with drive shaft, diff etc
- Super charger kit for the M62
- Adjustable Suspension
- Custom deck cover
- Full respray, colour yet to be decided
- Certification and re registration.

If you or anyone you know is good with a welder, PM for some extra cash work

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Over the last week, I've made descent way on the tailgate section, getting all the wiring and structure pieces cut up and welded.

Welds aren't the best as the metal on that side of the chassis is rather thin. Pin holes will be filled with deck liner and the end bits will be sealed with heavy duty weather resistant silicone.

 

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Hinge needs to be aligned slightly, but opens and closes pretty well. 

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great to see you're underway with this again, Francois!

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Great to see this project up and going again.

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Thanks guys. It's good to be able to start working on it again.

Made some progress on the the minor imperfections that needed to be covered up at the rear. Will sand down and shape tomorrow followed by some Epoxy primer.

Still deciding on the rear licence plate location. Use the existing in the tailgate, or weld up and relocate to rear bumper

 

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i like the name of this thread.. "re-boot"

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On 8/15/2018 at 9:36 AM, qube said:

i like the name of this thread.. "re-boot"

Haha yea I thought so too.

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Okay so I have Clint from LVVCA coming to have a look at the ute next month.

Anyone had much dealings with him?

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1 hour ago, francoisv said:

Okay so I have Clint from LVVCA coming to have a look at the ute next month.

Anyone had much dealings with him?

I haven't personally, but everyone I spoke to about a cert recommended him over everyone else.

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11 hours ago, zero said:

I haven't personally, but everyone I spoke to about a cert recommended him over everyone else.

Thanks mate, that's the vibe I get from everyone too. Let's hope it all goes well

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So a dirty beautiful package turned up today

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Not much of an update as I'm waiting on Clint from LVVT to come see the ute (he is scheduled in for tomorrow) , but had these arrive in the other day, almost all the puzzle pieces now to finish it off before paint.

 

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Wow the taillights really make a big difference.

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11 hours ago, zero said:

Wow the taillights really make a big difference.

Yea they do. They actually helped with deciding on a final colour too. Going with the Audi Nardo Grey, with everything else black

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So over the last month or two, i have been going over the car and "fixing" the small detail stuff that needs doing. Things like some minor dings in the body work, re doing some welds, and started the repair work on the jack points that were quite damaged by rust as well as having the donor engine looked over and all looks good for engine transplant over Christmas. Not many photos yet, as its not very interesting. Getting the car ready for the engine swap will be a good mile stone and then look at paint early next year, but will hold off on spaying the deck tray until the below has been addressed.

A certifier has been out and was pretty hard case. He refused to acknowledge anything the previous certifier had inspected and requested i open the tray panels up for investigation. I have been in touch with the LVVTA and another certifier to work around this, so will see how that goes. Understandably he is putting his name on the build as a sign off, but its a good case of how different every inspector is. LVVTA suggested i engage another certifier as the regulations are around safety ad impact to the driver / passenger cabin and since i have not made any adjustments or modifications to the front cabin, that should be taken into consideration etc etc - Not really sure how that all pans out

In other news, I have just purchased the below - yes, its the same plate as the one in Aussie, but i dont care and it suits the car quite well. I did put a space between the M and the U 🙂  

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I heard a certifier in Auckland lost his licence for giving certs on cars that weren't up to standard, so I'm sure all the other certifiers are being extra cautious.

 

Was Clint the cert guy you used?

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nice plate i like it

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3 hours ago, zero said:

I heard a certifier in Auckland lost his licence for giving certs on cars that weren't up to standard, so I'm sure all the other certifiers are being extra cautious.

 

Was Clint the cert guy you used?

Original Cert fella was Lance Welsh, then yea, Clint came and had a look and dismisses pretty much everything Lance had done...

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Edging slowly towards the finish line. Been busy repairing the rear jack points (using parts from the donor car) - bloody rust not so good.

Should have both sides completed within the week, and then it's time to start preparing for the engine swap from the 540 donor

 

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And in other news, finally got around to purchasing the suspension

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