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  1. jeffbebe

    1991 E31 850i

    My new weekender and project. A pretty good starting point... Far better than I hoped for on my modest budget but I got lucky with a vendor desperate to sell before moving overseas. First thing that has to go are those ugly ass 80s exhaust tips, then a few cosmetics (msport bumpers, missing wheel cap, kerbing, etc) and some maintenance... Will start a project log soon. EDIT: Forgot to mention... For some bizarre reason it also has a towbar fitting. F*ck knows why you'd put a tow bar on one of these but someone did... And it I don't plan to keep it.
  2. Hi Guys, first post in here. I've been a fan of BMW since 1984 and have owned 6, here's my favourite so far.
  3. Right... New project, new thread. So I've picked up a 1991 E31 850i with 83K miles (approx. 134K kms) on the clock. Overall it's in above average condition. It was originally Brilliant Red but the PO had it resprayed Sapphire Black. It sits on 18" staggered M-pars. This is it on the day of purchase: I've got a lot of plans for this car which I'll try and summarise below but the ultimate goal is to completely restore it (including the original colour), upgrade to Msport body kit and convert to S62B50 with manual trans. Short term (0-6 months): Replace the foul 80s tips and overhaul the exhaust system (replacing with RS4 mufflers and resonator, high flow cats and M3 tips) Lower it by 2-3cms at the front and 1-2 at the rear Fit the correct size rear tyres (PO scrimped for sale and put a pair of Champiro 235/35/18s on there instead of 265/40s) Wheel alignment Any required maintenance (suspension, trans service, etc) Remove oversized sub and aftermarket head unit and replace with OE period head unit (and possibly wire in media link for iPod or similar Design and fabricate some cup holders for the centre console tray (essential for weekend driving - gotta have somewhere to put my glass of bubbles while cruising!) Repair headlining (it's not too bad, just a couple of loose bits so hopefully doesn't require replacing) Replace dead console bulbs (so I can actually see the buttons at night) Replace any broken/missing trim, emblems, etc Mid term (6 months - 2 years): Source genuine M-sport front bumper spoiler, rear diffuser and wing mirrors, fit and paint Either retrim leather in Lotus white or source original seat skins and door card leather for resto project (desired interior pic below) Steering wheel retrim Tints - not too dark this time, don't want it to look like an RX7 Dinan gearbox chip Sort a/c prior to summer Refurbish wheels (they're in pretty good shape, just some minor kerbing) Long term (2 years+) S62 and manual conversion Full repaint (back to original colour, see pic below) Target interior: Target exterior: Target gear box: Target power plant:
  4. http://www.trademe.co.nz/a.aspx?id=1320792996 $21K 120kms Looks damned tidy!!! "I've owned for 6 years and have maintained through Powerhaus Thorndon. Preemptive maintenance completed: major servicing, replaced radiator, EDS suspension units, ECUS, power steering piping, driveshaft etc. includes original BMW handbooks, sale brochure, and two keys"
  5. Yes, my pride and joy is up for sale. $18.5K ono Not in a hurry to sell and will only sell for the right price to the right buyer. The only reason for sale is that an opportunity has presented itself that I am considering... But it would require the sale of this first. If that opportunity disappears... this car will be off the market faster than you can say "off the market". All details on TM. http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=863930678&ed=true Y'all have seen the car in my project log, so you know she's a goodun.
  6. I've been offered a servotronic hydro box and control module from a 1993 850i cheaply and thinking of retrofitting into my 91 850i. The servo steering in my E39 540i was a massive improvement over stock so I'm quite keen to give it a try. The internets suggest that the wiring harness for the control module will already exist located on the left hand side of the left hand foot well in the cabin and the hydro box should be a straight swap. Anyone done this on an older car (E32, E34, E38, E39)? Any possible pitfalls (other than the possibility the wiring doesn't exist)?
  7. ... lend me a set of wheels for a week or so while my M Pars are refurbished? I need 16-18", between 8-10J wide (non-staggered is fine), et 15-25mm, centre bore 72.6mm (which is fairly standard I think for most bimmers but E39 wheels won't fit. All offers considered, box of beers (or similar) for the winner!
  8. Anyone know where I can get a single engine mount urgently? Preferably new but could live with a good used one. My mechanic's lowered the subframe to do the Pitman arm and found one of the engine mounts is gone. The other one seems fine but if I can get two new ones reasonably priced I'll do both. EDIT: Part #22116750820. Not sure if a later M73 (850ci or E38 750) mount will fit?
  9. The ABS has given up on my 1991 850i however the dash check light is not lit (bulb is not blown as it lights at start up). Unfortunately, I have not been able to (actually Josh hasn't been able to) scan the car and nor have a number of experienced BMW service agents locally. Josh is determined to solve the diagnostics issue but I'm wondering what manual ways I can easily test what's wrong with the ABS. If it was the pump or control unit I'd expect the dash light to trigger... Would I be right? I can probably get a working control unit so can test that easily but don't want to start switch pumps unless I know it's the root problem. Thanks in advance internet people.
  10. I'm selling my much-loved 850i. Probably the best condition 8-series in NZ. 92,000 km. Asking $20,000. Please see my Trade Me classified: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=744598760 Thanks, Richard
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