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4 minutes ago, Eagle said:

For 90's hatch they aren't that slow up to legal speeds imo (even with the power robbing auto). Most are in average at best mechanical condition and not close to their potential performance wise.   

Looks the same as mine but without style 43's and jap plate holder.

Honestly, when i got it it could barely get out of its own way. I swear the more i drive it hard, the better its accelerating. It needs a damn good service, and im sure the previous owners have probably been running it on 91.

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Gave the 337 a sponge bath with my little helper today ... 18 months since last wash and it really showed !! Looks so good again :D

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Drove it to work. Didn't break down. Winning. 

Kinda missed E36 ownership. 

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Drove the hybrid on its first long trip, Akl to Napier, total of about 415kms. Didn’t manage to get it fully charged before leaving but still managed to travel over 75kms of the journey on full electric (range at the start was showing 26km). Overall consumption was 5.9 ltr / 100kms. I was pretty impressed as it wasn’t an economy run by any stretch - 4 people, luggage and some spirited over-taking.

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Nearly got the engine back together on the 540i, draining the fuel tank tomorrow and refilling, time to start it up after that! Better make sure I put the exhaust front section on before I do though haha 

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Been doing a few little jobs last day or two - refurbished my Mtech 1 wheel, removed and repainted some trim parts (wiper as / door handles etc) and tried a little dash crack band aid.

lucky to only have one visible dash crack - about 2 inches or so long - I’m not into the carpet on the dash look so tried a little ‘fix’.

Had some black RTV sitting around so filled it in using some toothpicks and trim removal tools. 

Came out pretty good TBH - not sure if this will stop it growing but it’s certainly less obvious now, not a panacea but not a disaster either.

Will clean up edges properly once it’s fully set.

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That’s come up real well. Will be almost invisible when it’s cleaned off. 

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57 minutes ago, Michael. said:

Wow that worked well 

Turns out JB Weld ‘Black RTV’ is a solid match for E30 dashboard

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Took the M5 to Matamata and back yesterday, easy run, hardly any load, managed to get the average consumption down to 13.6 which is the best its ever been!! ;)

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20 minutes ago, aja540i said:

Took the M5 to Matamata and back yesterday, easy run, hardly any load, managed to get the average consumption down to 13.6 which is the best its ever been!! ;)

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Wow, that's the most impressive thing I've seen all year! What gear do you sit in at 100? 

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Most of the trip was in 7th, in P500 mode, or what I call. "economy mode" 😂 

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Went for a bit of back-road driving on the way home and ticked over 420,000 km's...

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That shed though 😍

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On 12/31/2021 at 10:19 PM, Sammo said:

Turns out JB Weld ‘Black RTV’ is a solid match for E30 dashboard

I reckon a 'how-to' would go down really well.  Mine's "a bit" cracked beneath my dash mat.

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8 minutes ago, Olaf said:

I reckon a 'how-to' would go down really well.  Mine's "a bit" cracked beneath my dash mat.

It definitely is still noticeable but does not catch the eye so much (reducing contrast right down).

Basically I taped off the sides of the crack to minimise getting goo everywhere and used those little orange trim remover things to ‘surgically’ fill the crack with very small amounts of the RTV.

I practiced to get the feel on a very small other crack that is out of view in case I cocked it up.

Removed excess using the trim remover over the top of the crack as rags tended to ‘pull’ the RTV right back out of the crack. Let dry a little before removing edge excess with a rag and bit of Isopropyl.

Did it a couple of times to fill in the depth better, could probably use another go so will take some picks when I do that.

Again, it’s still obviously a crack but just tones it down enough - hopefully stops it spreading too as I’m not ready for dash mat life (although your one from Auto 38 looks like one of the nicer ones I’ve seen to be fair)

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Got the engine, trans, rear subframe out of parts car. M54b30 rebuild about to commence. Now just need to figure out how to drag the shell out of the garage and onto a trailer with no wheels on 😄

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Wash time with Autoglym, beading nicely!

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Wash time with Autoglym, beading nicely!

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Finally finished all the top end gaskets today and a few other little jobs (ex-HellBM 130i with N54 power)

Will be putting a For Sale advert up in about a week after getting it groomed.

 

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Groomed the (BMWish) GP today as start of prep to sell when I have it back in Wellington.  Looks good from 1m, trying to de-customise some of the appearance “improvements” POs have done.

Tomorrow is aircon repair time.  🤔 $$ or $$$ tbc

@Sammo had some Meguiars Ultimate Conpound and Autoglym super resin polish on hand, two stages of hand work

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@E28E30 looking good! Black vinyl for the red mirrors maybe?

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44 minutes ago, Sammo said:

@E28E30 looking good! Black vinyl for the red mirrors maybe?

Red mirrors is a GP thing, not done by a PO. A very cool car.

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