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Thread: What did you do to your e21 today?

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    What did you do to your e21 today?

    This thread became huge in the e36 section. Lets see how it goes here.

    What I did to my 323i today...

    - Removed rear rotors and calipers.
    - Removed fuel pump/accumulator/filter, por15'd rusty accumulator and mounting bracket.
    - Removed fuel tanks, por15'd rusty areas. Will give them a coat of rubberized undercoating tomorrow.
    - Removed the long fuel feed/return lines from the tank to FD (pain in the ass).







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    Ummmm....I just drove mine. It was fun!

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    New plugs , red plug wires from a member here, distributor cap and rotor. Installed air slide valve. Replaced the wiper blades and painted my side mirrors. Measured the strut towers so I can draw up a strut brace design, oh, and drove it! Last week, replaced the radiator and temp sender, which solved the running hot problem and also semi cured the hot start problem I was having. Also had the steering rack worked on and two new front tires, plus front and rear alignment.

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    Today I drove my Baur to a local British Car show, but yesterday I had taken it out for a "Shake Down " Cruise, since I just gotten temporary plates on Thursday. Shake down cruise is right.... running it on a back country road about two miles from home I 'shook down' the right side exhaust pipe and muffler, to the point where I heard it dragging. Day um! Apparently, the previous owner had it wired up with a flimsy wire which worked itself loose on the bumpy roads. I foolishly hadn't noticed it at home in the garage, naturally, so here I am on country road with no tools, dragging half of my exhaust system. Shee it. I limped it a couple of hundred yards slowly to a parking lot for the town public works garage (closed of course), and pulled in to see what could be done.
    Luckily I had fabricated a tool from a coat hanger to remove my Blaupunkt radio the other night, and had left it on the console... two pieces about 12 inches each. YES! There IS a God! I twisted the two pieces together using the leatherman tool I always carry on my belt. I then used the jack to lift the hot exhaust pipe up off the ground high enough to where I could wrap the coathanger where the rubber connectors are supposed to be... and drove it home! No problemo! What was I worried about!!???
    Damn lucky I had left those coathanger pieces in the car. When I went to the car show today, I made sure that I brought a full set of tools with me, along with enough sturdy cable to wire a bumper on, if I had to! Lesson learned. Since I was prepared for any eventuality today, the car ran flawlessly, of course. And I now have some additions to the parts list needed as I begin my restoration project.
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    so I took a Mother's clay bar and worked every nook and cranny of the car from top to bottom. standing in the rain. and it worked great because the rain kept the surface clean and fresh as i scrubbed. it was awesome.

    the gunk coming off what I thought was clean paint was amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey79 View Post
    This thread became huge in the e36 section. Lets see how it goes here.

    What I did to my 323i today...

    - Removed rear rotors and calipers.
    - Removed fuel pump/accumulator/filter, por15'd rusty accumulator and mounting bracket.
    - Removed fuel tanks, por15'd rusty areas. Will give them a coat of rubberized undercoating tomorrow.
    - Removed the long fuel feed/return lines from the tank to FD (pain in the ass).
    Joey, You're my hero. I so have to do that to the '80 323i but really don't want to. The PO hacked up the fuel lines and jimmy-rigged the whole setup (Sender, filter, pump and accumulator). Now if I could just source the larger braided fuel lines!!
    I still drive daily with no commute...
    The Hazard is All, Praise the Hazard!



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    I know what you mean. I didn't want to do it either, but I figured I had to. It was very satisfying to see that rusted pile of crap come out. As for the fuel lines, try Walloth & Nesch.

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    I stared at it for a while and then wonderd why the fuel distributor looked so nice but does not work.....

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    Finished installing clutch, transmission, driveshaft, exhaust, then got frustrated trying to remove the bolts for the clutch master cylinder so gave up for the day. Also found the battery is dead after sitting in the garage for the past two months.

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    Used it as a rescue vehicle to go get my Daughter who is driving my F-150 and thinks it runs on air. Both tanks were dry. Sheesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midlifebmw View Post
    Joey, You're my hero. I so have to do that to the '80 323i but really don't want to. The PO hacked up the fuel lines and jimmy-rigged the whole setup (Sender, filter, pump and accumulator). Now if I could just source the larger braided fuel lines!!
    I love the use of the "jimmy-rigged" term.

    Much mo better.

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    bought it a truck lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheap320i View Post
    Used it as a rescue vehicle to go get my Daughter who is driving my F-150 and thinks it runs on air. Both tanks were dry. Sheesh.
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    I put 8 gals of fuel and washed the glass in mine today.
    (which reminds me, thanks - I have to check the oil)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey79 View Post
    This thread became huge in the e36 section. Lets see how it goes here.

    What I did to my 323i today...

    - Removed the long fuel feed/return lines from the tank to FD (pain in the ass).
    I did the 'zact same thing you did!

    You need to start a separate thread so I can follow how you're going to fit and flare those lines!



    Quote Originally Posted by blitzed310 View Post
    This weekend: Installed bilstien sports, GC coil overs, tie-rod ends, rear shock bushings, steering rack boots. Drove about 150 miles, spun the rear in the mountains, took a poop on the side of the road after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pommeree View Post
    You need to start a separate thread so I can follow how you're going to fit and flare those lines!
    Will do. I'll probably be attempting it next weekend.

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    Kinda excited since this was the first time I popped the hood and actually did something more than just stare at her. I drained and flushed the radiator and changed original thermostat for 75 since it was overheating while idling...didn't help a whole lot...water pump is next. Any ideas if its not that?
    Then quickly discovered the air chuck on my brand new can of R-134 doesn't fit on Gretta. Anyone know how to recharge the A/C on these things? Do I need to take it to a shop or can it be done myself? But good news, the wife's Jeep now throws ice cubes.

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