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Thread: Alpina Restoration

  1. #226
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    not sure if you mentioned it before Roger, but are you keeping the original differential or are you upgrading to a LSD?
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    The Alpina comes with a LSD as standard.

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    anymore updates? what's left to do?!?! Fill us in!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M I C H A E L View Post
    anymore updates? what's left to do?!?! Fill us in!!
    Never drive it! Too nice to risk.
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  5. #230
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    Due to "stuff" I have not had the chance to get to much, but am finally getting back to it. This past weekend I picked up the custom headliner from Bill at Headliner Express, and will pick up the remaining A and C pillars, rear deck, sunroof panels, and sunroof motor cover today. My car did not come with the 3rd brake light, and for federalization it was installed on the rear deck. As the rear deck had to be recovered, I decided to move the LED strip up to the top of the window. Bill had to custom design a housing unit that totally looks factory. I have been waiting for to get the headliner and pieces done so I can start putting the interior back together. The rear suspension pieces are out getting new ball joints pressed in. The remainder of the underhood items are at the CAD platers, and will be ready by Friday so I can finish under the hood.

    I hope to have more pictures done this weekend......

  6. #231
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    12/16/2013 UPDATE
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    Stuff accomplished this weekend:
    -- Placed new gates on the Sunroof cassette, and reinstalled the cassette along with a recovered sliding panel.
    -- Installed the new headliner with the modified third brake light installed. I did not get to the rear deck, A and C pillars as this took longer than expected, especially putting in the new gates, plus finding them in the various stashes I have place throughout the garage.
    I was not able to pick up the plated parts as there was a glitch at the platers, but they should be ready later this week.

    I also forgot to addd that a couple of weeks ago I got the dash back in place.

    Here are some pics:

    Broken sunroof gates. Both sides were cracked all the way through.


    Installed sunroof cassette and new gates:










    Here is the new headliner with the high 3rd Brake light incorporated. Bill and the team at Headliner Express did the custom work and recovered the board.


    Last edited by rogbmw; 12-16-2013 at 01:20 PM.

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    Looks good Roger. I'm waiting on new clips for holding the headliner around the sunroof and a sunroof tooth rack. Hope they come in this week. Thanks for the pictures Bill described what he had done, but as they say picture is worth 1000 words.

  8. #233
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    Excellent job, as always Roger. I do have the Headliner Express on my list, but I was thinking of going Alcantara instead of fabric. Any advice ? Pros and cons ? My 8 is in winter hibernation for the moment Thanks

  9. #234
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    Bill at Headliner Express has Alcantara plus several other non-OEM options that look great. Plus, he is very knowledgeable about all the pros and cons associated with each. I suggest contacting him directly. He would be happy to talk about all the variations and options.

    Quote Originally Posted by LAZAR FLORIAN View Post
    Excellent job, as always Roger. I do have the Headliner Express on my list, but I was thinking of going Alcantara instead of fabric. Any advice ? Pros and cons ? My 8 is in winter hibernation for the moment Thanks

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    Thanks for the info Roger. Can you please PM me his email? I am from Romania, but I have my cousin in Chicago and a very good friend in California, so shipping to US wont be a problem. Thanks again Roger

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    Thats awesome roger. thanks for the updates. Its getting closer i can feel it!

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    12-28-13 Update
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    Not able to do too much as it is the Holidays, plus a full work schedule, plus spending time with the family, but I was able to finish the acoustic cover. I have the black plugs for the screw access holes, but have not put them on yet. The cover was refinished to match the intakes. Screws were replated. New emblems were added. The Rubber seal was taken and cleaned and reattached. I found the best way to clean it after experimenting with several different methods to get the yellow sealer off was simply to sit down and carefully scrape it flat with a flat razor blade. Then, simply clean it with Dawn soap.

    I do not have the front air baffle on yet in front of the cover, but it will go on soon. Hope everyone is having a Happy Holidays and here are some pictures:







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    A Masterpiece indeed! Can't wait to see her spinning donuts in the parking lot soon.
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    Love the finish on the intakes & acoustic cover.

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    Looks stunning.
    I love the attention to detail

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedBobo View Post
    Love the finish on the intakes & acoustic cover.
    +1

  17. #242
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    Fantastic restoration, Roger, and superbly documented.
    Your patience and attention to detail is both astounding and inspiring!
    Look forward to seeing the finished product emerge in 2014!

    P.S. Let me know if you need a spare set of the acoustic cover lockscrew rubber caps - I bought four new ones for my CSi thinking they were missing, only to find they do not fit the S70 cover!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiCSi View Post
    P.S. Let me know if you need a spare set of the acoustic cover lockscrew rubber caps - I bought four new ones for my CSi thinking they were missing, only to find they do not fit the S70 cover!

    I/we just discovered that when I tried to "fit" my M70 rubber caps on an S70 at a local event a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedBobo View Post
    I/we just discovered that when I tried to "fit" my M70 rubber caps on an S70 at a local event a few weeks ago.
    Oh wow, were you able to try the other way around? Maybe the S70 fit the M70 but not vise versa. I actually need to replace mine on the CSi.

    kiwiCSi...were you able to source the correct CSi caps?
    CB42366 - 1991 850i 6-speed. Brilliantrot & Black Nappa Leather
    CD00144 - 1994 850CSi. Hellrot & Black Nappa Leather


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    I've reached the conclusion that the S70 does not have these caps, i.e. there was no such cap ever fitted to that engine.
    The cap shown in the BMW Parts List is only for the M70 cover, which has a deeper lockscrew recess with a rebate around it for retaining the rubber cap - you can see this configuration in Roger's pictures above.
    Here are pics of the caps, and the S70 cover for comparison.
    Last edited by kiwiCSi; 12-29-2013 at 04:11 PM. Reason: clarify text
    Current:
    1994 E31 850CSi Sterlingsilber/Anthracite Buffalo

    Previous:
    1987 E28 M5 Delphin
    1986 E23 M745iA Arctic Blue
    1986 E24 635CSi Polaris
    1976 E3 3.0 Si Arctic Blue

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    that looks absolutely stunning. I love it!!! Fits perfectly. Can't wait to see this puppy finished already!

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    Great work, can't wait to see it finalized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiCSi View Post
    I've reached the conclusion that the S70 does not have these caps, i.e. there was no such cap ever fitted to that engine.
    The cap shown in the BMW Parts List is only for the M70 cover, which has a deeper lockscrew recess with a rebate around it for retaining the rubber cap - you can see this configuration in Roger's pictures above.
    Here are pics of the caps, and the S70 cover for comparison.
    I purchased a new S70 cover from a member and it came with 4 caps. I lost one somehow and got it replaced with the still available m70 cap. They are exactly the same and fit both S70 and M70.
    Last edited by rchan11; 12-30-2013 at 10:01 PM.

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    Question regarding the ///M emblem on the engine top acoustic cover....is this attached separate part or it is part of the cover painted and what is the size (length measuring from the widest bottom part and height)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3C View Post
    Question regarding the ///M emblem on the engine top acoustic cover....is this attached separate part or it is part of the cover painted and what is the size (length measuring from the widest bottom part and height)?
    The ///M is a raised emblem, part of the cover measuring 3 1/4" by 1 1/4".

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