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Thread: So that the "What did you do to your E34 today?" thread may never die...

  1. #101
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    Installed passenger side seat belt. Admired the seat twist in my drivers front memory seats. Dreamed of the day when the car will be all fixed.

  2. #102
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  3. #103
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Girard View Post
    That window switch delete! Is that a stock option or custom?
    This particular batch (500 or so) came this way from the factory. Never really a problem as i never let anyone sit in the back

  4. #104
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanish pants View Post
    This particular batch (500 or so) came this way from the factory. Never really a problem as i never let anyone sit in the back
    That's definitely a unique option! Do the windows in the back even roll down? =P

  5. #105
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    Found out my front driver side body drain plug was popped off when the po had it. It developed a lot of rust. I cut the section out and welded in new metal
    "Helicopters: 10,0000 pieces of metal fatigue rotating around an oil leak."


  6. #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Girard View Post
    That's definitely a unique option! Do the windows in the back even roll down? =P

    They┤re hand cranked!

  7. #107
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanish pants View Post
    They┤re hand cranked!
    Nice! I'm glad mine aren't! I don't have AC so I have all the windows down all the time. It's pretty hot in SoCal right now. =P

  8. #108
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Girard View Post
    Nice! I'm glad mine aren't! I don't have AC so I have all the windows down all the time. It's pretty hot in SoCal right now. =P
    I should rig a pulley system so i can crank them from the front. Steampunk E34!!!

    Get that A/C fixed. I remember having to drive around in my E30 with a non functioning A/C in 38║ summer heat for a week. Never again.
    The E34 blows nice and cold. People are amazed how well it works for a 20 year old car.

  9. #109
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanish pants View Post
    I should rig a pulley system so i can crank them from the front. Steampunk E34!!!

    Get that A/C fixed. I remember having to drive around in my E30 with a non functioning A/C in 38║ summer heat for a week. Never again.
    The E34 blows nice and cold. People are amazed how well it works for a 20 year old car.
    A/C is next on my list after I get it to pass smog in Nazi California.... It's failed twice already so I'm just going to bite the bullet and get some new cats...

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    Post the failed reports. Maybe you don't need new cats.

  11. #111
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    Quote Originally Posted by PorscheH6 View Post
    Post the failed reports. Maybe you don't need new cats.
    Here's the report from the second time she failed.
    Last edited by Luke Girard; 08-06-2014 at 10:14 AM.

  12. #112
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Girard View Post
    A/C is next on my list after I get it to pass smog in Nazi California.... It's failed twice already so I'm just going to bite the bullet and get some new cats...
    Yeah failing the smog test blows. I had mine fail twice. I thought it needed new cats too, but it turned out to be an exhaust leak. Cheap fix.

  13. #113
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanish pants View Post
    Yeah failing the smog test blows. I had mine fail twice. I thought it needed new cats too, but it turned out to be an exhaust leak. Cheap fix.
    I'll have it looked at by and exhaust shop. And I really should get the stock air intake. It has a K&N air filter but it's old a dirty and the boot it's connected to is torn.
    Last edited by Luke Girard; 08-06-2014 at 03:11 PM.

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    Pulled the silver-grey parcel shelf out, spray painted black, reinstalled w/ new upper seat belt trims. Looks way better, but tough to take a good picture of in any light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danespann View Post
    Every E34 needs the same things in the end.

  15. #115
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    Changed maf, measured coils (all out of spec lol) and checked plugs which need to be changed

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    Removed, flipped to the proper orientation, and replaced the spare tire in the trunk. Installed a new retaining ring and wing nut, both of which the PO had lost.
    That's it for today (jet lag from 8 timezones, got home yesterday).
    May really push it and install the weatherstripping on the LF and LR door bottom edges
    '98 740iL E38 202k, TCG at 190k, 5HP24 at 195k
    '97 540i/6 E39 Dinan blower & stage 1 suspension 114k
    '93 525i E34 "Golf Ball" (hail damaged) 334k

  17. #117
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    Installed a cheap eBay keyless entry kit.

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    Got OEM rear tail clears to replace the ebay ones.

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    Realized my 535i has developed the "hot start" issue. Now I need to track down a fuel line check valve.

    I need to figure out where it's leaking down, maybe one of the injectors is leaking, or the new 255lph fuel pump was installed improperly and it's leaking past a seal in the fuel sending unit.
    2001 CLK55 AMG - 223K Miles : 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II - 259K miles - 4th engine : 1996 328i Convertible 89K Miles (The wife's) : 2005 Outback Wagon 203K Miles (also The wife's)

  20. #120
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    Minor project day yesterday evening, lots of little nicks and cuts on my fingers today.

    Swapped the center (above radio) vent, from a totally busted unit to one in perfect shape (wasn't the most fun); figured out why the dashboard top center vent isn't sitting flush (broken tabs, seems common); replaced all four door rubber weatherstripping with tear-free used units, had to cut two of them and splice in extra material due to age-shrinking, but it looks 10x better now.

    And new ///M sticker on the intake manifold. It's the little things.
    - Brent
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    Quote Originally Posted by danespann View Post
    Every E34 needs the same things in the end.

  21. #121
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    Speaking of little things... I installed two pieces of door weatherstripping, two plastic push-nuts that hold the trunk insulating panel in place, one of two glovebox hinges (the other ear on the glovebox is broken off and missing), and assorted plastic fasteners in the cabin. Attempted to install fog lights and found the PO's curb hit had been severe enough to rip out the (missing) left mounting bracket and its attachment points entirely. Time to buy a lower bumper cover, mounting bracket, and who knows what other plastic bits. A lot of work just so I can get that "F/FOG LIGHT" warning off the dash...
    That's enough for now. Cool but 100% humidity and I'm pouring sweat just doing such light tasks. The air barely feels breathable :P
    '98 740iL E38 202k, TCG at 190k, 5HP24 at 195k
    '97 540i/6 E39 Dinan blower & stage 1 suspension 114k
    '93 525i E34 "Golf Ball" (hail damaged) 334k

  22. #122
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    ^FWIW, my car is missing fogs and has the error, I plan on installing bulbs and the $15 per side OEM delete panels
    - Brent
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    Quote Originally Posted by danespann View Post
    Every E34 needs the same things in the end.

  23. #123
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    that's one approach but you still have to spend some money, and work, and at the end you have bulbs you can't use...

    Anyhow I put a good 10" Polk subwoofer in a box with an Alphasonik Autosub amp I've had since the late 80's. That amp has been in several of my BMW's over the years. A nice little unit if you're not into "Boom Cars" :P Went back out in the humidity, stuck it in the trunk and wired it up (signal/turn-on cable already run from the head unit by the PO so just power to the battery and a ground wire was all I had to do).
    Now the Blaupunkt CD sounds great. Even though I don't drive the car because it's not registered/insured yet
    '98 740iL E38 202k, TCG at 190k, 5HP24 at 195k
    '97 540i/6 E39 Dinan blower & stage 1 suspension 114k
    '93 525i E34 "Golf Ball" (hail damaged) 334k

  24. #124
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    installed new springs, earlier this week i did smileys and euro lights.

  25. #125
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    Repaired 2 blemishes in the dashboard. At least I hope it can be considered a repeat. I need to see how the silicone looks when it's cured and trimmed.

    i also removed the front lip (e32 brake ducts) because I was sick of having disagreements with the entranceway to my work. Between scraping on the way in and on the way out and constantly having to resecure the ducts it was just getting old.

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