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Thread: 1978 323i driver/project

  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgifool View Post
    Yeah, I found new BMW nuts on Amazon and have a bag of them waiting for my loving ministrations.

    Best price I found was 4 for $6.24 with free shipping.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AG928QO

    I bought the previous (wrong) ones for just this job, but did not realize that being taller would be such a problem!
    Same Folks I got my Differential gasket from, best price.

    As to 07129964672 Guibo Bolts M10 x 61mm Grade 10.9 and $6-10 ea,,,I got 10- M10 x 60mm Grade 10.9 Zinc Coated for $12/free shipping, now $13/free shipping, furnace black 25 pk for $16.00 is available as well, Grade 10.9 ,proof load 85,000 psi.

    Randy
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  2. #52
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    Tonight I reinstalled my rear mufflers with new heavy-duty rubber donuts (and a new rubber figure-8 one for the hanger by the left axle). The stock donuts I bought just 14 months ago are already pretty cracked.

    I've hung this exhaust up several times and only now do I finally feel I've figured out the proper way to do it. I guess I'll find out for sure whenever I get back on the road again. Hoping for Sunday.

  3. #53
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    Tonight I finished tightening up the exhaust and its brackets. Nice and solid, no thumping against anything anymore!

    I had previously made the mistake of installing the center resonator just a little bit twisted, hardly visually noticeable, which makes the left rear muffler impossible to get aligned with at the rear connection without hitting the axle, as well as too close to the trailing arm bolt.

    Only thing left keeping the car off the road is refilling the trans, and I don't have a pump! Last time I did this I got away with a squeeze bottle and a hose, but I don't even have that anymore. Guess its time I bought the right tool

    Interesting thing - I took another look at the tranny oil I had previously drained and collected in a clean transparent plastic container several weeks ago. At the time it was completely opaque and had a silvery sheen to it.

    But now the oil has gone back to a transparent deep red, and the very strong hard drive magnet I stuck on the outside, now has a big clump of goo stuck to it on the inside!

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    Took a nice 3 hour round trip to Bryan, TX this morning to pick up some parts from Layne and do a little bench racing.

    I was kind of thinking about chainsawing off the roof and installing some sweet red hood scoops.

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  5. #55
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    mostly reinstalled my a/c console and face plate, loosely. can't really tighten down anything until all the wires are tucked away and routed properly. i bet it will make squeaky noises when I go for a drive


    tricky process that only seems to work in one specific sequence. unfortunately some of the screws went missing or were wrong to start with, and some stripped screw holes made it even more fun.

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