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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!

    IMG_4598.jpg

  4. #54
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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.

  6. #56
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    inching forward!

    tonight I figured out how to reinstall the plastic lower dash panel that fits between the a/c console and the glovebox, installed four additional missing screws in the a/c console. it was especially painful due to missing hardware lost by me or PO's, and one of the hard lines on the (replacement aftermarket) evaporator stuck out a half inch further than the original.

    I was able to tighten up two existing bends in the pipe a little and pull it in a bit (enough to get the cover mounted, but unfortunately still at a slight angle from perfect).. A quick-nut and a panhead screw from my hardware drawer worked to secure the rear of the cover, and a small handful of oval head screws and dished washers (scrounged from the same drawer) sufficed to replace most of the missing console screws.

    The a/c panel is still unsecured except by friction, I'm missing whatever screws and quick-nuts there should have been - my new panel didnt come with them, and my old one was all broken from people trying to use screws to make threads in the plastic holes, so it didnt have anything either.

    I swapped out my ashtray with a junkyard one that didnt have a broken metal thingie. It was more weathered looking than my original, but some gummipflege brought back the black pretty well.

    I still need to find some new knobs for the a/c fan and temp, the old ones are pretty stripped and just barely grip enough to function.

    Replaced my heater fan knob and the flat plastic disc that goes behind it (the one with a little clear line so you can see the fan speed position at night with the dash lights on). The old ones were stripped out beyond repair. The new ones are perfect!

    However nicely they work now, I will still slap the hand of anyone else trying to mess with them, just as if they dared reach for the hazard flasher button or anything in the brittle old climate panel!!

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    Tonight I reinstalled my glovebox and adjusted it so the plastic hanger straps are even. I noticed the nut on the glovebox lock was loose, so I "got 'er done" too.

    I must have put the metal wire guide clips with all the other missing console screws, so the rechargeable light wire will have to stay bunched up in the glovebox for the time being.

    The slight incorrect angle of the underdash panel covering the evaporator lines is barely noticeable and doesnt interfere with the glovebox at all. not even visible unless it's open either. no problem.

    The interior sure looks better with all this stuff in than out with wires dangling like for the past 10 months!!
    bec
    I attempted to finish by installing the replacement glovebox light button I had ready for this moment, but alas, I must have reconnected the wires backwards and blown the fuse because the dome light quit working after I reconnected the battery

    Guess that means I should quit for the night
    Last edited by cgifool; Today at 01:16 AM.

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