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Thread: Uber's 740i Build

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    Uber's 740i Build

    Took this 740 over from my brother.

    Little history:
    He bought a 740i with a bad body. Had been hit in the rear and the repairs done were quite bad. The whole car was resprayed in a dark grey and used by a funeral parlour, but it drove great.
    A little while later he found the below 740i with a buggered engine but a much better body. We decided to swap engines etc and make one good car.

    So...with the help of my father, we took the engine out


    Front engine is buggered. We suspect it dropped a valve. Rear engine is perfect.


    The previous owner managed to fry the wiring in the fuse box. Replaced the whole engine harness and most of the body harness.


    Put some different wheels on:


    Had found this Hartge kit quite some time ago. Did a little test fitting. The kit came off a long wheel base so will have to trim the side skirts:




    The interior has been like this for ages:


    Stripped out the rest of the carpet. Need to fix the heater core and some other stuff. Will be putting in a grey carpet and dye everything else black:


    Started by stripping the grey dash and dying it black:







    And that's where I'm at...work continues.
    Last edited by Uber Soldat; 04-06-2019 at 01:38 AM.

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    Nice work!

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    More progress:

    Installed a grey carpet and put the dashboard in:


    Dyed some more stuff black:


    Installed:


    Installed an engine:


    Epic 4x4 mode:


    "Tearing" down the engine for a good cleaning:




    Engine ready to go in:


    More interior bits done. Slight colour difference in the carpet...will eventually dye it black:


    Engine finally in:


    Installing an autofail:


    Dying some bits for sport seats:




    Installed:


    Doesn't look too bad. Still need to have the bodykit sprayed and do plan to lower it eventually:




    Managed to find some stuff to start the 6 speed manual swap as well:

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    i wish i have lots of time and at least complete needed tools to remove an engine

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    those black sport seats look great...nice work all around!
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    Looks really great, how is the dye holding up on the consoles? Did you do the doors too?

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    Thanks guys.

    @SergeBMW - Dye is holding up really well...no problems at all. Door cards have been done as well.

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    Looks nice man ! Nice e34 too !
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    What wheels are those in the last pics? Looks great!

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    Thanks again, good sirs.

    Wheels in the last pic are Rondell 58

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    Red face

    Some updates:

    Dyed the carpet black:






    Swapped to some E34 mirrors:



    Currently at the panel beaters getting the Hartge kit painted:




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    And the Hartge kit is fitted.

    Some aligning and stuff to be put back still.






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    Oh man ! Looking really good ! I’m drooling
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    Wow! That is some awesome work! The sports seats look so good in an e32.

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    Uber what are you doing about the little black rubbers on bottoms of doors ? I’ve wondered about using e34 ones to color match skirts
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    Awesome build, very well done!
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    Thanks again dudes

    @e30luv318i - Funny you mention that. For now I've put the black strips back. Tried a spare set of E34 door caps but they seem to be about 1cm short, either side of the door.

    Put the chrome bumper trim back including some headlight washers. Also added a rear licence plate holder thingy.






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    Looks so good !!!!!!!
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    G/Fs e30: 89/ 325ix____e83: 06/ x3 M sport

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    @e30luv318i - Thank you again good sir

    A little bit of lowering



    Last edited by Uber Soldat; 05-08-2019 at 12:02 PM.

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    That looks excellent! What did you use to lower it?

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    Not usually a fan of body kits but that looks great. What did you use for dye?

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    @Cactuar - had them compressed for now. It drives surprisingly well. Do plan to eventually get some H&Rs

    @ Moroza - Thank you sir. I used RIT multipurpose dye for the carpet, plush leather dye for the seats and duplicolour vinyl and fabric for the dashboard.

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