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    Mtech1 v8 build thread - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=413205



    OEM v8 manual chip or dme - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho....php?p=4938827

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      Criminy those plated parts came out beautifully!

      Originally posted by whysimon
      WTF is hello Kitty (I'm 28 with no kids and I don't have cable)

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        Thanks. I some myself an some professionally. Interested to see if mine are better


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          Could I ask a cheeky favour the next time you are out in the garage working on your car ?
          I'm missing the parts that hold the front bumper indicators ( the ones above the spot lights ) and they are unavailable to buy. I also have my bumper away from home in long term storage during the restoration, so not able to try and mock anything up.
          The ETK shows what I guess is a stud on a square plate which slots into the bumper and which the indicator in mounted on 2 rubber mounts.
          Next time you are working on the bumper, is it possible you could take measurements of the part and post them here so I can fab something up ?
          Cheers

          Excellent work on the restoration btw. The detailed pics on the reassembly of things like the wiring and trim bits is going to prove invaluable to me when I get to that point.

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            Originally posted by BMG View Post
            Could I ask a cheeky favour the next time you are out in the garage working on your car ?
            Sure. Happy to. I'm actually missing one (P.O. had it held in with a regular bolt and stack of washers. My plan was to check local pull-a-part yards on regular E30s as i believe some of them use this part as well. Funny enough - actually have a picture of the part on my desktop...




            I have the measurements somewhere too. Next time I'm out there I'll grab my calipers. Also, if you do make something - PM me as i might be interested in one.


            Speaking of interesting things. Look who's home...
















            Timing chain tensioner area before was caked in oil...





            New-style AC bracket in place. Waiting for a Sanden.








            More to show later (everything is back from Korman). Just some quick pics for now.
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              Beautiful

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                Originally posted by CurrusDei View Post
                Sure. Happy to. I'm actually missing one (P.O. had it held in with a regular bolt and stack of washers. My plan was to check local pull-a-part yards on regular E30s as i believe some of them use this part as well. Funny enough - actually have a picture of the part on my desktop...




                I have the measurements somewhere too. Next time I'm out there I'll grab my calipers. Also, if you do make something - PM me as i might be interested in one.

                Many thanks. Seems the part is M3 specific and looking at the ETK for other E30s ( I just checked a couple ) they use just an ordinary screw to attach the body of the indicator.
                I will post up if I find anything or fab something up. I'm cleaning up boxes of bits and thought simply doing the indicators would be a 2 min job, but no. Some previous owner bodged something up, and even the reflector lens inside one of them was mangled, both bits being unavailable along with complete units.

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                  Originally posted by CurrusDei View Post
                  Sure. Happy to. I'm actually missing one (P.O. had it held in with a regular bolt and stack of washers. My plan was to check local pull-a-part yards on regular E30s as i believe some of them use this part as well. Funny enough - actually have a picture of the part on my desktop...




                  I have the measurements somewhere too. Next time I'm out there I'll grab my calipers. Also, if you do make something - PM me as i might be interested in one.
                  I had the same problem with my bumper. I went to the local hardware store and found metric "elevator bolts" as they are called. They are a flat round head. I bought some and trimmed the sides of the head down to a squared-off edge and they slid right in the bumper.



                  You'll also need to come up with some sort of rubber stand-offs if you don't have those as well.
                  '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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                    Beyond amazing.

                    On the black trim on the doors under the windows, you painted, do you think your process would work on chrome? I want my chrome trim on my cabrio black and many parts are NLE it is 70+ per strip, over 700 for all of it.
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                      Originally posted by IronJoe View Post
                      You'll also need to come up with some sort of rubber stand-offs if you don't have those as well.
                      I do have the rubber gaskets. those are still available. I may have to mock something up, but I would much prefer the original thing. I'll have to look around a bit.


                      Originally posted by parkerbink View Post
                      Beyond amazing.

                      On the black trim on the doors under the windows, you painted, do you think your process would work on chrome? I want my chrome trim on my cabrio black and many parts are NLE it is 70+ per strip, over 700 for all of it.

                      If I were painting chrome i would make sure to sand very well, use a good primer, and use multiple light coats. No reason I would think for it not to work, but do at your own risk. Find a bad piece of chrome to try first.
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                        Thanks!

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                          Originally posted by CurrusDei View Post
                          I do have the rubber gaskets. those are still available. I may have to mock something up, but I would much prefer the original thing. I'll have to look around a bit.

                          Let me know if you find anything. I'd sure like to have originals too. According to RealOEM it looks like they were an M3 only part.

                          http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part...758&series=E30
                          '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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                            Originally posted by CurrusDei View Post
                            Originally posted by parkerbink View Post
                            Beyond amazing.
                            On the black trim on the doors under the windows, you painted, do you think your process would work on chrome? I want my chrome trim on my cabrio black and many parts are NLE it is 70+ per strip, over 700 for all of it.
                            If I were painting chrome i would make sure to sand very well, use a good primer, and use multiple light coats. No reason I would think for it not to work, but do at your own risk. Find a bad piece of chrome to try first.
                            Exactly what I did on my vert. link in sig for pics

                            Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                            Just finished prepping the 6 trim pieces I didn't buy in shadowline. After about 6 tries they're just about perfect now :-) also painting the front door window trim and leading edge of the quarter window. Using SEM 39143 Trim Black, which is great stuff but getting everything prepped and painted has taken close to 8 hours. Pics up tomorrow along with a test mount of the painted bumpers.
                            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                            HOWTOs:
                            DB vert plastic bumpers
                            OEM Keys
                            MTech1 docs

                            88 ix Lach/Card
                            91 ic Calypso 3.1
                            86 Cosmo 2.7

                            OEM+ or bust!


                            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                              Hey guys,

                              Been a while, so here are some new updates. Some little, some big.

                              Windshield wiper linkage in








                              Sunroof in – will have to adjust the upholstery panel when I get the electrics powered up









                              Motor in



                              Receiver Drier in





                              Evo air venturi in place







                              Fuel Injection System Pressure Sensor



                              Any good ideas on how to re-blacken these? Tried back to black, didn’t work. Whenever I scratch it with my fingernail, it shows black underneath – but that’s not going to get me a uniform texture. Might try some other chemicals on the back. Recommendations welcome.



                              New wiper nozzle setup. The old lines were brown.



                              New components vs old. I ended up cleaning up the old elbows (black plastic bits) and reusing them because the old ones were built better and had the BMW roundel on them.



                              New



                              In



                              Hood insulation clean up. I used Folex and shop towels. Gentle dabbing instead of hard scrubbing to minimize the fibers that get loosened and then hair clippers to get rid of the loose fibers that were already there.





                              How I ran and secured the lines





                              Replaced busted washer fluid pump connector








                              New reading lights, handles cleaned up



                              Got a Bentley manual. Things got a bit more complex between 89 and 07.



                              Fuel system – filler neck, expansion tank, and breather lines
                              Old



                              New vent hose compared to old. Old had dry rot.



                              New on. Reused the OEM clamps.



                              Cleaned up the small expansion tank hoses, were in great shape



                              Did use new hose segments on the ends of the small vent lines and on the top line that goes from the expansion tank to the vent line







                              Need a few more lines, but the fuel tank has been fully cleaned and painted.



                              Tired gas pedal bushings, your relief has arrived





                              Interesting note, my old pedal was weighted, the new one is not. I put on the non-weighted one first, but may swap back to the weighted version.



                              Two more bushings and one clip. I used my version





                              Cruise control module back in





                              Mirrors back on – cleaned up the rubber significantly {all old overspray off, reconditioned the rubber}



                              Power Steering reservoir mount on



                              Excited about this one. Heater core and actuator – both from FCP Euro (lifetime warranty)







                              Insulation on, new actuator



                              I used this for O-ring lubricant instead of engine oil. Went on well.



                              All together







                              Wires set – had to remember where the grey fuse holder went (top of center in pic)



                              In (had to take the assembly above apart and reassemble in place)





                              This one was exciting, and nerve wracking, and tedious
                              Evo 3 Undertray - OEM



                              Lotsa hardware



                              Rivets hold on the plastic cover



                              Tow hook covers on. My old bumper didn’t have the black vent that is in the foreground here – it routes air to the oil cooler. Had to find some plastic rivets to get it in snug, but they worked perfectly. Also have the brake vents installed here









                              Taped off the areas where I needed to drill. Painters tape helps prevent paint splintering. More on that later




                              I tried drilling a few holes at the tape locations, but found for me it was best to drill with the undertray in place to ensure fit.



                              Push rivets hold ion the outside, but I didn’t insert them yet fully. Going to get a protective film on it first.



                              Good news though, time to drill yet more holes





                              And more holes – I had to drill into the bumper for the screws going to the cage nuts. AAAND had to tape off for the holes to be drilled for the lip spoiler.





                              All told, I had to drill 46 holes in my new, freshly painted bumper. Like I said, nerve wracking. The metric drill bits I bought got were great, and definitely broken in by that point.







                              And then, I put 3 coats of touch-up paint in each of those 46 holes to prevent moisture getting under the paint,




                              Then the splitter can go in






                              Then the standard splash guard hooks into the combined unit








                              Finally. The seats are back. New foam inserts, new leather (not vinyl) covers from GAHH. More pics to come later, but wow. I could never have restored them to this.




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                                Loving the attention to details as always.

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