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  • dmanb2b
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    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    I love the second photo. Your car is looking great!
    Thanks Mike!...One day I will get myself a big boy camera...wish I was a bit closer, I'd stop by for a brew and some lessons ;>)

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  • dmanb2b
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    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

    Do it before the car gets tucked away!

    The pics dont look bad, but just goes to show how amazing they could be with a REAL camera! haha

    PS LOVE those seats. wow
    Thank you and will do! The seats have really grown on me since swapping to black door cards and rear seat. Kind of have that black on tan thing going...haha

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  • mike.bmw
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    I love the second photo. Your car is looking great!

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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by dmanb2b View Post

    one day I will get a proper photoshoot of the car...lol

    Do it before the car gets tucked away!

    The pics dont look bad, but just goes to show how amazing they could be with a REAL camera! haha

    PS LOVE those seats. wow

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  • dmanb2b
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    Got some time last week for a very quick carpet shampoo and interior wipe down. Still have one stain under the driver's seat that needs addressing, but other than that I am taking every opportunity I can now to take the s52 out for a spin. A few pics from last night...there was a nice chill in the air, which served as a reminder that my driving season will soon come to a close. I actually started reminiscing on my now gone 335d...perfect boost weather. Debating if I should SC the s52 or just stay NA, and I may have to invest in a better phone or camera and work on my photography skills...one day I will get a proper photoshoot of the car...lol





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  • mike.bmw
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    That looks amazing! Big difference. I may have to follow suit at some point.

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  • dmanb2b
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    Well to say I am super pleased is an understatement! For a rust fix on a budget, respraying the side skirts and front and rear aprons has really freshened the car up. I am so stoked to not have to look at the two small rust spots anymore, nor the aged cracked chip guard. Enjoy the photos, I have to go head back out and keep staring at it...lol.









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  • dmanb2b
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    Can't wait to see this all come together....I had contemplated getting the whole car painted, but the interior is not perfect and I appreciate the patina. This should take off a couple of years off of the appearance, not seeing the two small rust spots and cracked chip guard. Respraying the IS lip for good measure too.







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  • dmanb2b
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    Valance repair is moving along...for those wondering SEM is my body guys preference on rust converter and was sprayed inside the rocker, before applying cavity wax. Also using transtar product to replicate chipguard

    https://www.semproducts.com/product/rust-morttm/morttm

    https://www.tat-co.com/Products/Repa...oat-Chip-Guard







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  • dmanb2b
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    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

    When you're bored, Im pretty sure that the Pioneer decks let you change the colors and one is quite close to the OEM red/amber
    Definitely something I need to look into. I made a half assed attempt to find it in the menu, but to no avail!!

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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by dmanb2b View Post
    Took some time last night to replace the OBC and cracked HVAC panel and install a spare radio I had laying around in the garage. I don't like that it has blue background, but I do like that it was "free"..lol
    When you're bored, Im pretty sure that the Pioneer decks let you change the colors and one is quite close to the OEM red/amber

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  • dmanb2b
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    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    Very nice! It must feel good to have that addressed.
    Thank you Mike...it does! I just knew the longer I waited, the more expensive it would get.

    Also scored a set of Condor solid control arm mounts in OEM geometry...my current Condor mounts are the m3 geometry and the negative caster is a wee bit excessive. Hoping these will clear my headers. I tried a set of AKG mounts, but couldn't get the clearance needed. Side note, Condor should really look into revising the coating they use. Both my new set I purchased last year and this used set I just obtained have started flaking and allow water ingress and unnecessary rusting of a relatively new part. Nothing a grinder and cheap rattle can can't fix though, but annoying for an "upgraded" mount.

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  • mike.bmw
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    Very nice! It must feel good to have that addressed.

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  • dmanb2b
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    Well I am finally getting the rust addressed. Rear valance & passenger rocker rust has been cut out, patch welded, bondo'd and primed...ready for block sanding and reapplication of chip guard.









    Found a small hole in passenger wheel well, which caused the rocker rust. Prior to welding in a patch, cavity was sprayed with rust converter and cavity wax to prevent future issues



    Also going to get the front valance and IS lip repainted...stay tuned!
    Last edited by dmanb2b; 08-03-2020, 06:03 PM.

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  • dmanb2b
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    Hope everyone has been staying safe! Thankfully, work has been busy. Finally sneaked in a few minutes this weekend and last to start cleaning up the engine bay. Replaced the hood insulation, found a s52 vanity cover that didn't cost more than the motor, and finally decided on a intake setup (Thanks castros !)






    And then snuck in a drive before dark...lol

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