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    #61
    Further update...
    Some nice weather and annual leave - no better time to refresh the rear door cards.
    After refinishing the front door cards, the rear section looked a bit shabby.
    Plus the speaker covers had faded and didn't match the surrounding trim.

    Out came the back seat, cards and demister trim strip along the back of the seat.



    While everything was out, was also a good time to:
    - spray some penetrol into the nooks and crannies to help prevent rust
    - re-wrap any wiring looms that were tired
    - blow-out the demister (was smelling crusty when I used it a few weeks ago)
    - lubricate the window regulators with lithium grease
    - clean down the original bitumen sound deadening & give it a quick clearcoat to help repel dirt & dust

    The rear cards were squeaking and rattling, so added some felt tape to keep any contact points quiet.





    As usual the most labour intensive part was the preparation.
    Strip off the rubbers & trim...
    Glue down any wayward vinyl...
    Scuff with a gentle Scotch Brite pad and diluted cloudy ammonia to clean-off ingrained dirt & grime...
    Wipe with wax & grease remover followed by a clean lint-free rag...
    Mask-up...
    Then finally a few light coats of Duplicolor Medium beige.



    You can see the difference in the speaker covers - RH is unpainted & LH is Medium Beige.



    Both done!



    Some more Tesa self adhesive cloth tape to stop squeaks.



    But also to reinforce the vinyl that tucks under the door weather seal.
    Part of the vinyl had torn.



    In they go...
    With a solid 'thunk' as the door cards are seated in the correct position.





    Colour will lighten up as the vinyl paint fully cures.



    There are a few indentations from a previous repair job - still there but less obvious.
    I'll overlook those as I don't really want to re-skin cards ($$$).

    Clean, sharp lines again :)



    Eventually when the leather seats need a re-trim, I'll get the seat backs re-covered in the same material.
    But for now, I'll also do the seat backs in medium beige.



    Oh yes, and the convertible top cover also got a quick re-colour to match.
    Has a few bubbles, but not up for a re-trim just yet.

    Last edited by Tzantushka; 12-30-2020, 02:42 AM.
    E30 320i vert
    But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar

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      #62
      Great AC write-up. So glad there's finally a compressor conversion bracket for the M20. One question - did you have to modify both lines to the Sanden or just one?

      Thanks, Cory
      1992 325i Cabrio
      1988 320i Touring
      2000 M5
      1977 530i
      2015 328i - Euro Delivery/Performance Center Delivery
      BMWCCA
      E30CCA

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        #63
        Originally posted by cory58 View Post
        Great AC write-up. So glad there's finally a compressor conversion bracket for the M20. One question - did you have to modify both lines to the Sanden or just one?

        Thanks, Cory
        No worries!
        Yes, both lines had to be modified.
        The high pressure line did fit - but had an awkward angle to it.
        So best to cut and splice in a new 45 connector at the right orientation.

        The low pressure side has the larger connector to suit the Bosch Behr - so that had to be lopped off and an new one spliced in.
        E30 320i vert
        But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar

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          #64
          Originally posted by Tzantushka View Post

          No worries!
          Yes, both lines had to be modified.
          The high pressure line did fit - but had an awkward angle to it.
          So best to cut and splice in a new 45 connector at the right orientation.

          The low pressure side has the larger connector to suit the Bosch Behr - so that had to be lopped off and an new one spliced in.
          Great. Thanks for the info!

          Cory
          1992 325i Cabrio
          1988 320i Touring
          2000 M5
          1977 530i
          2015 328i - Euro Delivery/Performance Center Delivery
          BMWCCA
          E30CCA

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            #65
            Because we all love pics...

            Looking great after a complementary wash from getting a diagnosis to track down a cooling system leak.



            E30 320i vert
            But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar

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              #66
              Your paint correction seems to be holding up beautifully, paint looks fantastic!
              '86 325e Zinnoberrot /// '02 325ci Schwarz II /// '18 M4 Azurite Black Metallic ///

              Albie325 Build Thread | Albie325 COTM Jan 2021

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                #67
                Originally posted by Albie325 View Post
                Your paint correction seems to be holding up beautifully, paint looks fantastic!
                +1

                Just love that color.

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                  #68
                  Hey Tzantushka, did all this taping help quiet the squeaks? The squeaking is about the most annoying thing about my vert.

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