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Old 06-12-2017, 07:01 AM   #46
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Old 06-25-2017, 12:35 PM   #47
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Small update. Nothing exciting, but I finally got around to fixing my old broken sunroof. It was an electric unit and the gearbox on the motor was stripped out. I could have just picked up a new motor assembly, but I opted to convert it to a manual sunroof. Some might consider that to be somewhat of a downgrade, but here is my reasoning. First off, even if I get a new(used) motor, I'm not too confident in 30 year old electronics and its eventually bound to break/ stripped out again. I believe the manual unit is a little more robust. Additionally, the header panel in my car was in pretty bad shape, the vinyl was coming apart and the frame around the check panel was broken and would not longer hold it in place. I got a good deal on a complete manual swap from a friend with a pristine header panel.



The liner panel was in poor shape, so I recovered it.



Couldn't find an exact match to the original headliner material, but this was close.



Overall very pleased with the results and happy to have a functioning sunroof in the summer heat!

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Old 07-18-2017, 07:31 AM   #48
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Custom shift knob

I scavenged this ball knob off of a mill in an old abandoned power plant and thought it would make a really nice shifter. I've always liked the feel of a spherical type shift knob, so this is my take on making one. Since I don't have a lathe or aluminum welding capabilities, I improvised, making it more "modular" with all the parts threading together.



The threads in the ball are 3/8" NPT, so a 3/8" NPT aluminum pipe nipple will make up the arm. The bmw shift lever is 14mm(?) so drilling the pipe out to 9/16" makes it fit over nicely. Next, I simply tapped out the lock collar so the shaft would thread into it and drilled a whole in the pipe so the set screw can thread all the way through. I rigged up the pipe and lock collar in my drill press and cleaned them up with some sandpaper to give it a nice finish. Finally, assembled everything with a little loctite and its done.



Looks really nice for not using any legit machining equipment, in my opinion. I can also changed the length of the shifter by simply getting a longer or shorter pipe nipple and swapping it in, which is pretty cool.





Thats all for now.
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:49 AM   #49
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Just saw and completed the request to move the thread in the title.
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:56 AM   #50
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Just saw and completed the request to move the thread in the title.
Much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:09 AM   #51
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Really nice work so far. Looking good. Sub'd!
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:38 AM   #52
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I like that shifter setup! Definitely looks well done for the situation!
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:49 AM   #53
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shifter setup is mint! I was dreading having to get a long dick shaped shift knob but this looks so much nicer I'll have to do it instead.
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Really nice work so far. Looking good. Sub'd!
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I like that shifter setup! Definitely looks well done for the situation!
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shifter setup is mint! I was dreading having to get a long dick shaped shift knob but this looks so much nicer I'll have to do it instead.
Thanks. Theres a few aftermarket knobs out there that look pretty slick, but none come close to what I'm willing to spend with my tight budget (basically non-existent lol). If you happen to already have a 3/8" npt tap and 9/16" bit, it would easily cost under $20 to make.
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