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Post by n0m4d on July 9th 2012, 10:49 am

Took vacation the week of the fourth to work on the car and help my in-laws move and get a couple thinks knocked off my honey-do list. I wetsanded the passenger side leaving only the driver side to-do.




I disassembled the rear seat and dyed it with the Duplicolor stuff. It seems to have stuck to everything. Here are before pics, after pics are further down:




I also disassebled, cleaned and dyed the door cards. Here they are all done and put back together:



I finally got the new headliner, although it wasn't what I was expecting at all. Not sure why BMW has a part number specifically for a sedan with sunroof yet they send a generic DIY piece of fabric. Thankfully I kept the original intact to use as a template:



After cutting the headliner I dyed that black too. With headliner installed I was able to start putting in the window and door seals, parcel shelf and rear seat:




I have some electrical bugs to work out before installing the door cards. The front seats need some minor rehab. Hope to have both taken care of this week then I should be generally wrapped up with interior work.
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Post by n0m4d on July 25th 2012, 8:11 am

I haven't update here in a while so I suppose I should post some progress pics. Interior work is nearly done. I was held up with an issue with the driver door lock, it was bound up but I have it working now. I still am chasing an issue with the interior light and am trying to figure out how to recover my front headliner.




Exterior work will start to pick up which will be the fun part. Trim, bumpers, lights and badges should make the car look like its actually progressing. I FINALLY finished the wet sanding on all but the rear and the front valance. That gets old real quick.

Tonight I am ordering wheels and tires. I have settled on TR Motorsports C1's which I'm not super in-love with but I run them on my race car and they are very strong and very light (and cheap). I couldn't find anything I liked a whole lot better. Going from a 14x6.5 to a 15x8 should change the look of the car a bit.


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Post by n0m4d on August 3rd 2012, 8:02 am

As the summer melts away, work carries on. I blacked out the door trim with Duplicolor trim paint. The paint looks good but is very prone to runs so when using it plan on lots of light coats. Here is a side by side:

Here is it all done:

I plan on chrome gutter and sill trim but the door trim is a total pita to get off so that just gets the blackout treatment. Also, as you can see, new wheels are on and installed. I went with 15x8's with 205/50's and the stretch was way more that I expected. I know it all the rage with the kids but its going to take a bit of getting used to. I went on the small side witht he tires to avoid needing to roll the fenders.


This weekend is a big push to get bumpers, lights and trim on so there should be lots of good pictures in the coming days.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on August 3rd 2012, 5:04 pm

That thing is going to be too nice to drive!
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Post by cac1967 on August 3rd 2012, 10:02 pm

That look's great !!!!!! the wheel's really suit the line's of the bmw!!!!!!
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Post by Cyruz on August 4th 2012, 2:27 pm

205/50 on 8's isn't a stretch, I have 205/45's on a 9 and it's not that bad!

Have a big soft spot for e30's, this is coming along really well!
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Post by n0m4d on August 5th 2012, 7:53 pm

cac1967 wrote:That look's great !!!!!! the wheel's really suit the line's of the bmw!!!!!!


Cyruz wrote:205/50 on 8's isn't a stretch, I have 205/45's on a 9 and it's not that bad!

Have a big soft spot for e30's, this is coming along really well!

Thanks for the encouragement! The tires are growing on me. The larger wheels definitely changes the cars attitude.

Here are some pics from this weekend. Switching from the US bumpers to the euro bumpers in the rear took a bit of fit up and a couple trips to the hardware store for the right screws, nut, bolts, etc. Also, since they are nearly 30 years old there was some surface rust on the backsides. I hit the with rust eastwood encapsulator and some rubberized undercoat before reassembling. I had some OE fitted mudflaps that I had been hoarding, come to find out they were for 88+ models, so I need to track the right set down. Here is end of day Saturday:

Here is end of day Sunday:


I'm going to try to get the trunk lid spoiler, emblems, trunk interior and side trim squared away this week.
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Post by n0m4d on August 7th 2012, 9:40 am

The rear is done, all trim installed and trunk interior dyed black and reinstalled. Going to flip the car around tonight and start on the front. I have some, painting, fitup and wiring to do so progress there may be a little slower. Last rear end pics:

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on August 11th 2012, 10:52 pm

Spoiler looks cool. Diggin' the fat rubber too. Some factory-ish mud flaps would really set it all off nicely.
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Post by n0m4d on August 14th 2012, 12:00 pm

Gretta wants out...
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Post by n0m4d on August 23rd 2012, 7:06 am

I have been unable to really work on the car much over the last couple weeks but I did get some headers in yesterday. Figured I'd stick some pics of them on here:



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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 23rd 2012, 7:12 am

Your car looks FANTASTIC!!!! Great job on both the paint & interior. The headers will give it sweet sound!!!
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Post by n0m4d on August 23rd 2012, 8:29 am

63Falconconvert wrote:Your car looks FANTASTIC!!!! Great job on both the paint & interior. The headers will give it sweet sound!!!

Thanks! It's taking sooooooo long to finish, I just want to drive it. The exhaust manifold is so leaky and the cat was pretty rotten I decided to go with a header and midpipe. I can get $100+ for the cat so the costs were prob the same or less for the header. A company in Mass made everything so that was a nice bonus too. Originally I was going to grab some Chinese eBay headers but the hit and miss quality and fit changed my mind. The rest of the exhaust is on backorder until the end of August.


BTW, My wife and I were in Rochester, NY this past weekend (Her family is from there). First stop was for some Abbott's.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 23rd 2012, 3:09 pm

We could of hooked up, I'm always up for Abbotts & you could of checked out my 63. What area are they from. I'm in Spencerport.

Does getting rid of the cat cause any problems with emisions test/inspection?
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Post by n0m4d on August 23rd 2012, 5:08 pm

My wife's family is from Irondequoit and Gates and I'm from the Old Forge area. This was one of those trips where I was just the chauffeur going where I was told. Next time I head in that direction (hopefully in the BMW) I'll drop a message on here.

No issues with inspections and we only use OBDII testing for emissions (which my car doesn't have). I don't know the specifics but a functioning cat isn't required on vehicles over a certain age, 20 or 25 years, not certain which. I'm very very friendly with the local garage (they sponsor my race car) so it's not an issue Very Happy
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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 24th 2012, 8:28 am

If you were in Gates you would of been 5 minutes from me. Lots of great memories from Old Forge. When I was 10 (1970) we started going up there every summer, staying at a place on 4th lake called Cohasset Lodge. It was on South Shore Rd. We went there untill they closed in 1978 then started staying at Holl's Inn. We still try to get up there every couple of years to hit Water Safari. My son enjoys it as much as I did. After 40 years Old Forge & Inlet still look the same.
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Post by n0m4d on September 14th 2012, 8:34 am

I have let the updates slip again but is because I have been working on the car in any free time I have. I do have a dump of progress pics though.

Got some OEM style badges for the wheels:


Rear glass finally installed:


Front glass and moonroof installed:


Interior is completed:

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Post by n0m4d on September 14th 2012, 8:35 am

Old header and exhaust completey removed:


New exhaust system arrived:


Header installed:


New exhaust done:
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Post by n0m4d on September 14th 2012, 8:37 am

Converting the headlight wires from sealed beam to projector. Also Wiring and fitting the new horns:


Here is some testing of the updated headlight wiring:


Headlights, horns and grilles installed:


Hood installed:


Pretty much done:



This weekend I have a couple driveability issues to address and am going to give it a Meguires Mirror Glaze polish and a coat of my favorite wax, Collinite.

The chrome drip rails are on perpetual back order and I fear they will soon be officially NLA so I'm going to see if I can pull a black set from a parts car I have. I may install the black and black out the c-pillar chrome leaving only the sill as chrome.
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Post by wantajav on September 14th 2012, 1:54 pm

Fantastic job on both the paint and the interior.

Great work!!!!
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on September 14th 2012, 4:15 pm

Man, that's nice!

That car ought to get a few compliments.
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Post by n0m4d on September 15th 2012, 8:40 am

wantajav wrote:Fantastic job on both the paint and the interior.

Great work!!!!

Without all the information and encouragement here I'm not sure I would have tackled the project.


Tommy Hillbilly wrote:Man, that's nice!

That car ought to get a few compliments.

I got a few on here already and approval on the BMW forums.

Thanks!
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