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      05-17-2021, 09:19 AM   #243
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amazing resto! thanks for bringing us along for the ride!
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      05-18-2021, 07:46 AM   #244
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Extremely small but important update. I have have two people drive behind the car and tell me how low the rear brake lights are. My buddy was following me Saturday in his M2 and over lunch mentioned that during the day the brakes are really hard to see. The other person that has brought this up was my dad after he followed me out to the hanger. So a few weeks ago he ordered a simple LED strip and yesterday wired it into the headliner.

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Its not period correct, but it disappears when it is off. Most importantly it is extremely bright. I want to keep the classic look of the car but I dont want to lose it due to someone texting. I will probably wire one up in the 02 as well, or wire in a vintage rear fog as a third brake light.

We also got this jewelry piece in the mail yesterday.

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Hopefully I will have some install pics this afternoon.
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      05-18-2021, 08:17 AM   #245
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Extremely small but important update. I have have two people drive behind the car and tell me how low the rear brake lights are. My buddy was following me Saturday in his M2 and over lunch mentioned that during the day the brakes are really hard to see. The other person that has brought this up was my dad after he followed me out to the hanger. So a few weeks ago he ordered a simple LED strip and yesterday wired it into the headliner.
that's a really clean install!
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Yeah, this works.

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Wonderful thread and even more wonderful car! Thank you so much for sharing your build with us. Hope you gave many enjoyable miles in it 👍
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      05-21-2021, 03:57 PM   #248
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Yeah, this works.

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Super clean and sharp.
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      05-25-2021, 12:44 PM   #249
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A couple of boring updates. We changed out the plug wires.

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We also made a gasket for the trunk emblem. It is common to close the trunk by pushing on the emblem and they can rub the paint underneath.

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And we finally found some tan armrests for the doors.

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I also took it out Saturday for a little cruise with my wife. The nardi is perfect, and I can sit in a more comfortable position.

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Small updates, but after putting some miles on the car(about 100-200 or so) we found some things to address. Most importantly, cars and coffee runs were difficult without a cup holder so we ordered a cup holder from Patina handle...

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Ok, maybe not the most important thing. The last time I drove the car, I made an effort to get it up to interstate speeds(70-80) and it felt fine but the temp was a touch high. We did some investigating and notice the fan clutch was weak, and decided to just overhaul the whole cooling system.

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Since we had access to the condenser, it seemed like a good time to replace it.

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Well, we mostly had access..
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With everything removed from the front of the engine, the oil leak issue was pretty obvious...

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So the cover was removed and the brittle old seal was replaced.

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As of now, we are just waiting on parts. All new coolant hoses, belts, Ac condenser, parts for ac lines(we arent getting it going at this time but just to a point where it wont have to be torn down again when we do), water pump, timing chain tensioner, etc etc. I am sure I am forgetting some parts. While is down we figure it would be a good time for a valve adjustment.

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We will also give the engine a good steam cleaning but we should have a leak free(by bmw standards) properly cooled engine when it is all said and done.

On a more fun note, the floor mats came in over the weekend. I am very impressed with the fit and finish of these Cocomats, I will probably order some for my other cars.

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      06-07-2021, 08:31 AM   #251
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Small updates, but after putting some miles on the car(about 100-200 or so) we found some things to address. Most importantly, cars and coffee runs were difficult without a cup holder so we ordered a cup holder from Patina handle...

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

Ok, maybe not the most important thing. The last time I drove the car, I made an effort to get it up to interstate speeds(70-80) and it felt fine but the temp was a touch high. We did some investigating and notice the fan clutch was weak, and decided to just overhaul the whole cooling system.

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

Since we had access to the condenser, it seemed like a good time to replace it.

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

Well, we mostly had access..
Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

With everything removed from the front of the engine, the oil leak issue was pretty obvious...

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

So the cover was removed and the brittle old seal was replaced.

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

As of now, we are just waiting on parts. All new coolant hoses, belts, Ac condenser, parts for ac lines(we arent getting it going at this time but just to a point where it wont have to be torn down again when we do), water pump, timing chain tensioner, etc etc. I am sure I am forgetting some parts. While is down we figure it would be a good time for a valve adjustment.

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr

We will also give the engine a good steam cleaning but we should have a leak free(by bmw standards) properly cooled engine when it is all said and done.

On a more fun note, the floor mats came in over the weekend. I am very impressed with the fit and finish of these Cocomats, I will probably order some for my other cars.

Untitled by Nick Wood, on Flickr
And you thought you were done.

It's crazy to see all those parts removed to get a new radiator in, but this is a labor of love after all.
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Nice update, thanks!

Back in the day BMWs were known for overheating, especially in summer traffic (I was in So Cal at the time). Lots of us went to “triple core” radiators, I think from Zionsville, at the time, which helped a lot. A good fan helps too, otherwise had to keep the car moving to maintain airflow through the nose.

I always liked the look of coco mats, and yours are perfect for the car!
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And you thought you were done.

It's crazy to see all those parts removed to get a new radiator in, but this is a labor of love after all.
They were mainly removed to do the condenser but yeah. Still not as bad as a valve cover on my e91, you'll spend an hour pulling stuff for a 20 minute job. But this was part of the plan. One of the podcasts I listen to, mentioned their shake down plan for new restos and I decided to try it on this car. One mile, 10 miles, 100 miles, and 1000 miles, and you make a list and fix issues after ever point. We are on the 100 mile list.
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They were mainly removed to do the condenser but yeah. Still not as bad as a valve cover on my e91, you'll spend an hour pulling stuff for a 20 minute job. But this was part of the plan. One of the podcasts I listen to, mentioned their shake down plan for new restos and I decided to try it on this car. One mile, 10 miles, 100 miles, and 1000 miles, and you make a list and fix issues after ever point. We are on the 100 mile list.
That sounds like a good plan. I will be starting a mechanical rebuild on my C3 soon and will use this plan and a lot of points I learned from reading you posts. I appreciate your attention to detail and workmanship.
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