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Old 30-04-2014, 07:48 PM
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She's got a great stance. Just enough without being undrivable in normal conditions! WIll check out ebay for the grilles again. Seen a few on there but it's a coin flip with quality sometimes.
Absolutely. I went through my old emails to find the supplier on ebay but it looks like they no longer sell them.
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Old 29-06-2014, 01:47 PM
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Had the wheels acid dipped and powder coated last week. They were previously repainted to a low standard in completely the wrong shade - very flat with little shine.

Much happier with the new result for the cost - all four for £105:







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Old 29-06-2014, 01:59 PM
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They look good and a very good price!
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Old 29-06-2014, 05:08 PM
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Did that price include removing the tyres and putting them back on?
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Did that price include removing the tyres and putting them back on?
Nope.

Local tyre place I use charged £60 to take off the 4 tyres then a week later refit them with new valves and get them all balanced up.
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Old 30-06-2015, 03:37 PM
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Finally ticked something off the list i've been wanting to do for a long time.

When i bought the car in 2011 there was a small amount of surface rust just starting to show on the drivers rear arch and sill edges.

Of course with time it has only gotten worse



Some kind soul had left me this in the works car park a month back:


The front bumper was looking tatty by now so that went on the list.



So it has finally spent the last week and a half at the paint shop, and returned today in resplendent form!








It did have to have a new sill cover from BMW as after the old paint was stripped from the original, it was found to be in pretty rough shape!




The undersides of the front and rear arches and new sill covers have all been undersealed / waxoyled so the dreaded rot should be back for another 15+ years!

Also added a new genuine rear M badge as the old one was ropey, and a new front roundel for the same reason.

When reversing it back on the drive I noticed the clutch pedal seemed to be getting progressively more wonky, to the point where I could push it to the left of (and past) my adjustable clutch stop. Rather than go for just new bushes, ive also ordered a new pedal arm and rubber just to make sure the squeak and slop don't come back soon.

Inspection 2 is next on the list so the big bills seem to keep on coming!

Cheers
Tom
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Old 30-06-2015, 03:49 PM
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Its looking good Tom
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Finally ticked something off the list i've been wanting to do for a long time.

When i bought the car in 2011 there was a small amount of surface rust just starting to show on the drivers rear arch and sill edges.

Of course with time it has only gotten worse



Some kind soul had left me this in the works car park a month back:


The front bumper was looking tatty by now so that went on the list.



So it has finally spent the last week and a half at the paint shop, and returned today in resplendent form!








It did have to have a new sill cover from BMW as after the old paint was stripped from the original, it was found to be in pretty rough shape!




The undersides of the front and rear arches and new sill covers have all been undersealed / waxoyled so the dreaded rot should be back for another 15+ years!

Also added a new genuine rear M badge as the old one was ropey, and a new front roundel for the same reason.

When reversing it back on the drive I noticed the clutch pedal seemed to be getting progressively more wonky, to the point where I could push it to the left of (and past) my adjustable clutch stop. Rather than go for just new bushes, ive also ordered a new pedal arm and rubber just to make sure the squeak and slop don't come back soon.

Inspection 2 is next on the list so the big bills seem to keep on coming!

Cheers
Tom
I must get round to sorting my sills too!
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