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Old 09-03-2020, 11:56 PM
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Looks like the doorcards are from a facelift roadster. It’s possible to swap the trim from the originals if you’re handy with a drill and a glue gun
Thanks though it would be easy to paint them also.
Having said that I’m quite liking the silver so am tempted to leave them be for the time being.
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Old 24-03-2020, 10:26 PM
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So I thought with "lockdown" this might have been a while coming, but I was lucky enough to be able to pick up the MC today from Munich Legends where it's been for the last week.

I have spent an eye-watering £1800 there, but it's come back with the following jobs done:

- Xenon Headlamps fitted
- Headlamp washer nozzle replaced (other one still needs doing as part didn't arrive in time)
- Braided clutch hose fitted & missing clutch slave cylinder securing bolt replaced
- Propshaft rubber coupling replaced
- Replaced radiator which had a minor leak & pressure tested
- Thermostat & temp sensors replaced
- OSR brake hoses & pipes replaced (MOT advisory)
- Replaced AC & aux belts (MOT advisory)
- Replaced & adjusted handbrake shoes (MOT advisory)
- Throttle cable checked & adjusted
- VANOS tested (all OK)
- Ignition coil earth repaired
- Wobbly passenger mirror sorted

I'll get some photos of the headlamps tomorrow in the daylight!

Decided to take advantage of the empty roads and came home across the South Downs (A272) first time I've really had the weather & confidence mechanically in the car to open it up and it was a joy to drive it back - though I'll need a few more miles before I'm confident in being able to predict what the back end is going to do!

Next jobs will be hopefully done during "lockdown" which include:
- fitting the BMW Business CD43 radio
- fitting the aftermarket Bluetooth kit for the above
- getting the "ears" painted blue for the steering wheel & fitting the retrimmed wheel I've bought (alcantara trimmed with flat bottom)
- and once the part arrives, wiring in a USB socket so I can hardwire my dashcam
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Old 25-03-2020, 09:30 AM
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Photos of the headlamps in situ:





And some from the guy I bought them from re: the construction:




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Old 25-03-2020, 11:53 AM
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very cool.
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Old 05-04-2020, 05:04 PM
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Fitted a CD43 today. It's actually an MG branded one but the "M" sticker covers the logo & the amber illumination should hopefully match the dials better than the actual BMW red.

Will try to get a photo later when it's dark to show the illumination but already it looks so much better than the Sony unit it replaces:




Also fitted the Bluetooth module which was a bit of a mission as it required the CD changer to be physically unplugged at the changer (just not having it connected at the headunit wasn't sufficient for the BT module to work properly according to the instructions). That was a bit of a job as had to take all the plastics off around the changer to get to the plugs.

Couldn't find a guide so had to figure out myself, so dog net / tonneau out, black cover plastics off, undo the screws for the cabin plastics on the bulkhead to separate the 3 pieces, then could slide out the O/S panel and get to the DIN connector to unplug it.

Also took the opportunity to wire in a USB socket (tucked away behind the centre console)which the dashcam is now plugged into.
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Old 05-04-2020, 05:12 PM
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Quick revisit on the original list:

Things I have initially resolved to address:
- Reinstate the chrome - DONE
- Address the MOT advisiories - DONE
- Sort the non-functioning Bluetooth on the sony headunit, and look to replace with original BMW radio or something more period - DONE with original BMW unit
- Install an armrest - DONE
- Get a boot carpet so my dog doesn't mess it up too much! - DONE
- Install a Brodit phone holder - DONE
- Get a spare wheel - DONE
- Get the clutch hose upgrade - DONE
- Upgrade the headlamps to "facelift" spec & install some stronger bulbs - DONE with Xenon upgrade
- Repair damage to driver's side door card (or replace) - DONE
- Repair wobby passenger side wing mirror glass - DONE
- Replace the "slow" clock with a voltmeter - DONE
- Hard wire a dashcam - DONE

Still on the to-do list:

- Reinstate the estroil "ears" on the steering wheel
Actually now have a retrimmed steering wheel with blue ears on it ready to go on, but the bolts on the old wheel are chewed up so this is more of a job than original anticpated.

- Get the wheels back to silver (possibly high-gloss chrome powdercoat finish)

- Get it through bodyshop to sort beginnings of rust on sill covers & tailgate
Have noticed a bit of lacquer peel around the car so maybe a more substantial job needed here now - may have to wait until funds recover!

- Get some suspension upgrades sorted
Turns out this isn't needed as my car already has had suspension upgrades.

- Replace a missing headlamp washer nozzle
Have done a temporary repair on this to replace the actual jet nozzle, but the unit itself still needs to be replaced.
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:42 PM
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Hmmm ok maybe amber wasn't a great choice after all... still it's better than the blue/white of the sony unit and looks a helluva lot better in the daylight. It'll do for not but maybe I'll keep my eyes open for a red lit version!

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Old 06-04-2020, 12:16 PM
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So another job done this morning - replaced the steering wheel.
Not that there was anything wrong with the one fitted - it had been beautifully retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels a few years back and remained in very good condition, but the lack of Estoril "ears" irked me.



I found this E36 wheel on ebay that had also had the Royal treatment, but also had alcantara pieces and a flat bottom which *might* take some of the bulk out of the slight oversize of the wheel itself.

I had the ears painted - dropped it in this morning - rather pleased with the outcome - though not had opportunity to road test yet - that will have to wait until I need to get more food shopping in!



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Old 09-04-2020, 01:23 PM
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Another small "upgrade" today - small but very effective - for me anyway!

I quite like to have a grab handle on the driver's side. Some cars do have them there, but most don't. Also one of the "tabs" wouldn't stay shut on mine so rather than gluing it shut, I thought I'd se if I could source a proper handle for it.



Noting that the passenger side seems to be the same as the E46 handles, I ordered one from a breaker on ebay. 5 mins to fit (getting the plastic "pegs" to locate is the hardest bit of the job - tapping in with a hammer did the trick) and for me this small mod makes a big difference to me!

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Hi David, what did you use for the Bluetooth and what functions does it support? Calls and streaming?
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