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by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Malaga Red E12 for Sale on Bringatrailer......
Replies: 15
Views: 362

Re: Malaga Red E12 for Sale on Bringatrailer......

Congratulations on joining the e12 club Gordon and welcome to firstfives! Every forum, magazine, car club and event are littered with conversations about a cars monetary value. Instead, I like discussing the value of the driving experience and what you bought is the experience of driving a very nice...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Different shocks for front and rear
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Different shocks for front and rear

I think the primary concern should be the age difference of the shocks vs. the brand difference. Bilsteins are available for the e12 in B6 or B8 for the rears, fronts B6 only. B6's are called Sports and B8's are Heavy Duty. B8's were traditionally recommended with lowering springs however I had a co...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Turbo E12
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Turbo E12

Vintage turbo kits for e12s occasionally pop up but they're generally either incomplete and/or need rebuilding. I know the appeal of a turbo kit is bolt on performance but it's more than just adding the plumbing if you want a motor that stays together. Compression ratio (different pistons), methanol...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Verify color of FRONT FOG LAMP switch
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Verify color of FRONT FOG LAMP switch

My 79 is orange and it lights orange. Not surprised the one you found is a different color, it's likely because of a different supplier today than 40 years ago. Interestingly, original hazard switches say "Hazard" but new replacements have the international triangle symbol for hazard. Don't throw ou...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Oxygen sensor & cat retrofit
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: Oxygen sensor & cat retrofit

Mike - here's a 10 year old post in the e28 forum with some comments from you that may help: https://www.mye28.com/viewtopic.php?t=98476 It's interesting to compare electronics failures in early BMWs that are starting to pop up to the same thing happening in the Porsche world. After years of use and...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Question: Need a Rear Muffler Source
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Question: Need a Rear Muffler Source

They're still available new from BMW. Not cheap, but if you want original... Billy Boat makes an exhaust system for early e24s that fits. SuperSprint makes one specific to the e12. Either system will run about $1k plus installation. There's just not enough of these cars on the road for the aftermark...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Removing and remounting the "528i" metal letters on the trunk
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: Removing and remounting the "528i" metal letters on the trunk

I thought the "528i" badge was secured only by double sided tape...? In which case using fishing line in a sawing motion has always worked for me.
by PatinaBeforePolish
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: M90 Part throttle hesitation
Replies: 10
Views: 1265

Re: M90 Part throttle hesitation

Whistling sounds are almost always a vacuum leak. Next step should be a smoke test.
by PatinaBeforePolish
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project
Replies: 19
Views: 3031

Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

How long since this has been started? Here are some pointers from Dr. Siegal. https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenance-and-tech/dont-cold-start-a-long-dead-car/ In your second photo, think the snorkel just came off the airbox and the ignition wires spread into the gap. I can't quite make out what'...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: alternator bushing
Replies: 14
Views: 2301

Re: alternator bushing

Thanks Gary. Assuming you swapped pulleys?
by PatinaBeforePolish
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: M54 swap into Shark?
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: M54 swap into Shark?

I searched the forum for info but nobody's done a write-up here. We are looking into swapping an M54B30 into our E12-based E24. We have a donor car--a 2003 530i, 5-speed. But we also have an opportunity to buy a ZHP for the swap. You may recall that we bought the E24 for $500 and have been racing i...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: alternator bushing
Replies: 14
Views: 2301

Re: alternator bushing

This is one of the reasons I adapted an AC Delco CS130 into my car. It's mounted metal to metal and doesn't get squishy. It also is grounded by the same metal to metal contact. Plus it puts out 105 amps. https://i.imgur.com/ih2XIOx.jpg I'm interested to hear which application you used. Most come wi...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: source for carpet?
Replies: 4
Views: 953

Re: source for carpet?

I bought carpet for the rear shelf and trunk a few years ago from this source:

http://www.roadworksauto.com/Carpets/cu ... carpet.htm
by PatinaBeforePolish
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 7-digit VIN number??
Replies: 8
Views: 2231

Re: 7-digit VIN number??

Hello FirstFivers, I have been searching all over for a clear answer/solution. I can only find 7 digits of my VIN, from what I’ve read the E12’s only have 7 digits? I was hoping to get the original build sheet but even the BMW dealership said they can’t help unless I have 17 characters...Is my purs...
by PatinaBeforePolish
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: difficult or PITA bolts etc - for amusement!
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: difficult or PITA bolts etc - for amusement!

Looks like a good time to teach an 8 year old how to wrench! I keep 2 of these in the shop, 1 to use and 1 recharging. They last about 3 hours on the brightest setting and come with an over the head strap. Way better in my experience than trying to place flashlights in tight places. https://www.rei....