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by keehn
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Moving on. Now with the dishwasher properly insulated, I can resume the washing of parts. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Clean_timing_chain_cover.jpg And with the heat insulating improvements, here's the timing chain cover! I'm quite impressed with the improvement. Again, as I've stated before,...
by keehn
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

All, Progress is moving at a snail's pace right now, as I'm currently in the precision measurements stage. My problem is that I am a perfectionist, and I think I've done the same measurements 6-8 times by now on the crankshaft :roll: After this, I'll get back to the posting of pics. Karl, yes!!! If ...
by keehn
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Just a quick update: The weather has gotten colder as of late, and if it wasn't bad enough, my propane tank ran out, making the garage a cool 40 degrees. Since I can't perform accurate measurements at that temperature (and for my own comfort), I finally found a good propane refill vendor locally. Pr...
by keehn
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever installed a cruise control mod? If so, what model?
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Has anyone ever installed a cruise control mod? If so, what model?

Lock, This "kit" requires the magnetic VSS speed pulse sensor - so I'm presuming that it ignores existing speedo hardware entirely. I'll need to research where Rostra says the speed sensor is best placed. ....Also, if I went to a pick and pull for a cruise control....I'd probably end up buying the e...
by keehn
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever installed a cruise control mod? If so, what model?
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Has anyone ever installed a cruise control mod? If so, what model?

528i-1981, my doors are equipped with ye-olde crank windows, so not an option for me :wink: So, I've been giving this unit and its ancillaries a hard look: Rostra 250-1223 Universal Electronic Cruise Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VI9G6S/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_MLNjEbWACMPTT 250-4165 Magnetic ...
by keehn
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Cylinder bore diameter measurement time! http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/micrometers_and_bore_gauge_boxes.jpg For this job, two tools are needed: an outside micrometer and a bore gauge. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/micrometer_and_standard.jpg Apologies for the blur, but because these tool...
by keehn
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Karl, Yes, I have done this before :) I have rebuilt several BMW engines, one GM engine, one GM transmission, and a Ford PowerStroke 6.0l diesel. All of this was shade tree. Background is that I currently code web apps and I was an enlisted paralegal in the Navy before I retired from active duty. As...
by keehn
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Eric, Thanks for the vote of confidence :) . I didn't think I was moving at a breakneck pace, but I'll take the compliment anyways. I did want to get the engine down to the block asap, as its condition would govern my next actions. I'm presently performing bore diameter measurements to determine whe...
by keehn
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Now, with the block turned upside down and having a chance to drip into the catch pan, I move onto the next steps. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Oil_pan_ready_to_remove.jpg Last look of the oil pan with smeg on this block. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Oil_pan_interior_pre.jpg And it com...
by keehn
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Lock, Thanks :) As for the crankshaft bolt, all I did was use my 36mm impact socket and impact wrench and it came right off. Also, the balancer was hand-loose. I suspect vibration over the decades likely loosened everything up, plus there wasn't much rust around the crankshaft bolt, thereby eliminat...
by keehn
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Continuing the project... http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Boxing_up_parts_1.jpg I got some boxes and put the parts inside. At least it gets them off the garage floor (man...I REALLY need some proper storage!). http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Removing_injectors_and_manifold.jpg I moved on to ...
by keehn
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Here's a few pictures of the oil separator I made for our 2013 Buick Enclave. The issue with these SUV's (Traverse, Acadia, anything else on the "Lambda" GM platform) is that the right-side EGR valve is too small to adequately remove the blowby, thereby causing the oil to prematurely coke on the rig...
by keehn
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Karl,

Yes, I have seen it, but I've not been able to locate a donor E21 to poach its runners.

Mike
by keehn
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

With Eleanor's engine bay semi-cleaned (I'll need to do a further hand scrubbing), I've moved back to the engine. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Distributor_vacumn_line.jpg While some of these pictures seem...redundant or not really worth an upload, I'm making these photos for myself as much as...
by keehn
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project
Replies: 29
Views: 823

Re: 1976 BMW 530i "Eleanor" rebuild project

Now, I'm moving on to degreasing the engine bay with degreaser and a pressure washer. http://www.keehncomputer.com/Photos/Lowering_front_end.jpg Lowering "Eleanor's" front-end. I use a floor jack on the center portion of the subframe to remove both jacks. Eleanor is still supported by the rear jacks...