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by 528i-1981
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires

I'd say you nailed it. Can you confirm that you used 80/20 nichrome? The resistivity varies by alloy, but 80/20 is the most common. Also, did you use stranded or drawn? I coaxed new life back in my sender with a thorough cleaning, but remember being shocked at how expensive they are new. With this i...
by 528i-1981
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: 1980 528i Speaker replacements
Replies: 1
Views: 341

Re: 1980 528i Speaker replacements

Alpine SPS-406 coaxial 2-way speakers will fit in the rear deck. I found some on eBay for about $50. They don't come with grilles and may ride too high for the OEM ones, so you'll need to work around that. I found some E28 covers for a Blaupunkt speaker that fit nicely and looks period. Good luck!
by 528i-1981
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing

There are aerosol coatings that might work where dyes don't. I have no experience with them but a company called SEM makes one.
by 528i-1981
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Help identifying vacuum hose
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Help identifying vacuum hose

Hi Cory: Looks like it connects to the vacuum control valve on the 530.

http://repairguide.autozone.com/znetrgs ... 065155.gif

- Eric
by 528i-1981
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

Well, there's always a rub, isn't there? https://thumb.ibb.co/juHGET/High_Side.jpg https://thumb.ibb.co/ij4JTo/Low_Side.jpg https://thumb.ibb.co/nPAsoo/Wet.jpg Low side very high (135 psi), high side low (125 psi), moisture indicator yellow. Yes, the lines are hooked up correctly (red to port on dri...
by 528i-1981
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

Well, I decided that, based on the other things done to the car by the PO, there was only a minimal chance that he had converted to R134a and left all of the original R12 hoses and fittings. I can't be 100% sure, but the drier looks original. The system was blowing about 70 degrees from the top vent...
by 528i-1981
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Claret Red Leather
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: Claret Red Leather

Dude, you're totally right.
http://www.thehogring.com/2018/06/18/hy ... e-leather/
Damn. Such a good color match.
by 528i-1981
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Claret Red Leather
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Claret Red Leather

I'll start a new thread on this rather than continuing the Leather Care thread. I received a sample today that's the closest I've seen to Claret Red. It's from a leather furniture manufacturer in the UK. https://thumb.ibb.co/ghhPWo/IMG_6414.jpg I'm going to approach them to attempt to get a supply. ...
by 528i-1981
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Manual Antenna Repair
Replies: 0
Views: 1721

Manual Antenna Repair

It was just a matter of time before I broke the antenna pulling the cover off my car. Luckily the break was clean. Here's a low-cost and low-hassle solution, instead of replacing. https://thumb.ibb.co/cCE9Ro/IMG_6402.jpg Using a cut length of 3/8 polished rod ($4 from Tractor Supply) as an insert, t...
by 528i-1981
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Seatbelt Rehab
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Seatbelt Rehab

The black plastic insert in the metal tab (the part inserted into the buckle) broke away long ago and the webbing has frayed as a result of the uncovered metal edge wearing at it. I'm sending the entire left side front unit off to Safety Restore in Westfield, MA for webbing replacement, but they wil...
by 528i-1981
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Leather care
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: Leather care

Time and the law of entropy are gigantic poops. This winter I'll replace the foam and seat pads. Then I'll wait for JCat to sell me his E12.
by 528i-1981
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

Grateful for this, Lock. So the uncertainty remains whether the refrigerant currently in the system is R12, or if a lazy and non-compliant conversion has taken place (i.e., no conversion stickers, original R12 fittings and hoses, etc.). Seems that if I want to be certain before risking my compressor...
by 528i-1981
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Shocks n' Struts
Replies: 13
Views: 1612

Re: Shocks n' Struts

Hat tip to Joe Boston for coaching me through the front sway bar bushing install. Lowering the front subframe was straightforward. The upgraded sway bars make for a huge improvement - body roll is greatly reduced. It's clear to me that the front struts are needing an upgrade, and now the play in the...
by 528i-1981
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Shocks n' Struts
Replies: 13
Views: 1612

Re: Shocks n' Struts

Hi guys - rear ST sway bar in. Not much time to play with it, but an obvious difference. For the front bar, I'll apparently need to lower the front subframe 1/2" or so to get the bolt into the bracket for the front swaybar bushing. Neither Haynes nor the BMW tech manual mention lowering the subframe...
by 528i-1981
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Leather care
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: Leather care

I did a 12-day plan, rear seats in the attic, fronts stayed in the car. I hit them repeatedly, massaging in the Leatherique oil, rewrapping in plastic bags, and eventually they got soft. Real soft, in fact. Every day, there would be areas that had absorbed all of the rejuvenating oil and were still ...