Uwbuurman: 1986 e30 325iA cabrio

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New ABS sensors on the front legs.

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New and old plug.

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Next is a little present for myself. A couple of new speakers for the rear. These Pioneers sound so much better.

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What a pleasure. I don’t have the radio on very often, but now I have normal sounds! The exhaust had a little hole, which I repaired with gungum a few years ago. Now it’s of, I repaired it better.

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A new exhaust is better, but this repair buys me about 5 years extra, with my use of the car.
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:playcar
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Then back tot hat damn rear axle. The right swingarm turned out to be bend. Wouldn’t fit any more.

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This is the difference between the two:

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I think they previous owners drove through a hole of something. Doesn’t look bend, but it is. Same evening I found this out, I got another swingarm. Also e30 325i with ABS.

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Since now everything had to come apart, I also could paint the dustplate, But the bearing will go to hell, pulling it. It was already 3000 kilometers and 11 months old :hammer &&#%%@!!!

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So I ordered a new bearing, and guess what, it wouldn’t fit… At first I started swearing at the supplier. After that, I counted to ten, and tried it on the old swingarm. Perfect fit. So, the new arm is from a 4 cilinder, just 5 mm smaller. Stripped and painted that thing for nothing…

So that was nr 2. What to do on Saturday? So I called around and found a breaker 325i touring from 1990. It took me over two hours to get it of. Damn, that thing was stuck! Hurried back, blasted i tand painted it the first time.
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Still 1 detail was different, the position and shape of the brakeline holder. The new one was better, but I wanted tob e original. So I fixed that.

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Donor without:

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The part from the new arm:

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:banana
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Some layers of black epoxy, after which I could put it together again.

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Left with a pile of scrap metal.

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:playcar
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Fed up wit that rear axle, I took on a job that was on the shelf for over a year. The oiltemperature gauge.
These are the parts for my e21 and e30. The larger box is for the e21 and holds 3 gauges, de smaller one is for the e30 and just holds the oil temperature gauge. Two sandwich plates, one per car, go between the oilfilter and block.

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The sandwichplate in place

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And the display, build into an old switch. Put in the stop where the radio fader used tob e, that one has moved to the spot for the airco, which I don’t have in the e30.

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Happy with this job done!

The next job was quite easy. I installed two of these.

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They go here.

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Like this.

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Those holes are for my hardtop, but I never use it, never did in the 5 years since I own the car. Now this looks a lot better!
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:takepicture
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Than, in the last week of februari 2016 I finally gathered all my courage and started again on that rear axle, along with my friend Jan and a kilo of vaseline….

That vaseline was of course for the rubbers to go in. In the axle…

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Assembled the axle.

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And in place.

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Jan assembled the rear shocks, with new topbearings:

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And I put the driveshaft in its place with the new zincplated heatshield.

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And also in the rear new ABS sensors.

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And then, all was in place! We sat the car down on it’s wheels and it sits a little higher than before on it’s old and worn shocks.
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:thumbsup
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And the last part of this winter of ‘15/’16 saga.

After the long day with Jan, to get everything ready, I did a FAT test before taking it for a drive. Result: no good. The steering rack is mistreated sometime long ago. The highpressure line on the rack was tightend to much and ripped out the treath.

So I went out to get another rack. It seems that a lot of e30’s get a e36 steeringrack, because it turns faster, but it is not original and I don’t do trackdays, so I wanted the original.

The old one is in front.

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The old one is made out of aluminium, the replacement is made out of steel. The plan is to have the original refunbished and place a helicoil, so I can put it back.

The highpressure lines on the replacement are much stronger than on the old one, so I guess the problem occured more often.

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Worn threath:

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From ZF for BMW…

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:driving
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By the time the steeringrack was in, the evening was gone. But still i took her for a little spin. It felt very solid, very firm. But the steering was heavy, very heavy… No freaking power on the steering $%^#&*!!!!

Back in my shop I wondered if the pump was working, it sounded like it was not. So I smacked it with a hammer and there it went! So I went for another spin, everything ok! But in the second corner, again no powersteering. So I backed it up in the shop and went home. Cranky as hell.
My analyses: new oil, flushed system, ok pump, new filter, so the only new thing is the steeringrack. It must be the component that caused this crap. I reconed it contained some dirt or so. So i flushed the system again. Mind you, this oil is 1 day and 7 kilometers old…

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And that did the trick. The car drove like a wonder since that. Everything seems to work like it should. I drove for about 20 kilometers and put her back in the shop. Now to find time tob ring her home and give her a proper wash.

What was planed this winter?
- undercarriage complete,
- All rubbers
- new Bilsteins
- Eibach anti roll kit
- 1 piecestrut
- top bearings
- new swingarms in front
- new steering rods
- flush the powersteering system and change the filter
- strengthen the subframe

What came up along the way:
- repair petroltank
- new hoses for all fuel lines
- replace driveshaft bearing
- replace swingarm rear right
- new ABS sensors
- new steeringrack
- new speaker in the rear
- installed oil temperature gauge
- repair exhaust
- new rubbermount for diff
- replace bearings and gaskest in diff

In the end the list is pretty long. The investment was substantial. The car is in much better state than before. So for now I hope to be able to drive without major costs, so I will be able to work on the e21. In a year or 2 I want to replace the bearings on the crancshaft. But if I find a proper gearbox before that time, I will get that and do it earlier. Only time will tell.
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:cheers
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So in May 2016 I pecked up two doors for a e30 cabriolet. No plans for the near future, but when I need them in a couple of years, I assure you that I can’t find them. The where priced very cheap and the eat nothing, so I collected them.

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And a nice pic of the car, how she looks today.

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