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  1. The upholstery project has been going better than I anticipated and is a lot of fun. The rear bench is almost done.
    6 points
  2. ACS mirrors successfully installed, painted, and PPF'd on the ZHP. These have been on my list of parts I have been searching for for this car for probably 2 years now, finally found a LHD set, as all of the other sets I find are RHD. With my car being a 05, I have the ribbon style cables, so I had to modify them a ton to make them functional. I completely took the motor and harness out of my OEM mirrors and made a bracket so it fit in these. I parrallel park downtown almost daily, so I really did not want to lose the reverse mirror function. I also recently black PPF'd the door trim, as it was severely faded and buffing did nothing. This has bothered me since I bought the car, and new shadow line trim is like $6000, so this was the best option. It honestly looks better than new, and will withstand all scratches with the nice self healing that PPF has. I think the mirrors completely changed the look of the car! This is how the car should have came from the factory.
    2 points
  3. m42b32

    chit chat thread

    Reserve not met at 17k, I think that's more than fair given the driver fender being trashed. The seller is going to have a hell of a time trying to get more than that in the current market in my opinion.
    2 points
  4. You didn’t really think that this car was leaving the state with how much we all love it, did you? 119,270 It probably needs no introduction to any of you, and I’m ecstatic to have it joining the fleet. The e34 will get some much needed TLC and likely be heading down the road to a new owner within the next year and daily duties will be supplanted by this. No big plans other than to do some minor aesthetic mods and general maintenance, and hopefully many many more comfortable and fun miles! Hopefully it won’t even realize that it changed stablemates, going from a white e30 to a… white e30 😂 My general list of plans, for no real reference other than my own: Maintenance: - Serpentine belt and tensioner: Due for another (about 4yrs old) so this is the first order of business along with an oil change. - Front control arms: Not shot yet, but I’d rather get ahead of them and sharpen up the front end some. Likely going to install the M3 arms while I’m at it. Summer project. - Shocks/struts: Originals, going to put original sport pack Sachs dampers in to freshen the ride up. Certainly not bad at all currently but I’m a sucker for fresh OEM suspension. Also a summer project. - Trans filter change/fluid change and diff fluid change. Probably going to have a shop do the trans, I’ll likely handle the diff. Not in a huge hurry on these. Upgrades and such: - LED angel eyes - Color-matched reflector covers for the front bumper - Not an upgrade, but the headlights are a bit foggy and I’d like to clear them up if I can. It’s the little things! That’s really it for now, Joe has been a great caretaker of the car through his ownership and I’m excited to keep this car in the area. The 16 year newer tech is a very welcome change!
    2 points
  5. Congrats on the new ride!! I'm gonna miss this one big time but I'm glad it went to a good home. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Here's two of my favorite pics for motivation!
    2 points
  6. Congrats on the purchase! and on avoiding the knife fight of potential buyers for this car 🤣 this really is a perfect daily and looking forward to following it more.
    2 points
  7. Well shit, so sorry to hear. I'm gonna go pull the keys out of my vehicles in storage now. I have things packed tight into mine so breaking through the wall isnt really possible but all it takes is a cordless cut off to get in the door anyways. My good friend had his pristine 1 owner 46k mi 2003 Chevy 3500 Dually he had just bought a month prior stolen in Sacramento, CA on Christmas morning. Police found it parked on a side street a week or 2 later. They stole the headlights, battery, all the tools in the bed and the cats off the exhaust. Hopefully you find your car with minimal damage and missing parts as well. Really depends on what their motive is but its usually always about the quickest way to get money out of it and move on to the next theft. I would be happy to make a post on the WI BIMMERS facebook page as well if you'd like, just not sure how much traffic it would get but could see what the paid posts go for these days too.
    2 points
  8. 119.2k Finally got around to doing the brakes over the last couple months as they were properly worn out. I built up a sandblasting cabinet over the summer and stripped/painted the 335i calipers and caliper brackets and rebuilt with new seals/boots/guides/hardware. I also painted them gold because I wanted a little color and liked the look of the oem BMW performance brake kit that's painted in phoenix yellow. I installed everything along with new rotors/pads/outer rubber lines and a fluid flush. Because of the larger calipers I coded in the performance brake option to the vehicle order that adjusts the bias/pedal feel/abs/etc. to match the larger brakes. Overall a massive improvement, should've done it way sooner. I also bought a new daily about a month ago. I've had a weird itch to get into something manual/4x4 for a while and more recently my wife and I decided we needed something a bit bigger for road trips. Decided it was time to scratch that itch and after a lot of searching I got a bit lucky (given the current car market) and ended up picking up a manual '22 Bronco Badlands out in Seattle. I've been really enjoying it so far. The sad news is that the Bronco will be replacing the wagon so unfortunately that's where my time in the Longroof club ends.... or so I thought. After nearly 5 years and 50k miles of trouble free driving for me it decided to do this on a test drive with a potential new owner lol. Sooo I got it towed back home and did a fairly complete cooling system overhaul last weekend. New radiator, expansion tank, upper and lower radiator hoses, replaced the hose that split with the updated version, water pump, thermostat, both of the large diameter hoses that connect to the water pump, replaced the plastic 'mickey mouse' flange on the head with an aluminum version and new hose to that too, and a fresh fill of the good ol' BMW blue coolant. Also replaced every o-ring on the hose connections I disconnected but didn't replace with new peroxide-cured EPDM o-rings. With that it's running great again and it'll be headed to its new home this week. I'm definitely going to miss this one.
    2 points
  9. Join me on a journey through all of craigslist to find interesting BMW related things. I haven't done a full search in quite some time... Cheap but rusty ZHP with BC coilovers https://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/cto/d/des-plaines-bmw-zhp-6speed/7573145559.html Pair of Lotus Elida's for BMW trade (project) https://limaohio.craigslist.org/for/d/lima-lotus-elite/7575622399.html Minty Bavaria https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/d/columbus-1970-bmw-2800/7575006827.html Nice E21 Racecar https://stlouis.craigslist.org/pts/d/saint-louis-1979-bmwcca-323i-track-car/7577159831.html Black on Black X5D https://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/d/warrensburg-2012-bmw-x5-xdrive35d-sport/7572545780.html Z3 hardtop $3k https://poconos.craigslist.org/for/d/bmw-z3-hard-top/7578610800.html FREEEEEE E30 that looks clean from the one pic posted https://scranton.craigslist.org/snw/d/honesdale-free-car-1985-bmw-series/7577426562.html Good deal on an F30 https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/d/brooklyn-2013-bmw-328i-loaded-black-on/7577005815.html Super cool M-Sport 318Ti that is RHD but sadly auto https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/bensalem-97-bmw-318ti-right-hand-drive/7570108170.html Clean bronzit E28 with terrible rep wheels for $5k https://scranton.craigslist.org/pts/d/scranton-1986-bmw-525i-speed/7569854973.html Super cheap Z4 https://maine.craigslist.org/pts/d/lewiston-2005-bmw-4/7566804116.html Callaway M30 turbo kit! https://hartford.craigslist.org/pts/d/east-berlin-bmw-callaway-intercooled/7564119856.html WTF is this. https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/pts/d/new-york-custom-pilot-bmw-steering/7578918175.html F30 that needs chains $3500 https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/pts/d/bethesda-2012-bmw-328i/7571428913.html F30 touring that runs rough $5k https://mobile.craigslist.org/cto/d/mobile-2014-bmw-328i-awd/7579175120.html Very Nice E24 M6 that would bring much more on BAT https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/atlanta-1988-bmw-m6-e24-rare/7577771251.html E39 540-6 for a fair price https://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/cto/d/snellville-2003-bmw-e39-540i-sport/7576718116.html Dinan S1 E39 M5! https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/canton-2000-bmw-m5-dinan-s1/7575169385.html These got cheap Fast! https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/atlanta-2013-bmw-series-528i-auto/7570391553.html Thats unfortunate M8 https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/pts/d/hallandale-2020-bmw-m8-parts/7567431218.html Didnt know that these came with a manual https://greenville.craigslist.org/cto/d/easley-unicorn-manual-6sp-13-bmw-550i/7574741466.html Dinan Z4 that needs help https://onslow.craigslist.org/cto/d/midway-park-2005-bmw-z4-convertible/7573545305.html Very nice turbo E36 M3 https://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/d/cary-turbo-e36-m3-over-500hp-very-well/7571340615.html
    2 points
  10. retoropak

    Helmut the e21

    h my that is what happen when you have 4 other projects ehm ehm. kids, wife and house and poor bimmer had to wait again. Oh well I got a bit of motivation so I will try to keep the momentum going. Vintage 2023 I am coming It is wiring time. I ordered bunch of tefzel wire a while ago but could not get myself to start the wiring process. And of course when i started checking circuits and what wires I will need I found that I forgot to order roughly 20-30% of needed wires.I fixed that and I am getting the remainder tomorrow.Since I could not continue wiring for about a week focused on other things. Fuel tank was partially modified (read cut but not welded), so i tackled that. I will run just the right side tank (measures roughly 7.5 gallons). Range will be amazing escpecially on e85. Space left after the left tank will be occupied by the exhaust. Don't mind my ugly welds it doesn't leak and its temporary until I get the fuel cell I also got the main power feed done. It is 1/0 splitting into 3x 4 gauge. Black thingy is the main 70A relay that will power up the "run" bus of the fusebox I painted front calipers black and inspected rear e28 calipers that I sourced from the lemons e28. Rears will need rebuild which will be done as soon as I get my rebuild kit from rockauto.This week I will try to finish fuel lines (6AN ptfe for that corn juice power) and continue the wiring challenge.
    2 points
  11. YoungCR

    Secret Santa 2022 🎅

    Awesome stuff! What’s the brand on the keyless entry? Forgot to post mine as well. Santa got me a nice travel socket set! Much easier than lugging around my big socket rails. Thanks Pete!
    2 points
  12. I didn't do any driving today, but I did go trudge around on a ~10 mile walk this morning. Nice to get something like an actual snowstorm. Road conditions were definitely poor, but people seemed to be making the best of it.
    1 point
  13. I think the partnership broke for a few years but looks like they are the current OEM supplier again per Castrol's website. https://www.castrol.com/en_us/united-states/home/castrol-story/newsroom/announcements/recommended-bmw-oil-supplier.html Man those pics make me wish I was romping around in my 530i.
    1 point
  14. They’re my go-to for the e30 too, pretty much the only manufacturer that has 20W-50 that’s easy to find. Didn’t they change to Mobil more recently? Also: proof of snowmobile pics. I regret my decision somewhat, because as fun as it was to bash snowdrifts to and from and friends place there is a ton of snow in the engine bay at the moment. Guess it’s a tomorrow problem?
    1 point
  15. Looks like @straight6pwr’s old car is up for sale! https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-bmw-325i-165/?fbclid=IwAR2DXsSEdDoLRlEGWAXA-JBDeWAPgbIN2HfF3dcZFTIWWjd8TjPoTnnO8qk
    1 point
  16. First batch of parts has arrived! Hoping to find time this weekend or next to get the shocks installed, oil changed, and serpentine belt/pulley/tensioner replaced. It’ll go in fairly soon for the wheels to be re-balanced, and it’ll be aligned in the spring when I’m done replacing some other suspension bits. At this point, planning for: - Front shocks - Front upper and lower control arms (replacing with the TRW M3 parts) - Rear subframe bushing inserts. I know full bushing replacement is ideal but I don’t care to jump in that far just yet. - Any other rear bushings the shop notes as torched. Anyone who has done rear end work on an e90, are there any bushings or ball joints in particular that tend to go earlier than others? Ideally I’d like to not have to replace everything at oncoming the entire car, so if I can do a few things on the rear and the whole front this year, and other rear bushings later, that would be ideal.
    1 point
  17. Given that the cars current "owner" is in custody, I am not too worried about it. I imagine if it gets found itll likely have pretty minimal damage or its already made its way to milwaukee/minneapolis and is getting cut up as we speak. Best we can do now is just keep our eyes out for it.
    1 point
  18. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-4-3-8-1-2-in-E-Torx-Socket-Set-HETX13PC/206031060#overlay
    1 point
  19. 119,390 First parts ordered. Taking care of the oil change, serpentine belt, and rear shocks (including the mount kit) with this batch of parts. Damping when the car is loaded is… not quite what I want to keep things from going flying, so I’m going to take care of the rear shocks sooner than I initially planned and then doing front struts this spring/summer when it’s warmer. Ordered the Continental kit for the serpentine and OE M Sport Sachs dampers for the rear. I’m going to need to pick up a good E-Torx set for maintenance on this car, any recommendations?
    1 point
  20. Thanks! It totally does, I'm looking forward to taking some trips and getting out in the woods! It's actually pretty fun (in a silly way) on road and in corners too. And totally agree but I'm definitely biased haha. Thanks! I wish there were more to go around too... Thanks!! I was hoping for some snow drifts to go bombing through this morning but we ended up getting nothing but rain 👎 Enjoy the new ride!!
    1 point
  21. Congrats on the new Ferd Joe! Having seen it in person, the color and overall looks are even better than the photos, which is saying something. Now that you officially posted about it though I think there’s a requirement for photos of it hard parked with one wheel on a big ass snowdrift 😂
    1 point
  22. Wish the touring was coming home with me, but I'm sure it's still going to a good home. Congrats on the bronco too!
    1 point
  23. Congrats on the purchase, love the color! I got the 4x4 itch too, it opens up a whole new door for driving adventures. This wagon is still one of my favorite modern cars on here though. I'm sure the new owner will enjoy it just as much.
    1 point
  24. I did drive a customer's manual F10 550i at the dealer once, Concours ordered 1 or 2 M sport F10 535i's as well. That E30 in scranton looks worth the trip to me. Too bad that Dinan Z4 is so beat, seems like a break even venture at that price maybe? E24 M6 is a fair price as well!
    1 point
  25. Man, it’s been a bit since I posted on this. Mostly because I haven’t touched it since last post really 😬 I swore I’d never let a project sit but here I am. Two weekends ago I finished bending all the rear hardlines after I kinked one of the short ones last spring and got frustrated and stopped working on it (I also got stupid busy, but hey). Fuel system can now go back in, subframe after that, and then the car can come back down and get re-situated for the manual swap! I decided to go engine-out for that one since the oil pan gasket needs replacement, the timing belt is due, and 80% of everything else is already disconnected. Excited to hopefully make more progress this winter spring when I have time, I’d like to get it done before June so I can enjoy it and shake it down before a planned Blue Ridge parkway road trip this fall. Hoping that once the rear end is back together things will progress more quickly.
    1 point
  26. I 100% didn’t realize that car is out east 😂 dang it
    1 point
  27. That free e30 for $2k could be a screaming deal...looks like it has euroweaves and a euro front bumper!
    1 point
  28. https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bar/d/eau-claire-1957-bmw-isetta-microcar/7578710821.html
    1 point
  29. m42b32

    Secret Santa 2022 🎅

    Glad it made it there! Enjoy!! Got mine last week but just getting a chance to post it up now, thanks Jason!! Awesome BMW motorsport banner and a keyless entry kit for the E30! I'd been meaning to get one! And an awesome drawing on the package!!
    1 point
  30. gilber33

    3-D Printing

    gone Anyone interested in one of my 3V2’s? Upgraded fans, cr touch, Jeyers firmware, glass bed, enclosure, metal extruder. Prints reliably and consistent. Can’t think of having any failed prints with it. $200. Looking to only have two printers so I can get a workbench that fits two printers in my continued effort to get rid of stuff I don’t need.
    1 point
  31. The euroweaves replacements got here. 🤤 I took out the rear subframe. I don’t know if you guys remember how much trouble I had fitting the RevShit RTA bushings, but I swapped those out for Condor and I’m really annoyed I didn’t use Condor originally. Fitment was 10/10. Also did the rear sway bar link reinforcements and rear sway bar mount reinforcements. Another great excuse to get the welder out. Not pretty but I’m happy with my twice a year welds. And the X5 looking dapper as always. I finally realized why I like this car so much and I can summarize like this: I don’t miss driving the e30 when I’m driving this.
    1 point
  32. I absolutely love this car! Factory mint paint AND it's a euro spec s50b32! It's so 90's and I love it. I think they fucked up by putting out a "coming soon..." craigslist ad advertising it for $96k though. The auction has a reserve and I won't be surprised if it doesn't hit that reserve. The story they're telling is neat about finding the car, storing it, etc. https://www.pcarmarket.com/auction/euro-spec-1996-bmw-m3-mint-green/
    1 point
  33. Well, I wish I wasnt making this update but here we are. Back in December I got a fun phone call from a local police department asking about my E46 and told me they had a traffic infraction that they wanted to discuss with me. I responded with "Wow, thats really interesting given the fact I put my car in storage back in October." The cop proceeded to tell me that there was no traffic infraction he wanted to discuss, but that he was investigating some storage units that had gotten broken into in Chippewa Falls. I immediately ran to my storage unit here in Eau Claire and lo and behold, she was long gone! And not only that, they ripped the wall off the unit to get into the 2 next to me. Enjoy this photo of property damage and a sadly missing space in front of my skyline. And then to follow everything up, they drove up to Chippewa Falls to use my car to break into more units up there the day after it was stolen which is where I originally got the call about my car from. Heres a fun security camera shot given to me by the owner of the other units: To say the least, I wasnt very excited about this news. I got police involved right away and started posting on Facebook trying to locate my car. A couple people had seen it here and there, but no solid leads aside from the fact the car was still local. Eventually I had a woman reach out to me that explained that not only did she know who had my car, but she had actually ridden in it! Saw my facebook posts and reached out. Pretty cool, but I still didnt have my car back yet. Turns out she was the roommate of the new "owner." We talked for a few weeks, and eventually I figured out that the current "owner" of the car was going to try to ransom it back to me for a very good price of $2500. Its at this point that I've realized I have reached and met the bottom of the intelligence barrel in this town, so I downloaded a phone recording app, got the number from her, and gave this asshat a call. I told him I was not going to get cops involved and that I was willing to pay $3000 just to get the car back. He was apprehensive at first but told me he'd give me a call back. We are just getting to the fun part now. He gives me a call back and lays out everything, where to bring the money, and even admitted to having the car but did not admit to stealing it. Also threatened me which was really nice! So, I did what anyone would do, and recorded the entire phone conversation and gave it to the detective in charge. The next day he was taken into custody with my skyline keys in his pocket, but the car is still nowhere to be found. He was already on parole until 2030 so it is fair to say he's pretty screwed. The cops are now working through the download on his phone to hopefully track the car down but it's still no longer in my possession. If anyone sees any parts go up for sale (Active autowerke headers, fortune auto 500 coils, bbs rc303's with hankook ventus v12 evo 2 tires, eonon head unit, etc) please have no problem reaching out to me, I'm scared the car is likely getting parted out already. Hopefully I get it back, but chances seem slimmer by the day. Ill be sure to update if the car gets found but I have a feeling this thread is closing in on the end.
    0 points
  34. Dammit, here I was hoping someone reposted these for sale. much sad.
    0 points
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