From the top. She will need a small bit of arch rolling, running 225.50.15’s. I don’t want the stretched look, good and fat..
The picture is a bit deceiving I recon they will clear when the lip is rolled in.
Started running some wiring, I should have taken more pictures, I used P clips up the LHS A pillar with some small self tapers to stop the cables rattling for the check panel.
The A pillar trim had the tabs broken off the back, most likely a bad windshield change, I put some .8 mm shim stock in the lower slot, bent up a lip of 1 mm so it cant move up the trim and fall out of the slot when putting it back on and tapped for a m3 csk screw. Works a treat.
Sun roof nearly back together. I have the head liner in, setting up the roof took a wee bit of time getting the rails opposite each other, I unscrewed the cranking mechanism and moved it by hand till it was right, then set up the sun roof stop click on the crank handle. Sorted now, have the new sunroof seal on and just waiting for some glue to go off on the moving part of the head liner.
Got some glass back in, I must get a tool for installing the lock strip on the front and back wind screens. It looks a tough little job, its taking a while. I am cleaning the parts as I go but getting there. Roll on the spring.
I have the sunroof panel in but I have an issue with the fit. Its not flush on the LHS of the car. I think the sun roof panel its self is the issue as the cassette fits flush to the roof skin and the poor fit is about 150mm long, its pretty much perfect other than that. I think it time for a careful bend/shape of some sorts. I imagine this is not the norm, I did get the panel second hand but it did fit the car I took it off?
I have the light’s back in, I had to find a LHS main beam as one of the adjusters was broken off, I picked up some clean indicator lights for the wings and front bumper and I managed to get a clean set of bumper plastic inserts. I am on the look out for a LHS front fog light if any one has one. I have the light surrounds cleaned up, it takes a while to reassemble when you clean the parts as you fit, It would be best to clean up the parts first and have them ready for fitting.
I made a bracket for holding the fan speed windings (what ever its called) from the e46 to the car beside the RHS headlight, the cable from it will fit up nicely with the E36 rad thermo switch.
Big step yesterday. I got the plastic lock strip in. I made my own tool from pictures of the net. I should have order one up a few weeks back, since this is my first BMW project I assumed I would be using the string technique to pull in the rubber seal to the shell.
Once I got the young lad to help I got the front screen in 20 mins, I took me 2-3 hrs on my own for the rear screen, the main issue being the lock strip had curled it self up and did not co-operate at all. Having the extra hands to straighten out the front as we put it in made the world of a difference.
Tool, made from a 3 mm s/s welding rod and an alloy handle.
Have the dash in, I should have taken a few more pictures of the cable runs instead of wasting time searching the net to try to find them.
Cleaned up the steering wheel this evening. Came up nice. Used some leather restoring spray from dunnes stores.
Had to do a bit of arch rolling, It is just the lip that needed to be rolled in.
I can fit a lollypop stick in the gap, just about right. The tyre will pass.
I have the dash together and I replaced all the dodgy/blown bulbs while I was at it.
I tackled the sunroof panel this evening.I was putting it off for a while. I used some special tools, a piece of old carpet, old sheet on top of it and a folded towel. A bit of careful scoping and a bit of bending/shaping over the folded towel.
Result. Both sides needed a small push.
I have the dash back in and most of the electrical stuff working.My temp gauge wont read off the M52tu engine sensors, well it will but its way off scale. I made an adapter to fit E30 water temp sensor fit the M52 water temp location. Engine running again, still some wiring to remove that not used by my setup on the megasquirt. Leaving redundant wiring could result in noise feedback to the MS unit and running issues at some point in the future.
Is there a way to sort the oil lamp on the check panel by the mirror with the M52, looking at the wiring symbols they are different. E30 V M52, Maybe an E30 one can be made fit a M52? I could remove the LED I guess.
Adapter in the middle, E30 temp sensor on left. M52tu sensor on the right.
How it fits together. I have to earth my adapter as the E30 switch uses the body as an earth. The plastic housing on the M52tu insulates the sensor from ground.
I have most of the wiring sorted out, found a fix for the oil level sensor as the E46 one is different, no more red light now.
Ground pin 2 in C101.
Ground pin 10 in C101 through a 1000 Ohm resistor.
I got fed up with the fuel pressure reg buzzing, annoying. I modeled up a replacement around the E46 3.5 bar std reg so I could fit that one.
And made this buck. I must take a picture of the assembly. Std fuel reg sits in. I have one input, one to the fuel rail and one for fuel return.
I have a lot of the trim cleaned up and painted.
Megasquirt fitted in and the last of the unused wires pulled into the cabin ready for chopping.
I made up a bracket to relocate the idle valve, I put it where the diagnostic connector was. It keeps the pipe work away from the front of the throttle bodies air flow.
I made a new version of my fuel regulator housing, I made it from aluminium and threaded it for ¼ bsp fittings and used some std barbed hose fittings as opposed to the push on type fittings found on the E46. I finished it off with a piece of stainless with some bends and holes to mount it and the fuel filter I am using. Thank god the racket the after market one was making is gone.
I’m refitting the remaining of interior, seats, door cards etc, The passenger seat rail was pretty corroded ( I hate rust), the one closest to the handbrake, the rest are the finest, I removed it and wire brushed the rust off and a quick coat of “crust” rust treatment, I will give it a shot of black paint once it dry.
Getting close to completion.
More to follow!
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