Saturday, March 9, 2019

Herd Thinned

The 318is has been sold! The new owner was a very giddy after the test drive. She went to a great home.

Now . . . what's next??

-=PJ

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It's time to thin our herd

First up is our 1993 BMW 318is(~166k mi) with manual transmission and riding on Bilstein Sports with Tokico lowering springs. It has was revived last summer and put back into DD status for a few months. The following have about 2k miles on it: reman alternator, reman brake booster, new brakes and lines, tires have less than 2k miles,  Volvo electric fan conversion (wired to run with key on), O2 sensor, engine and trans mounts, fuel filter, knock sensors, sweighted shift knob, intake gaskets, coolant pipe, BMW coolant system R&R, ICV hoses, oil filter housing orings, intake boot, and heater core.

Next up is our 1997 BMW 740i(~180k mi). It was retired from DD status last February. In the last 3-4 years we have done transmission service (reman torque convertor included), tires, brakes, BMW coolant system R&R (radiator included), PCV intake plate, monroe shocks and struts, plugs, coil packs, battery, replaced passenger door handle, and lower oil pan gasket.

Known issues . . .

318is
- Mysterious vacuum leak that comes and goes. This leave the DISA in short runner mode
- Bendix on the starter is sticky
- Ripped driver seat pad
- Ugly tint job
- Never tested the operation of the sunroof
- Missing some trim pieces and headliner is ratty
- Paint issues

740i
- Wheel sensor issue (ABS and TSC lights illuminated)
- BMW infamous seat twist
- Driver window locked in the up position
- Driver side passenger door lock cylinder failure
- Transmission whine: Fluid needs to be topped off after a oring leak wasdiscovered and fixed at the trans cooler
- Gauge cluser missing pixels
- Bendix on the starter is sticky
- Front bumper cracked
- Glove box latch broken and removed
- Paint issues
- Ugly rear tint

Parts included with each:

318is
- M42B18 engine and all parts and gasket to refresh - head and short block are separated
- Guibo, center bearing, and exhaust hangers
- 3.45 LSD
- JY starter
- Plus all other parts I can't remember

740i
- All parts for rear suspension refresh
- Front suspension and steering components (passenger side has been done)
- Regulator for driver's window
- Latch/Lock for Glove box
- JY gauge cluster that can be repaired to take care of pixel issue
- Backup battery
- Stock headlights from JY
- Plus all other parts I can't remember

I'm sure I'm forgetting something . . . I'll have to throw a battery in and verify the mileage.

The price is $1800 each. If you want an adventure, buy both for $3400! They are located in Columbia, SC. Both of these cars are pretty much highway and daily driver worthy. However, the 740i will need the suspension and steering components done soon.

-=PJ

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Been a Loooooong While!

It's been a long while since I made a post. Life brought on a LOT of changes; some good, some bad, and some ugly. No need to harp on the crappy stuff . . . onto the good.

I picked up a few different cars and a motorcycle.

Let's see . . .

Do I still have the other vehicles? Of course I do!

1988 Volvo 780

 I was gutted when I found all of the rust on the windshield frame. It's such a striking car. So I can scrap it, pay someone $$$$$$$ to fix it, or try to fix it myself. You can guess which direction I will be going :) With the Lincoln receiving the 4.8L, I scored an ultra cheap M60B30 (BMW V8) and Getrag 420g that will take its place.

1993 BMW 318is

Still around and kicking! Threw on a fresh set of tires and brakes along with alternator, belts, O2 sensor, and brake booster at the ole girl. She is still a pleasure to drive but being prepped for sale.

1993 BMW 350is

After exorcising the demons, the engine developed a strange noise in the bottom end. I was completely drained on this build and almost hated looking at it. It seems the gremlins want me to quit. When I get more sage and beads, we'll see who has stronger will.

1994 BMW 530i

The Tank is still in hibernation. He may see some HPDE action this year :D

1997 BMW 740i

The Bus has been retired from daily driver use and being prepped for sale.

1998 Honda VFR800

I have something special planned for my old steed.

2000 Dodge Dakota

After doing all the maintenance on the Sleighdeer (srsly Dodge . . . that heater core job sucked), I lost the clutch coming home from work. At first, I thought it was clutch hydraulics . . . NOPE. I have to drop the transmission to see what is amiss. I have awesome luck!

Welp . . . I think that brings this blog up to date. As usual, wish me luck to get the broken things fixed, maintain the running, and sell off retirees. Let's hope the next update comes more quickly that this one.


-=PJ

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Three steps forward and 47 back . . .

The cheap fix didn't work on the ECM, this thing is too far gone. I struggled to find a reman replacement from the usual places. I did find a Cali emissions reman for $155. Since I'm going to get it tuned, it really didn't matter.

I planned and made some changes to car while waiting on the new ECM to arrive.

First, I changed the external clutch slave cylinder from this:

To this:

A much simpler design and it moved the slave cylinder forward nearly .5 inches without all of the deflection of the other mount. I'll add some gussets later.

I started mapping out removing all of the interior wiring I don't need. Holy crap reading BMW wiring diagrams suck!! This looks like it would be a nice long winter project. I added removal the Heater box/core to that list as well. I'll put in a piece of PVC with holes drilled or leave the vents and a 12v RV dryer for windshield defrost (the rears are electric and won't be removed).

I finally added the hood and made a few changes and additions to radiator mounts. I need some more foam tape to finish it off.

The reman ECM showed up a few days later. I checked and double checked all the wiring. Added the ECM and tried to pull codes. Turned the key, the pump spun up and shut off . . . good signs thus far!! I proceed to pull codes:

  • 31 - Canister or EGR valve control system
  • 81 - Thermactor air circuit
  • 82 - Thermactor air circuit, integrated controller circuit
  • 84 - EGR control circuit
AWESOME!! My engine has none of those installed, so those codes are expected. I'll add some resistors to the connectors so they won't show up until I can them tuned out.

The moment of truth . . . Cycled the car off and removed the jumper used to pull codes. I took a deep breath and turned the key. The fuel pump spun and shut off . . . EXCELLENT!! I took another breath and turned it to start . . . . 

HOT DAMN . . . this beast runs . . . I let it idle for a moment. I gave it a few revs it sounded SOOOOOOO good. I turned it off since I have some finish wiring to do.

So . . .what's left on the list to get done!!
  1. Finish Wiring
  2. Rewire Fan + switch
  3. Adjust the clutch slave cylinder
  4. Order windshield (current one is good and cracked)
  5. Remove car from jack stands
  6. Get exhausted fabbed
  7. Get tuned
  8. Drive like my pants are on FIRE!!
With all this good news . . . someone decided to steal this cowboy's horse when I visited the General Store.

Someone in my neighborhood called Code Enforcement while we were away at the Dragon. I received a nice visit from the officer on my birthday. Apparently, my cars in my yard offends someone out there. Nevermind, we stay in back of the subdivision, in a cul de sac, and my cars face a wooded/uncleared lot. Basically unless you live back here, you won't know.

Here the code:

  • All motor vehicles and/or trailers without a valid state license plate permitting operation on public roads and highways, which are stored, parked or located on a lot in any zoning district in the unincorporated areas of the county, except those parcels that are five (5) acres of greater in the (RU) Rural zoning district, are required to be kept in a garage, carport, or protected from the elements by a fitted cover; provided, however, in the case of a vehicle protected from the elements by a cover, such vehicle shall not be visible from the public right-of-way . . .
  • Any motor vehicle and/or trailer that is not capable of operating in accordance with South Carolina law and/or capable of moving under its own power (even if it has a valid state-issued license plate permitting operation on public roads and highways) shall not be stored, parked, or located on a lot in any residential or commercial zoning district in any zoning district in the unincorporated areas of the county (except those parcels that are five (5) acres of greater in the (RU) Rural zoning district) for more than a single period of thirty (30) consecutive days during any calendar year unless it is kept in a garage, carport, or protected from the elements by a fitted cover; provided, however, in the case of a vehicle protected from the elements by a cover, such vehicle shall not be visible from the public right-of-way.
Strangely, when the Sleighdeer and Mrs. Zero's 740i has sat for more than 30 days at a time those were not part of the complaint. It was specifically about my project cars.

Now, some might say . . ."Well, whip covers on the cars and call it done!" . . . not so fast. These cars are parked in my third driveway on the side of the house and it visible from the cul de sac . . . I could move them to the back yard and add a cover, but . . . they would be visible from the other cul de sac. I discussed it in detail with the Code Enforcement Officer. Either a fence ($$$$) or a carport ($$$) will place me back on the right side of a broken law. Just can't win when some people don't want you to . . .

So now, I have to cut down some trees, level part of my lot, add some gravel, and stand up a carport. I was planning to put one up anyway, but annoyed that I have to know skip the TT school and the rest of the events for the year due some a** in my neighborhood that has nothing else in life to do.

The most NOT excellent part is the HOA has not responded to any request for information I have made. Answer the phone or return the message? Nope . . . Reply to the email? Nada . . . Response to a written letter? . . . Hell no . . .

So when I stand up this car port and they come over wagging fingers, I'm going to point to the community covenant and politely ask them to leave . . . My tinfoil hat seems to say this may have been orchestrated by a board member.

I need to plant that money tree in backyard so I can put up the fence and 2-bay shop . . . that would be a nice flip of the boid to those in neighborhood that have nothing to do other than worry about things that do not concern them.


-=PJ