Things are moving along on the car! The motor rebuild has made driving the car a blast. I am driving around like a menace and I love it!!
Last year I had 3 major things on my list and tons of minor things. The major things were:
- Paint and bodywork
- Bottom end motor rebuild
- 5 speed upgrade
I’m happy to say that numbers 1 and 2 have been completed! Now I have a new list of things to get done in no particular order.
- Headliner repair:
The shop in Mexico replaced the headliner when the paint was done. It was coming unglued in a few spots. I will either take it back to Mexico and have it fixed or get some upholstery contact cement and fix it myself. Leaning toward the latter option.
Front End alignment:The front tires are wearing unevenly. Before I install the new wheels I wanna get an alignment.
- Rear wheel studs:
This will allow me to put spacers on for the 15″ BBS rims. Which brings us to number 3…
- BBS 15″ install!
This has been a 2 year process! Redrill, polished lips, painted centers. Lightweight, 11 pounds a wheel!
- Ireland front spoiler:
I had this painted with the car. It’s just gotta be installed. I have been waiting for the BBS wheels to be installed to do this. I feel the polished lips on the BBS will be a better match to go with the spoiler.
- Chrome belt line trim:
I have the chrome trim in a roll and it’s ready to be installed.
- Sunroof Seals:
I have the rear sunroof seal, just need the front seal and then need to install them.
- Re-seat the rear window:
The rear window needs to be reseated. Just bought a factory BMW seal to replace the URO seal that popped out.
- Bumper rechrome:
Because the paint came out so good, the bumpers now show their flaws. Having them rechromed will go a loooong way in the overall appearance of the car.
- Coco floor mats, pedal pads:
This literally will finish off the interior. I’m torn over the color of Coco mats to get but I already have the new pedal pads. Just need to put them on. I have a new drivers side floor carpet section so that will be new as well.
- Carb adjustment or dual carb install:
I’m gonna set the float level and see if that fixes the flat spot. If not maybe install a larger fuel needle. If that doesn’t solve the problem maybe it’s time to put those DCOE 40s that are on the shelf.
Engine bay and wiring clean up:A lot of wires and ugly stuff in the engine bay. a good engine steam clean as well as cleaning up the wiring and removing extra wires from the smog equipment. The plan is to get the engine bay to match the outside of the car.
Gauge Cluster rebuild:My needles shake and my odometer and trip meter do not work. I also want to possibly do a custom color around the gauges where the factory faux wood grain is. I also want to use yellow LEDs for the lights to match the Nakamich radio and VDO gauges.
Custom painted Valve Cover:I bought a custom painted valve cover many years ago. Now it’s starting to show its age. If I clean up the engine bay then the valve cover should be be either repainted or my original one should be painted. I’m thinking a metallic silver with the BMW M color stripes.
123/Tune distributor swap:I got an advance unit of the Bluetooth distributor. It works amazingly well except when it’s hot it loses the ability to change curves. They say it’s a firmware update that needs to happen to fix that. The problem is I have to remove it and send it back to the Netherlands. I hate to do it because it runs so good!! I will have to bite the bullet and put my Tii distributor back in and send it back.
Front Bumper AlignmentI need to get the bumper perfectly aligned. Its not quite perfect now. I have 2 options. 1. Try and lower the center section, or 2. Raise the attachment points on the bumper ends. I may do this after the spoiler is installed just in case that interferes with the bumper end attachment points.
Phew! Thats a huge list! lol. Actually the majority of those things are in process and won’t take long to complete. Stay tuned!!!