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by Drew
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Any M62 gurus here?
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Any M62 gurus here?

+1 it'll be stripped threads in the alloy head casting (or cam bearing cap, depends which bolt is spinning). The alloy on the M62 heads is very like brie, and it's easy to over-torque these bolts when trying to eliminate oil weeps from the cam cover I have fixed a stripped thread on a bearing cap us...
by Drew
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Cabin fuel smell
Replies: 12
Views: 414

Re: Cabin fuel smell

different car I appreciate, but on my E9 I noted that when I had the windows open I smelled fuel. I eliminated everything engine related by running the fuel pump without the engine on (jumper the relay) and checked for leaks/ smells under the bonnet. With everything cold any leaks won't evaporate so...
by Drew
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 3139

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

good to hear that you're on the mend Ron, sounds like you're still having a rough time of it all. Hopefully home again soon.

....turns out you were rustier than you thought?

all the best,
Drew

:D
by Drew
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 3139

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

just seen this

all the best Ron, hopefully you'll be up and about and reading all of these posts soon.

:D
by Drew
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Blown headgasket
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: Blown headgasket

FWIW, and not adding anything new here, just repeating what others have said, I've had success using a 1/4" drive with a UJ and a long extension. So 12mm 1/4" socket, then the UJ, then about 9" of extensions then the 1/4" drive. Never thought of using tape to firm up the UJ and stop it flopping abou...
by Drew
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated
Replies: 32
Views: 11869

Re: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated

Thanks for replying Bruce
The finished result
I'm on it with the PAS too....
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by Drew
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated
Replies: 32
Views: 11869

Re: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated

Have you seen these that fit on top of the filter Pretty nifty, have you used one? I tried throwing some of my smallest washers in the canister, and the magnetic force holding them to the sides was very weak, so Brucey is right, again :roll: How about some small neodymium magnets stuck on the insid...
by Drew
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated
Replies: 32
Views: 11869

Re: Magnet oil filter- DIY style -updated

Undead alert!!! :D A reprise of one of Bruce's (many) greatest hits. I always meant to do this on my E24, and got some magnets from a defunct mk2 Golf starter, but then.... well not sure what happened but the magnets never got fitted, that's for sure. So, now doing an oil service on my E9 so I looke...
by Drew
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Temperature gauge indication - running too cool?
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Temperature gauge indication - running too cool?

An IR thermometer might be useful here. With an engine at running temp the stat housing should be 85-90 C I would think.

Anyone else checked coolant system running temps?
by Drew
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Oil change before or after winter lay-up
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Oil change before or after winter lay-up

Contaminants..... Like you I've only got a few 100 miles on the oil, but it does run quite rich, so probably a bit of unleaded in the sump :roll: Not sure I'm going to get the chance to do the job any time soon, autumn just arrived with a few inches of rain, and I'd always want to do a run before an...
by Drew
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: M90 engine overhaul
Replies: 9
Views: 1118

Re: M90 engine overhaul

Can't help with your question, just a reminder to get the correct CH gasket on rebuild. The 3453 engine has a very different gasket to the 3430
by Drew
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Oil change before or after winter lay-up
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Oil change before or after winter lay-up

I'll be putting my E9 to bed for the winter in the next few weeks, should I change the oil now, or wait until Spring?

Many big jobs to do over winter, so unlikely to be a wheel turned until march

Cheers
Drew
by Drew
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Adding OEM cruise control?
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Adding OEM cruise control?

This is going back a long while, but I did this mod to a manual pre 5/82 car. Not trivial, but the difficulty, as Bruce notes, is to generate a speed signal for the cruise Brain to work with. A later car doesn't have this issue as the speed sender in the diff generates the square wave the brain need...
by Drew
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Cars and Parts wanted
Topic: Left Rear Light Needed
Replies: 1
Views: 30525

Re: Left Rear Light Needed

Hi, just seen this. I have a drivers (UK RHD) light cluster, minus the lens. Not in great condition, but it does have the chrome (needs a polish), the electrical connections, and the white seal which seals between lens and chrome surround (seal has a couple of splits). Can send photos if interested....
by Drew
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Changing rocker cover gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Changing rocker cover gasket

ta Brucey, yes agreed it's more annoying than serious, just a couple of drips TBH. But I am annoyed by it!! I had not realised any of the bolt holes went through, I'd assumed they were all blind. I recall on the plate on the back of the head there's one bolt with a non-metal washer, as that one bolt...
by Drew
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Changing rocker cover gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Changing rocker cover gasket

Hi Bruce, a related question, seemed like a good place to ask it... I had a pretty bad drippy oil leak coming from the upper timing cover area, just above the chain tensioner, a perfectly normal M30 problem!! So I replaced the two paper gaskets on the upper cover and used hylomar to seal in the corn...
by Drew
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Using a M30 cruise control set on an M88/3
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: Using a M30 cruise control set on an M88/3

slightly different, but I retro'd cruise from an E32 (M30) into an early E24 (M90). My issue was generating a speed signal waveform from an old-skool gearbox speedo drive, a totally electronic problem. The rest was plug and play. The E34 had a separate brain to control the cruise servo, so no integr...
by Drew
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: M90 v M30 - again!
Replies: 10
Views: 3014

Re: M90 v M30 - again!

as a word of caution with any head work, make sure you get the correct M90 head gasket as the M30 one is not correct. A 1982 M90 motronic 635CSi came to me as a breaker, and (I think) the reason it was a breaker was overheating issues caused as a garage had fitted the M30 h-gasket to the M90 engine....
by Drew
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Cars and Parts for sale
Topic: Rear wheel arch repair panels, W&N parts
Replies: 0
Views: 56817

Rear wheel arch repair panels, W&N parts

Pair of Walloth & Nesch rear wheel arch repair panels for a series 1 (pre 82) 6er They've been stored for a long time (I sold my 635 a few years ago) but are in good nick. A few small minor dings that will easily smooth out. No rust. Looking for £100 for the pair, plus postage I'm in Beaconsfield, s...
by Drew
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Are E23's any good - Yes it seems so
Replies: 88
Views: 28576

Re: Are E23's any good - Yes it seems so

Not sure if anyone saw this one, but it needs rescuing if anyone fancies E23 Alpina (maybe) style?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/bmw-735i-alp ... 3053386056?

Usual story of bodywork etc.

No affiliation
by Drew
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Rarest 635 and why.
Replies: 41
Views: 11251

Re: Rarest 635 and why.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172782546426?ul_noapp=true

this one... clearly :roll:

many rare features, including a Star Trek teleporter to get it from Sophia to Isleworth

:D
by Drew
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: E12 L-Jet Cruise Control
Replies: 1
Views: 918

Hi Mike, think the original cruise on the early cars was vacuum powered?? I can't recall where I heard this so happy to be wrong. On my (now long sold) E12/ E24 I retrofitted the cruise control from a E32 7er (with an M30 of course, so matching throttle), but using a proper early E24 control stalk. ...
by Drew
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: looking for my old 6er - OMD733X
Replies: 2
Views: 1059

Thank you Ron, hopefully back firmly in the 635 fast lane before too long!
by Drew
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: looking for my old 6er - OMD733X
Replies: 2
Views: 1059

looking for my old 6er - OMD733X

Hi folks, having taken a long break from 6er ownership (five years or thereabouts) I'm now looking for a very specific way back in. I want my old car back!! [-o< I sold her to a chap in the west country (UK) who may have been someone with connections to the armed forces? I've done a check online and...
by Drew
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: a very sad day for me and my 635
Replies: 17
Views: 5765

I've got a set of headlight surround grills you can have for the postage.

glad you're ok enough to post about it though, that's what crumple zones are for I guess