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by JoelR
Sun May 24, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Cars and Parts for sale
Topic: 1983 BMW 633CSi E24 5-Speed - $6,000 – Plano (DFW), Texas
Replies: 0
Views: 596

1983 BMW 633CSi E24 5-Speed - $6,000 – Plano (DFW), Texas

1983 BMW 633CSi E24 5-Speed - $6,000 – Plano (DFW), Texas - 168k miles 20200308_110601 (2).jpg This Shark has been my daily driver for the past 6 years, and it is time for it to find a new home. As a teenager in the 80's, the 6-Series was one of those cars that stoked my interest in cars, and I knew...
by JoelR
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: 1983 633csi interior parts/tech help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 2336

Re: 1983 633csi interior parts/tech help needed

Thank you for that advice! I ordered 2 of these from Mouser, and they were visibly different from my eBay sourced parts. Not only that, the one I put in actually worked! So now I have a spare. Lessons learned from this fan motor and transistor exercise: 1. Get the transistor from a reputable supply ...
by JoelR
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: 1983 633csi interior parts/tech help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 2336

Re: 1983 633csi interior parts/tech help needed

Piggybacking on the blower motor thread: I replaced that transistor only to have it blow again. So I replaced it again using thermal grease (good thing I bought a 5-pack). I also installed a new Bosch fan motor, since the shaft was not spinning freely on the original one. This time the fan worked on...
by JoelR
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Blower Replacement with Bosch
Replies: 7
Views: 2987

Re: Blower Replacement with Bosch

Hey kids - Just a warning to BE CAREFUL when doing the boiling water removal technique. When the squirrel cage finally let go, it really let go and splashed boiling water on my hand. My little trip to the neighborhood ER for a 2nd degree scald burn ate up whatever savings I had by buying just the mo...
by JoelR
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 785
Views: 159914

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

Thanks for the writeup and info on the steering bracket fix. I just finished installing mine and will find a welder after Christmas. Love reading your story, as I have a daily driver 633, too.
by JoelR
Tue May 23, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: 83 633 Muffler - will 85 635 fit?
Replies: 3
Views: 1418

83 633 Muffler - will 85 635 fit?

My 83 633CSi (US) has a leak at the front of the rear muffler, and it needs to be replaced. I have been unable to locate a muffler for this car online anywhere, and two local independent exhaust shops have both informed me that they can't find any either. I have noticed that a muffler for the 85 635...
by JoelR
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Surprise Pic on amazon
Replies: 0
Views: 1246

Surprise Pic on amazon

So I am shopping on amazon in the Automotive department, and I click the link to go to "Your Garage", and it comes up with a stock picture of an R53 Mini Cooper S, since I was shopping those parts. So I change to my 83 E24, and a photo of MY 633CSi is amazon's representative picture! The photo is fr...
by JoelR
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Cars and Parts for sale
Topic: Whos e24 has a broken odometer? Odometer gears here!
Replies: 72
Views: 35366

Re: Whos e24 has a broken odometer? Odometer gears here!

Before anyone gets too carried away here bashing on garagistics and before @songzunhuang beats himself up too badly for reaming out his gear, I would like to say a couple of things in both of their defenses: When I tackled the gears this weekend, I ran into the same problems that @songzunhuang did o...
by JoelR
Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Can A Rear Muffler Be Bought "a la Carte"?
Replies: 21
Views: 4839

Re: Can A Rear Muffler Be Bought "a la Carte"?

Does anyone know what makes the rear muffler from an 85 635 (US) different from the 83 633 (US)? I can find a variety of mufflers that claim compatibility with the former but next to nothing for the latter. I am guessing that the tail pipes are slightly larger diameter on the 635 based on the chrome...
by JoelR
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Steering/Brake Pressure Hose Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2060

The answer is M18x1.5. Also, the assembly is NLA from BMW.

I chased the threads, wiggled the regulator to a better location, and got the pipe reinserted.

Thanks!
by JoelR
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Steering/Brake Pressure Hose Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2060

Steering/Brake Pressure Hose Thread

Went to replace the brake bomb tonight (83 633 US), and all went fairly well until it came time to reattach the upper (19 mm) flare fitting back into the regulator. I finally discerned that the thread is messed up just enough to prevent it getting started. I would much rather chase these threads tha...
by JoelR
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Exhaust middle section - peace of mind
Replies: 1
Views: 846

I can't speak to that particular part, but I had a similarly shaped middle box that would rub the driveshaft. I went with dual glass pack resonators in place of it.
by JoelR
Fri May 15, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: problems with door shutting properly
Replies: 22
Views: 5306

for adjustment, see the online workshop manual. Does anyone have a good means of loosening the Phillips head hinge bolts on the body? I got out my biggest Phillips head driver (which fits the head well) and my socket wrench, but it just wanted to strip the head, so I stopped before I did too much d...
by JoelR
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: air dam
Replies: 21
Views: 5919

Ralph raises hand up: I have several hens teeth!! With Fogs & Brackets!! Sorry, but not cheap - but less than you paid for said car. Remember I'm in this business to make money. Ralph PS - Bobbo, you should know by now but my inventory is getting depleted. Interested in one of your hens teeth. Sent...
by JoelR
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Car "bucks" under deceleration?
Replies: 1
Views: 827

Could be your TPS adjustment is a little out. Might give it a check.
by JoelR
Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:19 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Road Trip Reveals a couple of faults...
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Road Trip Reveals a couple of faults...

After a year of daily driving, I took the 6 (83 633 5-speed) on its first weekend road trip of about 350 miles round trip. On the trip down and on the way back there was a problem with the AC, and on the way back there was trouble with the idle. It was sunny with the ambient temperature around 80 de...
by JoelR
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Cooling system refurbishment
Replies: 17
Views: 3929

I would recommend NOT using Gates hoses for this. I had fitment issues with a Gates hose on the lower radiator. (Water pump pulley tore a hole in it, so I replaced it with BMW hose that fit correctly.)
by JoelR
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:39 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: wiper motor
Replies: 11
Views: 3037

IIRC from having done this twice about a year ago, you just need to pry the arm off the shaft.
by JoelR
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Alignment Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

No, the car is stock except for the wheels, which are 15x7 BMW Style 7 with 205/60 tires. I double-checked my paperwork and saw that the front suspension overhaul was actually done 29k miles ago by Lone Star Bavarian, and it included new upper & lower control arms, thrust arm bushing, and transmissi...
by JoelR
Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:57 am
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Alignment Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

Alignment Question

My '83 633 has excessive wear on the inner tread for all 4 tires, especially the right front, so I am suspecting a toe problem. The previous owner replaced all the bushings in the front end about 20k miles ago. I went to my usual alignment ship this morning only to be told that they don't align BMW'...
by JoelR
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:35 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: No heat at highway speeds //M6
Replies: 57
Views: 12959

Big thanks to all who have contributed to this topic. My Bosch valve had a tear in the diaphragm, so I bought the MTC valve. It exhibited the same symptoms (no heat above 2k rpm), so I was glad to read about swapping the plastic spacer from the Bosch to the MTC. It works like a champ now! The Bosch ...
by JoelR
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:27 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: In need of assistance on a no-start.
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: In need of assistance on a no-start.

Once I do get it to start, it runs fine for a few minutes until it warms up, at which point the idle bounces between 800-1400RPM. It never dies, just lets the idle bounce.
I cured the idle bounce on my car by adjusting the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) properly.
by JoelR
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:23 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Lower Radiator Hose
Replies: 28
Views: 6139

I got the hose replaced last week, and the OEM BMW hose was definitely a different shape than the Gates hose. The Gates had a longer fat section at the water inlet housing that was causing the interference issue. I had also ordered the clamp for the hose, as pictured, but the one that arrived was pl...
by JoelR
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: New Radiator
Replies: 1
Views: 905

New Radiator

The new Behr radiator arrived today, and I thought I would inspect before installing it. I noticed that there are wavy plastic pieces tucked into the cooling tubes. It seems like this would limit the flow through the tubes, but maybe they are there to create some sort of swirl in the tube or maybe p...
by JoelR
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Lower Radiator Hose
Replies: 28
Views: 6139

Hmmm...Never seen that before. So I guess that should fix the problem. What does it bolt to? And who carries it?

Thanks!