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by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Make it pretty!

OK, now you have seen the wicked bad welding job that my car has been subjected to. Well, I wanted to make it look a bit better, even though it's on the bottom of the car. So I crawled under there, filed it down a bit and shot it with some engine paint. It's looks a bit less bad with paint. Haha. Pa...
by songzunhuang
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

Just out of curiosity, did you seen the welding machine he was using? Based on that skill level, I would wonder about their body work too. I'm looking for an entry level welding set up and Hornhospital may have the most experience on BC. If anyone else can make some specific recommendations, mostly...
by songzunhuang
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Secure but not pretty

So I finally got my steering box fix permanently secured. As mentioned it is not pretty. I think I am going to spend some time this weekend filing it down and cleaning it up before I shoot it with paint. Here's the underside of the steering box fix after I installed it 3 days ago. Weld Before.png I ...
by songzunhuang
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

If you're thinking heavy framework welding, a stick welder is the easiest to learn and gives good results once you learn to get rid of the slag between passes. Expect to pay in the $250 range for the machine and supplies to get started. For more versatility a GOOD, broad range MIG machine can do an...
by songzunhuang
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: Installing Ed's Fix

Man, almost made me go buy welding equipment. You should seriously consider it! Welding isn't that hard (I've been doing it for 55 years...dad taught me when I was 11) and can be learned in adult education classes at most any trade school. Having the equipment and skill at hand frees you up to do s...
by songzunhuang
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Installing Ed's Fix

So for those wondering about the fix for the steering box, here's a couple of more pictures of the installation process. It'll probably take me longer to type this and post it than it took to install this! I'm telling you, it was easy. First, I drove my car up a Rhino ramp so that it's easy to get u...
by songzunhuang
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

I have one installed also. For about 10 years I think. Here's the install instructions btw. http://www.mwrench.com/download/steeringfix.pdf Cheers, Ray Ray, thanks for the link. Luckily I spent about an hour with Ed (the guy who makes them) and he gave me the detailed lowdown. Those instructions yo...
by songzunhuang
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Ed's Steering Box Fix - Excellent

So I met up with Ed at this home and had a great time talking shop! He's a car guy through and through. However, the reason I went there was to pickup the Steering Box fix that he manufactures. This piece is amazing and exceeded my expectations. It's created on a CNC machine and the finish is amazin...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: cylinder head rebuild and L Jetronic injectors
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: cylinder head rebuild and L Jetronic injectors

Hey, I recently got a head gasket replacement and I noticed my piston tops were just flat. Yours looks like there's some hump (or is that a recess?). Is that for added compression? So what's with the cat? Did that inspire the color choice? Finally, I like polished aluminum look. One day when I have ...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

I wouldn't drive it. You risk it coming apart further, with possible disastrous consequences. As you can see, it has come apart further and I didn't have to drive it anywhere! How convenient. It's all dark in there and when I first inspected it in the evening, I didn't see the broken lower bracket....
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

Song, Where's all the oil slime coming from? I am sure that was leftover from the Front Mail Seal issue I had when I first got the car. It was spewing oil everywhere. The leak would trickle onto the balancer which would fling it all over the place. Notice its all covered in gunk from dirt buildup o...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

Ssong, Matthewdesigns just did a steering box repair so it is likely Ed is still making them available. Can the bracket itself be welded where it failed as a stopgap? --Ken I am glad to report that Ed is active and responsive. I wrote him yesterday and got a response today. I've sent him payment an...
by songzunhuang
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

There goes my Steering Box bracket

Well, the steady state for my car didn't last long. As I pulled my car out to drive to work, I hear a loud crack sound when I turned the wheel. This was then accompanied by a clunk as I turned the wheel. I drove to work anyway and noticed my steering wheel was now cranked oddly and no longer straigh...
by songzunhuang
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

The original paint was Nogaro silver #243. Thanks, if I ever want to go back to factory spec, I now know what to do. I took a more revealing picture of the difference. The new paint I applied is on the left. IMG_4379.JPG This is in direct bright sunlight. It's hard to tell the difference in less ha...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: 6 months in.
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: 6 months in.

Today marks the sixth month of ownership of my 1986 635csi. This BMW had sat since 1992 so she was in need of a lot of attention. I can say with a huge smile on my face that for the last two moths she has been my daily driver and not a single issue, other than my drive home is only 10 miles long an...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Glad to say I'm back in the game
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Glad to say I'm back in the game

Awesome! I like those wheels. It's the same that I got for my car when the e24 sickness first caught hold of me over 2 years ago. IMG_3818.JPG I liked that the wheels are a modern interpretation of wire wheels. They are clean (and easy to clean). I don't know what your car has, but I had to install ...
by songzunhuang
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Quick paint touchup - window frame

So today I cruised around in my newly fixed e24 for no particular reason. I ran errands and generally took the long way home. As I was getting in and out of the car, something bothered me. The paint on the frame around the window was all oxidized. I have been meaning to fix this. OK, today is the da...
by songzunhuang
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Inspecting the work in the daylight

So today I finally looked at the car in the daylight. Overall, the independent shop did a really good job. There were a few odd things that I noticed that bugged me. I am documenting all the stiff here. First. I took a picture of the clean engine compartment, but then I noticed something really weir...
by songzunhuang
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Head Gasket replacement cost

So I picked up my car today from the independent repair shop. On the 12 mile drive home the car seems to be doing well. I have learned to withhold a final determination until I have driven it for a week or so. However, here was the breakdown in cost for those who might be curious. Labor: Head remova...
by songzunhuang
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

May failure late last year was also cyl #6 coolant leak. I have been told that this is common due to the higher temperatures that the rear cylinder experiences. OK, that makes sense. Still, what a pain to deal with. Oh well. The only way to prevent that is to install an E34 B36 water pump pulley. T...
by songzunhuang
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

tschultz wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:06 pm
May failure late last year was also cyl #6 coolant leak.
I have been told that this is common due to the higher temperatures that the rear cylinder experiences. OK, that makes sense. Still, what a pain to deal with. Oh well.
by songzunhuang
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Head Gasket leak - in pictures

Well, today I visited the shop and saw for myself the condition of everything on my car. I definitely had a failed head gasket at cylinder #6. It didn't look catastrophic, but it's so clear when you see it all apart. First, here's a shot of the block and pistons. It's pretty darn obvious which one h...
by songzunhuang
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What did you do to your E24 today?
Replies: 598
Views: 72324

Re: What did you do to your E24 today?

Not so much done to my E24, as noticed my E24 doinf to itself. Those who notice my occasional posts might have noticed my battle of attrition to attain a reliable working speedo, and after many months this and countless hours of fault tracing I managed this in the summer.... only for the temperatur...
by songzunhuang
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Re: 1984 633CSi Rises again!

dwcains wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:59 am
Factory service manual confirms what I said above:

http://www.malloc.nl/BMW/635CSi/pages/e ... l#refertoc
Scratching my head. I asked them about a transmission fluid and filter change. That reference I just looked at appears to be for an oil pan? Am I confused?
by songzunhuang
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: My Project
Topic: 1984 633CSi Rises again!
Replies: 567
Views: 44644

Turning it over to the Pros...

Today I took my car to the Catalpa street garage in Santa Cruz. This weekend I noticed the white smoke coming out of the exhaust and I continued to lose coolant at a rate of about 2 cups per 50 miles. I don't have time to mess with a head gasket replacement and I need a car to drive. Screen Shot 201...