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by sharkfan
Wed May 15, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: CTECK battery charger.
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: CTECK battery charger.

I know it doesn't help Ron's problem with his CTEK but there are alternatives; I have used Accumate charger/maintainers for 20 years now with never a problem - no need to to turn it on, no modes to check or select, just plug and play and walk away.
by sharkfan
Thu May 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: My Project
Topic: My E24 passion
Replies: 25
Views: 10202

Re: My E24 passion

Another year has passed and my Baltic Blue 635CSi is now 37 years old, and has passed another MoT test. There are a few ball joint rubbers to look at but otherwise mechanically it is running well. Of more concern is the bodywork; it is starting to bubble and blister in a number of places and will ne...
by sharkfan
Wed May 01, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 14
Views: 588

Re: A/C abilities

It is important when assessing an E24's air-conditioning performance to RTFM (Read the Flipping Manual). The manual states to move all the three slider controls fully to the left, the closed position, in order that no exterior temperature air is allowed in and that the cooled air is directed to the ...
by sharkfan
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 1985 M635CSi
Replies: 29
Views: 9716

Re: 1985 M635CSi

This lovely car has just passed its 31st MoT now that it is 34 years old. 5 more tests and it will be 40 years and no longer require testing according to current legislation, and thankfully it is in stunning condition inside and out and should be fine for another 20 years or more... ...but I most ge...
by sharkfan
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What did you do to your E24 today?
Replies: 800
Views: 136160

Re: What did you do to your E24 today?

M635CSi passed it's MoT with no advisories, but I'd only done just shy of 700 miles in the last year. There's a few things around the car I am planning to get done; handbrake rebuild on both sides as I've never had them apart in the last 12 years of ownership, all new anti-roll bits across the front...
by sharkfan
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: 1979 world land speed record M1 turns up!
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: 1979 world land speed record M1 turns up!

I've seen this in the flesh and it's an unmitigated tip and moneypit. It is everything you don't want in an M1, and very little of an original M1.

The icing on the cake was the supposed 'World Record' isn't, because it wasn't officially ratified.
by sharkfan
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What did you do to your E24 today?
Replies: 800
Views: 136160

Re: What did you do to your E24 today?

635CSi started up yesterday and warmed through for a run out next week sometime; M635CSi started up and taken out for a short run today - no issues, sounded amazing, everything (including AC) worked perfectly except for a slight squeak from the rear seat AC/Vent fan. IIRC it should be just taking th...
by sharkfan
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Under front seat subwoofer?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Under front seat subwoofer?

Has anyone ever managed to squeeze one of those compact all-in-one active subwoofers under either of the front seats? There is a recess behind the raised section where the front bolt holes are sited but I was musing whether anyone had ever gone down this route and actually fitted one (or one under e...
by sharkfan
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: S38 timing chain assessment
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: S38 timing chain assessment

If it's an American spec 'M6' with 256bhp then it is indeed the S38B35 engine. Euro/rest of the world got the 286bhp 'M635CSi' cars with the M88/3 engine. The critical difference is the type of engine; like the E34 3.6 and 3.8 M5's with their S38B36 and S38B38 engines the S38B35 has a double row tim...
by sharkfan
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: 3 piece conversions....
Replies: 16
Views: 639

Re: 3 piece conversions....

Agreed. Beautiful. DOT or any other entity approved I doubt. Not trying to be a naysayer, just realize it's an 'experimental' wheel. You know that BMW had trouble with the first two-piece M6 wheels of similar construction and replaced with one piece for 'safety' reasons. BMW didn't have trouble wit...
by sharkfan
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: 3 piece conversions....
Replies: 16
Views: 639

Re: 3 piece conversions....

Gorgeous, especially the TRX bottle-top conversions. Do you send overseas?
by sharkfan
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Gonna be gone for a while
Replies: 68
Views: 6627

Re: Gonna be gone for a while

Ron doing well and great news for you now as well.

Get well the both of you \:D/
by sharkfan
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: engine stopping when it gets warm
Replies: 24
Views: 981

Re: engine stopping when it gets warm

I know nothing of under-bonnet racing temperatures but the main relay ( on my 1982 car at least) is next to the fuel pump relay on the outside of the relay box. It too can be shorted out, and many of us do carry shorting straps for this reason, but it needs a one-to-two shorting strap as it has two ...
by sharkfan
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: engine stopping when it gets warm
Replies: 24
Views: 981

Re: engine stopping when it gets warm

Have you changed the main ECU relay; it has two output contacts and depending on the age of the relay and its internal configuration it can fail giving an output on one contact but not the other, which might stop the car.

The E24 is too old for any effective code indications from the ECU.
by sharkfan
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Squeaky fan heater
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Squeaky fan heater

Yearly maintenance item as far as I am concerned.
by sharkfan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: engine stopping when it gets warm
Replies: 24
Views: 981

Re: engine stopping when it gets warm

Change the main ecu and fuel pump relays.
by sharkfan
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 2456

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

Good to hear you're home Ron - I'll be in touch soon.
by sharkfan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Gonna be gone for a while
Replies: 68
Views: 6627

Re: Gonna be gone for a while

Best wishes Ken, you and Ron are now hospital buddies... several thousand miles apart.
by sharkfan
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 2456

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

Thanks for visiting him Rob, I'm a little too far to try and just drop in.

Ron called me after your visit and he sounded a lot better than the last time we spoke; it sounds as though he'll be in for a lengthy return to good health and fitness but with a little luck his 'welds' will hold this time.
by sharkfan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 2456

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

I've just spoken to Ron and he's home from hospital. He's facing a slow recovery to full health but it was heart-warming to hear his voice again - we've been friends due to these cars for many years now and enjoyed some great weekends and times together so I passed on everyones best wishes for his s...
by sharkfan
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: Losing 17" Alpinas for 15" rims. Need tire advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Losing 17" Alpinas for 15" rims. Need tire advice.

I've been using 225/60x15's for the last few years on my 635CSi and they drive really well.
by sharkfan
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Rough Idle, dies on slight throttle - with video for diagnosis.
Replies: 18
Views: 1070

Re: Rough Idle, dies on slight throttle - with video for diagnosis.

I had near identical symptoms which I eventually discovered was a blocked screen on the in-tank pick up; I figured it out after buying and fitting a temporary fuel pressure gauge. I had also previously suspected and changed the fuel filter and pump. Taking out the in-tank pick up and cleaning it onl...
by sharkfan
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 2456

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

Pod wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:40 am
I just spoke to Cassie. Ron is doing OK and is now out of intensive care.
Brilliant news :-)

I phoned the other day but Cas was pretty tired and had no real news.

All the best Ron !!!!!!
by sharkfan
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Get Well Soon, Ron
Replies: 48
Views: 2456

Re: Get Well Soon, Ron

Just got home to read this Rob; tough news to hear. I won't call Cass so as not to trouble her but when you next speak to her let her know she and Ron are in my thoughts and prayers and I can be available to help out in any way.

Get well soon Ron.