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My 1982 633csi

Post by MoonlightGraham » Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:27 pm

My grandfather bought this car new in early 1983 from Wide World of Cars BMW in Spring Valley, NY (outside the city) and he owned it until the late 1990s when he sold it to my uncle (with ~60k miles on it). It has the original window sticker, bill of sale, sales brochures, service records, etc. that have been awesome to look through not to mention the great memories of riding in the backseat with grandad at the wheel when I was a boy.

Jump ahead to 2021 and I purchased the car from my uncle in January and it currently has 87k miles. It runs and drives very well but is very much a 39 year old car and has recently spent time being stored outside in New Jersey; with some rust in the rear wheel well area. She will now be garaged in North Carolina, so hopefully I can preserve her for the next generation!

I've always been a car guy, but have always owned late model cars and have focused in on surface care/detailing and less on turning wrenches - so I have a lot to learn! I am already working on a punch list of items to bring to the board for feedback and guidance!

Here are a few before and after photos (stripping wash/clay/compound/polish/synthetic wax applied by DA polisher): https://ibb.co/album/0qmhY6
82 633CSi Henna Red//Black leather; 87k
Last 7 of VIN: 7505926

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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by Jlc » Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:35 pm

That's a real beauty. Welcome to the madness.
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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by hornhospital » Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:47 am

Love the color! Henna red?
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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by 86_6series » Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:50 pm

Very nice, I bought my 86 in 1988 from Wide World.

Good luck and enjoy the tinkering when working on these beauties.

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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by MoonlightGraham » Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:37 pm

Thanks, all. Yes - it's Henna Red! Growing up I always described it as 'candy apple orange' - a unique and cool color for sure.
82 633CSi Henna Red//Black leather; 87k
Last 7 of VIN: 7505926

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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by 635sharknose » Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:36 pm

Such a great story! I love it when a car stays in the family for such a long time!

My grandfather owned many BMW's as well, among them several 3, 5 and 7 series, sadly all of them are demolished.
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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by sansouci » Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:24 pm

You may want to get to know Roger Hanley (also from NC) who is restoring his car. He likely has good info on body shops for rust, paint and other needs of aging BMWs.
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93 E32 740il M60 Auto, Alpenweis/Ultramarine
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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by emac » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:47 am

Great looking car, congratulations and glad it is staying in the family. I would start with the basic maintenance stuff and start making a list of things that need replacing. Start with easy stuff until you get some confidence. BC is always here when you get in too deep!

I noticed the front side bumper covers are hanging down. I am pretty sure they are tough to source new ones. Mine were similar. I removed them, and the mounting studs were broken. I was able to fix them using new bolts washers and JB weld. Picture of what I am talking about:
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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by MoonlightGraham » Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:27 pm

Thank you - will definitely be on the lookout for Roger Hanley! Does he post on BC?

emac - nice job on the bumper covers...we're going to try your strategy to do the same this Spring. That picture helps a lot; any other curveballs on that project that you encountered?
82 633CSi Henna Red//Black leather; 87k
Last 7 of VIN: 7505926

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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by emac » Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:19 pm

dont let the screw fall over while it is setting up!

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Re: My 1982 633csi

Post by sansouci » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:59 am

Roger is a regular poster on BC and recently completed a restoration.
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84 E24 633Csi Auto, Bronzit/PearlBeige 6997510
93 E32 740il M60 Auto, Alpenweis/Ultramarine
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