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  1. #26
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    Boring update, I have been traveling and trying to get my m3 fixed so I haven't done much on the car. We have most of the wood fixed and stained. I only took one pic, but you get the idea.

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    We also recovered some of the trim panels.

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    We also cleaned the window regulators and made some adjustments. Apparently the windows were missing some parts so we ordered some stupid expensive springs from Germany.... Seriously this thing is killing me.

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    We also ordered a new headliner and removed the old one. The headliner in the car was actually in pretty good shape except someone cut a square out of it.....no clue..


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    I hope to have some more meaningful updates soon.

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    I love even the boring updates, keep up the good work.
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    I gave the visors a good cleaning last night. I am impressed with P&S xpress interior cleaner.

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    As you can see in the video, it took very little effort.

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    My dad also made a speaker mount for the dash.

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    Not a major system but we plan on driving this car and we need some music. We will likely get a vintage look radio with bluetooth or a modified vintage radio.

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    Small update, not to leave well enough alone we weren't 100% happy with the trim. So my dad stripped the veneer and re-stained.

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    I think they are good now.

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    Who am I kidding, I'm sure we will do them again.....

    Also, the headliner material showed up so we will work on that this weekend I'm sure.

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    oooohhhh that wood work... how thin was the veneer to get it to bend over those tight forms...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCG View Post
    oooohhhh that wood work... how thin was the veneer to get it to bend over those tight forms...
    Thin. Maybe a 1/16".

    A few more pics of the e9 wood after the final coat of poly. I think they are done.

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    Quick test fit to make sure the main dash piece doesn't interfere with the speakers.

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    Then started gluing the headliner in.

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    More updates soon.

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    Man that is some good stuff.

    I need to come down and visit sometime.
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    Looks like it’s cleaning up really nicely, should look amazing when it’s all together!

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    My garage was very German last night. I cleaned the E9 door panels in my garage full of BMW's and BMW memorabilia, while hanging with my dog Hofmeister and drinking a Hofbrau. Anyway... pics.

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    My dad has also been busy. I think the cluster bezel is done, not sure how many tries we are on now.

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    Awesome work!

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    Another small update but we glued down some vinyl and wood pieces on the flat dash area.

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    Its really looking good.

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    Cant wait to see that installed, I love watching the progress on this one.
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    Up next was replacement of these small strips on the door.

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    My dad stopped by the interior shop down the street. The owner is becoming a good friend and pulled some material off the roll, ran it through the sewing machine and gave it to my dad.

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    It worked out great.

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    And of course the often over looked vapor seal. The backs of the door card were pretty moldy and water had gotten in at some point, which is typical of anything of this vintage.

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    After that was the marriage of the wood and trim.

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    And a little test of how it will look with the door card. Needless to say, I am stoked.

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    Always loved the older BMWs. This thing is seriously awesome.

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    I had a busy weekend so I didn't work on the E9, but my dad got some work done. When we removed the carpet from the passenger side, we found this foam form in the footwell. It was in bad shape and of course its NLA so it needed repair.

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    I grabbed some fiberglass cloth from work, and he laid it up. He also painted it, not sure why but its fixed.

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    He also starting putting the door cards back together. The wood came out so nice.

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    He also started on the gauges. The bezel came out so nice, it was worth doing 5 times. Haha

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    The clock works now, as shown in the video below.


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    We plan on going through all the instruments before putting them back in.

    My dad also assembled a few more of the panels.

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    I have to find some trim bits, and I didnt notice the door handles were wrong(the should be tan) but its really coming together.

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    That last shot makes me dream about how it would look assembled from the driver's POV.
    Good work, very happy it's coming along nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    That last shot makes me dream about how it would look assembled from the driver's POV.
    Good work, very happy it's coming along nicely.
    I cant wait to get it all buttoned back up and take it out for a drive.

    I cleaned some more of the E9 interior parts up last night. It doesnt really show in the photos but they were pretty dirty. They are now clean and very soft, they don't make leather like this anymore, its so nice when its right.

    Dirty.

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    Cleaned up.

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    Both sides. Its hard to see but they way the rear window switches are mounted in these are pretty cool. Bonus dog butt shot.

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    And then I cleaned up the center piece that mounts between the rear buckets. Here is the dirty shot.

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    And clean soft leather.. I think one of the panels on this has been replaced, the color seems off. I am going to order a colourlock (or similar) kit for this car when its gets to the final detailing stage.

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    Cleaned up the speedo, tested the lighting with the stock 2w bulbs.

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    And then swapped the bulbs for 4w ones.

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    Now we have to do the rest.

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    Test fit in the bezel.

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    Here are some gratuitous wood pics just because.

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    Did some more cleaning on the gauges this weekend. I love the faces on these, they remind me of a vintage watch.

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    Just waiting on some special solder to fix the fuse on the clock. After that we can start putting the dash back together.

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    Not a huge amount of progress as of late but another small update. We have pretty much buttoned up the headliner and realized that we forgot to locate the holes for the roof handles. So we measured the old headliner and broke out the borescope to be sure, and whew.... crisis averted.

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    Up next was install some more chrome bits inside and figure out what goes in this hole. I'm sure its with the rest of the rear door card parts..

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    The old map light lens didnt look worthy of living on this new headliner so we picked up a NOS lens.

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    Work continued on the front trim piece of the headliner. "Tools" had to be made to help the glue stick to the forms in this piece.

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    And the final product.

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    We started on the body work a little this weekend. It looks like we might be able to save the nose with out cutting it off. It still needs a lot of hammer and dolly work, and some fill weld but I'm thinking is going to come out okay.

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    Really enjoy watching this. Excellent work. Love the real wood and leather.

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    We have kinda been in a holding pattern lately. The dash has been delayed since Thanksgiving and I think we have gotten in way over our heads when it comes to body work. The dash is supposed to be in today or tomorrow so I hope we can work on getting the rest of the interior buttoned up this week and then get the car to a body shop the beginning of Feb. The hood latch and mounting hardware was put together incorrectly and had some worn out parts, so we pulled all of it out to sand blast and repaint.

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    We also found some original wheels, so I went and picked them up Saturday.

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    I am hoping that I will have some more updates soon. Its kinda crunch time for getting it to the vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpower5266 View Post

    We also found some original wheels, so I went and picked them up Saturday.

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    I am hoping that I will have some more updates soon. Its kinda crunch time for getting it to the vintage.
    Nice progress and great find on the original wheels. I also see you hang out on E90 post, Tempted by an E91 #129. Just FYI, if you stand the wheels upright they will fit in the trunk of E91 without folding the seats, the only thing you have to remove is the retractable trunk cover. I fit 4 of my summers with 245-40/R18 tires that way.

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