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Old 22nd January 2018, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I have been a member on here for a while but I have never gotten round to starting a project thread.

So here's my attempt.

When I got the car there where a few little niggles, the first to sort out was the interior.

The wheel was re-trimmed by Royal Steering wheels in full Nappa leather with extra padding and M-stitching. The original gear knob was also removed and replaced with a clubsport one. Both of these made much more of a difference to the interior than I was expecting.

Pride & Performance then carried out an interior detail and restored the leather on the worn bolsters. They also sorted out the bits behind the front seats which appeared to have some marks from the seat belts catching them.

[IMG]Interior_1 by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]


Exterior freshen up

Tin worm both sills and rear arches were victims of this. The front arches had both been replaced by BMW not long before purchasing the car so these were still in great shape (rust wise, but they did have a few stone chips)

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

While it was in the body shop I had a few more bits sorted.
- Stone chips on the bonnet.
- Wing mirrors re-spray.
- Rust on window surround trim was removed and then re-sprayed matte black.
- Wheels were re-furbed in reflex silver.
- Front bumper re-spray.
- Rear bumper re-spray.
- Rear lights were sanded down and then lacquered.
- Interior plastic trim was sprayed in Frozen Grey. (soon to be changed back to titan silver)
- Side skirts.
- key mark on the drivers door.
- Stone chips on both front wings.

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_2072 by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_2071 by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

General Maintenance

Shortly after the paint was sorted I took the car to Darren Woods who carried out a vanos re-build and also changed a small selection of bushes (here goes another list)

- RTABs
- Poly bushes in the subframe.
- Diff plate with bushes & new bolts
- Forward diff bush
- Anti-roll bar bushes & drop links
- Rear control arm bushes.
- Upper spring platform inner bushes.
- Rear upper spring platform outer ball joints.
- Both front track-rods.
- Front drivers side wishbone.

Then the car was off to Drury Lane garage in Oldham for a 4 wheel alignment.

The latest change I have made to the car is to fit a 545i lever and some new leather gaiters from bespoke leathering. I haven't driven the car much since doing this but I'm not sure if the short shift will be staying. The throw is improved but it isn't half 'notchy' and stiff to get into gear.


Heres a few more pictures of how it stands at the moment.

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1454 by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1049 by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]


Josh.

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Old 23rd January 2018, 09:12 AM   #2
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Interior looks fantastic. Can't stand how these cars rust!
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Old 24th January 2018, 06:18 PM   #3
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God damn, loving your work, all that spray work must have cost an absolute fortune!!!!
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Old 24th January 2018, 10:23 PM   #4
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Interior looks fantastic. Can't stand how these cars rust!
Cheers.

Ridiculous isn't it, when I was looking for the car I viewed loads and not one was completely free of rust.

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God damn, loving your work, all that spray work must have cost an absolute fortune!!!!
Nice one. It wasn't the cheapest thing I've done on the car but it was worth it. Just wish I had some PPF fitted soon after having it done because recently I've noticed quite a few stone chips on the rear arches which have started to rust
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Old 30th January 2018, 09:13 PM   #5
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Latest addition to the project is a Focal 4.320 amp. The plan is to mount this behind the glove box hidden out of the way. The amp is part of focals integration series so it is pretty much plug and play with the factory headunit.

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

Quick picture of the short shift and the new gaiter

[IMG]Untitled by Josh H, on Flickr[/IMG]

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