I'd like to get the front bumper repainted soon as it is covered in chips and has been poorly painted previously. I'd then like to see about covering it with a clear protection wrap, but need to find somewhere that does it. Also on the paint front, I dug out the spare paint I have from when the rear bumper and wings were done. I'll try and repair a couple of chips with that.... The lack of further progress on the paintwork is due to spending the holiday doing some mechanical jobs. I picked up a few parts before the holiday to let me tick off a few jobs on the front end: . New nearside wishbone, slight ball joint play as an MOT advisory . New BM Conversions power steering hose- usual E46 weep and corrosion . CPV seal, it has been in the tool box since I got the vanos seals. . Gear lever ball plastic cup/bush . Reinforcement plate bolts, and other screws for plastic panels . Painting of various minor bits of corrosion I'd also treated myself to a desiccant type dehumidifier before the holiday. The condensing type was on all the time and not getting humidity below 70% on my gauge. Better than the 80-90-100% outside, but not quite good enough. This is the one I got: https://www.meacodehumidifiers.co.uk/meaco-junior-8-litre-dehumidifier-dd8lj?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2rGIur-72AIVqRbTCh0hKwpZEAYYASABEgJyRvD_BwE About £160. There are cheaper ones that are similar, but from reading reviews this one seemed worth it since it was said to be good at low temperatures. It is the base model from Meaco, since I don't need functions like an air cleaning ioniser and moving Louvre. A friend loves his top spec version he uses in the house, or in his work vehicles to dry them out, and I borrowed it to test previously too. This meant that I had a very comfortable environment to work in, especially with the carpet down. I use the lowest setting of 60% RH on the dehumidifier which it happily maintains. Also means I'm confident in the car drying when prepping for POR 15. I took a few days to work through the above, since I painted a few corroded spots as well, on the front sub frame where I had access with the parts removed, near the roll bar mounts on the shell (lower protruding edge here), and part of the power steering hard line, also other little spots on the shell to keep it good, inner track rods. I didn't do a great job with pictures, but all in all, the front is much nicer underneath now. Here is the new hose, bolts and crush washers included- so don't get washers from BMW like I did if you get the hose from BM Conversions... I have them spare if anyone wants them send me your address (two washers for each end of the high pressure hose). measured for ordering stainless P clips: 20mm ones ordered, I have 3 of these spare too: These will fix with M6 stainless hardware to the old mounting points. Old hose off and draining: The rubber mounts for the high pressure hose could potentially be saved. There is a 10mm nut on the protruding thread to each end, and at each end of the rubber is a hex, 18mm or similar, so if you can hold that with a spanner you can remove the 10mm nut without twisting and failing the rubber. Furry bits on the hose behind: These were cleaned up and treated with POR15 system along with the other bits mentioned which I forgot to photograph: The reinforcement plate was pretty messy, this was the cleaner side: Degreaser and a scotch brite pad sorted it, removing the overspray of factory under seal quite easily: CPV valve is pretty tight for access!! My notes for anyone wanting to do it, once the reinforcement plate is removed: It is a very tricky spot to get at! There are two modes of access from underneath, directly up the side of the block, and reaching up and round the manifold. I used a 1/2 inch ratchet with a flat driver bit up the side of the block just to get it loose a fraction of a turn. Then a 1/4 inch setup with the same bit, reaching over from the far side of the manifold to unwind and remove. Getting it back in went more quickly than I expected, as I had to hold the valve unit on the tool and feed it in to position, since my fingers cant reach close enough. Potentially a very tricky step. I only dropped it on my face a couple of times! Glasses required. Residual oil weeping from the CPV and power steering were cleaned up with brake cleaner/brush and rag to keep it looking nice underneath. My first use of a ball joint splitter went well. Old wishbone was off quite easily. POR 15 applied to surface rusted bits once cleaned up. Used my Dad's 35+ year old ball joint fork. It'll not have been used in anger since my birth! Bush transferred to the new TWR arm: Fitted with new bolts on the reinforcement plate: Access is tight especially for the inner nut, a spanner is fine. I used a 32mm spanner (the one I bought for the fan), over the end of the 22mm spanner for extra leverage. Had to guess at the torque. TWR arm is believed to be a genuine part due to the markings removed from the arm, and since they are OE for other BMW parts while being under Lemforder group. Apparently. Much cheaper to buy at approx. £110 from Mister Auto, compared to at least £180 for Lemforder branded ones. Gear lever removed, new bush in place with grease: Back in the car: This is really tricky with the exhaust and prop in place. Not recommended! I've seen threads saying you can do it from inside only- I can't see how you get the C clip back on the selector rod from inside the car, I reached up underneath to get it on, very tight hand space here. New ball bush will hopefully help a little, my gear linkage wasn't bad by any means, but there is some slack I wanted to try and reduce. It seems that the bushes holding the alloy carrier part to the car and gearbox, the bit that the new bushing sits in, allow it to move quite a bit. Seems like the setup is intended to insulate vibration a lot, but as a result can become looser with time. If the exhaust and prop are ever out then I would replace the associated bushes for the alloy carrier arm. No test driving of all this yet, since the weather has been poor. Nearly took it out on new years eve to go to a bonfire event 50 miles away with friends. I was glad I didn't when I stopped in the Skoda on the M74 motorway just south of Abington to check on 5 crashed vehicles on a freak bit if ice on a 300m stretch of road. Rain everywhere else. Must have been a wee patch of hail stones. I did get an excellent Christmas present, sort of. Forgot I'd given my mum my old head gasket to take to the framers: Hoping to put it in the living room, as a reminder of my poor diagnosis skills, and ambitious mechanical skills!