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c-bass 11-08-2020 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1194416)
Oh man! You had to buy lock grommets too... I broke one of mine, or it was broken, when I did my passenger door carrier. Looked them up on FCP and found those little suckers for $21 a piece!!! What!!!$21 bucks! Ended up finding them for $4 on an old Bav Auto link, FCP didnít match them... but they did end up coming down to $10 a piece, which still blew my mind for that tiny little piece of plastic [emoji50]


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HOW MUCH?!?!?!?

I took it off the door I poached the window regulator from.

I guess I'll be pulling them off every door I see from here on in :D

crystalworks 11-08-2020 02:15 PM

Great work here Cbass. Love resto, to daily status, builds. Especially with how nice budget restos can turnout. Hah, even more gratifying when starting with a complete turd.

I once bought an 87 e30 325 out of a field. Brought it back from the dead and it became my wife's daily for 2 years. Bought it for $800, sold for $5000. Enjoyed it for 7 years I think. Now, I did spend $2000 on a fairly decent paint job so I probably had a total of around $5000 in the car. That math works out as far as I'm concerned.

c-bass 11-09-2020 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by crystalworks (Post 1194419)
Great work here Cbass. Love resto, to daily status, builds. Especially with how nice budget restos can turnout. Hah, even more gratifying when starting with a complete turd.

I once bought an 87 e30 325 out of a field. Brought it back from the dead and it became my wife's daily for 2 years. Bought it for $800, sold for $5000. Enjoyed it for 7 years I think. Now, I did spend $2000 on a fairly decent paint job so I probably had a total of around $5000 in the car. That math works out as far as I'm concerned.

Not that long ago I had a pretty fancy newer vehicle that seemed to break down more than I would have liked for something 4 years old.

The break down items were usually starting from $800 and up and eventually it needed a transmission which would set me back a few grand.

Life at that time was a cruel bitch and read straight out of your grandfather's playbook: "I would get up at a 5am to walk 3km uphill in the snow etc etc"

Worst part was the truck as a non runner was worth about 7k and I owed 14 on it so I had to do the walk of shame for months before I got enough money to fix the transmission and sell the thing.

Point of the story is that I will NEVER allow myself to be held hostage via finances for a car.

If any one of my current fleet acts too much out of line I feel no way about pulling the plates off and parting them out. I think the fleet knows this and for the most part behaves...except for Black Bastard, but he's new and doesn't know what could possibly await.

Now math works out in my favor a lot more when I'm buying beaters :D

crystalworks 11-09-2020 12:09 PM

^I hear that c-bass. We've bought 3 brand new cars and that was enough to learn that lesson. $500+ car payments are for the birds and at times felt like anchors. Plus if you get tired of them, you can't sell/trade, at least not for the first 2 years because you're almost always upside down. That's life though right? You learn as you go.

Keep up the good work. Enjoying watching it progress.

c-bass 11-09-2020 12:34 PM

I decided I might as well swap the expansion tank for one I recently bought as the status of the one in Swampy is unknown.

https://i.imgur.com/maS9epX.jpg


"German" parts aren't what they used to be :rolleyes:


https://i.imgur.com/cWiCuEG.jpg


I was thinking of replacing the transmission thermostat at the bottom of the expansion tank and wanted to poach the one I recently replaced from the parts e83. Well I ended up destroying it trying to remove it but I had a brand new one in inventory.

However since I managed to pull off the expansion tank WITHOUT breaking the one in Swampy I decided to leave it in there and just replace the tank.


https://i.imgur.com/pddsnjF.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/DDbF921.jpg


I got the fan/clutch back together and the blades have the proper clearence from the motor now.


https://i.imgur.com/M2bdIpb.jpg


I did notice that one side of the radiator is missing the rubber screw thingy that holds it in place. I should have one around somewhere, now all I have to do is find it.

https://i.imgur.com/nQKOiBq.jpg


After replacing the expansion tank I was going through making sure everything is buttoned up and tight and I couldn't find the wiring for the low coolant warning sensor.

No trace of it. It doesn't look like anything has been cut off from any wiring harnesses and I didn't notice anything tucked away anywhere.

No light on the dash either :dunno:

Stupid question...does the X5 not have that connector?? I don't see it


https://i.imgur.com/Vs1cxeZ.jpg

Happy 11-09-2020 12:59 PM

The story of "Swamp Thing"
 
Keep a close eye on Chinese made expansion tanks. Donít let the Behr name fool you.

EODguy 11-09-2020 01:03 PM

Did you replace the o-rings on the transmission cooler? They cost $1.29 each but the headache of removing everything later seems a lot higher... I recommend you get an extra set because it's easy to mash the little flanges on install due to wobbling them in (don't ask[emoji28])

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c-bass 11-09-2020 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1194462)
Keep a close eye on Chinese made expansion tanks. Donít let the Behr name fool you.

Oh I'm not fooled at all

This is also why many times I buy the Chinese made things right out of the starting gate and cut the middleman out. I don't need the premium sticker on the same turd I can get for 1/3 of the price.

c-bass 11-09-2020 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EODguy (Post 1194463)
Did you replace the o-rings on the transmission cooler? They cost $1.29 each but the headache of removing everything later seems a lot higher... I recommend you get an extra set because it's easy to mash the little flanges on install due to wobbling them in (don't ask[emoji28])

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I didn't remove the transmission cooler and those o-rings are I think $6-7 a piece last time I checked a couple years ago.

I tried to order them from the an aftermarket o-ring supplier but finding the exact size and material was difficult and required placing an order of 1000.

wpoll 11-09-2020 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1194460)
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After replacing the expansion tank I was going through making sure everything is buttoned up and tight and I couldn't find the wiring for the low coolant warning sensor.

No trace of it. It doesn't look like anything has been cut off from any wiring harnesses and I didn't notice anything tucked away anywhere.

No light on the dash either :dunno:

Stupid question...does the X5 not have that connector?? I don't see it

...

I think it depends on the cluster. Low cluster has no low coolant warning, only the high cluster. What cluster has yours got?


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