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wpoll 10-09-2020 12:17 AM


Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192849)

Ok, I hope you get a second hand air box, that is reliable, and cheap!

Although, those cracks peculiar as they may be, will not purpose any threat to your M54.

Not so peculiar when you note the left fender impact... ;)

c-bass 10-09-2020 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1192855)
I have to say, on the air box, if you can’t find an inexpensive replacement, that may be “fixable”. I think I might be inclined to measure the gap between those ribs, since it primarily runs down one section, setup a little clamping jig and two part epoxy a “splint” to the outside of the box. Before I clamped it in the jig I’d use the epoxy to set the crack and then fill in any gaps with a 1 minute hardening adhesive like the instant grab products that come in a caulk tub. Light sand and a quick coat of black paint and I think that box may be back in service - obviously with a deep clean and degrease first [emoji16]. If you were concerned about integrity, you could heat abs plastic, mold it to the inside, down the side and along the bottom, and epoxy a “splint” inside too.

Just a thought if you don’t find one quick.

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Ahhh I didn't even think of using the putty :thumbup:

I'll see if I can't score an airbox from the pic n pull yard, failing that we'll get our adhesive toolkit out and see how big of a mess we can make

Happy 10-09-2020 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by wpoll (Post 1192860)
Not so peculiar when you note the left fender impact... ;)

I see.. I was curious how it was damaged.

c-bass 10-09-2020 11:37 AM


Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192872)
I see.. I was curious how it was damaged.

In one of the first posts you'll notice the hood is darker grey, the inside driver's fender has evidence of some hammering and the driver's headlight has clear a clear lens so that has definitely been replaced.

There's minor things off that I'm noticing like wiring looms not being clipped into the fender holes, the hose to the headlight washer etc,.

My guess is that someone was involved in a light accident, probably their fault and took it upon themselves to fix things as cheap as possible.

If you went through the insurance and a real body shop there's no way they wouldn't paint the hood.

Happy 10-09-2020 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192845)
My helper took a look in the back but didn't have anything to report.



I love your helper!

c-bass 10-10-2020 08:36 PM


Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192878)
I love your helper!


His name is Sox and he's a 2 year old male feral cat that decided to force his way into our house when he was a kitten riddled with fleas, ticks and generally in pretty rough shape.

Now we're buds and he's always hanging out when I'm wrenching :thumbup:

c-bass 10-10-2020 08:43 PM

I did some investigating in the rear to try and find the source of the noise I've been hearing.

The brakes are worn but don't look terrible. Still some pad left and no grooves on the rotor.


Who doesn't use a vented rotor anyway??


The spring looks like it's been changed recently. The paint is fresh and so is the sticker.


This brake line however looks like it's ready to go


I realize now looking on the big monitor the picture sucks but think flaky like an old croissant

Also I tried to see if I could get the rear wheel to move any while I had the tire on, but either the bearing is fine or I'm not strong enough to manhandle it

Happy 10-10-2020 09:07 PM

The story of "Swamp Thing"
This E53 is really a Swamp Thing!

You and your helper will clean her up!


c-bass 10-10-2020 09:09 PM


Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192917)
This E53 is really a Swamp Thing!

You and your helper will clean her up!

Sadly this is pretty much on par for vehicles this age that have lived on salty winter roads

Happy 10-10-2020 09:16 PM

I have seen posts here, that suggest replacing brake lines exposed to salt. Especially one in particular underneath, in the rear.

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