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Old 06-05-2008, 06:11 PM
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p.s. I have extra chrome screws and washers.
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:25 PM
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p.s. I have extra chrome screws and washers.
Looks good, Bob! That will fit nicely with your other chrome pieces.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:32 AM
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Anyone interested in one of these?
I've had a few guys ask for them recently, and I have a little spare machine time right now; so I'm starting on another batch.

Bare aluminum are $25.00 and black anodized are $30.00.
No charge for domestic postage.

Paypal is good (whamac@msn.com). I can also accept a check made out to me personally.

E-mail me at whamac@msn.com or PM here with questions.

Thanks!

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:42 AM
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I just got a 1997 Z3. How big a problem is the original plastic hood release handle?
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:54 AM
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Not a big problem; it's just cheap plastic and prone to break.
Very inexpensive to replace; but some folks just prefer something of quality, custom machined. I make solid aluminum ones, when I have time.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:38 PM
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Anyone interested in one of these?
I've had a few guys ask for them recently, and I have a little spare machine time right now; so I'm starting on another batch.

Bare aluminum are $25.00 and black anodized are $30.00.
No charge for domestic postage.

Paypal is good (whamac@msn.com). I can also accept a check made out to me personally.

E-mail me at whamac@msn.com or PM here with questions.

Thanks!

Doug Whalen
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Freeport, IL 61032
I'm in for a black anodized one. Do you want the paypal now?
Thanks for doing this. I've been waiting for you to run a new batch.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:43 PM
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I'm in for a black anodized one. Do you want the paypal now?
Thanks for doing this. I've been waiting for you to run a new batch.

Wayne
I don't need it now; but if the orders go crazy (like they did the last time), payment would definitely get you on the list.

I've started on a batch of 45, and I only have about a dozen orders so far.
Last time, I think I wound up with over 100 orders. I eventually got swamped with industrial machine work, and finally had to quit making the handles and get "back to work".

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:30 PM
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Was there any confirmation that this will also work on a Z4? Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:15 PM
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Anyone interested in one of these? ...
Doug Whalen...Freeport, IL
Just noticed the address. Off topic, but in the 1980s I restored two BMWs (1969 R69S and 1978 R100/7) with parts ordered by telephone from Bill and Janet Fleming's C & D BMW in Freeport.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:16 AM
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Just noticed the address. Off topic, but in the 1980s I restored two BMWs (1969 R69S and 1978 R100/7) with parts ordered by telephone from Bill and Janet Fleming's C & D BMW in Freeport.
Yep, I remember the old C&D Garage. They sure had some beauties in their showroom, and it didn't cost anything to go and drool on them.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:19 AM
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Was there any confirmation that this will also work on a Z4? Thanks.
I seem to recall that they don't fit a Z4; but my feeble memory is telling me that I did make a one-off, to fit someone's Z4.
If you could remove yours and post a couple pics of it, that would jog my memory.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:17 PM
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:48 PM
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Here are a couple pictures of the Z4M hood release handle
That sure looks familiar.
I just searched through all of the CNC milling geometry files that I have saved, and there's nothing listed.
That doesn't mean that I've never made one like that, though; I may have lost the geometry in a hard drive crash, or inadvertently deleted it.

It's obvious that a Z3 handle won't work. I could make some to fit Z4's if there's any demand to speak of.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:13 PM
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That sure looks familiar.
I just searched through all of the CNC milling geometry files that I have saved, and there's nothing listed.
That doesn't mean that I've never made one like that, though; I may have lost the geometry in a hard drive crash, or inadvertently deleted it.

It's obvious that a Z3 handle won't work. I could make some to fit Z4's if there's any demand to speak of.
I'd be interested if you could reverse it for RHD! That OEM flimsy piece of junk bothers me every time I use it.

OT, anyone know a solution to make the interior door handle inserts feel more solid? That's really the only other thing that feels flimsy to me.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:03 AM
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All of the silver handles have shipped, and there won't be any leftover silver ones.

The rest of them are going to the anodizer today. I should get them back sometime next week, and then I'll ship the black anodized ones.

At this point, I'll have ten leftover black ones that are not spoken for.

Thanks, guys!

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:59 AM
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Any problem with just sending you cash for a black anodized handle?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:17 AM
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Any problem with just sending you cash for a black anodized handle?
No problem at all; cash is great!
It'll be $30.00 total.

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:35 PM
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I would be interested in a Z4 handle if and when the day comes.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:22 PM
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I would be interested in a Z4 handle if and when the day comes.
I'll have to order one and take a look at it; I'll try to get to that next week.
There's not much doubt that I can make them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:52 PM
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I am interested as well. Does anyone know if the OEM handle is just a screw removed and then replace? I assumed the release wire was attached to the handle, but maybe not?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:58 PM
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Hello, did I miss the boat. I will take any handle you have available. Prefer bare. Thanx's will pay via Paypal.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:03 PM
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I am interested as well. Does anyone know if the OEM handle is just a screw removed and then replace? I assumed the release wire was attached to the handle, but maybe not?
It's a bit difficult to describe. The release wire is attached to a carrier, which is attached to the side frame. The handle part (shown in my pictures) is just held into place (attached to the carrier) with 1 screw. Notice the teeth in the handle, which will mesh with the carrier.

The only problem that I see is that the carrier is also made of plastic. Changing to an aluminum handle will mean that it will eventially wear out the plastic teeth on the carrier

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:04 PM
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It's a bit difficult to describe. The release wire is attached to a carrier, which is attached to the side frame. The handle part (shown in my pictures) is just held into place (attached to the carrier) with 1 screw. Notice the teeth in the handle, which will mesh with the carrier.

The only problem that I see is that the carrier is also made of plastic. Changing to an aluminum handle will mean that it will eventially wear out the plastic teeth on the carrier
Excellent explanation. I appreciate it. Now I don't have to take mine apart to look. That sucks about the carrier also being plastic. One day that part will go for sure.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:06 PM
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The only problem that I see is that the carrier is also made of plastic. Changing to an aluminum handle will mean that it will eventially wear out the plastic teeth on the carrier
That would happen anyway.
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