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Old 12-22-2014, 05:46 PM
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Max and Brick Top: Restoring my E34. From 80's Classic to Modern Glory

Hi all, I am Max and I have been passed down a nice E34 called Brick Top and have plans to restore it to its former glory but with a modern twist. For example the shocks have gone and the front rides disproportionately high, there is a mild squeak under heavy braking it has old school steel wheels with 80's hub caps which will be changed. There is slight body work to be done on the offside front quarter and the interior is cloth which I actually like so plan to keep. I am a big on quality,crisp music but the radio is the double brick pull out original Pioneer tape player straight from an 80's gangster flick but I like that too so I am keeping it

The first thing I will be doing is giving Brick Top a full service and have the following parts delivered ready be fitted:

Oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, rocker cover gasket, spark plugs, auxiliary belt and fresh oil

Not sure if he will need a brake fluid service or whether the slight squeak mid way through full lock is an issue but as it stands, I will be prioritising all things under the bonnet then move to other parts of the restoration.

Can you please give me some ideas and suggestions and let me know of the common issues I may come across and how to go about checking and remedying them. I will post some pics in a bit

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Max
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:19 PM
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Hi all, I am Max and I have been passed down a nice E34 called Brick Top and have plans to restore it to its former glory but with a modern twist. For example the shocks have gone and the front rides disproportionately high, there is a mild squeak under heavy braking it has old school steel wheels with 80's hub caps which will be changed. There is slight body work to be done on the offside front quarter and the interior is cloth which I actually like so plan to keep. I am a big on quality,crisp music but the radio is the double brick pull out original Pioneer tape player straight from an 80's gangster flick but I like that too so I am keeping it

The first thing I will be doing is giving Brick Top a full service and have the following parts delivered ready be fitted:

Oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, rocker cover gasket, spark plugs, auxiliary belt and fresh oil

Not sure if he will need a brake fluid service or whether the slight squeak mid way through full lock is an issue but as it stands, I will be prioritising all things under the bonnet then move to other parts of the restoration.

Can you please give me some ideas and suggestions and let me know of the common issues I may come across and how to go about checking and remedying them. I will post some pics in a bit

Regards

Max
Welcome.
Seems like your on the right track. Do all the maintenance before jumping into the aftermarket realm.
That includes the tunes (radio).
Struts can be had relatively easy via forums, online, and/or ebay.

As far as common issues Run through the stickies at the top of the sub forum page.
There you'll get a good idea of what all the different quarks and the good stuff.

After that if you have anymore questions just throw up a thread and we'll try to answer you accordingly.

Again welcome and good luck
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:29 PM
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Pull the wheels and check the pads and rotors and see how they look.
A fluid service can't hurt, many people overlook it and do not ever change the fluid, and it does wear out over time.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:56 PM
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Many people don't do coolant flushes... It won't hurt to do that.. Umm. I would love to have two tone interior seats in mine. Maybe something like this.Click image for larger version

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Old 12-22-2014, 09:59 PM
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:03 PM
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Welcome, include as many pics as you can. Pics always make a thread better, even pics of the mundane. Enjoy the new project. Cheers -Mykk
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:48 AM
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Many people don't do coolant flushes...
Anyone know what to do with the spent coolant that you flush out?

Does that just get dumped down the drain? Polyethylene Glycol is poisonous - can I just capture the spent fluid and bring it back to an auto parts store for recycling, like with motor oiil?
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:10 PM
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Anyone know what to do with the spent coolant that you flush out?



Does that just get dumped down the drain? Polyethylene Glycol is poisonous - can I just capture the spent fluid and bring it back to an auto parts store for recycling, like with motor oiil?

Some people take it to a landfill. Some people poor it down the curb and wash it away with some water. It all depends on you.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:09 PM
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Thanks for your replies guys I will take a few pics of Brick Top tomorrow and put them up.


A quick background: He was passed down to me by my great uncle who registered him in August 1992 and only handed him over to me in August because he didn't fancy changing gear any more in his old age. Brick Top has been garaged all his life and has only done 76K miles and is in immaculate condition. Due to the fact that such care and attention was given to him over the last 22 years I want to keep that going and eventually end up with a show & shine car that is of its time, doesn't deviate too much from its originality and turns the heads of the right people


My budget it low but my good mate is a top technician at my local BMW dealership and I am the type to spend on essentials, especially mechanical work that requires attention.

Next up, some pics

Thanks again guys
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:57 PM
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Anyone know what to do with the spent coolant that you flush out?

Does that just get dumped down the drain? Polyethylene Glycol is poisonous - can I just capture the spent fluid and bring it back to an auto parts store for recycling, like with motor oiil?
In America, you are supposed to ask the Fire Department what to do with it. They should be able to tell you where to locally dispose of it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:32 PM
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Landfill will take it or any auto store, or shop. They have to help the public.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:41 PM
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Hi fellow Bimmer lovers, here are some pictures of Brick Top

Since my last post he has had a full service changing all filters, spark plugs, rocker cover gasket, auxiliary belt, rear swing arm bushes and oil but not coolant fluid, brake and power steering fluids which I will do when I get some moneys s

The things I plan to do is change the brake fluid and possibly have the power steering pump/fluid can be looked at.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:47 PM
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Here are a few close ups
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:09 PM
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And here are the bad bits:

1)The offside front wing has seen an impact sometime back in the 90's and has been fixed using 90's techniques leaving it with a thick layer of filler and has not been re-shaped perfectly.

2)The rear bumper has a crack and skuffs are visible on the plastic bumper lining all round

3)The odometer appears to have packed it in (see pic)



The future plans I have include a new set of AC Schnitzer Type IIs and tyres followed by new shocks and springs, lowered 30mm at the front because the fronts are gone, might as well drop it a bit Then possibly a back box with polished dual exhaust pipes. Then I want to work on sound quality and clarity but my priority is to get him tip top mechanically first
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:12 PM
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Take the bumper off and fill the crack from behind then use touchup paint.
Search pixel fix e34 to fix the odometer.
The fender flare needs someone experienced to fix it right
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:09 AM
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Take the bumper off and fill the crack from behind then use touchup paint.
Search pixel fix e34 to fix the odometer.
The fender flare needs someone experienced to fix it right
Cheers mate I really want to perfect the bodywork which is second to the mechanical side of it but I have been told that I might need a new front wing from salvage and that is proving difficult to source.

Also, can anyone shed some light on how to solve the odometer issue? Do I need a whole new cluster or can I just replace the digital screen?
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:32 AM
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It is not the screen it could be the thin cable or a capacitor.
I would put it out and clean the cable and look for lose connections
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:03 AM
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It appears to be horribly defective!!! Somebody botched a bit putting the interior in, the steering wheel is on the wrong side! See the glove box, that's where the steering wheel goes...



Great score, looks very nice. Tell Uncle, some stranger online says thanks Unc as well. Looks like you basically have a "pretty newish" used car to work on. It's something I could relate to, as mine, when acquired, was rust free and garaged all it's life as well. Plus, and this was 8 years ago, I got it at 76k as well. I really enjoy working on a car that's been taken care of.
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