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Old 07-20-2014, 10:30 PM
LOES-E21 LOES-E21 is offline
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Question Restoring Dad's 1982 320i

I'm restoring my dad's 320i. He told me it had been running fine when he stopped driving it. But that was about 15 years ago. I'm not concerned about any kind of cosmetic work right now but I have a few questions about the engine.

So far, I've replaced the spark plugs, rotor, distributor cap, battery, fuel, and oil. The engine will crank but it won't start. I checked all the spark plugs and they're getting spark and connected in the proper order. The air filter is pretty clean. I've tried spraying starting fluid into the air intake and that didn't work either (which means fuel is not my problem, correct?).

Does this mean it's compression? I'd imagine the gaskets will have dried up and cracked over fifteen years, wouldn't they? I did check the rocker cover gasket and that was in pretty decent shape, though.

I'd just like to do everything I possibly can on my own before I have to take it in to a mechanic. What should I try next?
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:04 PM
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make sure the Positive and Negative cables are connected properly to the battery and make sure there is no corrosion
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That's not exactly "restoring." Did you get it running?
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Old Today, 02:34 PM
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It is exactly 'restoring.' Getting the engine running properly is a very important part of restoration. Unless you just want a pretty car that sits on a shelf and can't start, which is something in which I am in no way interested. I prefer driving cars over looking at them.
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Sorry. When I think of restoration, I think of pulling the engine completely out, cleaning it, replacing all the seals and gaskets at the very least, if not a full rebuild. Wasn't trying to be rude or anything. If this is your start of a really fun project, that's great.
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