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post Aug 1 2011, 06:46 PM
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I originally went into the project with the intent of leaving it bare, but it didn't take long while wire wheeling to realize that I would never be able to get it to look as good as I wanted without putting in an insane amount of time. It had dark oxidation all over (as you can see in those two pics) and took a good amount of time holding it at the wheel at one spot to get rid of it, realizing that it would take hours upon hours to get it perfect coupled with the fact that in the end I wouldn't be able to get in the nooks and crannies anyways I just said hell with it and painted it. Eventually it will get a proper bead blasting then either leave it as is or powder coat it.
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post Aug 1 2011, 07:51 PM
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I kinda like the oxidation, but each to their own.
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post Aug 1 2011, 08:34 PM
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I was thinking the same
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post Aug 1 2011, 09:14 PM
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It doesn't look too bad in the photos but it looked pretty bad in person. Besides, I'm not going for the dirty grunge look.
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post Aug 2 2011, 04:29 AM
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My buddy has an e30 as well, and he powdercoated the intake manifold, and the valve cover and it came out really sharp.... You may want to consider that, I will ask him for pics so you have an idea.
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post Aug 2 2011, 05:27 AM
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sand down the fins and the "BMW" to a bare, brushed aluminum-like finish
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post Aug 2 2011, 06:01 AM
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^Boo!

The BMW and the fins look good. Also, I assume they are probably there for either added strength or for cooling.
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post Aug 2 2011, 07:30 AM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Aug 2 2011, 09:01 AM) *
^Boo!

The BMW and the fins look good. Also, I assume they are probably there for either added strength or for cooling.


I think he meant to make those bare metal while the rest is black. Like silver lettering/logo on black background. That's what I would be doing, I think it would look good.
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post Aug 2 2011, 08:13 AM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Aug 2 2011, 11:30 AM) *
I think he meant to make those bare metal while the rest is black. Like silver lettering/logo on black background. That's what I would be doing, I think it would look good.


Agreed.
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post Aug 2 2011, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Aug 2 2011, 07:30 AM) *
I think he meant to make those bare metal while the rest is black. Like silver lettering/logo on black background. That's what I would be doing, I think it would look good.

Frank knows the way i think, i also would have spent the money on Mopar Crinkle black engine enamel.
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post Oct 6 2011, 06:42 PM
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Did the clutch stop mod, just got a nut and bolt and extended the stock one. The good ol 1 dollar mod.



Shift boot was ripped







So I got a Matt B boot.





This worked pretty well


El gato helped out





Creepin



And in





No matter what I did, I couldn't get this little knot out. Hole was too big.



^^ All that stuff was done like a month or two ago, I've been slacking at updating this thread.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and I broke the drive door lock cylinder.



Ordered a new one from Faulkner BMW and got it like two weeks later, kinda tricky locking the new one in. Didn't take any pictures. Was working in the apt parking lot now that I'm back at school where we're not supposed to be working on cars...

Saw this on my AC line. The exterior part of the cap broke off a couple months ago and I never bothered to get the inside portion out. I assume engine vibrations caused it to somehow screw in further and push against the little pin that opens the valve. I carefully removed it. AC still works.



Cleaned out my trunk real good and found a few nasties.







Ordered a set of winters as well. Will get these mounted prolly in december.



Today I replaced this



With this



And its so awesome to know what time it is and the temp. You don't realize how often you look at the time until you don't have a clock.

These came in the mail, some period correct gauges except the last one, part of an upcoming project....



As well as these.



As she sits...


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post Oct 6 2011, 07:33 PM
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Maintenance items look good but lower that bitch.
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post Oct 8 2011, 12:08 PM
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Yeah, hopefully I will get coilovers next summer.

In other news my vanity plate came in...



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post Oct 11 2011, 06:08 PM
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I meant to ask did you sell your Jetta?
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post Oct 16 2011, 09:30 PM
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Yeah I sold it in August.

In other news, I got tired of silver bottlecaps. Shit was always dirty and even when I cleaned them they didn't look good, the finish was starting to come off.







So I took them off and popped the centercaps out...



Cleaned them good.











Then spent an absurd amount of time with some 400 and 600 grit sandpaper to rough them up.



Taped them up





Gave it a quick light wipe with some acetone to get any skin oils off



Then one last wipe with a tack cloth before paint.



Primed



I did 2 coats of primer and 3 of satin black. I would have liked to put another coat on or two but I ran out of daylight. I need to take pic of the final product. I like the look of the black wheels, it no longer looks like an 80s executive car. I did take one last pic before the night was over...

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post Oct 24 2011, 08:42 AM
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post Nov 6 2011, 07:08 PM
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Your friend's Merc looks amazing. I can't wait to find the right W140.
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post Nov 6 2011, 11:12 PM
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QUOTE(nismo @ Nov 6 2011, 10:08 PM) *
Your friend's Merc looks amazing. I can't wait to find the right W140.


Bah, pathetic. The W201 of the Cosworth variety is absolutely where it's at.
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post Nov 8 2011, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE(Razor @ Nov 7 2011, 02:12 AM) *
Bah, pathetic. The W201 of the Cosworth variety is absolutely where it's at.


Yeah, I know this, but I've always loved the W140 S class. I want a luxobarge.
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post Nov 13 2011, 12:53 PM
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QUOTE(nismo @ Nov 8 2011, 03:45 PM) *
Yeah, I know this, but I've always loved the W140 S class. I want a luxobarge.

Luxobarge ftw.

also i found it.

43k 85' 500SE fully documented
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