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Old 07-04-2012, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I found this site while looking for information on how to fix my defroster vent which is not blowing any air. Looks like a great site so I signed up.

I have a 1983 320i...that I've had for 3 weeks now, bought it for a get around car for my son. He's in his 2nd year of college and the TDI VW bug he's driving now will be going to his sister next Spring. Durning the mean time I want to make it into a dependable year around driver. I owned a 1979 528i back in the day so I feel comfortable in being able to do most of the work myself.

The 320i was a calif car to 100,000 miles from there it was sold to the sister in NE. that use it for a sunny day weekend car. In the last ten years she owed it she only put 1,041 miles on it. Currently it has 115,900 miles on the clock.

Good news was it has been well taken care and came with all the maintenance records. Had the 100,000 service which included adj valves and changed tranny and differential fluides plus a ton of other stuff.

So far (in my care) this is the list of things done to it:

1. In-tank fuel pump and sender
2. Fuel accumulator and fuel filter
3. Change oil and filter
4. Front brakes (including rotors)
5. Parking brake cables
6. Various vacuum lines replacement
7. 3.9 LSD
8. Refinish stock 13' BBS wheels and installed new tires
9. Some paintless dent removal
10. Hood and trunk badges
11. Shift boot, shift knob, rubbermaid floor mates
12. Clean, polish and waxed (twice)
13. Bought but not installed yet...25mm front sway bar and 19 mm rear sway bar.
14. Installed new radiator, thermostat and thermo switch for aux fan
15. Going in next Tuesday to redo the driver's seat and re-carpet rear shelf.

Here are some pic's I took last weekend.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some more pictures...it's really a clean little car with no rust. It does have a couple of little areas that I ned to get some Por-15 on to seal up but that's all.

The a/c even works, blows cold and keeps the cabin cold even in the mid 90's and now since I replaced the radiator does not even push the temp needle past 5/8" (hair over halfway).

As you can tell I really like this car might be hard to hand the car off to my son next Spring.

On the list of things to do:

1. Clean the 30 years of grime off the engine...looks for leaks
2. Clean under carriage
3. POR-15 some spots of the under carriage
4. Paint chip touch ups on body.
5. Install rear sway bar
6. Fix defroster vent and rear window defroster switch
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice car man... I'm jealous. welcome!
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Wow, very nice car. Looks great! The garage is pretty nifty too.
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Wow, very nice car. Looks great! The garage is pretty nifty too.
Thanks Lord Vader...not a garage that's my drive in office.

I spent an afternoon working on the Bimmer, got the defroster vent to work (broken cable clip), replaced the climate control light bulbs and pulled that dang buzzer that goes off when you open the door.

Paying for it now with a sore back.

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