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Posts Tagged ‘Daily Driven

10
Mar
13

Project W123: From Winter Detox to City Slickin’

I’ve had the Benz off the road for a couple of weeks to give it some major loving:  From fresh ball joints and servicing to a top to bottom clean-up and a new MOT, it’s had the works.  I’m pleased to say all the effort I’ve put in to keeping it clean over winter and all the waxoil I covered it in in the autumn has paid off; It’s literally not deteriorated one bit through the harsher months (though I did take it off the road when we had the really bad snow) and here’s the proof:

Based on my recent turn-over of daily drivers the Benz is a long-termer and I’ve got no plans of letting it go yet.  The only caveat to this one is my job has moved and gone (for the most part) is the 100 miles per day motorway commute and I now have 44 miles of country lanes….This means the KP and the Herald will be getting some use over the Summer, but does it also mean I can finally have something really old as my daily…4-gears…? Really?

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20
Feb
11

Project E30: Tanks for the Memories

OK, so nothing for a couple of weeks then this?  Yeah, I’m sorry.  Things have been kinda slow, but the one thing I have got done is swapping in a new fuel tank on the E30.  The old one has been leaking since I got it (in fact, if you look at the first pics I posted of it you can see a puddle under it in front of the RH rear wheel!).  I’ve been living with it and only half filling the tank, just waiting for some time off work and better weather.  It’s not a massive job (just exhaust and prop off really), but you know how these things usually go, especially working on 22 year old cars!

My garage camera broke too, so all I have is a few mobile phone pics….I know:  must try harder.

Anyway, (after fighting a few bolts to get it out) here’s the damage on the old tank.

Despite having been waxoiled every year since it rolled out of Germany, the small area above the filler had gone.  I’m pretty sure the seam was losing some too.

I needed to swap over this link pipe…yeah, that was never going to happen, so I ordered a new one from BMW…£32.80!

BMW parts: full of tinsel I will never be able to afford.

New pipe:

New tank with the pump and sender swapped over:

Fitted:

Job done.  It won’t be quite as exciting to drive now, as I don’t have to worry that I might be on fire every time the sump guard hits the deck and showers the tank in sparks.  Still, putting it through the engine is better than pouring it all over the floor, especially at it’s only getting more expensive!

Oh, yeah, did a service and changed some belts and stuff.  ‘Citing.

I’ll try to do something exciting soon…Is it summer yet?