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Dusterbd13 MegaDork
9/8/18 1:48 p.m.

In reply to Justjim75 :

5 real cigarettes today. Normally im a pack and a half guy. So far so good!

Cel is odd. I can clear it, drive for a hundred miles and it wont come back on. However, next yime i fire it and shift into gear, tje code comes nack. Has to be a once per drive cycle check. Well pull codes with the bmw specific scanner when i get home. 

Just scored front bumper, right front fender, spare headlights, and grille for 150. 

Dirtydog Dork
9/8/18 4:46 p.m.

One CEL, one smoke, one day at a time.   You'll get there.  Good score on parts, I assume they are nicer than what ya got.

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
9/8/18 6:02 p.m.

Definitely better shape than what i have. Not mint, but far far better. The headlights are for a projector retrofit later. Rest repairs damaged parts.

Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee UberDork
9/8/18 9:28 p.m.

~24 years of smoking, and I quit with a vape. If you try it, get an adjustable setup. The extra "warmth" from raising the wattage output really helped kill the craving for a cig. After a week or two picking up a real cig made me gag. I guess it worked. 

Great work on this thing so far. Keep at it!

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
9/15/18 4:14 p.m.

Previous total: 3412.99

new parts:

bumper, fender, headlights, kidneys: 150 from craigslist

sem trim paint: had

headlight polishing kit: had



current total: 3562.99


since the last update, ive been steadily at it.


The new DME came in, and it was glorious. Fired right up, idled perfect, ran fantastic.


20180906_170159 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20180906_170216 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


unfortunately the joy didn't last long. Got a CEL on the way back from family dinner (we were on the way when my wife took the above pictures)


20180908_173203 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


went through diagnostic procedures. Secondary air is still an unknown, but I THINK the electrical solenoid on the back of the manifold has died. I never seem to get vacuum at the valve on the head. I think that's the issue there. Not certain that the valve isn't seized either, to be honest.


Swapped the unresponsive B1S2 under warranty.


20180914_163806 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


which leaves me upstream mixture issues. Maybe. I swapped the sensor earlier today, and the one I pulled from the manifold was sooty, like a spark plug thats been running extremely rich. Hopefully this is the solution, but I aint holding my breath. Probably going to find a stuck injector or something.


Anyway, on other facets, ive made some progress.


First, all windows are tinted, and I also added the amplified roof antenna. The antenna did increase range for the stereo reception a good bit. Still ain't great, but better. Maybe a longer mast will help. Seems that for the frequencies I prefer, a 28-30 inch antenna is optimal. Plus, it will make it look like an RC car!


20180909_145641 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


next, I found an ad parting a 98 orient blue sedan. For 150, I got the front bumper, pass fender, unbroken hood grilles, and headlights. When I got them home, I fixed the crack in the bumper, washed everything, redid the black parts with sem dye (including chrome deleting!), etc. this color is strange in the way it reacts to light.

20180908_171421 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20180909_145621 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20180911_075948 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


swapped the broken kidneys with the fresh ones (insert joke about tub full of ice here)

20180912_085032 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20180912_085037 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20180912_085241 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


still need to find inner fenders and the plastics that go underneath the front floor boards. Mine are all busted up. Wherever this car lived was NOT nice to the plastics.

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