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classicJackets HalfDork
5/23/18 9:33 p.m.

New ignition cylinder on the way.


Got the driver's rear parking brake shoes done tonight, and that whole side reassembled. I also replaced the AC idler pulley, which was rusted so it wouldn't spin. 

I've also got all new lug nuts, and have been replacing one wheel at a time as I have a cause to take it off. They look better, and feel better to install.

classicJackets HalfDork
6/15/18 11:53 a.m.

Well, been a while here with no update. 


I have a new ignition switch and key, but managed to misplace the old, valet key since ordering the new one. For BMWs, you need the old key to get the ignition switch out easily.. as shown with a bobby pin in this picture, holding down the spring loaded "lock" that keeps the tumbler in place.


Since I don't have the key, I've been drilling, and hammering away in an attempt to be able to reach and depress the "lock" in the current ignition switch in the right place so I can pull it out without damaging the housing it's in. So far, no luck - so I scheduled something for next week with a local indy shop so I can just get the thing running and driving and take it to work! 


classicJackets HalfDork
7/28/18 4:53 p.m.

So, since the last update I got the car back from the shop.

  • Parking brake works
  • Key turns, ignition works (whoo!)
  • Horn works
  • New headlights are in
  • AC needs the new idler bracket, not just the pulley so that's not working still
  • Power Windows work
  • Rack/Pinion apparently has bad seals and needs to be replaced - makes this an easy choice to upgrade to the Z3
  • Charcoal Canister -> Throttle body valve and hose has been missing, I just ordered one


This car will also be up for sale. I have decided I'd rather spend my time and money on the Courier, so going to do my best to recoup what's here. If you're interested let me know. 

Realistically, it just needs the steering rack/tie rods installed, lower control arms and offset bushings installed, front shocks, and an alignment to be pretty dang well squared away mechanically. There's a rattle/sound on the exhaust from about 2500RPm-3000, but it doesn't sound bad and the car pulls as it should still.

The interior needs the door panel clips re-attached/fixed so that the door panels can go back on. Rear speakers wiring needs to be completed. It's coming off the amplifier right now, and I wasn't sure whether or not I'd keep it that way so I hadn't done it yet.

classicJackets Dork
4/6/19 5:43 p.m.

8 Months later, this thing is still in my driveway. Still for sale, but I haven't been pushing it all that hard. I daily drove it for about a week, and then realized the front driver's side turn signal was out due to 2/3 wires being broken. Today I made it to the junkyard to cut a turn signal harness and snag a horn (never had one working since I bought this!).


Still smells kinda like it's burning something and has "vacuum leak" symptoms. I may try to replace at least the battery/main ground and go from there, that cable is a little corroded and too short. Spraying the hoses with carb cleaner hasn't shown any clear intake leaks. No pictures today, I'll try to update with some soon!


Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
4/6/19 5:55 p.m.

Ive never had any luck with the carb cleaner method. 

But i love my cheap ebay smoke tester. Works fantastic. 

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) Dork
4/20/20 9:31 a.m.

Well, this has more or less been sitting for a year. Drove it for a little while, but the exhaust leak gave me some real problems after sitting in traffic one day so I parked it and haven't really touched it. Today I ordered up some parts to slap on the "spare" manifold I have which should solve some problems.. I have an "early" manifold on now, that has stacked steel spacers. Apparently they're known to leak, and the car did come with a spare, later version manifold which bolts up and should solve problems. 


My favorite local Junkyard has a black, 1995 318ti in stock, but has been shut down since before the car hit the lot. The day they open back up, i'm planning to run out and grab as much of the fan wiring/sensors as possible, and check out the battery setup since mine is a little bit janky I also need at least passenger window glass, but have been thinking about taking a whole door.. What happens after that I'm not sure, but it would be great for this car to at least be comfortably driveable again, to sell it or see about taking it racing.

Hate that it's been sitting and some of me would/will be glad to see it go, but I would way rather take and try to learn with some local track events in this than the Miata I picked up. Miata is an easy button, but this car to me looks much cooler and isn't too far off on power/weight.

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) Dork
5/10/20 12:28 p.m.

Good trip to the junkyard today since it opened back up! Grabbed a pair of front door glass to replace mine, several relays, a new fan temp sensor sending unit and pigtail, driver's wiper arm, and a collection of headlight adjusting nuts along with spare taillights, since they are TI specific.

I will probably try to get the smaller items done this week so I can look at getting the exhaust done after working on the Miata. I had to rush out of the yard, but (once it's running/driving well) I do want to find a set of 15s to put on for spirited driving

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