Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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Noice pictars.

Glad you're getting to enjoy your car.
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On Friday a co-worker clued me into a Utah Ferarri & Exotics Club meet & drive on Saturday. The club is low-key and does not widely advertise these drives. I was going to be staying in SLC over the weekend and Julie was in SEA, so...

I showed up to "Sheels" looking for the "Starbucks in the parking lot". First, it's Scheels. Second, the Starbucks closed in 2016. Third, I was over-anxious and got there too early.

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The good news is Vlad looks marvelous. The ceramic treatment is amazeballs. I've actually not washed the car since I had it done, but after driving one day (yes only one) in the rain I did have to do a light spray wax (Final Inspection) wipedown.
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Vlad was a hit, especially with the teenagers that showed up. Sure they ooh'd and ahh'd over the McClaren and Ariel, but three of them surrounded me talking about their E30 projects. Tee-hee.

I have to say this thing sounded bad-ass.
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This is my co-worker's 72 Alfa 2000. Simply cool.
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IMO, by far, the most exotic exotic that showed up. Icon Bronco.
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The organizer is the caretaker of this beast. This is the Enzo that broke the land-speed record for a production car at 237mph. Twin trubo. https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cultur ... -the-enzo/
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The drive was relatively short (up 80 through Park City, down to Haber on 32, and back to Park City on SR40), but totally fun. Vlad did fine playing with all the supercars on the freeway. Windows down so I could hear their roar. The yellow Viper (V10) sounded like total ass though.

The rabbit/camera car (a Challenger) got pulled over and the passenger got a ticket for no seatbelt. He was hanging out the sunroof when we went by the trooper at about 90. Pretty funny that he got pulled over, but the Enzo didn't.
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In the past few weeks Vlad's idle has climbed to 1000-1200. I did all the standard diagnostics but could not find the problem (TPS adjustment, obvious vacuum leaks from boot, ...).
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Finally pulled the ICV and gave it a good cleaning. Fixed.

Yesterday I hit the Utah DMV to get the title swtiched to Utah and get Utah historic vehcile plates (I got E28) and parked next to this like-minded dude.
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Now that the snow is gone, Vlad is back to DD status. Woot.
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Rain rain, go away. Bead away, another day.

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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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all of those mountain pictures are fantastic.

what brand coating does it have? im considering having my friends shop do my new daily or he'd probably rent me the bottle to do it myself. which is like 250 bucks for 8oz of the stuff.
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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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BDKawey wrote:all of those mountain pictures are fantastic.

what brand coating does it have? im considering having my friends shop do my new daily or he'd probably rent me the bottle to do it myself. which is like 250 bucks for 8oz of the stuff.
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looks like a blast
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Hey, I know that plate!
muleskinner wrote:
Standing where the kitchen will be...
Sounds like someone is building theirselves a place in Utah.
I think the term is "settling in".

Make sure the garage space is more than adequate. :up:

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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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I submitted E28, VLAD, and ZINNO to the DMV, in that order. The lady told me I'd get E28.

Apparently something in the machine changed.

I'm not in love with it. Oh, well...
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cek wrote:I submitted E28, VLAD, and ZINNO to the DMV, in that order. The lady told me I'd get E28.

Apparently something in the machine changed.

I'm not in love with it. Oh, well...
I like it and that’s what I’m planning for 2020 when I convert the e28 over to classic plates here in MN.
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Anyone remember what license plate mount I used? I don't. Need to order same for Minerva.
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If you find out, please post it here!
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code wrote:If you find out, please post it here!
PN: 51187160607

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https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-bmw ... 187160607/
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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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Thanks! Man, at that price they're using it to print the catalog.
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code wrote:Thanks! Man, at that price they're using it to print the catalog.
The knockoffs are at a much more reasonable price point (used one on my old E46):

https://www.amazon.com/License-Holder-B ... 9433172986
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code wrote:Thanks! Man, at that price they're using it to print the catalog.
Those used to be under $10 a couple of years ago
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Took a risk today and took Vlad into a local repair shop (Paul's Automotive, in Sandy, UT) to have my clutch issues addressed. Risk because I hate letting others touch this car.

The issue has been with me since I replaced the clutch master in Feb 2018. The symptoms were:

- Clutch pedal would not return to top (1/2" - 3/4" away from stop)
- Often clutch would feel like it had air in it. As @vince101 knows, everything was tried to ensure it was bled properly
- Clutch engaged too close to floor

Thanks to @bengerman's engineering prowess we have these:

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I figured installing it couldn't hurt, and would likely lead to the root cause.

It did. The old spring's plastic was cracked and falling apart.

The clutch now feels totally right. I like Paul's and the owner Jeff, who is one of Paul's 5 sons. Jeff knows his shit and took great care of me and Vlad. Paul is this Paul, btw.
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Of course, I had to go for a drive. Little Cottonwood Canyon is amazeballs.
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What a car.
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Coming down the mountain I noticed a bit of shudder when breaking hard. I wonder if my rotors have become warped...
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cek wrote: Coming down the mountain I noticed a bit of shudder when breaking hard. I wonder if my rotors have become warped...
FYI I had this in 2013 coming down a mountain canyon right after replacing thrust arm bushings (rotors were a couple years old, but almost like new). It didn't happen again-- and on my daily driven car I have done a fair share of mountain roads. I have had it happen occasionally, but less than 5 times since, all of then coincidentally heading down from a mountain canyon (all with 16" wheels).

I suspect something in the natural frequency gets exacerbated with the downhill loading and heated rotors. With that said, it didn't happen on every downhill and I am on the same thrust arms/bushings (although they are going to need to be replaced sometime soon).

Take it for a spin again and I suspect you won't notice any strange shimmy.
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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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Hi. Love you too.

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Did the local Ferrari club fall drive today (same drive I did this time last year). Lovely day. Lovely car. Lovely drive.

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If you ever get a chance to drive Guardsman Pass (the pass goes between the valley that holds the Solitude/Brighton ski areas and Park City and is not open in winter), do it. This is my 4th or 5th time driving it. On the way East I was with all the super/hyper-cars and someone out front was driving super slow. But on the way back I was all by my lonesome and didn't encounter a SINGLE car the entire drive up from Midway to the top of Guardsman. It's a (barely) two lane road that was just repaved this spring. No lines. Just sweet asphalt and dozens of great turns.

I love this car.
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cek wrote:I love this car.
:rockon: :rockon: :rockon:
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Vlad needed service. Currently at 204,650 miles.

It's been almost 26k miles since I put the M30B35 in (can you believe that thing hasn't esploded yet?!?!). I did the typical routine service at about 201k right before it was shipped to Salt Lake. The brakes were finally due (38k on them). The steering had gotten a bit sloppy again and I had developed a shimmy above 80mph (one of the things I love about Utah is how fucking fast they drive on the freeways here). Needed an oil change.

The Conti DW Extreme tires were at the point where I was getting nervous on cold Utah roads.

So I decided to find a shop and do, essentially, an Inspection II service. My orders were all fluids, front to back. New rotors, pads. Valve adjust. Etc... New tires too.

My trainer told me about Kevin at Elite Auto Specialists in Draper (http://www.euroautomotiverepair.com/). I like guys named Kevin who work on cars. The K in KD Motorsports (Redmond) stands for Kevin and he did the baseline work getting the S54 in Minerva, for example. So before my recent trip to Europe I dropped by to meet Kevin and check the place out. He and his techs impressed me, and I could tell from the shop they knew the right stuff. I could also see they saw how special Vlad is. I signed them up and dropped the car off just before I left.

I picked it up last Friday and other than them using 75W90NS in the diff (vs the non-NS variant that has the LSD additive) they nailed it. It was expensive to pay someone to do all this stuff that I'm now more than capable of doing, but this is the price I pay for choosing to take the car to Utah where I live in an apartment and use it as my daily.

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I'm ignoring the timing cover and oil pan leaks. They were leaking 5k miles ago and they are not leaking bad enough to leave oil on the ground. Once that starts I'll bite the bullet and have it taken care of... doing the timing cover on an M30 without pulling the head is iffy. The output shaft seal on the transmission was leaking when I got the car (almost 7 years ago!), I had a transmission guy in WA try to fix it when we did the M30B35 swap and they couldn't get the nut off. I gave up. I'm not going to worry about it (it also doesn't drip on ground).

I'm sending the oil off to Blackstone. The shop was nice enough to keep samples of all the oils so I could do a taste test. Yum.
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This time I went with Bosch plugs. Curious if I notice any difference (I don't so far, although the motor is running more smoothly with the valve adjustment).
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I love this car.
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I gotta pull the driver's seat again though. When I repaired the weld, I put something together wrong because the back is squeaking when I go through turns. I also never wired up the seat heaters and am regretting my lazyness on these cold Utah mornings.
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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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wow this car looks great.. clean in and out ...
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Oil analysis came back. Looks good. (3,703 miles on this change.)


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Re: Vlad: The Zinno '87 535is

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Getting blood work done is very important as we age.
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Vlad still likes Utah. He's not as big a fan of COVID-19. Some construction pr0n...

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Finally got fed up with the condition of the overhead console, headliner, and front door-fur. Seemed like a good project with the tools & stuff I have at the apartment...

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I had to re-glue the vinyl twice on the driver's side because I cheated the first time, thinking I didn't have to pull it all the way up. That didn't work, so yesterday I did a re-do.
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I'll install it this evening, I hope.
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