Project e23 B9 build - update 11/25/19

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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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Hit Man X wrote:Hope my gasket was in good enough shape for this car! :shock:
It was perfect... thank you again for coming to the rescue, much appreciated. As was mentioned in previous update, that part (windshield weatherstripping or gasket) from BMW Parts was the wrong size (too big) and they sent two, but still haven't figured out what the problem is?? :shock: :oops:

-RoyW
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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Amazing work. Cant wait to see this car finished...and hopefully in person someday!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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Glad to hear it worked great! :D :D :D
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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RoyW wrote: Still targeting next weekend for completion. Onward and upward! :alright:
FTFY ;)
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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RoyW wrote:
Hit Man X wrote:Hope my gasket was in good enough shape for this car! :shock:
It was perfect... thank you again for coming to the rescue, much appreciated. As was mentioned in previous update, that part (windshield weatherstripping or gasket) from BMW Parts was the wrong size (too big) and they sent two, but still haven't figured out what the problem is?? :shock: :oops:

-RoyW
Roy

Im going through an issue with my windshield gasket as well and thought it was an installer issue. They said the gasket was too big and I thought to myself no way. Apparently that's not the case. I bought mine a while back so now I am wondering if they'll take it back or exchange it at least. Do you have any dialogue with BMW about this or know if this is a known issue. I bought mine from getbmwparts.com so I am going to take it up with them. Just wondering if you have any helpful info if I should need it.

Thanks and it's looking great. Wish I had your work crew!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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espoe wrote:
RoyW wrote:
Hit Man X wrote:Hope my gasket was in good enough shape for this car! :shock:
It was perfect... thank you again for coming to the rescue, much appreciated. As was mentioned in previous update, that part (windshield weatherstripping or gasket) from BMW Parts was the wrong size (too big) and they sent two, but still haven't figured out what the problem is?? :shock: :oops:

-RoyW
Roy

Im going through an issue with my windshield gasket as well and thought it was an installer issue. They said the gasket was too big and I thought to myself no way. Apparently that's not the case. I bought mine a while back so now I am wondering if they'll take it back or exchange it at least. Do you have any dialogue with BMW about this or know if this is a known issue. I bought mine from getbmwparts.com so I am going to take it up with them. Just wondering if you have any helpful info if I should need it.

Thanks and it's looking great. Wish I had your work crew!
Clearly BMW Germany Parts has a problem with this gasket... its wrong! The dealer thought the first one was simply an error of some sort, but when the second one was exactly the same (too big) they contacted BMW Germany (Parts)... they asked for pictures and measurements, which I gave them. I'm guessing their source is or was producing the wrong specifications? Who knows? The vendor you got yours from probably sourced it from BMW Germany and it came from the same bad batch. Hopefully they will take it back and refund, but, good luck getting an answer from BMW.

RoyW
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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BMW Classic puts part numbers out to bid for reproductions so the people that made it originally probably didn't make the new ones. Just like lower aluminum windshield trim for E28s and stuff like door gaskets for 2002s. I've probably got hundreds of dollars in parts that are worthless. I've been better about checking stuff lately but some stuff I've had so long I didn't know.
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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wkohler wrote:BMW Classic puts part numbers out to bid for reproductions so the people that made it originally probably didn't make the new ones. Just like lower aluminum windshield trim for E28s and stuff like door gaskets for 2002s. I've probably got hundreds of dollars in parts that are worthless. I've been better about checking stuff lately but some stuff I've had so long I didn't know.
It's startling in a way because this is the first issue I've had with a part not fitting that wasn't my fault. I've bought the wrong headlight grills (forgot about the facelift), turn signal switch and a couple other things but it was always me that missed a detail. Never occurred to me to check a part ordered from BMW, that was the same from the first production car to the last, for sizing. Now I've had the thing for about 6 months as I was stockpiling parts for my paint job. They may very well take care of it and at the same time they could tell me its been too long, we'll see.

I will say I have always been uncomfortable not having a "parts guy" and doing everything online. This is a time when that relationship would really help. Like you I already have hundreds on parts that for one reason or another are wrong. This would just add ~$300.00 to the list but it would be the first part I have that is of no use to anyone. At least the others I can sell!

Thanks for the input guys, I am going to keep plugging as my car (85 e23 745i) is now back in my hands from the paint shop ready for reassembly.
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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Having seen both gaskets in person, I'm going to chalk this up to dyslexia in Germany. E23 <-> E32. I am guessing that the gasket itself isn't "wrong", but the label on the bag is making it so.

That aside, I picked this up yesterday. Hopefully this helps put the AC conundrum to bed. Has the new drier arrived?

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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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ahab wrote:Having seen both gaskets in person, I'm going to chalk this up to dyslexia in Germany. E23 <-> E32. I am guessing that the gasket itself isn't "wrong", but the label on the bag is making it so.

That aside, I picked this up yesterday. Hopefully this helps put the AC conundrum to bed. Has the new drier arrived?

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Thanks Aaron.... unfortunately the re-furbished dryer won't be here for another couple weeks (they called yesterday for a CC and said it's now in the queue). But we can get those hoses back in place, so we continue on with re-assembly to the front end. :)

You may be right about the gasket being for an e32 (vs. and e23) and things just got mixed up somewhere along the line... but we'll probably never know, unless someone fits one of these on an e32 windshield. :)

-RoyW
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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I just re-sprayed the front seat frames that were all scratched up from 38 years of use... they came out pretty nice using a spray can of Wurth satin trim paint.

-RoyW

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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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Roy just outstanding. I saw you used a chrome polish on the trim. Did you use it on old trim or in prepping new stuff, or both? Cloudy trim is an issue on all of these and some parts are now NLA, so just wondering how you tackled it.

Also since you were in the seats, did it have heaters; and if you changed them what did you use?

Also and just FYI, I wish I could say the gaskets were a crossing of the numbers, but an e32 doesn’t have a gasket like that. Those are the first ones to do the sealer and trim type, So Chris is right I think. So for those out there with e23’s heads up!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/13/19

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espoe wrote:Roy just outstanding. I saw you used a chrome polish on the trim. Did you use it on old trim or in prepping new stuff, or both? Cloudy trim is an issue on all of these and some parts are now NLA, so just wondering how you tackled it.

Also since you were in the seats, did it have heaters; and if you changed them what did you use?

Also and just FYI, I wish I could say the gaskets were a crossing of the numbers, but an e32 doesn’t have a gasket like that. Those are the first ones to do the sealer and trim type, So Chris is right I think. So for those out there with e23’s heads up!
Thank you. As for the Simichrome polish I used (on the original trim, no new trim, as its all pretty much NLA) it did not remove the cloudiness and milky staining that is inherent with anodized aluminum, but it did shine it up a bit and removed some surface oxidation. No heated seats in those Recaros, all manual, no power.

Thanks for the clarification on the e32 gasket... looks like it's just an incorrect spec used in manufacturing by the vendor?

-RoyW
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/23/19

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Worked on the B9 this past week and made some good progress on its re-assembly, especially thanks to George, Aaron, and George’s son, Riley. Prior to help arriving on Thursday and late Friday, I focused on a bunch of small stuff like: dying the rear seat headrests (black) from the parts car (they were a weird light color); installing the tail-lights; re-covering and installing some trunk trim parts; and, trying to install the fog lights. In addition, I did a dry fitting of the carpet set and trimmed some of the excess. I ran into some difficulty with, 1) the fog-lights and their fitment on the custom brackets used with the BBS front spoiler; 2) the studs that were missing or broken on the tail-lights…. resolution provided by Aaron over the phone and later in person… thanks pal :) I also tried to install the front and rear rubber bumper strips, but discovered that new clips are needed, as the old ones would have been far too much work to straighten out so they’d connect properly when pushed into the bumper (tried with several, but they were damaged upon removal I’d say)

The Friday and Saturday’s work sessions were focused mainly on: 1) re-assembly of the front of the car, e.g., lights, grills, etc.; 2) re-conditioning and installing side moldings; and 3) fully installing the interior carpet set. We also reconditioned some trim pieces and test fit some seats. George’s son tried to create one working antenna out of two bad ones with marginal success (we probably need a replacement here), and, he and Aaron chased numerous electrical issues, e.g., wiring problems, bad connectors, bad bulbs, etc., in order to get all the lights to work on the car. Also, a bunch of small stuff was done and a parts list (for next time) was created. Here’s a summary of the work done this weekend:

- installed rear tail-lights (several connectors were corroded and a couple bad bulbs, plus missing and/or broken mounting studs)

- re-covered and installed a couple trunk trim carpeted pieces

- dyed rear seat headrests black (Leatherique) that were taken from parts car (they were a light color)

- installed new fog lens and bulbs

- installed two A/C lines (one was new) for A/C system, awaiting re-built receiver/dryer for full system connection and test of system

- installed clear vapor barriers on the inside of all four doors

- installed head-light grills, kidney grill, turn signals, and head-light buckets (headlights need replacing, as they have rust spots inside or are multi-brands and/or different lamps types, color, etc.)

- tested and repaired all external lights, e.g., front & rear fogs, head lights, running lights, turn signal and stop lights…. some re-wiring, replace connectors, and/or bulbs

- re-conditioned all side molding pieces, hood grates, front grills, speaker grills, trunk top edge
trim piece, etc. using either Wurth Satin Trim paint or Back to Black

- installed side and rocker mouldings

- installed inside carpet set

- test fit rear seat bottom and passenger front seat

The big remaining items now include: A/C system; windshield washer system (new tanks on order, new hoses in hand); many interior items, e.g., dash area pieces, center console area, door cards, door sealings, seats, seat belts etc.; sound system; external trim, e.g., bumper rubber pieces and end caps, window trim, antenna, wiper blades; wheels and tires; etc. Lots to still get done… still hopeful for Fall finish, concluding a two year process! :D

Thanks again George, Aaron, & Riley :D

Here are some pics of this week’s work…. starting to look like a real car!

-RoyW

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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/23/19

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Beautimus!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/23/19

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Very nice, Roy. :up:
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 06/23/19

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looking good guys sorry to of missed a session
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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Lots of progress was made over the past couple weeks on the re-assembly of the B9, especially these last few days, what with George here for a few days, and a visit on Thursday from local fellow Mye28er, Jim T. What a crew… these guys are the best!!

Prior to these past few days, I had ordered and received some parts from Germany, e.g., headlights, trim pieces, washer tanks, etc., along with a set of Michelins from the TireRack (to mount on the re-freshed 16” staggered Alpina wheels that George had found). I was also able to get the new Hella H1 & H4 headlamps installed, along with installation of the rear parcel shelf and rear speakers. My friend and stereo expert, Ian, came over to run all new wiring for the sound system, e.g., power, speakers, input/output, etc., to and from the amp location, speakers, and head unit. The speakers are a mild upgrade from stock (it’s what was already in the car), as is the old school Blaupunkt head unit (that was also already in the car), but I found a small NOS Blaupunkt 4 channel amp that will replace the missing stock amp.

So, over the past 3 days we were able to tackle almost all of the exterior trim and a lot of the interior installation. Jim took on the difficult task of replacing all the rubber window wipes on the aluminum trim piece that’s are at the bottom of each door window… these new rubber pieces were for a 2 door e30 (the e23 ones are NLA) and had to be trimmed and retrofitted to work (thanks to an e23 Facebook person for that tip) , but look and work perfectly… thanks Jim for the great job! :D We planned to install the new windshield washer tanks, but found the new large tank I had just received from BMW Germany is totally different than the old one (despite same part number?) and won’t work with the pumps that are on the old one… not to mention it has no level sensor opening and is slightly wider??? This issue is being researched!! :x :? We also mounted the Alpina wheels… so now, with all this progress, and according to my wife, “she’s starting to look like a real car… it’s about time!” :lol:

Here’s a detailed list of the work done since my last update and some pictures:

- Installed new Hella H1 & H4 headlamps and bulbs (had to remove previously installed grills and turn signals in order to affix the trim rings around the headlights… lesson learned on sequencing :laugh: )

- Attached speakers to rear parcel shelf and installed shelf

- New tires mounted and balanced on re-finished 16” staggered Alpina wheels, installed on the car

- New window wipes retrofitted and installed on associated trim pieces and installed on car

- External trim pieces installed, e.g., bumper rubber moldings and end caps, window trim, roof-line trim, mirrors, etc.

- Carpet set trimming and installation was completed at door edges, front footwells, and kick panels

- Rear seat belts and rear seat back was installed (install of rear seat bottom is on hold until completion of stereo amp install, as it will be located under that seat)

- Rear headrest dyed a second coat and installed

- Door cards and all associated door parts installed; also door sealings, sans mouse fur :)

- Front speakers in front kick panel area installed

- A, B, & C pillar trim pieces installed

Those Items that still remain on the to-do list include: complete the sound system install i.e., amp and connections; install new washer system tanks and new hoses; install A/C dryer and get system activated and running; find and install replacement antenna; complete interior install of center console, glove box, steering wheel, rear-view mirror, and other dash area items; install front Recaro bucket seats; re-install hood and sunroof (being re-painted); install new trunk-lid spoiler and wheel arches; and, I’m sure, there are several other smaller items I’m forgetting :) Then, of course, get some mileage on the freshly re-built engine and re-torque all bolts and fasteners :D

With any luck, all will get sorted out and completed by end of September… that’s the goal anyway… basically a two year restoration! Thanks again George for your outstanding support and help with this project, you are a great friend!! As have been Steve, Aaron, Jim, VSR, and several other contributors along the way... we're nearing the end, I think :lol:

-RoyW

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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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Love the wheels , seems you got a lot done :D
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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It's looking so nice, Roy!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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What an amazing build! Love that garage, too!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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Hot stuff!! :clap:

If I wasn't already bit by the e23 bug this would put me right over the top. Nice work Roy. I really appreciate your attention to detail.
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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Incredible thread and build. And what a great communal effort- clearly good peeps!
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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Don't want to jump the gun... it's been registered for SoCal Vintage.
As Roy had written, there are a few things to tidy up.
We hope everything falls into place and it can be in SoCal 02 Nov.
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Re: Project e23 B9 build - update 07/20/19

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:clap: lots of progress since I last seen it.
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