Last Friday, it was hard to tell just what the weather was going to do! We had called the Cruise-In weather-permitting,
and each time I checked the forecast, it showed a 50% chance of storms. Reggie, Lucy, and I decided to hang out anyway just to see what would happen. The sun actually came out! And a few people showed up! Not a drop of rain was felt... until a little while later, when lightning strikes flashed across the sky to the south. We packed up and called it a night just before some rain came through. I guess this is the nature of Spring! And tonight's Cruise-In will also be weather-permitting
. We've had the 1984 BMW 733i in the shop, waiting on parts from Germany, waiting on a newly refurbished head, waiting to get back on the road! Well, that time has come! Let's take a look!
With a little elbow grease and some paint, Reggie made these parts look like new! I can't wait to see what the engine bay looks like once everything is put back together!
Reggie cleans the area before the lower timing cover is installed:
The lower timing cover itself gets a good cleaning before being installed:
Reggie removes the old seal from the timing cover:
When it was time to put in the new seal, he noticed there was a crack in the aluminum! Not good! We sent the timing cover to the fab shop to see if it could be welded. In the meantime, a replacement cover was ordered. And so the waiting begins again for this 7-series.
Fortunately, the new used lower timing cover arrived the next day, so Reggie got to work replacing the seal:
This part of the timing chain tensioner can be re-used:
A little gasket sealant gets the lower timing cover that much closer to installation:
And then the seal gets prepped for the upper timing cover:
Gaskets are put in place:
Gasket sealant is applied to the lower timing cover. It replaces the oil pan gasket; they don't make a gasket to fit this section. The gasket is compromised when the bottom of the engine is taken apart.
Installing the lower timing cover:
The old water pump:
Shiny, new water pump:
Reggie installs the water pump:
New hoses are next:
Next week, we'll reveal the finished engine bay! What's a good story without some sort of cliffhanger, right? This 1987 BMW 535is came in for some work: remove and replace rear sub-frame bushings, diagnose wet carpet under the dash on the driver's side, adjust hood alignment, check tires for wear, and diagnose a "clunk" at the right rear of the bimmer. It turns out that the exhaust was making contact with the drive shaft, so the exhaust mount was lowered and a missing mounting bolt was replaced. As for the wet carpet, a hole was found in the floor.
A malfunctioning driver's side lock actuator, a broken antenna, and oil leaks brought this 1996 BMW 318ti to the shop:
We've had some interest in the 1989 BMW 325ix
that's for sale here at the shop. If you are interested, please call to set up a test drive before she's gone!
That's all for now! We hope the weather cooperates this evening! We're excited to have the Cruise-In's back! Have a great weekend!