We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! As we traveled home last night, we cruised by some of the local stores, and saw packed parking lots and lines at store doors. The hustle and bustle that has become a holiday tradition was already in full swing before 11PM! Well, we're breaking tradition a little bit here at the shop with our own version of Black Friday. Swing on by starting at 10AM for coffee, donuts, and car talk. We've partnered with Logan Street Signs
to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County's
toy drive. And for every new, unwrapped toy you donate, you'll receive your choice of a Reggie's Motorworks T-shirt or $20 in "shop credit." This week, Jason has been diagnosing an issue on this delphin-metallic 1985 BMW 325e (although the deck lid (below) states otherwise):
Nice sticker! :)
If you've visited the shop, you may have seen an old Coke cooler that was in the office and has been out in the shop undergoing some work. We found this gem at Auburn over Labor Day weekend, and thought it would make one sweet counter for the office. Reggie has been working on it as time permits, and I thought I'd catch us up to speed thus far. He removed all of the inner workings of the cooler, cleaned out some rust, cut some openings, fashioned some metal trim for the openings, and has been building the custom shelving to house some Reggie's Motorworks goodies. Now, I know what some of you may be thinking... and we have spoken to some of you about this issue. Why cut up this vintage Coca-Cola cooler? Why not leave it as is? Why not restore it to its original state? All of these are great questions! From the moment we saw it, we envisioned a cool, functional piece of furniture. We love the rusty top that came with it, and it will still be a big part of the final design. I can't wait to see it!
Stay tuned for more updates on this 'cool' project! Last week, we showed you some work Reggie did to our '93 525i wagon
. Well, it turns out that the third brake light did not work, so Reggie ordered a new light strip, comprised of tiny incandescent bulbs since LED lights weren't around back in '93. He also added some lens covers to the headlights. Although the covers did not account for the little "bumps" on the headlights, they were easy to install, and just needed a little customizing to get the proper fitment. Let's take a look! Before:
These headlight covers by Lamin-x came in an array of colors, ranging from clear to yellow to blue to gray. Reggie chose yellow and clear. If you're interested in some of these protective films for your bimmer, they are available through our shop, just give us a call!
These covers also serve to protect the glass from rocks and other debris that tends to fly up as you're driving down the road. Win!
Once installed, it was time to do a little customizing to account for the little aforementioned "bumps":
Lucy gives her nod of approval:
Another After view:
You may recall that last week we hoped that the third brake light worked on the replacement rear window that we had... Unfortunately, it didn't work, so Reggie reinstalled the original rear window and ordered a new light strip. Below, he prepares the area on the replacement rear window to attach the third brake light unit:
The new lights work as they should, check!
The light is enclosed in its housing and cleaned up a bit:
After hours, Lucy likes to help out on personal projects... she removed some paper towels from the back of the wagon. What a good dog!
Reggie attaches the new third brake light to the replacement glass:
He removes the original glass:
Next, he removed the defrost units from the glass to put on the new glass:
Testing the defroster:
Finishing up the wiring:
Mission Accomplished! A working third brake light!
We'll be back with more next week, so stay tuned! And we hope to see you today at the shop to relax and hang out for Black Friday! Have a great weekend!