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Old 03-30-2017, 01:32 PM   #81
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Very impressive car and a great read. nice job spannerhead!
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:42 AM   #82
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Some little arrivals over the weekend:









I had a noisy A/C pulley, and replaced the belts for good measure. No noticeable wear on the old ones, but I didn't know their age.



Have I mentioned lately how much I love the electric fan on the manual 330? One screw, one rivet, two connectors and up and out... It's wonderful.
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:55 PM   #84
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Beyond basic maintenance and repairs? Hmm...

- ZHP shift knob
- M3 steering wheel
- Euro tray
- Headlight upgrades
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- S54 swap?

That's about it. I'm happy with the color, the stance, the wheels, the bodywork---everything is just fine and just needs to be maintained and/or repaired as needed.
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:42 PM   #85
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Beyond basic maintenance and repairs? Hmm...

- ZHP shift knob
- M3 steering wheel
- Euro tray
- Headlight upgrades
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- S54 swap?

That's about it. I'm happy with the color, the stance, the wheels, the bodywork---everything is just fine and just needs to be maintained and/or repaired as needed.
Nice nice. Do the headlight upgrades. You will be extremely happy with the outcome
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:14 PM   #86
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Some more updates. Don't have pics for everything, but the car's coming along nicely.

- Replaced fuel filter and fuel pump last month. Preventative. Super easy job.
- During the course of replacement, I must've damaged the F-connector the FPR vacuum line connects to, since I started having intermittent rough running and a recurring P1347 code, among others.
- Bought a Stinger smoke tester:



and put it to work. Awesome tool. Can't say enough good about it---one of the best $90 I've spent on a tool.

It located 2 vacuum leaks: Lower intake boot tears and the broken F-connector. Everything else is tight: DISA, CCV, valve cover gasket---all good.

Replaced the offending parts, and the car runs great now.

Replaced the spark plugs on Saturday:



Think it was time?



No oil whatsoever in any of the spark plug holes. Bone dry.

I also swapped out the #5 coil, which for some reason was different than the others:



Anybody recognize the brand?

The car runs fantastic. Pulls hard all over the tach.

Also, this happened earlier in the month:



15K with it so far in 15 months. Hopefully many more to come!
Where did you get the smoke tested from? I would like to get one.

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What are those plugs for anyway? The ones you put on your trunk lid
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What are those plugs for anyway? The ones you put on your trunk lid
It's just a blind plug. There was a hole there so I figured there must be a corresponding plug. Weirdly enough the holes are different sizes on the left and right sides of the trunklid, and the right-side plug was still present. RealOEM was a big help.

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I really enjoyed reading through it all, great job & attention to detail!
Thanks very much.
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Old 04-16-2017, 10:44 PM   #93
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Quick post-bath pic from earlier:



I have some with a better angle but the dang mailbox is in the background and it looks like it's growing out of the car.
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Absolutely had to come in and say beautiful photo up there! I have to step up my game!

Wish you were closer, would love to put you on my IG, been featuring what I deem as good looking cars as of late (IG: drivingFM)
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Nice pic. Can't tell if you polished the car real good or have very good Lightroom skills
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Absolutely had to come in and say beautiful photo up there! I have to step up my game!
Thanks! I really want to get some photos....not in my driveway. Need to scope out parking decks downtown.

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I'm too much of an old fuddy-duddy to have an IG account, but feel free to add whatever images you like to yours (if that's how it works).

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Nice pic. Can't tell if you polished the car real good or have very good Lightroom skills
Neither, lol. I just played with the Shadows/Highlights in Photoshop a bit. Not entirely pleased with the outcome, but it'll do until I have a better photo to start with.
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I need to spend more time learning photography myself.

But man you need, need, need to get a set of xenons in those headlights. Maybe a used set if you don't want to put one together yourself?
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Same here. I think you're pretty good already though! Your latest photoshoot looked awesome.

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But man you need, need, need to get a set of xenons in those headlights. Maybe a used set if you don't want to put one together yourself?
I would love to but it's just not a priority at the moment. I actually probably need new lenses before anything else---the photo doesn't show it but the beginnings of crazing are there, both on the mains and the fogs.
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Same here. I think you're pretty good already though! Your latest photoshoot looked awesome.



I would love to but it's just not a priority at the moment. I actually probably need new lenses before anything else---the photo doesn't show it but the beginnings of crazing are there, both on the mains and the fogs.
I see it now that I look at it. New lenses certainly refresh the front of the car. I bought a new set in August last year.
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