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Old 12-06-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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everlast's build thread

I finally feel justified starting my own build thread. Yay!

Now that I got the garage straight, heated (still needs insulation on the door though) and a bunch of parts to install, I began actually doing stuff today. Amazing huh?

Today consisted of removing stuff from the pass side underhood and cleaning / cosmoline removal. I've found that the clearcoat and paint are remarkably thin in a few places, and went through while removing with acetone, often without any pressure. Still, much better. I used bug and tar remover to get the grease / grime. It works really well since it is kind of thick, so it doesn't run. Leave it 20 seconds and the grime wipes right up.

First, grimy. 20 years of undercoating and road grime:



A lot of grease removed, leaving cosmoline:


Now somewhat cleaned up:


End of working for today. Gotta go xmas shopping.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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wow very nice!
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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dam thats one hell of a difference, did it come off easily or did you have to scrub alot.
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:20 PM   #4
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My fingers hurt to the point that using blackberry sucks. That was about 2.5 hours of scrubbing. Also I used a plastic scraper to remove the cosmoline, which is about as hard as fingernail (ie perfect).
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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wow, i find a power washer takes that stuff off in no time, wd40 also helps.

you scrubbed that? damn
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:50 PM   #6
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No car's i've had, have ever had cosmoline. I don't get it.


Looks good though.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:38 PM   #7
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I tried:

-power wash
-orange engine foam
-castrol degreaser
-paint thinner
-EASY OFF OVEN CLEANER OVER NIGHT

and it still left grease in places, didn't affect the cosmoline.

The dealers are supposed to remove the cosmoline when preinspection and delivery is done, but this engine bay got totally missed. Its even on the rad fan shroud and all the rubber bits, the AFM, etc. The rubber parts is possible to remove by flexing it, but the hard stuff, like the AFM is really stubborn.

Acetone works, but is dangerous shit. I've removed paint, stickers and made one little plastic clip (that was put in by a garage, not factory) disappear altogether, heh. It turned into goo in 1 second.

It doesn't help that I have about 15 receipts for Krown rust proofing either. I mean, its great the car was taken care of, but the build up + road grime, holy hell its messy.

I used an entire roll of shop towels yesterday too.

I just want it clean so I can begin the real work: Lc-1, then megasquirt, then turbo.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:39 PM   #8
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lol! that is excessive grime romoval. Mad props on the easy off oven cleaner! glad to see you are going to do that turbo build
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:25 PM   #9
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Opinions on my mockup of the uber minimalist gauge layout?



The "!" is a joke, but it might stay if it doesn't look too tacky. My mileage gauge won't work after MS install, so I will remove the needle and it will have no background. I can use the space in the future for other things. The odometers would be tinted deep red.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:35 PM   #10
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did you use a permanent marker ???

a friend of mine makes theys cluster disc they look like stock and the light is still comming Through he does them up to 300km/hr and is also abel to adjust the cluster that it shows the right speed
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:40 PM   #11
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^^ hehe, no that's just a photoshop mockup.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:46 PM   #12
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oh i see ,
and for the mileage gauge i would go to bmw and get the m3 oil temp gauge and use a vdo sensor it is a real great mode as specialy when you wanne go turbo and need a oil temp gauge

i orederd my parts last week only waiting for the item as it is back order from germany i hate bmw canada
in germany i was living close to a main distribution warehouse from BMW and got my parts in like less then a day even spacial order M-Parts
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:49 PM   #13
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^^ precisely what i'd like to do. Do you have a part# or write up on the VDO conversion? I know a few guys were trying to do it, but I never found complete info on it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #14
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did you use a permanent marker ???

a friend of mine makes theys cluster disc they look like stock and the light is still comming Through he does them up to 300km/hr and is also abel to adjust the cluster that it shows the right speed
Motometers come with a pot on the back.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:25 PM   #15
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Hey man if you're gonna end up printing those gauges, print me up a set (or send me the PDF, but i'll be in ottawa on wed).

i think that cluster would look amazing.

The build seems to be coming along nice! gotta start with a clean engine bay
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