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Old 05-06-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Theres always something (Part II)

Hey guys. Im pulling out the carpeting in my '89 325i. I have the seats and the lower console out (piece over shifter and E-brake) I want to know how to remove the little black box that is covering the rest of the carpeting in order to pull it all out without cutting anything. I would also like to know if this patch that is right behind the passenger seat (on the floor foot area for rear right passenger) is normal or if my car is specially ****ed up. Thanks guys.

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Old 05-06-2007, 06:45 PM   #2
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cut the carpet unless you wanna take apart the dash and remove that thing ur looking at (heater-core)
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:46 PM   #3
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If I cut the carpet right at the base of the heater core, is there going to be any issue with the carpeting staying in place after I replace it?

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Old 05-06-2007, 08:59 PM   #4
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no i cut mind no problems
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:10 AM   #5
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That "patch" is normal (looks a bit rusty underneath though). It's covered in tar (the square section of crap over the circular hole. Remove the tar, and see how bad the rust is underneath it. If its just the circular piece, I think you can get new ones from the dealer.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:30 AM   #6
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Alright. I cut the carpet where you wouldn't see it and removed it. Looks like the guy bottomed out more then once (I ranted about this in www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89371 ) and there is also alot of rust on the drivers and passengers side. e30Jones, you were right. The cap that goes in that hole was rusted to shit so I pulled it out and will have to weld over it. Along with almost all of the sunroof drains, and the entire piece of flooring where the driver keeps his feet. Not to mention nocking the dents out from behind bothe the drivers and passenger wheel wells ( in the corner, guy must have hit a curb or ten) I'll post pictures tomorrow, I just dont have time to pull everything out of the car right now, put back incase it rained. (not in order or anything, just tossed in) Thanks for the Tips.

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Old 05-07-2007, 10:26 AM   #7
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E30 4 U......Just a heads up here.....before you start welding if you are using a ARC type welder, disconnect the battery. You can possibly lose your ECU if you don't.........goodluck in your repairs.........Bill
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:27 AM   #8
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:57 PM   #9
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if because of cutting it won't stay in place (even though it should be pinned by the console sides that are locked with plastic pins) you can always use glue.

I removed my carpet with no cutting, but trust me when i tell you it was a pita to remove dash and heater box (i didn't bother to put the heater back yet).
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:25 PM   #10
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Here's more picks. Any advice helps.

The holes in the very corners of the wheel wells are spots the the previous owner bottomed out. Its alot worse on the passenger side as far as dents. The rust is worse on the drivers side though.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:26 AM   #11
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E30 4 ME,you have your work cuy out for on this one,are you doing the hole floor or just what is needed??unhook the bat and that ECU out of the car for the time be....
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #12
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Ecu?

The Computer underneath the steering unit?
I think I'm going to do the front half of the drivers side, the front half of the passengers side and then the small spots individually.
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The Computer underneath the steering unit?
No the ECU is in the roof of the glove box.

You dont need to take it out, just disconnect the battery when your welding.
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Old 05-08-2007, 04:32 PM   #15
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yah

There was to much mud under the car to see anything when I purchased it, other wise I wouldn't have. Plus I didn't want to rip the carpet out of the guys car. I have my work cut out.
There is a few other things though. The rust goes right through into the sub frame on the drivers side. Am I going to have any issues with the body buckling or bending when I cut out that section of floor? (being a unibody and all.) And what can I do to prevent the rust under the undercoating from eroding any further. Because I know that theres rust I cant see from inside the car, but Im not sure what to do in order to remove it. Any tips. Thanks

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