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  1. Bleeding coolant systems on these older M20B20 (and M30B35) engines can be a challenge. I have used this guide before with success on both my 735i (M30) and also “tailored” the same procedure to my Z1 (M20B25) when I changed the timing belt and water pump last year, it does work and saves a load of faffing. https://www.mye28.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=58368
  2. There will be more knowledgeable folk than me that will comment and have much better ideas however I would try clamping the long section carefully in your vice just below the joint and use the silencer as leverage and see if the silencer section will move/start to spin. Obviously you have to be careful that you don’t crush the pipe too much but a nip up in the vice might just be enough to grip it and release the joint.
  3. I am very very surprised to hear you can’t locate parts for your E28. As mentioned above, Walloth & Nesch carry a large and varied product line for all older BMWs and have also remanufactured many parts that are available off the shelf too, BMW themselves still stock a vast variety of parts for all models, interior trim is hard to come by but mechanical, running gear and body panels in particular are all mostly still available direct. I never failed to locate new panels and mechanical parts for my E3s, E9s, E28 and the E32 735i that I ran as a daily up until quite recently, I can even sti
  4. I’m not sure where you live in the Central Belt but my friends place in Carluke would most certainly weld the Cav for you, he would most likely collect it too.
  5. Very nice, I remember driving your first one almost 15 years ago......
  6. The Ghia wheels you have that need the flat washer nuts are the same as fitted to early Mk2 Capri, the “spokes” are sharper edged too, the later Ghia wheel used the taper nuts with the spokes being smoother compared to the earlier ones.
  7. I’m a committed Capri licker so can define exactly when I first remember one clearly (May 1976, neighbours new black 2.0S) but Mk1 (and Mk2) Escorts were more common as street furniture even then so I paid less notice of them. My uncle had a purple velvet 1100XL RFS146M that he bought at 4/5 years old I think and had it for a long time, he had the engine out a couple of times, one occasion was to replace piston rings from memory, the car would have been ten years old by then maybe. Both of my cousins learned to drive in it and it went around the clock at least once. It was given away in the la
  8. IIRC The Weeeezard gave Hoovie the choice of either taking the engine out of said Lambo again to rectify the fault or to cut the access hole, he didn’t agree with the hole cutting but ultimately it was the course of action his customer wanted him to take. As regards BMWs of the era he has been burnt with , we all know how needy late 90s/early 00s BMWs can be so it’s not surprising that he dislikes them to be honest, not BMWs finest hour and I’m a committed Beemer licker. I can also relate to his liking of newer Land Rovers as they are superb vehicles when working correctly, owning one give
  9. Fantastic read WoC, thank you for sharing!
  10. Mercs are all very well but no mention of the main star of the show, your E30......
  11. Looking online, it’s had an owner change in September 2020 too
  12. On a similar vein, our adjoining neighbours have had the woman’s parents staying overnight off and on every week throughout the whole nine-months-and-counting COVID period, what makes it worse is that her parents both work directly for the NHS. The parents don’t live there permanently either, their own house is 40 miles away. Four vehicles (car, works van, parents two cars) adding to the already over-subscribed parking spaces.
  13. You know, I’m really glad I can’t smell the inside of some of these campers that get posted up, I would most certainly get an extreme case of the boak!
  14. I have really enjoyed reading of these finds, thanks to the contributors, the refreshing bit for me is that most if not all of these finds were improved and some returned to the road. It is a shame that more often than not, the flipper brigade get hold of these types of finds though which although good for the vehicles as they may get saved rather than crushed, means that enthusiasts sometimes miss out. The only story I can think of was the story of a W reg Cobalt Blue Capri 3.0 Ghia Manual from the factory, that was owned by a shady geezer in my home town who was enjoying an extend
  15. Its only a bloomin diesel too! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-132-2500-Diesel-excellent-solid-condition/114480545993?hash=item1aa79280c9:g:bHEAAOSwJxVflCsQ
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