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Topless for a grand: E36 323i Cabriolet - running up those bills (Page 4). Also an X350 XJ6. Latest: Strutting about


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Nice car, I like the way your keeping it original 

May be worth changing the plastic thermostat housing to a metal one when you change the water pump. 
You probably already know but try and get the front end as high up as possible when you refill the cooling system as they are a pain for air locks.

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57 minutes ago, goosey said:

Nice car, I like the way your keeping it original 

May be worth changing the plastic thermostat housing to a metal one when you change the water pump. 
You probably already know but try and get the front end as high up as possible when you refill the cooling system as they are a pain for air locks.

I didn't know that - either, actually - so I will take a look at that. It is something I usually do, but didn't know it about the BMW. I'll borrow some ramps from the neighbour for filling it :)

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“Heater resistor is in the driver’s footwell”

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Is that why my footwell trim is broken?

Oh. American forums. FFS.

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Here it is:

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Replaced.

I can’t show in a picture that the fan and air conditioning now work, so here’s a pipe with condensation on.

The water pump/fan pulley has horizontal movement so the car’s not going anywhere until the new one is fitted…

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All transferred - online is stupidly quick compared to the OLD VRO process.

 

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Rear lights completed. Boot not put back together yet as I am going to replace all the hydraulic struts for the roof.

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Started cleaning the forgotten corners

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Someone’s feeling neglected

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So the E36 cabrio’s roof is unhappy. This is many maladies in one, really, but they all manifest as “jamming when opening, thudding when closing, catching on tonneau or rear bow”.

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Some parts arrived to help with the fix: tonneau struts.

These are reputedly a bastard to fit.

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Open the cover.

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Perform James Herriot move to unclip top of strut from peg.

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Close tonneau, open boot, locate other end and remove.

Close boot, open tonneau, feed new strut in, swear a lot, rotate triple-joined wrist to snap pin through hole on strut, lift hinge with shoulder, snap balljoint on, close tonneau, open boot, double check.

Now the other side.

Where the motors live.

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That looks okay?

Detach upper, let strut find space in well, close tonneau, open boot, detach ball, close boot, open tonneau, extract strut from other side of wiring cables, feed out through hole, feed new strut in.

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Try to feed hole over pin. Left handed. Swear lots. Drop strut. Swear more. Try attaching strut ball-end first, it gets caught in box section. Close/open/open/close. Swear. Lose clip thing. Swear. Replace clip, bash thumb. Go quiet. Glare at BMW.

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Try again. Get clip engaged on peg, can’t attach ball end. Get towel. Push more than seems fair. Still can’t attach it.

Peer down hole.

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Swear, then remember “disengage motors”

(faff cut)

Ball engages.

Reengage motors.

Resync roof.

And we’re good.

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Next, when it arrives, the roof-lifting strut…

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An interlude:

This car was described as someone’s pride and joy:

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These clips are Jaguar’s shame and misery.

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I mean, really, who the fuck clips an accessory wire plug (not socket) to an extension of the washer bottle.

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Cable ties and smashed plastic and rusted broken pennies clips. There’s pride for ya…

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Letting the end one soak. That piece of undertray ahead of the arch is missing so scrapyard hunting for the whole lot will be underway.

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Not sure what removing the grille achieves but I feel like I did something since the fan pack still won’t come out.

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I mean the whole undertray is just a mess.

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Goodnight Jaguar.

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I am determined to fix this damn thing, without breaking more things on it, and the subframe will be getting a lot of Jenolite gel while this is all apart, but I really am unimpressed with Jaguar’s fixture and fittings approach.

And still baffled how the utterly shagged radiator could have been missed before I got it.

Going to get a set of ramps to make fixing underneath this doable.

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