This BMW is a 'barn find' which has recently been awoken from a 14-year hiatus in a dusty shed in central Victoria, Australia.
After a major clean, it is now being slowly recommissioned, with dried and cracked fuel injection hoses being replaced, the Bosch K-Jetronic CIS injection being repaired, some minor rust rectification done on the lower door panels, brake hydraulics replaced and all coolant, fuel, and lubricants being drained, flushed and replaced.
The car sees daylight
for the first time in many years as the shed doors are opened and rubbish removed
from around it..
Slowly being winched
onto a trailer to take it to its new home.
After many hours
of cleaning, the car has come up quite well. Beside it is a 1981 Mercedes W123
300D which was also in the shed.
The original interior
has responded well to a lot of cleaning and scrubbing.
Much work was done to the fuel injection system, and some work to the body. The only rust was in the bottom of the doors, mainly the driver's door, which was cut out and new steel mig-welded in place. The rear spoiler was removed (I prefer the original lines as penned by Paul Bracq, and I'd removed the front spoiler much earlier), some minor dents in the bodywork repaired, and the aftermarket pin-striping carefully removed.
The front apron is now straightened and ready for repainting.
The underneath looks very good once it's up on the hoist. The exhaust needed replacing (now done), but all else is reassuringly good.
The entire fuel system was renewed (other than tanks which were removed, thoroughly flushed, then replaced). A generic in-tank pump was modified to suit the BMW pickup, new main pump, new hoses throughout, the Warm Up Regulator and Fuel Distributor were rebuilt, new injectors, and the only visible bit of the system - these braided injector lines - were custom made in the workshop.
Brakes have been fully rebuilt, wheels cleaned and repainted, new correct sized tyres fitted, and new centre and rear exhaust sections (with mufflers) sourced and fitted.
The car is now driving well. The cold start/warm-up regulator still need tweaking, as cold starts are difficult, but once warmed up the car is spirited and a delight!
I am now faced with the decision of whether to complete painting the exterior and attend to the cold starting issue, and add the car as a permanent part of the Kelly St Classics collection, or to sell it for someone else to complete to their specification! Serious offers invited!
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Fellow enthusiasts are welcome to drop me an email.