Its been quite sometime since I last said hi. I miss getting involved and hearing what is new in the world for all of you!
For me, at least on the automotive side, things are a bit bleak. I still have my 1991 M5, but unfortunately, it is having some major problems. At the end of last season it over heated. I pulled over and turned off the car as soon as I noticed. I don't know how much time had elapsed. Prior to this, I did notice that there was a bit of milkiness in my coolant reservoir. I'm guilty of not addressing the problem sooner.
Basically, as it stands, the reservoir is now full of what looks to be almost pure black engine oil. Obviously extremely worrisome, and indicative of a pretty serious problem. I would think a blown head gasket, but am not convinced there is more to it. I am the fourth owner, and while the car only does have just over 100k KM on it, I cannot say how it was driven for the first 70 or so thousand KM's. The Tranny was bagged when I bought it and so I did the Metric Mechanic G265 Conversion. Everything seemed fine after the conversion. Seamless shifting and engine pulling hard.
I don't know if there is any pertinence to the issue, but the milkiness in the reservoir seemed to only worsen, after I did a full coolant flush last August. It had overheated twice prior to this, but would restart and drive as normal after cooling down. Again, guilty of not addressing issues sooner.
In any case, I phoned my shop and they quoted me a huge sum of money for a rebuild. Around 12K!
I described everything to the owner who had previously had similar issues with his E34 M5 and he said this was a massive undertaking and would be a substantial financial undertaking either way.
I have access to a pit and engine crane, so for the sake of seeing what I'm up against, Im tempted to get in there and look for myself. Ive read that to do even the head gasket, the engine must be pulled. Also, that because of the nature of the S38, many seals and other parts must be replaced.
Long and the short? I'm considering pulling the S38, letting it sit aside and perhaps doing a temporary engine swap. My gut feeling is that if I can DIY this, it might at least help me drive it for the summer and save some cash for the massive s38 undertaking which I certainly DO NOT have the cash for right now.
As a last note, the car did crank, but now I have let it sit so long the battery is completely dead and will not even jump. Would a home compression test and leak down test even be recommended if I can get it to crank again?
Sorry for the long wordy post.
I guess I'm just looking for any feedback at all here. I want to get it back on the road. I absolutely adore driving this car, and do recognize that many here may frown upon putting another more affordable engine in the car, even if it is not in there forever.
Any help and feedback is hugely appreciated. Hope everyone is well. Is Chris Powell still frequenting the forum? I'd love to hear from you Chris.