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post #11 of 115 Old 21st December 2016, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Good on you for taking this on. Will be a great car to drive once "completed." They are never completed, but you get the idea.
Nothing is ever complete for me.
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Getting more relevant. In case anyone is curious, the items used for this detail and my truck were:
Porter Cable 7424XP
Griots Clay
Griots Orange Pad
*For the polishing, I just used the least agressive item needed for the vehicle
Meguiars Ultimate Compound
M105
M205
Chem Guys Blacklight
Griots Red Pad
Chem Guys Jet Seal
Griots Microfiber Finishing Pad

Here is the '99 540i. I am going to keep this as a DD for the immediate future.

Pre-Detail (not the best pics at showing swirls and imperfections):





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Awesome work!
You may not have picked this particular M5, but it definitely picked you..!
Goodluck with the restoration, seems like its in good hands.

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How many miles and what year?

Really doesn't look that bad to me either.

Ans honestly I'm not sure that restoring it back to 15 year old audio technology is worth it. The audio electronics in these cars is complicated and a failure point and it doesn't sound all that fantastic.

In fact I am about to embark on a project to remove my factory audio system. Although I will not be hacking anything and I will re-use the factory harness for the front speaker connections but I will remove the dsp amp and factory radio and an alpine Bluetooth unit that was installed in my car to make room for the two amps I plan to use. And I will reuse the factory M audio subs too rather than rip that apart and make a mess. And I will use a shallow head unit that fits without hacking up the ducting behind it. It will be a clean install. But yes I will lose the factory computer and buttons. But that's ok. I have apple car play in my two new GM vehicles and it's a nice setup so would be nice to have the capabilities in my M5 for road trips.

So at some point I will likely go ahead and sell my entire oem setup off. Normally I keep things like this but this car has become a keeper and I don't see ever going back to oem.
Car is a 2003 so has all the latest stuff that came in the M5. Harness stays put.

I bought the car 5 years ago with 48K miles and have logged over 50K as my primary DD.

I have been a bit of a serial swapper myself with numbers in the range of yours. I've owned a few of the cars you mentioned - 2006 evo IX and a Boston green 540iT. Also a couple C6s and a C5Z. I have another potential keeper in the stable now - hyperblue camaro SS convertible. The new 6th gen platform with the 455hp LT1 and a 6 speed.




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How many miles and what year?

Really doesn't look that bad to me either.

Ans honestly I'm not sure that restoring it back to 15 year old audio technology is worth it. The audio electronics in these cars is complicated and a failure point and it doesn't sound all that fantastic.

In fact I am about to embark on a project to remove my factory audio system. Although I will not be hacking anything and I will re-use the factory harness for the front speaker connections but I will remove the dsp amp and factory radio and an alpine Bluetooth unit that was installed in my car to make room for the two amps I plan to use. And I will reuse the factory M audio subs too rather than rip that apart and make a mess. And I will use a shallow head unit that fits without hacking up the ducting behind it. It will be a clean install. But yes I will lose the factory computer and buttons. But that's ok. I have apple car play in my two new GM vehicles and it's a nice setup so would be nice to have the capabilities in my M5 for road trips.

So at some point I will likely go ahead and sell my entire oem setup off. Normally I keep things like this but this car has become a keeper and I don't see ever going back to oem.
Car is a 2003 so has all the latest stuff that came in the M5. Harness stays put.

I bought the car 5 years ago with 48K miles and have logged over 50K as my primary DD.

I have been a bit of a serial swapper myself with numbers in the range of yours. I've owned a few of the cars you mentioned - 2006 evo IX and a Boston green 540iT. Also a couple C6s and a C5Z. I have another potential keeper in the stable now - hyperblue camaro SS convertible. The new 6th gen platform with the 455hp LT1 and a 6 speed.




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It's a 2000 with 82k miles.

For the audio, I don't really listen to music in the car as I have a very short work commute each day. I am not completely decided, but right now my thought is that I will be going with a 16:9 display, Mk4 Nav, Intravee, and stock speakers. I am missing the Nokia shelf in the rear as well so I am still deciding what I want to do there. Maybe I should just save some money and get a blanking plate and muffler delete for the car.

I installed a double DIN Apple CarPlay unit in my truck and the only thing I use is bluetooth audio. So really, that is the only thing I will do for the M5. I have the HiFi DSP setup in the 540i and it sounds fine for what I care about.

The new gen Camaro is the first body style I have liked in a long time. The pony car wars over the past decade have been interesting.

If you want to get rid of your whole setup sooner rather than later, let me know and I may consider picking everything up at once.

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Awesome work!
You may not have picked this particular M5, but it definitely picked you..!
Goodluck with the restoration, seems like its in good hands.
When you put it that way, maybe I was too hard on her when she arrived. If it weren't for having to drive it every day I may have just done what I had to in order to sell it off and never looked back.

Thanks, it will be a journey for sure.

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Looks like a pretty good starting point to me. It seems that most cars come with some surprises no matter what you pay or how they are presented. I think the carbon black on black heritage is a great combo, it's actually what I was looking for when shopping for my first m5. Have you done any paint correction yet? It already looks to be pretty good from the purchase photos. I used to be pretty into paint correction as a hobby a while back, but don't have as much time as I used to anymore to dabble in that stuff. Last really intensive work I did was on my jet black 2000, I bought some Blackfire BlackIce as a top coat, and it was pretty dramatic compared to the other sealants I'd been using (Collinite 845, Duragloss, HD Poxy). I think it would look pretty fantastic on Carbon.
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Looks like a pretty good starting point to me. It seems that most cars come with some surprises no matter what you pay or how they are presented. I think the carbon black on black heritage is a great combo, it's actually what I was looking for when shopping for my first m5. Have you done any paint correction yet? It already looks to be pretty good from the purchase photos. I used to be pretty into paint correction as a hobby a while back, but don't have as much time as I used to anymore to dabble in that stuff. Last really intensive work I did was on my jet black 2000, I bought some Blackfire BlackIce as a top coat, and it was pretty dramatic compared to the other sealants I'd been using (Collinite 845, Duragloss, HD Poxy). I think it would look pretty fantastic on Carbon.
No, I haven't done anything yet. The photos make it out to be better than it is. There is some paintwork with poor blending on the passenger side and on the driver's door. The hood and bumper have been done but they were done much better. I may look to find a reputable shop to redo the passenger side and the driver's door. I would have them hit the fuel filler area as well since the PO looks to have taken off some rust and used a brush to apply POR15. Glad they stopped the rust but that is where they left it.

Before I do any of that I will take a weekend and see what I can do. I took a few minutes to see if I could remove the pin striping on the fuel filler door, but was not successful so i will tackle that later as well.

I have only done a quick wash on the car and am looking forward to getting the car detailed to appreciate the carbon black. Looks to be an amazing color when taken care of.

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The best and proper way to fix that hacked up HVAC assembly is to remove and replace it. It's not as overwhelming as it may seem. After removing the center console and dashboard, all that's left is the dashboard frame support. After removing the frame, you can remove the HVAC unit. I have 2 in the shop if you still need to get one.

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