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So I had to let this news slip in my other thread, as people wondered why I am selling GE00022.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e34-m5-discussion/189724-got-one-6.html

Now the news is out there. A dedicated thread is justified. Here's my new purchase:


20140617_130444 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Pics were asked for so here are a few:

An alcantara refurb is needed on the steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake. Thankfully theres a great guy in the UK:

20140712_162300 by MattH3764, on Flickr

The car has done quite some miles, and has a patchy history. Thankfully the unique 20J parts have survived....

20140712_162313 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Note the trim removal tool - to be used to replace one of the missing special parts....

20140712_162318 by MattH3764, on Flickr

The 20J floormats came through....

20140712_162335 by MattH3764, on Flickr

And just look at that carbon.....(you may need a bathroom break)

20140712_162347 by MattH3764, on Flickr

I love this shot, as the Alcantara on the rear of the seats doesnt wear....obviously....

20140712_162401 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Eisenmann !.....

20140712_162410 by MattH3764, on Flickr
 

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First job is to replace the standard seatbelts with the 20J ones. I lucked out big style finding these. The wrinkle with the job was tha when I got them they were locked solid. I dismanted the old belts to see how the mechanism worked, and managed to free it up. Overall, a crapper of a job.

Trim panel removed to reveal the spool. Explains previous referemce to trim removal tool - a really effective way of working on the interior without damaging it:

20140712_162742 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Out comes the spool.....(the job only involves a few bolts - its the locking belts that are the pain)

20140712_163300 by MattH3764, on Flickr

The new belts (bathroom time again)....

20140712_164529 by MattH3764, on Flickr

The old belt removed....(whoever changed them in the first place needs shooting). Note the minature socket wrench....a very handy little gizmo....

20140712_164534 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Done.....the passenger side at least. I'll do it all again on he drivers side soon. Unless I've made a schoolboy error, a quirk of these belts (which only say "BMW MOTORSPORT" on one side, is that when wearing them the blank side shows on the lap par of the belt.....but having looked at some photos online I think this must be right:

20140712_181140 by MattH3764, on Flickr
 

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Awesome car. Looking forward to more pics...

Those seat belts....:cool_shades:

(there's a set on ebay.de right now, starting bid 800 euros...... so tempted)
 

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do you have a link ? I'm still working on the rears, so would be very interested.

Awesome car. Looking forward to more pics...

Those seat belts....:cool_shades:

(there's a set on ebay.de right now, starting bid 800 euros...... so tempted)
 

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do you have a link ? I'm still working on the rears, so would be very interested.
it was just the fronts on ebay. I just did a search for 'bmw e34 m5' on ebay.de and found it a while back.
 

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A bit more (as people did ask for pics). If you have a jammed seat belt this is the side panel to remove:

20140713_155120 by MattH3764, on Flickr

And here is what the mechanism looks like. It's pretty clear how to free it up.

20140713_155134 by MattH3764, on Flickr

And a few more pics.....thanks to Davidoli the TS covers are now correct:

20140713_181055 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Not happy with the rear plate, I drilled the holes too low and now it sits too high. I will get another:

20140713_181114 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Orangle lenses now back (thanks David)..

20140713_181220 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Front belts in....slowly getting better..

20140713_192935 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Some nice sunset shots....

20140713_201547 by MattH3764, on Flickr


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wow! a truly gem right there!!

Are you going to keep it LHD?
 

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wow! a truly gem right there!!

Are you going to keep it LHD?
Definitely yes. Originality is key with these cars, and I've heard LHD cars have slightly smoother power delivery because the exhaust manifold doesnt have to routeb around the steering column. And you quickly get used to a LHD car in the UK.
 

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Unclear from FAQ I've seen... does it have the six speed too?

Beautiful car. Wonder how many still out there.
No - the 20J is 5 speed, 17" wheel, narrow grille - by far my preferred specification......

Karl on this site tracks the cars. I think he knows about something like 12-13 of them. I will try to find a link later.

Many thanks for all the kind words.
 

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Matt,

Congrats on the purchase. I saw some pics of a 20 Jahre on the ramps at Mr Olias's, so at least I know where it came from!

Regrading the steering wheel refurb, am I right to assume that the wheel in the pics is a temporary wheel while yours is being recovered (as that's the wrong wheel?).

Judging by how mint your other e34 was, I'm guessing you have many plans to get this one looking factory fresh?

Looking forward to seeing it at a goat meet soon.

Cheers

Steve
 

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Thanks Steve.

But au contraire re the wheel. I believe the wheel is correct as per the pic below
BMW M5 3.8 E34 | "20 Jahre BMW Motorsport" Edition | #18/20 | Uniek!! | Premium Classics

What causes the confusion is that many of the online pics are of the presss car which a different (much more attractive) non airbag M Tech wheel in Alcantara. I thought briefly of going that route but decided to go for full originality - even though the wheel is actually a bit of munter. The press car was also a different colour (Brilliant Red as opposed to Mugello).

If I'm wrong, please tell me before I shell out for a refurb !
 

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Bottom of the door trims are painted black? Is this the one from Spain?
is that correct for a 20 year or was it repainted incorrectly at some point?
 
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