Well, we finally got the M5 back from the repair shop. It was a lengthy repair to say the least, as I have bought both of my other cars in the past 3.5 years, and this car has been in progress the whole time. It was a frustrating ordeal, but now we have it back in our possession and running so that we can get it in shape once again like it used to be. It was rear-ended, and the whole back end was crunched. Our body guy cut out the drivers rear quarter and transplanted one from a 528e.
Pictures from the accident. The car was hit in the rear by a lady checking on her baby while driving.
I also found a picture of the car while being worked on earlier this year.
It was a very sad sight- I wasn't too happy with some of the body work done on the car. We will have to find a new guy locally for any other small projects.
The car sat for so long that we removed the stock wheels and put the TRX's on there. They are dryrotted, but I had to get some pictures up since it has been such a long wait. Overall it looks good considering. Luckily, my dad was able to maintain a clean title even thought they tried to total the car!
This is chassis number 2791357 which was bought back in 2001 or so by my dad. He is no longer interested in the car, so I have bought it from him.
The rear is sagging in the pictures since the SLS Accumulators aren't working. Going to decide if we are going to remove it or rebuild it with a spare set we have.
Please ignore the crooked bumper- I have been working to fix this.
It looks so boring next to my friend's Black on Black euro conversion!
Replaced an engine mount, two transmission mounts, got a new air filter, along with a couple of new intake boots. Shame they didn't do this during the 'repair'
Have some slight taillight leakage, I will have to find the spare shadowline M5 taillights that I can't remeber where we put.
Also, the drivers side tail light and front sidemarker isn't working. The 'mechanc' who worked on the car replaced the fuel pump, but did not include the mounting nuts to hold the bracket on. I noticed this as I was swapping the wheels.
Now it is starting to look likje an M5 again. I just waxed the car but don't have the quality camera anymore
Tough to find US Shadowline tailpipe extensions these days
Sitting next to the others:
Had a no start issue.
It ended up being fuel related. Here's what was in the fuel rail, along with basically in the tank:
The fuel was a milky color and had a sediment similar to the look of sugar water. This was due to the car sitting so long, and I believe from sitting in the tank/filter. The brown in the image was also not good, but not much of that came out. Pretty obvious when we hooked up power to the pump and took a look at what was coming out of the fuel rail...
I replaced the filter, along with draining the tank to get as much of this stuff out of the car.
I think the old fuel gelled/ and then hardened and once we got the car running again, the new gasoline acted as a solvent and slowly dissolved all of this 'sediment'.
It was about 6-8 weeks of new gasoline and occasional use that this happened (along with some seafoam in the tank).
The car now starts up, but this stuff is still in the tank/lines a bit.
Plan is to empty the tank soon enough again until we get it running right. Not sure what it is doing to combustion, but the catalytic converter was getting glowing red hot after a few minutes of idling. Hopefully it didn't burn up the new 02 sensor in the process.
Thanks for all the help, more news to come when I get out to work on it some more! Once we get it running properly, another oil change is in order and then the SLS and front rotors will be addressed, along with a few fixes in the lighting and previous mechanics 'fixes'
In the mean time, i got some pictures after getting the car out today:
And back under shelter next to older brother 635csi:
Now that we have clean fuel and purged lines, it is revving nicely-- what a quick car!! Significantly faster than my euro 635...
Tell me what you think!