Thanks, my friends...... (The metal pipe which connects to the top rad hose is M.I.A. ; but I can make that if it can't be purchased.)
Tom's having me replace what needs replacing. Every old rubber fuel hose is now new genuine BMW 8x13 fuel hose, for instance, from the tank to the engine. I have to say how much I love the fact that there's a drain plug in the fuel tank. After all, the injectors just arrived back from RC Injection....we're not going to feed them shellac, are we?
From what I've seen, the Porsche guy has done a very professional job, if we ignore the delays. A couple of very minor "not a BMW guy" errors, but really, everything looks like it's been done with very professional care and attention. While it''s well short of a running car, the signs are excellent that Tom's going to have a truly magnificent machine in the not-too-distant future. New engine has never run, exterior items were in a box.
I flushed hell out of the oil cooler and lines; the cooler was completely clogged. We have lovely Joe Gibbs Break-In oil in store for the beast; Tom ordered it from Summit Racing. New fluids everywhere, nose to tail, of course. 850i lower control arms, poly bushes for sway bars and UCA's, sway bar links and steering arms......R134 compressor and lines and mount, so much more. Tons of new hoses. Oops, haven't ordered belts yet, we'll need those. I am NOT throwing parts, but I'm damned sure asking to replace what's bad (and rubber), and if we're replacing it, we're using nice stuff.
Oh, I've got to say that the "Sterling"-coated stock Inconel headers are just incredibly gorgeous. Stock heat shields hide some of the beauty, but a discerning eye can see. I had nothing to do with this, but I applaud the mod.
Most of all, I've never seen "Macau Blue" before this car, and it's crazy beautiful.
The car has its own lift and corner of the shop, but I still keep it covered when I'm not actively working on it.
It stays inside.
Um, I'm unauthorized with my posts here. I'm pretty sure that Tom's going to be just fine with that, though, because he's made it through the tough part, and he's going to have a sweet prize, after all his tribulations.
Tom has just given me permission to post details. I had overstepped, by not asking sooner. I'll be posting pictures, although maybe Tom will enjoy sharing some that I've already sent him.....