I’m just waiting for the post saying you’ve fallen back in love with it thanks to all the fettling and you’ve decided to keep it.
Unfortunately that was always a risk - I liked on the 18's when I bought it but the tyres were shot and the wheels were scruffy
I ran it on 16's for most of the 8 years and initially it didn't have any shimmy at all but by the end I had got a really annoying one at towing speeds - then I put the 18's back on and it was frankly awful and that was the main reason I stuck it on the drive - the other one was I had got my LC back on the road and I didn't need 2 large 4 door saloons (let alone the fuel bills with running both)
I still don't need 2 large 4 door saloons so one really should go - it's unlikely to be the LC............
Highs and lows - I did say the E38 has fought me a little over the past few months
I think I mentioned before the 1st owner spent winters in Spain and the phone was probably left in the car in higher heats than the UK would experience - the case was very brittle - the flip front had been broken and the screen display was hardly readable when ever you needed to add a code to top it up using a code entered on the key pad and eventually I couldn't top it up at all
I saw a second hand Motorola 8700 on that well known auction site - for some reason they go for silly money when the come up (which is very infrequently) - this seller was unable to charge and test so being sold as seen at a lower price than I had seen for a while but £70 plus £8 post.
I put in a much lower offer as £70 was just too much for a phone that was untested - he countered with a higher but I stuck to my guns and told him that was all I was prepared to pay for something that he couldn't demonstrate as working - he should buy a charger and test it if he wanted to get more money for it.
He accepted my offer and it arrived today
The phone doesn't charge unless the engine is running so I started the car and let it tick over on the drive while I sorted out the weights for the alignment booked for Friday (followed by an MOT).
Good news with in a few minutes it's accepting charge and has a readable display - good result should be able to have a working phone again provided I can find a compatible old style sim card (credit card sized not a nano or micro sim but a full size std one) Vodaphone worked before so on the look out for one of those
I got all the containers weighed up using bathroom scales and filling up with water (tagged with different colour insulation tape so that I know what goes with what - 3 containers make up each 68 kgs but it's hard enough getting it the total weight of three spot on let alone making 3 containers equal to each other so I tag them is sets) and one does the 21 kg for the boot) and loaded into the car ready for Friday big day
Then something caught my ear - a quick look at the car bonnet - wet with the recent rain told me all I needed - the beading was shaking - open a door and watch the top edge - it definitely has a misfire awwww cock.........
Haven't got time before Friday to pull the plugs - they are only 17,000 miles old and std change interval is 100,000 miles but it might be the fact it hasn't had a run for a long while and lots of start ups and stops might have fouled one - the other possibility is that the rocker cover inner gaskets have been pinched and oil has filled up a plug well - or one of the plug wells has oil in it and I didn't spot it. Not much point second guessing I'll have to investigate properly at the weekend - deep joy
I loved my E38 740iL - properly ace car. When I was driving late at night up and down the M1 every 3 weeks it was the PERFECT car. Quiet, comfortable, smooth, and capable of sitting at 120+ leptons for hours on end. I'd be all over this if I had the slightest minute reason to own it, even if I had to invent one, but sadly it would just sit around doing nothing :/
Will sell EASY for that. Sold mine for much more, with twice the mileage and a broken gearbox.
Also, you're a crazy man. But you knew that already
I loved my E38 740iL - properly ace car. When I was driving late at night up and down the M1 every 3 weeks it was the PERFECT car. Quiet, comfortable, smooth, and capable of sitting at 120+ leptons for hours on end.
Yeah at one stage a while back I had to think long and hard about buying yours and swapping the gearbox out of this one to fix yours but that would have been a bit daft and I decided it would have been wrong for a lot of reasons
Then a mate took his 5 series off the road because it had rust issues and 300,000 miles but it had a fully rebuilt box but by that time yours had gone
Well my "Electrickery Wizard" Will reckons it will have thrown a code for the specific cylinder that has an issue and I have no cause to doubt his considerable experience in all things 4.4 V8 - he's run a 540i from 60,000 miles to just over 300,000 and it's never seen the inside of a dealership for work.
He's a super useful fella to have around - Many years ago I had lights that would come on when they felt like it - stayed on when they shouldn't and stopped the car going to sleep which was giving serious battery drain issues - diagnosis by Will was that the LCM (light control module) had gone to curse word
we opened it up and there were a few areas on the board that gave some concerns so new one required - the cost from a dealer was £300 plus the tax mans take........ Too rich for my pockets
I found a second hand one from a low mileage late registered E38 750iL for £72 plus post (I know this because I found the bill the other day whilst sorting thro the history)
Fitted it and all my lighting issues were gone - however they also store the mileage so I got a red dot on the dash besides the odometer indicating that the car had been clocked/mileage tampered with - which clearly wasn't the case but was a consequence of a part from another vehicle with a different mileage recorded being fitted
Will sucked all the data out of the old one - and pushed it into the replacement one and the red dot disappeared and the car was fine and without a red dot which made me happy
Anyway new tools time - it's like Xmas day except I didn't get any presents then
Can you guess what it is yet??
It's a helicoil kit Why do I want one of them???
The plastic covers for the coil on plug packs are held on by two M6 bolts - the rocker covers are made of some sort of "magnesium cheesium" - it's seriously soft and yet easily cracked (Ask Will how he knows this) and it's dead common for the threads that the bolts that go thro to be a bit knackered - I've always been supper gentle when nipping them up but it was cold when I did the rocker cover gaskets and I think I nipped too hard and stripped a thread - I don't like leaving stuff like that for myself (or the next owner) so I think I'll do a proper repair today
OK First job finish off the weights (25 L Containers)
Big drawback is if you get the containers centered on the scales for best accuracy you can't read them so ages ago I knocked up this and it gives you a little viewing window past the container as you fill it
Anyway all done and colour coded handles for each set so found the best place to store 10 containers and a total of 225 kgs
This had the added bonus of an altitude correction - looks much nicer at that height (shame it's temporary)
Anyway I was supposed to be sorting out the stripped thread on the rocker cover - had to break out the right angle drill due to the engine proximity to the inner wings and even that wasn't perfect - I just needed a cm more clearance to get the drill angle right to remove what was left of the old thread. Easily solved shorten the drill bit with an angry grinder
Anyway all the threads looked a bit iffy so might as well do them all
All the coil packs are same vintage 07-11-98 so none have ever been changed
The inner rocker cover gaskets around the spark plug wells aren't leaking (which was good)
All the connections were sound and the earths bolted tight so it's definitely coil pack or a fouled plug. so wait for Will to pop over when he has time
In other news I dragged the 16 inch wheels out of the shed with the intention of cleaning them up ready for fittment after the "eventual" MOT (Mrs BC will be chuffed as apparently she bought the shed for gardening stuff not for car parts/wheels and tyre overflow)
I knew two tyres were on the borderline of a pass - Pirelli P6000's (they were on the car when it last had an MOT and were removed fairly quickly after as I had finished refurbishing the 18's just after the MOT) and two (Sime somethings - they were on the wheels when I bought them) were probably 50% worn so fine from memory
As expected the two P6000's have very few miles left but are not yet at the wear bars - despite what people say about P6000's being terrible I never found them to be anything other than fine.....
The "Sime" ones despite good tread depthe however are cracked all over and horrible - you probably could drive on them but I wouldn't advise seeing what she will do (it's 159 mph by the way) on them........
Actually as I've written that I've already decided I wouldn't drive off the drive with them if it was my car (actually it is) and as it's definitely not going with the 18's so I'm going to either put two budget tyres on it or a couple of part worns.
You are a one-in-a-million gentleman, that has a clear conscience. Going to great lengths to get the car sorted and correct for the new owner.
Hats off to your sir. There would be a list as long as your arm for people to snap up this 740i - you could charge £2k for it with the work done, and it would still be cheap!
Have enjoyed this thread and seeing the excellent progress made on this fine car.
Every time I think I'm getting close it gives me another issue to resolve - it could be a while yet
This is how things spiral out of control
I make a decision to put a pair of part worns and all I find in the right size (235/60 16) is SUV tyres in H rated which is very sub optimal
So I start looking at new tyres and I'm not a huge fan of Linglong happyroadrunner stuff - they get bought purely on price and the fact that they are black, round, have tread and hold air - needs to be a reputable brand with the correct speed rating at the very least a V rated but would prefer a W - then I look at the Pirelli's and think well they are past their best - legal to drive on but that's about it so I really should put 4 tyres on it...........
Then I look at the alloys and think well if I'm having the tyres off them whilst they aren't kerbed or corroded (they are a bit flat to look at the paint has lost it's shine) a proper refurb would really brighten them up............