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    Thumbs down Worst Mechanic in Australia: an E28

    Hi guys,
    I'm Sam and this is my '87 525e, Lily;

    As you have seen in the title, I am the worst mechanic ever.
    I bought this car back in September last year, and have only succeeded in breaking it more.
    (There won't be many photos for the first part of this build)
    As is usually the problem with buying someone else's unfinished project, there was a bit of work to do to get it roadworthy after registration expired in November.

    I took it into a local shop to get a knocking underneath the car fixed. If I was a forum man back then, I would have very easily figured out it was the driveshaft centre support. Nope.
    I get the car back from the shop with new subframe bushes (which were rooted, yes, but not the main problem)
    I am informed I will probably need new CV's, so what do I do? Get a new CV from a wrecker, figure out it will not fit on my car (what gives?)

    "Since the mechanics obviously didn't know what the problem is with my car, they're probably wrong about CVs"
    eBay shopping spree: new CV boots, centre support, rocker cover gasket
    CV boots took me, probably a month to install. Rocker cover gasket, not so bad, simple task, probably a week.
    Centre support: yet to be installed (can't get the goddamn exhaust off)
    Otherwise, I installed new gas bonnet struts in December.

    Begin farce:
    So, the car has a supercharger installed (but not the belt) and a Megasquirt 2 ECU to handle the intense boost supplied by the SC14.
    Since the car is still on the boost tune, I decide I should edit the tune to improve efficiency. Of course I mess it up, and somehow after I broke the ECU settings the crank sensor wiring decides it should short out (brilliant, thanks).

    So, as it stands, I have a not-supercharged E28 that won't fire sitting in my driveway (will be towed to a workshop, have learned my lesson about working on it) and 11 BMW wheels sitting around the house that I can't put on because I can't get it out of the garage if I put them on, and can't put them on outside because of slope-y driveway.

    Anyway, I've figured out I'm useless, TRX wheels are not suitable for a POS like this, and mechanical friends are superimportant.

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    Sub'd for the inevitably excellent car I know you will turn this into.

    Ruckus fiend on!

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    Specs:
    Reco'ed M20B27 w/ Toyota SC14 @8psi (not attached) & MS2 ECU
    FOOOLLY SIIIIIIIK cut springs/maaaaad rolled front fenders
    BMW Style 33's - 16x7+20, assorted 215x60 tires, BMW mesh of some sort going on as soon as the car is driveable

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpperClass View Post
    Sub'd for the inevitably excellent car I know you will turn this into.

    Ruckus fiend on!
    You are wrong, and dumb

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    This is hilarious mate!
    "Centre support: yet to be installed (can't get the goddamn exhaust off)"

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    Hahaha
    You remind me of myself when I got my first car.

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    You'll get it eventually. +2 internets for you for an original thread title, and a good story so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MommysLittleMonster View Post
    You'll get it eventually.
    I hope to God you are right. I have big plans, but no money so...
    Can't pay to get stuff done right, can't do it myself
    I guess it just means this will be a long, drawn out build...
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    You're the worst everything everywhere

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    haha funtimes, you'll get it man

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    I like you. Not in a gay way, but a "hey, you're a cool guy that needs a hair brush" type of way. Go buy a haynes manual you hairy man.
    IG: ashtonlafleur


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    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post
    I like you. Not in a gay way, but a "hey, you're a cool guy that needs a hair brush" type of way. Go buy a haynes manual you hairy man.
    Hey, I'm not going to judge if you swing that way.
    I feel like any level of manual will not help me with the problems I'm having due to Megasquirt ECU, and how goddamn tight the bolts on my exhaust are.
    Hair is starting to worry me at work (working in hospitality + unruly long hair = disaster)
    Jeez, I almost forgot to say that your Merc appears to be an ultimate ruckus. Keep it strong, gay man.
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    You're the worst everything everywhere

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    In for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by scweet14 View Post
    In for this
    Get a 4-point harness, because it's going to be bumpy.
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    You're the worst everything everywhere

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    cannot wait for more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingdino View Post
    Hey, I'm not going to judge if you swing that way.
    I feel like any level of manual will not help me with the problems I'm having due to Megasquirt ECU, and how goddamn tight the bolts on my exhaust are.
    Hair is starting to worry me at work (working in hospitality + unruly long hair = disaster)
    Jeez, I almost forgot to say that your Merc appears to be an ultimate ruckus. Keep it strong, gay man.
    If a manual won't help I can almost guarantee a saw will for both your exhaust and hair. Good luck!!!

    And thanks. It's quite the shit box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingdino View Post
    As you have seen in the title, I am the worst mechanic ever.
    I bought this car back in September last year, and have only succeeded in breaking it more.

    As is usually the problem with buying someone else's unfinished project, there was a bit of work to do to get it roadworthy after registration expired in November.


    It reminds me of my build, and its motto of:


    Keep your nose to the grind stone.
    I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

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    You sir made my day. Post up on here with any questions u have and we will be sure to help...consider us your mechanic friends lol

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    Engine bay pics?

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    I'll get some pics of my crap interior and engine bay later today, going to pick up a fixie frame right now.
    Thanks for the encouragement all.
    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post
    If a manual won't help I can almost guarantee a saw will for both your exhaust and hair.
    That sounds appealing on both accounts. Not even joking.
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    You're the worst everything everywhere

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    You are a fellow brisbane car guy so +1 awesome
    You have a BMW so +1 awesome
    You are a poet and a scholar for such a write up so +1 awesome
    I enjoy this post and you have a clear overload of awesome, I hope this keeps up.

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    Dino is the man! PURE WIN PAL!
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    A+ thread.
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    thisisgoingtobefun

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    Thanks for your support guys?

    Pics for this update are on my iPad, rents took the dSLR away for the weekend... No respect.

    Anyway, picked up bike frame today.

    Pretty good score for $50 - would anyone be interested in seeing a fixie build? I don't think I've seen anything saying this is a four-wheel exclusive forum.

    Inevitably, I got lost trying to find the place with the frame, and had some fun times offroad in the Renault. Thank God I haven't lowered it.

    Anyway back to the E28.
    Ratty interior:

    Nice wheel, but the stitching has all come apart:

    Leave vents open in rain = ingress into footwell

    New rims, unfortunately not as cool as the TRX I bought, plastic centre caps and all, but these have tires and won't cost $2k to replace. Pretty good steal too $400 for 5 w/ tires

    Rust:


    Maybe I should put the bumper back on... Not that I care much for a straight body.

    Engine I guess, nothing too special:

    BOOOST:

    And my car seems to attract spiders. Evicted a couple of redbacks (like a black widow for you Americans, I guess?) maybe in December last year, this one's pretty harmless though:
    Last edited by floatingdino; 03-21-2013 at 08:36 PM.
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    Will be following this for sure. Looking at buying those same wheels for mine next week! Funny that.

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