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  1. hmmm. Thats a bummer. its made it easy to transfer between forums ( the faq or the bimmerforums e21 board for example)... oh well.
  2. A little update: Been busy with work and a home project so a bit slower going than i hoped. I got the subframe dismantled and bushings out without too much problem. ( thanks to all the tech articles and threads!) I started scraping and degreasing and hoping to finish that this weekend. Still deciding on por-15 or other product as most of then paint is in good shape with a few areas that need attention. I got the steering pump off and once I cleaned the bracket for the engine mount, realized that I had two cracks instead of the one! The one I have circled above is closer to the drive and low, and the other was on the opposite side and about halfway up the bracket! well, i'm glad i hadn't driven it much, cause that was bound to go. I've been working on the pattern for the piece to weld in and will post pics once i get going on that some more. now i'm seeing why projects take so long.... B
  3. I was thinking the same. The top one is the crack ( I believe) and the bottom is a scratch on the paint. It is lower than Ive seen in other pictures. I’ll see how it looks once cleaned up and after I get the steering box out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I successfully dropped the front subframe this morning with a buddy of mine. Now to clean, remove, weld a bit, paint up some stuff and then put all the new bits on before putting it back up. Appreciate the FAQ for sharing so much info to make it possible. Only issues I had was that I didn’t remove the drivers motor mount, so it got hung up a bit, the alternator cable ( I think) wasn’t totally clear of steering box, and the subframe started to slide off of my jack, but managed to get it all sorted! Now for the fun stuff! Baron Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I actually went to an auto parts store today to see what whites they had. I looked at the Wimbledon white and it looked a bit too beige on the shelf, but hard to say. The engine bay ( original paint) has more of a creme tint to it for sure, versus the newer exterior which is a bit whiter, which I do like. It’s not as white as alpine as I’ve been next to some more modern bmw’s. I found a small ppg paint can from the previous owner that had a bmw white titan color on it. I couldn’t find that item anywhere on line, so not really sure what it is. I’ll probably do as you suggest and hit the paint store and get something mixed to match. I wonder if I’ll get a Hyundai color as well.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. For the SEM, do you paint right over it after the areas been treated? What paint would you recommend? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks Mike! I sent you a note. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. And some photos for reference: one of hood seam and the other near drivers side near battery Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I’ve read a lot of different threads here on the FAQ about managing rust, but I get a bit overwhelmed with the options of available products and how,when and what order they're used. I have a 73tii that's a good driver, but as I work on different areas of the car for mechanical fixes, I’d like to clean up/ fend off any rust while I'm in there. I’m about to drop the front subframe for the first time and see some areas on the drivers side that could use some love. My goal is to not spend a ton of time on this now ( i.e. no grinding or taking areas down to bare metal) as I’d like to keep it driving and will be planning an engine rebuild in a year or two where I'll then have more time/space to do a better job… i hope! My plan was to knock off any loose paint/ rust, hit it with a rust converter and then paint it with matching body color ( chamonix). Does that sound like a decent plan? Any preferred rust converters? Brush on vs Spray? Any products to avoid? For paint, I saw that Wimbledon White (ford) was a decent match as I think my engine bay is original paint, whereas the body was repainted shortly before I bought it. I may have answered my own question, but open to advice from anyone who’s done something similar. Thanks and Happy 2020! Baron
  10. No plan to do brakes. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks for the info so far. I got the car up and disconnected the steering coupler so far. When dealing with the brakes, is it easier to unbolt and hang calipers or disconnect and drain brake lines? B Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks for the responses. I was planning on removing the struts with the subframe ( leaving the engine in place) as I want to replace strut bearings too. So it seems like my stands will work. My springs are h&r sport springs so guessing I don’t need compressors? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I’m dropping my front subframe for the first time and wanted to know how high the car needs to be? I don’t have large jack stands and don’t want to raise them as high as they go from a “feeling safe” stand point. I assume it’s really to make sure the struts clear? If I need to, I’ll get newer, larger ones. And do I need spring compressors for this ? Thanks, Baron Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I found a crack on my motor mount while changing my starter this past summer so I’m looking to drop the front subframe ( I’ve never done this!) to do the repair, and plan to refresh all suspension items in need while its out. These were the items i was planning to replace while I had the subframe out and reasonable access to the bottom end of the engine: Renew motor mounts Replace suspension bits: New Control arm Rubber bushings New Tension Rod Rubber Bushings New Strut Bearings New Sway bar Bushings and End links (Poly) (springs, ball joints, tie rods and center link were recently replaced) Oil pan gasket Replace Steering box gear oil Coolant line below starter (not sure what this is for, but it looked kinda rough when replacing my starter) I have some good engine oil leaks that I need to track down, though I'll save that for later unless it makes sense to do it now. Is there anything else that I should do that would make sense while the subframe is out? Either on the subframe or bottom end of engine/ trans? I’m hoping to order parts and want to minimize additional orders! Thanks, Baron -73tii

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