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  1. And off they go! Thanks for the recommendations all. It looks like if you use them for towing they will deform and bend the nose. As nnywg suggested, I may just fabricate my own bracket. Thanks again! Pete
  2. Bringing back an old(ish) thread... Do I need these tow hooks for anything? I am trying to think of a scenario where I would use them and I can't come up with anything... If you guys don't use them either, I am just going to cut them off before the sub-frame goes to powder coat. I don't like them. They are ugly and as far as I can tell, not very useful. Thanks, Pete
  3. Hi guys, I am getting ready to send suspension components out to powder coat and my control arms look like hell. Looking for a new/used but good condition set. Thanks, Pete
  4. It looks like your tie rods are Delrin or is it brushed paint? If Delrin, I hope just for mock up.
  5. The replacement nose I have for my Euro car is a late model big bumper nose. So it had the big square holes cut out of it. I welded them up, so I need the euro bumper slot size (height and width). Their location off the bottom chin would also be helpful. Would anybody mind running out with a tape measure and putting up a few pictures of the measurements of the slots? It would be greatly appreciated. Happy 4th! Pete
  6. Thanks, Mike. The sub-frame is square to the chassis. The only thing bolted to the chassis is the sub-frame so no hubcap check possible. I used the dimensions in the factory book to determine that. The nose is a used nose that I am in the process of putting on the bare chassis. I will be squaring it up with the fenders when they get here. Is the drive side hook seems to be a different shape than the passenger side. Which one is the correct shape? Thanks, Pete
  7. How close should the tow hooks be to the nose clip? Driver side seems to be bent up making it way too close. Passenger side seems to be ok but still too close??? Anybody have similar pictures they can share so I can get a good sense of location? This car has been apart for way too long. Thanks, Pete Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
  8. You can get it all through McMaster Carr. www.Mcmaster.com Quite possibly one of the best online hardware stores in existence.
  9. They are not specialty washers, but thrust bearings. the thrust bearing goes between two flat washers. One on each side of the lever.
  10. Thanks, guys. It's certainly not easy. Doug, Fill the void is a great way of putting it. He will never be replaced but we will rescue again to help us and help another dog without a home. I did take a metal shaping class which probably shot me forward quite a bit in just the creative process of using what you have to get things done. The instructors didn't use crazy expensive equipment although they had it. They made a lot of their own tools out of scrap metal, welded pieces, wood, modified pliers, etc. Just seeing that ingenuity alone helped out so much in my own process.
  11. A question was posed to me once a few years ago: If you could fly, be invisible, teleport, be a billionaire, or have your dog live as long as you, which would you choose? I’d choose my dog every day of the week. There is something so emotionally childish about losing a dog. Especially one that you don’t really consider a dog, but a true, full, meaningful part of your life. Almost more than a family member, more like an extension of yourself. Not to be political, but I always wondered how you could take a soldier’s dog, one who probably saved his/her life countless times, at the end of a soldiers tour. You want to guarantee PTSD? That’s one way to do it. I don’t care how old you are, how tough you are, if you have a bond with a dog, your reason, acceptance, and composure are reduced to toddler levels when they go. On December 7th we lost our beloved shop manager, Poncho. It was a day I always knew was coming, but one that I knew I would never be ready for. Every night in the garage I would take a few minutes from working and sit on the floor. Poncho would wander over and lie down on my lap, rolling over to sniff my apron or paw at my chest for belly rubs. I knew that when he left us I didn’t want to be able to say “I never knew how good we had it”. I took these little breaks on the floor every day so to remind myself that I knew exactly how good we had it. We had the best dog ever. The whole neighborhood knew him. The other dogs, the three walking ladies we’d see every morning, the kids that would run up to hug him. He was never on a leash. He stopped at the curb and waited for me to cross the street. He’d wait till I said “go say hi” (when he could hear) to run up to other dogs. He was a champ. Loved by all. Losing him has been a part of life that really truly sucks. The only good that I can see coming from it is the ability to rescue another. We have taken a few months to get ourselves together with the new baby, but we plan on rescuing one or two boxers in the fall time frame. Adopt, don’t shop. And not just puppies, old dogs need homes, too. Poncho loved steak and he got plenty of it in his old age. So instead of cheers to Poncho, eat a good steak. That's what he would have wanted. But have a beer with the steak, too. When I left off last, I was stripping down the driver side door. I finished pulling the paint and layers upon layers of Bondo to find a clearly damaged door… This car just keeps giving. There was a line about mid-height that extended the length of the door. It seems as though it was a glancing blow by a car backing out of an adjacent parking spot. Pulling all the Bondo left me with an intact but badly oil canned door. I worked on the low spots that I could, and after getting them up, I noticed the oil canning wasn’t getting any better. I tried my hand with a small propane torch, but it wasn’t hot enough to get the metal to shrinking status. I picked up an oxy-acetylene setup and was able to put some tension back in the door skin. The door is still not perfectly smooth, in fact it’s a long way from it, but I am headed in the right direction. I will work on getting it as close as I can, but if I go for perfection, I’ll never get to drive the car. The first video shows the door and all the oil canning prior to heating with the torch. The second video pretty clearly shows where I shrunk the metal with the torch to tighten up the door skin. The line can be seen in the both videos pictures just above my middle and ring finger. I did some work on the nose as well. I thought it was an early nose because of the bumper holes being the slots and not the big squares for the later modes, but I was wrong. Somebody jogged the metal and spot welded a patch over the square cutout then Bondo’d the hell out of it. I ended up cutting it out and rolling a new patch panel on the English wheel. I filed the patch panel to have as close as a line on line fit as I could. I practiced a little fusion welding (no filler just the TIG torch) then went at the patch panel. It came out ok. There were areas where I needed to use filler and other areas where the fusion welding went well. The hardest part was making sure it contours were saved after welding... I'd be lying if I said it looked great, but I'll give it a 6 out of 10. Not sure why I left the little part of the slot open. That was foolish on my part. I will close that up. I had to do some hammer and dolly work. It will require a little body filler but hopefully not too much. I'm on the hunt for more body hammers, especially fender hammers that can let me get into some tight places I can't reach with my current set. I started sanding the nose above the kidneys to get to bare metal and wouldn’t you know! More Bondo! I guess they rear ended something or something backed into them because there were pretty heavy dents. After getting it back down to bare metal out came the hammer and dolly. There was a lot of heavy strikes in this area to get it back into shape. It didn’t take too long to get it pretty close to good. It also looks like they drilled holes in the metal to shove the Bondo through so they had some mechanical grip. Why wouldn’t the previous owner/repair shop spend the 30 minutes with a hammer and dolly and use just a skim of body filler? Below the kidneys? More dents and Bondo. It’s pretty tiring finding all this damage. I still have another square bumper hole to fill and the dents to pull on the bottom of the nose, but hopefully I can get that back on the car soon. I am on the hunt for a pair of good fenders. From what I’ve read, the BMW fenders have lost some of their quality over the years and I may be just as well getting aftermarket ones for a fraction of the price. Hug those pups. Give them some steak. And love them more than you ever thought you could when they get old.
  12. Jim, you are right about Jerry Callo. It's a great scene. I'll send details of the new addition. I am not. I had to look it up because I didn't know what it was. That looks like one heck of a project!


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