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  1. Does anyone sells a complete wiring harness? I have a '68, six fuse car and my harness looks to have been spliced five ways to Sunday and not sure I want to deal with sorting it out. I've done a bit of searching with no luck, have a note into W&N to see if they have an leads. Thanks in advance!
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    E21 Recaros

    If seats are still available, I'll throw my hat in the ring as well. I'm in CT and can swing by to pick up.
  3. I’m looking for a 121 TI head...ideally a ‘68 or ‘69 stamp. Thanks!
  4. Gents -- I am the owner Vin 1662720 and have been absent from the forum for a while as I purchased an E30 325is, which took my time for most of the summer. Anyway....I wanted to fill you all in on some details regarding the process of finding the original color, Caribe. The below picture is the non-wet sanded and rather dark (sorry, was getting late) picture of the car as it sits today. I have undertaken the task of painting the car, using all OEM PPG paint products. I worked with the local PPG paint distributor/retailer to find the right color mixture, and let me tell you, it was oddly difficult, even with the correct BMW supplied paint code. It seems that over the years, the paint manufacturers have consolidated and when using the original BMW paint number and cross referencing with an actual original BMW color book the distributor had (it was really cool!), we could NOT find Caribe in their database. The rep. called a few of the manufacturers directly and only found Caribbean listed and we surmised that the person inputing paint names/codes into their data base system must have thought Caribe was short for Carribbean. To make sure, I brought in a sample piece of the original color off of the car and they made me a very small batch to check for color match. It did! However, seeing the above thickens the plot as the color I am applying is much darker than the above -- almost a more slate colored blue. Now, maybe it'll lighten up a bit after sanding and waxing, but I'll be really curious to see how it turns out as anything I've seen online has Caribe being a bit darker blue.
  5. Order new directly from BMW, but ended up not needing it.Order new directly from BMW, but ended up not needing it.
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    Dustless Blasting Today!

    Sorry for the delay.......the exterior was $800. I primed it the following day and have very little flash rust as he put a chemical in the rinse to slow that down.
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    Engine tear down

    Today I did a full engine teardown. While I have yet to do the head of the engine and remove all the valves and springs, I was able to completely disassemble the block. While I already knew the tops of the pistons are likely not salvageable, the rest of the engine looked in surprisingly good health. What surprised me the most was the shape of the clutch as it looked barely used. What was most surprising, was the fact that I found two broken and to dipsticks in the bottom of the oil pan. I guess you never know what you'll find. Once I get the valves removed, and bring in the entire engine to my mechanic for review to understand in better detail the shape of the block and the extent of the engine rebuild the house to take place.
  8. Today was a big day, as I have the car duster blasted by Monster Blasting out of Avon, Connecticut and I couldn't be happier with the results. We found some interesting bodywork under the paint, but otherwise things went very very smoothly. He used a very high-pressure industrial blaster mix of water and fine grain glass that easily cut through the paint and a little bit of rust that was on the car. There was no metal warping. I will say there was a fare amount of glass mixture all over the driveway, as well as within the car that need to be cleaned up. On the plus side, there was rust inhibitor within the spray and I've only experienced in the last 12 hours a very light flash rust. I'll see what happens in the morning. Tomorrow, I will be spraying PPG epoxy primer on the car to seal it and will then have to do a few bits of bodywork. As I said, overall it was a very positive experience and I'm glad I had it done.
  9. Eastwood high build self etching primer will go on first, then I will go with a urethane primer over it before paint. Plenty of sanding in between coats.
  10. TBD on the painting it myself....I am going to get a coating of primer on it to protect it.
  11. I'm getting the car dustless blasted (high pressure water) on Saturday so I'm getting myself prepared for an interesting weekend!
  12. Good clarification....going onto bare metal prior to paint
  13. I would imagine a random orbital sander using varying grits of sandpaper would do the job and going by hand in tight areas. What have folks done here......certain brand/type of sander? Thanks!
  14. I'm having the exterior of the car dustless blasted (water) next week, so today I spent time removing all of the aluminum trim and other associated clips from the car. A few trim removal tools made easy work of the trim and it is in very good shape for me to re-attach. To my surprise, there was no rust underneath any of the rain gutter trim and only limited rust around the chrome in the windows. Overall, it was a pretty easy process and I look forward to having the car blasted next weekend. I'll be sure to post a video and pictures.
  15. I'm going with dustless blasting (aka water) and will post up pictures and experience in my blog. It's getting done, next Saturday, April 29.


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