Not much has happened since my last post. Lots of new parts have come in for the front subframe and steering, including new idler arm bushings, new tie rods, a new center link (mine was very bent), and W&N's packet of new zinc plated mounting hardware, which will make installing everything very nice. That's not going together quite yet though, as I've decided to have the subframe powder coated and haven't yet had time to do it. Figure the car deserves it if I want it all to last, so worth the slight delay.
Fun news though: new front & rear roundels have arrived! I was not convinced when BMW's current catalog suggested that both front & rear roundels are the same part no. 51145480181. After some research into the original parts list, I've found that the rear roundel was originally 51145081751, which has been superseded by 51145480181, but that the front was originally 51145081747, which BMW lists for the e9 coupes. I went ahead and ordered 51145081747 for the front, and now that it's arrived I can confirm it matches my original front roundel 😃 Not sure if this is common knowledge, but for those of you ordering roundels for these cars, it's a good thing to note that BMW is advising the wrong part. Anyway, that's all for now, some pics of the roundels for your enjoyment...pics of the 51145480181 installed on front as well as 51145081747 next to my original at the end...you can see that xx181 doesn't even fill the void in the hood.
next to my husband's M3cs
51145480181 installed in rear. The holes had been sealed-up and painted-over long ago while it was still in the UK, so first time it's worn a rear roundel since it's been in the US (at least 1973/74).
51145081747 left and 51145480181 right in the following series
Original front roundel vs 51145081747
Original front roundel vs 51145480181
51145480181 installed on hood...note it doesn't even fill the void properly