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IanA 28th August 2015 22:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 62644)

The answer to getting bright enough indicators in the base of the headlamp cowl is shown at 1m57s into this video

Just mount a bare, orange 21w flasher bulb there.

IanA 21st September 2015 07:40

Further- having obtained the requisite bulbs and holders, it was a quick job yesterday to swap them in. Being the full 21w rating, I was able to dispense with the resistors that compensated for the previous 5w jobbies. I decided to keep the small repeaters in the brake ducts for now.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2515b.jpg

IanA 4th October 2015 16:36

Replacing a Z3 Mirror
 
Another little job to hide the BMW origins is to replace the door mirrors. I'd bought a pair of suitable chromy round devices that looked as if I could use the original mounting holes. Correct!!!

First I removed the existing mirror which was held on by some M5 socket screws. Whilst wrapping the doors some time ago I had disconnected the electrics. I attacked the bodywork with an angle grinder to key the filler:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2573a.jpg

Then I taped over the cable hole, inserted some well greased M5 button head screws and filled the indentation with P40 Isopon- the one with glass strands embedded:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2577a.jpg

Then I used a skim of ordinary filler to bring the level up- I sanded to the contours and level of the wrap on the doors. The first layer of high-build primer is likely to be that thick anyway.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2578a.jpg

Then a temporary piece of wrap to hide the evidence:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2579a.jpg

While the filling and sanding was going on- I'd dunked the fixing brackets (mild steel !!!) in Hammerite to give the plot some longevity.

Then the time came to fit the mirror itself- result!!!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2583a.jpg

The view out the back is OK- not as wide angle as the originals but then they don't protrude as much either.

Just need another dry afternoon to fit the nearside one. Should be quicker...

ericholm 4th October 2015 19:38

Very Nice!

IanA 5th October 2015 20:15

I'd been wondering how to avoid corrosion in the exposed indicator bulb holders but I understand that "a good smear of silicon grease will stop further corrosion due to the lack of protective plating. Silicon grease is good stuff if a bit of mess isn't a problem- it'll even keep salty water out of cleaned up pitted sidelight bulb holders! "

IanA 11th October 2015 18:21

For What It's Worth
 
I've just put my BMW Z3 Boston Green door mirrors on eBay for 95 each.

The driver side one sold in 19 minutes.

Looks like it's gone to a car repairer in Sarf Lunnun. Good on you, sir.

IanA 20th October 2015 17:27

No Excuse not to...
 
Tesco are selling bottles of St Austell Tribute ale for 1.79 and bottles of St Austell Proper Job ale for 1.99.

Or 6 for any 4 bottles.

Of course I did- rude not to.

IanA 28th November 2015 12:21

Mot ok !!!
 
The BMW service light reset tool arrived in the post yesterday and worked its magic- 7 well spent.

MOT passed this morning having done all of 1922 miles since last year.

The advisories mean that I feel a set of stainless braided brake hoses coming on.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2374a.jpg
Seen here with sidelights, dipped beams, hazards and rear fog light under test.

WorldClassAccident 28th November 2015 12:27

The BMW service light reset tool arrived in the post yesterday and worked its magic- 7 well spent

Link?

Also, can you do some photos when you change the brake hoses as I think I might need to do that too soon.

IanA 28th November 2015 12:35

It's this one on eBay:

BMW E30 E34 E36 E39 Z3 X5 1982-2001 Sockets Oil Service Reset Tool 20 Pin

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4007114895...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

For my MY2000 Z3- I've also got an OBD2 service code reader for that 20 pin socket under the bonnet. I've never used the D-connector under the dash.

WorldClassAccident 28th November 2015 13:20

Ordered one for me. I have a normal obd2 reader but the z3 doesn't have the correct port as far as I am aware

IanA 28th November 2015 13:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by WorldClassAccident (Post 72965)
Ordered one for me. I have a normal obd2 reader but the z3 doesn't have the correct port as far as I am aware

I bought this one:

BMW C110 MANUFACTURER OBDII FAULT CODE ENGINE ABS TRANSMISSION AIRBAG SCANNER

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-C110-M...kAAOSwxYxU0ou7

but couldn't find the D-connector socket so bought an adapter so that it now works in the 20pin socket under the bonnet. I've since found the D-connector socket under the RH side of the dash but not tried it there.

IanA 2nd December 2015 19:40

I've just checked out the OBD2 reader using the socket under the dashboard and although it connects and runs- a lot of the functions are giving comms errors. Too dark and cold to compare with using it via the underbonnet 20 pin socket.

gas guzzler 2nd December 2015 20:42

If you search on the Z3 forum or you tube it shows how you can re-set the service lights by using a wire across two terminals on the socket under the bonnet.

Andy

IanA 2nd December 2015 21:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by gas guzzler (Post 73118)
... you can re-set the service lights by using a wire across two terminals on the socket under the bonnet.

Now you tell us !!!

It's worth 7 just to see the indicator lights on the unit go out so you know it's done...

IanA 14th August 2016 19:52

A good day out at the Historic Specials Day at Cotswold Wildlife Park today organised by the Fairthorpe Owners Club. Where else could you see three Lotus 6s together, or five Rochdale Olympics along with Turners, Bucklers and Tornadoes?

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7377a.jpg

Triumph Special 14th August 2016 20:24

I was there too. Slightly in love with the Bucklers!

IanA 14th August 2016 20:35

Yes- this one was a bit "special"...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7419a.jpg

IanA 24th August 2016 20:47

A Little Electrical Problem
 
Needed to move the Z300S to get the Jago out this morning.
Got suspicious when the driver's door unlocked on the key without any other central unlocking noises.
Key in ignition- absolutely dead, no lights at all.
Pushed it out of the way, connected the battery charger and used Jago as planned.
A few hours later, went out to try and start it- still absolutely dead.
Disconnected the battery charger, disconnected the earth battery terminal and touched it back on terminal. There was a visible spark which suggested a higher parasitic drain than just the radio. Connecting a meter between showed 10A !!!
Disconnected the alternator as I've had those fail before- (you usually get a light show from the instruments when they do) but same problem.
Took the top off the fuse box and started to read the circuits trying to see what could use that much juice.
Honestly, I extracted fuse #19 first- driver's seat and... no more drain and car started OK.
Herself had driven it to the Historic Specials Show and adjusted the seat forwards. I'd adjusted it back afterwards- obviously too much for the old motor. Or is there a relay?
Only buggeration was that I broke the plastic radiator return pipe where it joins the rubber pipe whilst removing the air filter. It has a brass ferrule inside at that point so although I've remade the join and it doesn't seem to leak- I'll have to replace it.
So- see you at Weymouth Bike & Car Show tomorrow evening- Thursday 25 August.

Mitchelkitman 24th August 2016 22:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 81915)
Yes- this one was a bit "special"...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7419a.jpg

Now... there's an idea! Make fake 'dents' so the GRP looks like an authentic metal body :smile: I remember many years ago an advert in one of the Kit Car mags for 'rust' decals to create a similar effect.

redratbike 24th August 2016 22:06

You can buy rust in an aerosol now ..so its even easier.

IanA 26th August 2016 13:08

Weymouth Esplanade 25 August 2016
 
No apologies for this now being a "living with it and enjoying it" thread but well worth the 230 mile round trip to be at the seaside yesterday. Hood down all the way and when it rained a bit, I just wound the windows up so my elbow didn't get wet.

Early in the evening:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7465a.jpg

and later on:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7466a.jpg

IanA 30th August 2016 11:10

An Appropriate Number Plate
 
I'd been wondering about how best to get away from the age-specific plate.

Just a question of an appropriate one becoming available.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF7469b.jpg

The road plate is 100% legal whereas I have taken a liberty with the show plate.

IanA 27th November 2016 17:33

Now MOTed for another year and still saving up to get it painted.
Only 1240 miles in the last 12 months but that included some good trips down to Weymouth for the "last Thursday" car shows on The Esplanade. Have also done the commuting run a few times.

WorldClassAccident 27th November 2016 18:23

Keep it up Ian, loving the plate. I think I stuck about 10,000 on mine last year with only about 30 hood up.

Commuting Southampton to Stevenage bumps up the mileage. I have actually had a few drivers wind down their windows while sat on the M25 and saying they have seen me a few times and how good it was for me to really be using my 'classic'

zagmad 27th November 2016 19:51

Woohoo.lucky you. Hopefully I might be using mine by next year. Got some mechanical bits to sort and bushes and welding and paint . But it'll be worth it in the end. :-)

WorldClassAccident 28th November 2016 11:52

Got some mechanical bits to sort and bushes and w

Bushed are not to bad once you ignore trying to knock them out and just jump straight to fire : http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...ead.php?t=6182

IanA 8th February 2017 14:57

Circuit of Wales
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by redratbike (Post 63632)
donnington management has just dropped out of/lost the motogp deal they were going to host it for 2 years while the circuit of wales was completed(never!) so there may be more to it moving then you first think

The saga continues:

'Rigorous' 425m Circuit of Wales examination promised

IanA 28th April 2017 15:22

Some wheely bad news and some wheely good news
 
As circumstances contrive, when you have a few cars, to make some unavailable at the same time I had to ferry herself to work on 3 days this week in the Z300S.
The wist-wist-wist from the NSR that I was hoping was a dragging disc pad got louder. I had a close look at the wire wheel and it was obvious that the inner row of spokes was not happy with rust streaks emanating from the holes in the hub.
So I looked on eBay yesterday morning- there was a single wheel, super condition, as-new tyre of the right size and correct speed rating finishing in 4 hours. My snipe won it and I collected it last evening.
Cleaned the dust off it this morning, a quick coat of wheel silver paint- job done.
The existing wheel was a b@st@rd to get off. I would have said that I'd coated the surfaces with copper grease before fitting- obviously not enough as the splines were dry- where the Plus-Gas hadn't reached anyway. Be warned...

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF2826a.jpg

To you- 35.

Oh yes, the exhaust baffle made a bid for freedom during our commuting so I made a new bracket for that as well.

WorldClassAccident 28th April 2017 15:31

I had a bastard job getting one of my wheels off. Treated them all the same with generous copper slip but one wouldn't release. WD40 from both sides as best I could for 24 hours then a 4lb lump hammer sorted it eventually.

If you find a good solution then please let me know

IanA 28th April 2017 15:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by WorldClassAccident (Post 87687)
I had a bastard job getting one of my wheels off. Treated them all the same with generous copper slip but one wouldn't release. WD40 from both sides as best I could for 24 hours then a 4lb lump hammer sorted it eventually. If you find a good solution then please let me know

I'd suggest Plus-Gas and a 5lb lump hammer.

Either that or remove and re-grease every 6 months or so.

IanA 18th May 2017 08:37

There's currently a lot of discussion on other threads about why Tribute kits are so popular and what could be done to improve them.
Rather than hijack those threads- why did I buy a Tribute kit?

1. The shape- I'd always wanted an open Maserati. All but 1950 Fezzas leave me cold.
2. WCA's enthusiasm at the Stoneleigh Show.
3. Open the bonnet- it's full of engine and has Z3 performance.
4. Realistic price- donor, kit and build matched my budget.
5. Availability of a Tribute build- it was mine and driveable within weeks which matched my (non)availability to spend time building it.
6. Then being able to complete it whilst having it available to drive- wheels, bodywork, interior, etc.
7. I'd known Chris for a few years through shows seeing the MX250 so I knew he would deliver.
8. Improvements? They are kits so expectations vary- you pay your money... If you want a kit to fit perfectly- the only way you'll get that is if someone builds the car for you and then dismantles it for you to build again. This is not mass-production to close tolerances- that costs both time and money which small companies can't match. However- the end result is individual- it's the details that make my car unique.

IanA 27th May 2017 13:37

Weymouth Esplanade 25 May 2017
 
Went down to Weymouth on a glorious "last Thursday" for the show on the Esplanade. About 60 bikes and 6 cars.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF8101a.jpg

and

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6.../DSCF8098a.jpg

Joined later by a Ford Capri Mk2.

Barber 27th May 2017 14:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 88080)
There's currently a lot of discussion on other threads about why Tribute kits are so popular and what could be done to improve them.
Rather than hijack those threads- why did I buy a Tribute kit?

1. The shape- I'd always wanted an open Maserati. All but 1950 Fezzas leave me cold.
2. WCA's enthusiasm at the Stoneleigh Show.
3. Open the bonnet- it's full of engine and has Z3 performance.
4. Realistic price- donor, kit and build matched my budget.
5. Availability of a Tribute build- it was mine and driveable within weeks which matched my (non)availability to spend time building it.
6. Then being able to complete it whilst having it available to drive- wheels, bodywork, interior, etc.
7. I'd known Chris for a few years through shows seeing the MX250 so I knew he would deliver.
8. Improvements? They are kits so expectations vary- you pay your money... If you want a kit to fit perfectly- the only way you'll get that is if someone builds the car for you and then dismantles it for you to build again. This is not mass-production to close tolerances- that costs both time and money which small companies can't match. However- the end result is individual- it's the details that make my car unique.

This pretty much sums it all up nicely

IanA 16th August 2017 19:16

Insurance time- I knocked my business and social mileage down to 2k miles of each and saved 100. A-Plan.

IanA 24th September 2017 18:09

New Rear Shocks
 
The NSR shock was looking a bit damp so I picked up a pair of Sachs standard rear shocks 556214009 and some HD mounts 3003359102 and fitted them today.
Straightforward job- there's a good YouTube video. What he didn't say- no need to take the wheels off although it's easier if you remove the spare wheel. And when replacing the rear shelf liner- start at the ends and finish in the middle.

I couldn't resist adding a touch of copper grease to all of the threads (why did Ed China never do that?) as an "Ian Woz 'ere" touch even though they were all dry when I took them apart.

I did remove the wheels and give the splines another smear of copper grease whilst it was up in the air.

Then a nice test drive just before it rained- deffo firmer ride and hopefully a happy MOT man in a few months.

Jaguartvr 24th September 2017 18:40

I know everyone rates Edd China but on a few cars that I have owned and know well, he didn't seem to know much about them and ignored well known problems and weaknesses which to me defeats the object of the programme.

IanA 8th November 2017 17:23

Z3 Wiring Diagram
 
Just doing a little trouble-shooting before the MOT and found these:

http://www.wedophones.com/BMWManualsLead.htm

Barber 8th November 2017 17:39

Great find, just bookmarked the 2001 for myself.

IanA 15th March 2018 11:55

Circuit of Wales
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 86057)

Looks like it was killed off back in July.

But now the Welsh Government says that it is open minded about it after all. I hope that nobody is holding their breath...


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