TwinTurboWagon

Specialist
Nov 7, 2016
91
San Diego
Garage Dog ready for some wrenching and sniffing
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Cleaned and installed black seat backs, this completes the custom 2 tone interior!
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Looking sharp!
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On my white E61 I needed a RWD specific driver side engine mount so I transferred this mount over to the grey wagon, it only has a few hundred miles on it so it now both engine mounts are essentially new, the old ones were past their prime.
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For the life of me I couldn't find one of the parking brake springs when reassembling everything after the M5 brake upgrade (the long one on left) so I was forded to buy the repair kit.
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With the spring installed and parking brakes adjusted (stupid process, can't believe it isn't easier) it was time to re-bleed the brakes. BMW Dot 4 fluid, Motiv bleeder, the juggernaut Schumacher battery charger, and INPA software which bleeds the DSC pump as well.
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Buttoned up, engine bay is very stock but very clean
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The Grigio Telesto hides dirt incredibly well, better than any color I have seen, with all the wrenching on the wagons a wash was long over due, this was the 2nd time I have washed it in my ownership. lol
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Got all the wagons together for a quick family photo
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typedRew

Specialist
Feb 25, 2019
83
Thats just absolutely spectacular. Honestly.

The fact that the other wagons are held to the same quality standard is unreal, well done.

Literally the only thing that bothers me with this car, really, the only thing. Is that I think a brushed aluminum or painted silver dash trim kit would suit it much better than the oem wood. Other than that there is nothing I can find any amount of fault with.

Please keep updating this thread.
 

The Convert

Lieutenant
Jun 4, 2017
933
Thats just absolutely spectacular. Honestly.

The fact that the other wagons are held to the same quality standard is unreal, well done.

Literally the only thing that bothers me with this car, really, the only thing. Is that I think a brushed aluminum or painted silver dash trim kit would suit it much better than the oem wood. Other than that there is nothing I can find any amount of fault with.

Please keep updating this thread.
Needs carbon trim. :D
 
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Itsbrokeagain

Corporal
Jan 28, 2018
150
Strong Island
Because of your build threads, I've made the decision not to off my totaled E39 and instead continue through with restoring it. It may not be worth anything due to the title but in my eyes just accomplishing that goal is good enough. It's been sitting in front of my house since late last year after I hit a sunken sewer grate and blew out one of my Style 19s. Makes a great excuse for a barrel upgrade.

And whatever you do for a living, keep doing it so it gives you all this time to make posts LOL
 
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TwinTurboWagon

Specialist
Nov 7, 2016
91
San Diego
Thanks for all the kind words guys, here is another update! Really happy with how it's coming together.

Here are a couple pics showing the interior.



Inspecting the rear glass release button which doesn't actuate, hopefully it's only the button and not the wiring harness, no other tailgate related issues.


1 dog 3 wagons


The E39 got it's Style 37s which means the Style 167s are ready to go on Das Grau



Style 167 + E60 M5 brakes = WIN


Straightened the window trim which was bent by a careless body shop during disassembly, not perfect but much better.


Personalized plates arrived.


Rear bump stops needed replacing



Cleaned up the rear struts too


Windshield cowl was in rough shape so I installed the lightly used cowl from my white E61 (the white one got a new cowl :)

 
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TwinTurboWagon

Specialist
Nov 7, 2016
91
San Diego
Pano roof had some issues, there was water ingress that warped one of the partitions and damaged the track, there were also some parts missing so instead of going down the deep rabbit hole of repairing the unit I simply replaced it. Thankfully I was able to find a local dismantler who had the cassette with the grey interior panels I needed.
Headliner and cassette removed.


New OEM weather stripping


Big difference


With the old stripping removed there was a nice amount of residual foam and adhesive to remove. Preferred technique: heat gun and a strong thumb.


All clean, you can see the OEM paint


Installing the new strippig was easy since the cassette was out but very tedious since if it wasn't installed just right you would be able to see the OEM paint at the seam which is a no-no, this made the install pretty challenging but the results are great.


Amateur hack: You can use the electric seats to hold and move the pano roof (headliner also) into position during install. This made the install reasonably easy considering I was doing it solo.
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San Diego coming through with some timely rain for testing purposes! This thing operates as it should, no longer rattles from broken/missing pieces, and has hardly any wind noise!


Looking good


 
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Itsbrokeagain

Corporal
Jan 28, 2018
150
Strong Island
Bro that's amazing. You tackle these projects with ease. As far as the tailgate goes, I'd pull the boot back covering the harness inbetween the tailgate and body...I've made a few repairs in there from broken wires, it seems BMW is common across the models with issues there. I had two wagons at my old shop exhibit tailgate issues and both were rectified by wiring fixes.

Im prolly sure you've done this already, but check the rear tubs for any signs of water ingress. Since you had pano sunroof problems and some water damage, there's a good chance some water made it to the trunk. Had issues with both sedans and wagons with modules taking a dump due to them sitting in 2 inches of water.
 
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