Apr 27

So my eBay item finally came in the mail today (after 8 weeks! must’ve been a delay in customs). In Europe (maybe even only in Germany), BMW offered an optional extra with its brand new cars to include an emergency fuel can. As far as I know, there are only two sizes available, one that fits in 15″ rims and higher, and another smaller one that doesn’t carry as much fuel.

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Apr 17

Well, a little surprise arrived in my mailbox this morning. Some box from Singapore — as soon as I saw that country written on the front, I instantly knew what was inside.

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Nov 28

Yep, there’s more. I shot these with my Canon Powershot A85, and half the car was in the shade and I couldn’t be bothered moving it. So some of the pics are dark.
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Nov 28

Continuing on from the More (boring) pics of my car post, I decided to take pics of the first aid kit that are in E34s (and most probably other BMWs like 7 series). Mine hasn’t ever been used, all the bandages and stuff are still there, and are all German. They probably have even expired! (I think that’s what that red tag means)
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Nov 21

Thought I would try to see how my car looks with foreign plates. Pictured are my original, boring Victorian plates, rear British plates and Swiss 1982 plates from Ticino.

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Nov 12

The European Car Club of Australia had organised a ‘night run’ here in Melbourne. The route took us from Port Melbourne through to Clayton and then to Montrose / Mt Dandenong for a quick burst down the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd to Upper Ferntree Gully.

I had lost count on how many cars showed up, people came and went at different stages of the run, I think at the start of the Mt Dandenong stage we had about 14 cars. My brakes were pretty cooked by the end of that stage, and braking power decreased a fair bit, but after 10 mins of cooling down everything was fine.

Great to see quite a few cars turning up, and not just the usual BMW E30s all the time. The Z4 was a neat addition to the pack, and the SLK that came for the Mt Dandenong section was pretty awesome too.

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Oct 22

Here are some more (boring) pics of my car. These pics are really for the bimmer.info people to have a look and see how their North American E34s differ to those in the rest of the world. I had a chat with some of the guys in the unofficial chat forum on IRC (irc.rizon.net -> #bimmer-info) and it’s great in a geeky kind of way finding out all the little intricacies and differences between our cars.

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Aug 27

Went on an ECCA unofficial “slapper meet” — just a bunch of guys with their cars cruising the streets of Melbourne. I only took photos at the start of the meet-up at the BMW Bodyshop in Port Melbourne.

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Jul 24

Finished installing my lights in today. There is still one screw that hasn’t been screwed in (passenger’s side front indicator), which is nigh on impossible to find the hole, let alone put the screw in and tighten.

The rear lights had to be modified, the cavity that is supposed to carry the globe connector isn’t well designed or manufactured, making it very difficult to click in the globes. After some deliberation on a couple of BMW forums that I frequent, and getting testimonials on people who have mounted DEPOs before, I figured I had to remove a small section on each cavity. Most people suggested to file these off, but not happy with the thought of having “glitter” inside the lenses, I decided to use a soldering iron and modify the cavities so that they behave more like the OEM tail lights.

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Jul 19

Euroclears Got a delivery of my euroclear lights for front, rear and sides for my E34 this morning. I’m pretty excited about these, and I can’t wait to put them on. The thing is, the car needs a really good wash (birds have been crapping on my car all day yesterday), and the weather is definitely not for washing cars.

It was pretty sunny about 30 minutes ago, however a client of mine called asking for me to be on standby as a project is being demonstrated to a client, so I have to sit here and wait. Right now I could be putting these babies on!

Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty sunny — cold, but sunny. I’ll see how I go.

Apologies for the poor quality of the picture above, I took that with my Motorola E1000, as my digital camera is with my sister at the moment. I’ll take before and after shots of the front rear and sides, I’ll also mount my rear reflector that I purchased off a fellow member of ECCA to complete the whole look.

    Things to do:

  • New rims and tyres (tyres have heaps of thread left, but sick of 15″… might wait until I need new tyres, and have more money!)
  • Tint windows — not sure how dark to go yet, I’ll have to do more homework on this
  • Fix my sticky lifters — bought oil and engine flush today, it’s just a matter of finding time to do the procedure
  • Paint lower front and rear bars, sideskirts (I’ll get these professionally done), retouch black plastic trim on the doors, also probably handles as well.
  • Lower springs
  • … still thinking what else?

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Big shout-out to Michael from ECCA who sold me the reflector and recommended Stuart from eBay, where I bought my DEPO euroclears from. I know none of you are reading this, but cheers anyway!