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Updated on Apr 28, 2012
Well, here is ANOTHER addition to my garage.
Its a 1988 BMW 735i that I recently purchased on ebay. I've always been a fan of BMW and now I finally own one. The first 6 pictures you see here are the actual pictures that were on the eBay listing that purchased it from. It is in excellent condition with no rust and no tears in the leather and it was less than an hour from my house.
I just had it professionally appraised (for insurance) and I was pleasantly surprised.
It comes completely loaded with leather, automatic dual zone climate control, power seats, moon roof, heated mirrors and door locks.
I removed the sunroof deflector off the roof and put in a new set of plugs and adjusted the valves.While I had the valvecover off to adjust the valves, I cleaned and painted it.
I replaced the original cassette player with a JVC touch-screen CD/DVD player with bluetooth, ipod control and rear view camera that I tied into the existing amplifier and 10 speaker system. It sounds great.
I also added a 7" monitor in the dash on a panel I made that replaced the (non-functioning) vent in the top of the dash.
I made an MDF panel that I molded so the monitor would sit at the angle I wanted and then I covered it in matching black vinyl.
Here it displays the Ipod data complete with artist, album art, year, length etc..
Here's the display showing the rear view camera with night vision.
Here's the custom ipod mount I made. Notice the face of the deck tilts out so you can see it better.
Movie anyone? I can switch how the movie is displayed between the 2 screens in 3 different ways.
I also added a second monitor that replaces the rear view mirror. It also has 2 inputs so I can watch 2 different things at the same time.
Here's the rear-view camera (with night vision).
I then mounted the 600w amp and capacitor to the back of the seat in the trunk and built a "funnel" with 2 10" subs firing through the ski hole. I removed the ski bag. There are 2 subs and they are mounted reverse from each other so i had to wire them into phase. They sound great!!
Here's the inside view. I typically leave the center armrest down so the bass can come through but I leave the leather flap up so nobody can see but the sound still comes through great!!
I also have a dislike for woodgrain on the dash (unless it's a Bentley or Rolls etc.) so I removed all the wood ( and it was real wood!) and painted it black before returning it back in the car. Better.
Update.....I just purchased some carbon fiber to go over the areas I just painted black.. Photos to follow!!
Well, that was all fine for a while until I found some high quality 3M adhesive textured dry carbon fiber. I ordered just enough and had it put on in an afternoon.
Much better I think! Looks a bit like the new M3 interior.
Have a look.
I replaced the front brakes with crossdrilled rotors, ATE ceramic pads and painted the calipers.
I also plan on getting a new set of rims and tires for a more sporty look. Here are the original rims. They cleaned up alright. The apraiser told me the wheels were worth more than what I paid for the car. Sweet!
So I was browsing on the local buy & sell and found a set of 17" BBS RS-II wheels with tires that the guy had on a 1992 540i. The guy was 20 minutes away so I went right over and they were in my trunk a half hour later!!!!
They were showing their age a bit so I cleaned up the lips and gave them all a coat of bright silver and polished up the center caps.
I also did the rear brakes complete with cross-drilled rotors..
Here is a shot through the spokes.
The other day some A-HOLE stole my hood emblem and BBS center caps. I haven't found any BBS ones yet but I found some BMW "M" emblems. Not bad!
And here is the final product. Much better I think!!!! :) Now it doesn't look like an old man's car.
I`ve also just purchased a Dinan perormance chip. According to Dinan, it`s good for an additional 43HP but I haven't found out yet because I haven't installed it yet.
I also added a rear park distance control system. Very cool.
So, I was cleaning the steering wheel one day and the stitching was getting really thin and the leather was showing it age so I removed the leather, removed all the old stitching, cleaned the leather and re-dyed it........
Then, I studied some pictures of the "M" stitching and got some supplies at the local fabric store and re-stitched the steering wheel. Much better I think!!! :) It did take a very long time though!!!!
I have also installed a cold-air intake and a set of H.I.D. Xennon lights.
In order to make room for some other toys, I had to sell the Bimmer :(
It's now gone :(
Well I was having separation anxiety so I just HAD to buy another luxury car.
Here it is.
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Nice ride! Looks like you but some hard work into it! 5*'s
ride still looks good !! nice bimmer
keep us posted
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