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Old 11-09-2017, 04:25 PM   #11
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I love these. As a child, I remember a family friend had a 320i 2 door in gold. It was imported from South Africa.

Can't wait for more updates op.

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Old 11-09-2017, 07:39 PM   #12
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Love these shape of BM's! Probably the best colour too.
Cracking bit of DIY there on the clutch.

When yer man said you'd have "no issues getting an MOT" he must have been referring to booking one! You seem fit enough to sort the problems though!

Looking forward to the updates!
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Old 13-09-2017, 09:39 PM   #13
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Cheers for all the comments guys! Glad you're enjoying the progress.

I'm going to jump about again. With all the issues with the car, I decided the following weekend to tackle some of the wiring issues.

To begin with, I wanted to get the central locking working again. I didn't know much about how it worked, so I started at the doors and worked back. When I looked at the drivers side pillar I knew someone had been messing around with it before. I saw that a live wire had been cut and a couple of nasty terminals had been used. I'm not sure what the reason for this would of been, but it certainly isn't helpful.

So out came the soldering iron.









Soldering the live together actually fixed the central locking all round. Feeling lucky, I decided to tackle this.







At first I thought someone had fitted an aftermarket alarm, until I noticed a BMW logo and part number on the box. So I assume a dealer fitted the alarm, and to be fair it was a pretty tidy install. The only problem I had with it, was that fact it didn't work. I assume the car originally had key fob to arm/dearm the alarm, but I certainly didn't have it now.

The only thing to do, was to pull it all out.









It looks a lot tidier under the glove box now. I cable tied all the wiring back, and rerouted some wires to better locations. The car initially didn't start. I had to solder a couple of wires back together, then it fired back to life. Another completely pointless task done.

I'm going to jump through some of the other wiring issues now, I only took a few photos as there were a lot of wires to be soldered. Here's the boot light, pretty obvious it's wasn't going to work in it's current guise.





Moving forward, the interior lights were surprisingly working, however they both have lengths of wire attached to them. So I pulled it all out and soldered them back up.







The next wiring job was the speakers. Like every great 90s sports car someone has decided to fit 6x9s and run their own wire. Unfortunately this was tackled by both Edward Scissor Hands and Stevie Wonder.



Surprisingly, this mess actually worked! Well the rear speakers worked at least, the fronts weren't connected up for some reason. The rears had a single wire running from the head unit and then split off at the rear bench area to each speaker.



I bought some good quality speaker cable, ran it along the OEM wiring locations and then soldered it together with a new ISO block.



To finish off, I crimped some new terminals on the wires.



Tided it all up with some cable ties. I put some new speakers in the front, and finished up by putting my old 106 head unit in. I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out, a day well spent!





On the subject of the electrics, I decided to change all the fuses. There were fuses blown/missing, which meant that some of the electrics in the car didn't work. Replacing them fixed quite a few issues - including heaters, dials, some lighting, stereo and headlights.



That's it for the wiring - for now at least.

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What a mess! Glad you've fixed those wires looks much better and actually works. Nicely done.
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Bajeebus! That was a mess of a wiring situation! Glad to see you've got it pretty much sorted on that front. Crackin' work !
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Old 13-09-2017, 11:42 PM   #17
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Brilliant work bud. Keep it going!

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Excellent project thread. Keep up the good work.
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Old 14-09-2017, 01:33 PM   #19
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Despite its list of niggles, not actually a bad buy considering the risk you took. Love the E30s. Will be following the thread to see how it transforms. Original set of cross spoke BBS alloys will transform it completely.
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Good work so far. Its obviously had a blow over at some point. I'd be tempted to have a poke around under that cracked paint at the bottom of the NS rear C post - who knows what lurking there!
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