'72 Atlantik 3.0S

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Good on you for exercising the car in the winter. :cool: . They like to be driven far more than they like to sit in the garage.

(You must be saving the beautiful hubcaps and trim rings for the good weather ;))
 

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Thanks guys!
When I was out and about with the car today I happened upon a summer cottage neighbor who was out looking after his place so that the water pipes wasn't freezing and whatnot. He's really into classic cars as well, so he mentioned he had a set of 14" wheels with winter tyres that probably would fit the e3 if I was interested, so I kinda purchased them, he'll bring them over next time he visits. So when the time is right and there's no salt on the roads, I might be doing some real winter driving.

(You must be saving the beautiful hubcaps and trim rings for the good weather ;))

Yes, the steelies had really bad tires on them when we bought the car, and since I had this set with good tyres it wasn't much to think about. The steelies are planned to go on powder coating and get a new set of tires at some point, I really like these 7x14" as well, so it will happen when it happens ;) But I agree - the stock hubcaps and trim rings suit these cars really well!
 

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My favorite adolescent memories were driving the Bavaria in the snow. I was driving into town the other day when I fellow came up to me and told me he drove a 2500 when he was a teenager. In Michigan. After a good storm with some good snow banks he decided to test the brakes. Said they locked up magnificently. But when he took his foot off, the car went into a spin and a tree and then died. Yet he still blamed it on the brakes. NMTU
 

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Wonderful car and photos. Not often to see such a nice car in Atlantic.
BTW I seem to have the same BMW classic fleet as you have, but in other colours:)
 

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Been tinkering with the sedan the last couple of months. A quick update on the progress:

Installed negative camber plates since the positive camber was too obvious in the front.

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Camber pretty close to zero after installing the plates:

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Had some problems with the temp on the warmest days last summer, had the fan locked with a bolt as a shortcut but now we took it all apart.
Put in a spacer for the thermo coupling in the fan clutch so now the fan locks up much better than before.
Replaced many of the coolant hoses, all hoses around/under the carbs + new water pump.
The radiator had two small cracks around each of the automatic gearbox in/out oil cooler connections, so that went to the radiator shop along with the overflow tank which had a loose L-bracket on the bottom.

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When the radiator was opened at the shop, they noticed that a big part of the core was full of gunk even if I had tried my best before to flush it out. They were able to clean it all out, so I hope this was a part of the over heating problems.

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The exhaust was oily, dirty and rusty. Tried to find a stainless solution, but couldn't find anyone who makes one for the e3. It isn't leaking so opted for a quick fix to make it a little bit more presentable.

After several hours of grinding (outside, in -25°C, we don't want to make a mess in the garage, right!):

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Paint:

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Also made up some brackets for the Hella 139 fog lights and installed them:

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The rear diff was extremely dirty and leaking from all seals, the drive shaft boots were also about to die at any time, so took it all down for a refresh.

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After degreasing and new seals:

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Some light paint, trying not to overdo it.

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New boots and fresh grease:

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Going back in:

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And done:

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Been tinkering with the sedan the last couple of months. A quick update on the progress:

Installed negative camber plates since the positive camber was too obvious in the front.

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Camber pretty close to zero after installing the plates:

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Had some problems with the temp on the warmest days last summer, had the fan locked with a bolt as a shortcut but now we took it all apart.
Put in a spacer for the thermo coupling in the fan clutch so now the fan locks up much better than before.
Replaced many of the coolant hoses, all hoses around/under the carbs + new water pump.
The radiator had two small cracks around each of the automatic gearbox in/out oil cooler connections, so that went to the radiator shop along with the overflow tank which had a loose L-bracket on the bottom.

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When the radiator was opened at the shop, they noticed that a big part of the radiator was full of gunk even if I had tried my best before to flush it out. So hope this was a part of the over heating problems.

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The exhaust was oily, dirty and rusty. Tried to find a stainless solution, but couldn't find anyone who makes one for the e3. It isn't leaking so a quick fix was made to make it a little bit more presentable.

After several hours of grinding:

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Paint:

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Also made some brackets for the Hella 139 fogs and installed them:

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Great work! May I ask where you got the camber adjustment plates from? Also have you tried them out since fitting? I guess maybe you’re not driving the car during the winter?
 

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Great work! May I ask where you got the camber adjustment plates from? Also have you tried them out since fitting? I guess maybe you’re not driving the car during the winter?

Thanks!
I bought the plates from ebay, and just as you suspect, I haven't driven it since I installed them.
I have the same plates on the coupe, and they work great for me and my purposes (looks/stance and keeping the wheels away from the front wheel arches)
You need to adjust the toe after installing them.

 

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Thanks!
I bought the plates from ebay, and just as you suspect, I haven't driven it since I installed them.
I have the same plates on the coupe, and they work great for me and my purposes (looks/stance and keeping the wheels away from the front wheel arches)
You need to adjust the toe after installing them.

Excellent, thank you. That’s the sort of thing I’m looking for. I’m going to be fitting Bilstein shock absorbers and E12 M535i front springs to my ‘77 3.0Si.
 

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Looking awesome. The cooling issue I had with mine was similar to yours and it also ended up being the radiator.
 
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