I can finally call Athena the 'perfect' 3.0CSi, for me that is. After considerable research, consultation and being old enough to know better, we bought Athena an Italian delivery 1973 3.0 CSi from Ayer European Auto Sales in Gardiner Maine. Compared to Vern, the trip home was not a grand adventure, it was just the drive home from Gardiner on 201. The adventure was making her into a showable, reliable driver on par with Vern. Engine & bay: Replace head, with 1986 head rebuilt by Memphis Motorworks. With new valve guides, valves 5 point precision ground, used camshaft and rockers from original head. New oil pump chain and shims. Oil pan cleaned. Front cover cleaned. New timing chain rail. All new gaskets. Replace NLA coolant return pipe, restored. New water pump. New T-stat All new cooling hoses. Fuel filter Expansion tank cap Triple cored radiator Repaired broken injector boss. New engine mounts. New late model fan clutch New fan New retard cannister on distributor New distributor cap New dist. rotor Replace Crane XR700 with Pertronix 1868 replaced with points and condenser. New hood insulation, old insulation cleaned off. New fuel pump relay. Suspect D-Jet wires soldered and heat shrunk. New E28 fuel pump, in tank screen, pick up gasket. Adjust hood latches and lubricate cables. Suspension & Steering Wheel bearings repacked and torqued to spec New Bilstein HDs front and rear CN front springs Computerized wheel alignment New CN/Suspension Techniques anti-sway bars, F-28mm, R- 22mm, greased urethane bushings. IE strut brace, catastrophic failure in install, returned to IE. Going without so car can flex. Brakes, Driveline etc. New guibo New tranny output seal New shifter seal New shift linkage New center link Rebuild right rear caliper, bleed brakes. Wipers Wiper motor cleaned and re-greased. Linkage oiled. Trico 33-162 wiper blades & holders Lighting Hella fog lights, Xenon H3 bulbs, new relayed wiring harness from Susquehanna Motorsports. Modified, yellow button hazard switch as fog light switch, connected to P.O. accessory lamp mounted in left wood dash as fog on indicator. LED 3rd brake, 'invisible' light strip fabricated and installed. All lenses, reflectors and sockets cleaned. Italian turn signal lenses. Electric windows Cleaned and greased all rails Replaced stripped left rear winding transmission. Replace window up/down stops and adjust. Correct 3-way window switch wiring. Interior Adjust glove compartment catch, to catch. New old headrest chrome escutcheons, still need one. Replace 'HAZARD' button with correct triple ∆ Steering wheel, refinished. New door handle plastic inserts. New driver side upper arm rest handle bracket. New passenger side upper arm rest chrome insert Blaupunkt Frankfurt, with correct E9 faceplate and mounting bracket, iPod cable. 4x6 Rockford-Fosgate speakers replaced blown cheap speakers in back parcel shelf 4x4 Rockford-Fosgate speakers replaced blown cheap speakers in kick panels Install 'hidden' accessory power in glove box to run iPod dock. Front of front seats shimmed up 1/2 inch. Detail interior, polish all chrome, clean & treat leather, clean headliner. Tighten sun visors. Leather shift knob from Murray Fowler Exterior Installed rear raised letter Roundel, replacing curved plastic one, front was correct. BMW CCA grill badge added to left rear panel. Touch up paint. Poorly detailed paint, cleaned swirls lessened, repeatedly with polishing compound & Zymöl HD Cleanse. Wax, Zymöl Creame. Bumper removed and cleaned, rusted hardware replaced with stainless steel. New bumper bushings and welting. CSL street air dam, painted, stainless screws, washers and rubber grommets. Misc. Spare tire well, cleaned. Clean trunk panels. Remove rocker covers, clean, clean rocker panels. Reinstall with stainless screws. General undercarriage cleaning. Rust abatement with POR-15, fiberglass tape and epoxy, as stop gap temporary fix. Best thing so far? Replacing the electronic ignition with traditional points and condenser. Solved several problems that had eluded the past 2 P.O.s, me and very talented mechanics. I'm done with electronic ignition on her. The suspension is pretty damned good too as a close 2nd, after the engine rebuild of course,...oh yeah and the air dam.