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Since I've owned most of my vehicles for a long time and they've appreciated in value, I find that I couldn't afford to buy what I own. I actually said to my wife when I sold my '69 E-type roadster years ago, "Say goodbye to it because we'll never be able to own another one".Unfortunately, I can't afford to build what I design
Jay, we are expecting a to die for garage from you based on the two models you loaded. Can't wait.Since I've owned most of my vehicles for a long time and they've appreciated in value, I find that I couldn't afford to buy what I own. I actually said to my wife when I sold my '69 E-type roaster years ago, "Say goodbye to it because we'll never be able to own another one".
Not actually that wild. This was the real target. It’s now a mess, and trying to move it would damage more, rendering it highly uneconomical. But all of these style shops with the rooflines & tile will be gone soon, and this one is 3 miles away, so it nags at me.I'd like to see your garage that has taken cues from these structures!!!
I appreciate that very much, Barry. I actually really enjoy the restoration process. Which is to say, if I never drive the "perfect, better than new" car - that might be okay. I have newer cars to drive. But I do think my time/enjoyment calculation will work out okay in that regard (at least I hope it will).Stephen, ..how old are you and how long you plan to enjoy the E9 ? The sum must not be more than 100..... and that is for the lucky guys !
if you overkill restoration… you will never enjoy that car …. new was from factory in the '70's , now old toys......
I went through this desicion as well with my project. At first I chose to clean up the original tank that was a bit rusted, had some dings and so on but halfway into the project I came to the conclusion that a better tank was needed. So I found one in Sweden and had it shipped home, stripped it, inspected it, and it was decent with less rust and dings than the original one, so I primered it and was going to use it.Despite being completely overloaded at the office, I spent a few minutes last night pulling the fuel tank. The inside surfaces are a but rusty, but nothing I thought a clean and seal "system" couldn't handle. But once the tank was out, I discovered another way an e9 can rust. The gasket/seals that sit between the tank and the trunk floor appear to absorb water. This manifested in corrosion of the tank seam (where the two lasagna pan halves of the tank come together). I feel that, even if I successfully cleaned and sealed the inside of the tank, this steel-to-steel seam that has corrosion eating away between the layers will never be safe from further corrosion. At this point, I am contemplating splitting the tank halves and performing conventional sheet metal body work, then re-welding them back together. Else, a new replacement tank or a VGC used tank. Honestly, for peace of mind and the level of restore I hope to achieve, the new tank seems to be the keenest choice. The only downside is the VERY steep cost. Thoughts?
Jay, if I had the money, and I don't, that would make a fantastic restoration and rental as a one person shop. I would cut the rent with the proviso that when it is convenient my coupe buddies and select others(read 2002, Bavaria, Neue Klasse) could use the shop. It would be criminal to see it fall to the wrecking ball. To think that in the day this would not turn heads. Now mine would swivel as I motored past. Sigh.I went through this desicion as well with my project. At first I chose to clean up the original tank that was a bit rusted, had some dings and so on but halfway into the project I came to the conclusion that a better tank was needed. So I found one in Sweden and had it shipped home, stripped it, inspected it, and it was decent with less rust and dings than the original one, so I primered it and was going to use it.
After the car was painted, and with the undercarriage + exhaust and all suspension parts looking brand new, well... the decent tank wasn't cutting it anymore so off to BMW I went for a new tank, and while it looks great, the peace of mind is worth a lot too.
So, if you already know that you're aiming for a higher level with your restoration, a brand new tank is the way to go, expensive yes, but you'll learn to accept that part as the restoration goes on
Stephen, go for New! Even a VGC tank will need something, they always do. And you will always know it is not new when so much else in your coupe is. And the cost differental will quikly disappear into the the Great Yaw.Jay, if I had the money, and I don't, that would make a fantastic restoration and rental as a one person shop. I would cut the rent with the proviso that when it is convenient my coupe buddies and select others(read 2002, Bavaria, Neue Klasse) could use the shop. It would be criminal to see it fall to the wrecking ball. To think that in the day this would not turn heads. Now mine would swivel as I motored past. Sigh.
Good choice, Stephen.Well that was some good, quick feedback. Thank you! For safety, reduction of gas smell, and "new car" beauty, I have a new genuine BMW tank on the way. I am happy they are still available.
Now that you mention it, I do remember that - thanks for the reminder. I will definitely check the tank innards before filling. I have a good sending unit, and another new sending unit, and three sending unit filters in tow. I will use care in selecting the right combination. I have a new electric fuel pump in the trunk - hate the location and the noise it makes. Unfortunately someone else attached it right through the elephant skin wheel well cover. I'd like to replace with a different unit and place underneath as you and @Stevehose have done. Love the idea of an extra filter before the pump. I also have one or two filters before the carbs up front. Ultimately, I'll replace the whole line set, too.Good choice, Stephen.
Don't know if you've read the about the problem I ran into with my new tank. There must have been some overspray or other paint inside the tank, which became loose and gunky when fuel was put in it.
Make sure yours is clean inside, might save you a new pump and filters.
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Summer went by, and I managed to get some kilometers on the coupe. At first I had some problems with the ignition, but that was solved by putting in another ground strap to the engine. After getting that fixed, it didn't take long before the car seemed to run out of fuel and the fuel pump...e9coupe.com
You are NOT overreacting!!! That tank is worthless. Who knows what other damage there is that you can't see. My opinion, the tank is seriously compromised. You ordered and paid for expensive new. Demand new and spit polished perfect. Take nothing less. Surface rust on the inside is not normal. The tank is not coupe.Today went from elation to disappointment. Am I overreacting?
Today, by brand new BMW fuel tank arrived for The Raven. I ordered it from BMW of South Atlanta as they seemed to have the best price with shipping. It took many weeks to arrive as I believe it was shipped from Germany, although it may have come from a BMW NA warehouse in Florida. Either way, the box arrived today. Damaged.
I found three obvious areas with damage. The most significant, I think, is that the filler neck has been pushed in. This deformed the top of the tank and has kinked the side a bit. There is also a small but sharp ding in the bottom of the tank. And there is some edge damage where the two halves come together. Rust is already present so this didn't just happen in a FedEx truck. There is also a hint of surface flash rust on the inside, which is probably normal.?. I have sent a message to BMW of South Atlanta, and need to wait for their reply. So again, am I overreacting, or should I expect a better piece? This was not cheap - currently the most expensive single part I've ordered for the car.
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