1996 Alpina B8

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  1. RyanV

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    Changed out three of the door panels last night. I guess it's sort of a change from one deficiency to another...I don't have the cracked wood trim, but now there's a bit of unglued panel insert. It's not too bad though. Before and after of one rear door:

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    Slight difference on the front doors was the tweeter speaker was different (my car 1996, donor car 1992). I was able to swap them out, but in my car the speaker was a bit smaller, so I had to get it lined up just right to not show a gap on the edge.

    Both door cards showing the different speakers:

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    Speaker swapped:

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    You can see the larger imprint from the original speaker.

    Next on the list is to replace the driver's door handle including swapping the tumbler so I don't have two different keys. I'll do the door card swap at the same time. Then on to the fuel leak.
     
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    I got a little over half way through the handle swap yesterday. Pic of old vs new, but I have already swapped the sensors over to the new handle.

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    So the whole issue was because of one little plastic piece on the linkage. You can see where it's missing on the picture below. If I had known that, I probably would have just tried to figure out a fix rather than buying a whole new handle. That would have saved me doing the tumbler swap.

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    Tumbler swap wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be, but it did highlight how worn out my key is. Old vs new:

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    You can see the waffers sticking out a little bit on the old one (right) compared to the new one. This made it a bit tricky to remove from the handle, and it also isn't working properly with the new handle, but it works ok with my spare key, so I'll just need to get a new key ordered and use my spare key for now.
     
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    Alright, so the door handle is all fixed. So nice to be able to open the driver's door from the outside again! No more reaching in from the back door!

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    Reading other posts when people have done this repair, I decided it's also a good idea to replace the plastic sliders for the windows. I don't have them though, so another order coming up. I'm also cleaning and putting new grease on other components of the window mechanism. In the image above you can also see the faded surround on the rear door handles. I replaced those a number of years back, but I used an aftermarket part rather than BMW. Looks like crap, so I'll be buying BMW ones this time.

    Undecided on whether I'm going to take the time to remove the old adhesive and place new for the vapour barrier. I'm thinking I'll just try and heat it up well and hope that works. I have other items I'd rather be fixing instead.

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    Lots done over the last week. Driver's window installed with new plastic clips. I'll replace others later. I decided not to replace the vapour barrier seal for now. The barrier was sticking ok once it was heated. "New" door card also installed.

    Fuel leak was also fixed. Here is the old line removed. I guess the seal is just old and was causing the leak.

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    I was able to replace the line without dropping the tank. Using my phone with the light on, I could see the clip on either end that you had the lift the line in/out of. If you have big hands or fat fingers it might be a bit difficult to do. The hardest part for me was getting the rubber line connected to the hard line under the car. If you have the car on a hoist I'm sure it's not a problem, but lying under the car and working in a tight space, it was a PITA.

    Photos of the two clips on top of the tank.

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    She's now in good enough shape to put insurance on. I plan to put it on for 7 months before the end of this month since ICBC insurance rate hike comes into effect April 1.

    When I was checking for the fuel leak I also noticed the exhaust hanger looked odd, so I ordered two new ones. I also suspect this may have been causing the mystery rattle I couldn't find. The old hanger was really hard, and was just hanging loosely at the hanger location.

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    Is the last pic on the left the old exhaust hanger?!? There's no way that could be doing its job looking like that!
     
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    It definitely wan't doing anything. It was loose, and given how hard the rubber is, this is why I suspect it was actually causing a rattling noise. I'm guessing that must have been some sort of generic hanger as well. Doesn't look anything like the proper one.
     
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    Washed up and ready for a drive last Saturday :D

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    Also, the rest of the fleet in the background and a cleaned up front yard! :D
     
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    Nice looking yard and garage.

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    Front yard game is on point!
     
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    Looks great. How much do you drive this thing?
     
  11. RyanV

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    Sorry, I did not see this post before! Not much really. I think I drove it between 1500-2000 kms last year. I don't expect I'll get much more on it this year, but I do have insurance on it now! I was planning to just put it in storage for a year since I won't have any free time, but storage insurance for the year was going to be $250, and it only costs $520 to insure it for the year, so I put the insurance on it instead. I've put storage on it before, and I don't remember it being that expensive. They must have changed it somehow when they changed the whole ICBC system last year.

    Anyway, it's insured and I took it for a drive the other night. It's always had a long crank when warm (common with these engines), but it was even longer than normal. Hopefully, it's just from sitting or the gas that's from October.
     
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    Did an easy job of replacing the rear door handle surrounds. This is the second time I've done it, and looking back at my old photos the first time I did it, the surround didn't fade like this. Just the rubber had deteriorated. When I took this one off, it looked like it was a BMW part the same as the new one I got.

    If this one fades, I'll have to go junkyard hunting for an original and see if I can just swap the rubber backing older. Photos below of "old" vs new.

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    If you've still got the old faded one, would a product like "back to black" or other trim restorer work on it? That's really faded!
     
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    I do still have it. Worth a try I guess, but I suspect the restoration would only be temporary. I don't currently have that back to black product, but I guess if I get it I can use it on other black trim items as well.

    Here is photo of when I changed out the original one. Lots of glare, but you can tell the surround isn't faded.

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    Looks like I changed this before in 2014, so in just 6 years it faded really badly.
     
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    Oil change and new gasket on the fuel cap last night. The current gasket didn't look too bad, but it was cracking around the edges and it's likely the original, so might as well replace it.

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    Had a nice little summer road trip in the car. I didn't take many photos, but I got these at the Hope slide.

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    I love taking long trips in this car. Any time I come up to any slower traffic it's so effortless to get past. I definitely need to get a few things done before any more long trips though. The tires are getting too old, and I think I need to do the front control arms, so I might as well do the inner and outer tie rods as well. Bummer to pay for shipping and taxes on parts like these with the US border being closed these days :(

    The only issue on the trip was this terrible noise that would come from the rear of the car on occasion. Oh, wait...that was this guy in the back seat!

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    By the time we got from Keremeos to Hope slide he had so much pent up energy he spent 15 minutes just sprinting around the parking area at Hope slide.
     
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    Oh man he is getting Huge. (Havent seen you at the water park yet this summer). car looks great.
     
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    Yeah, I bet your kids are getting big too. Almost 4 I believe! Time flies...

    No, we haven't made it over there. Baby #2 arrived May 21, so we have been sticking close to home for the most part. Still waiting for that golden night where he finally sleeps through the night!
     
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    Right nice. I got baby girl arriving next month. my boys are a handful, things are going to get nuts around here.
     
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    I'm still getting parts shipped to the border, and paying a company to import the packages into the city, they are considered "commercial traffic" and can still get across the border and back. Not sure if there's anyone in your area doing similar?
     
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