1996 Alpina B8

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  1. RyanV

    RyanV Member

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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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  2. RyanV

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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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  3. RyanV

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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!
     
  6. RyanV

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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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  7. RyanV

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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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    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Nice looking yard and garage.

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  9. IanB

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    Front yard game is on point!
     
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  10. tperkins

    tperkins Devout AYC Disciple

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    Looks great. How much do you drive this thing?