I SWEAR THEY JUST FOLLOW ME HOME...
REAd About: the 745i adventures (part 1), how it came home
I saw it. It fit the bill. I had to pick it up, wife-approved. Alongside with 4 other cars.... Or maybe it was 3, i can't remember it was in early September 2015. Anyways here it is Arktisblau E23 1984 745i with a busted rear window that ended up in my driveway.
This is one of those adventures involving my buddy Sherman, I know you wonder who is that guy. If you have read my other two earlier posts, the name should ring a bell. I promise I will tell you all about him later. We bought 4 cars together, he was supposed to take 3 of them (E32 735i, E12 528, E23 745i) and this said blue E23 745i. That day I jumped in my truck, picked up his dolly and off we went loading up cars.
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First modification after rolling it into my driveway was to fix the rear window (the plastic bag was temporary done by the previous owner). What a mistake! That tape was impossible to take off a month later, but the rain did stay away from the insides. Sherman had in store a spare window, in exchange of my transportation services. A buddy of mine from work, came over one night and installed in less than 10 minutes. Little that I know, in his previous life he did this for a living for 15+ years.
At this point, it was time to start figuring out why the car wouldn't want to crank. Found a hidden battery kill-switch, that wasn't it. Thanks to the simplicity of the early BMWs, jumping two terminals under the hood in the diagnostic port yielded the first success. Some calls later to the gurus of the E23 world, it was pinpointed that the no start problem could be the neutral safety switch, yeah one of those fancy features so you don't start your car in anything but Park. Yes, the 745i is automatic. Did I mention it has a turbo?
Not much happened in the next almost 6 month. We moved to a new house, and I also focused my energy on the low-mileage S38 that lives now in my M5. The M5 was daily driver status and I was ready to start working on the 7.
Keep an eye next week on more work that I have done to the E23. Upcoming are suspension; fuel system; interior; engine... (this article is a rePOST, as the original from a week ago, disappeared in the oblivion). Part 2 is called THE 745i ADVENTURES (PART 2)
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