This was my first bimmer, a 1986 635CSi
I purchased it new in 1986 from Crevier in Santa Ana
This was my business car, and I needed it to show a stately elegance.
So I choose the Bronsit/Pearl with an Automatic.
If you have driven the L.A. traffic at 8:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. a clutch was not a great choice.
In Sept 1994 I bought this 1987 M6 from a Dr. in Beverly Hills, with 48.000 miles and all records.
I then sold the 635.
I just picked up the '88 yesterday (on the left) from Mike a fellow BC member.
Mike did some very nice restoration while the m6 was under his care of 3.5 years.
I am the 4th owner and the sixer has 96,000 miles.
This '88 will become my (DD) daily driver, but as I work from home, thus very few miles.
My garage queen the 1987 on the right now has 67,600 miles.
New license plate on the '88, left
I need to get new rear turn signal lenses that are amber,
The lenses were okay, I just painted the reflectors with chrome paint, and they now look the same as the 87,
Okay, I know what you are thinking.
You guys want me to lower the car 1.5 to 2 inches.
BUT I am keeping the front stock, and also keeping the rear SLS.
I had to tig weld a 2 inch crack in my oil pan in 1995, near the bell housing.
And I do not want to have to do that again.
All I had back in '95 was a Chilton Manual, no Forums, for help.
I just finished refinishing these BBS Style 5, RC090 & RC091
8 x 17 offset 20, and 9 x17 offset 20
Tires are Continental Extreme DW (dry/wet)
225/45ZR17 and 265/40ZR17
Front 225/45ZR17 and BBS RC090, 8 x 17 offset 20
Rear 265/40ZR17 and BBS RC091, 9 x 17 offset 20
Stock factory radio, to be removed and saved, adding a CD player 43
Complete tool kit.
This is a BMW leather zippered pouch, circa '95
The first owner was a Dr. from Whitter, CA
I am the 2nd.
Old BMW lables on left, New on right
New Blaupunkt CD 43
17 x 8 style 5's to refinish, to replace the 5 spoke
lots of brake dust
from e-bay Germany
Finally scored a Blue Case Warning Triangle
existing rear turn siginal
Staggered 17 x 9 style 5's to refinish
Style 5, 17 x 9
17 x 8 style 5 outside lip polish
17 x 8 style 5 inside polish
Adding aluminum center nut to old cap
Aluminum 1/4 height profile center nut
Here is what the centers look like with BMW clip on 70mm
These Red-Gold BBS 70mm were made in Japan, and the prongs on the back were a little long by about 1.5mm.
I had to modify, I choose to grind on the back of the aluminum center nuts for clearance.
I used a Dremal hobby tool, with a sanding drum attachment.
I did not grind on the plastic tabs, as I did not want to remove too much.
I have now started to do a partial assembly, I will have the centers painted at the end of July , early Aug 2012.
Polished inner barrel
Rims are polished both outer and inner, with new gold plated rim bolts.
I had a bit of a trial and error, to install the new rim bolts.After I ceaned out the holes with a 3/8 inch dia wire brush. I placed a drop of light oil on the bolt head splines.I then proceded to bang the bolt home by using a plastic double sided mallet, I put a piece of green tape on the smoother side.I then had to follow thru with a larger hammer (with heavy blows) to bang on the plastic mallet, to seat the head flush.
Out with the chrome 5 spoke and in with staggered Style 5's
New rear headrests