Project E39!

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    So as I posted a few weeks ago, I bought an E39 530d for basically pocket money. I thought it would be a fun project to tart it up a bit.
    First thing was to fix the kidney grille which has been sprayed black by a former owner, which was starting to peel and looked generally crappy:

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    Having been quoted £80 or so for replacements, I decided to try and get the paint off the existing ones. Luckily for me, the aforementioned previous owner had very stupidly, yet very usefully, failed to sand them prior to painting. After a bit of elbow grease, some washing up liquid, brush, and hot water, here is the result:

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    And after a bollocking from SWMBO for cleaning "oily" car parts in the bathroom, here they are refitted to the car:

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    Much better, I think you'll agree.

    Next step is a set of nice alloys. I bought a set of pretty decent style 66s over the weekend which over the next few weeks I am going to have refurbished:

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    After that's done I'll need four new tyres (the two shown here are dead)
    2x 235/45/R17
    2x 255/40/R17

    Does anyone have any tyre recommendations? There doesn't seem to be much choice of brands for 255/40/R17.

    Other things that I want to do:
    • Fix some minor bodywork issues including a scratch on the bonnet
    • Clean the engine bay
    • Maybe upgrade the stereo system
    • Investigate having a remap done

    Stay tuned for the next exciting instalment of "Project E39!"
     
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    the grills look much nicer now (y) some cars suit the black grills but i think a silver car the stock silver surround looks better

    wheels look to be in good condition now, look like a nice clean set of wheels
     
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    They're not bad but have a few nicks and scratches and I want them perfect (y)
     
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    are you going to DIY the repair or go professional?
     
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    Professional I was thinking. I'm good with nuts and bolts etc, but not things like this. Plus the pros have all the equipment like ovens etc.
    There are several alloy wheel places in my home town, so I should be able to get some competitive quotes.
     
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    A nice well looked after E39 is still a very good looking car , it has a timeless shape like the E36/46 . Keep the pics coming .(y)
     
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    OK, while I wait for quotes for doing the new alloys and research tyres, I've recorded all the issues with the bodywork.
    There are a few issues, as you can see here, including a graze to the bumper, door damage, corrosion on the boot lid (I think all E39s have that), lacquer peel on both nearside doors and a scratch on the bonnet (both necessitating a respray I believe.) There's also a very small rust spot on one sill which I forgot to photograph.
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    I'm hoping I can get all this done (minus the bumper which can wait) for under £1K. Boot lids are on eBay all the time, but most have rust around the lock.

    There's also damage to the auxiliary fan wiring, it still works, but the blue wire is down to only a few strands. I'm not sure how to go about fixing it yet, the damage is too close to the connector to just splice in another piece of wire, but I'm confident I can do the repair myself.
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    Aye, a known problem. Mine rusted not there, but at the very lower edge of the panel, directly below the lock. :mad:
     

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