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