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My BMW 323i 1982

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:53 pm

Was the only one I could find for the left side at a reasonable price, at least on E-bay...



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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by uwbuurman » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:12 pm

Never mind, but if you are in need of some parts, then just send a pm.
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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:36 pm

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind!

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:00 pm

Some minor updates:

Replaced a wire under the dash, which I had known before that it was getting a bit warm, but when I did some other work (which I hope to be able to show to you in a not to distant future) I had the ignition on and had a feel at the wire and it was too hot to touch! So I thought it was best to replace it before I had a nice cable fire :-)

Originally it's one thick green wire, but didn't have any green wires or any other that thick, so I took two red ones which gave me about the same or slightly larger area which worked great. The old wire had some oxidation inside which probably gave the wire too much resistance which made it so flippin' hot, not sure how it got like that, since there hasn't been any water there or moisture and no other wires shows any sign of oxidation.
Now the wire(s) only get about finger warm and the best of it all, is that it has solved an old problem with having the battery/charging light in the dash glowing!
You can also see the brown discoloration (from the heat) on the transparent plastic housing.
So anybody else having this problem, should check this wire out.

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Also fixed/upgraded my glovebox light, since it's not been used for years, the battery was pretty much dead.
So I ordered a new battery and a new LED replacement bulb and now it's better than new!

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Very easy to take apart!

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Some soldering.

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The new LED bulb. Shines brighter than a diamond in a goats ass :-) (Richard Rawlings - Gas Monkey)

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Some rubber bands to hold it together while the glue hardens.

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Nick1984 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:30 pm

good work! What fan is it that you use?

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:47 pm

It's a Kenlowe, but apparently they don't make fans anymore. So I'm guessing Spal fans is the only choice nowadays...

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:55 am

Hi again!

It's summer season so the BMW is out again and with that some updates:

Mounted a strut bar in August last year (2017):

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Had to make some modifications, since the strut bar couldn't be mounted with the expansion tank in its original location. The strut bar plate was something like 1-2cm above the tower, so even using mild violence and some spacers wouldn't have been enough!
So I had to move the expansion tank lower down and make a heat shield, since it would be closer to the headers.

That brings us to present time, where I replaced the master and slave cylinder for the clutch, since the slave cylinder was the original and the master cylinder had only its seals replaced back in 1997-98, so I thought it would be a good preventative maintenance to replace them both before they fail.

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Have also mounted a "display" that shows me oil temp, voltage and oil pressure and it's based on Arduino.
The sensors (plus wiring) and oil filter adapter was mounted last year, so just had to finish up mounting it and make the little connection board with USB connectors for the oil temp/pressure sensors.

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Luckily I could mount it to a cover plate (with a glue gun) that came with the stereo console, which made it fairly easy, otherwise I don't know where or how I would have mounted it.

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And the finished result:

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If you also would like to get some similar stuff, this is the guy who makes them:
https://www.tindie.com/stores/PhoenixCNC/

Well, that's it for now!

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:29 pm

Video showing the display in action:

The oil temp and voltage displays uses an average of five readings to smooth out the readings, thats why the oil temp starts high and the voltage starts low before it "stabilises"...


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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by gerrit323 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:21 pm

beautifull setup !!! nice work
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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:01 pm

Thank you!

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Jeroen » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:35 am

Nice to see an update from you here, and nice work!

Over in Holland we did a small group project to get similar meters (voltage, oil pressure, oil temp) and here we choose to go for a LED setup similar to that of the clock:

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By the way, your center console with the lowered ashtray and going all the way down to the bottom, never seen that before. Did you make that yourself as well?

Lastly: I'll move your topic to the 6 cyl subsection, where it belongs I guess :wink:

Keep us updated here, much appreciated!
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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by uwbuurman » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:47 pm

Lovely work on de gauges! And the rest of course
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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Bobben » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:10 am

Thanks for the kind words Jeroen and uwbuurman!

Any info available on how you made that display? Any forum post available about it?

No, I haven't made it myself, since as you can see it's made by Pioneer.
When I searched for info about the old stereo last summer I stumbled upon a great page with lots of info on old car stereos: http://antique-autoradio-madness.org and while scouring through the early 80's section of Pioneer I found the console here: http://antique-autoradio-madness.org/Pi ... 982_09.htm and it's called ADT-374, even Googling that gives no hits on it, so it seems to be very rare.

The old cassette player was the KP-7500, seen here: http://antique-autoradio-madness.org/Pi ... 982_05.htm and it also had the BP-520 amplifier/equalizer: http://antique-autoradio-madness.org/Pi ... 982_06.htm which sat where the status display is now.
Might still have them, but not fully sure, I'll have to take a look in the attic :)
My speakers in the rear are the TS-1600: http://antique-autoradio-madness.org/Pi ... 982_08.htm, but the front ones I don't know, it says Pioneer on the speaker "grilles", I have to remove them to see if there are any part number on the magnet but they are a bit difficult to remove since the glovebox is in the way on one side and the hood opening handle is in the way on the other side, as can be seen in this picture:

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Any body know if BMW mounted these Pioneers in the front as standard from the factory?

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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by uwbuurman » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:53 am

No pioneers from the factory, but why not use them anyway? They are period correct.
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Re: My BMW 323i 1982

Post by Sierpien » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:35 pm

Nice work!

Also never seen that Pioneer central console before! very rare!.

My uncle in his E21 has something similar but made with aluminum, i think the made it based on pictures of your console.
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