Betty the Black E21 BMW 320i

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TaylorGoesFast wrote: Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:34 pm
The other issue is, I can't figure out how the rear of the sunroof panel is supposed to connect. I have it connected to the panel slider rail with those rods, but it doesn't seem to tilt when the sunroof itself does because the tabs on the sunroof panel don't hook over that roller. It's really frustrating because the headliner gets destroyed immediately when messing with this stuff.
What do you mean, the slidingpart of the headliner? That hooks on to the rear of the sunroof. At the sideThe two rods with the U bar in between jus slides, does not do anything, because it is de water drain when closed. Gets rain/washwater to the sides, where the drainholes are.

Be sure to test those. The two in the rear drain behind the chrome behind the side windows. The front two in rhe sills, which will guarantee rust inside the sills. So I recommend getting a lot of ML or a product like it inside those.


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Re: Betty the Black E21 BMW 320i

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The issue I'm having is I get the panel hooked on that bar that slides, but when the sunroof tilts up, it doesn't pull the panel up with it in the rear
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Ah oke. Undo the liner, slide it back. Put the roof in quarter open position (slidjng backwards, not tilting position, liner undone in the front, so it is able to slide apart from the roof. Than slide it forward, pulling it on the roof. Than click it in the square holes in the front. That should do the trick.
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Re: Betty the Black E21 BMW 320i

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uwbuurman wrote: Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:49 pm Ah oke. Undo the liner, slide it back. Put the roof in quarter open position (slidjng backwards, not tilting position, liner undone in the front, so it is able to slide apart from the roof. Than slide it forward, pulling it on the roof. Than click it in the square holes in the front. That should do the trick.
Slept on my sunroof disaster, did more thinking, and figured out where I had gone wrong.

Took it all apart and tried to massage my mangled pieces back into the correct shape. I believe the rails are too damaged to ever get working properly, but I was able to get the sun roof to go back in, be aligned, and even have the sunroof headliner installed correctly! It can't open, but it can at least tilt now and the headliner looks a lot better. I believe the sunroof doesn't want to slide back because the passenger side rail is too bent up to let the slider portion of the cable to push through it easily, and I also believe the "new" cable for that side is now stripped. Before the parts car goes, I'll try to pull ALL of the sunroof stuff out of it, then maybe purchase an actually NEW set of cables and try again.

The bad news is, during all of this, the "rod" that is on the sunroof headliner that attaches to the slider "rail" some how came off and got jammed UNDER the sunroof slider. The only way for me to fix it was to cut the rod and push it through. This means if the sunroof ever does go back into the roof, the headliner panel slider rail probably won't back forward since it's only attached to the sunroof headliner panel on one side now.

It's wild that it took me 4 e30s and 2 e21s to finally understand these sunroof mechanisms.

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Made a low offer on a set of OE Sport Package wheels (13"x5.5"!!!!!!!) BBS wheels with good summer tires on them. Buyer accepted it and turned out he was in Richmond. I was already heading down to meeting a buyer for a transmission from VA beach and I also needed to pick up a free M3 bumper I was getting from someone, so the stars aligned and I knocked out all three in one round trip to Richmond this morning.

As I was walking out, I spotted one Recaro seat in the corner and inquired about it. Ended up getting that for a very good deal too! Now just to find one more seat and I'll have an almost complete 320is!

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Re: Betty the Black E21 BMW 320i

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Nice find that Recaro, icing on the cake of your trip haha!
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Sometimes all you need is a bit of luck 😉. Making some nice progress with Betty.

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