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Great skills you have Enda! I have been following
this thread and the passion you have is beyond compare.
You should have opened a specialist shop here in Limerick
as we have been deprived in this region with a great mechanic.
Most of us have to travel to Abbeyfeale( really out of the way)
or Dublin to be happy of the quality of service. Again, hats off and may you continue the enthusiasm!
 

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Yesterday I managed to get a few small jobs out of the way with the is.
First was an oil and filter change. I cut open the filter again to check for any metallic particles but everything looks ok.
Also changed the sparkplugs and they all look to be burning well.

Next was the turn of an xbrace I had sitting on a shelf for a year or more.
Being a poverty spec E36 I didn't have the rivnuts pre installed so had to put them in myself

The brace after a few coats of paint to freshen it up




New rivnuts and bolts




And fitted




I also managed to fit the Z3 short shifter from the Super4 group buy. Thanks again to Cab for this as there is definitely a noticeable difference although it's taking me a bit of getting used to after having it the standard way for so long

A quick photo to compare the old and new




Other than that I spend a few minutes investigating my rattle but still no solution to that one :(
 

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This evening I spent a bit of time trying to find my illusive rattle. I came across an old post on another forum last weekend describing a similar problem to mine. The car in question had a complete suspension refresh and had used Meyle HD rear shock mounts as I had done. So during the week I picked up a pair of Lemforder mounts.

The old Meyle mount fitted. Apologies for the dirt




Comparison of the Meyle mount of the left and Lemforder on the right. The main difference being on the underside where the Meyle mount is not moulded to match the cupped washer of the shock






New mount fitted. The cupped washer is now sitting much more firmly against the mount




And the result is.....Silence :D
It's hard to believe something so small was causing the problem but I'm delighted that it's now resolved
 

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I fitted those Meyle HD mounts and I find them much better then OEM or Lemforder. I don't understand how there could be any noise from them? :confused2: Mine are sitting just fine no noise at all, less movement about. So pretty happy with them.
 

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enda, maybe mayle bushes was just a bit loose, therefor it was ratling?
sometimes its like that, where a smallest thing can couse a big knocking. and can be so enoing and hard to find
 

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I checked that before Armando and everything was as tight as I could make it.
I've searched online and there seems to be a lot of other people effected but it depends on the brand of the shock absorbers being used with the Meyle top mounts.
I don't know what part of the mount was actually knocking but I'm glad its stopped
 

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The car hit a milestone this week of 150000 miles or at least the few original parts remaining did




I also picked up an annoying stone chip on the bonnet during the week so today I touched it in temporarily but will address it again in a few weeks when I resume polishing the car.

Before



And after




After that I set about trying to remove the notorious E36 steering squeak. I replaced the top bearing and also the airbag slip ring as I found it had gotten a bit notchy over the past few months

The old bearing




Old and new for comparison






I also decided to replace the collars and split ring while I was at it. Not really necessary but I had bought them anyway as a precaution




And the old and new slip ring




So alls back together and so far so good everything seems fine. Thanks to Cab at Super 4 for sourcing the parts with the usual level of excellent service
 

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Today I managed to get a small bit of work done towards polishing the car. Since it's been painted the lacquer has sank a lot leaving the finish a bit dull.
Luckily there's a serious amount of lacquer on the car so it can be easily flat sanded.

First a before picture. The clarity of reflection leaving a bit to be desired




After wet sanding half the roof




The reflection after the cutting compound stage




Annoyingly the rain arrived before I could finish completely so it'll have to wait till next weekend.
It did mean that there was some instant beading shots. Polished on the left and untouched on the right




And a nice 50/50 comparison across the roof of the improvement in clarity




So overall I'm pleased with progress and hopefully the whole car will be finished before the summer
 

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Today i got the tackle the remainder of the roof. Started wet sanding with 2500, then 3000, then 5000, then 7000. A bit extreme on the sanding but i find it makes the polishing a lot faster.

The remainder of the roof wet sanded



After polishing




Unfortunately bad planning meant i ran out of polishing compound before i was completely finished but i did get a good level of reflection back.
Next weekend will hopefully finish it off completely
 

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Enda, like always I love your attention to detail. Hope you are coming this year to a Big Meet want to see this one in the flesh. :nod:
 
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