Richard's Z3 1.9 Project

Richardrix

Zorg Legend
British Zeds
Joined
Oct 5, 2019
Points
67
Location
sheffield
Model of Z
Z3 3.0
Hi All,

Some of you are already aware of my Z3 1.9 project. It was bought as a project car (a code word for cheap) and it has certainly been a project so far. The reason for having the project car was for something to play with over the winter with the aim of me and the wife driving the North Coast 500 this year. Should be nice with the top down :)

The car came with a number of issues: -
1. In need of a thermostat
2. Had a "Performance" air filter fitted
3. Decat exhaust fitted (very noisy)
4. Lowered by about 30mm and would catch on humps
5. Break in an air pipe
6. Hood would not go down fully
7. Hood needed to be "persuaded" to fasten back up to the top of the windscreen by manhandling it in to place
8. Rust on passenger rear wing (which turned in to a big hole when I started to sand it down)
9. Rust on both sills
10. Car would only lock and unlock from the boot. Physically could not turn the key in the door looks.
11. Interior digital clock is missing a couple of segments
12. Non-BMW wheels fitted.
13. Antenna was swapped to be a stubby. I knocked it and broke the antenna.
14. Seats move, needs replacement bushes. I have the bushes, just need to take the seats out and replace.
15. leather on the seats in need of a refurbish.
16. Front bumper scuff.
17. Interior light does not come on when you open the doors.The light in the boot comes on when you open the boot lid. INPA shows that the car says the interior light is on when you open the door and shows it as off when you close the doors so the door switches are working. The interior light works when you switch it to permanently on at the switch. Need to trace the wiring from the ZKE module to the light power line to see if there is a break.
18. When I get in to the picky items I need to have the carpet replaced. It's quite worn and has been through a lot of water ingress due to missing rubbers from the hood frame and the car being left out in the rain.
19. Missing rubbers from the hood frame that go over the door.

With a great deal of help and advise from all you lovely Z3 owners on the group, a lot of progress has so far been made on managing these issues.

Here is what has been completed so far: -
1. Swapped non-standard wheels back to standard wheels
2. Swapped the decat exhaust back to a standard
3. Put back all the standard air filter items
4. Local garage performed a full service and replacement thermostat and pipes. Also had corroded brake fuel pipes replaced. Rocket cover gasket changed as there was a small leak.
5. Replaced missing hood frame rubbers
6. Adjusted the hood on the frame and now it opens and closes as it should. It still operates without having to put the foot on the brake so there is still something to look at here.
7. Replaced rear passenger side wing with one of the same colour from a breaker.
8. Replaced sills with brand new sills which I had a paint shop spray for me. Sprayed with waxoyl before fitting.
9. Fixed the doors not operating by getting a replacement key from the dealers. Still had an issue with the drivers door which would not lock from the key or operate the central locking to lock from that door. This is now resolved and was down to a little piece of round plastic that holds a bar which operates the mechanical lock. Put the plastic back in place so that the bar did not slip and it now works perfect. Spent agents trying to track down an electrical fault when it turned out to be a quick and easy fix.
10. Fixed the antenna by soldering the broken wire and gluing back together.
11. Put back the standard springs.
 

Attachments

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
You've been busy :thumbsup:

See your drivers mirror still folds :)
That's a bonus as most dont ( or would not be attempted for fear of breaking it)
 

Bampz

Zorg Guru (I)
British Zeds
Joined
Aug 2, 2016
Points
94
Location
Pembrokeshire
Model of Z
2.8
Wow that is a huge list you have gone through and done a tremendous job , I used to have a 1.9 and they are a great little car fun to drive and very economical , enjoy driving the North 500
 

Olliebeak

Zorg Addict
British Zeds
Joined
Nov 1, 2018
Points
64
Location
Choppington,Northumberland
Model of Z
Z4 2.5
Congratulations thats a lot of jobs completed. Do the mirrors fold on all models, I have a 2001 1.9 facelift Z3 and the mirrors appear to be fixed, which is suprising considering the has electrical everything else.
 

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
Yes manual fold on all zed 3
But be warned.
Inside of z3 mirror is alloy and tends to oxydise and seize leading to them snapping off if forced.

Stephen
 

Richardrix

Zorg Legend
British Zeds
Joined
Oct 5, 2019
Points
67
Location
sheffield
Model of Z
Z3 3.0
You've been busy :thumbsup:

See your drivers mirror still folds :)
That's a bonus as most dont ( or would not be attempted for fear of breaking it)
Hi, Should the passenger mirror fold too? Mine doesn't. Not sure if it is supposed to so don't want to force it. Cheers.
 

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
Yes it should.
If it doesn't only way to sort is get glass out covers off then penetration fluid into the pivot part try to un seize it
Or leave it be .
 

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
Have thought about it think 5 car run max.
Over a week has got good potential if a few showed interest then would definitely see about putting the wheels in motion .
 

jonco

Zorg Guru (IV)
Supporter
British Zeds
The M44 Massive
Joined
Dec 6, 2011
Points
159
Location
Chester
Model of Z
'98 1.9 Auto
......The reason for having the project car was for something to play with over the winter with the aim of me and the wife driving the North Coast 500 this year. Should be nice with the top down :)...............
Brilliant effort and you haven't got round to the usual problems yet =))=)) Have you been out at all this winter - keep up the good work.:thumbsup:
 

t-tony

Zorg Expert (II)
Supporter
British Zeds
#ZedShed
Joined
Dec 31, 2013
Points
226
Location
Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
Model of Z
E89 Z4 23i Auto
You're getting on well with it Richard.:thumbsup:

Tony.
 

Mint

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
British Zeds
East Anglian Crew
Joined
Sep 23, 2012
Points
222
Location
Stafford
Model of Z
2.2 & 3.0 Sport
Great effort there Richard, going well:thumbsup:
 

Richardrix

Zorg Legend
British Zeds
Joined
Oct 5, 2019
Points
67
Location
sheffield
Model of Z
Z3 3.0
Brilliant effort and you haven't got round to the usual problems yet =))=)) Have you been out at all this winter - keep up the good work.:thumbsup:
Usual problems? Oh no, what have I got to look forward to? I thought I was on top of everything.
 

Paul Rice

Zorg Guru (V)
Supporter
British Zeds
The M44 Massive
Joined
Sep 7, 2013
Points
198
Location
Doncaster
Model of Z
Z4 2.5
Very impressive Richard, you can make as many completed lists as you like Richard it will never end! :bashhead:
 

Richardrix

Zorg Legend
British Zeds
Joined
Oct 5, 2019
Points
67
Location
sheffield
Model of Z
Z3 3.0
This weekend was a little more progress. I got the drivers door card back on after installing a new moisture barrier, this is with the rubber stuff that is used to hodl in windows and some polythene. Only the good studd ha ha ha. Then, thanks to advise from the group, I got the internal kick plates off and swapped the door rubber seals for new ones that I purchased from Sytners. About £40 + vat each side but the one on the drivers side was way beyond repair. Nice to have them both looking good. Took it out for a drive and had some high pitched whinning come from the front passenger side. Looks like a stuck caliper due to the heat coming from the front wheel. In the garage today having that looked at. Next on the hit list is the leather seats. I need to put in the replacement bushes to stop them moving under braking and need to refurb the leather. Wondering whether to do the seat belt guides as well whilst the seats will be out of the car.
 

ktnez99

Zorg Guru (IV)
British Zeds
Joined
May 18, 2018
Points
158
Location
West Midlands
Model of Z
Z3 2.8L
What a “moisture barrier”, Richard? Any pics of one? @Richardrix
 

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
Dawn it's a sheet of polythene type material that goes onto the door underneath the door panel sealed round edges to prevent ingress of water and moisture into cabin
Stephen.
 
Top