Archive for May, 2014

At the Vintage 2014 – Old Salem

Posted in BMW on May 31, 2014 by Ed Pettus

Yet another great event put on by Scott Sturdy and lots of volunteers.  Over 300 vintage BMWs gathered through the streets of Old Salem on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  Friday and Sunday included all who desired to motor through the country roads in NC!  It was great to see cars and folks from previous years and some new ones as well.


Both cars ready for Vintage!

We left early Saturday morning and by the time we arrived in NC most of the cars were already lined up.  We ended up on the upper end of Main St. but had some good spots (every spot is good!).  Here are some of my pics from the event.



So many great cars.  Had a few 5 owners stop by to talk shop about our cars.


Check out all my pics here

Already looking forward to 2015.




A Better Monday Afternoon

Posted in BMW on May 29, 2014 by Ed Pettus


Check Bentley for all torque settings.

Engine check list:

Power steering pump

Ac compressor

Water pump

Wiring to starter

Wiring to oil sensor

Wiring to alternator

Vacuum hose (brown/clear) to intake underneath driver side

Hose from reservoir to T connector                                                                                                                                                                 DSCN9002

Bracket on top of engine holding sensors

Gray sensor to passenger side

Reference and speed sensors

Fuel regulator / and vacuum hose feeds thru hole at intake and connects at front under intake

Sensor to flywheel (front)

Thermostat housing

Hoses under intake to T connector

Cross bracket with reset connectors/module

Throttle housing

Check throttle – frayed cable

Idle control unit, hose to intake, unit bolted to valve cover and to air flow tube

Wire rail (2 nuts)

Oil in lifters and spark plug holes

Air valve, passenger hose to charcoal canister, vent hose, vacuum hose to intake nipple next to block

Valve cover gasket

Radiator and mounts (slide center sleeve out to slide mount on rad)DSCN9010

Air filter housing and AFM – electric connection held on with zip tie


Distributer cap

Fuel lines


Radiator wiring, top sensor (green to firewall side), bottom sensor (green/brown lower)

Fan  (torque bolts on fan clutch)

Fan cowell

Oil in filter and engine!!


Check for leaks on oil, coolant, etc.



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As you may have gathered, this was my check list for getting my BMW back up and running.  Got the engine and transmission mounted on Monday 5/5 and on Friday 5/16 had first start and test drive.  Only one little oil leak that was quickly fixed!


All buttoned up and ready for the road! Well, except for hood shocks!


This was my first engine swap and it was fun to learn more about my e28.  She is running great.  First road trip was to the Vintage at Old Salem and we had a good time with both e28s.  Will post later about the Vintage.



Ready for At the Vintage