Adventures in Auto Body Repairs

Posted in BMW on April 30, 2015 by Ed Pettus

As of this date 4/30/15, I’ve been 61 days without my e28.  31 Days to get estimate, convince the insurance company to pay up, and wait on parts.  30 days so far in the shop.  The work being done is great, but slow as she gets delayed by other “dealership” cars that need instant attention.  I am patient, but I sure miss driving the ultimate driving machine!  Here are some pics of the progress.

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I am glad they will let me come by every day and take pics of the progress.  The guy working on her has been great to ask me about what I want done and he has gone out of his way to do a few things for me to make things just right.  I was very excited the day I saw the cross panel welded in and both fenders back on!  One other problem that will be fixed is the front end was pushed over about a 1/4 inch but they said they could take care of that without a problem.  It is amazing how much damage a Ford Pickup can do in a parking lot.

 

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I will update further when she is finished, hopefully in a couple of weeks!!

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Elka’s Day at the Parking Lot

Posted in BMW on April 11, 2015 by Ed Pettus

On March 1, 2015 my ’87, while parked, met a large Ford Pickup slowly but forcefully in reverse gear.  After a long wait for OEM parts she finally made it into the body shop on April 1, 2015.  Progress on repair is slow as of April 11, new hood replaced, fender removed, hoping for more work on her next week!

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A World of Information

Posted in Musings on February 3, 2015 by Ed Pettus

There are more blogs and magazines and commentaries and newspapers and “what all”, more than I could list here, that expound every idea under the sun on any and all topics.  The Internet is certainly the largest source of everything!  I’m on the Internet as much as any “techno geek” and I appreciate Twitter and Facebook for those who post articles that I would never see otherwise.  Most of the articles I read include authors who are so sure of their opinions, even treating their opinions as fact to be received with joy by every reader.  I exaggerate, of course, but so many people are so sure of their “rightness”.  And then there are the comments by the readers and the comments on the comments.  I also understand that articles without such certainty might be poor reading.  Authors do need to shock or exaggerate to get readers.  Yet, it also creates lots of poorly written shock and awe.  There is perhaps a greater need in our world today to retreat from the world for a short period of time.  We can easily get hooked on the information highway and lose sight of that which is most important.  The apostle Paul writes about the importance of transformation (Romans 12:1-2) but we tend to gravitate to mere information and thus suffer from spiritual malnourishment.

We are the most informed in the history of people.  What once may have taken weeks to know from around the world is now communicated in seconds.  It appears that there is nothing we cannot know or at least read about on the webinator.  But what we know does not always lead us to transformation of heart and soul to the degree necessary to a more abundant and fulfilling life.  My pet peeve these days is the 30 minute news broadcast that barely touches on a multitude of information tidbits with no reflection or meaning given to those events.  Then you tack on the liberal or conservative slant, depending on your news preference, and you get even more garbage presented.  It is just a constant barage of information and misinformation that numbs the mind to the transformative news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is not my intention to suggest a boycott of web or TV news but to encourage less for the sake of more good news from the good book.  All that we viewed on FOX or CNN yesterday will fade away if it has not done so already, but the word of the Lord will endure forever.  Add to that the brilliance of the word of God that puts all other information into proper perspective and you have a great motive for reading the words of life eternal.

Ezra 7:10

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Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2014 by Ed Pettus

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e28 BMW 1986 & 1987

Posted in BMW on December 1, 2014 by Ed Pettus

I’ve been posting on FB with some guys on the “BMW E28 Group” page and it got me searching through pics on my ’87.  It reminded me that a lot has been done to “Elka” since 2008 when I purchased her from my friend James.  Then James put me on to another e28, 1986, “Gretchen”, that I bought in June 2013.  My wife drives her, yes, her DD.  I drive Elka daily.  We are a full e28 garage!  Just thought I might post a few pics from the archives.

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“Elka” just before I owned her. April, 2008.

 

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Elka in May, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elka has been through many changes in six years.  Just in these two pics above: painted wheels, bumper tuck, blacked out all chrome, painted valance, windows tinted, and ride just slightly lower with new set of springs and struts.

Tons of work on the inside!  “New” engine, both strut housings replaced in front, transformed all interior to all black, reconditioned leather in back seat, recovered front seats in imitation leather, and the list goes on.  Elka is my non-stock toy, while Getchen (below) I will keep as stock as possible.

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Located in warehouse in May 2013. Just needed a battery to get her home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cleaned up, windows tinted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been others in the family…

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“Bernie” – she was totaled and her engine now resides in “Elka”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was my brief encounter with a 2002. Had to sell her 😦 because I had too many BMWs at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my other blog entries under the BMW category!

 

 

My Statement Released to the OGA: “Practice What You Preach”

Posted in Musings on July 24, 2014 by Ed Pettus

Check out Mateen Elass on his blog post – My Statement Released to the OGA: “Practice What You Preach”.

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.

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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.

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

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Already looking forward to 2015.