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Time to start the restoration
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:16 pm
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So after a long hiatus, I'm back. We've been prepparing for our first kid... due any day now. As a result, I've had to retire the S54 M to weekend/fun duty and buy something more kid-seat friendly (E55 Wagon \m/ Blown V8! \m/).

So now that the car is destined to become a garage queen for some time... I figured it's time to start restoring 12 years and 86k miles of wear on the poor thing. I'm going to start with the easy / cheap stuff first. Wheel refinishing, painted calipers, headlight restoration, paint chip fixing and a stereo upgrade.

From there, I figure I'll move on to stainless steel brake lines, polishing bits under the hood, restoring / replacing all the rubber gaskets / hoses etc. Perhaps even try to hit some of the heat-work plastic pieces... and MAYBE hit the convertible top. Its still in great shape but has a few stitches starting to come undone.

After all that.... maybe it'll be time to start looking at some perf mods. For now... I'll be respecting the engineers and adhering to my "stock rocks philosophy" Smile

So that's my long winded way of saying... "hi again guys. Does anyone know a good wheel refinishing place around here? "
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:44 pm
Post subject: Re: Time to start the restoration

Lol I don't think "restoring" is the correct word for an s54 Mcoupe under 90k miles haha

Pics!

People seem to like az true wheel ( inthink that's the name) talk to kieth

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:05 pm
Post subject: Re: Time to start the restoration

LOL I'll check them out. Thanks for the pointer!

Basically, I'm confident the car will mechanically last me another 100k miles.... but I don't want it to LOOK like it's a 200k mile car. There's no reason for that.

Here's my laundry list of stuff that's broken / worn / abused. As a daily driver and having 2 jobs (day job + side business) for the past few years, the car's really been relegated to just the bare minimum care I could give it: regular oil changes and maintenance. Sad

- Headlamps fogged
- Blown speakers and sub woofer
- Rocking seats (I have the delrin bushings needed to fix it.. just need to do it)
- Rock chips
- Floor mats need to be replaced
- Convertible top can "drip" in the rain. Not bad enough to cause damage, but still a drop or two irritates the heck out of me
- Already replaced the rear window (yay)
- Rear Passenger TPMS sensor is bad
- Wheels need to be completely refinished due to a) some curb rash b) a protruding rail road track in Napa and c) a crappy detailer who used some kind of acid wash on them and burned etch marks into the paint Sad
- Curb rash from work on the front lip
- A COMPLETE interior nooks-and-crannies detail

Then onto some modernization mods.... then onto perf mods! Smile
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