This was my today’s effort:
It will be the new wall to camping trailer closet which also has holes for some electronics like car radio, clock, voltage meter and so on.
Well, it’s now ready:
Today’s activities were:
What this car really needs are two set of alloys, since those normal rims are really ugly. But that probably will be taken care of…
Tomorrow I will vacuum clean the interior quickly and then return to work with the camping trailer.
Maybe it was already the time to change those?
I have never before seen as tight fit for the new brake pads to brake caliber like this BMW had… If the pads would have been 0,5mm thicker they would not be possible to install. Before starting to install the new pads I cleaned all the surfaces from the caliber and the slider where the pads are touching with a file to avoid stiction (+polished and greased sliding tenons). They really needed to squeeze together until the outer pad slipped in to it’s place (almost uncomfortable much). But I guess that’s value for the money since there is now absolutely the maximum amount of wearing surface available.
Tasks for tomorrow:
Friday I will assemble the trunk upholstery back and that’s it, BWM tune up for this summer is ready.
One thing I forgot to mention is that I installed modern Volvo windshield washing fluid nozzles to replace BMW original ones. I used the original ones adapter to fit the new ones by grinding them flat first and then carving proper hole for Volvo nozzes (which are slightly smaller). Reason for this change was that Volvo nozzles spray the water really nicely (only if you use original Volvo nozzles, the aftermarket ones will not work). The original BWM nozzles just peed the fluid with four pointy spouts and that’s pretty old fashion and lame way which does also cause extensive wear of the glass because the wipers are grinding it partly dry.
Well… My intention was to only do some small upgrades to the electrical system of the camping trailer, but after studying a bit how the electricals were made 1980 I decided to remove everything and build the whole system from scratch.
230VAC system is now almost ready, only grounding electrode spike is still missing. Doing that might be a bit overkill, but better to be safe than sorry.
12VDC system buildup is currently in progress and most of the work for that is doing new interior lights with led lights. I managed to get some leftover led lights from Nettilasi.com with very reasonable price, so even those meant some customization before installations it was worth to use those.
For example here is how I converted old fluorescent tube lights to “modern” led lights:
It takes plenty of time to install the new lights… Seems that day goes very fast and only couple of new lights are installed. And still all the switches for those + main fuse box installation is pending for 12VDC system.
After the lights I will install the new audio system, clock and thermometer so plenty of time is still needed for the camping trailer before continuing with the tractor. Also tomorrow my colleague will bring his BMW to my garage for some welding + other tune up… So at next week I also need to reserve some time for that also. Not even to mention that the final assembly of main and back door to my parents house is also still at the task list…
So I don’t have any issues how I spend my vacation, but at least it is fun to do some real work sometime. 😉
Before continuing with the tractor I will make new front and back doors to my parents house:
I also planned to do a couple of upgrades to the camping trailer, but that should not take too long. This door project will take some days, but since it is also waiting for the paint to dry I can do those camping trailer upgrades meanwhile.
I have not been able to work lately with the tractor project due work related travels, hobby related travels, spring time garden works, dad’s Volvo needed maintenance and plenty of other things… But today I tag welded these upwards heading beams:
Next weekend I will not be able to work with this project since we have yearly bowling team event at one summer cottage. At least one weekend will also go with building new outer doors to my parents house. So the progress will be somewhat slow still with the tractor project during June, but hopefully during July I have more time for it.