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Old 10-30-2017, 11:11 PM   #151
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Congratulation, I can only imagine how satisfying the drive must've been
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:46 PM   #152
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when you get a chance, post some pictures and a story in the "Hat Cars" group on Facebook, they'd eat this sh*t up
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:52 AM   #153
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when you get a chance, post some pictures and a story in the "Hat Cars" group on Facebook, they'd eat this sh*t up
Not finding it. Unless I'm an idiot.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:04 AM   #154
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Not finding it. Unless I'm an idiot.
I found it. I had to switch the auto correct search from "HOT Cars" to "HAT Cars".
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:58 AM   #155
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Can someone link it? My search in FB for "hat cars" or "HAT cars" or "Hat Cars" and 4-5 other upper/lower case variations doesn't turn up anything either...
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:07 AM   #156
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Dis Juan I think:

https://www.facebook.com/Hat-Classic...7996578466879/

Nice work Atom, more pix please.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:39 AM   #157
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Can someone link it? My search in FB for "hat cars" or "HAT cars" or "Hat Cars" and 4-5 other upper/lower case variations doesn't turn up anything either...
https://m.facebook.com/groups/165380694012118
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:29 AM   #158
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To each their own. We are all in the car game together. We are all spinning on the same planet. It is what it is. I'm looking forward to getting it finished up, enjoying it, using it to strike up conversations and I will let other people drive it so they can get another level of appreciation for it.
This is well said, although if your thread was all talk and no work it would not have the credibility that it does. Hats off to you man. Also make some 122 kick panels!

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It's really cool to have a 'memorial wall' like that, I think.
I'm gonna start doin that. Unfortunately I might not live where I live for much longer. Would have been nice to do that in my dad's place, he's lived there since 1982 (custom built it with massive garage) and I can't wait to buy it off him. I did my first head gasket job with him there at age 12.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:57 AM   #159
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Ok, this falls into the "stars aligning" category. I am focusing on getting the car sealed up for winter and I needed to address the wiper system. I was planning on moving the BMW wiper motor inside (that's where the stock Amazon motor is) and building some sort of adapter to make it work with the Volvo linkage. That way the wiring stays BMW and the controls all work.

Turned out to be easier than I expected.

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Mounted. Done. Just need to reroute the wiring into the car to where the motor sits



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Old 11-02-2017, 02:18 PM   #160
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #161
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Cool - just wondering why you converted the motor?
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:55 PM   #162
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He did it to make the wiper plug and play with the BMW harness.

OP, did you check the direction the BMW motor turns and where the wipers park? There's a contact disc inside the gear housing that determines where they park and it may not be in the same place. You also don't want them going backwards.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:41 AM   #163
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Yeah, it was strictly to get it to work with the E30 wiring/switch.

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He did it to make the wiper plug and play with the BMW harness.

OP, did you check the direction the BMW motor turns and where the wipers park? There's a contact disc inside the gear housing that determines where they park and it may not be in the same place. You also don't want them going backwards.
I haven't yet, but I have a few options. First is that the Amazon uses short wipers instead of long ones, so I can just have them park on the correct side. Second, a little custom thing Porsche guy do is flip the arm on the motor to make their 911 wipers park on the other side, so I think I have that option as well. I need to order new wiper pieces (drive hubs, arms and blades) before I can get that all figured out.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:28 AM   #164
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Yeah, it was strictly to get it to work with the E30 wiring/switch.



I haven't yet, but I have a few options. First is that the Amazon uses short wipers instead of long ones, so I can just have them park on the correct side. Second, a little custom thing Porsche guy do is flip the arm on the motor to make their 911 wipers park on the other side, so I think I have that option as well. I need to order new wiper pieces (drive hubs, arms and blades) before I can get that all figured out.
Jack should have most of the parts needed. I may have some odd ball items like the aluminum washer and nut that goes underneath the arm, and I should have some spare arms too.
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:19 PM   #165
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Getting started on the upholstery since it's been raining quite a bit lately. The rear seat factory cloth is TOAST so I'm having to pattern as I go. Probably will only get the rear cushion done this weekend. Foam is always ugly. I sprayed it with bleach water and steamed the foams to "plump" them a bit. I may have to add some thin foam before I hog ring the cover on.



Hopefully some more pictures to come tomorrow.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:06 AM   #166
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Well, I got the rear cushion cover all sewn up and trimmed, but I left my hog rings and pliers at work so I'll need to attach it later this week, or next weekend. I got the rear backrest stripped and got started on the patterning, cutting and sewing.

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Old 11-13-2017, 03:41 AM   #167
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Looks awesome! I wish I could do work like that myself.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:31 AM   #168
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Upholstery looks awesome Adam, nice job as usual!
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:53 AM   #169
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The leather looks great -- wondering if you're giving any thought to refreshing that foam....which looks, in the pictures, to be 'tired'...
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:11 AM   #170
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The leather looks great -- wondering if you're giving any thought to refreshing that foam....which looks, in the pictures, to be 'tired'...
I steamed it all, which adds volume and helps kill "stuff". When it comes time to put the covers on I may have to add foam to make them fit tight, but I'm not overly concerned about the rear seat comfort.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:57 PM   #171
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Understand -- I wouldn't have been concerned about "comfort" per se -- just having the old foam continue to break down rendering the nice fit of the new leather rather "saggy". Can't help but remember years of vacuuming up old broken down foam from the foot well of the back seats every time someone sat in the front seats. I was in denial.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:22 PM   #172
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The front seats are in much better shape. Foam should be good. The nice thing is I can always find a better E30 'vert rear seat and put my cover on.

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Old 11-13-2017, 08:59 PM   #173
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Yup....thumbs up.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:55 PM   #174
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What do you use for a sewing machine? Do you have a big industrial model, or have a more 'consumer' grade machine and just go slow?
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Good ol Betsy, putting in work. Using a #100 needle and #96 bonded polyester thread.
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