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Old 01-09-2017, 10:16 PM   #1
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I guess I can make a thread about this car since I am kind of modding it...

I bought it from another turbobricks member as a DD because the AC worked really good and I figured that modding your DD wasn't the best idea anymore. Wanting to keep the paint of my 240 in decent shape still I went for something I could not care about at all.

Meet the bone stock 1988 745 Turbo wagon with a 13c, the only things going for it being that it ran and it had working AC. Interior was gone, exterior was gone, 5psi slow and it was automatic.

I even wanted to sell it and get something different for a bit.

But I cant sell it... Its a curse

First day I got it, no suspension, no abs, exhaust full of holes and various little things wrong with it. 329K miles





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Broke the damn hood cable, ended up swapping everything over from a later 940, that was a pain in the ass



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Aside from the intake filter, fixing the pcv and stuff, I got this (its silicone):




Also installed my spare MBC and set it to 12psi, did suspension work, fluids and basic maintenance here and there, after that it sat like this for a long time, doing basically nothing to it including washing it.







In the meantime, I ran it without exhaust cause it was destroyed anyways and full of holes. I then put in a good exhaust.

The AW71 acted up briefly when I did a tailshaft seal when it didn't want to go back into first, it eventually fixed itself.

Then all of a sudden I started taking interest in the car, found a mint interior in the junkyard, not just any interior. Fastest i've ever pulled one, sadly couldn't get the mint dash though.








Then I got tired of looking at terrible paint every day, so we all did something about it. $100 later, some rollers and 1.5 cans of rustoleum later....












End result...






Then the headgasket went...





Once that was done, I replaced the plugs while I was at it, seemed fine till I shot one out the cylinder head, now the whole thing comes off again cause it turns out all 4 are stripped, they are glued into the head but I still have compression loss.


Anyway, being bored of the automatic and its ****ty gas mileage.



Started a manual conversion,

Then finished



Put in the first m46, that exploded in 2 days due to something with the bearings and the shift forks.

Put in a 2nd m46 from a 240, good to go except for a questionable overdrive which seems okay now. (now I can do a swap mostly alone in ~6 hours from start to finish.

The M46 really makes these more fun to drive, also a lot more responsive


Now its at 362k miles and I drive it everyday, right now chasing a high idle, not as good as it should be gas mileage and fuel cut at high throttle high rpm pulls.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:26 PM   #2
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ouch that's alot of orange peel. what rollers and what did you use to reduce the oil base paint? also did you use a hardener?

if not then you will have to wait a long while before attempting to wet sand and polish

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Old 01-14-2017, 07:01 PM   #3
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I didn't reduce the oil based paint initially, it went on really thick. Didn't use a hardener, took about a month to fully cure. Not going to bother sanding it, I like the fact it feels like a fridge and for 100 bucks its honestly a lot better than how it looked before.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:20 PM   #4
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Nice 7! I did the same interior swap (black leather to checkered cloth) and love it. Jelly of your driver's seat being so nice.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:27 PM   #5
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The bolster near the door needs to be redone and vinyl on that side too isnt perfect but repairable, otherwise the seats are mint, they came from a 180k car, the speaker monts on the door panels are even undamaged.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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Nice wagon. That's a lot of work. I wouldn't mind owning an 88-89 m46 wagon with the early front end and better wiring harnesses.
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Old 01-30-2017, 12:37 AM   #7
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Nice wagon. That's a lot of work. I wouldn't mind owning an 88-89 m46 wagon with the early front end and better wiring harnesses.
Wiring harness is perfect on this one, aside from the damage I did to it.


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Started on the next project, a cylinder head that doesn't shoot plugs out. Just replaced all the studs today with really nice aftermarket ones, threw in an A cam too.



High idle was sort of fixed with throttle body linkage from a 240, i am amazed at the better throttle response it has with it.

Throttle body is main suspect.

Still havent fixed the cut i'm having at full throttle, may be knock sensor.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:43 PM   #8
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Fixed the m46, swapped the overdrive for another unit, this is what I found on the old one.

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Old 02-13-2017, 08:45 PM   #9
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And this is where I am at now, partout may be soon.

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Old 02-13-2017, 09:05 PM   #10
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what happened to it?
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:33 AM   #11
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Rear ended
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:11 AM   #12
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And it's back from the dead

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Awesome. A great feeling I'm sure.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:25 AM   #14
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That minor scratch didn't even qualify for "rear ended"...

Good luck. Liked the gold, but I know what you mean with being tired of horrible paint...
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:06 PM   #15
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Also found out what the WOT cut was, bad tps combined with a bad tps wire (red/white) Cut the wire and replaced the TPS and its perfect and happily boosting.

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