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    Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Seeing as there is quite a few of these on the forum, I guess I should do one as well.

    Here's my current project (former daily driver), a 1997 BMW 740iL.



    For those of you unfamiliar with my ride, this particular model is from the E38 generation, complete with a 286 HP 310lb-ft 4.4L V8, and an extra 5.5 inches of rear legroom (the L designation) over the standard model. The result is something that can only be described as a freight train; takes a little bit to get going, but once it gets going, it GOES.



    Here it is, back in January, where it has been sitting since December.

    The reason why it's become a project is due to the fact that before I parked it, it started overfuelling and stalled itself out repeatedly, one time in heavy traffic. Hopefully I'll have it back at 100% by the middle of this month.





    Some photos from the latest project: replacing the throttle body base gasket by means of removing the intake manifold (talk about a pain in the a**).

    More pics to come...
    1997 BMW 740iL Arctic Silver Metallic, Decatted - "Silver Bullet"
    SHE AIN'T PRETTY, BUT SHE'S FAST. (FOR A STREET CAR ANYWAY).



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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Looking forward to it!

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    So you're the guy with the other E38! Haha I've more pics coming tomorrow after the harnesses are hooked back up and a new coolant temp sensor gets installed. After all, it's kinda strange when the dash reads -30C right?
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    I got a bit lazy yesterday and didn't post pics as promised...oops. Regardless, they are to come, soon as I'm done Battlefield for the night. The saga continues though, as all the "bits" are mostly back together, along with it finally not bogging down yay! (Or so it sounds). Tested the MAF today, not so sure what to make of the voltages that I saw. Also, I think I heard a very concerning noise coming from the front of the motor...stay tuned...
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    That's right my friend, mines the shorty tho just 740i. Lookin forward to seein this car

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Mint! More oldies. We need more German at the meets.

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Cool...Looks like an interesting project you got there...Keep us posted on your progress. I look forward to it

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Alright, time to stop being so lazy/busy. A recap of the past while:
    -Intake manifold bolted back together
    -Coolant Temp Sender changed (a total bastard that required removing the cruise control throttle body AGAIN)
    -Fuel Filter swap (did jack shit for my current issues)
    Enjoy the pics.
    And a bonus vid!

    Sensor swapped with a properly reading temp gauge...mmm...

    Sensor harness reroute over the bastard throttle body...

    Broke a tab on the cruise control main throttle cable...no more cruise control for now...

    95% back together, just a few retaining bolts left

    TheFaceWhen it doesn't work...

    Old on the right, new on the left. And you thought your fuel filter was big?
    http://vid1380.photobucket.com/album...ps65apllnx.mp4
    Vid was before fuel filter change. Took a while, but it finally started and stayed running. But it's not over yet.
    Soon I make the foray into the "pretty penny" zone...stay tuned...
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Neat car. At first I thought it had a gm ls engine in it haha. intakes look the same

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Lol the M62 is a mean bitch when it's running right. PurpleBilmer has the M62TUB44 in his, and it's even meaner than mine haha. I almost forgot, here's a recent pic of the interior:

    The radio is out due to one of me and my friend's many "smart" ideas, this one being wiring a stereo up that actually has Digital Sound Processing (you can't just change the head unit). The result? No turn signal indicators, high beam indicator, light indicator, or check control until it was removed.
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Alright y'all, I realized I've been lazy, and not keeping updates. So here's the rundown of the past while:
    -New fuel pressure regulator ordered (just need to pick it up)
    -Upstream O2 sensors are ready to be pulled out (check if the cats are clogged)
    -Ran a few diagnostic scans but couldn't get much because it runs like a total bag of shit (Solus Pro and Genesis Evo used, thanks Con College!)
    -Still gotta drop the lower oil pan and check for plastic shards (timing chain guide degradation...otherwise known as "GAME OVER")
    Due to work, school, and the weather, I've had to push everything back, much to my utter annoyance. Planning on pulling the O2s Sunday after work, pics will be posted (hopefully). Stay tuned...
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Do you have INPA to check the codes?
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Unfortunately no, I can only go so far with the Genesis, and it was able to pull fault codes from the engine, but without the 20 pin adapter, I can't do much else. Do you have INPA?
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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    Yes, I have INPA and an OBD cable. I've read that you can short two of the pins in the diagnostic port to be able to use the OBD port, but I'd have to look it up again
    "Exhaust gases go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster"

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    Re: Ferd's Arctic Silver Metallic 740iL

    I've read that shorting two of the pins on the Pacman results in resetting the oil and service lights, but that's all I've ever seen (not that I'd want to play with that and risk serious damage). I know that the OBD port allows for access to the DME and the TCM, but everything else I think is through the Pacman under the hood. I wish I found that adapter at school... You wouldn't happen to have the Pacman adapter would you?
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    1997 BMW 740iL Arctic Silver Metallic, Decatted - "Silver Bullet"
    SHE AIN'T PRETTY, BUT SHE'S FAST. (FOR A STREET CAR ANYWAY).



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