"What country is this car from?" - Homer Simpson
"It no longer exists. But take her for a test drive, and you'll agree -'Zagrevev min zlotny dev!" -Crazy Vaclav
Earlier today ( around 2am) I got back from Maryland, and returned triumphant (if you can call it that) with my new to me 29 year old BMW. Before I tell you how I "Put it in H!" and bought the car, lets rewind the story.
In the fall of 2012, my friend Steve drove up to PA to pick up this.. well it wasn't really a car as much as a biohazard at this point in time. You see, the car, who was owned by a group we'll refer to as "The German Brothers", was sitting out side with the front windshield caved in for over 6 years. This car was an absolute pile of shit. Actually no, that'd be insulting shits everywhere.
The car wasn't even fully assembled, they took it apart and gave up on it, so it just sat and sat and sat.
The suit wasn't a joke (okay maybe it kind of was but not really), this should tell you that I wasn't kidding.
The German brothers fired up one of their old mercedes benz's and dragged the 745i from its slumber.
And up on the trailer it goes!
So my friend managed to drag the e23 + a 80gal air compressor from PA to southern MD all with his C1500 Chevy truck. The 4L60E was not happy I'm sure
He got to work cleaning the interior, this was 1 of 100 cleanings it'd receive. It'd eventually go from "natures cleansing" all the way to industrial strength hospital body fluid cleaners. No I'm not kidding, shit wasn't cheap either.
The car didn't really have enough parts to put the front back together, and euro spec parts are not easy to get
PGW windshield installed
735i US spec front end
All of the brakes were rebuilt, and the trans was gone through and refreshed also. Overall it was in good shape but the front pump seal going bad is what lead him to refreshing it. The rear end also had to be reinstalled and the HVAC system was revamped so it actually worked.
Then came the first set of wheels so the stupid 14" wheels would be gone. The wheels everyone everywhere hated... The 18" antera 123's
In nov of 2012 I saw the car for the first time. A friend and I took his crown vic sport (I've posted about this car in the past also) down to Steve's house to have a set of 18" wheels and tires mounted/balanced. That turned into a whole rebuild-fest that can be saved for another story time. But during that weekend I was thrown the keys to the BMW with two explicit instructions.
1. It smells inside, drive with the windows down as the blower motor doesn't work
2. Don't crash
Here it is at my grandmothers house one morning
(I dubbed it the Mafia Sentinel Here)
It really did smell awful, but it drove awesome and it was different from anything I'd ever driven at that point. I really did enjoy borrowing it for that weekend.
Time goes by, my friend wants to try and sell the car. I submitted his CL ad to Graverobber and 2 days later to our shock, the car ends up on the front page. I guess its an internet celeb-retard now?