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  1. Removing steering gear

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    3-13-19: This joint flummoxed me for a couple days. This is the connection between the steering column and the steering gear. I'd removed the pinch bolt, but it still resisted heavily. I ended up using a pickle fork with open end wrenches as shims to get it apart. Not looking forward to...
  2. Drilling spot welds

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    3-3-19 I don't enjoy drilling out structurally significant welds, but this is the path of progress. I'm still trying to decide if I need to weld these back up later. The other side only had one spot weld and this side had six. Might be because the towing hook connects to this side...
  3. Front end before disassembly.

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    The Bentley manual has the BMW procedure for engine removal which has you remove the transmission by lifting the rear of the engine, removing the transmission supports and drive shaft, then tipping the engine back so you can access the bolts around the transmission and pull it off from the...
  4. Exhaust is out

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    2/24/19 Weighs 46 pounds centered about 119 inches from the front of the car and pretty much centered side to side. I've built an excel spread sheet to track the result of removing and adding equipment. This one is estimated to take this many pounds off each wheel: RF:2, LF:2, RR:21, LR:21...
  5. Crowded engine bay

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    They sure shoe-horned this thing in there. My next milestone will be removing the engine, exhaust, and fuel system.
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