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Re: Coupes (archive)

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Posted by Limey-guy on August 05, 2000 at 16:05:32:

In Reply to: E9 links, resources? posted by Corey Turner on August 05, 2000 at 12:55:46:

Hi, Corey,

'Seen you on 02 board.

An excellent book is 'BMW, The Classic Six-Cylinder Coupes 1968-1975' by Martin Buckley, (he writes for one of the UK classic car mags), Published 1990 by ghk Publishing, 74 Esmond Road, London W4 1JF, UK. Cost about $15 + shipping.

Chapters on development history, racing etc, but more importantly what to look for when buying.

Not sure what part of the States you're in, but Coupes are very prone to rusting if in the wrong/damp climate.

The book has a case study of a CSL restoration, photos and description, of areas prone to rust. Check the inner wheel arch to the rear and the firewall in this area. From the cabin open the glove box. The firewall behind this is prone to rust away completely, leaving a nice view of the front tyre!

The factory left a hole to the inner wing to the rear where water is thrown by the tyres . These are usually plate welded closed during restoration.

Wings are not bolted on, but welded to the structure and a quarter of the way up the surround to the windscreen, which also has to be removed to replace the wings.

They are great cars, undervalued, with great styling and engine, but get to know the problem areas to aviod expensive unforseen repairs.

Good hunting! L-G

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