Another (!?!?) New Year
December 31, 2021
The title for this post was going to be A New Year, given that I sat down to write this on the morning of New Years Eve, 2021. But that title was taken by a 4-year-old post discussing the paint—an event so long ago I forgot the title had been used already. Yes, a lot of time has gone by but, besides retiring from my day job, my daughter graduating college, a global pandemic, and my son going off to college, it feels like not much has happened. Ok, I guess a lot has happened. Just not to the car, that is.
That theme—that life continues to move forward but the car doesn’t really—is both true and false. It’s been a good six months since my last post, enough time to complete the car. Of course that hasn’t happened and the progress that has been made doesn’t feel like half a year’s worth.
In that six months I’ve driven across the country twice, once by myself in a 1992 BMW M5 wagon I bought to replace my daily driver and then a second time with my daughter and her dog, bringing them home for the holidays. Both trips were fun but I would have preferred not have hit the deer and totaled the X3 that my daughter and I were taking across the country.
The M5 Wagon making its way across the USA
The dog smells the deer on the dead X3
Once back from my travels, I made my way up to Sacramento to work on the car. The motor is almost done. Fuel injection was populated. Headers bolted up. Cooling system—radiator and hoses—installed.
Fuel lines to the injectors
The K-Jet getting assembled
K-Jet almost completed
Exhaust bracket attached to the transmission
All exhaust brackets installed
Bolted in and looking good
Cooling system installed
Rear windows put in and parts for door trim being sourced from around the world.
For the door trim to be completed, the mirrors had to be removed. But the wipers were installed so it felt like there was forward progress.
And, most recently, the sunroof is finally being addressed. First was cleaning up the sunroof frame and installing the headliner on it. Next up will be reinstalling the sunroof mechanics, the headliner frame and then the roof itself. That may happened next week.
The headliner for the sunroof has been sitting around for several years and got a little wrinkled
The frame for the sunroof headliner
First up, clean the frame
Install the fabric
Steam out the wrinkles and the finish gluing it in