A View From Underneath

OK, I didn’t get much chance to do anything today due to family obligations. But I did get a chance to run her up on the ramps and then crawl underneath. I can see how the gear shift is lose, but I still really can’t see how to fix it. I also really need a light under there. Tomorrow when it is warmer and I have more time, I will crawl back underneath her and try to do something about the problems.

The pictures below really give an idea of what I am dealing with – especially the rust. The floorboards will need replacing, but the biggest issue will be that front driver’s side frame rail. It will really have to be dealt with. I also need to figure out about the transmission tunnel. Has it been hacked? Has it just been altered? What is going on with it and does it make any difference. All questions to ponder.

On a positive note, she is still starting up and running strong. Additionally it looks like a good number of wear parts such as the tie rods and flex joint have been replaced. Also the exhaust itself looks good which really points to one of pipe joints being the source of the exhaust leak.

01 - Floorboard rot 02 - Crimped off pipe on driver's side 03 - Driver's footwell

04 - Box around master cylinder 05 - Driveshaft and gearshift arm 06 - Flex joint, shift arm, and tunnel

07 - Odd cutout in transmission tunnel 08 - Reverse light switch 09 - Up inside the tunnel

10 - Driver's side frame rail from outside 11 - Frame rail on driver's side 12 - Trashbag floor repair

13 - Passenger floor board 14 - Passenger footwell 15 - Passenger frame rail and suspension

16 - Down pipe and front suspension 17 - Exhaust flange - may be leaking 18 - Exhaust joint

19 - Clutch arm and slave cylinder 20 - Exhaust mount - a lot of oil 21 - Exhaust mount and transmission

22 - Exhaust 23 - Exhaust and Rear 24 - Driver's side engine mount

25 - Throttle rod and brake switch 26 - Plugs and heat shield 27 - Spark plug wires, shield, and exhaust

28 - Carb, fule filter, pump, etc... 29 - Valve cover stamp 30 - Capacity sticker

31 - Fuses 32 - Overspray on factory fluid sticker 33 - Cooling fan - needs to be replaced

34 - Ingenious hearter control valve 35 - Use original BMW parts! 36 - VIN plate and color

37 - Back of passenger headlamp 38 - Back of driver's headlamp

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