So the MOT tester is a beast of a man and ripped both handbrake cables clean off the mounts! Better it failed here than in an emergancy though.
The orginal handbrake adjusters are bolts with the head of a bolt chopped, the end drilled with the lathe and a recess to capture the shorted handbrake cable with a spot of weld.
As the handbrake cables were now shorter than before the bolts were too short. These were extended by chopping the machines part off the old bolt and welded on to a new bolt making it longer. The recess needed drilling out again to remove old handbrake cable.
If this fails again it will need new handbrake cables.
The torn ends zipped tie down to make them easier to clean up for welding
Cables welded back on
Finally mounted back into the handbrake handle and adjusted. Hand brake retested with better results than the rear brakes!
This drain plug has been leaking forever, the drain part is reverse thread and normal thread into the radiator. The thread into the radiator needed more PTFE.
Due to topping up with water over the last couple years the coolant was starting to get hotter than normal when the engine was pushed. With the new coolant G48 with suitable BMW specification the needle stays steady on 80ºC when pushed hard. When testing on idle at a standstill the fan kits in at 88ºC and comes down again nicely to the low 80’s.
Fix the jump leads – no continuity = useless jump leads. The copper was crimped and cut straight through at the factory. Trimmed and now soldered – much better.
Inside the rocker cover still looking very clean. Adjusted all the valve gaps to 0.25mm, glad there are only 12 valves to do! Most needed a little tweak. Also gave the oil spray bar a good clean out with brake cleaner while the cover was off.
The rocker gasket was a bit very second hand, luckily a local parts shop had one in stock.