Last Call: Antidisestablishmentarianism Edition

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Some people just want to watch the world burn.
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  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    The sign said “Orthogonal Parking Only”. I just parked normal.

  2. Citric Avatar

    I went to a restaurant once and there were no lines in the parking lot, nor anyone else in the lot, so I assumed you were supposed to park at an angle because it was kinda narrow. I was wrong about this, and looked like a massive prick when other people started to show up at the restaurant.

  3. JayP Avatar

    Update – hate to cause appointment but I bought a car on the way home from work today.
    Pics at 11.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Hooray! for cars!

    2. GTXcellent Avatar

      Damn, I jinxed it.
      At least tell me you’re going to wear an old Judas Priest tour shirt and Levi’s jean jacket when you’re out on the prowl.
      Awesome ride man.

      1. JayP Avatar

        I didn’t get a Priest shirt last time I saw them. It’ll be Rush or Maiden.

    3. Ross Ballot Avatar
      Ross Ballot


    4. Vairship Avatar

      I got my hopes up too high. I read that as “No good pics yet… just from the dealer’s site. 2012 Lada…”

  4. salguod Avatar

    So, after being on hold due to business of life and cold temps, the never ending brake job on the 318ti is in its home stretch. I’ve patched the blown metal line (flaring brake line above your head while on your back on cold concrete in 40-something degree F temps is not for wimps), time will tell if it will leak or not. I dug into repairing the parking brake and after surveying all the rusty bolts, I decided to live without it. So, all that’s left is replacing a brake hose and bleeding the system. Before digging into that, I decided to give each bleeder a good soaking in PB blaster. When I get to the LR, I’m confronted with the image below.
    Note the absence of a bleeder screw? There seem to be no threads, there is no broken bleeder in the hole and no evidence of leaking fluid. It feels like a blind hole, maybe 10mm deep. All the paperwork I have on the car, including receipts back to new, show no caliper replacements, so this is likely the BMW original part. There is a receipt for a brake flush by the dealer in 2000. How’d they do it with no bleeder?
    It doesn’t make sense and I hate the idea that I probably have to buy a caliper just to bleed the brakes. Argh.

    1. salguod Avatar

      Looking at it again compared with images of broken bleeders, it does look like what I’ve got is a broken bleeder. New caliper is on order. 🙁

      1. Alff Avatar

        You can buy just the bleeders. Dorman sells them in a variety pack.

        1. salguod Avatar

          Yeah, but that assumes I can get the remains of the old one out. It’s likely been in there, broken, for as long as 15 years. Not worth the battle. I just hope I can open the others without breaking them.

          1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

            It looks like there are since refurbished calipers online for about $30. That might be easier than trying to extract it. Not as challenging though.

          2. salguod Avatar

            Cheapest I could find were $60, where did you find them for $30? Not that it matters, I’ve already got them on order.

          3. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

   Those are $33.
            The website I saw the $30 ones on had a $50 core charge I didn’t see at first.

          4. salguod Avatar

            That’s not quite the right one. That’s a 318i, I’ve got a ti and I need a LR, not a LF. After digging through their maddening web site, it seems they don’t offer any calipers for the 318ti.

          5. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

            Under the applications it says it fits the ti as well (sorry, I was searching from my phone, so it posted as a mobile website), but you’re right, it does say driver’s side, which is of no real help. It looks like it says it only fit the ’99 as well. My bad. Does the 318ti really have different front brakes from the other E36s, like the 325i?

          6. salguod Avatar

            I don’t think the fronts are different, but the rears likely are since the rear suspension on the 318ti is based on the E30. The bad caliper here is the LR.
            Interesting that when you searched for 318i it said it fits the 318ti too, but when I searched for the 318ti I got nothing.

          7. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

            Ohhhh. You need rear brakes. Wow. I don’t know how I missed that (since you said it like twelve times).

          8. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
            dead_elvis, inc.

            I wonder if you can rebuild the caliper? If pistons/seals are available for it, maybe it would be worthwhile since they seem to be tough to come by. That way, you can blast it with a torch. Give it a couple of heating/cooling cycles before applying any tools to that busted bleeder, and I bet it will come out easier.

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      oh hey yeah i remember you were working on this! i also flared my brake lines last weekend. went well besides the brake fluid pouring out everywhere…and i think i got air in my master cylinder :c no leaks as far as i can tell, though.
      you gonna replace the brake hoses too?

      1. salguod Avatar

        I’ve looked at them all, only the RF is visible worn / cracked, so I’m doing that one.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    Grain?!? I’m against it.

    1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

      That Ethanol stuff, man, that’ll do it to you.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I’m OK with the kind of grain that goes into staples: bread, beer, whiskey, etc.
      But, I’m biased; I grew up on a farm and now I work for the construction equipment side of a company that is generally considered an agricultural machinery manufacturer…

    3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      I’ll take your share. So much unwanted gluten in this cruel, cruel world – it needs a good home in my belly.

  6. ptschett Avatar

    So my high school had a gravel parking lot. Everyone parked perpendicularly to the long axis of the building… then some of us decided to push the boundaries. We started out parking just slightly slanted one way or another, but in a week or two it escalated to the point that my Cougar and a fellow disestablishmentarian’s Parisienne might be aimed 90 degrees opposite to each other across the distance of a few spots.
    This was an infraction so serious that we eventually got called to the principal’s office…

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Hah, high school parking lot high-jinx rule! I remember the time we poured bleach on the rear tire of my buddies ’76 (’77? ‘8? doesn’t matter, all the same) Chevy pickup. The smoke cloud was so huge the shop teacher came running out of with a fire extinguisher thinking his truck was burning up.
      He wasn’t allowed to park in the lot anymore after that.

  7. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    Parking training for the BMW-aspirational.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      The shortest vehicle is the only one reaching into three spaces. That driver shows promise.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        That is an amazing observation. Shortsighted?

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Clearly. Astigmatic, too.

      2. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        So, apparently the smaller the poorly-parked-car is, the more effectively it hogs parking spaces. Hmmm… by that measure, if one of your fleet was to be parked poorly enough, it might occupy something like Husky Stadium’s main lot!
        There’s either an aphorism or a new discovery in quantum physics to be mined from this.

  8. Frank T. Cat Avatar
    Frank T. Cat

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    Well Hoons, we sold the 245 today. Put the ad up on Craigslist at 9pm Wednesday, and it was sold by 7pm Thursday to a couple who drove almost three hours to come look at it. Guess 240’s are a hot commodity now.
    I’ll miss it a lot. o7
    Now to sell the 9-5, which I will not miss in any capacity.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Man, so much happening among tge hoonitariat today, it’s like a little economy on its own. How much did you get? You’llbe driving the 900 exclusively now?

      1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
        Frank T. Cat

        Yup, until I get a new (reliable) set of wheels, I’ll be driving the leaky convertible exclusively. Lucky me!

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          So we better start a countdown to the next car buying news…good luck!

    2. CraigSu Avatar

      That looks exactly like my ’91 240 wagon (the purists seem to get confused and upset when I call it a 245) when I bought it in 1993. Silver with blue pleather/vinyl interior? Mine isn’t missing the right front bumper trim though and I’ve exchanged the 14″ factory wheels and covers for a Plus-3 conversion to 17″ Voxx MG-3 alloys. I’ve also added iPd’s magic sway bars and put heavy duty coils on the rears. It just turned over 196,000 miles and I have no plans to sell it ever.
      My 9-3, however, will be gone as soon as I have the means to replace it.

      1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
        Frank T. Cat

        It’s a 1993 with allegedly 220,000 miles. It might have less, since I’m 99% sure the gauge cluster was replaced at some point with one out of a 244. Blue pleather interior as well, and I put Moog CC217 progressive overload springs in the back, along with an IPD sport exhaust.
        Best tractor I’ve ever driven. But, we need to empty cars out of the driveway and the 245 was first on the chopping block unfortunately. 🙁

        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          Is there a 240 odometer out there that hasn’t quit at some point? It’s an easy fix to pull the cluster. Something like 99% of the failures are due to a little nylon gear disintegrating; new delrin replacements are $25-30 on eBay, all day e’rry day.
          Dad’s got a ’91 245. 90K on the dead odo when he bought it in 2001 or ’02. Still runs great, with savagely little maintenance, but as a nowhere-ever-but Vermont car, this year will probably be its last due to rust.

          1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
            Frank T. Cat

            Vermont roads are really harsh on cars. I was just looking at the state surplus auction inventory and all the stuff they’re selling is mostly less than ten years old, but all beat to shit.

  9. Sjalabais Avatar

    That photo is a well of social commentary and stereotypes. Take the English prejudice of the clueless Volvo driver, as forever exemplified by the video below, the self-contempt of someone driving a Meriva, and the general aggressive unattentiveness of the Audi-population as expected by armchair analysts – and the image above is explained fully. Or not.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Ah, yes, but England has changed so much since 2003.
      It’s got far worse.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Oh, I don’t know. I’ve got a British-market Volvo from all the way back in 1976 and I’m fairly clueless.

    2. KMNTR Avatar

      At least the four drivers up front get along and thumb their noses at convention in solidarity:-) I’m a bit more troubled by the two drivers in the back that parallel park in the wrong direction!

  10. fnord Avatar

    Wait that would be regular old disestablishmentarianism then wouldn’t it?