Buying a V12 blind - am I crazy?

Buying a V12 blind - am I crazy?

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mattswan

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63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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I have somewhat of a problem when it comes to E38's.

Bought my first one back in 2006 and have had 20+ since then and tried them all. I have an E38 instagram page, contribute to various forums, facebrick ... etc you know. A proper problem, an experienced problem.

Currently run two - a super low miles almost concourse Jap import SWB sport, and a not-so-perfect daily 728 in poverty spec. The latter I bought for £500 off an elderly guy local to me who had looked after it well - but it was in dreaded t'rans failsafe prog' aka limp mode/3rd gear.

So my reputation is now such that someone dropped me an email offering me a 750 for a price I can't refuse. It hasn't run in 7 years but everything else about it shouts YES.

My problem has either got the better of me, or this is going to be a big YES.

The level of excitement is extraordinary. The lack of fear is maybe a bit of a worry, albeit not something I will take ownership of - my closest friends think i am a bit nuts and asked questions about it that didn't even occur to me - like does it turn over, whats bodywork like?

Question is, do I take a battery and try turn it over? This will be my first E38 non-runner, and not wanting my excitement to get the better of me or the car - I do want to be cautious about recommissioning it. Thinking i bring her home, drop the oil and leave plug out overnight then top her up with some fresh oil. Drain the petrol tank, replace fresh. Anything else I should do that doesn't involve the medical profession?







Edited by torx_whisperer on Friday 19th July 16:17

toasty

5,392 posts

164 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Do it. What could possibly go wrong? smile

Magnum 475

1,194 posts

76 months

Wednesday 17th July
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mattswan said:
I have somewhat of a problem when it comes to E38's.


Question is, do I take a battery and try turn it over? This will be my first E38 non-runner, and not wanting my excitement to get the better of me or the car - I do want to be cautious about recommissioning it. Thinking i bring her home, drop the oil and leave plug out overnight then top her up with some fresh oil. Drain the petrol tank, replace fresh. Anything else I should do that doesn't involve the medical profession?

If you're serious about buying, bring it home first without starting it - change oil & filters, then consider trying to start the motor. If it's been standing for 7 years it's safe to say that what's in the sump won't be much good as lubrication. I'd also be tempted to change the plugs before starting, just in case they've decayed sufficiently to disintegrate and drop small pieces of metal into the cylinders if / when the engine fires up (a mate of mine had this happen to a car he'd bought in similar circumstances...

Gary29

2,375 posts

43 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Are you a man or a mouse?!

Get it bought and get the photos up.

mattswan

Original Poster:

63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Gary29 said:
Are you a man or a mouse?!

Get it bought and get the photos up.
This is happening - of that there is no doubt. Recovery truck booked for the 70 mile trip home (ouch! £££). 10 litres oil, 2 air filters, 12 plugs and 10 bottles of brake cleaner ordered. Spare battery charged up and ready. 2 spare alloys packed in boot. What have I missed?

Will leaving the sump plug off over-night do the trick or do I need to run some sort of chemical flush through it?

No photos yet, am buying this 100% blind. Vin number does suggest it won't disappoint though.

Magnum 475

1,194 posts

76 months

Wednesday 17th July
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mattswan said:
This is happening - of that there is no doubt. Recovery truck booked for the 70 mile trip home (ouch! £££). 10 litres oil, 2 air filters, 12 plugs and 10 bottles of brake cleaner ordered. Spare battery charged up and ready. 2 spare alloys packed in boot. What have I missed?

Will leaving the sump plug off over-night do the trick or do I need to run some sort of chemical flush through it?

No photos yet, am buying this 100% blind. Vin number does suggest it won't disappoint though.
Chemical flush never hurts - especially if you can rinse the sump through without starting the engine. It will 'rinse' all the crud out of the sump, but I wouldn't start an engine that hasn't run for seven years on flushing oil.


Lord.Vader

2,009 posts

83 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Join us over on the Barge 1-5 thread.

Buying V12's, importing a Toyota Century and generally advising each other to buy TTV12 Mercedes or an aging unseen Bentley for under £5k.

You will fit right in, plus there is a wealth of knowledge.

mattswan

Original Poster:

63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Lord.Vader said:
Join us over on the Barge 1-5 thread.

Buying V12's, importing a Toyota Century and generally advising each other to buy TTV12 Mercedes or an aging unseen Bentley for under £5k.

You will fit right in, plus there is a wealth of knowledge.
Is that the general smokers one? Will def join in. Barges all the way!

Joe5y

1,147 posts

127 months

Wednesday 17th July
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How will you be able to drive it? Does it have braille on the on steering wheel?

mattswan

Original Poster:

63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Joe5y said:
How will you be able to drive it? Does it have braille on the on steering wheel?
Guide dog just finishing up advanced drivers as we speak

s2tommi

64 posts

67 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Very much looking forward to seeing this!

5harp3y

1,365 posts

143 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Sounds like an excellent plan!

change the oil and then get it started

james_gt3rs

4,629 posts

135 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Utter madness! I like it though

Dr G

13,735 posts

186 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Can you still pay the mortgage after buying it? If so, buy the bloody thing.

Fast Bug

7,138 posts

105 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Dr G said:
Can you still pay the mortgage after buying it? If so, buy the bloody thing.
This is a good rule of thumb biggrin

Gallons Per Mile

390 posts

51 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Excellent, just the sort of thread we all like to see on here!!

I'd change the oil and filter, put some fresh petrol in, squirt a small amount of diesel in each of the bores and turn over by hand a couple of times, then with no plugs in and fuel pump relay taken out I'd turn over on the starter until you get oil pressure and the diesel has blown out of the plug holes. Pop the plugs back in and you're ready to go assuming you have spark and fuel in the right places biggrin

mattswan

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63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Dr G said:
Can you still pay the mortgage after buying it? If so, buy the bloody thing.
Who in 2019 can afford a house? V12's are way better investments anyway.

mattswan

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63 posts

137 months

Wednesday 17th July
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Gallons Per Mile said:
Excellent, just the sort of thread we all like to see on here!!

I'd change the oil and filter, put some fresh petrol in, squirt a small amount of diesel in each of the bores and turn over by hand a couple of times, then with no plugs in and fuel pump relay taken out I'd turn over on the starter until you get oil pressure and the diesel has blown out of the plug holes. Pop the plugs back in and you're ready to go assuming you have spark and fuel in the right places biggrin
Diesel? In a petrol 12 cylinder rolls-royce creation? What kind of sorcery is this??

dme123

4,868 posts

133 months

Wednesday 17th July
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CHuck in some fresh fuel, make sure there is oil in it, and see if it'll start. All this poncing about with oil down the bores and flushing may be required on starting a Triumph or some other British crap that's been sitting for more than 3 days but that BMW will be fine. Maybe you'll take the life of the engine before it dies from bore wear from 4,000,000 miles to 3,800,000.

Start it with a big bootful of throttle too hehe

Triumph Man

5,926 posts

112 months

Wednesday 17th July
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mattswan said:
Drain the petrol tank
Surely if its that bad an E38, it will do that for you hehe

Also, go for it!