First Drive in 10 Years - Garden Find V12 BMW E31 850i Revival - Project Marseille: Part 4

28. april. 2021
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In the previous episode, we got this legendary E31 running and in this one after long 10 years, it's back in drivable condition again! We sort out the sinking clutch pedal, brakes, cooling system and throttle bodies. Towards the end of the video, we also talk about the future plans for this project.
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Wheel bearing removal tool -
Wheel hub puller -
Spring compressor -
Sound deadening -
Cockpit Cleaner -
All-purpose cleaner -
Cockpit care -
BMW E46 Floor Mats -
Hazet suction gun -
Smoke machine -
Flare wrench for brake lines -
Fantastic working lamp -
Pick & hook set -
Compression tester -
Vice soft jaw -
Butyl for door panels, headlights -
Wheel cleaner -
Hobby knife -
Magnetic Retrieval Tool -
Fabric spray -
Drill brush attachments -
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  • Just to add a couple more things. Calypso red is staying and it'll get a fresh paint job at one point. The engine is currently working great, but it will eventually need the timing chain replaced because of the noise, hence the idea to go 3 million steps further and do the upgrades I mentioned in the video. Don't expect a new episode on this project any time soon as I first need to find a bigger place in order to get the ball rolling with this build!

    M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations8 dager siden
    • Sell it! Save money for the new M car project. I dont like the 8series, i prefer the old 7series, 5series

      Valdemar JensenValdemar Jensen13 timer siden
    • We don't care if you make a new episode for this project...just make videos in any BMW.Almost a week is gone..and we are addicted.

      BB KINGBB KING22 timer siden
    • We understand. Not only you have many projects going, but also it must be difficult to have so many concurrent projects at the same time, in both terms of space and money. Cheers from Portugal!

      hitardohitardo2 dager siden
    • Great video, look forward to seeing your latest videos, on a different note, I was going to get a t shirt, but you don't do them for the manly man size 😉 maybe you should do a ccooommiinngg up mug...??

      Gren PhelpsGren Phelps3 dager siden
    • i'd try to restore the original paint, in doubt give the car to professional detailers. It'll save the value of the car (because a repaint rises doubt of accident free sheet metal). Sorry for my faulty wnflish. Greets from Germany.

      Michael HeinrichMichael Heinrich4 dager siden
  • Bro I listen to ur videos like I listen to podcasts in the background lol

    Z BreezyZ Breezy8 timer siden
  • Sreten, how did you learn all this stuff?

    D.D.12 timer siden
  • Hello Sreten! Here’s some article about your work in our land! 🍻

    Tomislav HorvatTomislav Horvat13 timer siden
  • love your channel, nice revivals! keep it classy keep it oem!!

    Hervé HinschbergerHervé Hinschberger14 timer siden
  • Druze evo tebe u "Jutarnjem"

    Balki1980Balki198014 timer siden
  • Finally I have now watched every M539 video. Enjoyed them all, thank you! You've inspired me to get my E61 520D back to its best, even though I hate the N47, (I'm on my second engine after the first one ate it's timing chain).

    ChrisoChriso15 timer siden
  • i swear that dangling piece of plastic looked like a blinking light from a cell phone ... wehn you had a missing call or something ...

    Stellarion PrimeStellarion Prime15 timer siden
  • Back when BMW was “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Good old times!

    matarg99matarg9921 time siden
  • to make long story short, insta - liked and subscribed.... oh my days the level of understanding you have on bmw mechanics in my humble opinion is unbelievable, at least for me it is. I own a N53 e92 325i with beige interior and Monaco Blue (looks black at first sight, that's what people tell me as well lol), I can send you some phone photos/videos if you like. Take care

    Krzych113Krzych11322 timer siden
  • Im guessing a E36 and a Nissan Figaro if it is indeed a Nissan

    Fuego GangFuego Gang23 timer siden
  • Truly, the best channel on youtube. Sincerely hope to meet this guy, a living legend, one day.

    DanielDanielDag siden
  • Sreten, you are a beast. This is maybe second or third channel on YT that I ever watched without skipping a beat. Really awesome job, and it is a joy and pleasure watching you restore cars. Hope you never stop doing it, and that you find more hidden gems. And hopefully you find a bigger place where you can move more freely. Cheers from Serbia!

    Stefan ZlatanovićStefan ZlatanovićDag siden
  • I really love your videos, i have seen them all many times. I hope one day i can have a workshop and restore my e36 like you restore your cars :)

    Hermane36Hermane36Dag siden
  • wasnt that a gearbox arm broke when undoing drain plug?! Watched four times. huh?

    Audi DiagnostikaAudi DiagnostikaDag siden
  • 28:38 whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat i can hear whistle and metal knocks

    serz1885serz1885Dag siden
  • @M539 Restorations I am wondering if you can help me out. I have a 1991 bmw e36 325i that im restoring and I want to be able to read the codes. how do you do that I've seen you pull code but you dont metion what you use and what program you're running on you laptop (maybe you have but then I missed it) I really love what you do and how you do it and it would be great if you can help me out :) the 325i is Calypso red BTW I honestly wish you the best and good luck with your NOtown adventure.

    Nisyor sheepleNisyor sheepleDag siden
  • Awesome! With pleasure I watched every video of each project he did, doing and which is starts with sentence "Coming up". Thanks.

    Serdar DawliyevSerdar DawliyevDag siden
  • Great job. Huge master you are. Love to watch this. Greetings from Lettland!

    Latvia Balkānu mūzikaLatvia Balkānu mūzikaDag siden
  • Nice video once again. Thanks for sharing your amazing restorations. I learnt a lot to take care of my e46 325xi! For this e31 I love this color combination (though blue is also my favorite color as well) I wouldn't re-paint the whole car. If this is a too-long-term project you could also sell this car once it gets TüV. I'm pretty sure you could find a new owner rather easily. Who knows, it could go back to France ?

    SupraVisionSupraVisionDag siden
  • Ahhh man this is crazy i know someone that has the Same car like i mean the exact same one but grey , its just sitting there not being driven at all, i am going to ask the man if he wants to sell the car because i really like it.....

    Zak SalamZak Salam2 dager siden
  • Could you jack up the back of the car to do the throttle body re-sync? Or does it need the resistance of being on the road so it decelerates more slowly?

    AcmeAcme2 dager siden
  • This song, although it’s from 1978, fits the car really well:

    Armand d’HubertArmand d’Hubert2 dager siden
  • Whaaat, an E31 850i, with its magnificent V12 and manual transmission, came with an open diff from factory? :o

    AcmeAcme2 dager siden
  • What's the song at 31:06 ? Anyone know?

    Chris LChris L2 dager siden
    • ELFL - Octadrone VI btw I made a little playlist...

      monstermirrormonstermirror2 dager siden
  • A ‘gander’ under the hood! I’m guessing you spent some time in the UK? Love the videos by the way.

    oscar doodlesoscar doodles2 dager siden

    Masmar84Masmar842 dager siden
  • still waiting for M3 E9x !!! please

    Marcin DebowskiMarcin Debowski2 dager siden
  • It would be nice to see how the discs (rotors) cleaned up during those stops. I never fit new pads and discs to garden finds like this straightaway. I simply make sure pistons and slide pins are doing what they should and let them clean up 'naturally' by themselves; then reassess later. Can we see how the discs and brakes generally have responded during these short braking runs please?

    Pete JamesPete James2 dager siden
  • Red

    LukLuk2 dager siden
    • I'd take the 2000 CS in the garage...

      monstermirrormonstermirror2 dager siden
  • I guess he's about to restore a E28 m5 that would awesome 👌

    Bjørn SimonsenBjørn Simonsen2 dager siden
  • Restore a e36

    Steven RuizSteven Ruiz2 dager siden
  • This channel has everything a BMW car enthusiast needs! So great!

    Jens GerdesJens Gerdes2 dager siden
  • In Russia there is 850 with S58B30 + DCT transmission. But we still waiting it on the road, project is in progress.

    Роман БеккуловРоман Беккулов2 dager siden
  • As a suggestion find a friend who is a Panelbeater come Painter who loves BMWs as much as you and do a trade you fix the mechanical on his project in exchange for a paint job- Great videos look forward every week to a new one . Woke up at 3.30 am checked and watch you latest. cheers

    Rick GoldsackRick Goldsack3 dager siden
  • Coffee tastes better when I hear that: Coooooooming up! =))

    Mihai ChiryMihai Chiry3 dager siden
  • Sell it to me ....I’ll bring it to TX

    Oasis-AutoOasis-Auto3 dager siden
  • respect! very details. I know you said the dry ice is an expensive tool but would love to see you clean the car that way. Would add on very good content! comingggggggg up!

    Pete WAYPete WAY3 dager siden
  • OEM 🙂

    Janko ConkaJanko Conka3 dager siden
  • "as well"

    Vega PuffinVega Puffin3 dager siden
  • You need to give it a good clean. I would keep Calypso red but there is a big scratch down one side so that needs attention.

    earthstickearthstick3 dager siden
  • After 10 years sitting, I should not worry too much of bit rough idling or little noises. Just give it a 5.000 km drive! I had many BMW's which came to life after years......week by week they started to drive better. Suspension, engine, transmission.......everything comes 'loose'.....!

    DJ vanBDJ vanB3 dager siden

    J.G. HermansonJ.G. Hermanson3 dager siden
  • Another quality video thank you very much!

    Keith TKeith T3 dager siden
  • I am old school. Every time I see this latex gloves I think about a rectal check my doctor once had to perform.

    DJ vanBDJ vanB3 dager siden
  • Again a great video. Learning a lot, thanks! 11:45: how can you change gloves so fast? 😄

    Hans VeldhuizenHans Veldhuizen3 dager siden
  • Wow very skilled . I learn something everyday I didn’t realize that drive by wire went that far back but again seem tho other manufactures were ahead of the tech and times

    47 4747 473 dager siden
  • Running in the nineties, is a new way I like to be I'm just running in the nineties, come on baby run to me We are running in the nineties, is a new way to set me free I'm just running in the nineties Yes I wanna know, yes I wanna see

    Piotr G.Piotr G.3 dager siden
  • The chicken skin rubber gloves were -- tasty..? Great stuff as always sir!

    John BurnhamJohn Burnham3 dager siden
  • Hope is not you who bought that car from Spain , car i wanted to buy and someone negociated over me . It was a bmw 740 e38 manual transmission

    KlsDriftKlsDrift3 dager siden
    • It's not :)

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations2 dager siden
    • He said that car was older than himself, so it's certainly not an E38 ;)

      monstermirrormonstermirror3 dager siden
  • usual. Love it keep up the hard work.

    Amirarsalan MoshareAmirarsalan Moshare3 dager siden
  • The best Bmw specialist :) i wrote u On insta please answer me

    Baron’s ProductionBaron’s Production4 dager siden
  • How do you make changing the timing chain tensioner look so easy? I had a terrible fight with mine trying to compress the spring. Took me two days and two lacerated hands! All good now with NO NOISE !!!!

    Andy GoldsmithAndy Goldsmith4 dager siden
  • Sorry to step on foot with advice to a master - with great respect for one so brave as to delve into the guts of the 850, when a guys been down that road its inevitable that the same hurdles can appear, the forum is where I found answers, that is where any tricks should be shared. Not on a Guys comment section - Sorry

    North UistNorth Uist4 dager siden
  • Would love to see an E24 restoration!

    forzer45forzer454 dager siden
  • 14:21 am I the only one that saw a transmission mount snap off?👀

    Benny ZBenny Z4 dager siden
    • You are :) watch part 1 :)

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations4 dager siden
  • 14:41 spider ahhh

    334 dager siden
  • Ur opinion how long do you think the suspension bushings, links last?. Preventing maintenance they should be replace every - miles? My car is 106k miles. Got it at 67miles. Bmw 2012 F10 550

    Lue LucLue Luc4 dager siden
  • Mate thanks for good explanation color on this valencia orange good near red ish it will good whit interia well good job

  • "And you won't harm the dirt"

    P RexP Rex4 dager siden
  • man nice intro! your videos are so awesome! keep uploading man!

    Jalon RetamalJalon Retamal4 dager siden
  • I understand that you can not post a test-drive on public road, but was it good😉😎? Everyone knows that you took it for a spin at least on the road connected to your garage road🤪

    Chuk WowChuk Wow4 dager siden
  • Wash and detail next my friend.

    MrTimeless101MrTimeless1014 dager siden
  • whenever i see someone turning the steering wheel while the car is fully stopped it hurts (because the steering rods have to take so much force even thow the driver doesn't feel it due to the power steering.)

    Michael HeinrichMichael Heinrich4 dager siden
  • Keep it red, I like it.

    Tataina IvanovaTataina Ivanova4 dager siden
  • so we have 35 downs in opposite to 17k ups.. makes a tiny 0.2% a**hole-quote..... yep, screwing on old mighty BMWs is a happy place. Real life pushes this quote to 10%....

    D. K.D. K.4 dager siden
  • Eres increíble😎

    Eric grullonEric grullon4 dager siden
  • Great work!

    Tony StarkTony Stark4 dager siden
  • gj bro keepet up

    danyvor007danyvor0074 dager siden
  • subscribed,great videos. my dad had a 1996 540i and loved it for 8 years,he passed away nearly 5 years ago suddenly and old bmws remind me of him. keep up the great work

    astront917astront9174 dager siden
  • You made my day! Once again! I would love the car being restored with reasonable effort - the technical issues at least seem to be obvious, the paint / bodywork might be an issue.

    V6 4MotionV6 4Motion4 dager siden
  • E34 M5 coming up?

    PasilliPasilli4 dager siden
  • Great idea!! Hot rod it!! I personally love the calypso red color. Maybe it’s common in Europe but here in the USA you almost never see it. Loved this episode.

    Tollef ReyersonTollef Reyerson4 dager siden
  • Do the OEM+ build! You probably saw my E31 on facebook at somepoint, I did that. Lots of time and money spent but it was worth it! The only thing I am missing is the better rear diff, Wokke Chips (not sure if they will work properly since I have no Cats and well I have M73 block and heads). I got to take care of the suspension alignment and a few other little things. I think the last major thing I want to do to mine is wrap it. Its currently jet black.

    RevelocityRevelocity4 dager siden
  • First time I watch a video from your channel, I enjoyed and subbed! Finally some garage channel from EU, and with such a passionate and experienced guy with a sense of humor haha :)

    LiftiumLiftium4 dager siden
  • Hot dog this car brother 🤣. Amazing video as always

    No Nonsense CocktailsNo Nonsense Cocktails4 dager siden
  • In a parallel universe you just revived a V12 Mercedes that's been sitting for 10 years

    HardCousin_TVHardCousin_TV5 dager siden
  • Best narrator ever. You put Morgan Freeman to shame ! 🤣😂

    rlords47rlords475 dager siden
  • Was machst du mit den ganzen Fahrzeugen, verkaufst du die?

    Markus OMarkus O5 dager siden
  • Pity you don’t continue on this one. Finally felt like a cool project to follow again. I think it’s better to work on one project from start to finish to have a consistent story to watch. Btw will you ever consider a project with another car brand? Maybe a Mercedes? Would be nice to get your feedback in comparison to bmw

    rudi1982rudi19825 dager siden
  • What is the size of your garage ?

    Alexander RikantAlexander Rikant5 dager siden
  • I hope the next project is E28 M5🤔

    Restoration PassionRestoration Passion5 dager siden
  • Zdravo, Sreten! I have a question regarding the headlights, since they are French and yellow .. the jokes write themselvese here. Never mind. Since they are the wrong color, do you have to find regular ones to pass TUV? I am wondering how these are made to be yellow.

    EpicNicknameFail TunchiEpicNicknameFail Tunchi5 dager siden
    • It's just yellow colored glass diffusors (or plastic, respectively). And yes, they have to be replaced with clear ones for TÜV.

      monstermirrormonstermirror4 dager siden
  • I think you’re the best NOtownr. Hilarious with great content.

    George JabbourGeorge Jabbour5 dager siden
    • Thank you!

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations5 dager siden
  • No OEM brake fluid? I feel cheated!

    Olavi LaviOlavi Lavi5 dager siden
  • Do Synchronizing steps about the throttle apply to the e32 750il as well?

    DagHostDagHost5 dager siden
    • @M539 Restorations thank you for your reply... Best Bmw tech ever!! Thank you for your content 👍🏽

      DagHostDagHost5 dager siden
    • Yes

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorations5 dager siden
  • I always wanted v12 bmw everyone said dont do it but I will buy one one day

    TLOTLO5 dager siden
  • If you are going to hot dog the engine, while it is apart perhaps the cylinder heads should visit those helpful people at Veicomer for some porting, and lightweight valvetrain components. Then you would very definitely be past CSI territory.

    Mark WatrousMark Watrous5 dager siden
  • Is it better to use soda blasting on the valves to clean up carbon deposits? Especially on regular fuel injection engines... and direct injection engines?

    Ivan 23 CaravantesIvan 23 Caravantes5 dager siden
  • Man, you don't need ultrasonic blast to clean the fluid reservoirs, you just need some corn seeds. Do a first cleaning to remove the excess, put the seed in it with your favourite soap, shake it properly and voilà. Great videos! Greetings from Brazil!

    Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo Almeida5 dager siden
  • Brake fluid eats paint for breakfast.

    DL FabricationsDL Fabrications5 dager siden
  • I totally agree about the colour! When I first saw the car I really didn't like it but now it has grown on me and I do. Still wouldn't be my first choice, not my favorite though. Any E31 850i is awesome I think. Especially this one with the six speed and that 3 spoke non airbag steering wheel, love it. These cars were not well liked in Canada/North America in their day. People accused them of being more of a luxo-barge than the ultimate driving machine that BMW was sooooo good at in this era. I, however, loved them then and love them now. I knew Sreten could bring this one back to life :)

    Andy DinesAndy Dines5 dager siden
  • Can we please get a "We're going to Hot Dog it" T Shirt please?

    Andrew JohnAndrew John5 dager siden
  • In which part of Spain? haha

    Juanjo MartínJuanjo Martín5 dager siden
  • Excellent ...keep going!!!

    dorin popdorin pop5 dager siden
  • Could you life up rear get it up to 5k and let off does it have to move ?

    Russell DossettRussell Dossett5 dager siden
  • Servus 👋 do you sell one of your cars? Grüße

    Fenazi KerimFenazi Kerim5 dager siden
  • this car is rare ? i see plenty of them in the netherlands there is even one now on market place very nice condition he is asking 17k+ euros

    scroeffiescroeffie5 dager siden
    • It's relativley rare with manual transmission. The car in the ad has automatic transmission... and absolutely hideous intake manifolds PAINTED IN RED 🤦🤦🤦

      monstermirrormonstermirror4 dager siden
  • I love this project. Probably because you love this project as well.

    EmilthehunEmilthehun5 dager siden
  • Fantastic video as always. Got to keep it calypso red. My bros E34 M5 is calypso and its one of the best bmw colours

    James HirstJames Hirst5 dager siden