On a brake

Sitting. Waiting...

Sitting. Waiting…

Patience, they say, is a virtue; and it’s a virtue that I’m quickly learning thanks to the 633’. This year’s been a busy one and the poor old 6 series has suffered because of it. In between moving house, starting a new job and finishing off university studies I’ve had precious-little time (or money) to get this car to a level I’ll be happy to actually use it. Looming overseas travel has also put the brakes on things to a certain extent as the Australian dollar plummets to post mining-boom levels. But enough of the vindication, I’ve been slack when it comes to this car.

What started as a quick brake master cylinder rebuild due to a fluid leak, quickly turned into a fruitless parts search that kept coming up five little words; no longer in production. As my E24 is based on the E12 5-Series (post 1982 E24’s are based on the much more modern E28 5-Series) finding parts in Australia has proved nigh on impossible. While the Internet is a powerful tool and I was able to find what I thought was looking for, I wasn’t willing to take a $150+ risk on something I knew I could track down in Australia for under $40…somewhere. After multiple phone calls, conversations and explanations that I needed a brake master cylinder rebuild kit for an E12 5-Series for my 1977 6-Series, I finally caught a break (pun-intended) with a local shop, who found me what was described as “the last kit in Australia”.

So with the parts acquired and the master cylinder finally rebuilt (a 30-minute job that requires, what seems like four sets of hands) I was in a position to get the car driveable again. Or so I thought. I had left the 633’ undercover, but relatively exposed to the dust, moisture and general grime that living with a dirt driveway brings with it. After re-connecting the battery the car fired on the second crank after four months of stagnation and blew a pleasingly small amount of smoke from its centre exit exhaust. My plan was to move the car to a more enclosed garage on the property that had recently been vacated. My plans soon changed after I placed the car in drive, only to have it squat down and lift the front right hand side.

I figured it must have just been the handbrake stuck on, as I had left it on for the past four months (Note to self: chock the wheels next time). After a bit of swearing, some dragging of a locked wheel and spinning of the other one, and some help from a couple of friends the left rear wheel made a slight ‘click’ and I was free. However I was now travelling forward with some speed only to remember I still had no brakes. Lucky there was nothing in the way. So that’s as far as I got unfortunately. The car is now a bit better protected in a lovely old wooden shed and I’ll fit the master cylinder and bleed the brakes as soon as I get time. Until then I’ll continue to learn the virtue of patience, an essential part of classic car ownership.

BMW, 633csi, 635csi, E24

Why are the good looking ones always so temperamental?

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