Sunday, January 18, 2009
Brian, Ed, and I worked on the BMW some more last night. We removed all glass, all of the trim work, and basically anything not welded to the car. Actually we removed a couple of things that were welded to the car too.
I also made Brian finish de-wiring the car, as I was certain that there was no way this thing was going to start. He had most of the wiring complete but needed to solder some stuff together. After looking for his soldering iron for about 30 minutes he finds it but quickly realizes that it is not going to be up to the task of soldering a fistful size of wires together. I tell him I'm not leaving here until this car runs and that we need to go to Autozone and get something. Unfortunately it's 11:30 at night and everything is closed.
Ed comes up with a solution. He suggests we use Brian's MAPP gas torch to solder the wires. Suprisingly it works very well (and very fast). Somehow we managed to not burn or melt anything. Atleast nothing that we didn't want to melt or burn. :)
More pics here.
Video of MAPP Gas Soldering here.
After finally MAPP gas soldering all the wires together it was the moment of truth. Would it actually start up and run?
It worked! On the first try! Everything worked fine except for the tach. That just turned out to be a loose wire and was easily fixed.
This is one of those times where I was glad to be proven wrong. Sorry I doubted you Brian!
Here is the video of trying to get it running.