B10 4.6 Touring update

Thought we'd tempt out our budding photographers. Share your photos. We'll add different themes from time to time.
E24man
ALPINA Aficio
ALPINA Aficio
Posts: 2386
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:41 am
Location: Surrey

Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:54 pm

Following on from this thread...

http://thealpinaregister.com/forums/vie ... 10+touring

And this thread...

http://thealpinaregister.com/forums/vie ... hp?t=10736

New exhaust as 17 years had taken it's toll on the original cats and centre box although the rear box was in remarkable condition and is still good so was retained.

The old and drafty...

Image

New, shiny, big bore and air-tight...

Image

Got bored with the black stitched handbrake and so got the needle and thread out to match it up to the OEM gearlever;

Image

Then got busy with some stripes courtesy of Simon. The original options would have been just silver or gold in 1995; the silver would have been invisible against the Arctic Silver paint and I could not stomach the 'bling' look of the gold, so.....

Simon and I found some Ocean Blue stripes to try and match the Marine Blue leather interior. I had them fitted and I am very pleased with the results :D

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

They do look dark grey/black from a distance but get up close and they very obviously blue....

Image
Last edited by E24man on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:38 pm, edited 2 times in total.
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
B10BRW
ALPINA Aficionado
ALPINA Aficionado
Posts: 3572
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:58 am
Location: Weald of Kent

Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:23 pm

Looking great, very stylish, all you need now is a BMW badge on the boot :wink: :lol:
ade and liz flint
ALPINA Aficionado
ALPINA Aficionado
Posts: 7092
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:33 pm

Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:42 pm

Looking superb, that man! I'd even forgive you the dodgy boot badge 'cos I know you and the car looks soooo good 8) Am I right thinking you changed the rear springs, too? (sure I read that in another post...)
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S
E24man
ALPINA Aficio
ALPINA Aficio
Posts: 2386
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:41 am
Location: Surrey

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:01 am

ade and liz flint wrote:Looking superb, that man! Am I right thinking you changed the rear springs, too? (sure I read that in another post...)
Yes, I changed the rear springs as the rear self-levelling delete by the PO had left the back end a little low so after lots of research I purchased some new springs to reset the ride height correctly.
B10BRW wrote:Looking great, very stylish, all you need now is a BMW badge on the boot :wink: :lol:
When the car was a little anonymous the Alpina round badge gave passers-by a clue, now the full war-paint has been applied I think I may return to a BMW round badge :D
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
Hodge
ALPINA Af
ALPINA Af
Posts: 1446
Joined: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:05 pm
Location: Nottingham

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:20 am

You are quite right to be be glad, it looks spot on, well done :D

Cheers
Mark Hodge

E46 B3s Coupe #19 (sold)
E46 B3s Touring #29 (sold)
Daily -
TTS DSG (Not for carrying dogs)
Range Rover Sport P400 Hybrid (For carrying dogs)
VW R32 MkIV (weekends)
KennyJunior2
ALP
ALP
Posts: 225
Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:06 pm

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:13 am

Yup that works for me all day long. Especially like the second shot of new exhaust, looks fantastic. As you say think i'd revert to a rear BMW badge.
User avatar
IAM Joe
ALPINA Afic
ALPINA Afic
Posts: 1642
Joined: Sat May 30, 2009 10:10 pm
Location: North Yorkshire

Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:45 am

Looking good 8)

I'm guessing the exhaust note has even more of a rumble to it judging by the token gesture size of the mid silencers :roll: :lol:
Joe

SOLD!

Diesel Power! #412
User avatar
drewjak
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 692
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:25 am
Location: THE LAKE DISTRICT , CUMBRIA

Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:29 pm

Looking very nice :D
Is that a powerflow exhaust you had made?
how much was it and what did you do about the cats?

How is the noise level? as i had a stainless system put on my e30 325 and it sounded awsome, but i feel it may be to much for the subtleness of the alpina for me.
ESTORIL BLUE B3 3.3 COUPE #60 of 90
& the last 1 registered in 2000


Image

The lack of L.S.D keeps me on the straight and narrow

ALPINA......Because Gentlemen don't drift
E24man
ALPINA Aficio
ALPINA Aficio
Posts: 2386
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:41 am
Location: Surrey

Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:50 pm

IAM Joe wrote: I'm guessing the exhaust note has even more of a rumble to it judging by the token gesture size of the mid silencers :roll: :lol:
drewjak wrote: Is that a powerflow exhaust you had made?
how much was it and what did you do about the cats?

How is the noise level? as i had a stainless system put on my e30 325 and it sounded awsome, but i feel it may be to much for the subtleness of the alpina for me.
The original had a knackered middle box and was starting to blow from the two-to-one collectors at the bottom of the down pipes; it was all original, including the cats. The back box was still in great shape with the original tailpipes so a new downpipe to back-box section was custom made up with two short 200 cell sports cats and two small centre section silencers to help suppress the flow a little to save the pressure on the 17 year old back-box ( a straight through section from the cats to the back-box was considered but ruled out for noise, potential drone and the back-box reasons).

Overall the effect is very good, dare I say perfect. Obviously just a little bit noisier at idle due to the stainless vs mild steel wall thickness but a very pleasing wooffle with a much greater effect further up the rev-range.

It was done by Mike at Longlife Chester who also took the trouble to salvage the original stainless steel Alpina logo'd silencer and catalyser plates, cleaned them up and welded them onto the new system. He also cleaned up the rear box while it was off.

HTH
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
simon13
ALPINA Aficiona
ALPINA Aficiona
Posts: 2650
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:10 pm
Location: Camberley, Surrey

Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:30 pm

thats nice that, Si was telling me about your stripes when he was fitting my bling gold ones!
Image
E24man
ALPINA Aficio
ALPINA Aficio
Posts: 2386
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:41 am
Location: Surrey

Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:58 pm

simon13 wrote:thats nice that, Si was telling me about your stripes when he was fitting my bling gold ones!
Huge thanks is due to Simon for finding the colour and the hassle of sourcing the vinyl :D
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
User avatar
SPA69
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 659
Joined: Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:41 pm
Location: Hampshire

Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:41 pm

My pleasure Kevin, I must say I wasn't sure when we first discussed the idea of blue stripes but I think it looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh at the Sytner meet in september.
Simon
E90 B3s BiTurbo
E46 B3s Saloon # 062
E30 C2 2.7
E30 325 Touring
E46 330ci Sport SOLD
Rover SDi V8
E36 M3 EVO SOLD
E34 535i SOLD
E24man
ALPINA Aficio
ALPINA Aficio
Posts: 2386
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:41 am
Location: Surrey

Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:57 pm

SPA69 wrote:My pleasure Kevin, I must say I wasn't sure when we first discussed the idea of blue stripes but I think it looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh at the Sytner meet in september.
I owe you a pint or three the night before Simon - the stripes look better in the flesh and amazing in the sunlight 8)
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)
ade and liz flint
ALPINA Aficionado
ALPINA Aficionado
Posts: 7092
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:33 pm

Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:05 am

E24man wrote:... the stripes look better in the flesh and amazing in the sunlight 8)
Do you have to wear your 'special' ALPINA sunglasses to view them with to prevent stripe blindness.

Really looking forward to seeing all you've done to her. She was already looking pretty fine for an old gal 8)
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S
B10BRW
ALPINA Aficionado
ALPINA Aficionado
Posts: 3572
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:58 am
Location: Weald of Kent

Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:59 pm

Just seen this on an Japanese site :D

http://www.garagecurrent-global.com/bmw-alpina/b10/27/

You may have seen it already, but for such a rare beast, an interesting comparision with yours :D

They also have a superb B10 V8s with only 19Kms :shock:
Post Reply