First Drive in 10 Years - Garden Find V12 BMW E31 850i Revival - Project Marseille: Part 4
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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  • M539 Restorations
    M539 Restorations

    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!

    • Valdemar Jensen
      Valdemar Jensen

      Sell it! Save money for the new M car project. I dont like the 8series, i prefer the old 7series, 5series

    • BB KING
      BB KING

      We don't care if you make a new episode for this project...just make videos in any BMW.Almost a week is gone..

    • hitardo

      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!

    • Gren Phelps
      Gren Phelps

      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...??

    • Michael Heinrich
      Michael Heinrich

      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.

  • Z Breezy
    Z Breezy

    Bro I listen to ur videos like I listen to podcasts in the background lol

  • D.

    Sreten, how did you learn all this stuff?

  • Tomislav Horvat
    Tomislav Horvat

    Hello Sreten! Here’s some article about your work in our land! 🍻

  • Hervé Hinschberger
    Hervé Hinschberger

    love your channel, nice revivals! keep it classy keep it oem!!

  • Balki1980

    Druze evo tebe u "Jutarnjem"

  • Chriso

    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).

  • Stellarion Prime
    Stellarion Prime

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

  • matarg99

    Back when BMW was “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Good old times!

  • Krzych113

    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

  • Fuego Gang
    Fuego Gang

    Im guessing a E36 and a Nissan Figaro if it is indeed a Nissan

  • Daniel

    Truly, the best channel on youtube. Sincerely hope to meet this guy, a living legend, one day.

  • Stefan Zlatanović
    Stefan Zlatanović

    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!

  • Hermane36

    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 :)

  • Audi Diagnostika
    Audi Diagnostika

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

  • serz1885

    28:38 whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat i can hear whistle and metal knocks

  • Nisyor sheeple
    Nisyor sheeple

    @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 RSloft adventure.

  • Serdar Dawliyev
    Serdar Dawliyev

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

  • Latvia Balkānu mūzika
    Latvia Balkānu mūzika

    Great job. Huge master you are. Love to watch this. Greetings from Lettland!

  • SupraVision

    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 ?

  • Zak Salam
    Zak Salam

    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.....

  • Acme

    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?

  • Armand d’Hubert
    Armand d’Hubert

    This song, although it’s from 1978, fits the car really well:

  • Acme

    Whaaat, an E31 850i, with its magnificent V12 and manual transmission, came with an open diff from factory? :o

  • Chris L
    Chris L

    What's the song at 31:06 ? Anyone know?

    • monstermirror

      ELFL - Octadrone VI btw I made a little playlist...

  • oscar doodles
    oscar doodles

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

  • Masmar84

  • Marcin Debowski
    Marcin Debowski

    still waiting for M3 E9x !!! please

  • Pete James
    Pete James

    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?

  • Luk


    • monstermirror

      I'd take the 2000 CS in the garage...

  • Bjørn Simonsen
    Bjørn Simonsen

    I guess he's about to restore a E28 m5 that would awesome 👌

  • Steven Ruiz
    Steven Ruiz

    Restore a e36

  • Jens Gerdes
    Jens Gerdes

    This channel has everything a BMW car enthusiast needs! So great!

  • Роман Беккулов
    Роман Беккулов

    In Russia there is 850 with S58B30 + DCT transmission. But we still waiting it on the road, project is in progress.

  • Rick Goldsack
    Rick Goldsack

    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

  • Mihai Chiry
    Mihai Chiry

    Coffee tastes better when I hear that: Coooooooming up! =))

  • Oasis-Auto

    Sell it to me ....I’ll bring it to TX

  • Pete WAY
    Pete WAY

    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!

  • Janko Conka
    Janko Conka

    OEM 🙂

  • Vega Puffin
    Vega Puffin

    "as well"

  • earthstick

    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.

  • DJ vanB
    DJ vanB

    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'.....!

  • J.G. Hermanson
    J.G. Hermanson


  • Keith T
    Keith T

    Another quality video thank you very much!

  • DJ vanB
    DJ vanB

    I am old school. Every time I see this latex gloves I think about a rectal check my doctor once had to perform.

  • Hans Veldhuizen
    Hans Veldhuizen

    Again a great video. Learning a lot, thanks! 11:45: how can you change gloves so fast? 😄

  • 47 47
    47 47

    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

  • Piotr G.
    Piotr G.

    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

  • John Burnham
    John Burnham

    The chicken skin rubber gloves were -- tasty..? Great stuff as always sir!

  • KlsDrift

    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

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      It's not :)

    • monstermirror

      He said that car was older than himself, so it's certainly not an E38 ;)

  • Amirarsalan Moshare
    Amirarsalan Moshare usual. Love it keep up the hard work.

  • Baron’s Production
    Baron’s Production

    The best Bmw specialist :) i wrote u On insta please answer me

  • Andy Goldsmith
    Andy Goldsmith

    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 !!!!

  • North Uist
    North Uist

    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

  • forzer45

    Would love to see an E24 restoration!

  • Benny Z
    Benny Z

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

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      You are :) watch part 1 :)

  • 3

    14:41 spider ahhh

  • Lue Luc
    Lue Luc

    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


    Mate thanks for good explanation color on this valencia orange good near red ish it will good whit interia well good job

  • P Rex
    P Rex

    "And you won't harm the dirt"

  • Jalon Retamal
    Jalon Retamal

    man nice intro! your videos are so awesome! keep uploading man!

  • Chuk Wow
    Chuk Wow

    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🤪

  • MrTimeless101

    Wash and detail next my friend.

  • Michael Heinrich
    Michael Heinrich

    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.)

  • Tataina Ivanova
    Tataina Ivanova

    Keep it red, I like it.

  • D. K.
    D. K.

    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%....

  • Eric grullon
    Eric grullon

    Eres increíble😎

  • Tony Stark
    Tony Stark

    Great work!

  • danyvor007

    gj bro keepet up

  • astront917

    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

  • V6 4Motion
    V6 4Motion

    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.

  • Pasilli

    E34 M5 coming up?

  • Tollef Reyerson
    Tollef Reyerson

    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.

  • Revelocity

    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.

  • Liftium

    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 :)

  • No Nonsense Cocktails
    No Nonsense Cocktails

    Hot dog this car brother 🤣. Amazing video as always

  • HardCousin_TV

    In a parallel universe you just revived a V12 Mercedes that's been sitting for 10 years

  • rlords47

    Best narrator ever. You put Morgan Freeman to shame ! 🤣😂

  • Markus O
    Markus O

    Was machst du mit den ganzen Fahrzeugen, verkaufst du die?

  • rudi1982

    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

  • Alexander Rikant
    Alexander Rikant

    What is the size of your garage ?

  • Restoration Passion
    Restoration Passion

    I hope the next project is E28 M5🤔

  • EpicNicknameFail Tunchi
    EpicNicknameFail Tunchi

    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.

    • monstermirror

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

  • George Jabbour
    George Jabbour

    I think you’re the best RSloftr. Hilarious with great content.

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      Thank you!

  • Olavi Lavi
    Olavi Lavi

    No OEM brake fluid? I feel cheated!

  • DagHost

    Do Synchronizing steps about the throttle apply to the e32 750il as well?

    • DagHost

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

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations


  • TLO

    I always wanted v12 bmw everyone said dont do it but I will buy one one day

  • Mark Watrous
    Mark Watrous

    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.

  • Ivan 23 Caravantes
    Ivan 23 Caravantes

    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?

  • Ricardo Almeida
    Ricardo Almeida

    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!

  • DL Fabrications
    DL Fabrications

    Brake fluid eats paint for breakfast.

  • Andy Dines
    Andy Dines

    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 :)

  • Andrew John
    Andrew John

    Can we please get a "We're going to Hot Dog it" T Shirt please?

  • Juanjo Martín
    Juanjo Martín

    In which part of Spain? haha

  • dorin pop
    dorin pop

    Excellent ...keep going!!!

  • Russell Dossett
    Russell Dossett

    Could you life up rear get it up to 5k and let off does it have to move ?

  • Fenazi Kerim
    Fenazi Kerim

    Servus 👋 do you sell one of your cars? Grüße

  • scroeffie

    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

    • monstermirror

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

  • Emilthehun

    I love this project. Probably because you love this project as well.

  • James Hirst
    James Hirst

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

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