The Hack Jobs Unfold - Garden Find V12 BMW E31 850i Revival - Project Marseille: Part 2
In this episode, we set about bringing back to life this legendary 1991 BMW E31 850i 6-speed that's been decommissioned for the last 10 years. But the big 12-cylinder lump had some "expert" work done on it which makes things a bit more difficult.
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Massive thanks to Radu from RT Design Studio for making the merch happen! -
And a big thanks to a nice Patreon, Matej for the new intro & outro!
Part 1 -
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 -
Find Liqui Moly oil and additives for your car -
My 4-post lift by Twin Busch -

  • M539 Restorations
    M539 Restorations

    Direct like to the merch store. Grab yourself a drinking device, a dashing hoodie or a tee, or a poster! -

    • Andreas Wallberg
      Andreas Wallberg

      Try the autodoc app for parts

    • Rudiger Thuy
      Rudiger Thuy

      Add "COOMING UP" boxershorts to the merchandise ;-)

    • petepenn1

      MATEJ ...... Gets a Free Five Minute shopping Spree in your store. He really Killed the intro and Blew away the OUTRO! GREAT Work Sir! 45years of BMW M + others ownership have me Hooked to your Perfect Productions. Have you heard the word " KLUGE"? It is German for fix it so it won't break the same way again, and works better. Great mentality!

    • M GmbH
      M GmbH

      I like that ur 'Retro Tee M539 #2 Classic Tee' costs 25,01€. I can tell it's calculated to it's limits 😂😂

    • Renardo

      When will we be able to buy the fogging oil for men?

  • Mike Hewitt
    Mike Hewitt

    Can you tell me which battery wrench you’re using please? Cheers 😉

  • Father McCree
    Father McCree

    Sand paper ! ! ARRRRRRGGGHHH ! NEIN NEIN ! ! It's called emery cloth ! Naughty man 😂😂 👍 Another great vid dude

  • Shoeb Saleheen
    Shoeb Saleheen

    i really don’t know what i love most, the workmanship or the commentary 😁😁😁 Brilliant stuff here.

  • Christian de Groot
    Christian de Groot

    Suddenly my wife wants a shirt.

  • junaid sial
    junaid sial

    I know this 8 series has a lot to be done but down the line would you do an x5? They are worthless in the states and they have so manny expensive repairs but after seeing your work I think you are the only one crazy enough to do it. First gen manual x5 yes they exist.

  • Patricio Munoz
    Patricio Munoz

    "Carbon fiber towel" lmao You have my sense of humour and yes some idiots don't understand it Just subscribed

  • Ibnu Fajar
    Ibnu Fajar

    Love your work man👍 Greetings from Indonesia 🇲🇨

  • david weston
    david weston

    This guy is being wasted, he should be financed with his own large shop where he can train underlings and have the power to really fire the ones who don't work out. He reminds me of Ferdinand Peich, who insisted that VW build a car that does 300kph for 24 hours in 40 degrees with the interior not exceeding 20 degrees, and came up with the wonderful Phaeton of 2003 that was and is better than any Bentley or RR.

  • david weston
    david weston

    I'd like to purchase an e31 that has been refurbished by you. No kidding.

  • Pedro Oliveira
    Pedro Oliveira

    Your Spanish is good man

  • Siyavuya Badi
    Siyavuya Badi

    Loooooving the new intro and outro🔥🔥

  • Albin Börthas
    Albin Börthas

    Great video as always!

  • Sebastian Dahlsveen
    Sebastian Dahlsveen

    Wiggle, wiggle and pull out. Sounds like my Friday nights.

  • Ronald Andrade
    Ronald Andrade

    La verdad que no entiendo 🤣 hi from a spanish speaker 👋

  • nissanskyline123

    Wish we had more 8 series available over here in the states

  • m.rei85

    When things start off too good, there has to be a catch. I tackled some smaller issues on my car, like a not completely free spinning back whell (drum brake). I was greeted by lots of rust and brake dust, combined with some sort of resin. The insides would only move to some punching tunes by MC Hammer. After several annoying issues with my car, which were a result of poor / not even performed by paid for maintenance by lazy mechanics of two different shops, it's very refreshing to watch you work. Attention to detail, thorough, decent and honest work.

  • Augusto

    LIKE your spanish but try speak in Portuguese of Brasil kkk You go love it !!! Thanks i love yours vídeos.. You are the One !!!

  • William Broadfoot
    William Broadfoot

    This channel is awesome, wish videos were released more frequently. Would love to see revival of a neglected E82 some day as that is my current daily.

  • Sub Scriptions
    Sub Scriptions

    You’re the only channel I watch videos from beginning to end without skipping a second. Great pace, informative and funny! Keep doing what you do !

  • Rou Pa
    Rou Pa

    This channel is the best if you like gears and german cars. Thanks for the good times.

  • Call me Ishmael
    Call me Ishmael

    Like Zionville makes much better all aluminum replacement radiators for almost any BMW that last a lifetime, I wish there would be a mfr of coolant hoses which are not rubber and lifetime quality. This is an untapped market for a world of automobiles that continually need replacement of a rubber part that was originally formulated in the 1930’s. Surely the industrial world of high pressure hoses has an entrepreneur that wishes to become wealthy with a hundred lines of ‘superior to original’ product.

  • Call me Ishmael
    Call me Ishmael

    A little rubber artists roller works perfect for applying sealant to a gasket or anything flat.. lasts forever, easily cleaned, small and cheap. Applies a perfectly even thin layer every time.

  • Turder

    We need clones of you to start channels like this but about Mercedes and Porsche

  • Diego González
    Diego González

    Número 1

  • Wolfsblut

    Ich liebe es dir zuzusehen. Das ist so beruhigend. Eventuell habe ich bald selbst ein altes Schmuckstück, wird aber aus dem Hause General Motors sein.

  • hartono robby
    hartono robby

    have you any classic BMW project in weeks to come? just curious

  • Albert S
    Albert S

    awesome video, keep it up, looking forward for new episodes

  • DJ vanB
    DJ vanB

    You look like Prince Harry. Or even better: Prince Harry looks like the humorist BMW specialist!

  • Stein Bauge
    Stein Bauge

    Nah, give me a Lada.. anything beyond my Escort Mk2 1977 estate wagon is too complex for me..

  • It’s itchy dude 1
    It’s itchy dude 1


  • Who u TV
    Who u TV

    Which manufacturer of fuel lines did you use on this machine? I want too buy fuel lines on my car.

    • Who u TV
      Who u TV

      @M539 Restorations Thank you.

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations


  • Bill Deibner
    Bill Deibner

    I’m amazed you can buy the fuel pump parts separately.

  • Frank Andrews
    Frank Andrews

    Please let me know when I can purchase some of your 'carbon fibre' clothes, I will pre order, payment in full! ......I am sure they will be suitably marketed with 'Carbon Fibre' signage. I get frustrated that true talent such as yours does not get the millions of subs and views. I will do my best to spread the word. I absolutely love your content and your sarcasm!

  • Cel

    @M539 Restorations: What's your opinion about the e87? The 130i-version specifically...

  • CounterStriker013009

    I have this car of 1/18 scale, but no box and display box

  • Eugene Cooper Jr
    Eugene Cooper Jr

    Cool dude, I subscribed. 😎✌️

  • Kirk Scott
    Kirk Scott

    Recently went to get handbrake actuator done on x5 to realise yesterday the " BMW SPECIALIST " has removed my trim from the front of my rear wheel (in wheel arch) which is now missing and also 3 screws missing from from the front inside of the wheel arch so I agree miss screws FIRED Bare in mind I paid £1200 to fix a handbrake....

  • serbianvampire

    Love your videos...Just a question??? You packed it all in a 40-minute video but how many hours did you spend on the car???

  • bammfiveo

    Can you swap a M70 with a M73 in the E31?

  • Momo Challal
    Momo Challal

    Best mechanic channel. Awesome content!!

  • Comaneanu Mugurel
    Comaneanu Mugurel

    Where this week video

  • Liviu Parepa
    Liviu Parepa


  • Alan Here
    Alan Here

    I live in Arkansas USA and we sometimes get sunshine while its snowing. Sweet huh?

  • Nick Stathes
    Nick Stathes

    Your videos are ABSOLUTELY fantastic! Really enjoying Project Marseille so far. Huge E31 fan and hoping to buy a project car someday. You have given me inspiration to take one on and enjoy it. Keep it up!

  • gobxo

    Can't wait for the next video! But please bring back the "Evil Twin"! :D

  • technopro 2000
    technopro 2000

    If you want to keep learning Spanish, i will gladly invite you to Spain to give you a lot of spanish lessons while we both work on my BMW E90 320i, i live in the Coast and we have always a lovely weather here! 😉👌

  • AmraphelofShinar

    I'm still waiting for the BMW Group Classic to sponsor this guy. Hello? BMW are you there? There is only one way. The way of the OEM.

  • Sam Van Geel
    Sam Van Geel

    3 Spark plug threads stripped ??? Guess the previous mechanic had a torque key in kgm instead of Nm 😅 People like that should only be allowed to work on wheelbarrows. You’re in for a few more surprises.

  • Abud

    Wie ist das mit dem Luftmassenmesser beim M60 Motor beim 730i? Kann ich z.B. von Hella ersetzen oder muss Bosch sein?

  • Irman Oval
    Irman Oval

    Thsnk you for sharing video

  • arafat chowdhury
    arafat chowdhury

    "carbon fiber towel" " let's rekindle the spark between the fuel tank and the fuel pump cuz that's where u want the spark to be" 😅😅😅😅 man I love homo

  • Steve Maclean
    Steve Maclean

    Same first aid kit I found in a barn find 1979 450 SLC...

  • Charl Daniels
    Charl Daniels

    I am following you from Cape Town South Africa. This is one of my favorite channels, I learn so much here. Your E46 Tourer project inspired me to go out and get one too, they are not easy to find here in SA, especially a decent 325i. My car now is a E90 335i N55, I was hoping to find some videos on your channel for this car??

  • Linas Balke
    Linas Balke

    "The only spark plugs you want to use". Well... they are neither the correct sparkplugs by BMW, nor by NGK. BOSCH FGR7DQP or NGK BKR6EQUP. So yes, Multi-ground electrodes, but not BKR6EK

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      M73 is different, original Bosch plugs for M70 were 1 kOhm, current ones aren't.

    • Linas Balke
      Linas Balke

      @M539 Restorations Are you saying it ran poorly from the factory or recommendations for OEM replacement were added later on? Maybe I'm mixing up things, is it the same with M73 engine? I recall something from your earlier videos, which video was it?

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      You are wrong. Put those spark plugs in M70 and you'll learn the hard way it runs poorly with those incorrect resistance spark plugs. I covered this in previous videos.

  • A R
    A R

    I wish you a new big garage in this New Year bro ! 😁

  • Cletus Fordwicke
    Cletus Fordwicke

    Fantastic video. You helped me with my 850 several years ago, another of your virtues. Can’t wait to see the Helicoils go in. You are such an inspiration!

  • Meisterschaft 1
    Meisterschaft 1

    Super intresting job man! Please, keep it up and let's hope you can fire her up soon!

  • carey dodds
    carey dodds

    that's what she said 3:00

  • Dapper Gent
    Dapper Gent

    This guy is a genius. Wish I had him working on my E30 325i Sport.

  • Volker Haiges
    Volker Haiges

    I have one for sale. Much better condition as this one, running. Miami Florida.

  • Hoonatic Bloggs
    Hoonatic Bloggs

    Yep, they are always parked for a reason!

  • Hoonatic Bloggs
    Hoonatic Bloggs

    I hate maf sensers. Luckily my car can be mapped on the factory ecu to run alphaN

  • kenny edwards
    kenny edwards

    It might be 30 yrs old but it is such a beautiful car it deserves all this care and attention - the comedy act is an extra treat!


    That intro and outro though, perfection 👌🏻

  • Shifty

    This has a bit of a Vice Grip Garage feel to it, like it.

  • El Rincon de Ocioso
    El Rincon de Ocioso

    Hey man love your videos. I never had any of those beasty older beemers, but have enjoyed a cabrio 118d a 320D M sport and my current one a 420D Msport cabrio. Recently i moved to a very rainy place and after rain my 420 always has a small drip of water on the driver's side where the windshield joins the hard top. If i open the the roof and close it water goes away, but i was wonrdering if it is not hiding some plugged drian holes ora worse problem... Any advice ?

  • C. Van Anderson
    C. Van Anderson

    I really really enjoyed watching your video and listening to your narration, thanks for sharing!

  • John Morrison
    John Morrison

    Do you install new plugs dry or with something on the threads? Your videos are always v. interesting, keep em coming.

    • John Morrison
      John Morrison

      @M539 Restorations why so?

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      Always dry.

  • Mecánica Paso a Paso
    Mecánica Paso a Paso


  • Chuck.U.Farley

    BMWs plants were actually in East Germany at the end of the war, but they managed to put a syndicate together and rebuild in the west. Horch and Wanderer were the same but not as lucky.

  • Stefan Chiorescu
    Stefan Chiorescu

    This man is a genius. I love this channel

  • Skyrim Adventure Lore
    Skyrim Adventure Lore

    Hey I think you should also start a shorts channel I think you would Make good content plus you prob have so much excess footage anyways!

  • Kenkemp540


  • Bejka Bejkan
    Bejka Bejkan

    How do you know everything! What do you work with? Do you work for BMW or?

  • Radek Wojtysiak
    Radek Wojtysiak


  • Cleve Hylton
    Cleve Hylton

    Is anyone of a buy the car from you after repairing it and evety ship International

  • Bounzig

    Love your channel and your work! I recently restored a 528 e39 -97 that's been sitting for 6 years with new automatic, brakes, rims, alternator, cooler, brake lines and so on... It's such a nice and smooth car to drive and it's now my daily. You can't tell it's a 350000km car :)

  • ImDribbling

    when is part 3 coming? I love these videos! Very well presented and straightforward!

    • ImDribbling

      @M539 Restorations Take your time man! Cant wait to see it start

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      I think next week

  • Kevin barrett
    Kevin barrett

    Great commentary, very funny and informative. Keep up the videos !

  • Littlepippin

    I can bend over and work through a car window for exactly 1 min 15 secs. After that, I would never be able to stand back up again......

  • Rob Schofield
    Rob Schofield

    Great! The plug holes being stripped is a biggie - but as you say, correct tools will do the job. I've managed it twice with great success - just be cautious and take your time. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Stuart Stocks
    Stuart Stocks

    What about that nice lady off "Der Checker" - she might come running over.

  • 恒洛

    I would like to hear you speak German for 1 entire restoration video.

    • 恒洛

      @M539 Restorations oh I see. Great videos mate

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      I don't speak German.

  • Arjan Sanders
    Arjan Sanders

    Like your video’s ! Helps me A lot with my work on my E313 and e38 😄 The NBR hose, what diameter is it 8mm ?

  • Rakatawhat

    Awesome channel !

  • Vinz W
    Vinz W

    Just wondering aloud... Why are you obsessed over restoring old BMWs? Even after restoring them, they will still break down shortly because BMWs are such unreliable and problematic vehicles. Perhaps you can explain to me why BMWs?

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      BMWs aren't for everyone and you are wrong.

  • Ron Hands
    Ron Hands

    Been watching for awhile, subscribed too. Awesome videos and can’t wait to see the next one. Keep it up!

  • Nigel Campbell
    Nigel Campbell

    Fabulous content, amazing information and so enjoyable to watch! A fountain of knowledge. Probably like many, I was soooo angry to see the repairs by the previous owner / previous owners mechanic... its sacrilege! But... €1400+ for MAF 😲😲🤮

  • Brisca

    I love e31s

  • Lars Bee
    Lars Bee

    lol this could be the 850 calypso red metallic I drove in 92 for two years .... seriously... can u point me to a garden where I can find one these??? c'mon.... I'm looking for a fixxer upper....

  • A Marco
    A Marco

    Awesome video again.

  • Alessandro Di Paola
    Alessandro Di Paola

    "Females, they love it, they'll come running to you... nope 😂😂😂

  • Gimmick

    37 minutes of making me want part 3

  • John Abrahamsen
    John Abrahamsen

    Stripped threads no issue with Helicoil :)

  • Ivan Parenzo
    Ivan Parenzo

    🥰😍🤩😍🤩😍 keep on doing excellent work and channel. 69 disliked? Are they jealous? 😂😂😂 We are waiting for more.. don't let us waiting too long 🤩 Greetings from Croatia & good luck! 👍🍀

  • oscar sanchez
    oscar sanchez

    Muy buen trabajo .good job

  • Volker Schulze
    Volker Schulze

    i like what you doing. But can you speak german ??

  • Andreas Wallberg
    Andreas Wallberg

    Have you tried the app Autodoc? I had a Ridex massflo on mine and it worked with no issus. Thanks for a great car nerd channel

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

      Ridex is shit, my friend. Will not work long or properly. I don't like Autodoc, you'll find much better prices on

  • Zachary

    Even if he fixes that car up it will still be a money pit. From what I have read people have a love/hate relationship with these cars.