So where were we? Seems like such a long time ago, but I guess it’s only been about two weeks. Since then it seems like I’ve done a lot, and I’m not even sure where to start. Somewhere along the ride, I decided that I should get new suspension pieces – not even sure how that happened… let’s see…. Oh yes, I had new rear brake stuff – new drums, new shoes, new cylinders… so I got in there and started disassembly, which was a bit of a bear – too much rust for brakes. The drums came off okay, and it became immediately apparent where my brake fluid leak was – this job came at the right time – maybe too late. I got to taking out the hard line from the old cylinder – lots of rust there. I cranked on it pretty hard, and snapped off the bleeder valve. Good thing I was replacing the cylinder anyway. But then i realized that I had also damaged the hard line in the process. I priced out new hard lines, and invested in some flare nut wrenches – best money I ever spent for this job. The 11mm became my friend and new favorite tool. Turns out that new hard lines weren’t to pricey, and … “while I”m in there…” Then I got lucky and found someone that had the entire set for sale – cheap. Original BMW parts with tags – ordered from Blunt – exactly what I was going to most likely do. So I bought those… Of course, the set has every piece except the two that I really really needed.. but it was such a good deal, it doesn’t matter. Even had two new E-Brake cables Ordered up the two needed pieces and began to take out the E-brake bits. I hadn’t even considered replacing this, but I had the new part, and the existing cable was pretty beat, and rusted tight into it’s tubing, and hey… I was already “in there”. I cranked on the old cable pretty hard with pliers, vice grips, needle noses etc. Nothing doing -this thing was not moving. If only I had a Bowie knife. Instead, I did the routine soak cycle of PB, Liquid Wrench and some can of stuff I’d gotten in the mail for free. Probably a toxic combo, but hey.. this thing has to come out, right? I took out the handle inside the car, and started shooting stuff down there, too – hit it from both sides, if you will. Still no luck. Almost lost hope, and people told me to try “the torch”. Lord, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to get underneath the car with a torch… I don’t care how careful you are, fire extinguishers, whatever… this just seems like a bad idea. Others suggested I “open it up, and weld it back shut”. But I don’t weld, so I soaked it another day, and in the morning, first thing, I went after it one more time with some brand new Vice Grips. Tiny wiggles back & forth, as a wise old man told me one time, tiny wiggles back & forth. And lo and behold it moved. “IT MOVED”, to quote Costanza. And we all knows that when it moves, it’s a good thing. A little more coaxing and the e-brake cable was finally out!! Glorious day!! I love a good battle with a crazy nut or a pesky bolt – that feeling when it breaks is like gold! After they were pulled out, the new cables were pretty easy to slide in. Did the same thing to the other side – one more day of love juice on there, and eventually the second side came out pretty easy. So much easier the second time.