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E12 535i Turbo 09-16-2011 02:28 PM

My ///E12 535i Turbo project
 
Just over 3 years ago, I bought this very rusted E12 535i. The car was in a horrible condition. My objective was to build an extremely fast street racer and to do everything myself. This was a bit of a problem as I am a chemist and have never worked or done anything on any car in my life. I am nearing completion on my project and I must say that I am very proud of the outcome.

I took section by section and removed all the rust and dents.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ins/BMW019.jpg

This is the car after all the dents and rust was removed. Body is now primed.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...rsylinder5.jpg

As already mentioned, I am a chemist and have never even held a spray gun in my life. I have gone through a lot of trial and error but was eventually happy with the outcome of the white base coat
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...intcoat048.jpg

I then decided to add some color to the car. This was a mistake and later I removed the colors. (follow the thread?)
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...WStrepe004.jpg

After a year, I finished the first phase of the project and this was the outcome.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...Turbo004-1.jpg

I drove the car for a couple of months and then decided to go to the second phase of the project. In this phase I wanted to remove the ///M colors and do the motor.
Removing the M colors.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...onSkool068.jpg

Rebuilding the motor took a lot of time, but with the help of Google it was easier said than done. Forged Mahle pistons was used and the bottom end was balanced. Compresion ratio was dropped to 8,0:1. Head was also flowed.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/Nedan159.jpg

With a lot of elbow grease, I managed to polish some engine parts.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...dec2010160.jpg

Motor was then put into the engine bay and I started with the turbo plumbing.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...gstart2005.jpg

I then decided to make my own turbo header. This job is not for the faint hearted. It took me 6 days to build this header.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...lumbing041.jpg

After all the welding was cleaned, the header was now ready for ceramic coating.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...oheader038.jpg

The header after ceramic coating.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...anifold003.jpg

The header in position.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...anifold007.jpg

The turbo now in possition.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...lumbing057.jpg

From a different angle.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...lumbing055.jpg

I also changed the trunk area slightly.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...lumbing001.jpg

As the E 12 is very heavy and power to weight plays an extremely important role in racing, I decided to shed some weight by replacing the hood with a light weight fibreglass unit. I used the original hood as a plug and made the mould from it.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...etfinal002.jpg

The finished fibreglass hood.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...etfinal020.jpg

Looking good on the car.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...etfinal017.jpg

Another couple of weeks and the car will be done. I am hoping to get around 300wkw and 600wnm from the motor. Please wish me luck???
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...gstart2007.jpg

Regards

LarkHouston 09-19-2011 07:47 AM

Very impressive. You are a brave soul. (And obviously have a lot of time on your hands.) Good luck.

E12 535i Turbo 09-19-2011 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LarkHouston (Post 6326875)
Very impressive. You are a brave soul. (And obviously have a lot of time on your hands.) Good luck.

Thanks a lot.

Have been busy for just ove 3 years with this project. The only time I get to work on the car is Saturday's unfortunately.

E12 535i Turbo 09-23-2011 02:41 PM

Thought to add more bling to the engine bay. Powder coated the brake boosters.

From this.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...dec2010001.jpg

To this.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...rsBling002.jpg

Tomorrow it is for the great assembly of the engine bay!!

E12 535i Turbo 09-25-2011 11:27 AM

Getting there!!
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ealmost014.jpg

E12 535i Turbo 09-26-2011 10:39 AM

Installed the MSD ignition and coil today. Changed the color of both units from red to blue?
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...stalled013.jpg

frusder 12-05-2011 06:37 AM

Wow
 
looks very yummie:p .
any new pics or news?pure greatness

frusder 04-23-2012 11:41 AM

hi, so did you finish?

mrland 04-29-2012 01:05 PM

E12 353i Turbo
 
You are the Great BMW Restorer! Fantastic work!

Flotsam 06-13-2012 01:20 PM

So was that always a 3,5 or did you change that engine out? Also make it a turbo? where did you find a manifold?

are there other related threads for this car?

thanks in advance and congrats on a remarkable project

E12 535i Turbo 06-26-2012 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flotsam (Post 6893331)
So was that always a 3,5 or did you change that engine out? Also make it a turbo? where did you find a manifold?

are there other related threads for this car?

thanks in advance and congrats on a remarkable project

My apologies, I do not come on the forum that much!

The car is an original 535i and the intake manifold is from the 635 csi!

The entire build of the car is on Facebook on a page called Boosted Street Racer.

Thanks!

E12 535i Turbo 06-26-2012 01:46 PM

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...atkins/001.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...atkins/027.jpg

Mishimoto 07-06-2012 03:51 PM

This looks awesome!

Really like what you did, I know how difficult it can be when you have such little time to work on a project. Good job sticking with it.:thumbup:

E12 535i Turbo 07-28-2012 10:07 AM

Fitted the Radiator today!
 
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...uly2012048.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...uly2012050.jpg

E12 535i Turbo 08-21-2012 10:53 AM

Installed the down and induction pipe!
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ust2012047.jpg

BMWFatherFigure 08-28-2012 10:10 PM

It was hot here so I stood by the screen to get cool. That is a work of art. Should be in shows not raced! That work is a real credit to you. Good luck. If you drive as well as you build the rest of your class may as well toss a coin for the minor places........

E12 535i Turbo 09-04-2012 08:35 AM

Hehehe, will drive it hard and show it off every now and then!! Thanks!!

E12 535i Turbo 12-14-2012 10:13 AM

Engine bay is getting busier!!

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psedd19bb8.jpg

Mishimoto 12-14-2012 10:21 AM

Looking good! How do you have the downpipe and exhaust routed?

E12 535i Turbo 12-16-2012 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mishimoto (Post 7249621)
Looking good! How do you have the downpipe and exhaust routed?

This is a RHD vehicle so the steering box leaves no room for the downpipe! I had to turn the turbo around as there is ample space in the front for the downpipe to exit to the rear. The pipe close to the fire wall is for cold air to the turbo. As this is a project in progress, that set up might change??!!

Carl3 12-17-2012 05:07 AM

I love to see these kind of projects!

Mishimoto 12-17-2012 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E12 535i Turbo (Post 7253585)
This is a RHD vehicle so the steering box leaves no room for the downpipe! I had to turn the turbo around as there is ample space in the front for the downpipe to exit to the rear. The pipe close to the fire wall is for cold air to the turbo. As this is a project in progress, that set up might change??!!

Gotcha very cool! I look forward to your updates. :)

E12 535i Turbo 01-13-2013 10:34 AM

She is off to Protune Devellopments for the final touches!!

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps296eb6ff.jpg

Mishimoto 01-14-2013 08:35 AM

Excellent! What headlights do you have on this car? Very unique. :)

E12 535i Turbo 02-23-2013 09:44 AM

Wanted the best rims for the car but what a battle?? Shopped around and could not find anything! The rims I wanted, (BBS) did not fit as the ofset was a problem on the E12?? Had to go for the second best?? Please give me your honest opinion??
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psd25b045a.jpg
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps836e8c5a.jpg
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/u...psef839a1c.jpg


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