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Old 09-16-2011, 01:28 PM
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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.


This is the car after all the dents and rust was removed. Body is now primed.


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


I then decided to add some color to the car. This was a mistake and later I removed the colors. (follow the thread?)


After a year, I finished the first phase of the project and this was the outcome.


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.


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.


With a lot of elbow grease, I managed to polish some engine parts.


Motor was then put into the engine bay and I started with the turbo plumbing.


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.


After all the welding was cleaned, the header was now ready for ceramic coating.


The header after ceramic coating.


The header in position.


The turbo now in possition.


From a different angle.


I also changed the trunk area slightly.


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.


The finished fibreglass hood.


Looking good on the car.


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???


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Old 09-19-2011, 06:47 AM
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Very impressive. You are a brave soul. (And obviously have a lot of time on your hands.) Good luck.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:19 PM
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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.

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:41 PM
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Thought to add more bling to the engine bay. Powder coated the brake boosters.

From this.


To this.


Tomorrow it is for the great assembly of the engine bay!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:27 AM
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Getting there!!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:39 AM
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Installed the MSD ignition and coil today. Changed the color of both units from red to blue?
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:41 AM
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hi, so did you finish?
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:05 PM
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You are the Great BMW Restorer! Fantastic work!
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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
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:43 PM
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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!
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:46 PM
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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.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:07 AM
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:53 AM
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Installed the down and induction pipe!
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:10 PM
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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........
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:35 AM
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Hehehe, will drive it hard and show it off every now and then!! Thanks!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:13 AM
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Engine bay is getting busier!!

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:21 AM
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Looking good! How do you have the downpipe and exhaust routed?
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:56 AM
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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??!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:07 AM
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I love to see these kind of projects!
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Looking good!
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Wow! What a transformation.. Love see this stuff. Do you have any pics of before? Congrats bro! Enjoy in good health.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:03 AM
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Installed the exhaust today!
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Phenomenal job! I love everything about this car.
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Dropped the suspension by 30mm.
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