Bimmerfest.com member's E12 535i Turbo project

by Bimmerfest.com Member - E12 535i Turbo on September 16, 2011, 4:28 pm
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???


Regards


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50 responses to Bimmerfest.com member's E12 535i Turbo project

LarkHouston commented:
September 19, 2011, 9:47 am

Very impressive. You are a brave soul. (And obviously have a lot of time on your hands.) Good luck.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
September 19, 2011, 3:19 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by LarkHouston View Post
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 commented:
September 23, 2011, 4:41 pm

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!!
E12 535i Turbo commented:
September 25, 2011, 1:27 pm

Getting there!!
E12 535i Turbo commented:
September 26, 2011, 12:39 pm

Installed the MSD ignition and coil today. Changed the color of both units from red to blue?
frusder commented:
December 5, 2011, 8:37 am

looks very yummie .
any new pics or news?pure greatness
frusder commented:
April 23, 2012, 1:41 pm

hi, so did you finish?
mrland commented:
April 29, 2012, 3:05 pm

You are the Great BMW Restorer! Fantastic work!
Flotsam commented:
June 13, 2012, 3:20 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 commented:
June 26, 2012, 3:43 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flotsam View Post
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 commented:
June 26, 2012, 3:46 pm



Mishimoto commented:
July 6, 2012, 5:51 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.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
July 28, 2012, 12:07 pm



E12 535i Turbo commented:
August 21, 2012, 12:53 pm

Installed the down and induction pipe!
BMWFatherFigure commented:
August 29, 2012, 12:10 am

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 commented:
September 4, 2012, 10:35 am

Hehehe, will drive it hard and show it off every now and then!! Thanks!!
E12 535i Turbo commented:
December 14, 2012, 12:13 pm

Engine bay is getting busier!!

Mishimoto commented:
December 14, 2012, 12:21 pm

Looking good! How do you have the downpipe and exhaust routed?
E12 535i Turbo commented:
December 16, 2012, 1:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mishimoto View Post
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 commented:
December 17, 2012, 7:07 am

I love to see these kind of projects!
Mishimoto commented:
December 17, 2012, 10:09 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by E12 535i Turbo View Post
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 commented:
January 13, 2013, 12:34 pm

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

Mishimoto commented:
January 14, 2013, 10:35 am

Excellent! What headlights do you have on this car? Very unique.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
February 23, 2013, 11:44 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??


mxico4me commented:
February 23, 2013, 4:28 pm

Two thumbs up dude!!
Mishimoto commented:
February 25, 2013, 9:50 am

Looking good!
First_745Li commented:
March 3, 2013, 8:13 pm

Wow! What a transformation.. Love see this stuff. Do you have any pics of before? Congrats bro! Enjoy in good health.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
March 9, 2013, 1:03 pm

Installed the exhaust today!
Vapiano commented:
March 11, 2013, 12:21 am

Phenomenal job! I love everything about this car.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
March 16, 2013, 2:58 pm

Dropped the suspension by 30mm.
E12 535i Turbo commented:
March 21, 2013, 8:34 am

Decided to change the exhaust!
Leon83 commented:
March 30, 2013, 4:57 am

Nice done with the car, i am building at the same modell and engine, but i have the e28 m5 front suspension
And rear with special build coilovers. Then i got the m5 e34 big breaks with discs. But the turbo is a garett gt45! Impressive work with the headers!
72 bavaria 3.0 commented:
April 11, 2013, 11:19 am

Do you know to put a car on point
E12 535i Turbo commented:
April 16, 2013, 1:16 pm

Sorry, do not know??
E12 535i Turbo commented:
April 16, 2013, 1:17 pm

Decided to make my own boot spoiler!?
John@SAtlBMW commented:
April 29, 2013, 10:33 am

Awesome build - I'd love to see some more progress on it. The spoiler and the dual exhaust tips are perfect. Have a pic of her from the rear?
E12 535i Turbo commented:
May 18, 2013, 2:58 pm

Decided to add some colour to the car!?
matt540 commented:
May 18, 2013, 3:08 pm

Very impressive, i wish i could get into a project like this.
Fast Bob commented:
May 19, 2013, 6:12 pm

I`m waiting for the video of a proper smoking-tire presentation

(I`ve been following this build for a long time. I did my own "E12 build" 30 years ago, not nearly this intensive though )
E12 535i Turbo commented:
May 24, 2013, 12:56 pm

E12 535i Turbo commented:
May 26, 2013, 9:19 am

John@SAtlBMW commented:
June 10, 2013, 2:42 pm

Any updates for June?? I want more.


Looking sharp!
TheBeeze812 commented:
June 11, 2013, 5:02 am

Very good job man! This was an incredible journey/project you chose to undertake...did you have the intention in the beginning to get this in-depth with the build, or did it just kind of fall into place as you went? Once again, excellent job and the car looks fantastic!
E12 535i Turbo commented:
July 6, 2013, 1:48 pm

Engine compartment finally done....
GPDenver commented:
July 11, 2013, 2:34 pm

This is such an awesome build. Please get some real wheels on this thing ASAP!!!!!!

Everything is great except those terrible wheels
John@SAtlBMW commented:
August 13, 2013, 10:33 am

I know it is the middle of winter for you, but come on - I need an update!
Adritian commented:
August 18, 2013, 4:36 am

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E12 535i Turbo commented:
November 17, 2013, 4:18 am

Almost there!
RandalLovelace commented:
December 2, 2013, 8:16 pm

I have to say - I've worked on cars (not as a profession - but as a hobby) my whole adult life - and I would not have undertaken this challenge by myself - with help yeah... but not by myself. And, yet you of little car working knowledge not only took on the challenge - but you've created an automotive artwork in the process.... Deep Salute - by chance in interior modifications / pictures??
bmw-mania commented:
August 9, 2014, 9:59 am


yup..
I like it.

Very well done!