E28i 535i 1988 manual resto/euro conversion

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Rthlss1
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Re: E28i 535i 1988 manual resto/euro conversion

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While I wait for some parts I have taken style 5s apart to have lips polished and bolts/nuts chromed.

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Got rear axle rubber mountings, pitman arms and rear stabilizer links. Rear end is now solid as it should be.

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While I had diff removed I gave it a quick wash to remove dirt.

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I also noticed that output shafts were replaced since the label on them says 2011 - that is always a good thing.

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Rthlss1
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Re: E28i 535i 1988 manual resto/euro conversion

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Finally euro conversion can start.
I have acquired used euro bumpers. As you can imagine if e28 in europe is being parted out it is mostly because of accident or rust issues so bumpers are rusty and bend in majority of cases.

Anyway my bumpers were in rough condition. Here is the process of their restoration.

State of them once i got them.

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Dechromed

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Welding time

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Grinding

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Back from chrome shop

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Not perfect due to all repairs but good enough. Will have them painted inside to prevent any future rusting on weld spots.

Also managed to source the rear original Zender bumper

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Removed USA rear bumper. Panels are intact still have the original VIN sticker.

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When doing bumper conversion the existing holes of USA bumper mounts can be used with some cutting inside the trunk on the passenger site. I refused to cut the rust free car so I came up with the idea to press threaded nuts inside these existing holes so no need of cutting to access the nut from the trunk. Will be a pain in the ass to install but rather spend more time than cutting the car.

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And i assembled bumpers to test fit fitments on the car next week

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stuartinmn
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Re: E28i 535i 1988 manual resto/euro conversion

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Good job on restoring the bumpers!
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Nice work, glad to see this coming along! Wish I was making as fast as progress as you!
sheebs
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Great progress indeed! Are you going to notch the lower valance for the exhaust? I didn't mind a little cutting, but instead of replacing the entire back panel and risking the body going out of square, I only replaced up to a horizontal line which is hidden behind the bumper.

I've also been to Ljubljana believe it or not. Beautiful place. Was visiting American friends living/working in Villach Austria, and we spent an a day looping thru Slovenia and N. Italy.
bronziti wrote: Mar 29, 2022 12:44 AM Great progress! I truly enjoy reading up on restoration projects like this! It gives me inspiration on my own project as well as insight on what was done to achieve a solution.

side note: I used to work for a Slovenian company based in Ljubljana they took employees back to Ljubljana every year to experience the culture!
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That's some craftsmanship with the bumpers. Look forward to seeing the continued transformation.
Mdreamer
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I agree with the other posters about how nice your bumpers came out. Great work!
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sheebs wrote: May 01, 2022 9:08 PM Great progress indeed! Are you going to notch the lower valance for the exhaust? I didn't mind a little cutting, but instead of replacing the entire back panel and risking the body going out of square, I only replaced up to a horizontal line which is hidden behind the bumper.

I've also been to Ljubljana believe it or not. Beautiful place. Was visiting American friends living/working in Villach Austria, and we spent an a day looping thru Slovenia and N. Italy.
bronziti wrote: Mar 29, 2022 12:44 AM Great progress! I truly enjoy reading up on restoration projects like this! It gives me inspiration on my own project as well as insight on what was done to achieve a solution.

side note: I used to work for a Slovenian company based in Ljubljana they took employees back to Ljubljana every year to experience the culture!
Thank you guys for your feedback!!

Again small world :). Yes Ljubljana is a nice small city in a day you can see it all and in 1 hour of drive you can be in Italy, Croatia...
Zender rear bumper is going to make a lower line. I have test fitted it and adjusted exhaust end tips (shortened them and re-welded position to sit higher and in the center of Zender space for exhaust tips) to fit as nice as possible.

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USA bumper was removed and the EURO bumper was test fitted.

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And the gear shift knob is now covered in new leather.
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Hopefully I get the dashboard and interior back this week so I can finish work inside the car.
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Dat knob :ohyeah:
Rthlss1
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Got the dashboard and interior back.

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Installed everything - dash vent surprisingly fast.

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New leather on steering

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Repaired sloppy webbing on back of the seats and shortened the plastic around bowden cable so the headrest on drivers seat works again.

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Wow! It is coming together very nicely. This makes me wish I had the skills to do all of my own work. Sigh...
Rthlss1
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Mdreamer wrote: May 13, 2022 12:46 AM Wow! It is coming together very nicely. This makes me wish I had the skills to do all of my own work. Sigh...
Thanks. I do it with major help from my father who is a great craftsman.
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Installed rear EURO bumper and Zender apron.

Some before/after side comparison.

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Wasn't able to save the original antenna (will use it for parts for other projects) so I bought another Hirschmann antenna that works perfectly and I think it is period correct as well.¸

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