'80 528i: new project

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Hffvdbl
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'80 528i: new project

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So, I found another e12 to work on as the '79 528i I had bought a few years ago just needs to much (engine bay fire that came into the dash)

This is the link to that car:
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Found this new one in Reno on craigslist.

1980 528i
Polaris Silver
black cloth
slicktop
automatic
~111k miles
inop a/c (just needs a charge :laugh: )

Seems like a pretty nice car, I cant find rust anywhere really which is nice. The flip side of buying dry California/Nevada cars is that the rubber bits and interior are all sunbaked and dry as well. So the first thing I did was replace the engine bay fuel lines as they were functioning more as soaker hoses.

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Subscribed!
What's the plan for the powerplant?
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Nebraska_e28 wrote: Sep 08, 2020 1:06 PM Subscribed!
What's the plan for the powerplant?
Ditto.
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Hffvdbl wrote: Aug 29, 2020 2:18 PM I cant find rust anywhere really which is nice. The flip side of buying dry California/Nevada cars is that the rubber bits and interior are all sunbaked and dry as well. So the first thing I did was replace the engine bay fuel lines as they were functioning more as soaker hoses.
Well don't I know this to be truth! We both need a PNW parts car to combine it with, lol.
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Nebraska_e28 wrote: Sep 08, 2020 1:06 PM Subscribed!
What's the plan for the powerplant?
Great question LJ and Charlie. All motor or forced induction? I'm thinking something with 24 valves and high compression or something with 12 valves and a snail. Or maybe something with 24 valves and snail :evil:
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Do I hear a 24v and 2 snails? Or maybe a compounding setup with a supercharger. :D
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I was able to get some help from my buddy to get the bumpers built and mounted, euro headlights swapped on, and got some tires mounted on the BBS Mahles that I bought for this a few years ago. Mounting the bumpers was fun! Not bad really compared to the couple of e28s I've euro converted. This thing is really a lot of fun to drive.

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Those bumpers made a huge improvement on the lines for that car. I like the Euro bumpers on the E28 but they radically transform the E12. More pics!
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Looking great. Now the sidemarkers need to be deleted. Looking forward to seeing the progression.
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Love the transformation so far, keep up the great progress.
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Noooo don't delete the sidemarkers! The massive ones in front are such a cool feature, love them

Awesome project.
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