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When obsessive visions become reality. MY E24 with M62.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:02 am Reply with quote
Pablo_el
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Finally I kicked off restoration of my bimmer! I am so excited Mr. Green

Since I knew what a car was I wanted a 635. Nothing else could fill in the void that a picture in one of the newspapers created. It is said that first impressions are the most important and I must admit that there is some to it- after 15+ years that image is still stuck in my head!

I was looking quite a long time for the car I wanted to buy. I did not want a pristine example because I just couldn't go through all that I have planned knowing that I destroy an original example. So I found this 1987 635CSi on craigslist and after 14 hour drive one way to see it I was $1.2k poorer. The car not only made 600 mile journey back home without issues but drove about 4k miles through the summer as a daily driver before it decided to rest. My previous plans assumed using m70 but my friend got rear-ended in his '98 540 in the meantime. I just could not pass up m62B44+6 speed combo (SC anyone Very Happy) that I knew so well with just a touch above 100k done with full service history.



The car is going to be a daily driver, painted probably Sterling Gray with tan interior, full euro conversion, e38 style 5s, AC. I want to keep original spirit of the car but not without some major updates. Car is being stripped right now in preparation for rust removal. I expect to have the chassis painted this summer keeping in mind that I will drive it on the next.

General condition of the car is surprisingly good. Worst part of the interior is the dash but leather is nice (car used to have seat covers) and I really love the 87 trim with the fridge in the back! Everything worked when I got the car except driver side rear window motor - amazing. Rust is an issue here but nothing that cannot be handled. Body is generally straight and needs just a respray but I will take considerable amount of time to make the modifications I have in mind.

It is really to much to list 15 years of planning over here so I will update as I go :) Just from the top of my head:

Chassis preparation:
- new passenger side floorpan,
- outer skin from e39 rocker panels,
- inner rockers substituted by 3.5x3.5 inch 3/16 wall 6 foot steel square conduit
- custom rear end for euro bumper (no strip or spoiler will be installed),
- custom radiator support ,
- front subframe modification to retain stock m62 engine mounts,
- rear subframe camber adjustment mods, new bushings etc,
- steering rack reinforcement,
- reinforcement of strut towers
- bracing of rear differential mount and trunk floor

Engine:
- valve cover gaskets,
- water pump and all cooling system components,
- rear main seal
- new clutch,
- custom headers and intake.
- OBD1 conversion with DME 404

Electrical:
- installation of audio system which no one will ever see,
- carputer,
- remote start with other goodies,
- e34 smoked euro hella projectors with 5k HIDs,
- custom LED tailights,
- modified e24 gauges with CEL and other goodies - LED backlight etc,
- built in 3 cameras (front, rear and driver),
- valentine Very Happy

Interior:
- dashboard restoration - epoxy resin + vinyl wrap,
- dying all leather pieces and painting rest of the trim to match,
- leather headliner from m6,
- e30 rearview mirror,


No time, effort nor $ will be spared to complete the project however being a daily diver the car will not be super extra clean inside out. Everything within reasons ;]


Pictures

1. Pick up:








After a good wash:









New shoes and front bumper:














Interior:









Door card restored/unrestored







Idiotfest:





Let the fun begin!





Any engine pull needs to have the trademark shots. Very Happy





Interior teardown













Dashboard



3/25/2012











3/30/2012










4/20/12 update Very Happy




7/12/12

Surgery begins. Full album under link below, I will add more photos later.

https://plus.google.com/photos/102242354268175987168/albums/5763030996034656849





















10/01/12





















Outer skins

I used only outer skins from 1998 BMW e39. The jack locations have identical width of 5ft so I decided to match the e24 locations.

This is just a quick fit to measure out jack point which was rusted out on 6er.





Even though the e39 sideskirts are longer than e24 keeping the e39 jacks untouched required to cut down front which will be used at the end to fill the gap.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:04 am Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:33 am Reply with quote
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Sounds awesome.

Look forward to seeing the resto progress. Good luck with the project.

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Greg

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:00 am Reply with quote
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E39 rocker panels (sills)?

Do these fit OK? any pros and cons that you know of?

BTW gotta love the vision.... I wish you every success in the realisation of your plans!

cheers


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:16 am Reply with quote
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Got to love a nice red E24. Still stand by it being the best colour.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:49 pm Reply with quote
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Brucey wrote:
E39 rocker panels (sills)?

Do these fit OK? any pros and cons that you know of?


I have seen a red 635 on ebay the other day with those rocker panels welded in. Looked pretty good and as I had the whole e39 in pieces I decided to give it a go. Especially considering price of new e24 rockers which the car is desperate for. It used to have Zender skirts which were a perfect enviorment for the rust to develop. Worst case scenario assumes modification of existing panels and rewelding the outer skins.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:34 am Reply with quote
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Some progress! Old engine and tranny are out, interior half way stripped. "Just" need to remove the dash Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:09 pm Reply with quote
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I love your vision. Great combo, especially with the six-speed.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:33 pm Reply with quote
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Pictures of the rust were added. New rocker panels make sense now? Rolling Eyes Check out the foam in the rear rocker panel section. My first time I see this on a car, feels weird at the very least Surprised

I will strip the floor just for fun but I would cut it out almost completely later anyway . It is not that bad, just as a precautionary measure so it lasts 10 years or so.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:55 pm Reply with quote
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Looking good!

Great collection of photos for build thread too.

That motor with 6 speed will make one sweet E24!

Not sure if the later cars have the problem or not, but it would probably be a good idea to verify the diff mount will hold up with the extra power!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:49 am Reply with quote
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Finally got some progress! And bought new daily to cruise around:



528 5 speed wagon Very Happy


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One bumper mount done, one to go. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:22 pm Reply with quote
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wow what a project, keep us posted.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:57 am Reply with quote
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Engine mounts on the way! First mock ups have been tacked on. If all goes good engine will be in position next week.

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