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Old 05-02-2015, 11:06 AM   #1
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E28 Purchase/Progress

I know its not an E46 but hey everyone loves a bmw especially an old school one.
Soo after getting the 46 build up and away (huge thank you to M5freak!) i decided that the nights stuck away in the garage from the mrs and the support she had given, what a better way to show my appreciation and thanks then to buy her a 'cool' bmw.
Her criteria was simple,has to be fun to drive,be able for her to work on and last be a classic bmw.
After looking at E30s,2002s,E12s,E21s etc she found one that she was intrigued by....1986 525e E28
After she showed me the add on gumtree,not an hour later i called up and asked if i could be the first person to look at it. He already had interests and inspections for the following day however he agreed once i told him my plans.
The very next morning i drove out in the E46 with fairly low expectations since the photos in his add were from 20 years ago!
Once i arrived,i had mixed emotions. It had a bad fuel leak,both front and rear bars damaged,collapsed rear muffler,2 tyres bold,worn rear driveshaft,rear shocks blown,window reg broken,brakes shot and some other small items. The asking price $3200 with 3 months pensioner rego
At first it put me off,right until i realised that everything else worked on the car from the smooth idle,a/c ice cold, to the sunroof. It had virtually every receipt from its purchase in 96 plus all major components overhauled ,transmission,prop shaft,engine work,maintenance work etc.Body was in pretty good condition and it also had a lpg system fitted soo it can run dual fuel lol and heck even that worked great!
Soo after letting him check out the E46,the reason for the purchase and knowing it was going to a good home it was sold for $1900.
That night after surprising her and with a "its soo bad ass" car approval lol it was cruised back to its new home.....ready for a new start
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:10 PM   #2
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:34 AM   #4
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:12 AM   #5
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Soo managed to get stuck into the car. Fuel leak was fixed,rubber feed line going to fuel rail had cracked,$10 fix and all good.
The 28 had 2 sticker lines going all the way around the car,since they were old and worn off we decided to peel it all off aswell as the badge.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:35 AM   #6
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We got rid of the sticker,rear badge and the stupid M badge on the front grill. Moved onto the brakes,the fluid was worn to shreds soo we started to bleed the brakes. All were fine except one of the rears. We removed the nipple cleaned out the port aswell as the caliper feed port but still no luck,started to disconnect brake lines starting from caliper back and bled,finally got the blockage free and all calipers were flowing well. The brakes have improved drastically but i think there may be an issue with the booster since there isnt much assistance when the brakes are applied,possibly booster screwed or line is collapsed,we will look into it further but overall the car still stops good. Then replaced a couple blown rear tail light bulbs,cleaned some burnt contacts and put some led replacements for the license plate bulbs. Will hopefully be changing the bars and other parts very soon as we have already bought another E28 as a parts car for dirt cheap,stay tuned.

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Old 05-03-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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Soo got some pics of the donor car. Everything i need is in great condition including front and rear bumpers,it doesnt run how ever pretty much everything else works electronically and underneath looks pretty good considering its a low mileage car. Owner is a top bloke and even said i can keep at his place of work and strip it there. Bumpers and foglights will be the first thing to change,will post pics when done tonight.
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So managed to start getting the donor car pulled apart. First thing we swapped over front and rear bars and added foglights. I have to figure out how the foglights switch on as they arnt working yet soo need to look up some wiring. Soo far shes happy with the way its going Took it to get a good wash and here are the results.
Ive contacted Spax to order some springs 45/35mm and they dont have any for another 3 weeks soo will have to wait unfortunately.
In the mean time we have plenty to strip with the donor 28
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Awesome! I love a good E28!


Totally want to find a decent one for a project car one day.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:41 PM   #11
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Thanks real happy with the condition its in and the cost
Also have done some research and the cars fitted with RIAL wheels. Apparently they are italian made and this set is from 1981. Will be getting them restored and will be getting the centres sprayed aswell,unsure on what specific colour,the mrs will decide.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:04 PM   #12
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Awesome! I love a good E28!


Totally want to find a decent one for a project car one day.
Yeah man,i want to drive the thing more than my own E46! Such great looking cars,really ahead of their time and alot of fun to drive.
My advice if you find one jump on it asap. I missed out a couple months ago on a black 525e for sale and i regret it to this day lol
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I wouldn't mind your 46 ;D

Just kidding!

That black one looks really mint.

Good to see a car being brought back up to the level it deserves! Who better to do it, too!
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Ive taken pics for progress but never written a build up,dont know if theres much interest for it since its been done before.
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I wouldn't mind your 46 ;D

Just kidding!

That black one looks really mint.

Good to see a car being brought back up to the level it deserves! Who better to do it, too!
Yeah black one was mint! Would be great to add to the collection but oh well its gone to yet another home after it was originally sold.

Bought Spax springs last night 45/35mm drop from the UK. As the car sits its approx 65mm wheel clearance at front,rear unsure as the shocks are blown to bits soo already slammed lol. Looks like E90 drop hats fit for the E28 which will give it a further 10mm drop on front. Once everything settles in after we install im certain we will have a flush tyre to guard wheel gap. The mrs will be doing all the work soo should be good experience for her. Pics soon to come
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Might do a write up when i get time. Just bought some yoko advan tyres dirt cheap and went to buy coilovers but bilstiens are out of stock what set up you running in yours dave?
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