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JAM172 last won the day on January 15 2021

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About JAM172

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  • Birthday 04/29/1987

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    East Sussex.
  • Interests
    Trackdays, car detailing, gathering points on my license and all things Forumbmw5
  • Occupation
    Contract manager


  • Garage
    E28 528i, E3 2500A, E12 M535i & E39 530d Sport daily driver

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  1. JAM172

    528i won't start

  2. You are right Duncan, didn't want to name Conan, but you have now I actually locked the rear wheels in the dry, changing down coming into a left hander on track with Splondike co-piloting, I saw him twitch a bit I remember the soggy Bedford incident well, just touched the throttle and spun 360 degrees onto the grass When all this COVID 19 situation is under control, I think we should pick a show as a FORUM5 reunion?
  3. Hi Duncan, yes all good, missing the shows etc. I have resigned myself to no more track days, nothing else even comes close to 172. What I thought I should do, seeing as I owned 172 for so long both as a show car and latterly a track car, was do a little write up on her and the e28 M5's general appeal, so here we go: I have spoken to the guy selling 172, it has had extensive engine work, he is trying to obtain copies of invoices as the guy that restored it sadly passed away, and all paper work with him. Before I owned the car, back in 1994 the previous owner tasked "Auto Technic" to investigate non - starting, he ended up with a bill for £3500 back then for chain, bent valves etc etc, it had covered 108300 miles. I note the mileage to be as I sold it (sold as non runner due to cam chain noise on start up). It had not jumped teeth on the sprockets this time. The body work and interior looks amazing, it was originally Pacific Blue Cloth, but I think the leather is a massive improvement. Would I have it back? in a heartbeat, actually I nearly did and as I was only around £54950.00 short of the asking price but nearly struck a deal to part with my e12 M535 and my e3 to get it back, but finally saw sense and realised that 172 excelled on track and it's now way too good for that, and for me on the road ......... bye bye license................AGAIN!! No, somebody else needs to own E917 NCR, I purchased it 19 years ago £7500 and sold it 5 years ago as a non runner for £7500, ah just £47495.00 worth short of what it is worth today. The restoration would have been fortunes, I would have needed to start by finding: 16 inch BBS wheels e28 M5 specific. Electric interior Complete Aircon kit Boot carpet specific for boot mounted battery To name just a few hard to find expensive items, sadly at the time, an e28 M5 was rare but not worth that much and consequently I had sold all of the above for what now is peanuts and due to lack of storage space. 172 now looks superb, the current owner has another 12 rarer BMW classics in his collection, including E24 M535CSI, two E12 B7 Alpinas, E12 M535is, E28 Alpina B9 etc etc. Some of you may remember that for a year or so I also owned another E28 M5 at the same time as 172, one previous owner Nr 165 covered 190000 miles and had not had the timing chain and associated works carried out, the oil had been changed every 4000 miles throughout it's life, begging the question is it really "Fact" that the chain must be done every 100,000 miles?? I think the answer is that it really depends on how well it has been looked after, needless to say I parted with around £4500 and had the work done. 172 spent the last 8 years of it's ownership with me, on track and rarely below 4000 RPM, but the oil and filter was changed after every outing, these outings included Bedford, Snetterton, Goodwood , Abberville in France and The Nuremberg ring and it never missed a beat. Like I said happy days My summary and for what my opinion worth, if you love e28's and you have never driven an e28 M5, you need to, the power delivery is what can only be described as savage, particularly in the lower gears, but beware on the road they are an accident waiting to happen in the wrong hands or conditions, let the revs climb too much and touch the throttle too soon on a greasy surface and you will end up with more than a little fight on your hands leading to some very nervous passengers, the same can be said for changing down too enthusiastically, it will lock the rear wheels and leave you facing on coming traffic On the other hand at low revs, it will pull from 1000 rpm in any gear, you could be driving a nice low mileage mild mannered 520i, such is the appeal of an e28 M5 they really were a wolf in sheep's clothing and I count myself as very fortunate to have owned them both in more affordable times.
  4. Ha Ha, I remember that photo being taken, there is still video footage of it at Marham on YouTube, happy days
  5. JAM172


    Hi, I too have a 528i. In my opinion the "smoke" that you are seeing is steam, I had the head crack on my E3 last year and after replacement work was carried out by me, I had plumes and plumes of "smoke" from the exhaust, it only occurred once the car started to warm up, I took it for a long and hard drive and the problem went away, basically where the head cracked it filled the exhaust system with water, this took a long while to evaporate completely, have a long drive approximately an hour and the steam will disappear. As for the lack of power, the valve clearances could be too tight and totally unconnected to the steam, check when cold, this could also explain your compression readings. Good Luck
  6. JAM172

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Well what ever you decide, it's worth it, another e28 saved can only be a good thing.
  7. JAM172

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Ok, well if you struggle let me know, sorry to tell you this but did have the tank to go with it, sold it last year. I was going to put the 2.8 e12 engine in my e3, so have metal supply pipes, external pump filter etc, decided against in the end as I think it would have devalued it. Great project by the way.
  8. JAM172

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    I have a fuel sender out of an e12 528i, any help? PN 16121153050
  9. JAM172

    Restoring a rubber boot spoiler

    Oh, well if it is not rubber, then don't try my method, it will not work on a foam based spoiler. The spoiler I have on my e28 was painted in a flexible paint, to match the Delphin Grey body colour, but that required special preparation as well. Good luck with it.
  10. JAM172

    Restoring a rubber boot spoiler

    Is it a black rubber boot spoiler from an e28? I have had success with soaking it in warm soapy water and then using a razor blade on it's edge to scrape of years of grime, then hot air gun to warm it and feed it with lots of Auto Glym Bumper care, takes a lot of patience and go careful. Failing that I happen to know that Tenchy on here has a good one looking for a home.
  11. JAM172

    e28 project

    There is, these people overhauled my e12 M535i items https://bobbeckfuelinjection.co.uk/
  12. JAM172

    Keyring for where my E28 once lived

    Yeah, fine thanks Duncan, still at work busy estimating. Although not that busy otherwise I wouldn't be on here . Still got the e28 528i, E3 2500 and E12 M535i, although I sometimes question why. I miss the track days we used to but, but don't have car for it now anyway. You Ok?
  13. JAM172

    Keyring for where my E28 once lived

    Or just buy a blank one from EBAY, there are loads of them and get your wording engraved?
  14. JAM172

    fuel pump

    Reading your restoration thread with interest, reference the pump, my e12 M535i only has an external pump, works just fine.
  15. JAM172

    Compression. F##k

    Hi Joss, broken valve spring or stuck valve, but if you are really lucky, broken rocker shaft or follower...……..all of which I have, so shout?