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Collective-friction last won the day on March 21 2016

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    E12 M535i, E30 M3, E30 320is, E46 325ti, E46 M3CSL, 993tt, 50cc moped!

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    Looking at ‘79 528i

    I’ve been doing a ( painfully slow) undercarriage refresh on an E12 and have found that parts have been available from either BMW themselves or W&N. I haven’t needed to replace body panels thankfully but they would be your potential challenge over mechanical bits. Having said that there are several specialists out there who do have panels , NOS or secondhand so all is not lost! BMW still have some panels left which is more than can be said for some marques. A pal of mine has a UR Quattro and Audi carry virtually zero parts for such an iconic car. looking at the pictures the only things that jump out are the blebs on the bottom of the wing and doors. I wouldn’t let this put me off. I would really want to check in all the usual rot spots to see what else you may have to deal with, E12’s do like to rust if not checked. Apologies for the late response but I would echo the posters above, E12’s are very cool cars and deserve to be preserved. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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    530 MLE - Purchased!

    Hi Ian, Superb!! Those idle thumbs during lockdown have a lot to answer for! Car looks superb, I love all the little details that make it what it is. I can't believe they even drilled the clutch pedal lever. As said above, looking forward to seeing some pictures when it arrives. In other news, mine is still ongoing albeit very slowly but hoping to get back on it soon. Its been so long I've started buying bits Ive already bought! Whatsapp if youre bored. Hope youre well. Mark
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Thank you
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Update.. material arrived safe and sound. It’s genuine stuff.
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Agreed, given the rarity and sheer amount he says he has we could be forgiven for being sceptical! Still as said I’ve ordered some so will report back ....
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Hi Patmo, great to see another one getting the attention they deserve. Surely deserving of your own build thread? In other news for anyone who needs it, there is a guy on the E12 owners FB page who has rolls of original M535i seat cloth. I've just ordered a couple of meters so hopefully something turns up! I'll keep you updated!
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Thanks Joss. I'm hoping I don't have to revisit it again. For some of the components, in particular the rear beam I took it to two places to shotblast it until I was happy prior to powder. If it rots now it's earned it! Ive still got some work to door on the underside with some more surface rust when I get the chance. Next up after that is to put the rear bearings in and start building things back up. In the meantime my daily E30 325i has just developed a gearbox leak and I'm supposed to taking my E30 M3 (been off the road for 5 years) to the Spa Classic for my stag do! The E12 was supposed to be the wedding car but that was realistically never going to happen !
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Now I made a mistake with the stub axles, I originally had them plated in their entirety but when I went to put them back together I just couldn't get the splines to mesh. The plating, however thin was just too much to allow the splines to slide nicely together as they did originally. So so I sent them back to be stripped again. When I spoke to the company they asked why I hadn't asked for the splines to be masked off? Yep, had I known I could do that I would have done! So with them redone with the exception of the bearing faces and splines they came out well.
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    The trailing arms came out ok I think and have been built back up with new back plates etc. I'm not sure if I mentioned before but the paint finish that they arrived in from the dealer was lacking at best so I powdercoated these too.
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    The diff was treated to some fresh oil. Surprisingly what came out was very clean but I couldn't not change it at this stage. Ignore the passivated bolts, they are the wrong ones!
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    The rear beam came out well eventually. The bushes are on with new nuts and bolts with the obligatory treatment with the cavity wax stuff.
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