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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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    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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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    So this project is still ongoing albeit at a painfully slow pace but life does get in the way! Ok, where are we, we'll not much has happened but progress is progress. The trailing arms and rear beam have been back from the powdercoaters for a while now. The bushes are in and every orifice has been filled with Bilt Hambers finest, i really should be able to claim some of the company with the amount of the stuff I've bought but I'm determined this car won't rust anytime soon!
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    Help with Reference Photos on e12 m535i

    I'm the same, my dash has never been out. Have you tried Tony C ?
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    Starting to repair the rust

    Great news mate. I know how you feel, progress has slowed up massively on mine, still a long way to go. You will probably finish before me and all I've done is tart some stuff up! Oh and I bought another car which hasn't helped proceedings!
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Yeah it does seem to be a bit of a BMW thing, sadly I'm all too aware of the E46 issue and sometimes wince when my CSL slams home the next gear! Gentle it is not. I think the work work on the E12 might have been timely since the diff mount that came out was well and truly knackered so with a new one and a degree of mechanical sympathy should see it through. As for my old pal, it's not Geoff Weeks but a colourful character called Chris Mavrommatis, a Greek Cypriot down here in Cornwall who knows the old cars inside out.
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Hi M5 Ive given the diff mount some thought and knew about the potential issue. A good friend of mine who was working in the dealerships when these were new and has up until very recently run an Indy has a great deal of experience with these ( including campaigning an E12 rally car and running his own E12 M535i for the best part of 30 years) is of the opinion that only really abused cars suffer from this. Including his own car as it happens but he is the first to admit it has been driven very hard for many years!) This view was shared by Tony C when I asked his opinion of the issue before I bought this car. With all that in mind I made the decision that if when I pulled the car apart there was any sign, however minute, of an issue I would have it reinforced. On inspection, including scoping the channel there was nothing to be seen. This coupled with the knowledge that the car won't be beaten to death and see light use I'm going to leave it alone. I may may live to regret that but my reasoning seems sound at this point In other news I'm still waiting for my rear beam to come back from the powdercoaters, there has been an issue with the powder reacting in a particular spot so it's having to be redone again. The trailing arms and rear roll bar are ready to be blasted but will wait to see how the beam looks before I commit to the same place for the these. Im about to book up for Deutsche Fest at Brands Hatch, it would have been great to have taken the E12 but I'm miles off that point sadly. Anyone going ?
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

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    New bloke with E12 M535i