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When you mentioned the e12 race car I thought of Geoff Weeks as he had an e12 race car. I have had my e12 since 1990 and bought parts from him. In a time long ago when there was no internet and you made calls from a phone box.

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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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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.

 

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Ignore the passivated bolts, they are the wrong ones!

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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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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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Looking great mate. Did a lot of the same work to mine a few years back. Disappointingly it looks oh so rusty again but hey ho. Should have powder coated. :(

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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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Seems your M3 has suffered the same fate as my GTA. Been off the road 4 years now with no hope of it being finished any time soon.

 

My E12 still has a lot of welding to be attended to on the floor. At least from the rear doors back it is now 100% solid.

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