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 Post subject: Epearce's BMW E28 - Huge Update
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Vehicle: 98 N/A 5MT Foz - 82 BMW E28

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Location: Launceston, TAS
It begins with me wanting a cheap rear wheel drive second car to muck around in. I wanted a BMW as i'm an apprentice BMW technician. I found a guy wanting to get rid of three E28 models. I ended up buying all three for $600 and towing them home.

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The brown one has a blown head gasket and is only good for parts. The white one threw a leg out of bed, and it also only good for parts. The green one runs but has body damage, it is also manual unlike the others. They are all 1982 528i models with a 2.8 litre straight 6.

They plan was to swap straight parts off the spare cars and fix it up without spending much on it.

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In this time i also replaced every fluid and filter possible as well as making everything work like it did from the factory. I then got it registered and it drove like a dream.

This was when i started really liking the car and what its like to drive an old classic. It has everything you could want especially for a 31 year old car. Central locking, electric mirrors, power steering. Also things that modern cars don't have like brake pad wear indicators and active check control.

I figured it was cheaper to buy another car instead of painting panels. Luckily i found another in the same colour for $650 also with a blown headgasket.

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW 528i E28 - more parts, more build
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:05 pm 
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Vehicle: 98 N/A 5MT Foz - 82 BMW E28

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Location: Launceston, TAS
Won a Momo 1980's wheel for a cheap price:

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Interior came up mint with a clean:

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Then other things happended like AC delete, tow bar delete, home made straight through diff back exhaust and removal of all emissions related components (no CATs from factory :D)

Fast forward another couple of months and i lowered it and cleaned up the paint and chrome pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Nice buy!
The E28s go awesome, especially in manual! There was a bloke who used to live down the road from my parents place who had a british racing green one with gold wheels...and a straight through muffler as well :lol: sounded insane!

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:11 pm 
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Vehicle: 98 N/A 5MT Foz - 82 BMW E28

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I have skipped heaps of photos and things that i have done but you can read more on my stance works build thread here.

They are definitely a great reliable car. It came with nearly 130kw at the fly when new. Not bad for its age.

Currently planning a 3.5 litre high compression engine conversion.

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:36 pm 
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nice looking rig man...

my first car was an 84 528i auto, and this makes me miss mine so much haha mine had lots of steering and brakes stuff to be repaired when i got rid of it...
mad cruiser, wish i'd kept it and put a 1j or something silly in it haha

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:29 pm 
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Apprentice tech? Mate, from your build thread you are more like a Master Tech.

You certainly know how to do a lot more than I do.

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:46 am 
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my mate just sold his e28, such a great car, he had an rb25/30 with a highflow turbo on it, 370rwhp :D it drifted well :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:55 am 
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Well done. Might have to pick your mind as I have been looking at older beemers myself recently. Have in mind a 740 for lux cruising /commute and towing my boat. Huge fan of the old 6 series coupes too.


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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:18 am 
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I miss the one I had. Looked exactly the same as the Gold one at top.
In fact, very, very the same.

Two questions, are the BMW logos on the wheel centres layered vinyl?
Is that some sprayed over dodgy bog job on the rear PS wheel arch?

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 Post subject: Re: Epearce's BMW E28.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:17 pm 
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Vehicle: 98 N/A 5MT Foz - 82 BMW E28

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Thanks for the response guys, didn't expect that for an old car on a subaru forum.

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I miss the one I had. Looked exactly the same as the Gold one at top.
In fact, very, very the same.

Two questions, are the BMW logos on the wheel centres layered vinyl?
Is that some sprayed over dodgy bog job on the rear PS wheel arch?


It would have been a nice colour in its day, the paint is wrecked on this one however.

I think the center emblem is all one piece, definitely not layered (apart from maybe a clear top layer).

Which car are you referring to? My green one has bog in the rear which is starting to crack unfortunately :cry:

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Well done. Might have to pick your mind as I have been looking at older beemers myself recently. Have in mind a 740 for lux cruising /commute and towing my boat. Huge fan of the old 6 series coupes too.


Cheers mate. Know worries at all, i'd be more than happy to help. The old 6 series are an amazing looking car, on my wish list thats for sure :)


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Apprentice tech? Mate, from your build thread you are more like a Master Tech.

You certainly know how to do a lot more than I do.


Haha, definitely no MT, maybe in 6 years.

I didnt know much at all before buying these. Learnt so much that i would never learn at work.

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nice looking rig man...

my first car was an 84 528i auto, and this makes me miss mine so much haha mine had lots of steering and brakes stuff to be repaired when i got rid of it...
mad cruiser, wish i'd kept it and put a 1j or something silly in it haha


Thanks lach.

Nice first car! They arent cheap if you need to replace lots of parts like that. Luckily i have a surplus of parts :P 1j conversion would be epic!

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Nice buy!
The E28s go awesome, especially in manual! There was a bloke who used to live down the road from my parents place who had a british racing green one with gold wheels...and a straight through muffler as well :lol: sounded insane!


Sure was!

The 6 cylinders do go well, they love limiter as well haha.

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