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Words & Pics: bdigel
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For over a decade I have been club racing a 79 e12 (http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum…54-powered-e12) and decided I wanted to try something different.
I aqquired a claped out,rust bucket shell of a 72 cs. this car had no glass, no floors, no drivetrain, no interior, no hood, etc, etc, perfect for what I wanted !
there was just too much gone to make it back into a nice street car, but its perfect to turn into a restomod club racer , I will using more mordern parts where ever I can. for starters I am installing an s38b36 out of a e34 M5.
Test fit and starting to find location of engine and transmisson.
Here you can see what shape the car was in and how much sheet metal work needs to be done.
New motor mounts being made.
Before and after shots.
New firewall, and trans tunnel before being welded in.
One reason I didn’t care that the floors were rusted out was that gave me an opportunity to raise the passenger floor so I can raise the exhaust up into the car, potentially allowing me to lower the car more than the period correct cars., one problem I had on the e12 was I kept ripping the exhaust off the car.
Im ready for my horror shot.
Another place we are using more modern parts is the entire rear suspension. we are using an e28 rear subframe, along with its diff and trailing arm’s pictured below is the modified subframe for camber and toe adj.
New subframe bushing being made, we are raising the frame up in the car to help correct the geometry after lowering the car.
Finished bushing along side with sperical trailing arm bushings that are being made, there will be no rubber in this car.
Bushing pressed into the subframe and test fitted in the car.
Refurbished trailing arms , powder coated, and new bearings installed.
A taste of things to come , these wheels are just for testing purpose by the way.
The guys at Synro Design works designed and made these super slick sperical rear trailing bushings.
Before being pressed into the trailing arms.
Trailing arms after new bushing installed.
Finished trailing arm.
The rear suspension assembled.
Close up shot of trailing arms installed.
Test fit in the car. A few quick notes , this is the “Non Stance” way to lower a car , we actually fixed and fabbed things so that the suspension still works . We raised the subframe up into the car to correct the geometry , when we did this we had to cut and channel the body to make room for the trailing arms and diff . Some real craftsmanship being done by the gang at Synro!
Another anti stance design feature , so that I don’t drag the exhaust on the ground we are raising it into the car . therefore the rusted out floorboards actually helped us out! this picture actually shows the general route the new exhaust will take.
Some more sheet metal progress , Frank at Synro has done some fantastic work, the trans tunnel is being reworked , and a quite nice tunnel fabbed up to raise the exhaust up.
A shot of the new sheet metal from underneath along with the new euro headers.
Here you can see how far back we shoved the engine.
Some eye candy for you s38 fan’s, a brand new set of euro s38 headers, aka the basket of snakes.