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Undernutter
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1986 628CSi Restoration

Post by Undernutter » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:28 pm

In January this year I took this for its MOT, as usual. 1986 520i. My brother and I dragged it out of a barn around ten years ago when we were teenagers, and returned it to the road. I daily'd it for about three or four years, but she lives in a barn and only comes out on sunny days now. I've had this, and another E28, in pieces and back together more times than I've changed my clothes, so am no stranger to the ins and outs of these cars.
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So, January this year while its MOT was being done I spotted this in the corner of the yard....
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Its "only" a 2.8 auto, but its a late shadowline car, fairly complete, and upon close inspection, doesn't have any serious rust issues. The bodywork is what I would call serviceable: sill ends and leading edges of the front wings need repair, but I've got plenty of welding experience and like a challenge!
It was laid up ~12 years ago with a suspected gearbox fault, and was parked indoors at the back of a unit. However, Its been parked outdoors now for several months with no side windows or windscreen (bloody vandals :x ). Hence the challenge will be the interior. The engine turns over on a spanner though.

So, its now safely back at my unit and the stripdown has begun. I quickly located not one but two replacement windscreens and a pair of doors with good glass via eBay.
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The Keys have unfortunately been lost in the mists of time, possibly pocketed by the same little scrotes who bricked the windows. So if anybody has a full lock set they are willing to sell me, please get in touch :) . We had to dismantle the steering column and turn the rack with mole grips just to get it on and off of the low-loader in a straight line!

Image These have definitely seen better days but apart from that bolster (which has broken down like soggy cardboard), look like they will respond well to a really really good clean.

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The interior is all boxed up, and back at home ready for restoration piece by piece. Next step is to strip down the doors.

Bye for Now

Dave

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Re: 1986 628CSi Restoration

Post by wattsmonkey » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:28 pm

That looks ace! Love the leather/cloth sport seats.
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Re: 1986 628CSi Restoration

Post by olympia57 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:54 pm

Henry looks happy with it .........

I seen that car being advertised for parts ,good to see it being saved.
Good luck with the restoration and keep us posted as you progress.
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Re: 1986 628CSi Restoration

Post by Undernutter » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:33 pm

Cheers Chaps :D

Dash be gone, surprisingly straightforward with no screen!:
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Horrid 90's bothersome Alarm Be gone:
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And wiring neatly soldered back together:
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These have begun to clean up well, the first of many many interior bits!
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The wanted list currently stands at:
Full lock set to include a steering column, I cant figure out a method of removing the old one without getting medieval on it!
Interior floor soundproofing. Some of it will live to fight another day but bits of it are toast.

Bye for now

Dave

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Re: 1986 628CSi Restoration

Post by hornhospital » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:53 pm

Re: going medieval on the column lock.

You'll have to remove the security screws to get it out. Either use a cold chisel/punch to unscrew them, or a Dremel with a cutoff disc to grind a screwdriver slot in them to unwind them. Replace them with button head hex socket screws if you want the job to go much easier in the future, or buy new security screws and snap them off like the originals.
Ken Kanne
'84 633CSi "Sylvia"; '85 635CSi "Katja";'87 325is "Odette"; '93 325is "Elvira"

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