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Old 06-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help Restoring Rare e34 525it In West Chester, PA

I have purchased an unfinished BMW E34 with extensive extra parts. I am inexperienced but am selling my daily driver so my only option will be to complete this build. Also, i want to use as many salvaged OEM parts as possible for best value. My plans are as follows:

Build time: 4 months
Budget: $3k
Will be rebuilding m50 engine to include parts from an m54b30 motor to create an pseudo-S50, the details can be seen here Build yourself an S50B30 clone for cheap!!! DIY - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums
Purchasing and adding brakes off of a 740i or 850i, whatever's cheaper
Repainting exterior to either alpine white or Porsche gray (high gloss)
New suspension, parts tbd but will likely cost around $1100
New lightweight/staggered wheels, most likely from E36 M3 but open to ideas
Need clutch/pressure plate/flywheel, only flywheel will be non OEM

I would love to share this experience with someone else who has a passion for BMW's and enjoys free pizza/beer. Also, I am a professional painter and could work something out to paint your entire house for only the cost of materials. So if you're a BMW Tech or just knowledgeable and want to be a part of an awesome build without any personal risk, give me a call and we'll make it happen.
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This definitley sounds like an excellent build. Please take pictures and post a build thread.

Personally, i advise against selling the dailly driver until the build is finished. Im in the middle of work on my car and its taken longer then expected due to some unexpected (non related) expenses.
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Thanks for the support. The build will be up and running in 2 weeks, starting primarily with the motor; I will begin a detailed post with photos at that time. And your absolutely right about the daily driver, I am however able to sell it because I have a motorcycle that will hold me over until the end of October (hence the 4 month build time).
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Fair enough. I'm switching to paint work on mine in the winter when I can no loner drive it.

Looking forward to pictures.
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