1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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528i-1981 wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:55 pm How long since this has been started? Here are some pointers from Dr. Siegal.

https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenan ... -dead-car/

In your second photo, think the snorkel just came off the airbox and the ignition wires spread into the gap. I can't quite make out what's happening with your rubbing situation, the photos are too close-up.

Enjoy your project!

Thanks for the link!

The car has been sitting for about 18 months from what I know. It was brought to the shop I bought it from and abandoned there.

Thanks for the notes on the airbox, I assumed that was the case but hadn’t confirmed.

Here are some better photos of the rubbing issue, thanks for looking!
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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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Your car is missing foam sound insulation which would prevent metal-to-metal contact. I'm not sure it's normal for there to be contact, though, even without the insulation. It could be that the mounting bracket is bent causing the rubbing edge of the airbox to ride too high. When you take it all apart it will probably be obvious.
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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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It appears that the air filter was not installed correctly. I am noting the bracket that holds on the lower portion of the air box appears bent upwards. You should check that and simply bend it back into place if it is bent.

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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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Orient the wires on the distributor so the go left in the photo, rearward in real life. I think only one of mine goes straight down from the dist. That’ll make room for snorkel to attach and drop the air box. Good luck finding an icm. I have my old one, if you want to borrow, replaced cause it wouldn’t rev over 4750 but worked fine otherwise.
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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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SunshineViking wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:05 pm
528i-1981 wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:55 pm How long since this has been started? Here are some pointers from Dr. Siegal.

https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenan ... -dead-car/

In your second photo, think the snorkel just came off the airbox and the ignition wires spread into the gap. I can't quite make out what's happening with your rubbing situation, the photos are too close-up.

Enjoy your project!

Thanks for the link!

The car has been sitting for about 18 months from what I know. It was brought to the shop I bought it from and abandoned there.

Thanks for the notes on the airbox, I assumed that was the case but hadn’t confirmed.

Here are some better photos of the rubbing issue, thanks for looking!

Search 528i or e12 on BaT for plenty of good quality pictures for reference. Here’s one of the most original I’ve ever seen:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1980-bmw-528i-2/
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Re: 1980 528i “Lucky Find” Project

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Search 528i or e12 on BaT for plenty of good quality pictures for reference. Here’s one of the most original I’ve ever seen:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1980-bmw-528i-2/
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Thats one heck of nice car.
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