'73 CS Barn Find Restoration - Start to Finish

Discussion in 'E9 Projects and Restorations' started by rockminster, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. rockminster

    rockminster New Member

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    I'm new to the board and found the experience and knowledge of the members incredibly helpful in my E9 education and car seach. I wanted to find a restored car and after about two months of looking found what I believe is a great car with a nice story.

    I thought I'd share the story and pictures of the car as it went from a basket case to what it looks like today. There are a lot of pictures, so I'll post them over the next week or so. Hopefully the man who restored the car in his garage on nights and weekends will join the thread and add details that I just can't know about the hundreds of hours that went into the restoration.

    In terms of the back story, the car I bought had an engine failure in 1981 and was acquired by an owner in Colorado who intended to turn the car into a race car. As happens w many projects, he started work, got distracted, and then the next thing he knew, 25 years had passed. In 2006 he decided to sell the car and placed an ad in his local BMWCCA newsletter.

    The man I bought the car from, call him Mr. Fenster, saw the ad and had been looking for his next restoration project. He'd restored, as a hobby, a number of cars over time and was intrigued by the E9. He went to see the car and while it was in dreadful condition, it was a complete car and hadn't suffered any major damage. He bought the car and trailered it home, ready to start the project.

    Here is what the car looked like in 2006 when the project started:

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    More details and pictures to come....
     
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    What did you pay for this car if you don't mind me asking?
     
  3. rockminster

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    I bought the car already restored and I assume that the person who restored the car paid very little for it in its unrestored form.

    Here are pictures of the car as the onion was unpeeled....

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    Keep the pics coming!!
     
  5. rockminster

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    Here are more pictures of the frame and body. How does this car look as a restoration platform based on what you can see?

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  6. rockminster

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    The owner knew that the engine didn't run and once he got it open he found out why...

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    Head is off and we see why it was parked in in 1981...
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    Corrosion in the head as well...
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  7. bmw art car

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    thank you very

    for posting these photo's. it's great to see what's under things like the
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    and i save them for later (if you don't mind) for when i do some more work on my 2800cs.
     
  8. m_thompson

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    Your car actually looks better than mine did (except for the engine) when I started.

    Most of your under-fender parts that have rust perforations are still available. There is a thread here: http://www.e9coupe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6971 that discusses what is available and how to replace the parts.
     
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    awesome info
    i believe it would be great on this forum to have a designated sticky thread with these tips as far as rust places is concerned
     
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    The engine bay...

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    Interior photos...

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    I "think " the poster is showing the photos of what the car looked like before it was restored.
     
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    Body work was the next stage after the car had been dissasembled.

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    The car was sent out for professional painting that included some final prep work...

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    Repainted in original Baikal Blue. Starting look like a real car again....

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    Restored front and rear suspension and drive line systems going back on the car...

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    finish line is in sight...

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    Outstanding post!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    We need more picture intensive threads around here, they sure can explain a lot of procedures with more clairity.

    Is that the stock aux A/C fan and brackets?
     
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    For the engine, the original block was in rough shape, as you saw in the prior pictures. The restoration goal was to keep the car close to stock in appearance, so while the replacement engine is a rebuilt 1982 M30 Euro spec 3.5L, it is still carbed. This engine is mated to a 1982 Getrag 265 5-speed and a 3:73 LSD rear end.

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