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BMW 2800cs project

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Hi All,

Approximately 2 months ago I bought myself my second e9. Driven by the enthousiasme for this type of car and my goal to have a S38 swap done once in my life I bought myself all the way from Sweden this 2800CS, VIN#2221283. Just an almost bare chassis, but a very good one with almost no rust. With only 20% of the parts with it, nicely painted in different colors, a 3.0CS rear subframe and brakes underneath it's a mix of everything. Originally the car came in polaris metallic and was delivered in the Netherlands in 1970 according to the seller. The rest of the history of the car is lost in time...

This project will take some time (years) and I'm not in a rush, both from time and money perspective.. ;) Probably it will stay in the garage over the coming winter and I will start early next year with this project. I bougth myself a e34 M5 in the past for a future project like this, so a few parts I have already available, like the engine. I will try to update this thread from time to time.

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FYI, the front valance or lip is from a 73 with the shorter outside slots which changed to implement the US 74 shock absorbing bumpers. Nice project you have though.
 

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New season, new first (small) update, made myself a kind of moveable car lift because of limited space in my garage.
Took of the Swedisch tires with spikes! (on an e9 o_O), will put them for sale, but tires are really old and gone.
Also made a first start with dismantling the rear axle and the interior ceiling plus trim.


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Nice project that will keep you busy for some time!
What's your opinion on this kind of car lift? Is it possible to work on the bottom/under of the car? I'm hesitating buying one, since they're quite cheap.
 

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Nice project that will keep you busy for some time!
What's your opinion on this kind of car lift? Is it possible to work on the bottom/under of the car? I'm hesitating buying one, since they're quite cheap.
It's a cheap alternative for a real carlift, but with being cheap it comes also with some disadvantages. It's easy to handle, but the part of the car within the square of were the lift is, is hard to reach. Working under the car goes fine, as long as you don't have to work at a spot were the carlift is. Carlift reaches high enough to lift the chassis in that way that you can take away the rear axle with shock absorbs mounted.
You can make the lift even wider, parts are with it, but I have chosen for this approach. I must admit that it's good for lifting a bare chassis, when the car is fully equipped its better for both the car and the lift to lift only one side of the car. I also used a car jack at the back of the car to keep it horizontal. But that is also because the car is not tightened to the car lift. Still have to do that. ;)
 

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Small update after having dismantled the complete car over de last few weeks, except for the bonnet, trunk lid and the steering column. No big surprises, except for the sheet metal part above the glovebox, nicely hidden behind the sound deadening and mounted with pop nails. Took out all the sound deadening and wiring. Previous owner made quit a bit of cuts and extra switches, not sure what the purpose was of all those switches.

By today I'm making the first preparations to put the engine in the engine bay to make sure everything fits. First issue already came across, the engine mounts don't fit the subframe mounts. Have seen several topics on the forum here, which say that it's a drop in, but it is definitely not I experienced. I know the KMS/Brett adapter plates, but am not sure which adaptor and mounts are the correct ones. Need to check some topics still and otherwise will open a topic.

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First picture of the subframe and the engine. I've put some red lines in the pictures for the contact points, but the one in the top left corner is just to mention the engine mount, but the bottom of the mount is not even visible.
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