My ///E12 535i Turbo project

E12 535i Turbo
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu 27 Oct 2011, 20:24
Location: Gauteng

My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by E12 535i Turbo » Thu 27 Oct 2011, 21:31

Hi ladies and gents.

Four years ago, I stumbled apon this ex Tony Viana BMW E12, 535i. The owner then, needed cash and had it in the market for R22K. What made the car so attractive was the engine. It was the M30B35 engine and on top of this it was turbocharged. I decided to buy the car as I was looking for a project car and this was the ideal car.

Unfortunately the body was a wreck. I decided then to do everything myself and this was a bit of a problem as I am a chemist and have never done any of this sort of thing ever in my life. Well, I have gone through a lot of trial and error and today I feel extremely proud of the outcome.

I finished the project two years ago. Unfortunately one night in a race I dettonated and broke pistons. I then decided to rebuild the engine, balance it, flow the head and clean up the engine bay.

Well, now almost two years later I can say the car will be complete in December.

This is a picture of the car just after completion of the first phase of my project. I have since then removed the ///M colors.
Image
E12 535i Turbo350wkw/800wnm

User avatar
ZA Perana
Posts: 7292
Joined: Sun 15 Jul 2007, 18:01
Location: Cape Town

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by ZA Perana » Fri 28 Oct 2011, 07:10

Very interesting project, was there any documentation to back up the Viana ownership? Must be pretty quick with a turbo, what boost are you running?
Alfa GTV 3.0
Ford Capri Perana V8
Chevy Lumina Supercharged

Wait not for tomorrow to do what can be done today, live each day for one knows not what the next day may hold.

User avatar
Elcamino
Posts: 227
Joined: Thu 08 Apr 2010, 11:50
Location: Kemptonpark

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by Elcamino » Fri 28 Oct 2011, 07:56

Very very nice please post more pics ;)
1974 Chevrolet Elcamino 350CI 220Rochester TBI
2010 BMW 335I Full house Sports pack

E12 535i Turbo
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu 27 Oct 2011, 20:24
Location: Gauteng

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by E12 535i Turbo » Fri 28 Oct 2011, 18:21

ZA Perana wrote:Very interesting project, was there any documentation to back up the Viana ownership? Must be pretty quick with a turbo, what boost are you running?
The car belonged to Tony Viana and was destined for the track. He however used it as his personal ride. When Tony got sick with cancer, he sold the car to one of his employees called Phillip Hendriks. Phillip imported a turbo kit from Germany and turbocharged the car. Phillip had the car for a couple of years before he sold it.

What makes my car different from other 535i's of the same era, is that it came standard without aircon, no electric windows, no central locking and no sunroof. It also came standard with the M30B35 motor whereby other 535i's had the 92mm bore Motronics motor and all of these luxuries. I discussed this with Phillip and he said that BMW did this to shave some weight of the car in order to beat the mighty Alfa GTV 6. Before they could race the car, they had to homologate and build a hundred or so of these specific models for road users before it could race on the track. This car was no 7 of the 13 that was given to Tony for track racing back in the early eighties.

I am running a modified T61 turbo and pressure is 0,8 bar for normal road use and 1 bar for racing. The car made 290kw and 600nm on the wheels just before I dettonated and broke 2 pistons, 2 years ago.
E12 535i Turbo350wkw/800wnm

E12 535i Turbo
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu 27 Oct 2011, 20:24
Location: Gauteng

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by E12 535i Turbo » Fri 28 Oct 2011, 19:21

Elcamino wrote:Very very nice please post more pics ;)
The car after the primer coat.
Image

The car after the base coat.
Image

Putting on the ///M colors.
Image

///M colors complete.
Image

Almost done with the first phase of the project.
Image

First phase done.
Image

One night I had a race with a motorcycle. Unfortunately the fuel trim was too low and the boost too high and I dettonated. The outcome of that was two broken pistons. I then decided to strip the engine and do a little more work on it. This was also the perfect time to clean up the engine bay and add some bling to it. Herewith a list of changes to the motor.

New forged Mahle pistons for higher boost.
Bottom end was balanced.
Head was flowed
Conrods was shot peened.
New turbo manifold.
MSD with rev limiter installed
New 50mm mr Turbo dump valve
New 40mm tial waste gate.
New 80mm exhaust system

Herewith the start of the second phase of the project.

Removing the ///M colors.
Image

Preparing the engine bay for the clean up.
Image

The engine bay after the clean up.
Image

Polishing all the parts.
Image

Assembling the motor.
Image

Starting with the turbo plumbing.
Image

Making my own new turbo manifold, phew what a job!!!
Image

Getting it ceramic coated, nice bling.
Image

Installing the turbo.
Image

Cleaning the brake boosters.
Image

Adding bling to it.
Image

Boosters in place.
Image

Installing the MSD and Coil.
Image

I am now 95% complete with the project and it will be done in December.
Image

I also decided to shed more weight off the car as power to weight plays an important role in racing. I used the original hood to make a mould out of fibreglass.
Image

The final product.
Image

The new light weight hood in place.
Image

I then decided to shed more weight by replacing the fuel tank with a light weight plastic cell.
Image

To round it off nicely, I installed some light weight carpeting.
Image

Next expense will be a NoS kit and a set of these wheels.
Image
E12 535i Turbo350wkw/800wnm

User avatar
ZA Perana
Posts: 7292
Joined: Sun 15 Jul 2007, 18:01
Location: Cape Town

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by ZA Perana » Fri 28 Oct 2011, 21:33

E12 535i Turbo wrote:
ZA Perana wrote:Very interesting project, was there any documentation to back up the Viana ownership? Must be pretty quick with a turbo, what boost are you running?
The car belonged to Tony Viana and was destined for the track. He however used it as his personal ride. When Tony got sick with cancer, he sold the car to one of his employees called Phillip Hendriks. Phillip imported a turbo kit from Germany and turbocharged the car. Phillip had the car for a couple of years before he sold it.

What makes my car different from other 535i's of the same era, is that it came standard without aircon, no electric windows, no central locking and no sunroof. It also came standard with the M30B35 motor whereby other 535i's had the 92mm bore Motronics motor and all of these luxuries. I discussed this with Phillip and he said that BMW did this to shave some weight of the car in order to beat the mighty Alfa GTV 6. Before they could race the car, they had to homologate and build a hundred or so of these specific models for road users before it could race on the track. This car was no 7 of the 13 that was given to Tony for track racing back in the early eighties.

I am running a modified T61 turbo and pressure is 0,8 bar for normal road use and 1 bar for racing. The car made 290kw and 600nm on the wheels just before I dettonated and broke 2 pistons, 2 years ago.
Wow, clearlya very special and unique car. Does it have the sports gearbox or the earlier normal H patter box? I recall the model with the dog leg sports box was considerably quicker due to revised gear ratios. Great pictures, its clear that the rebuilt has truly been a labour of love.

Serious power considering that by the standards of the time that 5 series was pretty light.
Alfa GTV 3.0
Ford Capri Perana V8
Chevy Lumina Supercharged

Wait not for tomorrow to do what can be done today, live each day for one knows not what the next day may hold.

E12 535i Turbo
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu 27 Oct 2011, 20:24
Location: Gauteng

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by E12 535i Turbo » Wed 09 May 2012, 20:37

Image

Image

Image
E12 535i Turbo350wkw/800wnm

User avatar
damagecontrol
Posts: 1126
Joined: Fri 06 Jan 2012, 20:27
Location: Brentwood Park
Contact:

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by damagecontrol » Wed 09 May 2012, 22:58

ve ve NICE!!! 8O 8O
You, you, and you: Panic. The rest of you, come with me.
89' Mercedes Benz 230e
....erode confidence in the enemy and cause the opposing forces to be left not knowing where the devastation is coming from....

User avatar
Villain-of-Note
Posts: 119
Joined: Wed 21 Jul 2010, 09:37
Location: Gordon's Bay - Western Cape

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by Villain-of-Note » Thu 10 May 2012, 06:49

Wow>>>>trulu a different, and unique, car this....I'm jealous..... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Cheers

V.

______________________________________________________________
No Replacement for Displacement; Muscle beats Import

User avatar
gordini
Posts: 5363
Joined: Tue 08 Jan 2008, 18:16
Location: Where the whiner in the recliner is....
Contact:

Re: My ///E12 535i Turbo project

Post by gordini » Thu 10 May 2012, 08:49

macnificent car....must be pretty quick as well 8) 8)
In my old age...
i drink a tripple,i see double and i act single..



From Malmesbury

Post Reply

Social Media

     

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests