Well, I thought I'd better get a page up for something else. On my other thread I told you all about a plan we were thinking about doing to the White E9. Turns out it was decided to keep it original as it is a non sunroof, RHD in white.... (and it had been through a lot) BUT...
We should do it to another E9. Then as luck would have it one turned up. The plan which is roughly sketched out in our heads is to fit all M5 running gear to a E9 shell. I hear some eyebrows raising there...
The job description if you like, is to keep it as E9 looking as physically possible, inside and out with the exclusion of the engine bay of course. (I going to regret writing that) It's not going to be easy.
There are plenty of things that bother me, for example being the mating of new stuff to old stuff for example the speedo and where the hell we are going to put the heater box... things like that.
We know that the engine goes in with heavy mods to the inner wings and bulkhead and we know that the car can look pretty much unchanged from the outside, we also know that it's going to cost a tonne of cash and destroy two very good cars. We also know that it will produce a fire breathing monster and for that last reason alone is probably what spurred us on to take the jump.
As a safety net, if it all went wrong (which things do) the E9 can be kept and restored, the M5 bits sold off and we loose a bit, well a lot, of pride.
Consulting a few people has assured us that it will be roadworthy as we only had to compare it with others similar in other countries, where the laws are quite different so at least here in blighty it will retain it's BMW badges.
It's early days and money has changed hands so the E9M5 project at this point is 100% on, until, as I said to someone in a PM, someone chickens out.
So I suppose we all want to meet our new car, luckily I took some pics. It's in a bit of a state as you would expect and is currently being restored. It has had much money spent on it and it is in better condition than the white one was.
I went all over it, mainly what's going for it is that all the bolt on panels are excellent, the bonnet and boot are like new and the car is 95% complete with some shiny bits missing... as always. The sills have been 85% completed as have the floors, rear panel and the door pillars. What isn't going for it is the boot floor is crust and the n/s inner wing to bulkhead (the bit I'm doing on the white one) hasn't been touched as I suspected as with the tops of the rear inner arches. Also some of the work that has been done, although to a good standard, has missed bits that should have been done.
The first thing I wanted to check was up in the rear pillars, this was a horrible job on the white one, but on this one, things are cool.
So now I have to go make space for it and look out for an M5 which doesn't mind being pulled apart