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rare bird: 518

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a guy needs this one to get back working...not my cup of tea theses old 5'er but this one is all there, its a bit rought on the corner, but no rust.

original pain with some touch up.

original 1.8L motor with a....38/38....doh !!

car is totaly undriveable.

compared right next to my Automatic 02, its not "that big", and its surprisingly very roomy.

talk about a large engine bay....lol...

i guess it was the very bottom entry 5'er back then.

1977.

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Quite some time ago ( middle 1980's ) there was an E-12 520 in my area; car was Inka; owner was a student at R.I.T. ( Rochester Inst. Technology ), saw the car every now and then in the neighborhood I lived in and about 10 years later, while at a salvage yard with my youngest brother, there it was., pretty sad, car appeared to be in good shape body-wise, still had the Solex carburettor on it.

Tim

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In the late '70s I had an Atlantik '73 520i. It replaced my '71 Touring 2000tii that got re-ended. Drove it all over Europe for work and much more comfortable than the '02, but way slower.

The real early ones did not have the raised "bump" on the hood like the one you have there.

Wish I'd kept more pictures of mine.

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Les,

I looked at an E-28 525i quite some time ago, think it was a 1982; Roy Hopkins had it for sale; interesting car, all euro, hand operated window handles as I remember as well., nice looking E-28 with euro bumpers, very large glove box.

Tim

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poor litle (large) car....

-bad distributor (loose internal reluctor causing variable timing,either too far advanced or too far retarded causing all sort of headache)

-wrong spark plugs (BR7 instead of BPR7, way way different dude!)

-cracked cylinder head gasket (doh!)

-2.0 intake on a 1.6-1.8 head....runners out of alignement causing terrible flow loss, the 2.0 gaskets barely seal the tiny runners, causing an air leak on intake #4

-fucked up throtle linkage, on a missplaced and missused 38/38, making realy an on/off gas pedal. totaly undriveable.

now back with oem linkage, a period correct intake and a decent 32/36, the car purrs like a kitten and is now driveable....driveable being very relative there...lol...did they ever made a 516 ? or a 718 ? lol...

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I'm sure it's rare because that's a tiny engine in a big car. I would probably drive that one daily, seems like a comfortable and economical alternative to my wicked fast DD 350hp Volvo that gets 13mpg ;)

I would probably consider putting AT LEAST a M10B20 in it, gone through with a 38/38, or an M42 swap to keep it getting good MPG....

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just went for a test drive, finaly...

this car is very very funny. the 1.8L motor with the tiny runners (NOT like a e21 1.8L or a e30) makes a very responsive torquey engine.

the rear end must be very high number, like 4:10 or even more.

the M10 does its job surprisingly well in there !!!

some pics of the intake/gasket differences.

altough the 2.0 intake bolts right onto theses 1.6/1.8 motors, it makes a nasty mismatch imho. the motor feels way much better with its proper intake.

fwiw, theses 1.8 where rated at 90hp and 105lbs/torque at 3500rpm. not bad at all. since i opened the motor i can tell the CR must be around 8.8-9:1.

not bad at all.

i cant help myself, i am thinking about a 2.0 motor with high CR and one of theses head with the small runners, perfect for an auomatic car ...plenty of low end response...hummm

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Well it's a direct replacement for the 1800 / 2000 NK sedans (and in fact is basically just one of those with more modern styling) so what's surprising about the M10 in there? It's a face-listed 2000 sedan ; )

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As I recall 518 has 4.44 read end. Over here where cars are most expensive in the world (because of taxes) those underpowered starting price models are the most common. 1502, 518, 315,...

Tommy

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