The good news is, for the $4995 asking price, the seller throws in a 2-ton engine hoist. The bad news is pretty much everything else. This project is the automotive equivalent of getting a whole foil-tray worth of leftover pasta from the company lunchroom on your way out the door at 6:30pm. So much food! So much potential for gastrointestinal distress! Let’s get into it after the jump…
The premise is a good one: take a turbo I-6 out of am e23 745i and drop it into an e24 635. The 6-er is even a desirable Euro gray market car, complete with tiny bumpers and certifications from the Bureau of Automotive repair.
It goes downhill from there. A victim of Overambitious Project Car Synrome, three years ago the seller pulled the motor from what was a running 635 in hopes of swapping in the turbo M102 from a 745, but it’s been sitting in pieces ever since. The years have not been kind to the 6-er, which has acquired that “sitting in the side-yard” layer of dust, cobwebs, wheelbarrow dents and oxidation that’s hard to shake.
We get a pile of pictures of miscellaneous parts, which in fairness, might just need to be assembled into the car to finish the job. Unfortunately, my optimism for a given Craigslist project goes down 10% with every line of ALLCAPSTEXT past 3, giving an optimism score of -3300% in this case.
That said, we still encourage all of you to give “Jamin” a call and prove us wrong!