1985 BMW 528e LS1 - Build05

May 01, 2012

1985 BMW 528e LS1 - Build05

This was the FIRST LS swap we have done. It was a personal car before I was building cars full time for a living. I had a 99 E46 AWD wagon that was very practical but VERY boring and it didn't get very good fuel mileage.

My wife and I had just found out we were having a child so what's the best thing to do? Sell your practical/safe car and build a 30 year old sedan with an LS1 and 6 speed manual.

I picked up a semi solid E28 with a bunch of neat parts...suspension upgrades, euro bumpers and cardinal red interior.  It was a bit rusty but my plan was to drive it year round so it didn't bother me much.

Check out the gallery below for loads of pictures.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us.


  • LS1 / T56 Manual
  • Completely rebuilt suspension 
  • Lowering springs/shocks
  • Euro bumpers
  • Refinished Style 5 wheels
  • Air Conditioning / Cruise Control
  • A bit of Grit