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Odometer Repair

Odometer Repair

Written by Curt Ingraham Tuesday, 06 June 2006 (edited by Scott Sislane 4/12/2020)   If your speedo still works, but the odometer has stopped paying attention, you have the classic 2002 odometer failure. You can take it to a speedo shop and pay $75-150 for a repair, or pick up a used instrument cluster at a swap meet or salvage yard for less than half that. Chances are, if you are skilled with tools and patient, you can fix it yourself for free. Rear of the Instrument Cluste

hegedus

hegedus

Quarter window seals lubricant

Quarter window seals lubricant

So after a lot of reading how to tackle the new seals for the quarter glass seals, it is clear some lubricant is needed. So today was the big day, new seals are going in. I read about Dawn, water, silicone and other recommendations for lube. Unfortunately all of those have some downsides. Dawn will be leaching out for months or years. Silicone, great stuff, just not for seals, let alone the permanent contamination, let’s hope you will never be doing any paint work. What I found is industrial KY

Myinka

Myinka

Dash Repair

Dash Repair

Contributed by dubois Saturday, 07 March 2009 This is intended for those with cracked dashes, that would like something more visually pleasing. It should provide results that although will never compare to a professional restoration, can be much better than having to look at the Mariana trench in front of you. Here is a list of supplies and tools you will need: Sand paper 180, 240, 320 dry, 600 wet Red scuff pad (3M or equivalent) Razor blades Masking tape and paper

hegedus

hegedus

Air Conditioning Basics

Air Conditioning Basics

Having recently completed my air conditioning system, i thought i would layout what it takes to install your own modern air conditioning system. Air conditioning is one of those mysterious things that everyone is afraid of when in actuality its not much more complicated that the coolant system on an M10. There is a liquid that gets pumped around a sealed system and as it expands it cools and then we compress it again through the compressor, lower its temperature though the condenser and then rep

Stevenc22

Stevenc22

Fitting new reFittingar quarter window seals

Fitting new reFittingar quarter window seals

I really struggled installing these seals, they are a real barsteward to fit and there are a few tricks that are not immediately obvious.  So, I have decided to share "my" method, it may differ from your method, but it works, so please if you've done it a different way, that's fine, so long as it works for you.   Firstly tools I used:   Nylon hammer Razor blade Plastic trim tool set (Ebay - less than $2) Sharpie pen Hole punch tool    

1Eighteen

1Eighteen

Headliner Installation

Headliner Installation

How to Install a Headliner in a BMW 2002 *All the typical warnings apply. Be careful. Don't cut your fingers off. Read the labels on all tools and chemicals and try not to maim yourself. If your 2002 is in need of a headliner, a professional shop can do the job for $500-1000. I've heard of people bringing their stripped car in with the parts in hand and only paying $100, but I haven't yet found that shop. So, the following is a guide to install a headliner in your 2002 in your garage. It's

ClayW

ClayW

How to Install an Esty Carpet Kit

How to Install an Esty Carpet Kit

I am putting in an Esty carpet kit, so i figured i would take some pics along the way. any suggestions to make this process better are appreciated! When you get the box with the kit in the mail, open it up and check out all the cool pieces. Do not lose or misplace one and think Esty forgot to put it in the box. She didn't, you lost it. ? I used Esty's posted instructions as a guide. Things you need: -the carpet -3m super 90 spray adhesive -set of misc clam

M3M3M3

M3M3M3

Aluminum door card swap

Aluminum door card swap

Found yourself with rotting, crumbling door cards like this? Is the vinyl still nice and supple, and you are struggling with the idea of spending hundreds of monies on replacement look alike cards? Welp, here is a quick tutorial on replacing just the cardboard in your door cards with the Ireland Motorsports aluminum door cards.   Found here: https://www.iemotorsport.com/product/aluminum-door-cards-front-2002/   These cost $155 for both front cards...plus shipping of course.

Ratty76

Ratty76

Door check / stopper bracket repair

Door check / stopper bracket repair

How many of you out there have experienced a bent door panel or dinged up door moulding because the door doesn't stop when opened? Another annoying thing is the loud popping noise when you try closing the door after. Many of you have most likely experienced this, which is caused by a broken door check/stopper or the U-bracket at the A-pillar.   However, the door check/stopper can be easily replaced - The part is still available, but the U-shaped bracket is another story. It's not easy

Pramono

Pramono

How To Rebuild a Heater Valve

How To Rebuild a Heater Valve

I have gone through a few heater valves. guts break, replace whole valve with another used valve, repeat. enough. this time i bought a rebuild kit from BLUNTTECH. why buy a new valve when the brass part does not wear out, the kit includes EVERYTHING but the brass shell. rebuild is a VERY simple process.   so what do you need for this job?   old valve rebuild kit flat blade screwdriver phillips head screw driver 7mm wrench small pick

M3M3M3

M3M3M3

Installing The Front and Rear Windshields

Installing The Front and Rear Windshields

Parts: Windshield Seals Front - p/n 51317440154 Rear - p/n 51311817764 2 X Lockstrips - p/n 51311803265 2 X Lockstrip Cup p/n 51317440106 Materials: Clear Silicone Caulk Spray Bottle of Soapy Water 25 ft. of 3/16” Cotton Rope Masking Tape Tools: Caulk Gun Small Flathead Screwdriver Lockstrip Tool (I used this one from Aegis Tools.) Apparently, AEGIS Tools no longer sells the roller lockstrip tool. You can get it here now: https://www.hitechglazing.com/product/278100

ClayW

ClayW

Tail light bezel gaskets

Tail light bezel gaskets

So as many of us face with old cars , some parts no longer exist or are just crazy expensive. This is one solution that I think may be helpful to some of the folks trying to keep our 02 alive, and how to install a a non factory part gasket into the rear taillight bezel.    Remove the old "crusty " one, now is a good time to get the bezel on the buffing wheel.     Sure most of the 40 year old gaskets look like this, if even there     From McMast

Myinka

Myinka

Retrofitting a BMW 2002 factory sunroof

Retrofitting a BMW 2002 factory sunroof

The BMW 2002 sunroof models enjoy the perfect combination of open air and security. Designed before wind tunnels and coefficient drag ratios were considered, it was placed squarely over and *in front* of the driver's view. Peripheral vision included whatever is happening in the sky overhead as opposed to modern day sunroofs which are positioned over and slightly behind the driver due to a raked roofline. When new, the sunroof option cost an additional $276, which doesn't seem much for a car with

Artcop

Artcop

'02 Door Check Bracket, OEM Style - Revision 2

'02 Door Check Bracket, OEM Style - Revision 2

Door check bracket OEM style - Version 2   A little over a year ago, I wrote about repairing the door check/ stopper bracket repair the easy way. Since then, I’ve kept thinking about how to improve it - This time I thought about trying to make it similar to the OEM style. Our original bracket repair kit is a two piece design and externally mounted. It can be used when you have the factory bracket completely broken off or just the earpiece only. The new version is a one piece design an

Pramono

Pramono

Frankenhaar -How To Replace/Repair Rear Seat Cushions

Frankenhaar -How To Replace/Repair Rear Seat Cushions

I had seen this idea mentioned somewhere but never saw anyone try it.  It works!   So the 50 year old hard and crunchy gummihaar seat pads in our cars just turn to brown dust and slowly disappear.  While new FRONT seat backs and bottoms are available ($$$) we have not had rear seat ones forever.  Working off the knowledge that other manufacturers also used the product opens up new possibilities.  So the vintage VW folks have gummihaar pads available and at a reasonable cost — hummm…

LindrelT

LindrelT

Pinned Speedometer Fix

Pinned Speedometer Fix

I'd first like to credit @Mike Self with finding this fix. He published a column on this back in 2007 (which he'd be happy to forward you), I'm just adding photos to his findings.    SYMPTOMS: Main symptom - Your speedo needle pins to 120mph when you hit highway speeds. Secondary symptom - Your speedo is slightly off and or you get needle fluttering below 10-ish mph.  Unrelated symptom - If your speedo needle is constantly fluttering throughout the speed range it's more likel

Mucci

Mucci

Fixing Body Rust on Surface (no welding)

Fixing Body Rust on Surface (no welding)

If you found some rust on the body of your car, and want to both make your car look fabulous again AND prevent the rust from spreading like the cancer it is....Here ya go Step 0:  First, you gotta clean the car.  Good ol'fashioned car wash.  Make sure it is dry afterward.    STEP 1 - GETTING RID OF THE RUST Depending on the depth of your rust, you may be able to start with hand-sanding, or you may have to use a dremel. 1. Use 250 grit sandpaper to sand the paint and loo

Laura

Laura

Fresh Air Vent for Center Console

Fresh Air Vent for Center Console

After suffering through a hot Michigan summer with a non-functioning A/C, I decided to remove the A/C hardware and build a new center console that included a fresh air vent.  So far I am very happy with the result.    Here is the "Before" view, showing the non-functioning  Behr A/C.  Because the evaporator is so bulky, the radio needs be crammed underneath too close to the shifter.  Whenever I shifted into reverse, I would inadvertently turn the radio on or off.  A/C removal was the us

borgpj

borgpj

Repairing a trashed Dash

Repairing a trashed Dash

These are some photos of my repair of the badly damaged 3 piece dash in my 1600 project. I wasn't willing to spend $1500 on a new old stock dash, so dropped less than $200 to fix the old. Plus, I just wanted to see if it was possible. Items needed: 1 x horrible Dash Breather filter, mask rated for toxic fumes 2 x Cans Padded Dash filler Glazing putty – your preference Assortment of putty knives and body filler spreaders Metal mixing tray Assorted grits of

heinemann

heinemann

Door card aluminum strips

Door card aluminum strips

Hi everyone, I am eventually going to get new door cards for my Tii due to the speaker holes but in the meantime I decided to experiment with a few products to try and make the aluminum strips more presentable. The first was a “Liquid Chrome” marker made by Molotow that our local Dick Blick art supplies store had in stock. The lower strips I used a 1/2 Mylar tape I found on Amazon. I’ll post link for it later.  The Molotow can be purchased as a refil and used in an airbrush for a smoother finish

Fortlauderdalian

Fortlauderdalian

Drip rail moulding (rain gutter) install made easy

Drip rail moulding (rain gutter) install made easy

Written by DukeRimmer Wednesday, 20 December 2006 Step 1 Open door and hood, remove moulding starting at rear. Your goal is to chip the paint as little as possible if you’re not repainting. This job is usually done in conjunction with repaint so you need to remember when prepping for paint to minimize paint thickness in these areas. Thick paint chips more easily. Sand the primer-filler till you see bare metal before application of final sealer and color. Welder’s clamp. This one i

hegedus

hegedus

Custom Headliner & Parcel Shelf

Custom Headliner & Parcel Shelf

I needed a new headliner in my project car and after seeing how much work it was going to be, I decided I might as well personalise it a bit. Having been inspired by the use of tartan design fabric in Porsches and VWs I started a search for a suitable fabric for my Inka coloured 71. I was aware of the danger of using a dark fabric for headliner which would make the interior feel small and claustrophobic. This is the fabric that I settled on:   It has the orange of the car and als

InkaSam

InkaSam

Heater Box - Removal and Refurbishment

Heater Box - Removal and Refurbishment

The task of refurbishing a BMW 2002 heater box may be intimidating for the newbie, but is well within reach of almost anyone willing to put the effort into the job. Because this refurbishment procedure includes work with potentially dangerous materials, parts, and tools, many of which could cause personal injury to you or a helper, as a prerequisite to doing this job you should be familiar with basic car repair and use of tools and workshop equipment. If you have any doubt about the meaning of,

Chris_B

Chris_B

Restuffing Your Stock '02 Seats

Restuffing Your Stock '02 Seats

Re-padding the stock '02 seats is a time-consuming but worthwhile procedure. While most people will simply upgrade to some nice Recaros when their original seats have had it, many prefer the original look or simply can't yet afford to go with some replacement Recaros. For these people, re-stuffing the original seats is a great option.   In my case, I re-padded the front seats in my 1975 2002 for about $35 worth of foam and a few evenings of work in my spare time. The first seat I tried

hegedus

hegedus

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