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BMW 2002 Torque Specifications

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications

It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3  

steve k.

steve k.

The Height of Mechanical Perfection - Brochure of the full '02 range ~ 1974

The Height of Mechanical Perfection - Brochure of the full '02 range ~ 1974

Tried and tested on the roads of the world: Cars developed from experience by BMW    The clean lines of elegant, sporty styling.  The shape of experience. These cars have a shape to match today's driving conditions. Compact external dimensions. Generous internal dimensions. These cars have a distinct clean shape, which is reflected by factors such as safety and visibility. Not without reason has the shape remained unaltered for years.  

dlacey

dlacey

BMW 02 Series Rear Panel Badging

BMW 02 Series Rear Panel Badging

A History of BMW 02 Series Rear Panel Badging, Including Changes and Placement of Numbers, Letters, Script, Badges, Roundels, and Emblems for the Rear Panels of 1502, 1600-2, 1602, 1800, 1802, & 2002 BMW Sedans, & Touring Cars 1600, 2000, 2000tii, 1800, 1802, 2002, 2002tii, along with Baur Cabriolets and Other 02 Variants, 1966-77     Abstract The authors researched the design and placement of rear panel (tail panel) identification letters and

BritshIron

BritshIron

History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

In 1966, BMW was practically unknown in the US unless you were a touring motorcycle enthusiast or had seen an Isetta given away on a quiz show.  BMW’s sales in the US that year were just 1253 cars.  Then BMW 1600-2 came to America’s shores, tripling US sales to 4564 the following year, boosted by favorable articles in the Buff Books. Car and Driver called it “the best $2500 sedan anywhere.”  Road & Track’s road test was equally enthusiastic.  Then, BMW took a cue from American manufacturers,

Mike Self

Mike Self

The First 2002 Lives On - Resurgence of M10 with VIN 1660001

The First 2002 Lives On - Resurgence of M10 with VIN 1660001

When the BMW board in August 1967 approved a hot-rod version of the 1600 by installing a 2-liter M10 engine into the 114 models, that decision planted the seed for BMW’s success in North America. After all, BMW was just another foreign car maker without any significant impact on sales in the US car market. We all know what came next.   The concept of a 2-liter M10 was not new in 1967; the BMW factory racing team in Germany had already raced the Neu Klasse (type 121) with a competitive 2-lite

jplips

jplips

The history of Kugelfischer fuel injection

The history of Kugelfischer fuel injection

There's a great article on the genesis of the pump over at the tii register (1). I wanted to expand upon that with some of the early history to understand how the pump came about. Over the years, the pumps were branded with different names: Deckel, Schaefer, Kugelfischer & Bosch - it seems most of those companies were based in Bavaria, around Munich...but what started the ball rolling? Here I trace the history of technology and design and try to build the jigsaw of these different companies

dlacey

dlacey

The BMW 2002 Production Run

The BMW 2002 Production Run

BMW 02 series are like the original Volkswagen Beetles in one way (besides both being German classic cars)—throughout their long production, they all essentially look alike—at least to the uninitiated:  small, boxy, rear-wheel drive, two-door sedan.  Aficionados know better.   Not only were there three other body styles—none, unfortunately, exported to the US—but there were some significant visual and mechanical changes over their eleven-year production run.   I’ve extracted t

Mike Self

Mike Self

BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

Unveiling of the Neue Klasse Unveiled in 1961, BMW 1500 sedan was a revolutionary concept at the outset of the '60s. No tail fins or chrome fountains. Instead, what you got was understated and elegant, in a modern sense, exciting to drive as nearly any sports car, and yet still comfortable for four.   The elegant little sedan was an instant sensation. In the 1500, BMW not only found the long-term solution to its dire business straits but, more importantly, created an entirely new

d.hitchcock

d.hitchcock

BMW 2002 turbo brochure (english version)

BMW 2002 turbo brochure (english version)

I have tried to 'make sense' of the scans of the '02turbo brochure for a few years, they always seem disjointed and pages disordered...recently I managed to obtain an original hardcopy and now I understand the problem...:  back in '74 BMW thought it would be good & trendy to use a mixture of gate-fold and half-fold pages.... meaning some pages are A4 portrait, some pages A3 landscape, some pages 1.5A4 width and some pages half A4 extreme portrait... below 2 files, a traditional jumbled fixed

dlacey

dlacey

Duel Personality - 2002 turbo - SuperCar Classics Jan 1989

Duel Personality - 2002 turbo - SuperCar Classics Jan 1989

What’s this? A three-box tintop in SUPERCAR CLASSICS? Surely a 2.0litre saloon that’s tame to the point of timidity throughout much of its engine's rev range has no place here. Why, we were overtaken by a Sierra 1600 which caught us languishing off boost, the engine lagging lethargically as the turbo gathered momentum. This, a supercar?   Visually, it shapes up no better, this modest Bavarian brick. It is blocky, and so symmetrical, rear window mirroring the screen in size and rake, th

dlacey

dlacey

Turbo Trailblazer - Classic & Sportscar Feb 1984

Turbo Trailblazer - Classic & Sportscar Feb 1984

Europe’s first production turbo-car was BMW’s 1973 hot rod 2002. Jeremy Walton describes the model and drives a pristine example of this prophetic machine   In June 1983 CLASSIC AND SPORTSCAR looked over the BMW 2002 range and remarked, ‘arguably the most important historically - and certainly the most exciting - variant is the turbo... Although harder, and more expensive, to keep in top mechanical condition than the ordinary examples, the turbo is a fascinating machine.’ N

dlacey

dlacey

Bavarian Power -  1969 Test Drive of BMW's Turbocharged Euro Touring Car Championship Winning TiK

Bavarian Power - 1969 Test Drive of BMW's Turbocharged Euro Touring Car Championship Winning TiK

This is a scanned copy of the 28th November 1969 article in the German 'Motor Rundschau' Magazine, road-testing the ETCC-winning turbocharged 2002 ...it's mostly machine-translation below, but you get the general feel of the article despite the clunky grammar. Original German attached as a pdf below. We drove the BMW turbocharged car. One would almost think that you have a completely standard car in front of you, only the wide tires and the glued headlights do not fit into the picture.

dlacey

dlacey

Production Numbers

Production Numbers

Production numbers of different variations of 2002s and other Neue Klasse cars.   If you have updates to these numbers, please add them to the article.      

steve k.

steve k.

BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual

BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual

If you own a BMW 2002 and want to keep it running smoothly, you need a reliable repair manual. Our online BMW 2002 repair manual is the perfect resource for all your repair and maintenance needs. This comprehensive manual contains step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, and helpful tips to help you troubleshoot and repair any issues that arise.   Whether you're a professional mechanic or a DIY enthusiast, our BMW 2002 repair manual has everything you need to maintain and repair y

steve k.

steve k.

Blaupunkt Radios of the '02 Era

Blaupunkt Radios of the '02 Era

Blaupunkt Frankfurt The Blaupunkt Frankfurt US was certainly the most common radio installed in U.S. '02's. This is a monaural unit. Other Blaupunkt models, especially the Frankfurt Stereo US, were also commonly employed. Intending no slight to other brands of radios installed in U.S. '02's -- Becker, Motorola, Grundig, etc. -- here's a summary of how to date and identify Blaupunkt radios of the era. Thanks This is borrowed from a thread commenced on September 3, 2013, entitled "Dating 2

Conserv

Conserv

History Prior to BMW 2002 Development

History Prior to BMW 2002 Development

Looking to learn about the origins of the BMW 2002? Delve into the fascinating history that led up to the development of this iconic vehicle. In this informative article, we explore the early beginnings of BMW and the various factors that ultimately shaped the design and engineering of the BMW 2002. Discover the influences of past models and the creative innovations that paved the way for this beloved car. Read on to deepen your understanding of the rich history that gave birth to the BMW 2002.

Mrs2002faq

Mrs2002faq

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 3

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 3

It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   33 - Rear Axle  

steve k.

steve k.

A very different kind of high performance - Sports Car Road Tests No12

A very different kind of high performance - Sports Car Road Tests No12

As soon as you hear that wail from the engine compartment you know the BMW 2002 Turbo is getting ready to catapult you forward with a rush quite out the class of your average sporty two-litre. MEL NICHOLS describes how it feels . . .   IT’S SMALL AND BOXY and the shape is thoroughly familiar all over the world. But it attracts as much attention as a Lamborghini — its deep chin spoiler, fat wheel arches and bright tri-color stripes really must scream out to passers-by that this BMW

dlacey

dlacey

Resurrecting an old 2002 - pitfalls, tips, and helpful hints

Resurrecting an old 2002 - pitfalls, tips, and helpful hints

I've searched around and haven't seen a thread dedicated to the initial steps of resurrecting a 2002 that has been sitting/abandoned/undriven/unstarted for many years. (if there is such a thread, please link it here).  There are the 100 tips which are helpful, but somewhat dated  https://www.bmw2002faq.com/forums/topic/41562-light-reading-a-few-tips-myths-lies-truths-and-other-c/#comment-668762     For years we have seen new members appear with a car they've just bought and no exp

zinz

zinz

2002tii Fuel Injection System

2002tii Fuel Injection System

BMW North America Service Training Guide for the Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system, published February 1980 BMW_2002tii_Fuel_Injection_System.pdf   This is a searchable PDF

dlacey

dlacey

The BMW DIDTA and INAT Carburetors Manual

The BMW DIDTA and INAT Carburetors Manual

The factory Solex DIDTA 2 barrel carburetor tuning manual. Also includes Zenith INAT carburetors for E3 and E9 owners.   Correct carburetor overhaul and adjustment procedures are essential for proper operations of all so-equipped motor vehicles, as well as for the safety of the technician doing the work. This book provides general directions for servicing BMW carburetors using proven techniques.   The BMW Carburetor.pdf

tjones02

tjones02

Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series

Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series

Understanding the Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features Essential for the Application of Primer Coatings Using Anodic Electrophoretic Deposition on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series   This article offers some explanations for specific design features of the 1960s and 1970s BMW Neue Klasse four-door sedans and 02 Series sedans. The features most closely scrutinized include the open design of the rear bulkheads in early Neue Klasse (NK) cars, triangular cutout holes in

BritshIron

BritshIron

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