Since it was a year between my last two updates I’m going to try to update this each time I work on the car.
Last fri I glued in the firewall pad. Tonight I glued the outer insulation pad to the pedal box, repaired and re-wrapped the bulk of the engine bay wiring, and installed the coil/resistor/relay, and the pedal box/booster/brackets.
I’ve managed to fit a a new outer wheel tub, a new outer rocker panel, and a harvested trunk divider. I also have the quarter panel from the ‘69 for this car once it’s time. Rebuilt and powered coat trailing arms and long neck subframe were installed under the car to make it a roller again.
I also removed the engine/trans so I could get a better idea of how bent the front of the car is. It didnt look good from what I can recall.
I won’t like
I glanced at my blogs and realized that the last update on this car was a year ago, almost to the day.
Progress has been made. I spend a few hrs on it two nights a week most weeks.
The huge win for this car was replacing the non-existent left frame rail. I bought a one from W+N. This was a project that I “saved”. Fear of the unknown kept me from diving into it sooner.
After repeatedly pulling measurements and studying the frame measurement sheet in Bl
Long time no updates.
I eventually had the car shipped to Austin where Terry Sayther's got to work on it. Got it all up and running and I'm slowly, very slowly working on getting the rest finished up.
Finally got some hubcentric wheels put on last week (Corsa Velocita) and AC compressor and condenser in. Photos coming soon. Next up Restomod AC.
Aasco flywheel works with stock everything, so I went with that since I already had it on hand and it's not overly lightweight. Everything came together nicely
Engine is complete as a unit and united with the subframe. Car lifted up super high, you need about 33" of clearance not including whatever you're using to slide it under the car. I used low profile jacks to pivot it into place. Then grabbed the engine from the top using an engine crane, and pulled it up into pla
Drove her down to Harpswell Neck to Pammy’s Ice Cream. Sunny & cool. My friend drove his 1930 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton after a 5 year engine rebuild. Both cars garnered all the attention. The top down drive home was pretty cold.
I’ve made some progress in the last couple weeks. I spent many hours sanding, masking, and then painting the car in my driveway. And then sanding masking and painting more. The color is called Light Aqua, from TCP Global. I am really pleased with the color. I did see the car used to be orange, white, red, and green all at various stages in its life.
I also received my Kooglewerks front air dam and tow hook/bumper delete/fog cover, and installed H
OK so it is time to "catch up" a bit here. COVID 19 has kept me busy with my BMW - aka "the occupier". Been sitting for five years after I "got it running" with a lot of necessary parts - The Engine, The Brakes, The Shocks, The Electrical and The Fuel.
Was good but it was kinda like that first and second date. She needed a lot of work.
I sold my 1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible to pay for the BMW Project ... and yes I do miss my Ghia dearly.
So where I am n
Hello folks - if you have an early model with the original hood and the wind blows it shut you have a few options. I went this route. I am satisfied!
Here they are completed - but need primer.
I started with these
And I researched and did not like what the parts stores were offering so I decided on this design...
I risked life and limb with my drill press converted to a mill (do not do this at home)
Hi Folks - just getting the hang of this blog process. Here is the before shot...
And the after shot
New motor - but the old one still works. Rebuilt heater core - San Jose Radiator. New grommets, new foam, cracks epoxied, sex bolts to replace the rivets, rebuilt valve (new oring) and valve mounting bracket. Could not have done it without my Dremel - first Dremel I ever owned!
A lot has happened in the last few months. I've built a handful of cold start relays (v4). Great fun and have gotten to know several folks quite well as we worked through their cold start wiring systems.
During one of the troubleshooting efforts (one Tii had a starter that wouldn't stop, but only when the cold start relay was installed!) I moved on from v4 of the board to v6! This follows the design changes from Bosch. I'm not sure we will ever know the motivation behind the slight c
So I thought I was well on my way to completing my 4th battery for my 1968 1600-2 restoversion. Unfortunately, on closer investigation using the foam core mock-up I had built, we realized that the freshly installed rebuilt brake booster and master cylinder created a not-so-insignificant interference. The photos below show the basic idea of the front battery pack sitting under the hood, above the motor and transmission. When we previously checked this position, the brake booster was not instal
Vern’s starter was replaced on Wednesday June 3rd at VSR with one from an E30 M3. Two things were discovered. The cold start relay internals had been amateurishly soldered and had a cut resistor. Luckily I bought two spares years ago & replaced it Thursday morning.
The other discovery, E30 M3s are absolutely amazing. This was the first one I’ve driven. The speed limit formula of double it add 20 is pure magic! No, I didn’t do 90 in 35 though I was well over 35.
This week I got the 2402 ready for paint and body work. The only trim piece left are the door handles. I am not looking forward to the sanding and filler work but it must be done.
I got under the car to investigate why a steering arm boot tore, it seems one of the Control arm bolts is too long and made contact. I removed the bolt and added some washers to back it off a few mm.
while under there I noticed one of the engine to trans bolts was extremely loose. Also 2 more are jus
I recently installed one of Pierre's Kamei repro air dams. I bought it a couple of years ago, and finally got my car on the road. Pierre suggested using rivnuts to install it, so I bought a tool on line. This was my first experience with rivnuts, and they worked very well. I ended up using 9 rivnuts in 6mm size. My 1974 2002 has cutouts for the big bumper brackets up front. It was suggested the air dam could cover those openings, but installing it that high made the ends come up short of the fen
On May 15th 2020 I purchased a 1969 BMW 1600-2 that was resurrected out of a Texas field and swapped with a GM LE5 2.4L ecotec Engine and Aisin AR5 5 speed manual transmission. The previous owner did all the swap work and really did an amazing job. I really fell in love with the Ireland engineering box flares on the car. I feel as though it is up to me to finish the car and sort out some odds and ends to make this car a truly great weekend cruiser/track day/autocross car. I cannot wait!
More work on the M42 swap for LunaBattery (smaller AGM) has been tucked under the rear seat delete.e30 M42 radiator modified for use in a late model 2002. As some of you know, the extra bracing on the late models means your radiator cap fouls on the underside of the hood, on the driver's side. So off we go! First, chop the expansion tank drain off, flush.The bottom area around this hole is then melted with a torch. Using a large metal coin from the other side for support, we then melt the filler
This past week Patrick and I installed the last item on the Phase 1 list: driving lights. Which was way easier said than done.
If you recall I bought an IE light bar and Patrick had to make some minor modifications to it so it would mount correctly.
But the more I thought about it and the more I looked at the picture of the test fit, it just looked really busy between the bar, lights, and bumper guards.
So I decided to ditch the guards and
In honor of the original date for The Vintage in Asheville NC. The Nor'East '02ers had a Social Distancing Lunch & Drive along the New Hampshire Seacoast and wrapping up at the old Bavarian Autosport parking lot.
Only issue was Vern's starter crapped out, with the help of 3 friends, push started him twice. The starter gear is not extending, it just spins in the housing.