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DIY Yellow Chromate Zinc Plating

I promised some details on my attempts to do my own Zinc Plating, figuring "How hard could it be?".  Well, if you have oodles of time like I do, (recently retired), it can be a fun and satisfying part of your restoration journey.  The hardest part is ordering all the supplies and pieces you will need to get the results you want.  I learned some things that should save you time and money if you decide that this process is for you.   Supplies There is a laundry list of things you wi

Front Subframe Restoration

I took my rusty front subframe over to my brother's house and he welded in the IE subframe reinforcement plate.  The front subframe received the same powder coat treatment as the rear, RAL 7043.  I had both of them done at Anocote Powder Coating in Mira Mesa.  They also did the ST Sway bars and knocked the surface rust off of my rotors and drums for about $300 all in.  Assembly was pretty straight forward, new rubber stock bushings, new heavy duty IE control arms, new OEM Idler Arm bushings, DIY

New Project Arrived Today

What’s up everyone - couldn’t find an intro section but just inherited a ’69 02 from my in-laws and will likely be a frequent visitor on here over the next several years. Not sure what’s in store for the car yet but first step is just figuring out what I have in front of me..   Will post updates as I go but wanted to say hello and glad to join the community!  

My Overdue 1600-2!

Edit: I have moved this over from the archive section. This post was originally from December 2010, but I thought it was worth keeping. I found it very interesting to go back over my original plans for the car and see how they have changed. Will post some current updates shortly.   This build thread is long overdue, but I've been too busy enjoying the car over the summer to "waste time" writing about it! Now she's in hibernation for the winter (I live in MN, USA) I have a bit mor

Jenvey ITBs And Megasquirt

This sub-project was a case of "because it's there". I'm not a seasoned mechanic by any means so this was definitely a challenge for me, but that was half the fun. I know which is the business end of a spanner/wrench, but this was a major escalation in terms of goals. I learnt a lot in the process, and made mistakes. It has been very satisfying to pull it all together. It started as a complete front suspension and steering rebuild, and snowballed from there. As I was dropping the subframe a

From first fire to dyno day

I spent most of 2014 installing the engine and trans, finishing and fine tuning the Megasquirt installation, and a bunch of other miscellaneous tasks to get it ready to turn the key for the first time. Also a million and one other "while I'm there" jobs like LED bulbs for the dash, securing the oversize spare wheel, fixing the hood support, etc., etc.,...   Then it was off to a local dyno shop for tuning with some great results for a first effort.   Installing Engine

Tearing Down Conrad's Heart...the Tii Engine

Time to tear down the Tii engine that will become Conrad's heart.  By the looks of it, the Tii engine that lived inside Conrad from sometime in the 1980's had been sitting for quite some time.  Upon picking up Conrad from the previous caretaker, the Tii engine (not the original, as that was replaced by the dealer at some point) was sitting on the ground, rejected by an owner at some point in time.  No history.  No explanation.  No attempt at allowing the mechanical injection to live again...unti


bergie33 in Restoration

Germany & Bavaria Tour 2021

This year we shipped Vern over to The Netherlands & spent 3 weeks touring with the BMW Classic CCA. We also attended The Bavaria Tour in Oberammergau Germany.   We picked up Vern outside Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The battery was dead because the shipper left the key in position 1. Long story, greatly shortened, 3.5 hours for an ADAC flatbed, a long cab ride at 200kmh & 1200 Euros later we had a new 69 Euro Varta battery! The rest of our touring Vern performed flawlessly as


adawil2002 in Germany Tour

Phase 1 - The Tear Down

I probably should have been updating this as I did it, but will start doing that more from this point forward.    The car I purchased is a 1970 BMW 2002. It's a manual non-sunroof model. At the time of purchase it was running and was fairly complete but being from Portland, OR it did show signs of rust in select areas. From what I could tell at time of purchase there was no rust in the major important areas such as the shock towers, frame rails etc. Here is how she looked when I got he


M3This in Disassembly

What's the Point?? (what had happened was...)

After getting the exhaust squared away I took to figuring out why the headlights didn't work. Had to again sponge until it became apparent the turn signal column lever was bad. Drove the car thru summer and into the fall while adding cosmetic items and learning what the Guibo is. Wish I had the photos but you know the story. Thumping in the trans tunnel when shifting (only subtly at first) lead to multiple crawls under the car until through researching I decided to order one and replace it.


Roundeie in Restoration

Wrapping up the Rear Subframe

The car is getting closer to the paint booth, so I got busy finishing up the rear subframe.  I powder coated both subframes in RAL 7043, a nice grey green that should look great against the fresh Nevada tinted undercoating.  I also powder coated the ST Sway bars a black metallic for some additional contrast.  Everything went back together relatively easily with the exception of the trailing arms that I inadvertently pressed the bushing in too much and caused some issues aligning the bolts.  With


Mark92131 in Rear Subframe

Car Mod List

This is a simple list of non-stock components that I have put on the 02, plus those in the future when they happen. I will add photos where/when I can. Engine: Italian Weber 45 DCOEs Vintage Cannon 2 piece intake manifold and rod-style linkage 8mm spark plug wires 123Ignition distributor Oil pan baffle and windage tray Mechanical fuel pump delete (now electric in trunk) Vintage (and kind of small) long tube header of unknown brand or origin


(Yes, I originally posted this in the Project Blogs -Archives section, not sure if it's supposed to be there so I will start a thing here as well. I've used forums for years but never actually posted or made a thread, please bear with me in figuring out the system, thanks.)   Hello all,  I've finally gotten around to making my own account on here to actually post updates and keep a thread of the build I can reference. The car in question is a 1971 model, originally Malaga and was

Engine compartment

The engine and transmission are out.  The engine is at the shop having both the head and block worked on.  We will have to bore out the cylinders and replace with oversized pistons.  I couldn't find any pistons off the shelf, so I am having them made, which could take a couple of months.  I plan to use that time to repaint the car. DSC_3194.NEF

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts in PhotoBlog

Quick project update

My new job and moving has slowed progress on the car, but it's still inching closer to completion.  If you followed my previous posts, i said the mission of this project was to have an almost original 1969 BMW 2002... but the car has become something else, something that is more custom.     Fuel and Carbs   Final routing fuel and cable routing is being done around the TI air cleaner that I modified for the DCOEs.  The fuel regulator impinged on the air cleaner so I moved it to the

Shawn Piper

Shawn Piper in Restoration

Bringing Conrad Home

My friend and I took a road trip from central Utah to Bend Oregon to pick up Conrad, my 1974 2002tii.  His restoration was started by a prior owner and then put into my care.  After a long drive, he was loaded on the trailer, tubs of parts stuffed into the back of my Suburban, and we brought him home.  The tii engine was out of the car, so it had to be loaded into the back of the Suburban with all of the other parts.   Rain was forecasted for our drive home, so without windows we had t


bergie33 in Restoration

Weekend Work

Been dying to put these on. FedEx dropped the 4 CN36’s at the front door so tomorrow it’s off to have them mounted. Yep, I know the centers aren’t painted period black…     I had hoped she wouldn’t need it but I will have to roll the rear fenders a little bit 


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