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Bling from Germany

With so many of the remaining tasks fighting me at the moment, it is nice to have one project go exactly as I planned it.  Although I don't have a radio plan in place for the 1600, I did have the issue of what to do with the 4 holes in the passenger side "A" pillar that supported the original radio antenna.  I figured I'd just find a old school antenna and install it in the existing holes and be done with it.  Turns out, there doesn't appear to be a universal mounting standard for 1970 radio ant


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Task Mastering: Heater Core & Wiper Assembly

One of the first projects I knew I had to tackled when I got this 1971 seven months ago was getting the heater box out, to replace or renovate it. While I knew I would have to live without cooling in the summer, it was clear that the heater would have to work to make the car drivable in three other seasons.   The fan didn't operate, and I figured the motor was probably seized or broken, but I was a bit intimidated as a first-time restorer to deal with anything under the dash. But with


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Phase 3 - Carbon Fiber Time

After the rust restoration got completed with Bart at The Resto Shop the car got transported down to Costa Mesa, California to Paul Lefevre the master mind behind The Son Of Cobra. A lot of you have seen Paul's mostly carbon fiber build. His car is a really special build and if you haven't seen it you can check out the specs HERE.   For my build I opt for the following from Paul:   -Carbon Fiber Hood w/ Aluminum Hood Pins -Carbon Fiber Trunk w/ Aluminum Hinges -Carb


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The Deep End: Getting Ready for the Real Restoration

I took Phaedrus around the block today, presumably one last time before I dive into the real work ahead.  I want to get started pulling the engine and getting the front subframe off, but also realize that I need to step back and think through this big next step. It feels a bit like putting my baby into an induced coma, so I just want to feel it running and rolling one last time, for now.  It also feels like standing on a 10-meter diving board and working up the courage to step off, with your min


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catching you all up on the restoration of my 1970 BMW 2002

I am on an airplane headed to the motherland.  I will attend a flea market and probably only look for BMW parts.    I am supposed to be working too.    Since wifi is not that good I figure I will put the chapter headings down here to catch up and re-engage in my blog.  I have been busy with the car since September when I got the painted shell back from G&M Autobody in San Bruno.  Agave and OK folks - the critics say its not true Agave.  But then one assessor said yeah rig

Heater Box Restoration

Now in theory, living in California I could have just re-installed the original heater box and prayed it didn't leak.  But this wasn't going to work in the anal retentive world I live in.  So time to crack open that box and get it right.  Chris Blumenthal documented this process in a beautifully illustrated article in 2006 and Auto Dynamik in San Francisco has assembled a restoration kit with all the parts you need to get this job done.  Now the Blumenthal article outlines the process on a later

New Drivetrain

My goal is to build a fun street car, and I recently had a completely new/upgraded drive train installed in my 2002. I set things in motion in August 2020, when I bought a used 1972 2002 motor from Kim in Herdon, VA. In September 2020 I dropped the motor off with Bruce Shelton (Automotive Enterprises in Winchester, VA) and asked him to rebuild it. I was in no hurry, and Bruce worked on the motor over the next year. He had the block machined, provided an E12 cylinder head, instal

Vintage Weekend at Home

I couldn't make it to Vintage this year.  I really miss going, so to beat the blues I decided to do some 02 related work on Saturday.   The '67 was missing a large portion of the rear bulkhead. I guess the original owner wanted more room for hauling things, or maybe he wanted to lighten up the chassis! 😄   I find the technique YouTuber Fitzee demonstrates on his channel works very well. In his video he uses an angle grinder with a cutting disc; however, I'm not as experienced

Peeling Back the Paint Plot

I've taken Phaedrus for a final test drive -- with my two semi-terrified teenage sons riding along as witnesses -- before pushing ahead to rebuild the front and rear subframes, detailing the engine bay (with the motor out) and then taking on the interior and ultimately getting the body, trim and paint done over the next year or so. The brakes are still imperfect, but I did get the clutch slave cylinder bled and the transmission shifting better.   In my post on the First Clean back in M


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Radiator Installation

So I didn't have a stock radiator, but I did have one out of a BMW 320i that I bought on the FAQ several years before.  After reading some posts on the FAQ about how people install this radiator, I came up with a plan.  The mounting tabs/ears are slightly wider than the stock radiator.  I decided to use the top mounts and then add brackets to the bottom to hold the radiator in place.  I used the existing mounting hole on the top passenger side and drilled a single hole on the driver's side for t

The Corvair Goodbye & Moto Mojo Rising

My adventure into this 2002 restoration traces back more than two years now. My wife's work colleague, Felipe, brought his 1965 Corvair Convertible over to store in our garage for the winter -- the ragtop seams were splitting and Felipe didn't have a garage to keep his brown beauty out of the elements.   Just weeks after the Corvair rolled into our lives, Felipe was gone, an early Covid casualty.  The 1971 2002 I've been reviving -- with a first start, first clean and most recently a f


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Mediablasted and Primered

Hi everyone! Just here to give an update about my car. The car was mediablasted and primered and I found a replacement passenger door which I needed! Here are some updated photos! Coming up I will be doing some metal work (new nose piece, rocker replacements, anything else we find), and then paint! Looking forward to summer in the garage 🙂

Electrical Progress

One of my biggest fears on disassembling this car for paint was pulling out the wiring harness.  So many connectors and wires, how was I ever going to re-install it correctly.  Well, here's how I did it...   First off, this car was missing a "shit-ton" of parts (like turn signals) when it arrived on my driveway and the PO had it set up for extras (electric fan, electric fuel pump, etc.) so I spent a lot of time sorting things out.  Before I pulled the wiring harness out, I labeled most

Plate Spinning, the struggle is real

So, as many of you know, a restoration of a car is a collection of small projects with the whole of them leading up to a greater end.  At least that's how I describe it to myself. I haven't been doing a lot of posting about the work because it's a bit tedious. That is if you only look at the one task. But when you step back and notice that that one task lead into another then another, then you really have something you can share. For example: The headlight assembily has been

MVP Rear Bumper Installation

So originally, the car came to me without bumpers.  But I wasn't worried because years before, I traded a spare LSD for a complete set of newly re-chromed bumpers for a pre-74 car.  These bumper pieces came to me in a custom-made wooden crate and although I had seen pictures, I didn't actually take them down from the rafters and out of the crate until just recently.  So after un-crating them, I realized that it was a mixed set of beautiful chrome bumpers, the front bumper was from an early car (

MaxJax Installed, Rear Sub-frame is In!

I have been working more and posting less, so I thought I would share some progress.   I finally got my MaxJax installation finished.  I had to wait until my wife was out of town because she usually parks her Cayenne in the middle spot of our three car garage and that's where I was planning on putting the MaxJax.  So while she was out, I bolted the two lifting posts into the holes I drilled the last time she was out of town, moved her car to the far right spot, and finished installing

The head

So i made new valve tool that has individual rods to push valves out to fit a cam. It worked well. New Eibach double springs in. Old ones had lost about 3-4 kgs. Ti retainers. Seat pressures shimmed to 46 kg. At 11 mm lift they have about 90 kg. New KM rockers went in. Old (and earlier cast) had somewhat wear in them so it was time to change them. Also newer cast is lighter so that’s a plus. Adjusted rocker lash to 0.1 mm. Valve clearenses set to 0.25 mm. My valve press is pretty lame looking bu


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History of 1529238 as I know it.

First things first. The basics from BMW Group.    The BMW 1602 VIN 1529238 was manufactured on June 19th, 1967 and delivered on June 29th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Polaris metallic, paint code 060.   About a year and a half of being under my ownership (4th owner) I was checking out the FB 02 group page, and noticed a post inquiring about the owner of 1529238.   I thought to myself, “That VIN sounds familiar


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The bodywork continues…

It’s been awhile since my last update, but I’ve been chipping away at my ‘67.   I decided repairing my original nose was beyond my skill set, so I picked up a replacement from MVP. I’m very happy with the fit and quality. There is a serial number stamped on my original nose that I plan to cut out and weld onto the repro. Other than that, I’ll keep it moving.      Next on my punch list was to repair the rear 1/4 window sills. Both sides are pretty rusty with heavy pitt


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It comes out, not goes in stupid! LOL and other stuff.

It's been a little while since I updated here....lots has been going on with the car. As with any rebuild/restoration there is a TON of stuff to do.  One of those getting the suspension bits rebult.   Well, here's yet another example of me having all the right intentions and just getting it flat wrong.   I'd been holding off getting the rear trailing arm bearings out until I'd purchased the right tool for the job. In my pea sized brain, I'd got it in my head that this wa
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