I don't have a lot of new info to share quite yet, this weekend was busy. But the 2002 came back home. It's... about 80% done with the fabrication work I wanted done. However due to other more pressing projects, my 2002 was sent back home. It's all good, the last few items I can do myself, a perfect excuse to finally buy a welder and teach myself how to melt some metal.
More photos to come, but I was excited to finally have the car back in my hands. I still need to bring the engine a
September 14, 2019
I've never restored a car before and one of my goals with this restoration is to learn as much as I can. Knowing that, Patrick was kind enough to let me join his team for a day and help out with tearing Ernie down to get him ready for body and paint. Much appreciated my friend. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with and learn from the talented and knowledgeable pros at Midnight Motorsports. Even if it comes at the expense at being made fun of the whole time
After a couple of days of self abuse and a general state of depression, I came to terms with my mistake and decide to make lemonade out of lemons. From the time that I bought this car I had planned on doing body and paint work (I've been hoarding parts from day one), I just didn't know when I'd get around to it. Well, I just forced my own hand.
The first thing I did was swallow my pride and call my mechanic Patrick at Midnight Motorsports to let him know what had happened. After som
They say the first step to recovery is acknowledgement.
OK, I own this one. It's all me.
Street parking in Seattle neighborhoods is kinda a pain in the arse. The week before the 4th of July I was busy shuffling cars in and out of my driveway. In doing so, I parked Ernie in the street in front of my neighbor's driveway so that I could move my wife's car. Something I do all the time. My neighbor is cool with it and she does the same when she needs room to move stuff. Then
Bought new door window trim assemblies from Paul Wegweiser at bimmer.com. They arrived Friday September 27th 2019. Installed them Saturday morning. Needed to use the old assembly clips near the vent windows. They did take a little persuasive force to install with the new welting and squeegees. If your window welting and squeegees are shot, buy these assemblies while they are available.
One of the slats on Vern’s passenger side grill broke. I tried several backer rods which were all to big. I wound up using a WD40 straw so I don’t have to worry about galvanic corrosion.
The repair worked better than expected and pleased with the results. Unfortunately I found other slats with stress cracks, so I’m going to reinforce them before they break. Checking the driver side grill too.
I have been working on this car for 4 years. The first blog post was 2/26/2016. At that time I had already spent some 6-8 months repairing rust. Last night the last hurdle was cleared. The custom driveshaft was picked up by my lovely wife. In one of the few times something worked first time. This video is the first time since I've owned this car that it moved on it's own!
On to the thoughts about driving. So far only up to about 50 mph. The 320i rack with stock 2002 steering
With apologies to Mr. Polak.
Started out modeling this just because.
Printed the tags individually, epoxied them to a metal license plate frame then painted.
Stupid project - sure. But, so satisfying. 😁
This past weekend I got epoxy down on the trunk. I think I can cross this off the list until its time for final paint.
Thee are a few small areas that yet need to be addressed that will be addressed when the car is in PA and I can take the rear glass out, but structurally the trunk is now sound. This makes me very happy.
And today, something showed up in the mail for me!
Really excited about these. There is also a rear seat cover that I ha
Meet Veronica, a 1969 1600 Cabriolet which was restored in Japan in the 1980s. The seller imported it the US 30 years ago and spent its US life in a garage in Blue Hill Maine. Mario Langsten of Vintage Sports & Restoration brought this to my attention this past July. Finalized the deal Friday September 13, 2019. There is a short to do list to make her safe and reliable for us to enjoy this fall.
So far I've put the fuel tank back in, rewrapped the wiring harness and taken all the brake parts off for reconditioning. But I've just now started taking photos so i'm going to jump in with this one of the firewall with insulation put in.
The rotors back from machining:
New rubber parts for the callipers:
Bearings repacked, rotors and callipers back on:
The steel lines in and the reconditioned master cylinder mounte
the last little steps seem to take quite a bit of time. I did wheel the car out into the sunlight just cause.
The Uro door seal install really was not too bad. Followed the excellent advice from the FAQ. starting at the corner and then jumping to the bottom of the door and working up sure helped. also the harbor freight plastic tools for interior panels are great for weather strip installation. They allow you to push the rubber into the correct tracks without damage. With the right too
My output flange bolt on my GETRAG 245 was on pretty tight. The 20v cordless dewalt impact gun did nothing but make a bunch of noise. It needed a real air impact gun. So off to a friends house (he had the right tools). I helped him getting his transmission prepped for install. We got the bolt off and new seal and new bolt installed. This inspired me to pull out the Bluntech ultimate 5 speed conversion kit and start installing the kit.
Pretty straight forward. Here are some pics.
This head was ported by metric mechanic. I had a Dr Schrick 292 cam installed and I’m using the Korman intake.
My mechanic is finalizing the whole engine build now.
Here is a teaser picture.
Video of of the first start will be taken.
I worked on my headlight buckets over the weekend. Cleaned, sanded, sprayed with clear. I added a led h4 style bulb and reassembled.
Borrowing parts from my parts car. Unfortunately the best chrome rings holder/surround were from the same side....Sigh. realized that once finished.
It will do for now until I figure out which way the chrome should fit on each side...meaning is the wider bit of chrome on the outside or the inside. Then I’ll source the right parts.
Update: I shot a short video today to capture the sound of the ITBs and the exhaust. I'm very satisfied with how everything is sounding. Thanks to Patrick for revving the motor. Video link below...
The exhaust is done. A custom built system by Patrick O'Neil at Midnight Motorsport here in Seatown... I win again. IE long-tube step header, Summit Racing glass pack and Magnaflow muffler with a 2.5" (or maybe it's 3.0", I can remember) center exit. Dead center. We planned that
Ever reach a point in your build where you start to wonder if it's ever going back together? This was that point for me. Totally necessary step, but kind of daunting all the same. Last weekend we pulled out the M20. We tried once before out the top of the car, and that proved to be literally impossible. The M20+G260 combo is simply too long to come out the top of the car. So we dropped it out the bottom with the subframe.
Per usual, I just didn't take many photos. I was
The car finally arrived back from shop. It's not 100% yest, but its close to where we want it to be.
This is my uncle who gave me the car (for free) so my dad and I can work on it. He is the original owner if the car. Thanks to him, I now have my "Dream car"!
I made him drive it.
He drove it with his wife , and it brought back a lot of memories.