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Welcome home Ernie!

Welcome home Ernie!

With the state of the world right now I've been needing to hear some good news.   I got some last night when Patrick @midnightmotorsport let me know that he was finished and that Ernie was ready for pick up. Needless to say, I dropped everything I was doing (nothing) and headed right over!     At this point, we're 99% done with Phase 1 of the restoration. I'm just waiting on a couple of things that I'll mention in a moment.    Welcome back home buddy. I'v

Teelinger

Teelinger

 

Engine project including LH 2.2

An engine project including LH 2.2   Several years ago I came to this Bosch LH system used in old Volvos. I became curious, got one and checked it out in an 02 parts car. It ran immediately, but the idle was inacceptable and I didn‘t get this under control. My car was running fine with the KF, so the LH fell asleep again. But the KF is no good for short-distance driving. Too rich when cold, too much soot and too much fuel. Hard to trim to different camshafts, 4-throttles and such.

Henning

Henning

Bolt it back together and run it

Bolt it back together and run it

Having a 121 head, I've had a hard time finding suitable pistons for my matching number engine. So I decided to use the engine out of the spares car to practice on while I search for pistons. The bearings wore pretty bad on the practice engine and the oil pump chain was too loose, the ring lands were way out of spec so I am just going to replace the bearings, new oil pump chain and put the old pistons back in and see if it will run.          

InkaSam

InkaSam

 

Derby - Petrolicious - March 24, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyuCil9wSJw     Thank you so much for watching Derby's video. Can't thank Petrolicious enough for putting out content that's "tastefully" done for us car enthusiasts! I would like to thank the videographer Sean Fannin who came out to shoot Derby in such a creative way! I would also like to thank Bay Area local Jim Huff who had an quick cameo appearance in this video with his 4 door 1600 Neue Klasse BMW. You can catch his petrolicious video called "

Lisa.02P

Lisa.02P

Veronika's VSR Spa Treatment

Veronika's VSR Spa Treatment

Veronika has been getting a lot of love at the VSR Spa. Photos courtesy of Chris Langsten.   Photo work list: Modified Wiper Motor Cover. New Side Hood Seals. Top Perimeter Snap Strips restored and installed. All trunk Panels recovered in Elephant Skin. New Chrome Dash Trims installed. Now those are a big WOW factor!   The To Do List is getting shorter! Hoping restored seats return from the upholstery shop the week after next.    

adawil2002

adawil2002

Body work and paint prep

Body work and paint prep

JoAnna and I visited Car Addictions, the shop that's doing the body work and paint job for Betty. Looking at something part way through the process, whatever the process is, is always an odd event. Watching the sausage being made kind of thing.   Knowing that the professionals have your pride and joy in their care only makes it weirder. Trust.  Trust is what it's all about and knowing that you both have a shared vision for what the end state will be is important.  

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

Head is Ready!

Head is Ready!

I got my head back from the machine shop and began getting it ready.     Head has new stainless exhaust valves, all new guides and seals, new heavy duty Ireland rockers, reground and reground cam.     I know it's a driver but I bought a new fastener set and painted all the parts in dull aluminum to keep them looking bright and clean.      

Djthom

Djthom

 

Alpina Gear

Alpina Automobiles Germany has steadily been adding some of their old school stuff to their on-line store, they just did add '70's 'Deko Set' (s) with the green/blue stripes.  So much better than all the copy cat crap out there, not cheap at EUR 385,00 but whatever.  You get what you pay for you always do.  The also added these 'Deko' T-shirts that have my car on it in its 1975 paint scheme.  Going to have to get myself one or two of those I think.....

markmac

markmac

 

rear subframe installed

Well I got the rear subframe back together    boxed rear trailing arms - check poly RTA bushings - check poly end links - check poly diff hanger bushings - check iE Butt plug - check  powder coated rear subframe - check e21 LSD with fresh seals - check E21 cv joints (on inside) and axle- check new CV boots - check  IE spacer - check new subframe hardware - check new 2002 CV joint hardware- check new e21 cv joint hardware - check

Dionk

Dionk

A quick pause for our safety sponsors.. Audi.

A quick pause for our safety sponsors.. Audi.

So after some soul searching I realised that in order to do this thing right (and safe) and not feel rushed I needed to get a daily.  I have been considering it for a while as I haul precious cargo often and drivers here often do not pay attention to red lights or stop signs.  I wanted to get something that would be safe, air conditioned and something my significant other could drive.   So when I was presented with an opportunity to get my friends 2004 Audi A4 i.8t I said yes.       My

Dudeland

Dudeland

Paint

Paint

Dropped the car off at the bodyshop to get the paint finished.  They'll be blending the paint on the doors and roof. Can't wait to have it fixed. 

doslucero

doslucero

Ernie is almost done

Ernie is almost done

This is a long post to get caught up on the progress on Ernie's restoration.    I had to take a break from the project and this blog to attend to my father, who had emergency open heart surgery. The good news there is after 5(!) artery by-passes, my dad is healthier than ever and on the road to a full recovery. It's stuff like this that reminds us that life is short and time is precious. Spend it loving what you do and the people you do it with.   And with that, I'm happy to

Teelinger

Teelinger

Custom 3pt rear seat belts

Custom 3pt rear seat belts

It's been a while so this is a catch up post. I wanted to share the custom 3pt rear seat belt brackets that Patrick fabricated for Ernie.    I drive around a lot with my kids in the back seat and from a safety standpoint, I have never felt good about the lap belts. But I also never liked the look of those bulky top mounted 3pt rear belts. So I reached out to @bluedevils and purchased a set of his 3pt rear belts that are intended to be mounted horizontally underneath the parcel shelf. A

Teelinger

Teelinger

Woah, time flies when you're hunting for parts!

Woah, time flies when you're hunting for parts!

We did tell the shop that's doing the body work and paint that we were not in any hurry. Haven't found a contractor to bid the garage yet. Oh well, there is still work to do!   I've been inventorying parts and wow. There is a lot of parts. Sadly, a lot of it really isn't going to look good going back onto the painted body unless I do some serious restoration/plating/painting etc. Lots of it. So, I've been part collecting, or trying to. And getting stuff taken apart in or

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

Front End Rebuild

Front End Rebuild

With the rear subframe back under the car, it was time to focus on the front end. Merry Christmas to me! I've managed to have my wife, my elderly parents, and my adult Son buy me 2002 parts.. It's wintertime. Fire up the propane heater. First order of business was to press out the old bushings. I bought a bushing puller set. The nuts below were solid mounds of rust. I had to take these parts to a machine shop to grind them off. The gland nuts on the front struts
 

Another rear subframe update

Greetings all haven’t posted on here in quite a while. Have been busy with work and my rear subframe as well as other little projects.  I have a stated goal of getting the car back together before Vintage 2020.   everything takes longer than I think it should mostly my fault.   The rear subframe could’ve been an easy thing for me to simply swap from my parts car to my project car. This is because I had overhauled a year before.     But I wanted to change a few things.

Dionk

Dionk

First Things First: Rust Repair

First Things First: Rust Repair

I bought a 1974 2002 from a friend who restored the car in the 1990s. It has had previous rust repair in many areas (driver's front subframe rail, driver's floor, rear shock towers to name a few.) It was painted a very dark green (Nissan color) in the 1990s and clear coated. The exterior has had all trim removed prior to painting and looks pretty nice. I bought the car a year and a half ago and have done a few basic things to it. I removed a roll bar and 5-pt belts (it has seen some track time a
 

I see stripes! - DERBY - March 4, 2020

The period correct AKA "neurotic side" of me convinced me that Derby would not be complete if I didn't get the proper taping done on the wiring harness... Tape is from Germany, the same kind of fabric tape they used from factory. Thank you North Bay Bavarian ! Love the work you have been doing to keep Derby PC! 😉  

Lisa.02P

Lisa.02P



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