Picked up Vern today from VSR. The Just Dashes restored dashboard has been installed and looks excellent. Also replaced a burned out 'city light' on the driver side. The Petri hub cover received a freshening as well, it was cracked and missing a couple of chunks. Can't tell the cover was repaired, that's how good it is.
Rick at North Bay Bavarian had my engine compartment spruced up to all it’s original glory. Next he is working on the engine rebuild and subsequent Jenvey EFI conversion. His shop does phenomenal work for anyone located in Northern California.
Since the last update I’ve managed to complete the installation of the replacement trunk floor, the Jaymic spare tire well, a replacement tail panel, a new valence panel for that tail panel, delete the exhaust cutout in said valence panel, hang a trunk lid, replace the RR quarter panel bottom, and welded up the wheel opening on the RR corner.
The bulk of the repairs to this point have been pretty straight forward. The
After some interesting trouble shooting finally got it all sorted. I have supply and return plumbed but at current I am running the ECM built in returnless setup. The initial issue was thought to be fuel related. The actual problem was the MAF. The tune supplied was supposed to be speed density. The ECM apparently still tries to use the MAF if it's hooked up. Unplugged the MAF and BOOM! It's ALIVE!!
Cabin wiring is starting to come along. it has been just a daunting task, but fi
While I continue to slowly rebuild my heater box - going on several weeks,
I got a few other things done today.
- Raided the parts car (orange car in pics) or a few things
Removed and installed radio antenna
circle clip that keeps the roller on the hood release bar end.
I pulled out my rear door cards from the attic, Cleaned and painted them with sem products to match the cardinal red e21 Recaros and and e24 rear seats that are awaiting installation.
This past weekend was another work weekend on the BMW down in Virginia.
As usual, it poured. There was thunder and lightning and flood warnings. Almost every time I go to work on the car during the spring summer and fall, it has been pouring, and I'm driving 200 miles from York PA to Charles City VA. Regardless, considerable work got completed.
Previously I had cut out and welded in a new spare tire well. This past weekend I was working on the other side, taking care of the
I ordered a set of Coco mats from cocomats.com. Prior to processing my order they contacted me and said they wanted to send me paper templates of each mat to ensure there were no shape or size issues. Cool. I received the templates in the mail and was instructed to make adjustments if necessary and return the templates. I was wondering how well the mats would fit given I trimmed down the templates by what I felt was a substantial amount. Patrick at Midnight Motorsport reminded me my car was
DERBY IS DONE! @northbaybavarian Rick had completed Derby’s engine to ORIGINAL SPECS in less than 3 weeks! That’s including rebuild of transmission, carburetor, suspension, painting, bead blasting... it’s really remarkable and the quality of work is superb!! Unlike TESORO’s restoration with the exception of the body and paint, DERBY’s engine and mechanical restoration was quite enjoyable! No stress at all! It was a great honor and pleasure to work with Rick! He does projects as if he was working
I’m beyond pleased at the progress Rick @northbaybavarian has been making! Super stellar work on such a tedious project to make this special 1600 back to life! Watch for the engine installation pics coming soon!! 😉
Not much has been going forward on my "Great Work". The only thing I've done since last post is remove all the tar insulation from the chassis. Headers finally did come in though after over a year of waiting. So I did a test fit on the motor and will test fit them in the car in the next week or so. After which they will be sent to get ceramic coated.
Much progress will be made in the next month or so, so stay tuned!!!
Also my da
It was much more of a pain than anticipated to get all the brake plumbing sorted and bleed but it's behind me now. The 2402 now sits on eibach lowering springs. the rear looks right, the front still sits a little high for my liking.
The recent activity has been to get the car wired and fuel system complete. The wiring started out quite unruly...
I have spent quite a bit of time routing and re-routing with many many zip ties.
The acrylic panel will mount in the glovebox a
After reading good things on the FAQ and reviews around the web, I decided to invest in a Summit Racing 'MSD' CDI ignition. I have to say, this is an impressive package. EVERYTHING about this product (build quality, instructions, part numbers, specification, installation kit etc) screams that this is an MSD product. If MSD are not making this, or getting a cut out of Summit, I would be very surprised and I would suggest that MSD need to get a better lawyer.
Having spent some time sorting out my ignition, I was pretty happy with how my car is running. The idle is a lot more stable than it was before but I can still detect a slight miss fire occasionally. Coincidentally to finishing the ignition I noted that I had a problem with the water choke on my 32/36. This was normally as regular as clockwork but for some reason had stopped engaging.
I took the air cleaner off to watch the operation of the choke and while I was there I looked down into the
The bushes were shot in my alternator, it was quite noisy and the 'L' light would glow slightly while the engine was running. To be fair, it had no charging issues and this could be high resistance somewhere in the wiring. I had tightened the fan belt as this was quite slack and I could see the alternator deflect due to the poor bushes which had turned to mush. Following this I had noticed a small dribble of coolant coming from my water pump so I assume that the extra load from the fan belt may
When I took the glass out for paint, I knew I would not be reusing the front and rear windscreen seals. The old ones were throughly perished and the filler strip hard hardened into a brittle state. After reading the many reviews of Uro seals Vs BMW windscreen seals, I elected to go with BMW even though I went Uro with the door seals. My reasoning, apart from saving money was that the door is capable of adjustment but the windscreen is not.
I started with the rear screen first and tried to f
Following on from my blog entry on fitting these carbs and the various things I had to work around (mainly related to the Cannon inlet manifolds) I thought I would post a separate entry on rebuilding them and a third for tuning and adjustment. There is so little information available on these carbs, I am hoping that someone else may find it useful.
The FAQ of course but specifically a few diagrams posted by CD and JGerock. The Haynes manual has some information