Well the Backlog of 02's slowed me down a bit but now the shop is making it happen.
The subframe and Transmission tunnel were pre-cut so the motor could go up and get positioned.
first lift showed that the Intake had to com off for a rough location, once that was done we installed the Intake to get the position dialed with the dimensions bianchini provided.
Nice amount of room for the Radiator and Puller Fan
It was tight but the Intake went on
I would have never guessed that when the car was finally ready to drive it would coincide with the outbreak of an infectious disease pandemic. I’m in Seattle where the streets are normally clogged with traffic. It’s been liberating to cruise unimpeded by the usual congestion that plagues these streets, at the same time, it’s strange not having a destination other than the grocery store.
It took me 10 years to bring this build together. There are several reasons why it t
We’re doing another round of vintage BMW emblem shirts in custom colors; $30 each with free shipping to US. (Contact us for non-US.) Many new designs (turbo, touring, 1600, etc.), but which will get the needed minimum orders of 12 to do a press run?! We’ll find out, I guess. Pre-orders only, through August 22.
We removed remaining trim and windshields and simple shell dolly was welded to move shell down from lift.
New rust spot/hole was found hiding under passenger side pop out window.
I found color label in which car was repainted back in the days
Subframes and its parts were painted.
Rear axles were restored.
Idle hands are the Devils tools....
So with some down time I bought some bits:
Craigslist HKS Clone Header and the last InStock drop swaybar:
Aluminum Radiator as seen in bianchini car:
Order a few of these guys for the future:
Got WAY carried away in the fueling prep:
Finally in the shop for Motor Mounts and Trans Tunnel.
So why not just order the Motor Mounts?
I DID, in late November, every 4-6 weeks I was given an update "yeah their in the works, 4-6 more weeks" after 8 months I stopped calling and started my own plan.
So for the first time after adding all the missing small Honda bits the motor - transmission are finally Mated and sitting on the 2002 modified subframe:
Motor mount plates all cut out:
Trying to get ready parts purchased and Mods begin
New steel fuel lines feed/return bent and installed all in all 6+ hours, now that fresh fuel smell in the cabin is all gone AN fittings installed
Temporary Fuel filter and SS hoses added:
While surfing basic 2002 For Sale Forums I happened across a f20c swap kit at $2800 instead of the usual $5000........
after a few basic calls to the owner I figured I could sell all the Tii bits for much more.
Step 1, list all the Tii bits for sale
Step 1B, catalog everything else that gets eliminated.
I sold the Tii swap Kit, motor long block, all Tii bolt on's, 123 Ignition, 5 speed conversion kit, HD Radiator, Alpina Header, New reinforced Sub
OK so when I built the engine the first time I assembled the flywheel and noticed serious runout. Came to find out the flywheel was machined on a table that was not calibrated and yes it was seriously out by about 8 thousandths. So I re-machined it and finished the engine build. All was good except I had this nagging feeling that perhaps the crank was wrong too? The engine idled roughly but at high rev. it screamed.
So....when Covid came I figured time to tear down the engine and
Got the Hobart out of the box at last and started work on Franken-cart to keep it on. It’s going so well, I may just buy a cart.
I’ve never MIG welded before with steel wire & argon/co2. I had an electric welder previously from Harbor Freight and weld with flux wire. That POS always popped a 20amp fuse after a few minutes of continuous use. I also have gas welded a bit before, but this MIGging is new to me.
I started off practicing on an old cookie sheet. I must hav
A common thing for 2002 owners: How many of you have sun visors that look like balloons? Over time, the foam just turns to dust, and the result is a floppy, poofy, sun visor. I decided to document my first DIY experiment to see if I could keep the original vinyl on a sun visor, but refill it on my own. At the end of the day, it's certainly far from perfect, but I figured maybe someone with steadier hands can iterate and improve on it.
For this project, I needed:
A poofy sun vi
Subframes were sandblasted and dipped in anticorrosive coating so that all hollow parts will be protected. Next stage is powder coating for final finish.
Engine is out and I started taking exterior apart.
New floor panels and rear axle supports arrived from W&N
We removed thick layer of bitumen from inner wheel walls. Found previous repairs were and some rust as well.
Also holes were hiding on both rear axle supports.
Grind of bitumen continues so good 20kg of bitumen was removed.
The latest Ultimate Classic From the BMW Classic CCA has arrived. Had a little fun with the magazine today.
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Latest update on the car from Bill:
”Brought the engine and drivetrain components from storage to the shop today. Will begin prepping them tomorrow. Once they're ready we'll fetch Mint Grun, probably this weekend. Tuesday start basic cleaning and prep of the body, later in the week, or early next, begin installation, likely running a few days later.
If you haven't joined BMW CCA yet, dive in, along membership in the SIG(special interest group) for '02s. Sounds like you've alread
So this weekend, all the water went out the tailpipe.
It took the driver 3 laps to notice this
(he's been sacked)
but the only thing I found wrong was that the exhaust valves were making
their own reliefs in the pistons (!!!)
The engine builder's been sacked, too.
I didn't have a very good straight edge tonight
(I sacked myself)
but the head is surprisingly un- warped. Based on a bit of aluminum angle I had lying around.
A lot has happened in the last few months. I've built a handful of cold start relays (v4). Great fun and have gotten to know several folks quite well as we worked through their cold start wiring systems.
During one of the troubleshooting efforts (one Tii had a starter that wouldn't stop, but only when the cold start relay was installed!) I moved on from v4 of the board to v6! This follows the design changes from Bosch. I'm not sure we will ever know the motivation behind the slight c
Today I applied dry ice on the floor to check out if bitumen removes easier when frozen. I took 30 kg of dry ice and put in several bags for easier placement and ability to move it.
Left it on floor for 1 hour and the floor panels and then try how it peels away. Floor actually freeze from bottom.
I was able to remove big chunks at once so I would definitely suggest to anyone who will be removing bitumen from floor. On my e9 I used ho