Ernie is now back at Midnight Motorsports and we are getting started with reassembly. I've brought my hoard of parts and we've taken a general inventory of what we still need. Parts are getting ordered and we're off...
Today I stopped in the shop to begin getting my hands dirty. The first thing Patrick had me do was clean out the interior of the car to prep for finishing the Dynamat install. The previous owner had installed it in most of the car, but due to rust, didn't
First time entered at the Danville D'Elegance. Small venue, quaint little town on the East Bay.
I figure its always fun to show either of the cars at small events, it puts a smile on my face when people show their excitement and enthusiasm when they see the little bimmers. Its also fun to be around people who share the same enthusiasm for all kinds of vintage vehicles.
Derby wins third place for the European Class.
Quick recap from Monterey:
Tuesday 08/13 - Carmel Concours on the Avenue : Derby was shining like a star this year! After last year's win on the Avenue, I entered Derby again this year and had such a great time sharing Derby's new refresh engine. The class we were in was a little different than last year. We were in the "Foreign Family Favorites". As much as we received lots of smiles and comments of people reminiscing their happy experiences with the BMW 1600, who could resist a 19
After 2 years of needing one large flange NK wheel to complete a set, I was able to source 2 more for a total of 5. Dropped them off at the local wheel shop for media blasting and Satin Black powder coating. $500 later they are back. Slapped on the better hubcaps and need to decide on tires. Will most likely go on Veronika when the time comes.
ordered some parts from W&N Germany - reinforce springs, polished strut bar and a bunch of misc. shipping was lighting quick. All items received within 4 days.
So I’ve been getting ready for the big day - engine install. To that end - the following projects were completed / or in progress depending on the definition of complete.
- Rebuilt Pedal / installed (a helper makes this easier)
- installed brake booster bracket.
- installed brake light
I am STOKED! The paint looks absolutely gorgeous.
They also painted the engine bay while the engine was still in there. Note that the hood torsion bars had been painted previously, so I had them paint them again.
Sunroof panel and Kogglewerks duckbill.
American Auto Paint and Body did an incredible job. I can not say enough good things about Junior and the boys at Ame
The front brace, available now:
A design Inspired by the e9 CSL cast aluminum strut tower bar, our 2002 specific version is the highest and furthest rearward option available on the market. Making it perfect for performance cars with engine swaps, exotic induction and/or limited height clearance. (illustrated by the A4s airbox) constructed from 356a cast aluminum, 304 stainless steel hardware and 6061 aluminum tube.
2002/1600 with: M10/A4s, s14, m20, m42, m44
Another trip to the paint shop today to approve color. We upgraded from PPG Omni to Deltron and WOW, what a difference. Not sure if it's coming across in the pics but the new paint on the right is significantly brighter and more vibrant.
Car should be finished on Friday then it's back to Midnight Motorsports for reassembly.
I stopped by the paint shop during lunch today to approve color swatches.
We've decided on PPG paint and this round the shop used PPG's Omni line of paints. It's a close match, but it's just a hair "dirty" and not as vibrant as I want. So the shop is switching to PPG's higher grade Deltron line of paints to get the "pop" I'm looking for. The car going into paint this week and should be done Friday 12/20. I'll post additional pics as we progress.
It has been over a year since my last update, and a lot has happened since then.
After my last update, the first change I made was in getting a new handbrake and shift knob from kooglewerks, and after installing it I almost immediately decided that I needed the nardi wheel to match... because of course I did. A bit after installing the wheel, I drove out to Bimmerfest West and along the way I found a group of other o2s all driving together. I figured that since I thought I was alread
Spent some time in the garage cleaning and organizing all the crap from/for the build. Also took some time to inventory what I want to keep vs sell, and document some of the parts I've been able to find for Ernie.
Original E9 380mm Petri wheel, button and hub. This is the type with the thicker grip and is in great condition. I decided to sell all the other wheels I have after I found this one.
NOS red tip Hirschmann antenna. I've got a source in
It has taken years and huge projects to get this far. However, it now seems the smallest projects are more rewarding. What I mean is now that the 2402 is on the road every little project makes it just that much better to drive, that much more useful. Over the Thanksgiving break I was able to tackle some more projects and it really made a difference.
1. fixed the clunk, the Diff flange was too close to the tunnel and under accel the diff rotates nose up and would hit the floor. A
<TL:DR - the new board has been built and appears to work as designed! New post coming soon!>
I've learned a lot during this project. While the goal has always been to build a reproduction board, I also wanted to better understand the cold start circuit itself. Questions I wanted answered include: How do the components work together? What is the sequence of events? And eventually - is there room for modification?
I've found that the system behavior is different than
Stopped by the paint shop to check in on my car. Ernie is now in primer. The shop has made a ton of progress. They've finished all the body work, including all the work in the trunk, which is still in POR15 and waiting for the shmutz coating on the wheel wells and the primer coat. On the exterior, they're on their 3rd coat of block and sanded primer.
Gallery images below.
A couple of details...
They've pre-installed the @Forrest_KoogleWerks air dam and you ca
Finally got back to it with the 2002. Life is not allowing for frequent garage time, so dialing in expectations with this car has been a priority for me. Right now, I'm just focusing on what I know I can get done. Long term plans remain the same, but short term accomplishments will keep me motivated on this project. Before sending the car off to fabrication I purchased the Chase Bays booster delete kit. I know there are a lot of strong opinions on this, but this is the direction I'm going. For a
So In the category of doing stuff that I have the parts for, I decided that this week was a good one to get the differential done. It has been complaining a lot, especially as I take my foot off the gas and coast. About a year ago I got the rebuild kit from I.E and shortly after that I got a phantom clutch.
Now for those not familiar with phantom clutches, I want to tell you everything I know about them... which is absolutely nothing. They are supposed to be a "LSD like" devic