With the rolling stock and brakes squared away, it was time to address the suspension. To my untrained eyes and ears, I could tell that the bushings and mounts were all shot, the car bottomed out on hard bumps and the front tires had a comical amount of caster. I’d been stockpiling parts in plans to tackle the entire thing at once. Thanks to this site (again) as well as @BLUNT I had accumulated what I needed:
Lower control arms
If you spend enough time on this site, you tend to see a variety of wheel/tire combinations, some rarer than others. When I put the Style 10 wheels on my car I had only seen 2 or 3 photos of them mounted on 2002’s. I noticed that the wheels were pretty heavy, the steering felt slower, and I was lusting after other setups. I had seen @bluebmw car on Alpinas and really liked it, and was excited to have basically stumbled into this set of wheels on accident. I decided this would be my inspiration:
It's taken 4+ years to get this rolling tetanus shot on the road. At this point it's really not a BMW any more. That needs to be made clear, this car was missing much, damaged and significantly rusted. Add to that a cross country relocation compounded by this being my first ground up. I say all that to say I would have done things very differently. Due to the moving and original plans of a track car, much of the interior little bits are gone. I have had to build my own over the last few wee
This all started as a desire to replace my seats, but turned into the find of the year. The original seats in my car were completely shot, and I had replaced them with a set of blue 320 comfort seats as an interim solution. They didn’t match the interior and looked heinous, but at least I could drive the car.
I found a guy in the foothills of Northern California selling a ‘non running’ 1983 320 for $1500. I called him for some information about the car, and to see if it had the Reca
It’s been quite a while since I posted anything about this car- it’s been a slow process but I’m still smitten with it. Our son became an older brother in 2018 and then again in 2019, so my time and attention is elsewhere most of the time. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 kids aged 3 and under as of this writing.
After mounting the wheels and tires, I began focusing on the braking system of the car. This was my first time performing brake work on any vehicle, and thanks to
Finally finished installing the Dynamat to the floors last night. This took me way longer than I thought it would. And it didn't speed up things when I needed to take a break every 20 minutes to stretch out my aching back.
With the fronts repainted, I got after removing the old factory sound deadening. I was going to try the dry ice trick, but someone suggested trying an oscillating multi-tool with a scraping blade instead.
This seemed to take l
Took longer than I had hoped but I'm glad to report that v3 of the board design is complete. I had to modify the original design to support the new relay design (since the OEM is NLA), and then add a daughterboard to support the 6 spade connectors.
The photo shows the mockup of the board using paper. Its a decent way to sanity check measurements. I was off width by 1mm and height by 1 mm. Height isn't a big deal but width is since the board fits into the aluminum box.
The chrome finish on my door cards were shot and most of it had flaked off. Based on what I have read here on the FAQ, I decided to try to refinish them myself with the chrome vinyl that others have posted about.
I ordered the following role of vinyl from Amazon, if for no other reason than this was the one that shipped for free with my Prime account. Based on the reviews, they all seemed like similar products.
Happy new year! I closed out 2019 with a flurry of effort to get Derby ready for Vintage! I’ll be registering later today.
With the holiday break upon us I decided to put in some extra hours in the garage. I enlisted help from my brother and we made some major progress.
We picked up the engine and lowered it onto the front subframe. After securing the engine mounts and attracting the transmission and we rolled the assembly over to the front of the car on a moving dolly
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.