Hi guys and girls,
I was advised to open a blog about restoration process of my recently required BMW 2002 so here I am. I am new to writing blog so I am sorry if it will be boring and full of grammar mistakes.
Anyway to introduce myself I come from Slovenia (Europe) and always have a passion about older BMWs… I bought my first BMW when I turned 18 years old – E36 325i cabrio. This was the car to introduce me in the world of car enthusiast. Through this passion I meet sev
Saturday July 18th we drove Veronika to the Misselwood Estate at Endicott College in Beverly MA and participated in the first Misselwood Driving Series Tour. The drive from our house to the Estate takes ~2 hours. The tour started at 10 am, we made it there at 9:50 am. The Tour wound its way through Beverly and followed tree lined streets with antique homes eventually leading to open fields then winding our way through to Newburyport MA. We were privilege to have talented Photographer Josh Sweeny
Slight ~ Major 🤣
So the original plan was for me to drive to California to get the car essentially in kit form: Engine/Trans/driveshaft all to be installed by me (and i would have been winging that wholesale never having done any of it before).
The new plan is for the car to be delivered to me mechanically complete and road worthy, but aesthetically challenged and in need of much love and sweat equity to be returned to a restored state. ETA is mid August to early September.
Car is running great. Rick at North Bay Bavarian was able to adjust timing and HP is greatly improved from the first tune. The project is never ending but the car runs better than I would have expected. Pulls strong all the way to 6500. The Schrick 292 was a good choice for around town and highway balance. It's been a better than 2 year adventure with the Bristol 69' but I couldn't be happier with how it all came out in the end.
Also got the Ground Control coilovers put in all a
I’ve been getting a few things done on the Chamonix ‘73. The pedal box, bracket, booster, and MC are in. I’ve fab’d new brake lines for the front of the car.
I replaced the rear main seal, I removed the front cover, bead blasted it, installed a new crank seal and reinstalled the cover. I installed a freshly cut flywheel, a new 228mm Sachs clutch kit, and a new 323i throw out bearing. I bolted some other painted parts to the block getting ready to bolt the engine to the subframe.
When I created the blog, I thought the following would be the first entry and not the about info. Apologies for the duplication.
My probable starting point is this 1976 BMW 2002 Mint Green (or Lime Sherbet as its owner described it to me) currently parked in a field in Northern California wine country. It is a shell sans engine/trans/driveshaft. Interior is mostly complete and intact. Front seats and headliner need to be replaced. As does the instrument cluster. I've seen the interiors
Since it was a year between my last two updates I’m going to try to update this each time I work on the car.
Last fri I glued in the firewall pad. Tonight I glued the outer insulation pad to the pedal box, repaired and re-wrapped the bulk of the engine bay wiring, and installed the coil/resistor/relay, and the pedal box/booster/brackets.
I’ve managed to fit a a new outer wheel tub, a new outer rocker panel, and a harvested trunk divider. I also have the quarter panel from the ‘69 for this car once it’s time. Rebuilt and powered coat trailing arms and long neck subframe were installed under the car to make it a roller again.
I also removed the engine/trans so I could get a better idea of how bent the front of the car is. It didnt look good from what I can recall.
I won’t like
I glanced at my blogs and realized that the last update on this car was a year ago, almost to the day.
Progress has been made. I spend a few hrs on it two nights a week most weeks.
The huge win for this car was replacing the non-existent left frame rail. I bought a one from W+N. This was a project that I “saved”. Fear of the unknown kept me from diving into it sooner.
After repeatedly pulling measurements and studying the frame measurement sheet in Bl
Long time no updates.
I eventually had the car shipped to Austin where Terry Sayther's got to work on it. Got it all up and running and I'm slowly, very slowly working on getting the rest finished up.
Finally got some hubcentric wheels put on last week (Corsa Velocita) and AC compressor and condenser in. Photos coming soon. Next up Restomod AC.
Aasco flywheel works with stock everything, so I went with that since I already had it on hand and it's not overly lightweight. Everything came together nicely
Engine is complete as a unit and united with the subframe. Car lifted up super high, you need about 33" of clearance not including whatever you're using to slide it under the car. I used low profile jacks to pivot it into place. Then grabbed the engine from the top using an engine crane, and pulled it up into pla
Drove her down to Harpswell Neck to Pammy’s Ice Cream. Sunny & cool. My friend drove his 1930 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton after a 5 year engine rebuild. Both cars garnered all the attention. The top down drive home was pretty cold.
I’ve made some progress in the last couple weeks. I spent many hours sanding, masking, and then painting the car in my driveway. And then sanding masking and painting more. The color is called Light Aqua, from TCP Global. I am really pleased with the color. I did see the car used to be orange, white, red, and green all at various stages in its life.
I also received my Kooglewerks front air dam and tow hook/bumper delete/fog cover, and installed H
OK so it is time to "catch up" a bit here. COVID 19 has kept me busy with my BMW - aka "the occupier". Been sitting for five years after I "got it running" with a lot of necessary parts - The Engine, The Brakes, The Shocks, The Electrical and The Fuel.
Was good but it was kinda like that first and second date. She needed a lot of work.
I sold my 1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible to pay for the BMW Project ... and yes I do miss my Ghia dearly.
So where I am n
Hello folks - if you have an early model with the original hood and the wind blows it shut you have a few options. I went this route. I am satisfied!
Here they are completed - but need primer.
I started with these
And I researched and did not like what the parts stores were offering so I decided on this design...
I risked life and limb with my drill press converted to a mill (do not do this at home)
Hi Folks - just getting the hang of this blog process. Here is the before shot...
And the after shot
New motor - but the old one still works. Rebuilt heater core - San Jose Radiator. New grommets, new foam, cracks epoxied, sex bolts to replace the rivets, rebuilt valve (new oring) and valve mounting bracket. Could not have done it without my Dremel - first Dremel I ever owned!
So I thought I was well on my way to completing my 4th battery for my 1968 1600-2 restoversion. Unfortunately, on closer investigation using the foam core mock-up I had built, we realized that the freshly installed rebuilt brake booster and master cylinder created a not-so-insignificant interference. The photos below show the basic idea of the front battery pack sitting under the hood, above the motor and transmission. When we previously checked this position, the brake booster was not instal