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A little inspiration.

A little inspiration.

Last year, through a friend, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Egger, the creative genius behind Specialized Bicycles.  He was an awesome guy, and I think this article describes him perfectly... https://rouleur.cc/editorial/egger-specialized-fun-creative-director/   Besides us both having an industrial design background, there was another common thread between us... BMW 02 ownership!  Robert had recently completed his project car and I got the chance to get a look at it up close. 

WisDesign

WisDesign

Recaro Refurb

Recaro Refurb

I've had a couple of questions about the seat upholstery on my project car, so I'll provide some additional details...    First of all, the car came to me with a set of VW GTI Mk2 Recaros installed. I immediately loved the size and support of the seats, but the blue velvet just wasn't quite the look I had in mind.  😉  Given all the work ahead, it seemed kind of silly to target the seats as one of the first pieces to complete, but it really helped me "anchor" the rest of my choices.  I

WisDesign

WisDesign

Our Friends Electric

Our Friends Electric

One thing that had always bothered me about my car (and 02's in general) is the wiring arrangement in the engine bay between the battery, starter, alternator and feeds to the fuse box and ignition switch.  Given the large amount of unfused wiring involved in this lot, it somehow still managed to be as ugly as sin and generally let the car down as being a bit of crappy engineering.      Things like this get my goat, multiple wires jammed into an inappropriate crimp terminal.

Simeon

Simeon

Other Parts for the build.

Other Parts for the build.

Some of the other parts I've collected for my "restoversion" of my 1968 1600-2.    Picked up these custom 15" MIM wheels from the buy/sell section of the forum as the owner was upgrading to BBS basketweaves.  I think the gunmetal centers and polished lips will work well with the Etna blue and provide a slightly more modern look as this is certainly not going to be a "period" correct restoration.  I got a chance to check them out on chargin's car in the BMW corral at the historics at La

WisDesign

WisDesign

Project Complete!

Project Complete!

Finally the project is complete!  Here are some photos and description of the final product.     As you can see, I had the side markers and reflectors deleted.  I also got rid of the knee height rub strip.   I installed euro turn signals and new short stainless bumpers with the integrated euro plate lights.  I sourced earlier bumper brackets to pull them closer to the body.      I purchased new rain gutter trim, rocker trim, tail panel trim and badges.  The beltline trim is m

Djthom

Djthom

Elektro - MG?

Elektro - MG?

As reported in my first post, I intend to build my 1968 1600 into a full electric conversion while retaining the character of the car that we've all come to know and love.  It's a great idea, and one that I owe much credit to my father for planting.  My Dad has always been into British cars.  He owned Triumphs, MG's, and even a XKE Jaguar when I was young.  There were always projects in the garage and you always knew where to find Dad...   Fast forward 20+ years, and he's still at it. 

WisDesign

WisDesign

Trunk

Trunk

In what could be the most boring post in this blog, here are some photos of the trunk.  New seals, white seam covers, and vinyl for the side and floor covers.    I modified the original battery bracket to reuse here.  Its sitting on rubber insulators.    I added a photo of the tank before the panel went in.  Shame that bodyshop painted top won't be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

Djthom

Djthom

 

A 16 year olds first car.

Just brought home a 1973 2002Tii for my son who just turned 16. It currently runs and is completely rust free so we are just going to start by bolting on new suspension parts, rebuild brakes and chase down any electrical issues before body and paint.

Albee

Albee

Elektro - Antrieb

Elektro - Antrieb

Hello, 2002FAQers!  I've been lurking on the site for some time now since acquiring a 1968 1600-2 (VIN 1561262) about a year and a half ago.  I've decided to start a blog based on the belief that someone out there might find my project somewhat interesting.  Here goes... I'm converting the car to full electric.  The 1602e was the first true BMW electric car, built in 1972 for support of the Munich Olympic games.  These electric 1602s were the precursor to BMW's "i" division.  So... you might cal

WisDesign

WisDesign

 

A funny thing happened at The Vintage

So, while the Vintage itself was a blast, the trip also served as a multi day shakedown cruise of the car. Discovered a handful of issues that need to be addressed:   Swap bowden cables on left - controlling opposite, no real impact    Bowden cable to heater valve - off? Certainly doesn’t open the valve   Heater valve- leaking, need to look into that   Why am I running so damn hot? Does fan turn on with engine running? Do I need a New water pump? Might as
 

First Trip to the Vintage

The Vintage 2019 was awesome. So glad we came to this wonderful event. Enjoy the picture dump, next post will be a run down of all of the issues I discovered on the extended shake down cruise.     
 

Car enthusiast friends are one of a kind! - May 14, 2019

Car enthusiast friends are one of a kind! I feel so very fortunate to receive such pieces of history from a few1600/2002/NK aficionados and friends! We as Vintage Car Collectors know that these collective articles are a prize possession that gives us details as to how these cars were brand new out of factory. I will be using these to help guide Derby’s light restoration of the engine bay. Here’s a sneak peek of the factory firewall in the background 😍  
 

All dogs go to heaven

A question was posed to me once a few years ago: If you could fly, be invisible, teleport, be a billionaire, or have your dog live as long as you, which would you choose? I’d choose my dog every day of the week.   There is something so emotionally childish about losing a dog. Especially one that you don’t really consider a dog, but a true, full, meaningful part of your life. Almost more than a family member, more like an extension of yourself. Not to be political, but I alwa

peterman

peterman

 

It was a good day for paint to die!

Today was soda blast day!  I spent the last week stripping the last bits off of the Polaris and pulling out nearly all of the interior and every clip and metal piece off of the car.  The only thing left was the window trim, which I taped over.  I had originally planned to leave most of the interior and tape over the door seams, but that didn't make any sense once I realized how many holes there were that would let baking soda into the car.  So I pulled all of the dash components and the door and
 

Derby Engine Refresh - May 3, 2019

This special little car has been so well cared for and maintained from Germany and the previous owner has kept this car in the most original form. I have felt like the torch has now been passed to me, therefore, I plan to keep this car running like it just came out of factory in 1967.   Derby has been smoking, so I have decided to have the m10 engine with 6volt restored in its original state by using BMW 1600 OEM parts. North Bay Bavarian will be taking on this engine project.  
 

Small satisfying projects.

I’ve just completed over a week of business travel. I couldn’t wait to get back home and pull off the car cover of my freshly painted 1600 so that I might start the rebuilding/reassembly.  So while the engine is being rebuilt I decided to just work on a few little satisfying items.   -tried to polish and installed rear trim -installed seals for door handles  -Assembled installed rear tail lights with new URO lenses and new gaskets. -installed my old 1600 horns -star

Dionk

Dionk

2019 Mid America '02 fest Recap

2019 Mid America '02 fest Recap

Just returned from a 3,670 mile round trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 19th Mid-America '02 Fest was the largest one ever! 74 2002s, if you count the one on the trailer, an NK Sedan, a Bavaria and an i8 also attended. Doug Riparetti, from Seaside CA, drove 1935 miles and I presented him with the prestigious Iron Butt Award on Saturday night. He travelled 90 miles farther than my 1845 miles.     The event weather was perfect, cool and sunny. Friday we had a delightful drive to Roge
up to this point in time

up to this point in time

I’m blogin’!… well, at least I think I am.  I should have started this long ago, but I didn’t, so this car blog begins towards the end…the end of body and mechanical work, but also near the beginning of the car getting back on the road.   This project has been underway for quite a while and gradually came to be what it is now.  At a cursory glance, it’s an ITB megasquited, coilovered, euro bumpered 1974 bmw 2002.   The car is currently at Midnight Motorsport here in Seattle w

psky

psky

 

One piece dash removed!

Removed the dashboard yesterday. It felt great to be working on the wee car again. Life has been so busy.    Dash was simpler than I expected. I had already taken out the windshield so that helped. But all the screws were simple, and after removing the steering column trim, finding two more screws it was a snap.    One tricky part I ran into was the heater / vent control. Once I learned the plates  popped off I was golden!     The cluster is just sitting on the dash

2002VT

2002VT



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