The only sheet metal I purchased was rear subframe mounts from WN, everything else was self fabricated and welded out of sheet metal. Based on the quality of previous repair work and the overall condition of the car, I wasn't shooting for concourse grade work here. My goals were to make it safe, water tight, and to extend it's life by cutting out and patching any rust I could. The most involved (scary) parts of the project were the subframe reinforcement and the gas tank / trunk / rear fender a
I purchased the car a little over a year ago. I knew going into ownership that I was getting my self into a project. Not quite the scale it has turned into, but i'm still enjoying the process. A pre-purchase inspection showed lots of rust on the underside, mostly focused in the rear. In particular the subframe mounts, wheel wheels, spare tire holder, rear control arms, and shock towers were all swiss cheese. Basically the usual suspects... The PO had some less than stellar work done on the fron
So far I've put the fuel tank back in, rewrapped the wiring harness and taken all the brake parts off for reconditioning. But I've just now started taking photos so i'm going to jump in with this one of the firewall with insulation put in.
The rotors back from machining:
New rubber parts for the callipers:
Bearings repacked, rotors and callipers back on:
The steel lines in and the reconditioned master cylinder mounte
I dropped by the paint shop today to drop off the hood latch parts so that the body guy could set and align the hood. Here are some pics showing progress.
Nose is getting some touch up and the hood is getting aligned.
The original fenders have been patched and reattached. Begone rust, after market sheet metal shenanigans and DOT silliness!
Doors and sides have been patched as well.
No more side markers - or gas cap.
After searching for months and resigning I’d have to buy new and pay for installation, I managed to find a local guy selling a four post lift for a great price. Rather than disassemble it, I had a hauling company pick it up at his house and drop it off in my driveway.
Been doing a bunch of work, just not as gregarious as some.
Bought a spare crank pulley / damper. @jimk supplied an extra timing wheel. Tried to weld it on- I have a welder, I'm not a welder- so pung my buddy James at https://www.blacksheepbikes.com/ to see if he could help. Sure as shit he's a welder and stuck everything together for me. So new pulley is on.
Oh, bracket for the crank trigger is Jim's design as well.
Next will be removing unnecessary wires fro
My Wife and I bought a new house. We close on it tomorrow and start moving on Wednesday.
Before we bought I had a scare and I almost made a bad decision. That was to part out my project and let Betty go.
A lot of people on this site were very nice and offered good prices for the parts that I had posted for sale. And they were even nicer when I came to my senses and retracted my ad.
Everyone was very understanding.
Jo and I would figure out how to make this work.
50th Anniversary BMW CCA Oktoberfest was pretty awesome. With a few exceptions. 2 iconic BMWs were in the lobby of the hotel. Yale Rachlin's 1974 2002Tii & Parker Spooner's 1970 2800 CS. At dinner, I was notified by Paul Cain "There were not enough cars in Classic Super Clean" so I was bumped down to "Classic Clean". It rained Wednesday on the Concours. I discovered too late there were 6 cars in Classic Super Clean, after Vern had been judged! Needless to say I felt a bit cheated by this fia
The whole tear down of Betty took the better part of 3 months. This included full cataloging, labeling, boxing and storage of the parts.
While we were doing this many decision points were reached and made.
I'd only ever restored one other car before this. That was Ringo our '67 Beetle. And that was just a partial restoration.
I rebuilt that motor myself and the entire interior. We did not do paint because we wanted to keep that sweet sweet patina.
For Betty though,
We'd had Betty for about half a year when I started noticing she was down on power. Was having trouble starting up in the morning and gasped a bit when pushed.
Just like me!
But one morning in the fall Jo said she went to start her up, it cranked, started then stopped. I went out to try my hand at starting, because I think I can turn a key better than anyone.
Sure enough, it wouldn't start. Cranked but no start.
After a quick check to make sure we're getting fu
Soon after getting the 2002 home from Seattle the usual question came up about what name we should give it.
Our '67 Beetle which all of my girls learned how to drive stick was named Ringo. The Beetle. My '89 911 C4 is named Heidi. German high maintenance super model.
Every cool car we've had gets a good name.
So, what would be appropriate for a tough old car that's been through a lot but is still great looking and dependable? My Wife Jo, said Betty. That's her Mothers name. A ver
As the crew from Car Additions loaded up Betty onto their trailer to haul her to the shop for body work and paint, I paused to think back on all of the work JoAnna and I have done to get here. It's been a slower path than I had planned, but life, as we all know, happens.
We bought a 1976 BMW 2002 from a couple in Seattle after seeing an ad in Craigslist. I flew over from Spokane, took an Uber to their address and inspected the car. I was parked on the street and looked pretty good.
I stopped by American Auto Painting & Body to check in on progress and discuss some issues that they've run into that I'll touch on in a sec.
But first the good stuff.
They have begun to strip the body down to metal. Luckily they haven't uncovered a ton of Bondo or any unexpected rust. The body is really straight and relatively ding free for it's age.
They've also been able to remove the old nose and hang the NOS replacement clip
1. Engine compartment is complete
2. Engine completely gone through and mounted
3. Wiring all done, EFI management all in place
Rick at North Bay Bavarian and team are now working on final tuning.
Hopefully will have a video next month of the project completed.
So it's been quite a journey with good old Fred. Blood, sweat and cursing. He was named Fred by my wife because when he showed up in the driveway, he was painted black and she thought he looked like a top hat, like Fred Astaire's. So Fred he was.
I learned a lot and spent a lot. Hundreds of hours in the garage while Pandora kept me entertained. Dozens of questions and help from all you FAQ'ers, Steve at Blunt and various friends and mechanics. Quite the journey.
Progress has been slow. (I promise not to start every blog post that way!) However, I now have the electric motor (Parker GVM 210-150) mated to the 4-speed transmission with a coupler from Hayes to mount the clutch assembly and a custom aluminum bell housing adapter. That motorcycle in the background of the photo below is one of the reasons why progress has been so slow, but I'll save that for a separate post...
So what does it look like in the former engine bay?
Hey folks just a quick update for the three people following me. The Turbo is being redone, and will back to me in about a week. I will update this post with regards to the bits that I have procured to help me manage boost, temperatures and pressures etc....
So considering I have a bit of time before I go boosted, I decided to taking the log boat from China approach. If I can wait a month to get the sensor, I can save myself a lot of $$. Like a map sensor for $10 instea
I don't have a lot of new info to share quite yet, this weekend was busy. But the 2002 came back home. It's... about 80% done with the fabrication work I wanted done. However due to other more pressing projects, my 2002 was sent back home. It's all good, the last few items I can do myself, a perfect excuse to finally buy a welder and teach myself how to melt some metal.
More photos to come, but I was excited to finally have the car back in my hands. I still need to bring the engine a
September 14, 2019
I've never restored a car before and one of my goals with this restoration is to learn as much as I can. Knowing that, Patrick was kind enough to let me join his team for a day and help out with tearing Ernie down to get him ready for body and paint. Much appreciated my friend. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with and learn from the talented and knowledgeable pros at Midnight Motorsports. Even if it comes at the expense at being made fun of the whole time
After a couple of days of self abuse and a general state of depression, I came to terms with my mistake and decide to make lemonade out of lemons. From the time that I bought this car I had planned on doing body and paint work (I've been hoarding parts from day one), I just didn't know when I'd get around to it. Well, I just forced my own hand.
The first thing I did was swallow my pride and call my mechanic Patrick at Midnight Motorsports to let him know what had happened. After som
They say the first step to recovery is acknowledgement.
OK, I own this one. It's all me.
Street parking in Seattle neighborhoods is kinda a pain in the arse. The week before the 4th of July I was busy shuffling cars in and out of my driveway. In doing so, I parked Ernie in the street in front of my neighbor's driveway so that I could move my wife's car. Something I do all the time. My neighbor is cool with it and she does the same when she needs room to move stuff. Then
Bought new door window trim assemblies from Paul Wegweiser at bimmer.com. They arrived Friday September 27th 2019. Installed them Saturday morning. Needed to use the old assembly clips near the vent windows. They did take a little persuasive force to install with the new welting and squeegees. If your window welting and squeegees are shot, buy these assemblies while they are available.