Another 2002 came my way that I could not say no too! Its a 1974 2002tii. Definitely has its issues including rust, however there is a lot going for it as well. bilstien shocks, H&R springs, poly bushings, five speed and strut braces are a plus. Some of you might have followed my M42 2002 Build a few years back. This car is getting different treatment. I have only a limited amount of time to get it on the road and am embracing the “patina” look so to speak. Anyway, here is a short video of m
One of the many projects that I’ve been dreading on this car is replacing the trunk floor. Not just the part aft of the wheel wells, I mean the entire trunk floor. When I bought the car the gas tank was about the only thing holding the center of the trunk floor up. The brace down the center of the floor was no longer attached to the floor. There was no bottom to the spare tire well and the quarter panels were the only things keeping the tail panel attached to the car. I’d cut the main portion of
First of all, thanks to all of those who have supported me through this project. It has been fun and challenging, but not being able to leave well enough alone, I have embarked on incorporating the timing function of the Sniper EFI into my build. What am I hoping to achieve by this... no clue.. if I were forced to give a reason... I guess I would say because it was there, and life is too short to ponder things that satisfy your curiosity.
So after consulting a lot of people, an
Vern is back at VSR after 2 months in storage, he started right up. Re-stuffed seats look great. Bumpers are back from the shop and look like mirrors. Vent window frames have been polished and ceramic coated by Speedway. Re-assembly starts in earnest Monday April first. Scheduled to pick him up April 19.
Got the sunroof back in with a bit of trial and error. Fit is ok just a slight passenger side height difference.
Also installed heater box and dash. Mocked in the gauge cluster to fill the hole. It will be removed before permanent installation.
Added H4's w/city lights and a relay/fuse harness. Will install the driving light brackets when they arrive. Thanks, Pierre.
Took this down to Buttonwillow so Ken Blasko could install and race today. My daughter went with and we really enjoyed looking over the cars and talking to everyone. The Salmon burgers weren't bad either. We got there at 11:30 or so and Ken quickly prepped it and got it installed prior to his heat at 3:00.
Ken's starting position was next to last but he quickly made his way thru the pack and finished 4th. I guess the gearbox held up.
I came across an opportunity to purchase a larger 3D printer at a significant discount. Went for it.
The size of the new printer allows me to attempt modeling the grille with its various surfaces, planes and splines.
45 hours and 58 minutes of printing.
Side by side.
I finally have real progress photos to share. First I start with more parts collecting however, as that seems to be tradition for this build thread. I picked up AKG Motorsport's shifter and DSSR. Ultimately this may seem like an unnecessary step at this stage, but we're going to be adding some captive nuts under the shifter opening so the shifter can easily be removed from the cabin of the car. As a result, I had to order it in so my fabricator could work on that part. I have to say, this is a s
With spring approaching and with just a few trim bits left to be completed, I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more of the top than the bottom. But here are some pics before it comes down off the lift for spring.
This happened over the course of a bunch of months. It's all the metalwork to the floor pans and trunk area.
First, we removed all the sound deadening from the floors and then the cutting began. The car got three floor pans replaced with new metal, one patch we had to fabricate for the rear seat shelf, then patches on the front inner wings, and finally a few outer rocker panel patches — the inners were solid, rust treated, painted and then sealed up.
The undercoating was
The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2763648 was manufactured on March 20th, 1973 and delivered on March 23rd, 1973 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Verona, paint code 024.
Took off the front fenders to see what was underneath the seemingly solid fenders.
After burning off the old lead that smooths out the upper seam, we removed all the fender bolts holding everything on. A bit of wiggling with a screwdriver to break the old body glue and the fenders were free.
We discovered the blinker buckets were largely gone - and "remade" during a previous restoration of the car - a scotchbrite pad was shoved into the space for body filler to grip to as
Last year, I bought a beautiful set of E21 Recaro seats and mathcing rear seat covers for the Chamonix '02. Since this is the sportier my two '02 cars and it had the old-style marshmallow wide headrest seats, it made sense to install them in this one. They look A-MAZ-ING! Although the seats are the same height as the old seats, they are much more firm so you end up sitting about 2 inches higher than before. That's going to take some getting used to. I will not be cutting into the seat moun
Excited Vern has been accepted to show at the 10th Annual Misselwood Concours d'Eleganceat Endicott College, July 19-21, in Beverly MA. We will do the Saturday Tour up to Newburyport MA, then prep for the Sunday Concours. https://www.misselwood.com/concours-delegance
So its been a while since I've added anything to the blog. The car was finished in October. Just in time for winter in Ireland. With crappy weather and salted roads here, I've only managed 200 miles in 5 months. Though the weather is finally starting to get better and the car is finally being driven!
The car was lucky enough to be featured on the cover of Retro Classics magazine. (Irish car mag)
I plan to take it to plenty of shows this summer. First show is this weekend,
Subframe nearly complete. After replacing the brakes, she should be set to get bolted back on. Can't wait to get her back on the road!
R&R'ed mostly everything:
Diff rebuilt with new bearings
CV joints re-packed
New half shafts & hubs
All bushings & hardware
Sandblasted & POR-15 frame
Before and after:
Rebuilding the diff was probably the most difficult / nerve-wracki
I got the Chamonix '04 back from paint the other day and have been working on little things to make it a little more fun to drive. The weather here is briefly in the 60s during the day and very nice. Still too cold for convertible weather, but perfect for a 2002!
I pulled the E30 steering wheel and replaced it with a beautiful 360mm Nardi wheel. It makes the car much easier to get into, makes it much more go-kart-like and I'm not having any real issue with the smaller whee