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
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.
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
For Wheel Wednesday, I switched out to this super rare steering wheel for TESORO. This is an original BMW 1600 GT GLAS steering wheel (sans original horn button) I really like how this flows with TESORO’s interior.
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
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
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
After another winter at the VSR Spa, Vern is back home again. Newly chromed bumpers, completely restored vent window frames, new carpet, restored and rebuilt seats, modified wiper system with intermittent delay, paint retouched and looking better than ever.
Dropped off Athena, who developed a stumble along the way, which will be addressed...I do not care for her original distributor with points!
Chris Langsten followed me as we sped along at a rapid pace on NH 101. In fa
We've been hard at work (and having a lot of fun) developing new "period correct / vintage" motorsport products for the 2002 community!
Our new cast aluminum dead pedals are designed specifically for the BMW 2002 (tread design matches OEM accelerator pedal) and help to aid in driver comfort and access to clutch pedal while driving aggressively, on and off track.
The upper mounting holes lock under factory underdash panel tab, (drilling optional) lower mounting holes require two
TESORO’s trunk is nice and tidy in preparation for the Bay Area 02 swap and show in Brisbane, CA on May 4th. I am ecstatic over this brilliant fuel filler design by Kooglewerks ! No more contorting myself in fear of gas burping up onto the paint! 😉
The wiring is sorted with everything removed that I don't need (I hope.) I need to tie in all the new components before wrapping it up. Headliner in, not perfect but I am happy with it. I will start putting in the our 2002 Underground parts soon.
It seems like every project meets some sort of random parts wall at some point. That is to say, you end up waiting for ages for parts to arrive, things are difficult to source, or you end up with the wrong parts entirely. That has been the case for the last few weeks for me. I’ll try to tackle things in order and get everyone up to speed.
So you may remember last year I bought a beefier version of the radiator I currently had in the car. This was in an effort to keep the poor 2002 a little c
Major milestones achieved. 1. While I’ve only seen it in side a building the paint is fantastic! Derby is grey once more. 2. Head built.
Next big big milestone is the bottom half of the engine!
Stay tuned. More pics to follow once it’s back home.