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Floor pan progress, efi stuff

Floor pan progress, efi stuff

Since this whole pandemic has started the shop I work at has been pretty slow, with recent days off I’ve got back in the groove of making some progress on my 02. It’s been a while since I posted any updates, my 85 318i has been stealing my attention in recent months as I acquired a 3.91 lsd and replaced the clutches, before putting it in. Anyway, I’ve got most of the grinding and pin holes filled in now on the floor pans. I still have to weld the frame rails to the pans but wanted to get the per

twinnr1523

twinnr1523

Subframe and Suspension paint DIY

Subframe and Suspension paint DIY

Another one that I  went back and forth on, searched, read, called SCR, got quotes for powdercoating, etc.  Finally settled on this because its quick, and relatively cheap and painless.  I found a local place to sandblast the parts, then found this 2K Epoxy spray that was hella expensive but super convenient.  I followed that with the 2K Aerospray satin black from Eastwood. Both of these products have an inner chamber that gets activated/broken to release hardener.  We'll see how they do. 

johnny02

johnny02

 

A winter challenge of my own creation - Rear hub removal

So I stared at these for years before I finally figured out what to do with them. I have two complete subframes so I did it four times in the end just for fun.   First I had to get the drums off, which was a nightmare that I didn't document.  Heat with a MAP torch, a mallet, those royal oil sticks that Rob Siegel recommends, and pry bar and eventually i got them off.   Then I got this handy little puller from Autozone. The assembly was off the car so I had to stick the big adjustable w

johnny02

johnny02

Instrument Cluster Refresh

Instrument Cluster Refresh

A small, but significant milestone was made in the refreshing of the instrument cluster for my 1968 1600 restoversion (electric conversion).  Here's what we started with... older model cluster with all black gauges and cloudy glass... the plastic surround and bezel rings were in pretty good shape though.       I've always been a fan of the earlier model "silver dollar" gauges and even the late model "cross-hairs" gauges, so these were my least favorite option.  I did some hu

WisDesign

WisDesign

Foiled plans breed opportunity

Foiled plans breed opportunity

With everything set to do put the head back on, I began assembly only to discover in process that the bottom left bolt in the front cover had been broken off in the block.   With no way to address that in the car, the rest of the engine had to come out.      And this is where the opportunity presented itself to drag my future plans into the present since I'm not driving anywhere these days anyway.      Rather than just drilling out the broken bolt, I decided to switch horses

Djthom

Djthom

Welcome home Ernie!

Welcome home Ernie!

With the state of the world right now I've been needing to hear some good news.   I got some last night when Patrick @midnightmotorsport let me know that he was finished and that Ernie was ready for pick up. Needless to say, I dropped everything I was doing (nothing) and headed right over!     At this point, we're 99% done with Phase 1 of the restoration. I'm just waiting on a couple of things that I'll mention in a moment.    Welcome back home buddy. I'v

Teelinger

Teelinger

 

Engine project including LH 2.2

An engine project including LH 2.2   Several years ago I came to this Bosch LH system used in old Volvos. I became curious, got one and checked it out in an 02 parts car. It ran immediately, but the idle was inacceptable and I didn‘t get this under control. My car was running fine with the KF, so the LH fell asleep again. But the KF is no good for short-distance driving. Too rich when cold, too much soot and too much fuel. Hard to trim to different camshafts, 4-throttles and such.

Henning

Henning

Bolt it back together and run it

Bolt it back together and run it

Having a 121 head, I've had a hard time finding suitable pistons for my matching number engine. So I decided to use the engine out of the spares car to practice on while I search for pistons. The bearings wore pretty bad on the practice engine and the oil pump chain was too loose, the ring lands were way out of spec so I am just going to replace the bearings, new oil pump chain and put the old pistons back in and see if it will run.          

InkaSam

InkaSam

 

Derby - Petrolicious - March 24, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyuCil9wSJw     Thank you so much for watching Derby's video. Can't thank Petrolicious enough for putting out content that's "tastefully" done for us car enthusiasts! I would like to thank the videographer Sean Fannin who came out to shoot Derby in such a creative way! I would also like to thank Bay Area local Jim Huff who had an quick cameo appearance in this video with his 4 door 1600 Neue Klasse BMW. You can catch his petrolicious video called "

Lisa.02P

Lisa.02P

Veronika's VSR Spa Treatment

Veronika's VSR Spa Treatment

Veronika has been getting a lot of love at the VSR Spa. Photos courtesy of Chris Langsten.   Photo work list: Modified Wiper Motor Cover. New Side Hood Seals. Top Perimeter Snap Strips restored and installed. All trunk Panels recovered in Elephant Skin. New Chrome Dash Trims installed. Now those are a big WOW factor!   The To Do List is getting shorter! Hoping restored seats return from the upholstery shop the week after next.    

adawil2002

adawil2002

Body work and paint prep

Body work and paint prep

JoAnna and I visited Car Addictions, the shop that's doing the body work and paint job for Betty. Looking at something part way through the process, whatever the process is, is always an odd event. Watching the sausage being made kind of thing.   Knowing that the professionals have your pride and joy in their care only makes it weirder. Trust.  Trust is what it's all about and knowing that you both have a shared vision for what the end state will be is important.  

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

Head is Ready!

Head is Ready!

I got my head back from the machine shop and began getting it ready.     Head has new stainless exhaust valves, all new guides and seals, new heavy duty Ireland rockers, reground and reground cam.     I know it's a driver but I bought a new fastener set and painted all the parts in dull aluminum to keep them looking bright and clean.      

Djthom

Djthom

 

Alpina Gear

Alpina Automobiles Germany has steadily been adding some of their old school stuff to their on-line store, they just did add '70's 'Deko Set' (s) with the green/blue stripes.  So much better than all the copy cat crap out there, not cheap at EUR 385,00 but whatever.  You get what you pay for you always do.  The also added these 'Deko' T-shirts that have my car on it in its 1975 paint scheme.  Going to have to get myself one or two of those I think.....

markmac

markmac

 

rear subframe installed

Well I got the rear subframe back together    boxed rear trailing arms - check poly RTA bushings - check poly end links - check poly diff hanger bushings - check iE Butt plug - check  powder coated rear subframe - check e21 LSD with fresh seals - check E21 cv joints (on inside) and axle- check new CV boots - check  IE spacer - check new subframe hardware - check new 2002 CV joint hardware- check new e21 cv joint hardware - check

Dionk

Dionk

A quick pause for our safety sponsors.. Audi.

A quick pause for our safety sponsors.. Audi.

So after some soul searching I realised that in order to do this thing right (and safe) and not feel rushed I needed to get a daily.  I have been considering it for a while as I haul precious cargo often and drivers here often do not pay attention to red lights or stop signs.  I wanted to get something that would be safe, air conditioned and something my significant other could drive.   So when I was presented with an opportunity to get my friends 2004 Audi A4 i.8t I said yes.       My

Dudeland

Dudeland

Paint

Paint

Dropped the car off at the bodyshop to get the paint finished.  They'll be blending the paint on the doors and roof. Can't wait to have it fixed. 

doslucero

doslucero



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