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
The polaris 2002 was in a remote warehouse for several months but last month I found a place much closer to my home so I can finally start working on it again once it gets a little warmer. I completely broke down the front and rear subfames and sent the parts out for stripping and powdercoating and they came back looking terrific. Subframe powdercoating doesn't seem like much and I know there are hundreds of hours in front of me on this project, but seeing how nice it looks helps motivate me t
Not a lot to say other than I got the chassis rolling recently, and this weekend sent it off to my friend's shop for some fab work. The current list includes:
Revised trans brace
Heater core delete plate
Engine bay shaving (filling unused holes/removing brackets)
I'll update as progress continues. I'll try to be over there once a week to get new photos until it's done.
Posts are going to be a bit rapid-fire since this all happened about a year ago but I wanted to pop this on the FAQ and not just our IG.
The pickup of the new project - 1975 BMW 2002. We've dubbed the project: Project Not a Bronco, since my wife really wants an early bronco, but they're insanely expensive and I wanted a 2002 anyways.
We're meeting halfway and the plan is to paint it in Colorado Orange.
As it sits:
• there are three floorboards that need r
Another package of goodies arrived today for W&N - pics of said goodies attached.
Decided to have a professional rebuild my head instead of doing it myself because I tend to break things, over tighten and take twice as long as it should. So Friday afternoon I dropped off the metric mechanic head, Korman intake and associated bits to a local engine builder RAC engines in laurel MD. I’ll be dropping off the new cam for him later this week.
So - Slowly coming together.
Hey just a short post, the car came back from the soda blaster and we moved so that kind of delayed the process.
First of all some photos of the soda blasting process:
So that's that, pretty satisfied with the results and the one new door.
Now I'll be needing to do some more patches and body work I'm afraid, as the lines are not completely right.
Here you can see the tailgate lines not matching with the other lines of the car, just as the
It's been a while since my last post. I have made progress it has just been extremely slow going. To go forward you have to go backwards. That means the engine out...again.
Dropped from above, not too scary.
Still not high enough...getting sketchy.
And I can breath again. With the engine out of the way i finished up brake lines and fuel hard lines.
Not too bad looking of an engine compartment. Now time to add in the rats nest of spe
Yeah...so no cool pictures to share at the moment. Will add some later today of some new parts I’ve acquired.
So so while the car is off being painted, im getting some things ready and this weekends project will be to review my overall plan and start preparing my e24 rear seats.
Here is a preview / overview of the build
I have been accumulating parts in anticipation of getting it back from paint.
For the engine
Today I’m meeting a guy in Tyso
got Around to fiddling with the RestoMod Air mock up box and it doesn’t look like it’ll work. The box is just a bit too tall - I can get it into the right spot but it’s too close to the metal support of the dash to actually hook up any supply lines.
Time to finally get around to refitting the heater core and controls. I’ve certainly put that off long enough.