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
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.
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
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
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
Removed, dismantled, cleaned, taped, painted, untaped, cleaned some more, reassembled & reinstalled the instrument cluster. It's a huge improvement, the glass was filthy. Used Dupli-Color Chrome, it's a bright silver, not like the original shiny chromed plastic.
Drove Vern to Vintage Sports & Restoration for a couple of little jobs. Picked up Veronika after extensive reconditioning over the Winter. Drove Veronika back home.
Vern is solid, sure footed, fast & quiet.
Veronika is light, airy, slower & loud!
Both are a blast to drive.
Sorted Vern’s wiper speeds. 1st is delay, which is ~3 seconds. 2nd is normal speed. There is no fast speed as 2002s usually have. This delay feature, like on 3.0 Coupes, was made possible by Vintage Sports & Restoration.
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
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.
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.
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 "
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.