This is a long post to get caught up on the progress on Ernie's restoration.
I had to take a break from the project and this blog to attend to my father, who had emergency open heart surgery. The good news there is after 5(!) artery by-passes, my dad is healthier than ever and on the road to a full recovery. It's stuff like this that reminds us that life is short and time is precious. Spend it loving what you do and the people you do it with.
And with that, I'm happy to
It's been a while so this is a catch up post. I wanted to share the custom 3pt rear seat belt brackets that Patrick fabricated for Ernie.
I drive around a lot with my kids in the back seat and from a safety standpoint, I have never felt good about the lap belts. But I also never liked the look of those bulky top mounted 3pt rear belts. So I reached out to @bluedevils and purchased a set of his 3pt rear belts that are intended to be mounted horizontally underneath the parcel shelf. A
We did tell the shop that's doing the body work and paint that we were not in any hurry. Haven't found a contractor to bid the garage yet.
Oh well, there is still work to do!
I've been inventorying parts and wow. There is a lot of parts.
Sadly, a lot of it really isn't going to look good going back onto the painted body unless I do some serious restoration/plating/painting etc. Lots of it.
So, I've been part collecting, or trying to. And getting stuff taken apart in or
With the rear subframe back under the car, it was time to focus on the front end. Merry Christmas to me! I've managed to have my wife, my elderly parents, and my adult Son buy me 2002 parts..
It's wintertime. Fire up the propane heater.
First order of business was to press out the old bushings. I bought a bushing puller set.
The nuts below were solid mounds of rust. I had to take these parts to a machine shop to grind them off.
The gland nuts on the front struts
Greetings all haven’t posted on here in quite a while. Have been busy with work and my rear subframe as well as other little projects. I have a stated goal of getting the car back together before Vintage 2020.
everything takes longer than I think it should mostly my fault.
The rear subframe could’ve been an easy thing for me to simply swap from my parts car to my project car. This is because I had overhauled a year before.
But I wanted to change a few things.
I bought a 1974 2002 from a friend who restored the car in the 1990s. It has had previous rust repair in many areas (driver's front subframe rail, driver's floor, rear shock towers to name a few.) It was painted a very dark green (Nissan color) in the 1990s and clear coated. The exterior has had all trim removed prior to painting and looks pretty nice. I bought the car a year and a half ago and have done a few basic things to it. I removed a roll bar and 5-pt belts (it has seen some track time a
The period correct AKA "neurotic side" of me convinced me that Derby would not be complete if I didn't get the proper taping done on the wiring harness...
Tape is from Germany, the same kind of fabric tape they used from factory. Thank you North Bay Bavarian ! Love the work you have been doing to keep Derby PC! ?
It wasn't long before there was trouble in paradise. I began to notice more and more white smoke on startup. And then my suspicions were confirmed by the telltale milky oil underneath the fill cap.
Leaky head gasket and/or front cover gasket? A dreaded crack? Driving season ended abruptly.
The engine in the car is a 74tii engine. The original engine (tall block) was included in the sale and swapped in the past for reasons unknown. My original plan was to build
After getting the car home I set about rectifying some of the immediate concerns.
1) Falling our of 2nd. Thanks to the wealth of info on this site I was able to fix simply by torquing the gearbox output shaft nut. Problem solved
2) Upholstery. Before selling the 74 I swapped the rear seats. I had put new foams and Aardvark covers in the 74. I also scavenged the rear seat belts. For the front seats I put new foam in the bottom with heated seat elemets. I was abl
So here it is, the new tii.
The Good; Roundie, tii, sunroof. Matching number engine included. The perfect starting point. Original BC car that never saw salt. Underside and rockers are solid except for a small patch in passenger floor. Previous owner put lowering springs and Bilsteins.
The Bad: corrosion along belt line of hood and trunk lid as well as rear quarter wheel lips. Pops out of 2nd gear.
The Ugly: Green cam cover and tired upholster
This is my third 02 in as many years. How did I get here and why?
My first 02 was a roundie tii that I completely restored and sold. It's story was detailed here. The sheer cost of the restoration and the fact I already have other high level restored cars resulted in a change in strategy....
Hence my next car was to be a 3 season driver. The concept was to get maximum usage and enjoy daily driving of a vintage classic without worrying about every raincloud or stone chip. I
Hi all! It's been far too long since I had a notable update for this build.
Long story short... I was living in Socal for the past three years. About a year ago I planned to bring the 02 to socal after having a friend do the rust repair. Due to some unfortunate circumstances he wasn't able to work on the car for about the half of a year it was with him. I began planning to ship the car over anyway, and the day before the delivery was planned my girlfriend expressed her desire to mov
Now that the motor is mounted (see below), it was time to get serious about the batteries.
I have known which battery modules I was going to run for awhile, but not exactly how I was going to mount them or position them in the car. The battery modules themselves are 59Vdc lithium-ion "blocks" built by LG for the Chyrsler Pacifica Hybrid. I chose these for a number of reasons, but mainly because being from a hybrid means they offer good power and the voltage/capacity of each
So last couple weeks I’ve been really focused on the rear subframe. I was unaware one of my rear trailing arms was in pretty poor shape. It appears that at some point someone decided to tow the car using the rear trailing arm and that caused some dents. I posted some pictures of the rear trailing arm on Facebook Bmw 2002 modifiers group and the general consensus was that I could just mount everything and keep on trucking.
There was also a comment that my rear trailing arms need to
Sometimes you have to let a project go. Since I bought this car, I've sworn up and down I would never sell it. From the best test drive I've ever had in the car, to the highs and (frequent) lows of the build, I insisted that this car would stay in the stable for as long as it possibly could. As it turns out, that wasn't as long as I had hoped. Back tracking a little, for those of you who have read the previous posts, my 2002 got stuck in fabrication for much longer than intended. When it came ba
Good afternoon everyone.
Welcome to phase II.
Just to make sure that everyone is up to speed. I purchased a basket case turbo setup from a fellow member. After I sorted out everything, including a somewhat surprising turbo rebuild, I am just about to start with the first steps to getting the turbo installed.
The hard part for me is (besides getting the time) is that I need to make sure that the result is safe and reliable. There are some things that BMW
So as I am sitting here with the flu and cold in full effect sipping on my nice warm apple flavoured neo-citran, I find myself in a meditative state of mind. Looking out towards the many tasks that I have ahead of me and struggling to understand how I ever got to this point.
What started as a conversation with my better half regarding an old BMW that isn't too fancy and that I could park on the street, soon became a garage only drive, with electronic fuel injection accompanied by a