Hey, what's that? A stock 71-73 tii wheel I found in a shelf in summer of 2015. A slotted three-spoker. Spokes rusty and the foam... Gone. And now, what to do with it? Paint the spokes, yes, but the foam? I'm not familiar with replacing or shaping foam. Oak sounds some similar, so let's go oak.
The wheel's core:
Hm... A kind of oval steel profile around. I started a first try to find out what's doable:
moving along this is to show the inner panel needed patching.
Here are the panels from W&N - .0277 thick. p/n A41 35 1 855 113
Hood looks great... down to the metal
Rear deck needed a bit more effort - was hard to close due to latch not properly tensioned - PO must have slammed his hands down on it one to many times
Rear panel looking good too! Removed a bunch of extra bondo from PO
Back in January 2019 I picked up a '67 1600-2. I've always preferred the early cars so despite some of the rust issues I picked it up.
I've welded (flux) before, but I wanted to get better, so I told myself, "F*** it, let's buy a C25 bottle and get good at grinding." 😁
First order of business was to contact the BMW group archive.
"The BMW 1602 VIN 1529238 was manufactured on June 19th, 1967 and delivered on June 29th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New Yo
Hey all - looking good. You can see the W&N patch panels for the outer wheel wells are clamped in - they are waiting for the inners from me.
The dent in passenger door is removed.
Drivers door sanded and primed.
Drivers rear QP waiting for patch panel inner and outer. Rear panel sanded and my patch panel finished by the pro's.
Hood and Deck Lid sanding away the old paint to bare m
So as of this point the headliner is out and almost all of the dynamat is off the floor. I just got my 10 tooth/slat grill in today for the car. So that puts me at 4 NLA/unobtainable parts acquired for the car. Those parts being the two spoke steering wheel, swan neck mirror, embossed belt line trim and 10 slat grill. Hopefully by the 3rd of April the dynamat will all be out and the floor will be all set with POR15 applied.
Just received the restored slotted nose trim. The shop worked wondrous miracles & exceeded my expectations. Was lucky to be able to buy this elusive trim here from a friend who sold it on the FAQ. Here are the before & after photos. The "kink" in the trim was very difficult to massage out, yet the craftsman was able to do the near impossible & get it to 99%.
... because it's the little things that count.
So to build from my last post. I did some of what I said I should do. #1 I got the car warmed up and made sure the coolant was all set. Good to go there.
In an effort to eliminate a potential vacuum leak I disconnected and plugged the vacuum line to the distributor and then set out on tuning the idle. I screwed the mixture screw in probably 1+ full turns until the idle came up. So i dropped down a jet size and did it again un
Hey all -
I finally chose a body shop for my project.
G & M in San Bruno, CA- competitive pricing and some expert references and a super clean and efficient body shop.
And today the owner gave me that dreaded first call! Not so bad! Just need to get some more patch panels from W&N!
So good news for sure. I hope things move along faster than quoted - 6 mos.
I apologize for the duplicate post if you've already seen this in the Discussion area. This is a follow-up to my previous post about electrical components.
A few days ago, I received a very nicely packaged and documented harnesses in the correct colors and tape!
My old connectors and grommets, if proprietary, were transferred over. The old harness was also returned as well.
As for the price... this was the first 6-fuse 200
Well, last I posted the world was a different place. What a difference one year makes!
Keeping this car related, there was a lot of drama at the body & paint shop. Since we weren't in a big hurry to get the work done it wasn't a big deal. But now that we're all moved into the new house and things have quieted down AND I've got another garage available to work in. I want the car back asap. Summer is coming!
The drama at the shop initially had us worried the work wouldn't get
So I am now beginning to think that I may have done too many things at once.
Here's what I did, all at once:
Remove AC, Remove EGR, reject carb to cdiesel prescription, refresh cooling system, rebuild heater box
Here's what I should have done, one at a time, not necessarily in this order
1) check timing
2) adjust/reject carb
3) remove EGR
4) Repeat steps 1+2
5) Remove AC and refresh cooling system
Not only would this have kept th
Lots been going on relative to the 2002!
The entire exhaust went out for ceracoating. The heater box and parking brake were installed.
The Lynx manifold and single DCOE 45 was swapped for a dual DCOE 40 setup. I bought a stainless steel fuel line from IE that will be swapped in. I'm still looking for a non-plastic brake booster outlet.
The pedal box and steering column started coming back together...
And the trim w
I've been really inspired by Mike Self's 2002. I really like the original hub caps and driving lights. Its a look I want to replicate with my car.
Hub caps in 1969 were painted with a matte silver paint and didn't have an independent valve stem hole. I wanted to restore this detail on my car but the original hubcaps had been lost.
I wasn't having luck finding restorable hub caps despite posting several 'want' ads and diligent eBay browsing for about 12
Let me start with the brick wall I've hit. The EGR pipe adapter in the exhaust manifold is one stubborn S.O.B. It will not budge. I am down to 3 foreseearble options:
1) More heat, I need to let the torch cook it for longer. I always get antsy when torching.
2) Cut off the head of the fitting and hope it is seized on the face, not the threads. (If it is a tapered thread this would not be a good idea)
3) Remove the exhaust manifold and replace it.
Luckily it is not holdi
Made a new hood release/hazard switch under dash panel out of 24 x 24 1/16th inch aluminum sheet I bought at Lowe's, January 30, 2021.
The original hood release hazard switch panel was ripped & distorted from the past 52 years of heat & cold use.
1. Made a painters tape template. The peeled it off the panel slowly & carefully.
2. Flattened the tape to the aluminum sheet along the grain.
3 Outlined the template with Sharpie & marked all the screws
After yesterdays blog post I got to work getting the rest of the AC system out as well as the EGR system.
I removed the AC compressor, which I'm pretty sure could run a small motorcycle, through the bottom without having to put the car up on jackstands which was nice. I was also able to pick up where my wife left off and pull the full center console out. I honestly think it looks pretty good without a console and I may leave it out in the future.
As I noted in a comment