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Moving On

Moving On

Got the sunroof back in with a bit of trial and error. Fit is ok just a slight passenger side height difference.   Also installed heater box and dash. Mocked in the gauge cluster to fill the hole. It will be removed before permanent installation.   Added H4's w/city lights and a relay/fuse harness. Will install the driving light brackets when they arrive. Thanks, Pierre.

Roundeie

Roundeie

Adventures of a Getrag 5 Speed...

Adventures of a Getrag 5 Speed...

Took this down to Buttonwillow so Ken Blasko could install and race today. My daughter went with and we really enjoyed looking over the cars and talking to everyone. The Salmon burgers weren't bad either. We got there at 11:30 or so and Ken quickly prepped it and got it installed prior to his heat at 3:00. Ken's starting position was next to last but he quickly made his way thru the pack and finished 4th. I guess the gearbox held up. http://vid1379.photobucket.com/albums/ah153/ro

Roundeie

Roundeie

 

45 hr and 58 min

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.     Voila.   Side by side.   Fit check.  
True Progress

True Progress

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

benzintinte

benzintinte

Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up

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.  

Djthom

Djthom

Power Moves

Power Moves

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

ohgodno

ohgodno

What Lies Beneath… the fenders.

What Lies Beneath… the fenders.

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

ohgodno

ohgodno

 

Seats for Chamonix

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

Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge

Car is finished!

Car is finished!

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,

C A W

C A W

Semper ubi sub ubi

Semper ubi sub ubi

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 Wheel bearings All bushings & hardware Sandblasted & POR-15 frame   Before and after:       Rebuilding the diff was probably the most difficult / nerve-wracki

MikeBernardo

MikeBernardo

 

The Chamonix puzzle box is shaping up nicely!

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

Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge

 

Slow progress on the Polaris

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

Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge

Off to Fab

Off to Fab

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 Custom headers Radiator support Radiator lines 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.   

benzintinte

benzintinte

The Beginning - Project Not a Bronco

The Beginning - Project Not a Bronco

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

ohgodno

ohgodno

 

W&N goodies! 292 schrick, hardware and hood bits

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.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Back from the soda blaster

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

dhr.vdw

dhr.vdw



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