My name is Jenna and I purchased my car on March 20th of 2020. I started to grow a fascination with cars and really wanted something to get my hands on to help me learn. I had been in search of a project for a couple of months when my one of my dad's friends mentioned a BMW he would be willing to sell that would be the perfect fit. At the time, I didn't know much about 2002's at all (and admittedly I still have a lot to learn), but it seemed like a wonderful opportunity. Me, my
All righty then. So this is not a build block per se as no particular vechicle is beeing build from a scratch. There might be one some day so i might just learn how this block stuff works.
So without further ado straight to the deep end: dash repair. 2-piece dash cracked badly. No substitutes in horizon i thought to repair it and see if it could be done & how long it will last. Opened all cracks with straight grinder and removed some foam under vinyl ”lip”.
Car finally got shipped of to Metal Works on Oct 4t, but due to their back log it sat their patient waiting until last week.
Last week it finally hit the hot tank which removes most of the paint and body filler. The hot tank is the first step in a two part dipping process where its submitted in a chemical and heat mix at 200 degrees. This step is the main step for cleaning.
After it was in the hot tank for tw
In my last blog post, I covered some of the work I did on getting the Pedal Box and brake system sorted. Then I saw a FAQ post on firewall insulation and thought that I should probably install one while I have room in the engine bay. Unfortunately, most of the Pedal Box work needs to be removed to get the firewall insulation pad under the brake booster bracket on the firewall. While I waiting for parts, I was tempted into bolting on some shiny bits to make it look more like a car.
The 02 project is advancing from the first start last month with some off-season parts finds: the center, left and right front grilles, beltline trim pieces for the hood and trunk, side mirrors and a license plate light cover among various other bits.
I've got all of the running lights and turn signals working, and finally freed the stuck heater core valve, though the cable that opens and closes it came undone in the process. The heater fan doesn't work so I expect I will need to get
Thought I would share my car, it's story and what I am doing with it. Here is a fun read about it if you have time.
Warning: Kinda long read - you might love it or hate it.
Finding the "Unicorn"
It was a December 2019 morning sipping on coffee "just browsing" car listings as we all tell our wives when I came across a unique overseas listing. It was a classified in Italy for a touring that was in what could be either primer or
To get my resto blog rolling, here's the video of the first start that I shared as my first post in the community. I've already benefitted from some of the great advice and expertise folks shared on how to approach and plan the restoration, so I welcome any and all tips, suggestions and advice on how I should get going, now that she fired up so easily and seems to be running just as well.
I will confess that over the several weeks I got ready to for first start, I watched an embarra
Since the car has returned from paint, I have been trying to wrap my mind around the tasks, and order of tasks, required to re-assemble the car in a timely manner. I would like to get this project to the roller phase, so re-installing the subframes seems like a good idea. I am still on the fence with S-14 or M10 motor choices, but lately have been thinking that selling the S-14 and using money to build a nice injected (Jenvey) M10 with MicroSquirt for engine management might be a better strate
Well I was finally able to go and pick up a welder. A total faff, but that is my fault. I still have to clear out a ton of crap "AKA Facebook Marketplace items" but I am optimistic that I can put my foot to the pedal in the next week or so.
Before I do anything else, I need to get the fenders cut and squared away. I am hoping that I am able to teach myself how to Tig. I have a couple of projects around the house, including welding a stout 3/8" thick stainles
So, I have the subframes nearly completely disassembled. The bearings and old rubber bushings are all that's between me and sweet powder coating goodness.
But I have to say these things right here, holy crap!
2 days of letting them soak in PB blast and Liquid Wrench then letting my 10lb sledge whisper sweet nothings to it, those stupid things finally came out.
And the rear hubs came back from machining. Did this to fit the disc brake kit.
And the swa
This car was delivered to Classic Auto Body and Collision in Ramona, CA on May 27, 2020. I got it back yesterday on my birthday, November 17th, 2021, almost 18 months later. Carlos the owner told me it was probably the last 2002 he would work on. He was painted numerous cars for Bill Holmes at Bavarian Rennsport, he painted my Mintgrun 75, but will now concentrate on insurance work which is significantly more profitable. Originally, we negotiated $4800 for a complete paint job with some mino
Many of you already know how this is... As soon as the car entered the workshop it was completely disassembled.
But restoring a car is much more than restoring a car!
Restoring a car takes more time, dedication and work than the one you can appreciated on a body, an engine or an interior. Many may think that taking an inventory of car parts is a waste of time, but in reality it is a very important task that helps determine which parts to buy, which to fix, etc.
Long time no update, several other projects to finish so e10 is put on hold but meanwhile I am sourcing and hoarding parts.
Hope next year work on body will start.
Each time I order some parts for current projects from Wallothnesch,bmw-oldtimerteile and local BMW dealer I add some e10 parts from my list.
MVP spare tire trunk floor
Got mechanism for popout back from chrome shop. Part we made works out perfectly.
Rocker trim was weld
As many of you know, my great love for BMW 02 dates back to my childhood, so when the opportunity to acquire and save from the junkyard this special and exclusive car, I couldn't resist.
My relationship with this "friend" began many many years ago, If I remember correctly… in 1997.
At that time I was studying Management at the University. When I started at the Business School, my parents gave me my first car, the car of my dreams, a 1974 BMW 2002,
45 years of undercarriage gunk puts up a tough fight! But after hours or scraping, degreasing and more scraping, I have most of it clean enough to safely handle.
I should have been doing most of this while the car was in for paint, but other projects too priority. You know how that goes. Anyway, here's what I'm working with:
The front subframe was bent pretty good on the passenger side. Looks like a curb or rock hit it. Nothing major and a couple hammer taps straighted it
Cleaning, cleaning & more cleaning. After a week & a day of wiping away the dirty oily grime with Simple Green, an old toothbrush, 2 rolls of blue paper towels & hundreds of Q-Tips. Here are some before, during & after. Veronika is ready for her close up.
I promised some details on my attempts to do my own Zinc Plating, figuring "How hard could it be?". Well, if you have oodles of time like I do, (recently retired), it can be a fun and satisfying part of your restoration journey. The hardest part is ordering all the supplies and pieces you will need to get the results you want. I learned some things that should save you time and money if you decide that this process is for you.
There is a laundry list of things you wi
Have had a great few days on the Fall Leaves Tour leading up to The Vintage at Saratoga.
Wednesday was Manchester NH to Stowe VT.
Thursday Jay Peak & lunch in Newport VT.
Friday from Stowe VT to Saratoga Springs NY