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After sitting for most of its life its time to give this gorgeous low mileage example a restoration worthy of the record books. I purchased this car from the second owner. He bought it back in the early 80s while living in Germany before driving it to Italy where he lived. When it came time for him to move to the US he had trouble selling the car and decided to bring it to New York with hi
So in trying to remove the diff from the drive shaft, I was poking around the underside of the car and discovered something fairly alarming. At some point, the nuts holding the transmission brace had rattled off, and the whole brace had fallen onto the exhaust. It wasn't that far off, not even the length of the studs extending under the car. Maybe half an inch total lower then it should be. However, I think we all know that an exhaust should not be holding your transmission in the car. Discoveri
Most of the parts have been gathered for the project (or at least a critical mass), and yesterday the car was off to the shop. My mechanic is about a 45 minute drive one-way from our home, and with no one to help with the shuttle, I loaded the car on my trailer for delivery. (Photo 1 below).
Upon arrival at Richard Rushton's shop in Puna, Hawaii, I am reminded of why this fellow is popular among Big Island vintage sports car enthusiasts. My car got put in a side garage, because his
This fall the tent that I used to store the ‘73 shredded. I moved the car to the shop I co-own now and have decided to stay late on Fri and Sat nights to make progress on the car.
Knowing that this car will be my “hot rod” I’ve been acquiring go fast parts for it. So far I have a set of Bilstein HDs, a Weber 38/38, an IE 292 cam, a 3.91 LSD, an IE stainless header, ansa full exhaust, a 320is steering wheel, and high bolster bucket seats from an ‘84 Ford SVO.
Since I mov
Figured I'd throw up a post with my car status as of the end of the year, list some high-level things on my to-do list this year, and an updated "how much I've spent" listing.
Shortly after I painted the engine bay, I cleared out the garage and pushed the '02 in, so I could work on it in the cold Michigan weather
I removed the wiring harness from the engine bay (wish I had done that before painting, was easier than I thought it would be), installed the IE piv
Here are the photos of the new GAHH carpet installed. The seats are back from the upholstery shop with new BMW 'horsehair' pads & headrest escutcheons in the front and either an older set of unused 'horsehair' or new foam pads in the rear. Included older pictures of the interior to show the color difference.
I've gotten quite a few compliments, including esty herself, on my rear seat delete carpet installation. I basically followed her instructions on her website and the FAQ article by Mlittle, but I thought I'd document my experience here. It came out great.
First, I installed the carpet kit for the 'front' of the car. You've got to have the rear seat bottom upright done anyway to begin the rear seat area. Next, I lined the back part of the seat back with EZ Cool. While I was at it, I u
Making arrangements for TESORO to come home soon! In the meantime, there’s only 2 weekends left before the 2002 display is over at the BMWCCA Foundation Museum! Hope you got a chance to check out those on display! 🤩
(The Golf 2002 in the background is 2002AD's Alpina also on display...)
This weekend marked very slow progress, but progress all the same. I spent some time removing bushings, which is a very smelly process. It started with finally removing the control arms from the car. I had to borrow a ball joint separator to get the tie rods off. Also, as it turns out the M20 is very much in the way of getting the driver's side control arm off. While I eventually did manage to jump on a breaker bar and get everything loose, it wasted a ton of time. Perks of owning a hot rod I su
A friend of mine is restoring his 3.0CS, posted he wanted new old style raised letter roundels. I don't recall the specific details if I found them or he found them. So Vern and I are saying goodbye to the hand panted Testors roundels.
Thought I’d post an update.
Luckily my buddy that’s helping me is willing to redo rework when we are not happy with something. So the painting continues.
Paintedbthe calipers red with VHT and VHT high heat primer. Not a fan. Sanding them back down and going with the VHT “Real Orange”
Interior and bottom of the car has been sanded, cleaned and painted with POR15.
It never goes as fast as you think it will but, I have not lost faith.
I've fallen a bit behind in maintaining this build thread. So here's everything up until today.
So after losing one hex cap on the road a while back, I've been trying to get a matching fourth or source a new set. When you're picky, it's the biggest pain in the ass. I couldn't come up with a single V1 SpinFab small thread cap, although I'm keeping an eye out for one still. I contacted SpinFab directly, and they said they have moved on to the V2 design. If you loo
When I rebuilt my front suspension, I noticed that the steering box adjustment was pretty much all in. The adjustment screw was almost flush with the top of the lock nut. Since I have a right hand drive, I thought that I had better make a start in finding a replacement since they are no where near as common as left hand drive versions. The right hand drive steering box is a direct mirror image to the left hand drive. The machined worm gear spiral actually runs in the opposite direction as well
Decided on different wheels. Since this will now be my "wild" car I don't want to be ruining rare-ish period correct wheels, just in case. So I picked up a set of Tire Rack's private label wheels that have just about the perfect measurements for the 2002.
The fuel system is all set and ready to go in as soon as it gets nicer outside. For now the car is still sealed up.
Ok so I am having a problem. I can set up the car just fine, part throttle, full throttle, cruise is just fine. When I come off the throttle, the revs will drop, and either catch at about 800 rpm stumbles or almost stalls to 100 RPM then recovers.
When I take my foot off the gas, it pins full lean, even if I force the system to still pump fuel. So it is one of two things
1) My spark control is bad or something with the ignition that I can't figure out. Everything has
I've been interested in sports cars since I was very young. The pictures below represent a few of the more "midlife crisis" points in time. I started with British cars, graduated to Porsche, and then came back to "BritshIron." (Misspelled, because folks already used the correct spelling). I thought you all would be interested in pictures dating back to my British car years.
This BMW tribute project has captured my interest like few other projects have in the past. Thanks to all in B
For those interested, you can go to the following Bring-A-Trailer link, to see the car as I bought it in December 2017:
The story I got from the seller was that he was frustrated in trying to deal with getting the correct rear glass, and that's why he sold the car.
This is chassis #1560629. It is a numbers matching car, but has had it's share of owner preference work. Someone put knee trim on the car years ag
The Ti clock is a rare thing. It is essentially a Tii clock; but, with the chrome bezel and the script Kienzle. A faq member was looking for one...
I have a look-a-like clock. It has the klunk-tic-tic movement, the chrome bezel and the script Kienzle. However, it did not have the correct wire harness, the shroud and the mounting hardware.
The shroud was modeled and 3D printed. The thumbnut was also modeled and 3D printed. I added the extra large chamfer to help