some progress, not much since it's winter but it's better than no progress at all...
I made a custom separation in the car in-between the car itself and the trunk. That was a true pain in the ass considering the roll cage of my car...
The tailgate itself fits great with the new rear panel, which I'm satisfied with.
I purchased this construction from a guy I know which allows me to rotate the car a 360 degrees while hangin
Vern has been delivered to VSR for a few winter projects. The main project is to determine why the right rear, passenger side, wheel bearings have failed 3 times in 18K miles. The other projects are some routine maintenance like oil change with a general health & body checkup so he's ready for Spring and the Mid America '02 Fest. This year the original restored dash will replace the current one piece.
HAHAHAH this project was the biggest aspect of building this car and it was fun because I didn't think I would actually attempt this because I hadn't given the idea too much thought. But one day at #neueklasseandkaffee I told a buddy of mine that I wanted to do this weird single side draft set up but the manifolds were back ordered and sure enough he pointed me in the right direction to my now good friend named Eric which just happened to have a lynx manifold sitting in his 02 storage unit!! so
I picked up the motor and got the suspension completed. Front and rear are completely rebuilt with all new bushings and components.
I also got the body work a bit more cleaned up and ready for paint. There are a few little spots that need some attention but it should be ready for primer. I think the roof has come a long way since the tree fell on it a while back. That was probably the most time consuming part of the
So I ran some errands this morning. I decided to put on the data logger and here is what I got. You can download the sniper EFI tool (windows only) at the following link. The timing should be accurate to within a degree or so. I am running a 123 so I can change the advance and vac curves. This is all I know, I need to learn from here.
So first thing is first. I mounted the other seat in the car. I'm about 75% happy with them currently because of the mounting situation. The Corn's seats themselves are fantastic, but I sit too close to the steering wheel still, and the generic Sparco brackets don't fit great in the cabin. It works for now, but I'm looking into revising this ASAP.
I feel like 90% of this thread has been seat updates, but I guess it is what it is. I'm looking into seat belt solutions right now, as t
I am trying to build a plan to have this car running and driving for the Hot Rod Power Tour this year, or at least the Woodward Dream Cruise in August. From looking at my turn radius I need to shorten the front steering arms for the rack and pinion travel to work.
The question I have is, is it a horrible idea to drill the stock arm for a shorter arm? I plan to use heim joints with a through bolt and spacer.
This sweet '76 found me needing a new home and someone to take care of it. I headed to CA with a buddy just as the monstrous fire started to destroy Paradise (I grew up just down the hill from there.) It started, ran, drove and the price was close enough so we loaded it on the trailer and headed back to CO.
It's a '76 with a rather complete e30m3 swapped into it, including AC, power steering, cruise control, subframes, suspension, brakes, everything. They even relocated the strut to
So today I finally got my passenger floor pan tacked in place after a while of measuring and trimming the area I cut out. I prefer to cut small and slowly get larger for tight seams when butt welding. I had such a tight fit in most areas i couldn't even use my butt weld clamps which is always nice. After tacking the corners in place, a little light hammer work to make sure things were lining up properly followed by some more tacks and she is in! Now for the tedious process of slowly finishing th
Last winter project.
Bought this evaporator: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HGJCYDE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Expansion valve: https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-2003-2004-Ford-Expedition-A-C-Expansion-Valve-Rear-47398ZB-Expansion-Valve-/292766864272?hash=item442a43d390
Fabricated the sheet metal. The vent was salvaged from a Behr unit. Fans was a largest SPAL pusher that could be fitted into the available space (5.2"). Added a PWM fan controll
Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to work on my 02 as often as I would like, but over the past week or so I have managed to make the time I needed to work on my rear brakes which have been needing replacing.
Both wheel cylinders have been leaking so I began to figure out what I wanted to do.
After looking at the options of rebuilding my rear brakes with the OEM tii parts or doing a possible rear disk brake upgrade, I decided to go with the OEM tii setup. I went with this because if I upg
So it is in and works. But I can't tell how well it works because the Linx cable linkage that I modified sucks. The gas pedal is more like an on-off switch, very sticky. I haven't drifted the car so much in my life. Genuinely entertaining, but quite harry at the same time, especially in downtown traffic.
So I am in the midst of getting some bits made so I can use my sweet sweet heim joints. I am copying what Australian Vespa Guy did with an L bracket thing mounted to the brak
The BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery is coming to it's end. Saturday the weather was clear and cool. We caravanned over to the Point Royal Golf Course and were parked along the 18th fairway. I cleaned and polished all the road grime and water spots off so he would look his best. Celebrating 40 years of M1s saw, Lance White's red & Procar, Bobby Rahal's white, Dirk de Groen's dark blue, Scott & Fran Hughe's orange and BMW NA's Procar It was an impressive display to say the least. Seve
Ok, so I put in an MSD 6A a while ago, I was in a bit of hurry with the intent of coming back later and tidying it up after I knew that it would work. So now is the time I fixed it up. Here is what I pulled out of it. I know I am not the only one to have done something to come back and fix up later... but still what a pile of shit job I did. Everything is now soldered, shrink wrapped, taped and zip tied.
I am off to finish the wiring today, purge the fuel lines to get the residue
As some of you will recall, on the way to Mid America '02 Fest. I had to have my passenger side rear wheel bearing replaced. Well had it fail after between 7,500 & 8K miles. This time I while on the BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery Tour. After calling around to a few places and setting up an appointment, I sent Mario an e-mail. He texted me Karl Troy, European Road & Racing, call him. Karl was very personable when I called and explained the situation. I arrived at 12:15 and Vern was
While I was refreshing the car, I wanted to make some changes to the body. While at the body shop for the floor repair, I had them close the impact bumper holes and shave off the reflector lights. I installed a chrome rear bumper, a set of euro turn signals and some nicer belt line trim. These were all extra/spare from my 73tii project that weren't good enough to put on that car. I went with a pair of driving lights and mounting brackets from Kooglewerks. I like the end result and I didn't
The interior had its good points and its low points. The good news was the door and rear interior panels and front seat covers were in excellent condition. The dash had the usual crack, but only the one crack and otherwise good shape. The low points were the rear seat covers, carpet and most significantly, all of the seat pads were discriminating.
I started with a new carpet kit over the freshly painted interior. I ordered new rear seat covers from Aardvark. I purchased polyur
The car was fairly solid in the key areas. One significant issue was there had been a mouse nest under the backseat which resulted in a hole in the floor behind the driver seat. There was also some rot in the trunk as a result around the fuel tank support. A new floor panel came with the car, so I had that installed and new metal put into the trunk in the required areas. I stripped the interior and trunk, disinfected and cleaned everything, addressed any surface rust with Eastwood convert
Over the past several years I identified a gap in my garage - a driver level classic that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Having 3 kids has limited how often I can find time to take out my MG. Concern over conditions ranging from weather to security has meant not using the MG or 911. The 73 02tii I'm restoring will be in the same camp - too nice to take out in inclement weather or where there is a possibility of damage.
My solution? Acquire a solid 02 driver level and transform
The fuel pump is in and wired, 02 sensor is installed. Coolant system buttoned up.
Return line completed. I have a -6 header fitting, but no space on the fuel pickup to put it, so I plumbed in the return to the breather pipe that the California cars have in the tank. Not a permanent solution (I promise). I am taking it first thing to my fabricator to install the 02 bung properly, and I will have him put in the -6 header when I am at it. And have him check everything over to ma
After I pulled the engine last year, I started stripping the engine bay.
As usual, I went to the forum for advice:
My original plan was to epoxy primer it all and then paint back to factory color. Then it got too cold to paint, and the car sat over winter.
And then the engine bay rusted up...again.
How the engine bay looked after pulling the engine last