“Wherever your ❤️ is, there you will find your treasure” - The Alchemist | Miss my TESORO 🖤like crazy! Good news is that I will be at the BMW Foundation Museum Oct 3rd ! Stop by and say hello! 😉
pic by @nostracarmus
Greetings all! Not sure who’s actually reading these posts, but I do enjoy posting about my progress.
So summers been a little bit slow as far as working on the 1602 goes.
But progress has restarted and the quest to achieve a semi-decent paint job is on going.
You’ve probably heard of the saying two steps forward one step back. Well in my case the summer it’s been .25 steps forward and four steps back.
But I’m happy because progress is indeed being made once again on the paint.
I spent the better part of the month August parting out my 1981 BMW 320Is. I felt a little bit bad parting out that beautiful E 21.
I truly felt a bit guilty, but seeing that limited slip differential and that five speed transmission and all the other cool little miscellaneous parts stacking up is pure joy.
But don’t worry this story has a good ending.
The E21 frame/shell is going to a good home, a local shop owner is taking it on as a project car.
This weekend we will be removing the engine and the buyer will then take the frame any all the remains goodies at that point.
My buddy who’s been helping me paint and who has also been missing in action this summer (who can blame him it was hot here in DC) is back up and working on the car on a daily basis.
I also spent this past summer acquiring parts for the engine build.
Here are a few pics.
The last couple months have been a blur! Since the BA02 Brisbane swap n show, we've been back in the shop busy filling orders and working on new prototyping projects. Both Left and Right hand drive gauge options, A/C console options, driving light mounting solutions, etc.( Some of which I've posted up on Instagram and/or even leaked over onto FB)
...But I haven't updated with a post for the FAQ in quite some time.
The update goes as follows:
We are working hard to fill the requests coming in for more interior parts, console variations and options. This has us rolling out new products at least a couple times a month. In the background, we are working diligently on other parts. Core motorsport parts. chassis, induction, etc. these will be released and into production at a slower rate, due to the complexity and desire to "get it right the first time" as well as tooling/setup cost. Every bit of "extra" time or money has been directed into making it a reality. This has been the goal all along....and it feels really great to see coming together!
Thank you for your support, we could not have done it without this community believing in our goals and helping us to achieve them!
Today at BMWCCA CC in the Presidio, San Francisco.... Derby was the oldest car there! 😉
Great to see my friends from San Diego drive up in their M2s (Dan Tackett and friends) - and Dieter Stenger (E21 Schwarz) from Sacramento!
(Jeff Cowan took the last pic of the ///M2's)
With the hurricane looming in South Carolina .... I’m feeling quite anxious and concerned for TESORO being at the BMWCCA Foundation Museum! 😬 But I’ve been assured that the Foundation is taking extra steps to make sure all vehicles are protected and safe! 🤞Hoping for the best outcome to the Carolinas!
Figured I'd share my project since parts are starting to pile up and I'll start to get time to work on it.
The heart of the car is going to be a built lq4 5.3 that originally powered a suburban. Trans is not yet decided, but will either be a muncie 4 speed or a Nv3500 out of a 90s 2wd s10. All managed by Holley EFI Terminator. Fueled by a cell in the trunk and in line fuel pump.
Full e30 rear subframe swap for wider stance, strong diff, and disk brakes.
Attempting to make my own coil overs with sleeves. If all fails I'll get a proper set up.
Autometer gauges going into a custom dash.
We were in the works of an s2000 swap but drivetrain was sold to another member on the forum and I picked the shell up.
The car is in the process of pulling the drivetrain and then getting it back to my place.
Things I would appreciate some help with sourcing/ideas:
-Aftermarket Pedal Assembly installs
-Budget Front Big Brake setups
-Rack and Pinion conversions
-Biggest radiator you've stuffed in the nose of the car??
-Anyone ever do Lexan glass?
Hello whoever may be viewing this!
My name is Quinn Ward, I am 16 years old at the time of writing this, and I live in SoCal so I have plenty reason to install AC, trust me. Here is what has happened up until now with my and my 02.
I first found interest in the 02 when my father brought home a tan 1975. Soon after he introduced me to the roundie model years, and that’s when I decided that it was the car I wanted as my first.
after a while of searching and going out to look at some available cars, we ended up finding a black 1972 2002 that was converted into a tii (except the clock and badge). After receiving if we found it to be less than we expected, we ended up deciding to use it as a pa. rts car for both my dad and I.
We then found the car I ended up keeping, a white 1973 2002tii, mostly stock but it has some modifications including IE springs.
I then began building it up and learning by working on it myself over time.
In no particular order, here is what I have done so far:
-swap front seats with recaros and reupholster front and rear in a beautiful high quality navy blue leather
-installed parking brake upgrade
-installed 1992-1995 Civic arm rest, also reupholstered in the same leather with my fathers brand logo burned into it.
-installed BEHR AC unit with all modern components
-installed sound deadening in the doors
-replaced transmission mount
-installed stereo system using some left over Polk speakers and a sub as well as an amp and an out of sight audio mk3 unit, allowing me to use either the original radio or Bluetooth to my phone.
-replaced door panels for ones in better condition with holes already cut for the speakers
-fixed dash clock
-swapped Tii manifold
-repowder coated and zinc plated tii intake
-replaced mechanical fuel injection belt
-installed and powder coated strut bar
-installed rs001 replica wheels from pats car
-installed camber plates to fit the wheels
-machiened custom spring hats to fit camber plates
-installed new horns
-swapped our steering wheel
-installed passenger side mirror
-built hidden phone mount
-installed driving lights
-swapped out windshield washers
-swapped our steering colum stocks
-installed kill switch
-installed volume control, bass level, and on off switch for stereo system
-installed trunk fuel filler
-replace wheel roundels
-installed dual shear selector rod
-installed aluminum short shift lever
Quite the list!
Here is a kinda sorta before and after (this was before adding front camber and removing wheel spacers)
Here come come all the photos:
I had lofty aspirations of nearly two weeks of effort that could be made on the car while I was hope between exercises. Then hurricane season finally got word that it was in fact, hurricane season.
See you in a few weeks, I hope.
I had a dash crack in the usual spot. I debated about finding an uncracked specimen but thought there is no guarantee a crack wouldn't appear in that one also sooner or later. So I decided to have the dash, glovebox and console covered in leather. I'm pleased with the result and like the stitched premium look. And it smells amazing too! I'm looking forward to breathing that in every time I get behind the wheel.
I've been making significant progress now that the body is home. The brakes and suspension are installed. On the suspension, new Bilsteins all around, all rubber bushings replaced with urethane, and original hardware replated.
On the braking system, new brakelines, hoses, rubber seals, reservoir, and rear cylinders all with replated original hardware.
The treasure has arrived to the museum! 💎🖤Happy 2002sday!
TESORO just arrived to the BMW Foundation Museum in Greer, South Carolina! @bmwccafoundation I'll let you all know when Tesoro will be ready for viewing.
TESORO will be on display September 2018 - January 2019
For those who do not speak or understand German (me included) it translates to "God is in the details". Who knew. It happens to be an old German proverb that dates back a few hundred years although sometimes misattributed to a gent named Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe a German/American modern day architect who appears took the liberty to replace one word, no doubt to express his level of frustration in dealing what ever he was working on at the time. Quite possibly his own BMW
Wikipedia defines the phrase as the following:
"The devil is in the detail" is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected and derives from the earlier phrase, "God is in the detail" expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important.
Regardless of the interpretation it is fitting and somewhat ironic that this catchphrase finds itself rooted in German lore. Something no doubt many a German engineer takes great pleasure in.......but I digress.
If you have not guessed by now, I have experienced all the above in spades these last few month, six and counting to be precise, sorry I once again digress. Although I have been reminded by a couple of pro's that this is normal for a build such as mine, the waiting at times is agonizing. I am slowly resigning to the fact it may, scratch that..... it will take more time to get to where I want to be. Last February I thought I was close to the end, had everything covered, everything figured out, had all the bases covered.....boy was I wrong.
Since that last entry I swear my cherished , much loved ride has decided to fight back at every turn with my attempts to make her whole again. From scheduling issues, parts availability, vendor/service issues or newly installed parts failing unexpectedly. Oh ya and a small electrical fire too.... saw my life flash in front of me. Fortunately it was a very small matter, more smoke that anything else, (a short while fitting the seats but did cause some concern.) but very unsettling at the time to say the least. It just seemed it has been one thing after another that has brought me to this level of frustration. I was so focused on have this road worthy this summer that it drove friggin' crazy with every setback and the great weather. I should interject I have been able to drive the car but just to and from getting some of the outstanding issue addressed. Sitting on a essentially a box with a back rest is not what I would call enjoyable. I am slowly learning to accept it will take as long as it takes......as one friend and fellow enthusiast told be recently, " it will all be worth it in the long run, be patient you will be glad you took your time. It's the devil in the details that will make your project worthwhile"
Here are a few additions to the car as it progresses.....
They say that "necessity is the Mother of Invention" so after my electrical scare I decided to cover the amp under the rear seat and this panel for the alarm and locks that sits under the drivers seat for some added protection. Took me a few days to fabricate the covers but they will be able to provide some protection.
Got a few more of the shiny bits on the car........
Had some interior bits re-plated.....and a few new ones too!
........and a bit of a teaser with the first test fit
Thanks for your the time and allowing me to vent.
As we start a new season of work on the car, a look back on two years of fun. Video by Sarah:
Also, last chance on the "factory color" shirt orders:
TESORO is off to the BMW Foundation Museum! Gonna miss you so much! I’m grateful for this recognition and I hope those on the East Coast will be able to come see all the spectacular cars on display! The journey continues... 😉
For the love of 1600’s! Derby wins 1st place 🥇at the Legends of Autobahn for clean class! There’s something special and stunning about this early original 1600 that everyone seems to 💗! I’m so happy For Derby’s debut for Monterey car week! Thanks to everyone for the follow and support! 🤩 @ Nicklaus Club - Monterey
While my friends are safely rolling into Monterey, or at fabulous car parties.... I’m having a ‘detail party’ of my own tonight in my parents crowded garage with my sassy sweats on and getting both cars ready for Legends of the Autobahn.... !!! 😉
Derby does it again at the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove for cars under 1800cc’s !! This time with TWO awards from the Merchants Group of Pacific Grove and an Honorary award from the Pacific Grove Youth Center! 🏆There are no first place, best of show, etc at this car show. It’s all about the residents of this little town of Pacific Grove and their favorite picks! Thank you to the City of Pacific Grove giving Derby some love! 🤗💕
Derby wins Second place in class at the Carmel By the Sea Concours on the Avenue! Both cars presented really well and I was also invited up to the podium to talk about my cars with Donald Osborn and Alan de Cadanet! 😊 Thanks to the help of Bill Arnold BMW, Mike Berger at Matteson’s auto Repair in Pacific Grove , and Connor Elkington from @vintageautobahn! And the driver for Tesoro Andrew Wilson! 🤗🏆 So amazing to have met some really incredible car people and followers! Thanks for all the support!