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Restoration of 1973 2002 Tesoro and 1967 1600 Derby

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02PCC NORTHBAY- 02s and NK's will now be a regular gathering every Last Sunday of the month!


Join us on Sunday April 30th 9am -11am


466 Ignacio Blvd. NOVATO 94949


Marin Coffee Roasters is holding their special round-about parking lot for us and distributing FREE coffee for drivers only with a TESORO card! Donuts will also be provided by BAYAREA02.

Hope to see you there to enjoy our beautiful spring weather!

Yay for car season!


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While Derby's original wheels are getting stripped, bead blasted, primed, and refinished in the original formula paint color, I was able to order these special 1600 euro hubcaps from BMW.


Why are they special? The US 1600 hubcaps are NLA. The only way to order them is that you have to own a euro 1600 and have to give BMW the VIN # and copy of your title to them. They will then mark or flag your VIN so you can't reorder them or for anyone else.


Thank you to BLUNT for making this happen through BMW! I have ordered so many parts from this particular vendor and have always been highly pleased with their customer service! 1f609.png😉

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Performance Technics has graciously picked Tesoro to be their front 2002 feature for their tshirts!


This iconic picture taken by one of their very talented photographers is selling on their website.


I am in no way accepting any monetary compensation.


This is just a cool pic, done by a cool photo artist, being sold by a cool local BMW enthusiast shop! (Support our 02 legacy!)


Thank you to Performance Technic for choosing this pic of Tesoro done by Courtney and thank you to Mike modeling the shirt with your ever so fabulous wide body 75! 1f60d.png😍


Get your own limited edition tshirt here....






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In preparation for Brisbane, Tesoro has a few things that I need to get ready and so does Derby!


Since Derby hasn't been driven much for the past few years with the previous owner, I've been sorting things out to make the car more 'safer' for the road while keeping items PC for the car.


Rear tail lenses have been switched out to amber lenses (they are new, but that is to make sure the lenses are more visible than the original ones). I still have the original lenses to hold onto for preservation. 


Also, Derby never came with seat belts, so I had installed the earliest of seat belts that I could find which are the Klippan's.... There would be NO WAY that I would punch holes in the rear panels for the seat belts as they are the originals, so I had them installed on the B pillar instead. I hear that its safer on the B pillar anyways.... 


Got the radiator flushed and the old radiator reconditioned with new core... noticed the paint was too glossy from the radiator guy... so I need to get that repainted in a matte finish... I actually don't want this car to look too re-restored.. I actually like the "pre-loved" look .


It's all coming along nicely thanks to one of our Bay Area's most renowned and reputable legendary BMW mechanic Bill Arnold .

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The BMW classic row! 1f60d.png😍 Got to meet some new friends and hangout with other BMW enthusiasts! 1f60a.png😊 On a day like this, how can you not take your car out? 1f609.png😉 

Tesoro's new rear bumper seam cover is on! PROPER ! Thanks to up and coming car photographer @jannickvr for capturing Tesoro's spotless look at marin cars and coffee in Novato! 
Plus a few more pics from the Marin CC website...

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Just when you think a restoration is done.... it's not.... 1f609.png😉

Tesoro's custom chrome rear bumper didn't look quite right to me.... and it's because the seam covers were not the right ones that went with this custom look.

First pic shows the seam cover under the rear taillight has an 'indentation' of where the rubber trim line would go on.

But because I had the rubber trim eliminated from these original 73 bumpers, I have to add on the euro early seam covers (with no rubber trim).


(Third pic you can see my 2series in the reflection! ;))


And now... we look PROPER including the silver welting along the side of the seam covers! 1f609.png😉 

I think??.... 1f914.png🤔

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It's a Derby detail day!

Couldn't wait to wake up this morning to get Derby's original seats and carpet delicately steamed cleaned (this poor guy... I'm watching him like a hawk LOL) and I've allotted about 4 hrs of my day to detail the car myself which I will have it ready to be detailed again professionally before Brisbane.... and yes... my only insanity is owning 02s.... 1f609.png😉

I asked the cleaner to not put the hot steam cleaning nozzle on the original fabric, so he added a thin towel over the nozzle to prevent it from burning the original fabric. (Just in case!) Original carpets were also steamed cleaned.

Still smells like an 02 though! Such an intoxicating smell.... ;)

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Here's some interior pics of Derby! Notice some of the rare pieces like the metal rear view mirror, the seat hinges, the two tone euro only seats, the silver instrument cluster in km/h, the chrome under dash, under the seat levers, the chrome window crank and door handle, hazard light under the dash, the original carpeting, white visors, original steering wheel.....! 1f609.png😉

What I love What I love seeing is the 

What I love seeing is chrome ignition area where it says "Garage" and "Halt" ... Also, what's interesting to me is the key chain tag... I'm wondering if the original owner got the keys from the dealership and the keys came with the little imprinted tag "1600-2"...


Derby originally didn't come with seatbelts... and there was no way that I wanted to have the holes poked in the rear panels... so I had the masterful mechanic Bill Arnold install the Klippans for me in the B pillar... I liked that the car had no seatbelts... but if I'm gonna drive Derby... I have to have them in.. Safety first! 


And yes... I already have the PC door arm rests to swap out... ;)


So cool to see all original parts from 1967 in a 1600! More pics to come!


Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend! 1f340.png🍀1f60a.png😊


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And so it begins!

Getting some items ready for Derby and Tesoro's debut for their first time at Brisbane Swap and Show in May....

For those period correctos... the rear taillight lenses for US 1600's were red... however, EURO 1600's were amber centers. Derby originally came with original amber center lenses but they looked a bit faded so I swapped them out to the red centers... I like the red centers... but I'll be switching the taillight lenses back to the amber centers. Keeping Derby PC! ;)


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Here is a short video of the exterior of Derby and some pics after I cleaned him up a little...

I've noticed in pictures that the color is different from angles and lighting....

I absolutely am in LOVE with this car... it's so pure, unadulterated, simplistic beauty that makes it so attractive. Such a different caliber from a car like Tesoro... but both very special to me.

More pics coming soon!




DRBY.MOV        <<<<<< EXTERIOR of Derby




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This is my euro spec 1967 1600, 6volt.... matching #s in Derby.... restored 8 years ago in its beautiful original glory!

I am the 4th owner of this stunning car and it's documented that this is one of only four in the world surviving matching#s original Derby 1600 car.

I hope to share this journey with you as I start to preserve this vehicle by maintaining it to be period correct and all original....

Tesoro is super happy to have someone to play with! ;)


More pics on the way!



HELLO 67.MOV   <<<<<  (Check out the video from cargo) 




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I'm such a big advocate for safety components on our vehicles but also want to look cool doing so! 1f60e.png?

I highly recommend these LED rear taillight set up kit! They are engineered LED circuit boards designed specifically for our 2002s to fit in perfectly for the lenses whether you're a roundie or square!

I've been reading about too many rear end accident stories - that if our cars can be a little brighter... the better to be noticed!

It doesn't make Tesoro immune .... but I think all 02s should have these! Makes it safer out there for us to drive our beautiful babies!

As Bill Arnold installed these for me... he said they were 'insanely bright!' 1f604.png?

Here's a pic of 'before' the install and a video of reverse, brake, right, and left!





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Beautiful day at Sonoma Raceway for their C&C!

What a fun way to spend a Sunday! 1f609.png?1f3c1.png?
(Race fuel anyone?)
Got to do 4 laps at Sonoma today with my 02 friend Bryan Bates in his Malaga tii and Dieter Stenger in his 912! 

Tesoro has now got his tires all over at Laguna and Sonoma..... :)
I love 'schooling' the guys around Tesoro, my bat ears instantly go up! ?LOL!


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