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Wife wasn't happy when I rolled this up to the house - in her words "why do you have more JUNK" - so going to have to prove her wrong! lol

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Don't call it a comeback

Just wanted to say that although the car has been at a standstill, all kinds of changes in the last year, it hasn't been forgotten and hopefully will see some entries starting up again very soon.    

2002newb

2002newb

 

Cursed or just really really bad luck

Well i got a phone call from the shop this morning, and it wasn't the call I was hoping for. The engine is done.....? No had a break in last night and among the things stolen was ...   My turbo 😭   keep your eyes and ears out for my precious, and while you are at it the machinist with my original block ....  

2002newb

2002newb

 

Spring Goodies

Not much of an update but receiving a few parcels offsets the frustration of trying to deal with front control arm bushings. 

2002newb

2002newb

 

Satin Espresso Rattle Can Engine Bay

So while installing the subframe, between getting cranky when the subframe slipped off the jack, thought I would experiment with a colour for the engine bay. The purists might hate it but as mentioned numerous times my car isnt being built for show, just to go!! Although there are still quite a few holes I need to fill on the drivers side the colour doesn't look too bad in my opinion and definitely cleans up the engine compartment, which needs to get done before I can put the new engine between

2002newb

2002newb

 

Front subframe install

Was a nice day today so decided to get a few little things taken care of on the 02 today. As I am working outside and for the most part by myself I decided to install the suspension parts piece by piece rather than assemble the whole thing and try to balance it up into place. Before putting the subframe in place i pulled the bolts out of the frame rails and started cleaning up the site, not going to be a concours car but still like to have things clean. Not sure if it was factory or not but ther

2002newb

2002newb

 

Been a long winter

Well folks it has been a long winter, and although the blog kind of took a backseat to life the car hasn't been ignored. There has been a ton of stuff going on with the car, from tracking down the machinist who has my original block to using the old tap and die kit on every nut and bolt that I can find. Will get back to posting with some pictures coming next week ( heading back to work for the next 5 days or they would be going up now ).    Want to say thanks to the gang at BluntTech f

2002newb

2002newb

 

Sweet and Sour

Lots of activity in the car build but not a lot on here so thought that I had better try to be more diligent in posting something    Just got home from the upholsterer and have a little of the sweet and sour taste in my mouth. Originally my intention was to take the Scheel seats in get recovered and then find an e24 rear seat to match up later, but after seeing what has been done with a stock rear seat I figured what could it hurt to see how it turns out.    So today I droppe

2002newb

2002newb

 

Back at it

Been a rough winter of inactivity, but with the weather getting warmer I am happy to say that things are starting to get rolling again. Went and picked up a few parcels that were waiting for me and they really got me excited about getting the 02 back on the road.   With the arrival of the turbo manifold turbo and waste gate all i need is a few more pieces to complete the engine rebuild   

2002newb

2002newb

 

Santa came early

A few days ago I got off work and drove 3 hours to meet a guy who was kind enough to offer me an engine block after hearing about the machinist situation i was in. During our discussions about the 2002s and racing he told me that he had a number of other parts that I might be interested in. A few emails later and we had come to an agreement on a whole lot more than I ever could have anticipated, Bill if you are on here THANK YOU VERY MUCH!    So to make a long story short we met in Cal

2002newb

2002newb

 

New Seats?

Went out to look at a set of axles for my FSJ and while walking through the yard a Celica caught my eye. Remembering that a friend was looking for some parts for his AE86 13b project I proceeded to go take a look, and when i looked into the cab the seats reminded me of a set of Corbeau seats so after a little coaxing I convinced the owner to let me take one home to see if it would work in my 2002. I know I know the purists out there will hate it but they looked comfortable with some good bolster

2002newb

2002newb

 

Winter is coming

Well my engine status is still unknown, the machinist's shop has been closed, his telephone number goes right to voicemail every time which means that my plan of getting this car on the road before the snow falls wont happen. After coming to this realization these past few weeks I decided that over the coming winter I will complete the suspension rehabs, get the engine bay prepped for an engine and hopefully get the interior completed. Really only care about getting a drive train back in the car

2002newb

2002newb

 

Rear end work - LSD not an infomercial

After battling with the e21 rear diff, it was a royal pain in the arse getting the old CV bolts etc etc out of the diff, for a weekend it is finally apart. On a side note taking it down to the local garage and paying the $30 to remove the pinion shaft is a MUCH easier than battling it in the driveway using words the kids aren't supposed to hear.    The insides are out now I need to find the LSD unit to slide back in there along with new bearings and races. Wish me luck trying to find on

2002newb

2002newb

 

E21 sacrifice

I am always searching Kijiji, the Canadian version of Craigslist I believe, for old BMWs and parts to repair them and I happened to come across someone with a field full of old BMWs and after a few conversations about what he had we struck a deal and yesterday the first batch arrived! They were purchased for a piece that was attached to it, the diff will come off the subframe and be gutted for an LSD unit, the rear control arms will get the brake system removed and the front strut assemblies wil

2002newb

2002newb

 

The Brains of the operation

Spent a little time pulling the ECU out of the e30 today, and it looks like I have some reading to do. Hoping to weed out all the stuff that isn't necessary and keep it lean and clean. 

2002newb

2002newb

 

The Doc mad a house call!

Ran out to finish taking the head off my e30 donor and got a very nice surprise. Not only was the engine in better shape that I expected, upon further inspection of the head I found a Dr Schrick cam sitting in the head!! I don't know when it was installed, the last owner bought the car to drift it but wasn't happy when he found the 4 cylinder under the hood and didn't bother to get it running. It had an aftermarket alarm system installed, if you want to call it that (lots and lots of cut wires a

2002newb

2002newb

 

Tidbits

Waiting for the engine block to be finished is killing me! Everyday I am home and walk past the car it feels like my goal of getting her on back on the road is getting away from me. So I decided to break into some of the stuff that I can do ...   Namely the heater core. With the interior already apart and the help of all you fine folks here at FAQ the heater core found its way onto the floor of the car and then into shop for a tear down and inspection. The whole thing went very smoothl

2002newb

2002newb

 

Too good to be true?

It has been a while since there has been any real progress on the car. The wife has kept me busy with her "honey do" list recently.    But today I went out to my e30 318 EFI donor car to start disassembly and was pleasantly surprised with what I found when I took off the cover.    Not even sure this thing has been used it was so clean! Couldn't take it off with the intake for some reason so let's hope the underside looks as clean.    More soon    

2002newb

2002newb

 

Sacrifice

Well today another car was sacrificed to help get my 2002 on the road. Was out at the wreckers looking at the rear subframe from an e30 to massage into my car when I saw a 90s Ford Escort that had been Tboned, and remembered that there were parts that could be used for EDIS so out came the tools.    The odds and ends up top were easy enough to get to but the crank pulley and sensor were a whole different story. After fighting off the dandelions and waist high grass I went and got the o

2002newb

2002newb

 

Braved the cold

Well today I woke up to a layer of frost / ice on the windshield and the deck, it made walking outside an adventure!! Despite the cold weather I was bound and determined to make some progress on the car between the wife's honey do list and the kids wanting to play, so i pulled the pressure washer out of the shed and set my sights on the rear subframe sitting in the driveway. Despite a few hiccups with the pressure washer the whole thing cleaned up pretty well. Once again everything seems

2002newb

2002newb

 

Good News

Just got a call from the machinist, and he said the block is I good shape. Going to be hard getting sleep for the night shift.

2002newb

2002newb

 

Another good day - blood sweat and tears

Well spring seems to have come earlier than usual so took advantage of the good weather to put a little more time into the car - much to the dismay of my wife as usual!! Although the front subframe is not reassembled, still have to weld the engine mount supports in, repaint and then reassemble, it was time for the rear subframe to divorce itself from the car. Haven't decided whether to clean this one up and reinstall or tackle the big job of putting an e30 rear subframe in its place. Still not

2002newb

2002newb

 

Got lucky today

Last day off so ran out to the engine to try to make some more progress, hoping to take more pieces off to lighten it up and then get it back home for complete disassembly before taking it into the machine shop. Started by tearing the head off hoping that things weren't going to be too bad, and this is what I found. The block didnt seem to be too bad, with just the one piston looking rusted. I am not expert but the head looks like it would take some serious clean up to make it work. Luck

2002newb

2002newb

 

Man I love this car

So between a couple of spring clean up runs to the dump, and ticking off a few things from the wife TO DO LIST I found a couple of hours to work on the engine. Have mentioned this a couple of times before but working on this car has been a dream. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it possible to tear the transmission, intake, smog pump and assorted other things in such a short time. Much different from the Mustangs and Jeeps I have worked on in the past Top end looked pretty good

2002newb

2002newb

 

Look what I found

I happened to run across the kid that sold me the 2002 last week and was asking him about the engine that he had taken out of the car before I bought it. He wasn't sure where it was anymore as he had taken it to a friends house to try tearing it apart, but he would see if he could find it. So we exchanged phone numbers and i proceeded to head out to the storage to start pulling the manual pedal box, and no more than 20 minutes after the fact he texted me and said that he had found the engine and

2002newb

2002newb

 

Chinook so why not - pedal box

Well it has been warm with the chinooks coming through lately so I decided to try and take care of another part of the TO DO LIST Today's plan was the removal of the automatic pedal box to be replaced with the manual box from the parts car. After reading the tutorial from the site and thinking that it didn't sound all that bad, I grabbed some basic tools and headed into the backyard. First step was to pull back the carpet to open things up. After removing the trim pieces and the panels under t

2002newb

2002newb



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