Yes, it's been done before, but not by me, so why not toss up some info on it.
Removing the rear bumper leaves some large holes that will need addressing. The previous owner had Maaco paint it but they didn't bother to remove anything before spraying.
Here's a hint: If you decide to get a cheap paint job on your car, the least you can do is remove as many trim items as you possibly can! Possibly sand it a little as well!
The exhaust on the 2002 was a bit of a hackjob when I bought the car. The center resonator had been removed and a straight pipe welded in. The rear muffler lasted all of two spirited drives before entropy had the final word and a hole appeared in the body. After a twisty road run I found a 4 foot trail of flowing blonde "hair" trailing out of the muffler as the fiberglass blew out.
I got a package with a little test item: 1967 Camaro "duckbill" front spoiler. It's just wide enough and has the right shape to be close to fitting. It's also only $40!
Test fitting it shows how the center has an edge that mimics the 2002. The width is correct and it fits under the stock body line in the center. However, as you can see the angle needs adjusting and the outside 7 inche
In the category of "made not bought" I decided to fabricate an oil catch can for the valve cover breather hose.
The earliest valve cover breather setups simply directed a hose from the cam cover down towards the ground. This allowed crankcase pressure to vent off but oil vapors went straight into the atmosphere.
Later setups, due to smog requirements, routed this breather hose to the air filter so that oil vapors could move through the carb
The 13x5.5 alloy "Turbine" wheels from an E21 are an easy upgrade to the stock steel 13x5 wheels.
However, the offset is ET18 and places the wheels further outboard. They will "work fine" however this does affect the scrub radius, adds steering effort, increases wheel bearing stress and possible fender rubbing when lowered or trying to fit wide sticky rubber (basically only one or two non-street options). The other issu
DIY Original BMW 2002 Roundel Restored
When I got the car it had been repainted. The hood roundel emblem had been replaced with the more modern style (made of plastic) but the curved trunk roundel was still the original.
The original roundel is aluminum with raised lettering and panels. The lettering is the earlier BMW font and I believe the color is even a lighter blue so it is nice to have
Intake Manifold DIY
I'm frugal. It is more accurate than what my wife calls me: "cheap". It means that I don't like to spend money, but when I do I want a good return on my investment.
I went ahead and purchased a used Weber 38/38 carburetor as an upgrade. While I have a stock cam and compression I may upgrade in the future. The Weber has larger throttle plates so it will not fit on my stock two-hole intake manifold. What follows is my "Fru
"Are you done yet?" It is a question with a lot of weight behind it.
"Are you done yet?" My kids ask me when they see me working on the car. Usually means that they want a snack or want my attention for a while. I have to resist my natural urge to work until completion, stopping only for basic sustenance and minimal sleep. I have a 9 and 5 year old, a wife, and all the demands of work and home life that I take seriously. For this, I'll
And there was light.
Aluminum brackets made for fog light installation. Partially to cover the large holes left from bumper removal. I don't think I need to explain much more:
The finished product:
After having a Mazda Miata I campaigned in autocross on the East Coast I knew I liked the feel of the seats.
I got a pair of seats in decent enough shape from the wrecker. I completely disassembled, sanded and painted the steel pans, and then fully reupholstered them with a decent vinyl kit from online. The next thing to do was to mount them.
The brackets are very different on the Miata seats, so a little modification is in ord
The stocks seats have seen better days. They are dried and cracked and their only "grip" seems to be tiny fibers from the "horsehair" stuffing poking through your clothing. Even when reupholstered they don't do a great job of holding you in place during "spirited driving".
With this not being far from a show car restoration I decided to swap the seats with something completely different. Ebay has basic "racing seats" that would work but they tend to be cheaply made and don't last. I opted fo
I took a little time today and removed the rear bumper. Just take out three large bolts and 6 small nuts for the rubber accordians. A quick drill through the shocks released the pressure to compress the shocks. I drilled through a tupperware bowl and it caught the spray of oil very easily and cleanly.
I removed the black rubber spacer/cover and reinstalled my now shorter bumper shocks. Unfortunately the rear bumper doesn't follow the contour of the rear exactly but it'll do for now.
BMW 2002's have great visibility. Many call it the "fishbowl".
The stock rear view mirror is a bit small however and doesn't allow you see out of the entire back window. Most modern cars have larger rear mirrors than these so you really notice the small mirror in this car.
Easy fix. Find any later model BMW and you should find a mirror that will pop right on the stock ball socket of the 2002. Here are a few I picked up in my search, from bottom to top:
2. '82 320i
3. '77 320i
The front belts (shoulder belts on the '74) had seen better days. The driver belt was frayed and didn't retract and the clip was "sensitive" in that it may come unclipped... just because.
The rear seats only came with lap belts and while this was good enough for me as a kid in the back of a buick I decided (as did my wife) that shoulder belts were a priority if our kids were to ride with me to the store.
I went searching for some replacements in the junkyard. While that may seem counterintuiti
Steering wheel - patina included free
I wanted to get rid of the stock steering wheel and get something with black leather and a thicker grip.
I looked around at wheel types and found out that while Grant has some decent budget wheel options the BMW 2002 Grant steering hub is no longer available. This left Momo as the main option. With most wheels starting at $150 and up they don't fit in my budget.
I then discovered that there is an adapter plate #4008 for a Grant wheel to Momo hub. The Mo
The "BMW" knob had released itself from its threaded insert so unless you had a gentle touch the knob would come off in your hand while rowing through the gears. While this can be amusing, especially for passengers, it can be a bit distracting.
I've had a dense plastic ball sitting around, much like a cueball, but slightly smaller. Around 1.75"
I drilled into it and used a dremel to hog out the hole to the same size as the insert. A little JB Weld later, a nice shift knob.
It's not too
Here are the Craigslist photos of the '74 that arrived. After a long while looking around I saw this car in Seattle of all places. I decided to check it out. I had the help of a fellow BMW2002FAQ member "pklym" who was kind enough to go check it out, take photos and report to me how he felt about it. I'd gone slightly up in my budget because I wanted something turn key with a nice shine so my SO would be willing to ride in it... occasionally.
It seemed all there, in daily driver condition and