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My 2002 M20 build

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Moving Day.

Heading to the mechanic to start putting it all back together. Moving day. Heading to Bimmer Motor Werks. The two kids got to spend a little time together. I also delivered a car full of new and used parts to Aleks. He's going to get working on everything this week. I'm sure it will be a couple weeks before I see any real progress. He's doing most of the work himself.

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Flares On!

Stopped by a few days ago and they had it all shiny. Turns out inka is sort of a hard color to photograph. None of the pictures really do the color justice. Stopped by again today and they had the flares and side skirts on. Super stoked to see it all together again. There is a minor fitment issue with the rear drivers side tire. For some reason it is no longer centered front to back on the flare. I'm note sure if they put the flare on weird, or if maybe my subframe shifted... It does hav

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Final Paint And Wet Sanding

After a couple of failed attempts I managed to find someone to give my pedal box a quick blast. I'm totally glad I did too. There was no way I was going to get it that clean by myself. I thought about having it powder coated, but in the end I decided to just hit it with a couple coats of rustoleum gloss black. I'm sure it will be fine. It's not like anyone will ever see it once it gets in the car. I also had a chance to swing by the paint shop to check out my car. The whole thing has been spr

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Inka!!!

More baby steps. Basically all of the interior has been painted orange. They still need to black out the subframe and steering linkage, and wetsand. They were about to start on the hood (outside only, it's carbon fibre and the inside just gets a clear) and flares etc today. I think they are going to work on it a bit over the weekend, and it should be ready for reassembly next week sometime. That's what I'm hoping for anyway. I got a rebuild kit for my pedal box (thanks Blunt!), so I'm going

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Primed!

Final primer is on. They'll wet sand it, then do two coats of finish paint, then another light wet sand and it should be ready for assembly.

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Priming And Sanding.

Progress. Lot's of priming and blocking to do on this car. There was a lot of metal work done to the panels, two levels of trim holes welded up, gas cap delete, front and rear side marker deletes. Once they get it all smoothed out they will do a final layer of primer, then two coats of paint. I'm hoping this time next week they will be starting with the final painting. Interior and trunk are all epoxy primed and ready for some Inka love. The painters have been great to work with. They will b

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Ready For Paint.

Sometimes I forget what my car started out like when I dropped it off at Bonnevillains. I managed to get them to finish up all (mostly) the things I wanted for a fair price. New trunk floor is in, fuel tank mounted (fun surprise coming on that one) muffler mounted (staggered twin tip, from an S4 I believe) and BMP side skirts on. I'm really happy that I went ahead with the side skirts. The fit isn't perfect, but I do like the more modern look it gives the car. Plus if fits the overall theme

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Details...

I suppose I do have a few minor updates to give. Bonnevillians has been working on some small punch list items. They were able to tub out the inner fenders in the front so that my wheels now have clearance and my turning radius won't be effected. They did a real good job too. One front tire was hitting on the fender flare which was really bumming me out. I was questioning their work as they had the whole nose of and the fenders were loose. I was worried they welded it back up crooked. Turns out

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Quad Headlights, Radiator, New Nose.

Radiator is mounted, all the trim holes and rust spots are finally taken care of. Now they just need to mount the front spoiler, and get the quad headlights mounted. Rear brace and battery holder is done as well. Still need to mount the fuel cell and delete the spare tire well so there is room for the exhaust. Unfortunately that wasn't included in the original bid. Also, still waiting on the rear subframe so I can install the rear coilovers. Shot of the front adjustable camber/castor.

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More Parts And Body Work Begins

Gahhh, this thing is never going to be done. Baby steps below. Lower offset camber plates, correct my geometry to take into account the shortened coilover struts. Offset for even more negative camber and increased track width. All OEM turbo flares and front spoiler. I was lucky to get a set as the front right fender flare has been on backorder from Germany for over a year now. E30 M3 rear seat. I'll eventually recover it to match my front seats. Fuel cell (with internal baffles). Mo

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Steering Wheel

One of my latest deliveries. Original "sports" steering wheel sold with the 2002 with fresh leather recovered by Alan Gun. http://www.aglausa.com/p/home.html These were never sold in US or canada. This one was imported from Sweden about 10 years ago...

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Bbk

18 months is up... Info on kit here. http://www.massivebrakes.com/brake-systems.php?p=2002_front_300

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Delayed

This is where the project stalls out. I ended up getting a divorce and had to put it in storage until I can get some equity out of my house sale. We ended up doing a lease with purchase option (15k non refundable down) so it could be anywhere between 1 - 18 months before I see the money. Good news is when I do get the money the project should take a HUGE leap forward. To add insult to injury while moving it to storage the nose panel got smashed in. Ugh.

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M20 Power

I ended up going with a new subframe with M20 mounts from 2002Haus. Rob was amazing to work with, and it worked wonderfully. I couldn't be happier.

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Cutting

I may have mentioned it before, but the tearing apart really is my favorite part. Maybe that's why I never finish a project. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am almost at the end of the road for removing things. With the M10 engine out it was time to clean up the engine bay as much as possible. The reasons are twofold. First I will be repainting the whole car, so I want to get it cleaned up for paint and bodywork, second, the new M20 takes up a little more space than the old engine, so I needed

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The Beginning

The end goal is a M20 powered 2002. Square tail, turbo flares and fenders. Not a restoration by any means, but a recreation. I would love to someday add a turbo to the M20. Color is still up in the air, although I must admit lately I have been leaning towards LSB. My car ADD is well documented, but in a seemingly futile attempt to find a car that can keep my attention for more than a couple months I have gone back in time, way back. I picked up not one, but two BMW 2002's thanks to a littl

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