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Hi, my name is Paolo and I am a fifteen year old boy, and this is the documentation of mine and my fathers journey, restoring a 1972 BMW 2002.

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Day 4: Big Day

Today was a BIG DAY! Today we got the car started! I can't contain my excitement! Here is our video! Excuse our voices :)



On another note we also found out that we do not need a new head liner. We thought we were going to need to replace the liner because of the mold and residue build up but with some elbow grease and Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser we were able to clean up the whole interior!











Hello BMW 2002 community, it has been a while. Since I haven't updated this blog in about two weeks I guess I will roll everything we have done into one entry. 


My last entry regarded our inspection under the hood. Since that time my dad and I have done the following: replaced all the fluids in the car, replaced the fuel filter, replaced the spark plugs, laid a new gasket underneath the cylinder head cover, and cleaned the head liner.


Replacing the fluids turned out to be a bit harder than expected. As you know from a previous entry of mine, I am not a "car guy". This turned out to lead to a few problems when we were replacing all the fluids. The first problem that occurred was when we were trying to locate the  "transmission filler", not sure if that is what it is called but for the sake of this story we will say transmission filler. After searching for what seemed an hour we found it and replaced the oil, but this was only the first step of our challenge replacing the fluids. The next problem occured when we tried to replace the radiator fluid. Although we drained the fluid with ease, we found that in the actual radiator there seemed to be a hole. So when we tried to pour our radiator fluid down it just came splashing out the bottom. Which leads us to another problem, we need a new radiator. 


While under the hood, we decided to replace the fuel filter, spark plugs, and gasket in hope that these new items will ultimately lead to us starting the car. With all the priming of the engine finished and the new fuel filter, spark plugs, and a gasket we decided that it was time to attempt to start the car. 


As my Dad put our newly ordered keys into the ignition I glowed with excitement and anticipation. It was a moment  that I had been dreaming about, the roar of the engine, the flash of the lights, and even the smell of the fumes. But when my Dad turned the key, the car wouldn't start, after trying again and again the fuel refused to go all the way from the tank to the engine. We were able to see this because there was no fluid in the filter. All my anticipation was diminished and we were left with so many questions. If anyone has any ideas of why the fuel isnt getting to the engine please leave your advice in the comment section. Thanks!


P.S. Sorry I have no pictures.


Sorry I haven't been able to update the blog. Me being in school and my dad working on the weekdays makes us pretty busy. Today we cleaned and drained the coolant from the radiator, a pretty easy job. Since we had free time today we decided to remove the cylinder head cover from the engine to inspect.


After seeing how dry the camshafts and rocker arms were, we lubricated them with motor oil. We discovered that when we turned the rear wheel everything moved smoothly.


Since we were already underneath the hood we decided to inspect the carburetor. WP_20160407_20_10_44_Pro.jpg

Although the carburetor is not in terrible condition, we are thinking about replacing the original with a slightly used Weber carburetor.


This is where we are going to need some advice, should we keep the original carburetor or clean and replace it with the Weber. It would more complicated to replace it but the new carburetor will give the car some more horse power. Please comment any tips or advice that you might have.


On another note my father and I were looking at our grills and notice something a bit off about the chrome.


Some of the bars were covered by a metal material. After a little while we decided to take off the covers to see what lay underneath the black metal. And to our surprise we found that all the bars looked good as new!


That's what I'd call a good find.


I should have mentioned this earlier, I am not a "car guy". So this is going to truly going to be a challenge.




Today we were able to move the car into our garage, with the help of my sisters boyfriend. Since we still don't have the key, because we still need to order a key online http://www.bmwmobiletradition-online.com/bmw/ , we had to push the car as far up our driveway as possible. There we used a steel jack to load the front tires onto a dolly so that we would be able to steer the car in the right direction.


Since there were only three of us, we had to call in the recruits, a.k.a my mom and sister. It had become a family affair.


After some time we finally were able to position the car in the garage, we then placed the jacks underneath the body frame of the car. I was so excited to work underneath the car, that I wasted no time getting under. While underneath the car my dad helped me drain the old gas and oil.



Since the gas had been in the car for 12 years it had gained quite the stench. After draining all the fluid my Dad and I finished the day by cleaning our "shop".




As he says, "A messy shop leads to a messy mind."


The Beginning

Hello, my name is Paolo and I am a 15 year old boy, I live with my parents and my three sisters in Sterling, VA. Today my father and I started our journey, restoring a 1972 BMW 2002. We have been extremely blessed because we had received our BMW for free from my Grand-uncle.


Today we had the BMW towed from my Grand-uncle's place in DC to our house in Sterling, and we discovered the following problems:

1. The car has not been started in 12 years.

2. We do not have the key to the car.

3. The spare wheel well had been rusted through.


  Although there is major priming to do  we are confident this car is going to run because my Grand-uncle swears that he drove the car into the garage 12 years ago. This car may have a few "kinks" but I am extremely excited to see where this adventure will take me.