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A poor man's Restoration

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Paint

Paint

Dropped the car off at the bodyshop to get the paint finished.  They'll be blending the paint on the doors and roof. Can't wait to have it fixed. 

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Steering wheel cover

Steering wheel cover

I've been able to tackle some projects I've been wanting to do since the car got hit including wrapping the e21 steering wheel in new leather.  I love the look leather steering wheels that have a bit of age to them so thats what I was going for. This turned into quite the task but im happy with the outcome.  I found the leather scrap at local upholstery shop, dyed it a dark brown, and hand stitched it. Let me know what you think.     

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In need of a shell

In need of a shell

I got in an accident a week ago in the 02.  Got hit at an intersection by a guy that ran the red light.  As you can imagine im pretty devastated but trying to be optimistic.  It can be fixed but its gonna take a lot of money.  I spent the last couple years restoring the car on a budget including a new engine, 5 speed trans, new interior and paint.  What I think I want to do is find a shell and swap all the parts from my car to the shell.  If you have any leads on a shell with minimal rust, pleas

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Reverse Driving Season

Reverse Driving Season

Living in the desert has its advantages and disadvantages.  Driving our cars in the summer with no A/C is miserable but we do get to drive them all winter long.  I've been driving the car quite a bit since I did the engine swap and got a new driveshaft from IE.  Still working out an exhaust clearance issues with the getrag 240 rear mount bracket.  I can say the car runs strong and alot better than the tired m10 I replaced.  The plan is to take it on some long trips and its getting closer to bein

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Engine and 5 speed trans are in!

Engine and 5 speed trans are in!

Over the last two weekends I've installed the rebuilt M10 with 40k miles I pulled out of a 320is and I installed the getrag 240 5 speed trans from a 84 318i.  The engine went in easy but I cant say the same for the getrag 240.  I wrestled with that thing for 2+ hours trying to squeeze that thing into the trans tunnel.  I had to take the hammer to the trans tunnel a few time to make it fit.  I bought the rear trans mount for the 84 318i and after mocking it up, it looks like I'll only have to dri

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Update: Preparing for an engine swap.

Update: Preparing for an engine swap.

I can't believe its almost been a year since I last posted on my blog.  I definitely haven't been slacking on working on the car so here's an update on the thing's I've done since I last posted in July 2017.   Fixed the sunroof Ditched the US spec bumpers and put some used chrome bumpers on. Installed a GPS speedo since the old one never worked (I love it).  Installed an aluminum radiator with electric fan.   Installed a new weber carb.  Best think I could have done

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Modified VW Roof Rack

I love the look of a vintage roof rack on a 2002.  I searched for months trying to find one but had no luck.  I was able to reach one company that makes them but they only had a limited supply and would not sell me one.  So I decided to make my own, kind of.  I purchased a VW bug rack off ebay and decided to modify it.  It was quite a bit of work because It was too tall as well as too narrow.  So I started by chopping the legs, all 6.  I got it to as low as I wanted it and welded some new metal

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A few new pics

I recently took some pics of the car while on a drive in the desert.  I haven't posted much on the blog since I got the car back from paint but have been driving it a lot and have done quite a few things to the car including new carpet, tucked front bumper, dyed the rear seat to match the brown door panels, installed an electric fuel pump and repainted the steelies.  I'm also currently modifying a VW bug roof rack to fit on the car.  I'll post some pics of that when its finished.  My future plan

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Got the car back from paint and working on reassembly

After 6+ months at the paint shop, I finally brought the car home in the pouring rain and began reassembly right away.  I'm really happy with the color and work.  I thought I would be able to put it all back together and have it running within a week but thats not the case.  While everything is disassembled, I keep finding new things to fix before I put it all back together which is taking me down multiple rabbit holes.  Some of the things that have held me up is replacing the sunroof drain tube

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Shirts are in!

The shirts I designed are finished.  Thanks to those individuals who reached out to me and wanted a shirt after I posted the design on my previous blog post.  The first 7 or 8 shirts have already been mailed out.  I only printed 20 but I still have about 10 left in sizes medium, large and XL.  The price for the shirts are $20 each plus $5 for shipping and handling.  Please message me If you are interested.     The shirts are super soft, next level brand and the graphic is a two color s

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Final Stages of Paint and a 2002 T-Shirt Design

While my car is finally getting painted this week after being at the body shop for over 3 months, I decided to make this t-shirt graphic that I had an idea for.  It seems like the closer the car gets to having paint and body complete, the more impatient I become.  Glad I could occupy my time with the graphic while I wait for the call from my paint and body guy saying that the car is done.  I'm thinking of printing a small amount of shirts so If you're interested, please hit me up.    

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Update on bodywork, interior and wheels

The car has been at the bodyshop for over 2 moths and is now down to bare metal.  There were a lot of things hiding underneath all the bondo on the car.  Not a straight panel on the car but I find comfort in the fact that this car is getting the proper bodywork done after 40 years of shitty paint jobs and bad bodywork.  As you can see from the pictures, there is a lot of hammering to be done.  While the car has been at the body shop these last 2 months, I've been getting more and more anxious to

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Off to bodywork and paint

I recently sent the car off to get bodywork and paint done.  I got a good deal here in Phoenix through a friend.   I would love to have done a bit more of the bodywork and paint myself but I don't have a garage.  It needs some rocker panel work and we're filling the lower trim holes as well as the front side reflector holes.  I'm gonna keep the holes for the big bumpers cause I'm planning on driving this car a lot and Phoenix drivers are some of the worst.  The car has been repainted a number of

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Rust, Rodents and Craigslist deals

When I ripped up the nasty old carpet and discovered the rust on my car, It looked like such a big job that I thought there was no way in hell I'd be able to repair it or pay to have it repaired.  But after deciding I was going to tackle it myself, I borrowed a welder from a family member and taught myself to weld.  I welded the drivers side and passenger side floor boards.  It wasn't hard, just time consuming.  And I did it all myself.  I thought I did a pretty good job for my first time doing

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A poor man's restoration: Entry 1

Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to own a classic car.  I just never had enough money to buy one.  I always thought I would get a muscle car because my dad was always working on restoring his AMX when I was a kid.  I always liked the 2002's but It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized I wanted to restore a classic bimmer.  While my dad was a muscle car guy, he also owned a number of bmw's through the 80's and 90's like a 320i, and a 528i.  I learned to drive stick in the 528i

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