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A place to document my adventures past, present and future with 02s.

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The other BMW

Hopefully you don't mind if I wander a bit and talk about my other BMW. The 2002 has been on semi-daily driver duty while it waits for a big batch of parts from Rogerstii to get started on some basic maintenance.      I bought a tii fuel tank to replace mine, which is kinked from one of the Brass Rat's two rear end smacks. I'll refurb it on a rainy day and put it in when I go through my fueling system.     On Monday I dropped in to Mountain View SMOG Tes

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Distractions and detours

How embarrassing - I can't believe that my last update was in August! Things have been moving at 100 miles an hour since the last entry. Well, in my life at least. Not as much on the tii.         In September I joined in for a Bay Area 02 cars and coffee in Redwood City. Around the same time, I executed a few projects. I did a fluid change of the motor, transmission, and diff. I ditched the M-Tech style wheel in favor of a smaller-diameter Raid wheel. I

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100 years of BMW - Monterey Car week(end)

I live in the Bay area, which means that two weekends ago was the highlight of my 2016 automotive schedule - Monterey car week. For the past three years I've gone to the historic races on Saturday and Sunday, but since this was BMW's 100th birthday I talked my dad into coming out and we added Friday's Legends of the Autobahn to the itinerary. Of course, I had kept this new car secret from my dad since purchase... I wanted to see the look on his face when I picked him up from the airport in this

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First things first

With a top- and bottom-side inspection complete, I feel that I have a pretty good idea of what the car needs in the near- and long-terms. Long term: just about everything on the body could use some attention. It's at least 5 distinct shades of gold, not to mention primer and brown in the back. Medium term: suspension bushings are crusty but don't show excessive play, motor smokes on overrun. Short term, the list looked more like this:   1. Strong fuel vapor smell in the cabin 2. S

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State of affairs

With my 02 history covered, and as much history as possible for the car covered, I'll start sharing my experiences with this car. The first weekend after purchasing the car I did a driveway photoshoot of the good, bad, and ugly. Some highlights...                     I also went down to Canepa's Cars and Coffee with my friend Jon. His car was also BaT-featured-and-criticized, but like my

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History class

I've always derived pleasure from trying to learn more about my cars and where they've been. It puzzles me when people do not retain good records of their time with a car, or pass them along when they sell the car, or the buyer doesn't make an effort to obtain them. When I bought my Chamonix car, I spent some weeks tracking down the former owners and trying to put together the pieces to figure out what kind of life roundie had lived in the past. Thankfully the previous owner loved the car and ke

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BringAtii

The departure of my '71 Chamonix left the M3 as the focus of my attention. I spent a year or so bringing the car back into fighting shape, as all of the rubber in the car was original, worn out and dry rotted. Every suspension bushing, engine mount, intake gasket, you name it. The car still has needs, but overall it's running very well and is driven often. It's pretty close to stock, with a chip, suspension, and wheels. There's a link to my progress thread on s14.net down in my signature if you

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The first one

Where to begin?   I like cars a lot. I design them as my occupation, and I work on and drive them as my hobby. I'm slowly building my skill set with mini-projects. My dad likes cars too, and though he's never been interested in the mechanical side of them, he brought me into his BMW passion from an early age. Once upon a time, before us kids, he had a 2002 that he loved.    A few years ago, when I decided to buy a running project car to start getting my hands dirty, the 02 wa

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