So, here we go!
I'm a young guy from europe living the deployment life abroad until feb 17 ..
The story is, that I fell in love with the 02 in the beginning of this year. At the time, I had a Mini Cooper S, r53, which I LOVED! Absolutely adored it .. Unfortunately I had to sell my gem as I knew it would be stupid to keep it while on mission abroad for 6 months. At this time I followed a lot of those "stance" pages on Facebook, Instagram and so forth .. Which at some point, featured this little pearl of an 02.
I started doing research on the 02's, which I only knew very little about .. I have always been a car guy, but as I was born with 10 thumps, which means that I am not able to do a lot work my self .. This did not stop me to fall even more in love with the 02 though. I soon found the 2002 M2 that Bavarian Workshop made, and that was it .. I had to find myself a Polaris silver 02 and getting it to my liking!
The search began, and a lot of cars went by on Mobile, Autoscout etc. and I never really had the balls to grab one of them, as I was really worried about buying as piece of junk .. Finally, I made a request on a Swedish 02 forum, and a couple of weeks later a swedish collector contacted me and told me he had a car that I might be interested in ..
Indeed I was. It was a 75' polaris silver 1602 with a refurbished 2l m10 swapped into it. No, it was not any pure car with the original heart, but heck. The things I was going to do with it has nothing to do with what the purists wants!
I bought it unseen, and the waiting began .. Three weeks passed by, and soon I was about to leave for 6 months.
One week before my deployment, a truck stopped outside my house, and there it was .. A seemingly perfect 02 with no major mechanic or cosmetic issues. Well, the paint was not perfect as it had been "resprayed" by the previous owner and needed a proper paint job. But I was already told this by the seller. The interior was nearly in perfect condition, although the center console was missing, but did follow as a spare part .. A long with the original 1.6l M10, and a whole bunch of other goodies.
Ok, enough talking. This project is a bit of a hassle, as it is not the easiest thing, coordinating a partly restauration 2000km away from home!
One the to do list:
Buy e21 recaros. ✔️
Re-trim center console, fit modern radio. ✔️
Full leather interior.
Turbo flares and frontspoiler.
(Already found, being mounted last of december.)
Full respray in polaris silver.
(Delete knee trim.)
Buy 16" C83 Alpinas. ✔️
(New, original caps bought from Alpina., these were EXPENSIVE :O)
Buy new suspension.✔️
(Bilstein shocks, TA springs.)
Buy short rear bumper. ✔️
Chrome side mirrors. ✔️
New seals around windows and doors.
Goal: 130-150hp on the 2l M10.
Thank you for reading ..
Updates with come a long the way .. But it may take some time, and money to get it done. ??