Drove 997.8 miles from Brunswick Maine to Jim Denker's in Kettering Ohio in 13 hours Thursday September 20th. Met up with my friend Dohn Roush at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio Friday, What an amazing collection of planes! Then Jim and I caravanned to a gas station to meet up with other Rivertown Gearbusters. After everyone showed up we were off to Sabbath Song Farm In Brooksville Kentucky. Jason Gipson set a brisk pace on the winding back roads which were an absolute delight to drive at speed. We arrived at Sabbath Song Farm at dusk and were greeted with a hot meal and shared stories of our adventures.
Saturday was the actual Ridge Run a 120+ mile counter clockwise loop of fantastically winding 55 mile an hour roads, spent most of the day in 3rd and 4th gear trying to keep up with Jason. It was challenging and fun driving Vern at 8/10ths, my tires were the real limiting factor. When it started raining, I pulled back considerably so I wouldn't have a 'moment' or close call with losing traction as I have been there done that.
Had such a great time with everyone, so wonderful to spend quality time with my Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Kentucky friends known as the Rivertown Gearbusters.
So when I was in Kitchener Ontario visiting a friend, I went to unlock the passenger door and the key wouldn’t return to 90 degrees. The last time was in Pittsburgh and Dave Mason was able to get my key out.
This time was more dramatic and eventful. We called a locksmith who’s efforts proved fruitless after 15 minutes he admitted defeat. I offered to pay him for the house call yet he declined since he hadn’t been successful.
So it was on to Plan B. Which was remove the door panel. Sounds easy enough but the door was locked shut. So not as easy as it sounds. As luck would have it Adam Poll was driving by and recognized Vern!
With a little help I removed both the driver and passenger seats gaining me access to the passenger door card, it took longer to remove the vent window knob than removing the seats. With Adam’s plastic pry tools made quick work of removing the door card. With a little finagling we were able to get the door open. Problem was the key was still stuck in the handle.
Took another 2 minutes to remove the handle. Then we saw the root of the problem. The key lock cam wasn’t positioned correctly, the cam was above the spring that returns the key to 90 degrees for locking or unlocking. We corrected the problem. I haven’t tested the key yet rest assured it is fixed.
I locked passenger door then was able to open it with one pull of the interior handle when just recently it would open with 2 distinct clicks.
Vern won 1st place in Vintage 1st & 2nd Generation Super Clean Class at the Boston Chapter's BMW CCA Day at Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA
Chris Auty won 3rd in the same class with his 1967 BMW 1600GT.
Paint touch up is almost complete. Nose didn't need to be repainted after all. Both rear quarters on the other hand needed some attention. Next up is to re-align the transmission as Vern's guibo has started to crack after only 6,700 miles! Plan is to rotate the engine counter clockwise to remove the guibo stress, re-alighn the driveshaft and hopefully get more fan clearance from the lower part of the radiator. Currently can't fit my pinky finger between the fan and radiator it is that close!
Vern is back at VSR to have stone chips touched up and a few other things attended to. Poor guy really took it on the chin and nose over the past 6,700+ miles since April 17, 2018. Spoke to Mario yesterday and went over the work plan. Nose is being repainted, other paint flaws will be touched up and wet sanded. Doing all this because I am having the paint treated with Opti-Coat Pro, a two stage ceramic coating. https://www.opticoat.com/page/opti-coat-pro
At the BMW CCA O'Fest Concours, where Vern placed 2nd in Classic Super Clean. A judge, after the awards, helpfully pointed out what specific areas needed attention. I am still waiting for the judging notes/sheet from Paul Cain, the BMW CCA Concours Chair.
Cindy bought me a pair of Piloti Competition, specifically made for driving. Thin reinforced sole takes strain off ankles, knees and balls of feet. After driving Vern 730+ miles to Pittsburgh in a day with these shoes, I wasn't sore or limping like with Vans, Converse Allstar (low & high tops) or Sperry Top Siders.
Vern, Cindy and I on the Parade Lap during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Sunday July 15, 2018. Photo by Kyle van Hoften. Missed the World Record for the a Parade Lap by 28 '02s.
The other pictures are of the line up and a few shots Cindy took while on the Schenley Park Road Course. The last pic is the rest of the '02s returning to German Hill to park.
Drove the 750 miles in12 hours averaging 62.5 mph including traffic and fuel/bathroom breaks. Have the coveted garage space at the inlaw's house. Wore my Piloti driving shoes for the first time, first time driving a long distance my right knee didn't ache. Usually get out of the car limping because my knee hurts so much. Gotta be the shoes.
After buying all the CSL & 2002 prints. I commissioned an illustration of Vern from Brian Dooley aka ibjettin, at VUVROOM. He's wonderful to work with and did an amazing job, couldn't be happier with the final drawing.
Refinished the ash tray and cleaned up the fuse box pics are before and after.
Bought new Trico 33-150 wiper blades, pedal pads, screw caps along with other odds & ends from Blunt, Roger'sTii & amazon.
Woke up at 5:30 am. Spent 9.5 hours today working on Vern. Cleaned & waxed the rear subframe, half shafts, boots and brake backing plates which still need some attention. Dismantled, cleaned, detailed and reassembled the sunroof rails and Golde wind deflector. Returned the ashtray from an iPod/iPhone dock back to an ash tray, that took at least 3 hours.
Placed all the under hood stickers, finally. Original and new there are some differences as some stickers are NLA like the 'BMW air pressure' which was near the left turn signal. So had to compromise with what is currently available.
Does anyone have a picture of where the Ate blue/white sticker goes in the brake booster?
VSR has officially finished Vern. Mario, Chris Langsten and I had punch list items, those have all be taken care of including the rear driver side wheel bearings, yet still need to put the engine bay stickers on.
Now the detailing begins for O'Fest in Pittsburgh in 3 weeks. Spent 2 hours cleaning the sunroof hardware and Golde wind deflector. Then yesterday 3 hours detailing the trunk, rear bumper and cleaning all the rubber on the car. It's amazing how much bodyshop dust there is, that stuff gets everywhere. Still have a lot of work to do to get him as clean as possible for the O'Fest Concours.
Registered ME Lobster Plate VERN 73 for another year, $98 well spent. Drove Rodney the M5 to VSR to put on the 2019 plate stickers and fit the Cocomat templates. Lisa the '02Princess won a set of Cocomats at The Foundation and gave me the certificate, decided to go Red/Natural.
Had quite the adventure! Vern's rear passenger wheel bearing wore out after well over 90K miles. Luckily I have several friends in the Cincinnati area who offered mechanical assistance, expertise and a new set of Tii wheel bearings from Larry Gray! The added bonus was I was able to see Lance White, Jason Gipson, Eric King and Scott Aaron. We were on the road again by 2pm.
We drove as far as Calvert City Kentucky. Woke up early and made tracks toward Paragould Arkansas to try and catch the caravan from Dayton Ohio. We caught up to them at a rest stop on route 412 arriving to a round of applause. We stopped for lunch in Mountain Home then continued on toward Eureka Springs. We stopped at the Arkansas Visitor's Center and had an impromptu '02 Fest when several cars behind our caravan stopped in as well. All 14 2002s drove into Eureka Springs in loose formation.
When Vern was having his Maine state inspection on Friday the 20th, Verona stickers for 2018/2019, tech found an oil leak from the rear of the valve cover. VSR's Chris Langsten, called me well after 5:00 on Friday saying he'd heard Vern needed a new valve cover gasket. Asked me to meet him on Sunday as I was passing through on my first leg down Arkansas for the Mid America '02 Fest. He suggested a commuter lot, I suggested his driveway, I arrived at his home at 10:15 am. Chris handed me a cup of coffee and set to work changing the valve cover gasket. After a quick road test at 3K rpm everything looked good. By 11:15 I was on my way.
506 mile engine break in procedure is complete. Head retorqued, one valve was out of spec by 1/1000. Oil changed to 20/50.
Tech rewired the wipers to be work correctly with the stalk switch and wiper speed works now. All the grill slats were reglued and the missing one replaced.
The only problems/issues I've encountered/fixed:
I had to retorque the all lug nuts as 3 had become loose on the driver side rear wheel, the rest of the wheels were fine.
First night drive, noticed tach lights are not working, and headlights need to be aimed.
VSR has taken a complete running tired 1973 Tii, from September 18, 2017 to April 19, 2018 completely rebuilt the car from the ground up to a complete running fresh new 1973 Tii.
The minor issues I've encountered speak volumes to the quality and attention to detail that VSR does. No rattles squeaks or clunks.
As token of appreciation I bought everyone who worked on Vern, a 1/43 scale White Box Verona Tii and gave Mario a 1/24 scale Anson Verona Tii with driving lights.
All I got was some stinking yellow tape and a 1984 Oktoberfest mug! Does anyone make Verona tape? LOL
Now Vern and I are off to the Mid America '02 Fest in Eureka Springs, Arkansas a 3600+ mile round trip. Hoping for better weather than last year's torrential flooding rain.
See you on the road!
Andrew & Vern
367 miles of the 500 mile engine break in complete. Spent 4/18 driving 168 miles on back roads from Brunswick to Freeport to Gardiner to Wiscassett to Damariscotta to Brunswick. Some of the roads were pretty rough and there are no squeaks rattles or clunks. Vern's handling is very tight and predictable, love the new H&R springs, feels very sure footed. Was able take a "recommended 15mph"turn at 35. Tomorrow it's back to VSR for for an oil change, head torquing and valve adjustment and a few punch list items.