Vern has been delivered to VSR for a few winter projects. The main project is to determine why the right rear, passenger side, wheel bearings have failed 3 times in 18K miles. The other projects are some routine maintenance like oil change with a general health & body checkup so he's ready for Spring and the Mid America '02 Fest. This year the original restored dash will replace the current one piece.
The BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery is coming to it's end. Saturday the weather was clear and cool. We caravanned over to the Point Royal Golf Course and were parked along the 18th fairway. I cleaned and polished all the road grime and water spots off so he would look his best. Celebrating 40 years of M1s saw, Lance White's red & Procar, Bobby Rahal's white, Dirk de Groen's dark blue, Scott & Fran Hughe's orange and BMW NA's Procar It was an impressive display to say the least. Several members of the club received Crescent Awards which were People's Choice Awards. Doug Dolan won with his 1972 3.0CSi with an S38 motor, Jim & Charlie Van Orsdol with their 1973 Bavaria while Jim & Mary True took the Grand Prize of Best European Car with their 1934 309.
It was a wonderful day and so glad we could attend.
As some of you will recall, on the way to Mid America '02 Fest. I had to have my passenger side rear wheel bearing replaced. Well had it fail after between 7,500 & 8K miles. This time I while on the BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery Tour. After calling around to a few places and setting up an appointment, I sent Mario an e-mail. He texted me Karl Troy, European Road & Racing, call him. Karl was very personable when I called and explained the situation. I arrived at 12:15 and Vern was immediately taken in. Diagnosis, bad right wheel bearing. Luckily a local parts supplier had the bearings & seals in stock and was just 2 miles away! The outer race had welded itself to the hub, and took a bit of time to remove. I was on the road by 5pm. I was very impressed with Karl and his shop.
Now the big question is why did the last one fail so quickly?
Bent stub axle?
Bad bearing from Walloth-Nesch?
Removed the cluster, removed the trim rings, masked and painted the trim rings with chrome spray paint.
Cleaned the glass, reinstalled everything and reinstalled the cluster.
I give credit to Swiss Tii for the inspiration for the project.
There are at least 5 pictures of Vern in the October 2018 Roundel Pittsburgh Oktoberfest coverage. The most prominent ones are for the Concours. As some of you will recall, Vern took 2nd in the Classic Super Clean Class.
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.