Sorted Vern’s wiper speeds. 1st is delay, which is ~3 seconds. 2nd is normal speed. There is no fast speed as 2002s usually have. This delay feature, like on 3.0 Coupes, was made possible by Vintage Sports & Restoration.
Veronika has been getting a lot of love at the VSR Spa. Photos courtesy of Chris Langsten.
Photo work list:
Modified Wiper Motor Cover.
New Side Hood Seals.
Top Perimeter Snap Strips restored and installed.
All trunk Panels recovered in Elephant Skin.
New Chrome Dash Trims installed. Now those are a big WOW factor!
The To Do List is getting shorter!
Hoping restored seats return from the upholstery shop the week after next.
After 2 years of needing one large flange NK wheel to complete a set, I was able to source 2 more for a total of 5. Dropped them off at the local wheel shop for media blasting and Satin Black powder coating. $500 later they are back. Slapped on the better hubcaps and need to decide on tires. Will most likely go on Veronika when the time comes.
Visited Veronika at VSR. Fitted the Cocomat templates and went over punch list items for The Misselwood Concours in July.
Snow in the Perpetual Winterlands means driving season is over for all the low sodium BMWs. Back to the 2007 X3 6-speed.
Vern's Concours 3rd in Classic Clean arrived in the mail the other day! Also several friends have sent me the Oktoberfest Hagerty article by Brad Phillips "5 reasons why BMW ownership is irresistible"
50th Anniversary BMW CCA Oktoberfest was pretty awesome. With a few exceptions. 2 iconic BMWs were in the lobby of the hotel. Yale Rachlin's 1974 2002Tii & Parker Spooner's 1970 2800 CS. At dinner, I was notified by Paul Cain "There were not enough cars in Classic Super Clean" so I was bumped down to "Classic Clean". It rained Wednesday on the Concours. I discovered too late there were 6 cars in Classic Super Clean, after Vern had been judged! Needless to say I felt a bit cheated by this fia
Bought new door window trim assemblies from Paul Wegweiser at bimmer.com. They arrived Friday September 27th 2019. Installed them Saturday morning. Needed to use the old assembly clips near the vent windows. They did take a little persuasive force to install with the new welting and squeegees. If your window welting and squeegees are shot, buy these assemblies while they are available.
One of the slats on Vern’s passenger side grill broke. I tried several backer rods which were all to big. I wound up using a WD40 straw so I don’t have to worry about galvanic corrosion.
The repair worked better than expected and pleased with the results. Unfortunately I found other slats with stress cracks, so I’m going to reinforce them before they break. Checking the driver side grill too.
Meet Veronica, a 1969 1600 Cabriolet which was restored in Japan in the 1980s. The seller imported it the US 30 years ago and spent its US life in a garage in Blue Hill Maine. Mario Langsten of Vintage Sports & Restoration brought this to my attention this past July. Finalized the deal Friday September 13, 2019. There is a short to do list to make her safe and reliable for us to enjoy this fall.
What a spectacular weekend! Had what many considered the best spot. In the shade literally all day, nestled among the trees, after a few hours I tired of cleaning up the tree debris, I closed Vern up. The Misselwood Concours is a top-tier show. The venue is enchanting and beautiful. The perfect setting for a Concours of this caliber. I've been to Amelia Island, Pebble Beach, Hilton Head, Greenwich and Misselwood is my new favorite.
Vern and I were the last car to leave the Misselwoo
Picked up Vern today from VSR. The Just Dashes restored dashboard has been installed and looks excellent. Also replaced a burned out 'city light' on the driver side. The Petri hub cover received a freshening as well, it was cracked and missing a couple of chunks. Can't tell the cover was repaired, that's how good it is.
Just returned from a 3,670 mile round trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 19th Mid-America '02 Fest was the largest one ever! 74 2002s, if you count the one on the trailer, an NK Sedan, a Bavaria and an i8 also attended. Doug Riparetti, from Seaside CA, drove 1935 miles and I presented him with the prestigious Iron Butt Award on Saturday night. He travelled 90 miles farther than my 1845 miles.
The event weather was perfect, cool and sunny. Friday we had a delightful drive to Roge
After another winter at the VSR Spa, Vern is back home again. Newly chromed bumpers, completely restored vent window frames, new carpet, restored and rebuilt seats, modified wiper system with intermittent delay, paint retouched and looking better than ever.
Dropped off Athena, who developed a stumble along the way, which will be addressed...I do not care for her original distributor with points!
Chris Langsten followed me as we sped along at a rapid pace on NH 101. In fa
Vern is back at VSR after 2 months in storage, he started right up. Re-stuffed seats look great. Bumpers are back from the shop and look like mirrors. Vent window frames have been polished and ceramic coated by Speedway. Re-assembly starts in earnest Monday April first. Scheduled to pick him up April 19.
The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2763648 was manufactured on March 20th, 1973 and delivered on March 23rd, 1973 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Verona, paint code 024.
Excited Vern has been accepted to show at the 10th Annual Misselwood Concours d'Eleganceat Endicott College, July 19-21, in Beverly MA. We will do the Saturday Tour up to Newburyport MA, then prep for the Sunday Concours. https://www.misselwood.com/concours-delegance
Getting excited for the Mid-America 2002 Fest 2019!
2015 Vern and I won the Hard Luck Award as Vern's water pump failed. 2016, 2017 & 2018 we won the coveted Iron Butt Award.
After winning the "Iron Butt" for 3 years in a row, I am bowing out of the competition for it. I plan to present the award going forward.
A while ago I bought a beat up set of trunk side boards from a FAQ member. Then bought a couple of pieces of dry erase/chalk board from Lowes for $6.06 each. Traced the old panels and cut them out with my jigsaw.
Delivered them to VSR to be covered in “elephant skin” type vinyl withe the other trunk boards.
Made another set for a good friend’s 2002 as well. Shipping was twice what I had estimated.
Thinking of making a few sets if I am able to get more of the