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The restoration and refurbishment of my beloved 1973 2002Tii, Vern, by Vintage Sports and Restoration in Bedford New Hampshire. Work began September 18, 2017

 

 

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Veronika Photo Shoot

While in Asheville NC, Photographer Greg Banek, scheduled a photo shoot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are a few of the outtakes.  The rolling shot is by Mike Bevels on 81 north in Virginia, Sunday May 22, 2022.    

Mid-America '02 Fest 2022

Vern ran smoothly & quietly for the 3500 mile round trip to Eureka Springs Arkansas. 4 days to get there, & 3 days back home. Great  '02 Fest from the Friday drive to all the advice & '02-centric workshops. Bo Black received the Friends of the BMW CCA Award. Caravanned with Mike Self, Larry Gray & Walter Ingram both ways. 

Detailing Time

Cleaning, cleaning & more cleaning. After a week & a day of wiping away the dirty oily grime with Simple Green, an old toothbrush, 2 rolls of blue paper towels & hundreds of Q-Tips. Here are some before, during & after. Veronika is ready for her close up. 

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Germany & Bavaria Tour 2021

This year we shipped Vern over to The Netherlands & spent 3 weeks touring with the BMW Classic CCA. We also attended The Bavaria Tour in Oberammergau Germany.   We picked up Vern outside Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The battery was dead because the shipper left the key in position 1. Long story, greatly shortened, 3.5 hours for an ADAC flatbed, a long cab ride at 200kmh & 1200 Euros later we had a new 69 Euro Varta battery! The rest of our touring Vern performed flawlessly as

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Larz Anderson German Car Day June 27, 2021

A lovely day at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, a suburb of Boston MA. Met other Nor'East'02ers at the abandoned Indigo Hotel in Newton & caravanned over to the Museum to park together. I drove Veronika & we arrived at 9:20ish. Great to see everyone & all the cars. Rob Seigel drove his 3.0 CSi, Warp 9. The most significant car was the 1937 Horch Coupe. Veronika had a great spot at the end of the '02 lineup & across from original owners  Charles Barne's immaculately re

Early Nose Trim Restoration

Just received the restored slotted nose trim. The shop worked wondrous miracles & exceeded my expectations. Was lucky to be able to buy this elusive trim here from a friend who sold it on the FAQ. Here are the before & after photos. The "kink" in the trim was very difficult to massage out, yet the craftsman was able to do the near impossible & get it to 99%.  

Making An Aluminum Under Dash Panel

Made a new hood release/hazard switch under dash panel out of 24 x 24 1/16th inch aluminum sheet I bought at Lowe's, January 30, 2021.   The original hood release hazard switch panel was ripped & distorted from the past 52 years of heat & cold use.   1. Made a painters tape template. The peeled it off the panel slowly & carefully. 2. Flattened the tape to the aluminum sheet along the grain. 3 Outlined the template with Sharpie & marked all the screws

1600 Cabriolet Door Seals

Picked uptake new door seals ordered from Walloth-Nesch at Vintage Sports & Restoration Friday January 15, 2021. Had been waiting a year for the set of new door seals to become available & bought them the day I was notified of their availability.   First step was to label where each seal went, wash off the mold release powder & sand the gluing surface of the rubber. 2nd step was removing the desicated old rock hard door seals & clean up the old glue with Xylol. Thi

1600 Cabriolet Door Seals

Picked uptake new door seals ordered from Walloth-Nesch at Vintage Sports & Restoration Friday January 15, 2021. Had been waiting a year for the set of new door seals to become available & bought them the day I was notified of their availability.   First step was to label where each seal went, wash off the mold release powder & sand the gluing surface of the rubber. 2nd step was removing the desicated old rock hard door seals & clean up the old glue with Xylol. Thi

Refitting Trunk Floor Panel

Since making & having the side panels upholstered two years ago, the spare tire side didn't fit flat & flush with the fuel tank panel.   To tackle this job, I removed one staple & measured it at 1/4 of an inch. I just happen to have two boxes of these staples. So I was good to go with my upholstery adhesive & an ultimate set of tools.    The short story, remove staples, peel back the 'elephant skin', scribe to other panel, cut, test fit, glue, staple, trim

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Almost Famous BMW Detailer

This is a screen shot of me detailing Dirk & Alexandra de Groen's 1934 BMW 315/1 at the Amelia Island Concours on March 8th 2020 from the Season Finale of Chasing Classic Cars which aired Tuesday November 24th 2020.    

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A little Maine '02 Fest

Saturday September 26th 2020. Drove Veronika up to Belgrade Maine to visit Brenda & Tanya Athanus. They each own 2 2002s. Both of them had 2002s new from a Maine dealership as far back as 1972. Nate Williams, from Sports Car Restoration in Plainville Connecticut, was there to visit & successfully had Brenda's 1969 Nevada 2002 running after sitting for 2 years.   I parked next to Tanya's 1973 Golf Automatic, as Brenda zoomed around the road & driveway loop. We enjoyed s

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Lime Rock Sunday in the Park 2020

Veronika was awarded Best in Class at the Lime Rock Sunday in the Park Meeting of the Marques, Lakeville Connecticut. 2020 Sunday in the Park was 1/4 or less of the cars usually on display. The Golf Tii was in the Concours & a fresh restoration by SCR in Plainville CT. 

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Veronika & The Ultimate Classic

The latest Ultimate Classic From the BMW Classic CCA has arrived. Had a little fun with the magazine today.    For more information about the Classic CCA visit, bmwccca.com and join today!   https://youtu.be/o6ildOGPL0I  

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Misselwood Tour & Virtual Concours

Saturday July 18th we drove Veronika to the Misselwood Estate at Endicott College in Beverly MA and participated in the first Misselwood Driving Series Tour. The drive from our house to the Estate takes ~2 hours. The tour started at 10 am, we made it there at 9:50 am. The Tour wound its way through Beverly and followed tree lined streets with antique homes eventually leading to open fields then winding our way through to Newburyport MA. We were privilege to have talented Photographer Josh Sweeny

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Veronika’s Debut

Drove her down to Harpswell Neck to Pammy’s Ice Cream. Sunny & cool. My friend drove his 1930 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton after a 5 year engine rebuild. Both cars garnered all the attention. The top down drive home was pretty cold.

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Vern & E30 M3s

Vern’s starter was replaced on Wednesday June 3rd at VSR with one from an E30 M3. Two things were discovered. The cold start relay internals had been amateurishly soldered and had a cut resistor. Luckily I bought two spares years ago & replaced it Thursday morning.    The other discovery, E30 M3s are absolutely amazing. This was the first one I’ve driven. The speed limit formula of double it add 20 is pure magic! No, I didn’t do 90 in 35 though I was well over 35.

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