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Document my tenure with this car.

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rear subframe installed

Well I got the rear subframe back together    boxed rear trailing arms - check poly RTA bushings - check poly end links - check poly diff hanger bushings - check iE Butt plug - check  powder coated rear subframe - check e21 LSD with fresh seals - check E21 cv joints (on inside) and axle- check new CV boots - check  IE spacer - check new subframe hardware - check new 2002 CV joint hardware- check new e21 cv joint hardware - check

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Another rear subframe update

Greetings all haven’t posted on here in quite a while. Have been busy with work and my rear subframe as well as other little projects.  I have a stated goal of getting the car back together before Vintage 2020.   everything takes longer than I think it should mostly my fault.   The rear subframe could’ve been an easy thing for me to simply swap from my parts car to my project car. This is because I had overhauled a year before.     But I wanted to change a few things.

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Pulling it together - slowly

So last couple weeks I’ve been really focused on the rear subframe. I was unaware one of my rear trailing arms was in pretty poor shape. It appears that at some point someone decided to tow the car using the rear trailing arm and that caused some dents.   I posted some pictures of the rear trailing arm on Facebook Bmw 2002 modifiers group and the general consensus was that I could just mount everything and keep on trucking.   There was also a comment that my rear trailing arms need to

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2020 is going to be a good year!

Happy new year!   I closed out 2019 with a flurry of effort to get Derby ready for Vintage! I’ll be registering later today.   With the holiday break upon us I decided to put in some extra hours in the garage.  I enlisted help from my brother and we made some major progress.   We picked up the engine and lowered it onto the front subframe. After securing the engine mounts and attracting the transmission and we rolled the assembly over to the front of the car on a moving dolly

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Pre engine / trans install prep

ordered some parts from W&N Germany - reinforce springs, polished strut bar and a bunch of misc. shipping was lighting quick.   All items received within 4 days.    So I’ve been getting ready for the big day - engine install.  To that end - the following projects were completed / or in progress depending on the definition of complete.    - Rebuilt Pedal / installed (a helper makes this easier)   - installed brake booster bracket.   - installed brake light

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Alternator bracket upgrade

Bought the adjustable toothed alternator bracket upgrade that’s been for sale on the faq. Installed in 5 minutes - super easy and seems to work with no problems.  IMG_0008.MOV

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A few pics of the weekend’s activity

New hardware on front subframe. Bushings are about two years old -  think they need replacement already.    Separately I started   to get the pedal box ready for install, but then wasn’t satisfied with the engine bay. So....back at it. 

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Engine is Built

My rebuilt and assembled m10    1972 block - machines bored etc painted  Alpina tribute valve cover 292 cam Stahl header metric mechanic head korman intake /hardware forged pistons m3 starter e21 alternator  e21 water divider Weber 40s New chains/gears/guides etc. New hardware e30 oil filter Ireland engineering lightened flywheel   I cant wait!!!!    

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Blunttech 5 speed trans kit intalled

My output flange bolt on my GETRAG 245 was on pretty tight.  The 20v cordless dewalt impact gun did nothing but make a bunch of noise.  It needed a real air impact gun. So off to a friends house (he had the right tools). I helped him getting his transmission prepped for install. We got the bolt off and new seal and new bolt installed.  This inspired me to pull out the Bluntech ultimate 5 speed conversion kit and start installing the kit.   Pretty straight forward. Here are some pics.  

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Head assembled -

This head was ported by metric mechanic. I had a Dr Schrick 292 cam installed and I’m using the Korman  intake.    My mechanic is finalizing the whole engine build now.   Here is a teaser picture.   Video of of the first start will be taken.  

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Headlight buckets - clean up

I worked on my headlight buckets over the weekend.  Cleaned, sanded, sprayed with clear.  I added a led h4 style bulb and reassembled.     Borrowing parts from my parts car.  Unfortunately the best chrome rings holder/surround were from the same side....Sigh.  realized  that once finished.     It will do for now until I figure out which way the chrome should fit on each side...meaning is the wider bit of chrome on the outside or the inside.  Then I’ll source the right parts.

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Nos sunvisors and a lesson learned.

NOS or “new Old Stock” might as well mean be prepared to pay through the _______ (fill in the blank).     It’s a bit of a risk as the manufacturers date is sometimes also not known, condition while “new” is still “old” or worse it’s something someone claims is NOS but actually isn’t.  Anyway i guess the point is when buying on eBay (or anywhere online for that matter) where you can’t inspect what you are buying is somewhat risky.     Sure you can buy from a reputable seller a

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Heater box joy

So I tried to avoid buying the bracket/ made my own- broke it - ordered the repair bracket. 

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Good day in the garage -

While I continue to slowly rebuild my heater box - going on several weeks,   I got a few other things done today.  - Raided the parts car (orange car in pics) or a few things  Removed and installed radio antenna circle clip that keeps the roller on the hood release bar end.   I pulled out my rear door cards from the attic, Cleaned and painted them with sem products to match the cardinal red e21 Recaros and and e24 rear seats that are awaiting installation.

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Small satisfying projects.

I’ve just completed over a week of business travel. I couldn’t wait to get back home and pull off the car cover of my freshly painted 1600 so that I might start the rebuilding/reassembly.  So while the engine is being rebuilt I decided to just work on a few little satisfying items.   -tried to polish and installed rear trim -installed seals for door handles  -Assembled installed rear tail lights with new URO lenses and new gaskets. -installed my old 1600 horns -star

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Unboxing ross forged pistons

Gathering components for engine rebuild. The pistons arrived this week - here are the pics from unboxing including tech data.     

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Smooth...Glossy & Stunningly beautiful

Major milestones achieved.  1. While I’ve only seen it in side a building the paint is fantastic! Derby is grey once more. 2. Head built.     Next big big milestone is the bottom half of the engine!    Stay tuned. More pics to follow once it’s back home. 

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W&N goodies! 292 schrick, hardware and hood bits

Another package of goodies arrived today for W&N - pics of said goodies attached.   Decided to have a professional rebuild my head instead of doing it myself because I tend to break things, over tighten and take twice as long as it should.  So Friday afternoon I dropped off the metric mechanic head, Korman intake and associated bits to a local engine builder RAC engines in laurel MD. I’ll be dropping off the new cam for him later this week.    So - Slowly coming together.

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The waiting is the hardest part.... miss you Tom petty

Yeah...so no cool pictures to share at the moment.  Will add some later today of some new parts I’ve acquired.    So so while the car is off being painted, im getting some things ready and this weekends project will be to review my overall plan and start preparing my e24 rear seats.     Here is a preview / overview of the build   I have been accumulating parts in anticipation of getting it back from paint.    For the engine  Today I’m meeting a guy in Tyso

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Time to let the professionals take over

With mixed emotions and must say after 1 yr of trying to get the paint and body work done myself with my friends help, I’m throwing in the towel.     Im sending Derby to some professionals to figure out the paint and bodywork.   I’m still roughly sticking with the original color of Derby Grey (Griogio medio).   here are some pics of derby leaving home 😢😉 1BE59B9A-DC65-40C1-8248-694E83E45026.MOV

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Well - two steps forward - 2 back

Thought I’d post an update.    Luckily my buddy that’s helping me is willing to redo rework when we are not happy with something. So the painting continues.   Paintedbthe calipers red with VHT and VHT high heat primer. Not a fan. Sanding them back down and going with the VHT “Real Orange”   Interior and bottom of the car has been  sanded, cleaned and painted with POR15.    It never goes as fast as you think it will but, I have not lost faith.   

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Accumulating Parts -

Dual Weber’s 40’s cannon manafolds ( have Korman as well no sure which to use) Bosch e30 m3 starter Bosch alternator  Blunttech 5 speed convenience kit front wheel bearings etc...  

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Cleaning up my calipers

Lots of life and work things going on, though I managed to get a few minutes in the garage with a wire wheel.   

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