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Document my tenure with this car.

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Goodbye to my e21

Well - there she goes.   Our time together was short,  but I did get to daily her for a few months.    She gave and she gave - I took and I took.   Now time to put her best parts into Derby.     On with the show!     

Dionk

Dionk

 

Back to school: “what did you do this summer“

Greetings all! Not sure who’s actually reading these posts, but I do enjoy posting about my progress.   So summers been a little bit slow as far as working on the 1602 goes.     But progress has restarted and the quest to achieve a semi-decent paint job is on going.   You’ve probably heard of the saying two steps forward one step back. Well in my case the summer it’s been .25 steps forward and four steps back.   But I’m happy because progress is indeed being made once again on the paint.      I spent the better part of the month August parting out my 1981 BMW 320Is. I felt a little bit bad parting out that beautiful E 21.   really   I truly felt a bit guilty, but seeing that limited slip differential and that five speed transmission and all the other cool little miscellaneous parts stacking up is pure joy.   But don’t worry this story has a good ending.   The E21 frame/shell is going to a good home, a local shop owner is taking it on as a project car.   This weekend we will be removing the engine and the buyer will then take the frame any all the remains goodies at that point.    My buddy who’s been helping me paint and who has also been missing in action this summer (who can blame him it was hot here in DC) is back up and working on the car on a daily basis.   I also spent this past summer acquiring parts for the engine build.   Here are a few pics.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Pause for the cause -

No remorse - removed the LSD off the parts car today.   Had a visit from a fellow faq member and closed a deal at work.   Overall a good day.   Getrag 245 - you're next.

Dionk

Dionk

 

A few pics of the heater box mid overhaul.

Overhauling my heaterbox.  Repairing cracked plastic....wow it’s fragile.  Don’t ask me how I know.  Also if you doing this and reusing your fan blades on a new motor. A Quick way to determine which way the fan blows is to attach it to your drill before punching out the center shaft to affix to new motor. Also not that I read a post somewherethat if you reverse the wiring the fan may blow in a different direction...so there’s that way as well to be cautious of.     Did i I mention this 50 year old plastic is fragile..  F&#& !!

Dionk

Dionk

 

Heater core removed! Now to overhaul.

So with the dash out it made sense to also pull and contemplate a heater box overhaul as well.   So I pulled it from the car today. Fairly easy qty 2 11mm on the bulkhead and two clamps to detach the hoses.    Set it down and cleared away the discintegrated 50 year old foam.    As others have warned...there is still antifreeze in the unit!    I layed down some linoleum on the passenger side floor and tilted it out to that side.... sure enough.    If your doing this job as well have rags/ paper towels handy.   Variety of pics below.

Dionk

Dionk

 

3 piece dash removal - notes & pics

I read as many threads as possible on three piece dashboard removal and attacked the job today.     I found the threads with pics to be most helpful. I think it was pho23 that had a some great pics and I gave his DIY thread titled "Removing a 3 piece dash." dated  oct 28 2007 thread 5 Stars.   i followed the steps he described in the thread and found no issues with the instructions at all.       Here are the things I broke in the process.   1. Air vent hose to plastic dash vents.  2. Tabs on the plastic dash vents.   3. A couple clips pulled off the dash and stayed in the car.    My advice is to go slow to a avoid the mistakes I made.   here are the pics    

Dionk

Dionk

 

Random new parts

Various zinc plated hardware!  Rebuilt brake booster steerbox refresh kit fire wall sound proofing    

Dionk

Dionk

 

1600-2 Rear subframe and pics of the undercarriage

So I have removed the rear subframe and all that remains with the body of the car is the wiring, the dashboard and the heater blower motor thing.    The goal will be to sand and degrease the undercarriage before coating the bottom with some POR15.    I only found some minor surface rust.  Especially where the brake line tabs connect to the body.    there was some rust in the forward floor panels that had been repaired before. Welding job clearly Needs some additional love.   here are the latest pics. 

Dionk

Dionk

 

Better to take the doors off!

So I must say...I'm so pleased with this car! It’s 50 years old and 98.3% rust free!  I keep giggling! Today's giggles started when we got the doors off and I closely examined the bottoms!  Nada rust. Lovin it.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Today's progress

Engine bay, wheel wells and prep.....lots of prep. Sigh.  At some point a previous owner coated the wheel wells with tar or grease - holy cow what a huge paint to clean.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Getting closer

Well if you curious the DIY paint in the garage paint job is getting close to being done.     Here are are a couple pics - cloudy day can’t wait to see this car in the sunlight - running.  Yeah that would be nice as well.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Last few pics before paint

The last of the sanding and pre- paint prep happened this week.     Note i Decided to delete the joint lines on the front and rear.    Mext entry should have some Grey!

Dionk

Dionk

 

Trunk and interior

Some progress.  Interior removed.   FedEx brown front seats and the original saddle brown back seats and rear door cards removed.    Fuel tank removed. Cleaned and painted the trunk and spare tire well with POR15.       

Dionk

Dionk

 

My first Garage!!! And Derbys new home!

Well it was another good day. My new landlady allowed me to move into the house  two weeks early. Wasting little time I grabbed derby via AAA tow truck and proceeded to stow her away in the new garage.  Also a sneak peek of what the Grigio Medio looks like with a little clear.    The  garage has a loft which will serve well as storage for my beloved BMW 1600 and 2002 parts !

Dionk

Dionk

 

Some progress and some set backs

It was an absolutely gorgeous day today!  I was able to get some work done in my new location. I was able to remove the bonnet, boot, headlights, taillights and turn signals in preparation for sanding and primer.   While cleaning out the trunk I started to see more evidence that this car has been in a rear end collision.   Sigh.   Lots of welds and the seams don't seem to line up very well anywhere on the car.  Something that I didn't really see until I really stated looking.  One of these days I will look before I keep....maybe.   My friend who's helping me sand, paint and weld said "don't worry I'm a metal whisperer". So far the mug has come in handy on several occasions!    Wish me luck.    

Dionk

Dionk

 

Moving day...

The fumes from the work being done on the car were not making any of the townhomes resisidents to terribly pleased.  So today was moving day....the sanding and priming and sanding and body work will continue tomorrow.  Here are some pics in the sun light.  Not much to look at at the moment. Wish me luck.

Dionk

Dionk