• entries
    3
  • comments
    12
  • views
    156

About this blog

The saga of converting a decent 1600-2 driver quality car into a 1600ti tribute car. Parts hunting, planning the job, and lots of help from BMW enthusiasts around the world. The story told with text and pictures.

Entries in this blog

• More BMW 1600ti Parts Arrive-Car Off To The Shop!

Most of the parts have been gathered for the project (or at least a critical mass), and yesterday the car was off to the shop. My mechanic is about a 45 minute drive one-way from our home, and with no one to help with the shuttle, I loaded the car on my trailer for delivery. (Photo 1 below).    Upon arrival at Richard Rushton's shop in Puna, Hawaii, I am reminded of why this fellow is popular among Big Island vintage sports car enthusiasts. My car got put in a side garage, because his main work area was taken by a beautiful, Meissen Blue Porsche 356 "C" coupe, in for regular maintenance. The car belongs to a friend of mine, came from the Willhoit  stables in California, and is stunning (see Photo 2 below).   While swapping cars around, Richard showed me his retro-mod Austin-Healey Frog Eyed Sprite. It looks tame enough, until you tilt the bonnet. The motor is from a 1977 320i, with engine mounts, oil pan, pump, and oil pick-up from a 2002 320i. Twin Weber 32/36 progressive downdrafts provide the atomized gas. The motor has a Delta camshaft, and BMW performance exhaust system. The brake booster set-up is Fiat. The transmission is a five speed from a 1981 320i, and the car has a 3.64 differential. First gear winds to 40 mph, 2nd gear 70 mph, 3rd gear 90 mph, 4th gear buries the speedometer at 120 mph, and Richard says fifth gear is too fast for driving! (see photos 3, 4, 5, and 6 below)   New parts for the 1600ti vary from used OEM to what is available. Conner Elkington at Vintage Autobahn came through with the proper, angled velocity stacks for the Solex PHH 40's. While realoem.com does give part numbers for these stacks, I found (as did jgerock) that the numbers are not embossed on the stacks, only "L" and "R" on each part. Photo 7 shows a picture of the new (old) stacks. Thanks to all for helping with the search. Conner got these stacks from a set of carburetors that were on a 1600ti at some time, but I suspect the trumpets are the same for 1600ti and 2002ti.   Rocky Srl, the eBay Solex parts seller in Italy (eBay user name alfa 1750) came through in top form with all the carburetor parts I ordered. The plan is to convert a set of Solex PHH 40's, now set up for a 2002ti, into all the proper jetting, venturi, and rebuild requirements for this 1600ti application. I got two complete rebuild kits, plus main jets 120, pilot jets 50, idling air jets 100, and 30 mm venturis. The service was fast from Italy, and order complete. I'll post later as to how these parts actually work out in my carburetors! (See photo 8, below).   Tsingtao_1903 helped me tremendously in locating two, rare items for this project. He found me a Kienzle "look alike" clock for the dash, and repaired/wired/bench tested for installation. He also sold me an original steering wheel from a period BMW TI or GT.  See photos 9, 10, and 11 below.   A complete set of 1600 engine gaskets came from Walloth & Nesch in Germany (photo 12) and Steve at Blunttech Industries supplied new rubber bushings for the front suspension, and new tie rods. (see photos 13 and 14).    Last but certainly not least, among all helping me, Slavs is my rock! He's an unbelievable source of information on these early 1600 cars, and is helping me with OEM front and rear sway bars, and a variety of other parts and wonderful advice. Not sure I'd be doing this project without him. Thanks, Slavs!   All for now, and please enjoy the photographs. Aloha, Robert (Mahalo to you too, Ray_)!        

BritshIron

BritshIron

 

• A Lifetime of Sports Car Collecting--First Tribute Car

I've been interested in sports cars since I was very young. The pictures below represent a few of the more "midlife crisis" points in time. I started with British cars, graduated to Porsche, and then came back to "BritshIron." (Misspelled, because folks already used the correct spelling). I thought you all would be interested in pictures dating back to my British car years.   This BMW tribute project has captured my interest like few other projects have in the past. Thanks to all in BMW 2002 FAQ for helping. Also, I'm gradually learning about how to carry out a blog on FAQ! Aloha, Robert

BritshIron

BritshIron

 

• Brief History of the Donor Car, Parts & Project Plans

For those interested, you can go to the following Bring-A-Trailer link, to see the car as I bought it in December 2017:   https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1968-bmw-1600-6/   The story I got from the seller was that he was frustrated in trying to deal with getting the correct rear glass, and that's why he sold the car.    This is chassis #1560629. It is a numbers matching car, but has had it's share of owner preference work. Someone put knee trim on the car years ago, and the seller did an upholstery job that suited his tastes. The steering wheel is wrong, and the gauge cluster is not period (but I've got a "silver dollar" cluster being restored now). Mechanical clutch replaced with hydraulic, and brake booster changed out for newer system, Libre wheels (but original spare). Bottom line is the car seems to represent a nice (thank goodness, nearly rust free) platform, but will never be an all original show winner.   The seller had owned the car for two years, and bought it from Craig's List in his home town of Santa Maria, CA. The seller owns an upholstery shop in Santa Maria. The story gets a little murkier prior to Craig's List, but it apparently sat for a number of years at Bavarian Auto Haus when that business was in Shell Beach, CA. The car came with original books and purchase records from when new--original sale from the Peter Pan dealership in South San Francisco. After I bought the car, Carl Nelson at La Jolla Independent BMW worked on the CV joints and replaced the axle boots, as well as put new window glass in the car, as needed. Then, the car was shipped to me from San Diego to Hilo, Hawaii.   After restoring the dealer-supplied A/C system (thanks, Ray), I have decided to build this car into a 1600ti tribute. I found NOS ti pistons in Greece, and carburetors/intakes/linkage, air can, and other engine bay bits from a BMW enthusiast in Washington State. Solex PHH rebuild parts are on the way from an eBay seller, alfa1750 (Rocky) in Italy. The NOS rear badge is from a parts house in Uruguay, and the front badge is a reproduction from the UK. And Trieu build me a Kienzle clock (see his recent blog)! Hoping for sway bars from another FAQ'er. Please see pictures in this first blog post. Time schedule for the project is to get started wrenching in January 2019. We will be doing a complete engine rebuild, in conjunction with fitting the new pistons, carburetor system, and SuperSprint exhaust (headers, center resonator, and tailpipe).   A number of FAQ'ers have helped me tremendously with the project and parts hunt thus far, including Ray, Slavs, Conserv, bimbill, Mark92131, halboyles, jgerock, zinz, Oldtimerfahrer, Tsingtao_1903, and others. I know I've left some out, apologies. Way out here in the Pacific Ocean, this project would not be possible for me without the help of folks at BMW 2002 FAQ.   I've got a great mechanic (in his 70's) who is also a dear friend, but this fellow does not use the Internet! He's got a wonderful, one bay shop at his home in Puna, Hawaii. One of the pictures below shows a black Sunbeam in his shop, so you can get a flavor for the place. One of my challenges is to get him all the latest information from you all, and thus translate that guidance to the end of his ancient tools! He does have lots of experience with a variety of BMW variants from back in the day.  I'll be posting pictures of the progress of the car in this shop, as time goes on. My intention is to keep this blog going with timely posts, until the car is completed.   This is my first blog of any kind, so your patience is appreciated. What I am hoping for is lots of feedback and advice on this upcoming project: to create a 1600ti tribute car from my current 1968 1600-2. Many of you have already helped, and I apologize if any of the pictures or information are repetitions from previous forum posts. Most importantly, I've only been gathering parts thus far, so I'm hoping you all can guide me and my mechanic along so as to avoid unnecessary mistakes, and otherwise do the work in the most trouble-free fashion possible. I am reminded of the old saying "Perfect is the enemy of the possible"--this car will never be a perfect representation of an original 1600ti, but I intend to do what is possible given the current platform, and what is practical to do out here in the Hawaiian Islands.   Thanks for following along and participating in this adventure! Robert    PS. I've explained to my wife what I am doing, and she seems interested. That said, I've captured an image of the dog's face after carefully explaining the project to him. Milo is most definitely not interested, and won't be until maybe it's time to go for a fast, air conditioned ride! RPS            

BritshIron

BritshIron