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This is a build blog covering the resto-mod my Wife and I are doing to her 1976 2002. We named Betty after her mother who passed away this year. So this one's for a tough gal who's been there for you through good times and bad and had seen a lot and always came through for everyone when they needed her most. Just like we hope this car will be for us.

 

In this blog I'll document what we've done so far, where we're at today and where we're going. It's been a good ride up to this point. A lot of people on the FAQ have helped whether you know it or not. This community of like minded people is great and hopefully, with this blog, I can contribute back a little of what we've learned. Maybe also learn many more things as we go! 

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And the waiting has begun

And the waiting has begun

Or what do you do while you wait?   The body is at the painter for some light body work and paint. I expect it to be there for a couple months. Maybe more. I did tell them that I wasn't in a hurry. Mainly because I haven't figured out where I'll put it once it's done or where I'll reassemble Betty. Garage space being what it is right now.   So, I have time on my hands in regards to working on the car. So, what do I do? Well, I have several parts that still need rest

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

Moving is not easy

Moving is not easy

A few months ago Jo and I decided that we'd like to sell our house of 21 years and buy another in town that would be our forever home. In 21 years, you collect a lot of stuff. Too much stuff as it would turn out. Since we hadn't done it in a very long time, I'd forgotten just how big a pain in the rear moving is. So, on top of all of our house stuff, I had 3 cars to move. One of which, Betty, was in parts all over the garage. Most of it was already in boxes, bagged and tagged. But a lo

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

The one constant

The one constant

My Wife and I bought a new house. We close on it tomorrow and start moving on Wednesday. Before we bought I had a scare and I almost made a bad decision. That was to part out my project and let Betty go.   A lot of people on this site were very nice and offered good prices for the parts that I had posted for sale. And they were even nicer when I came to my senses and retracted my ad. Everyone was very understanding.   Jo and I would figure out how to make this work.

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

In for a penny

In for a penny

The whole tear down of Betty took the better part of 3 months. This included full cataloging, labeling, boxing and storage of the parts.  While we were doing this many decision points were reached and made.  I'd only ever restored one other car before this. That was Ringo our '67 Beetle. And that was just a partial restoration.  I rebuilt that motor myself and the entire interior. We did not do paint because we wanted to keep that sweet sweet patina.    For Betty though,

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

Not starting? Rut Row

Not starting? Rut Row

We'd had Betty for about half a year when I started noticing she was down on power. Was having trouble starting up in the morning and gasped a bit when pushed. Just like me!   But one morning in the fall Jo said she went to start her up, it cranked, started then stopped. I went out to try my hand at starting, because I think I can turn a key better than anyone.  Sure enough, it wouldn't start. Cranked but no start.   After a quick check to make sure we're getting fu

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

 

What's in a name?

Soon after getting the 2002 home from Seattle the usual question came up about what name we should give it. Our '67 Beetle which all of my girls learned how to drive stick was named Ringo. The Beetle. My '89 911 C4 is named Heidi. German high maintenance super model.  Every cool car we've had gets a good name. So, what would be appropriate for a tough old car that's been through a lot but is still great looking and dependable? My Wife Jo, said Betty. That's her Mothers name. A ver

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

10/19/2019 a recap of where we've been

10/19/2019 a recap of where we've been

As the crew from Car Additions loaded up Betty onto their trailer to haul her to the shop for body work and paint, I paused to think back on all of the work JoAnna and I have done to get here. It's been a slower path than I had planned, but life, as we all know, happens.    We bought a 1976 BMW 2002 from a couple in Seattle after seeing an ad in Craigslist. I flew over from Spokane, took an Uber to their address and inspected the car. I was parked on the street and looked pretty good.

JerryB2002

JerryB2002

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