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Watch me chop up a '67.

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‘67 1600-2 Build

Most of the car is in epoxy now and I’m just trying to get the panels as straight as possible within my skill set. I had a huge (3/4”) panel gap between the right front fender and the door. My solution was to add some length to the fender with some fiberglass. I had no issues with the drivers side.    How she sits now.  No before photo of gap but here is the fiberglass extension.    Gap closed. The guide coat makes it look larger at the bottom.    A couple wee

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The Last of Rust

I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel on my rust repair journey. Over the week I replaced the lower driver’s side rear 1/4 window sill with new metal. I used a technique coined by YouTuber, Fitzee called butt & cut. Some of y’all have probably seen his videos.  All that’s left to do is epoxy the exposed metal and then flip my car around so I can begin installing the passenger side flares.    Original metal with lots of pitted rust and pinholes. 🤮  

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Flares continued

I had plenty of time to work on the 1600 over spring break. Honestly, I thought I’d get more done, but making sure the flares blended nicely with minimal body filler took time and effort.  Below is a rear IE flare blended and painted with a high build urethane primer. I left the edges unpainted for now. There’s a couple spots where I cut through the epoxy primer surface and I want to repaint those areas with more epoxy.      I still have some fine tuning to do on the fro

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Two Steps Back

Welp, in my last post I was pretty excited about grafting my original front fender with replacement metal from a W&N fender. For a month I worked on the driver/front fender whenever I had spare time (about 12 hours total) only to realize that the top horizontal edge began to angle downward as you moved from the door to the turn signal. A big bummer.    Not dwelling on the mishap I immediately bought another fender from W&N and had it on my doorstep in four days.    After wa

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More Hot Glue

I'm still plugging away at the '67 1600.    I didn't like the fitment of the front pig cheek fenders, so I decided to blend them into the metal front fenders. Unfortunately, my original fenders were rotted around the turn signal housing and rocker panel. The W&N replacement fender was ok, but did not fit as nicely as the OG. Then I had the genius idea of using the W&N fender as a donor to bring the original up to snuff.   I am a real amateur at welding and body work,

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Vintage Weekend at Home

I couldn't make it to Vintage this year.  I really miss going, so to beat the blues I decided to do some 02 related work on Saturday.   The '67 was missing a large portion of the rear bulkhead. I guess the original owner wanted more room for hauling things, or maybe he wanted to lighten up the chassis! ?   I find the technique YouTuber Fitzee demonstrates on his channel works very well. In his video he uses an angle grinder with a cutting disc; however, I'm not as experienced

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History of 1529238 as I know it.

First things first. The basics from BMW Group.    The BMW 1602 VIN 1529238 was manufactured on June 19th, 1967 and delivered on June 29th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Polaris metallic, paint code 060.   About a year and a half of being under my ownership (4th owner) I was checking out the FB 02 group page, and noticed a post inquiring about the owner of 1529238.   I thought to myself, “That VIN sounds familiar

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The bodywork continues…

It’s been awhile since my last update, but I’ve been chipping away at my ‘67.   I decided repairing my original nose was beyond my skill set, so I picked up a replacement from MVP. I’m very happy with the fit and quality. There is a serial number stamped on my original nose that I plan to cut out and weld onto the repro. Other than that, I’ll keep it moving.      Next on my punch list was to repair the rear 1/4 window sills. Both sides are pretty rusty with heavy pitt

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'67 1600-2

Thought I'd update my blog with some progress. This is a culmination of several months of rust repair.   A little inner rocker repair action. I didn't take any after pictures, but I killed it. Slathered Por-15 everywhere when all was said and done.   Heres the drivers side. I cut out all the rust, welded in new metal, and treated with Por-15. I was in no way concerned about making the outer panel look perfect. This area is getting covered by pig cheeks anyways. My main g

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Intro to my 67 project

Back in January 2019 I picked up a '67 1600-2. I've always preferred the early cars so despite some of the rust issues I picked it up. I've welded (flux) before, but I wanted to get better, so I told myself, "F*** it, let's buy a C25 bottle and get good at grinding."  ?   First order of business was to contact the BMW group archive. "The BMW 1602 VIN 1529238 was manufactured on June 19th, 1967 and delivered on June 29th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New Yo

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