Lots of fun things have been happening on the car - here's a run down:
1) The interior's gone! I was able to sell the whole set to another forum member, who's restoring a 1600 with his sons. Happy to see it go to a good home.
Complete interior pulled and off to its new owners
Rather spacious in here...
Meanwhile, that financed a bucket seat (Corbeau FX1 Pro) and a DOT-legal Schroth race harness. I'm finishing up a rear seat delete, custom (and very economical) carpet set, and some home made ultralight door cards (shoutout to my amazing fiance who's helping me sew them). I'll write a more detailed entry just on the interior mods, but the big takeaway is: I managed to shave around 100lbs out of the car! Now we're feeling sporty...
New interior in progress
2) Front suspension overhaul: What was to be a "simple" one day bushing job turned into ball joints, radius rods, a sway bar upgrade, complicated by stuck bolts, rusty mating surfaces, companies sending me the wrong parts... five weeks later, the car was finally driving again :0. I learned a lot about patience on this job... Thanks to Bill Williams and the guys at Ireland Engineering for helping me get this put back together right!
Anyone seen my suspension?
Lower arms going back together
3) Fixed the odometer, follow this wise forum member's advice: http://www.bmw2002faq.com/_/technical-articles/body-and-interior/odometer-repair-r42
While I was in there I gave the whole instrument cluster a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. It's a bit easier on the eyes now.
Instrument cluster all fancied up
4) Fixed my driver's door lock so I can lock/unlock with the key again. Put in a new striker plate and adjusted it so the door will close all the way again. Also got the little plastic pieces ("acorns") so you don't have to slam the doors anymore, either. Doors. They're surprisingly complicated.
5) Replaced my junky plastic gas cap with a used original shiny metal one.
6) Repainted the front grill. Tried my hand at plasti dip... cue debate. I like the stuff, for now anyway. Zero commitment, minimal surface prep, and beautiful results (used it on the instrument cluster refresh too!)
More to come soon! Happy '02ing, everybody.