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The road to on the road after 18 years rest...

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Suspension Upgrade - Extraction And Clean Up

Now that the car is running quite well, I need to make the car safe to drive. And to be more fun. The brakes need complete overhauling as does the suspension front and rear. New bushings everywhere, and typical part replacement, and upgraded shocks, springs, and larger sway bars are the plan. The rear teardown. I decided to do the rear end first. Seems a bit easier than the front and I didn't want to take on too much at one time. I haven't done this much work on a car since high school in 1970

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Waiting For Parts - Undercarriage, Trunk, And Parts Prep...

As I'm waiting for suspension parts to arrive, some from Germany, I am prepping undercarriage, trunk, and parts ready for reassembly. I decided to apply two coats of paintable, rubberized undercoating under car and in wheel wells (only 1 coat in photos below). I used seam sealer first to seal all areas in need. I plan to paint the underneath with Sahara car color. The trunk was in decent shape and I spend some good time cleaning it out with degreaser, and hot soapy water. I treated the areas of

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The Find...

First blog... just keeping a log of what I am doing with my new acquisition. These entries seem to list with newest entries on top... A little about me... Beginner mechanic - 45 years. Mostly worked on my first car, '61 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite, from 1969-1972. Engine replacement, bodywork, paint, etc. Lasted all through high school. Worked on a variety of cars ever since. New to BMW 2002's! This is biggest project ever... A little about my find... Just internet surfing as usual looking a

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Finally Starting To Put Rear End All Back Together...

After a long break not making progress because I was very hesitant to get the underside and truck area primed and painted, I finally got it done. Weather conditions have been very windy but I just picked a day and did it. Not the best job but certainly a lot better than it was. A couple shots of newly painted areas... And now after installing the rear end I realized that one of the control arm holes in the rear end bracket is elongated! How serious is this and what to do about it? I assume we

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Getting It Running...

Got the car to the back yard where it will rest for awhile... First thing I needed was a battery. My car is 6V but they had one down at O'Reillys. I pulled spark plugs... looked decent. Checked points... A little pitting but not bad. Wires were, well, over 18 years old. Ordered all tune up parts. They sent me 12V coil and points were wrong. Turned the car over by hand and it turned quite easy. Changed the oil... Figured I could try turning it over with the battery. Turned over fine b

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