Gettin' er goin'
The Eurokracy car show takes place the week before the Canadian Formula 1, Grand Prix. Now that I have been invited/accepted in the show in shine, it was time to make sure my car was up for it, and the long drive.
I hadn’t yet started the car with the new Spanish DCOEs but with 10 days until the show I was feeling confident.
So here’s where the new trouble starts. Show (minus 2 weeks)
Documented in my “help” thread (starting on page 5) https://www.bmw2002faq.com/forums/topic/183166-help-getting-it-going-timing-weber-dcoe/?do=findComment&comment=1177820
I finally got the 123tune, Spanish DCOEs + new throttle linkage installed... Time to fire her up and drive off in to the sunset.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, I could not get the car to idle. After playing around with the carbs and turning the idle speed screw in a fair amount (up to 1,800rpm+), I was able to “idle.” Once the motor was running, so was the fuel, dripping out of stack #4. I assumed the leak was associated with the float level, which I reset that using the dipstick method. Still a fuel leak, I rechecked fuel pressure regulator setting, still had a leak.
After some investigation and the purchase of a VAC gauge (+ help from 02 folks), it turned out to be reversion and the fuel was actually being pushed out of stacks. I followed a lot advice from the thread to pinpoint the issue with no luck. Finally, 3 days before Eurokracy I gave up on my investigation. I decided to put the old Italian carbs in, I wanted to see if the problem still existed. It did not, no more fuel leak and motor idles at 900rpm.
So, if I wanted to make the drive to the show, I would have to keep these on and deal with the new carbs later.
Wednesday night (show minus 3 days), after fooling around with the idle mixture screw, I took the car for the first spin of 2017, it was also the first time I drove it with a heavy foot. I took the car up to 100kms (60mph) on the service road, it was fun and no issues. Finally, some good luck.
It didn’t make sense to me that swapping the settings from the old DCOEs to the new would give me this much trouble. I contacted redline, Bud Pauge has been helpful. He suggested a few things and recommended that I order the low speed idle kit. I ordered it and will get to this in the future when I have some free time… and after the show. If none of that works, he said I could ship the carbs to him for inspection.
On Thursday (show minus 2 days), I was riding high from my little drive, so I decided to purchase my Eurokracy show ticket (entering in the show and shine). The plan for Saturday was to leave Dorval, pick up Ernest in Laval, then Kosta in Blainville, then drive to Eurokracy in Mirabel. On Thursday I managed to install the seatbelts for the back “seat” of the car, and paint the wiper arms which hadn’t yet been installed.
Friday (show minus 1 day), in classic Ernest fashion, Ernest bailed on the show, meaning I wasted time installing the seatbelts for nothing. Never the less, I took the afternoon off to prep the car for the show.
I installed the IE strut brace.
Step one, wash it. I used the chemical guys snow canon with their honeydew soap.
I started with the mothers paint polish, while Kosta worked on detailing the interior. I went to soccer, had a few beers, came back to finish off the job with some mothers carnauba wax. I polished the wheel lips, and the steering wheel center. I dressed the tires with me meguiar’s high gloss endurance gel.
I installed a commemorative sticker I made to celebrate the 2002’s restauration.
It was almost 3am, so I went to bed.
Saturday morning (show day).
As I mentioned, I live in Dorval (Montreal), Kosta lives in Blainville and Eurokracy was in Mirabel.
I took off on highway 20 e and then highway 13 n, stopping at Ultramar on the 13 for some gas. When you’re doing 110km in this car it feels like you’re doing 140km.
Everything was going smoooooooooth until I got back on the highway from the gas station. The accelerator pedal popped off the nubs!! I managed to avoid pulling over and just used the pedal rod behind the pedal to continue the drive to Kosta’s. Once at Kosta’s I popped the pedal back on.
Next stop eurokracy!
We headed back to the highway for iCar, after another ~22kms we arrived at the eurokracy traffic jam.... waited an hour and 15 minutes to make it past the entrance and park in the show and shine section. The whole drive went smoother than I could have hoped.
Kosta suggested I lock the doors before leaving the car to chat with old friends. I locked the driver door, trunk and then the key got stuck in the fn’ passenger door. Something which had never happened before. After 20 minutes of trying different things, the key had, had enough and snapped. Luckily Ernest who was probably not going to come to the show, went to a spare at my place and showed up... AND TOTALLY REDEEMED HIMSELF!
Met some old friends and chatted with some good people. It’s a cool show, the setup, location and the crowd. The Eurokracy boys do a great job and help “put Montreal on the map,” we’re fortunate to have such an event. I got some free merch for being invited to the show and shine which was pretty cool and unexpected.
I had to take off at 3:15pm because of some family obligations (which I was late for, anyway).
Photo taken by Ernest who may have gotten a photo radar ticket on highway 15s.
Losers can be Winners!
The guest judge for 2017 was Ezekiel Wheeler (Contributing Editor, European Car Magazine). Apparently it was entirely up to him if my 2002 was worthy of a prize.
I couldn’t make it back for day 2 (Sunday), but I received a text from Rick informing me that I won “Best Euro,” which I assume is like a the best of the rest, like if you don’t win best of your category you have a chance going up against the other 2nd places. I picked-up the trophy from Rick... and paid him off .