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• More BMW 1600ti Parts Arrive-Car Off To The Shop!



Most of the parts have been gathered for the project (or at least a critical mass), and yesterday the car was off to the shop. My mechanic is about a 45 minute drive one-way from our home, and with no one to help with the shuttle, I loaded the car on my trailer for delivery. (Photo 1 below). 


Upon arrival at Richard Rushton's shop in Puna, Hawaii, I am reminded of why this fellow is popular among Big Island vintage sports car enthusiasts. My car got put in a side garage, because his main work area was taken by a beautiful, Meissen Blue Porsche 356 "C" coupe, in for regular maintenance. The car belongs to a friend of mine, came from the Willhoit  stables in California, and is stunning (see Photo 2 below).


While swapping cars around, Richard showed me his retro-mod Austin-Healey Frog Eyed Sprite. It looks tame enough, until you tilt the bonnet. The motor is from a 1977 320i, with engine mounts, oil pan, pump, and oil pick-up from a 2002 320i. Twin Weber 32/36 progressive downdrafts provide the atomized gas. The motor has a Delta camshaft, and BMW performance exhaust system. The brake booster set-up is Fiat. The transmission is a five speed from a 1981 320i, and the car has a 3.64 differential. First gear winds to 40 mph, 2nd gear 70 mph, 3rd gear 90 mph, 4th gear buries the speedometer at 120 mph, and Richard says fifth gear is too fast for driving! (see photos 3, 4, 5, and 6 below)


New parts for the 1600ti vary from used OEM to what is available. Conner Elkington at Vintage Autobahn came through with the proper, angled velocity stacks for the Solex PHH 40's. While realoem.com does give part numbers for these stacks, I found (as did jgerock) that the numbers are not embossed on the stacks, only "L" and "R" on each part. Photo 7 shows a picture of the new (old) stacks. Thanks to all for helping with the search. Conner got these stacks from a set of carburetors that were on a 1600ti at some time, but I suspect the trumpets are the same for 1600ti and 2002ti.


Rocky Srl, the eBay Solex parts seller in Italy (eBay user name alfa 1750) came through in top form with all the carburetor parts I ordered. The plan is to convert a set of Solex PHH 40's, now set up for a 2002ti, into all the proper jetting, venturi, and rebuild requirements for this 1600ti application. I got two complete rebuild kits, plus main jets 120, pilot jets 50, idling air jets 100, and 30 mm venturis. The service was fast from Italy, and order complete. I'll post later as to how these parts actually work out in my carburetors! (See photo 8, below).


Tsingtao_1903 helped me tremendously in locating two, rare items for this project. He found me a Kienzle "look alike" clock for the dash, and repaired/wired/bench tested for installation. He also sold me an original steering wheel from a period BMW TI or GT.  See photos 9, 10, and 11 below.


A complete set of 1600 engine gaskets came from Walloth & Nesch in Germany (photo 12) and Steve at Blunttech Industries supplied new rubber bushings for the front suspension, and new tie rods. (see photos 13 and 14). 


Last but certainly not least, among all helping me, Slavs is my rock! He's an unbelievable source of information on these early 1600 cars, and is helping me with OEM front and rear sway bars, and a variety of other parts and wonderful advice. Not sure I'd be doing this project without him. Thanks, Slavs!


All for now, and please enjoy the photographs. Aloha, Robert (Mahalo to you too, Ray_)!



















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Lovely project. Glad I was able to contribute a tiny bit.


Your Bristish root is showing.  Frogeye Sprite in the UK, Bugeye Sprite in the US.  ;D


Best regards,




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Thanks, Trieu. In Hawaii there are plenty of frogs and bugs. We once owned a 1960 Sprite, and my wife insisted on “Frog Eye.”  That’s when you say, “Yes, honey!”


Thank you for all of your help— in BIG ways! Aloha, Robert 

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Robert, are you going to put a hole in that custom dash for the clock, or find a 'correct' dash and put a hole in it? How far are you willing to go?!

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Michael, as you know, every one of these old dash boards has a hole(s) for the clock mount and power cord, whether the clock was supplied with the car or not. So, yes, I'm going to take advantage of the existing hole in the dash, and the dash upholstery will simply have to survive whatever holes it takes to properly mount the clock in the correct spot.


Now, that's sort of big talk, since I have not yet seen the mounting hole in the dash! But, we'll be moving the A/C evaporator (center stack) next week, so we'll be able to see what's up with the dash board at that time. Anyone who has a photo of the clock mount hole-in-the-dash, please post!


You know the drill. Old cars, you never really know until you're there, but that's the plan! 


Aloha, Robert

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That's so cute, Robert -- thinking you will be able to see the perforations for the clock cutout at the rear of the dash! :D    Have a look here, though!   


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Thanks, Ray. Yeah, with the A/C stack moved, we had hoped to be able to see the cut-out, but reading Zinz it seems "feel" the clock blanking plate may be the right sense to use! Thanks very much for this link--it's exactly what I was looking for. My questions are not meant to be "cute" but are certainly naive at times. With the humility of a newbie, Aloha, Robert

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