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Well,  I drove around some pawn shops looking for a reciprocating saw/sawsall and found a Milwaukee brand for $60.  Is it just me or whenever I go to look for tools, I always find another interesting tool I don’t have (not that I have a buttload).  I got the saw to cut up a 74 BMW o2A.  I’m in California and the level of rust in OUR vehicles is very minimal and I wanted to save as many important pieces/panels of the car for the 02 community.  I have very limited space so.... if anyone is interested in buying some parts and/or body panels..... well,  now’s the time to speak up.  (Scratches his head and say, “Is anyone even reading this?......) Today’s date is November 4th 2019.  I’ll hold on to these materials until it gets in my way then I’ll have to cut the car up for scrap metal.  I do know that the automatic o2’s have a wider driveshaft tunnel ( to conv. 5sp) so I think this shell is of value to someone.  And the automatics are if not a desired model,  those of you who have them are probably starving for Xtra parts.  I have the tranny cooling system with the special RADIATOR that has a small core on the bottom with the nipple connections for the oil cooler.   I have an automatic center console and peddle box. The drive shaft for auto’s is shorter I believe.  Correct me if I’m wrong. For everyone else I have whole doors, window regulators, hatches, latches and handles.  Left and right fenders,  I cut the roof off...... IT HAS A SUNROOF!!!  Now that.... ANYONE CAN BUY.  REMEMBER GUYS.... Gotta make 

room for my Build!!!  Her name is Mai (pron. MY).  I’ll start posting pics of the build as soon as I figure out how to drop the photos in.

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Hi!! I’m TocaChakra and happy to be here....

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Hi,  My name is Toca.  Before I begin this blog,  I was testing the ease of use on this site.  First thing I notice is the program/site changes the position of the photo selected.... I haven’t entered the photo yet in “Submit Entry” but when I tried downloading the profile photo it juxtapposed my photo.... A little frustrating but I’ll figure it out.  If anyone can -PM- me some helpful tips;  that would be appreciated...  This way,  I can meet some of the more active members in this community.  Here’s to success!

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Today was filled with a lot of driving. ( I have a 89 Toyota SR5)  That Trk. was my first build.  No,  its not an 02 but it taught and prepared me for anything I may find an interest in rebuilding...... like, maybe a 74 non-Tii 2002.  I’ve had this 02 car for 37yrs.  I bought a parts car 10yrs ago and I’m just now taking IT apart.  I figure, like the truck it’ll teach me everything there is to know about 02’s. It’d be nice to connect with someone on this site but until then,  I’m gonna keep teaching myself and prepare myself for the  REAL BUILD.  Here are some shots of the parts car and what it looks like. 

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AND YES!!!!     ITS A SUNROOF MODEL!!!!  I ALREADY CUT THE PILLARS but there are still a lot of parts I cleaned and/or  restored.

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I took the cover off a 2002 I’ve had for 37yrs.  I’m in Calif. so I just wanted to see how much rust has accumulated.  Just as I thought......... WHAT RUST?  Just dirt.... I’m laughing my ass off!!!

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While dissassembling the sunroof I learned that the cable tracks were siezed with rust so I devised a tubular beeker to soak all the rusted parts too long to fit in a tub or jar.  I’m using white vinegar to break up loose and surface rust.  This method works very well and doesn’t seem to corrode the zinc.  What you end up with is a very clean-up-able part that you can almost just rinse off.  I have both tracks and cable soaking at the moment but I’m certain even the small complicated moving parts will come clean as a whistle!!!

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I’ll have to post photo’s (now that I know how) of Before and After shots of these parts I’m restoring.  Problem is,  at first I couldn’t figure out the FAQ site and in the meanwhile; for the last month (October) I’ve been dimantling, restoring and teaching myself about each part I remove while taking the parts car to bits. 

    I reassembled my heater core box.  I reassembled the heater valve with all new parts, polished the brass, sprayed clear on the brass,  utilized a chrome spray can lid and created a protectant shield over the motor,  screened off the areas that so leaves don’t get to the EXPENSIVE LITTLE MOTOR and under coated/ protected the box itself.  Can’t wait to get to that point in the actual build where I’ll just have to reach up on the counter to pull parts (shiny parts!!).  It’s a lot of work but I consider it lessons learned work and good prep.  AND PREP IS THE KEY (considering I’m a F-tarded Newbie).

 

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This is how clean rusted and caked on dirt comes off with just pure white Vinegar.  This door mech. (Not 02) was obviously deep in the bowls of the door;  being exposed to dust, dirt and with the dirt...came rust.  I will begin taking photos of parts before they’re cleaned. Unfortunately,  I’ve been breaking this parts car to bits for a month  (OCT 2019). Parts have been removed and cleaned so I don’t have too much more to use as examples cuz they’re all clean.  BTW- I soak them for about a day and a half.

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There must not be too many in need of these parts I have available... I have to balance my time between taking apart a parts car to teach myself ( that really means- make mistakes on my own) everything I can about this car while gathering information from the internet and STARTING my build.  I’m about to invest in a really nice 4point lift system that will allow me the ability to suspend the car to about 20 inches off the deck and still allow for removal of the F&R suspensions and even give me enough clearance to remove the engine and trans simultaneously (I think).  I won’t really know the answer to that question until I JUST DO IT or get input from some of you folks on the site.   This is the lift system: 

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Its called the Quick Jack.  If anyone is reading these entries and uses this same lift system,  if you could please add your input on the worthiness of this lift I’d sure appreciate it.  

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