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SAVE THE BAUR - 2 The Failed Restoration


JuanCa

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Many of you already know how this is... As soon as the car entered the workshop it was completely disassembled.

 

But restoring a car is much more than restoring a car!

 

Restoring a car takes more time, dedication and work than the one you can appreciated on a body, an engine or an interior. Many may think that taking an inventory of car parts is a waste of time, but in reality it is a very important task that helps determine which parts to buy, which to fix, etc.

 

The ex-employee thought about doing a good job, but as quickly as possible, so the parts that were being removed from the car were not cataloged, or stored correctly. The whole process was quick, but messy, not very methodical and not very intelligent. After a while, the ex-employee understood that a restoration work would take more time than he had imagined, and the work stopped progressing, the time that was devoted to carrying out the restoration was less and less, until finally work was completely stopped.

 

The car was left abandoned in a corner of the workshop, it began to be used as a work table or even to store parts of other cars.

 

After a long time of arguing with the ex-employee, my cousin decided to take the car to another garage, where the situation was even worse!

 

Some pictures of the car in the second garage:

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What seemed to stall the restoration at the 2nd shop? There are other cars in the pictures, did those restorations stop as well?

I'm enjoying the pictures because I am presently restoring 2 1974 Baur's. One is a RHD and the other is LHD. Looks like you are converting from square tail lights to round.

Very much enjoying your post and wish I could get my hands on a windshield and rear quarter panels!

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On 11/17/2021 at 3:33 PM, Patrick1974 said:

What seemed to stall the restoration at the 2nd shop? There are other cars in the pictures, did those restorations stop as well?

I'm enjoying the pictures because I am presently restoring 2 1974 Baur's. One is a RHD and the other is LHD. Looks like you are converting from square tail lights to round.

Very much enjoying your post and wish I could get my hands on a windshield and rear quarter panels!

 

The story in the second workshop was complicated and even more difficult. A friend told us that a man with a lot of experience in restoring classic cars had just opened his own workshop. I went to see the workshop and the man, who showed me the jobs he had done in the past, while working as an employee in other workshops.

 

At that time I decided to take my 1974 Taiga green BMW 2002, and my cousin decided to take the 1972 Targa Baur to his workshop. We were his second and third clients.

 

The first months the work progressed well, slow but very neat and high quality work. Then we began to notice that there were days when no one was working, not even the workshop was opened. Every day there were fewer people working in the workshop.

 

It turned out that the man is an irresponsible alcoholic, who drank all the money that came into the workshop, stopped paying his workers. His problem with drinking was so great that the man began to sell the parts of the cars that he was restoring in order to buy alcohol.

 

There are 2 things that are very sad in this story, the first is that these stories are very common in Colombian workshops; The second is that this man was really talented in his work, but his drinking problems did not let him progress.

 

Of the other cars in the photos, I understand that he only finished one. A BMW 323i E21. The rest were failed jobs, including my BMW 2002.

 

I´d love to see pictures of the 2 baur's you are working on.

 

Best regards,

 

JuanCa González

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