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A poor man's restoration: Entry 1


IMG_1002-copy.jpgEver since I was a kid, I've always wanted to own a classic car.  I just never had enough money to buy one.  I always thought I would get a muscle car because my dad was always working on restoring his AMX when I was a kid.  I always liked the 2002's but It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized I wanted to restore a classic bimmer.  While my dad was a muscle car guy, he also owned a number of bmw's through the 80's and 90's like a 320i, and a 528i.  I learned to drive stick in the 528i in the early 2000's and while I hated the look of it when I was a teenager with it's faded rust colored paint, it was the funnest car I've ever driven.


IMG_2077-copy.jpgIMG_21112.jpgI had been looking for a 2002 for quite some time here in AZ but it was slim pickings,  lots of deals fell through.  My dad calls me one day from New Mexico and says he found a 2002 in the back of a guys shop.  He said it needs a lot of work and it doesn't run but its complete and cheap.  I bought the 1976 2002 for $700. The body looked solid but as I tore it apart, I found a lot of rust and a lot of bondo.  Everything rubber needs to be replaced.  This is a big task and I'm working on a graphic designers budget.  I've had the car for 6 months now and have fixed a whole lot of things on my own with very little experience and help from my dad over the phone and the bmw2002faq community.   I hope to write some more blogs about my experience restoring my car on a budget.  Here's a few pics of the car and some old school pics of the cars my family owned in the 80's.  Oh yeah,  And the reason I call the car Rusty Bob is because I love Bob Marley and know that he owned a 2002 and that was another reason I decided to get a 2002.  Cheers. 


Work completed:

Got it running

Welded new floorboards

fixed wiring issues

New shocks and springs

Rebuilt shifter

Rebuilt carb

New plugs

New battery and cables

Fixed gauge cluster

New wheels and tires

Pulled emissions wires

New pedal box

New clutch MC





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