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  2. Dennosaurus

    Weber dcoe 40s

    Oh trust me I’ll be there
  3. joebarthlow

    Vintage Blaupunkt Radio Wiring Diagram

    rookie question, where do I connect the other end of the positive to? Recommended wire/connector? thanks
  4. 02tradition

    So...This Happened

    Been bouncing around the idea in my head for a while and I finally pulled the trigger. I figured it's easier now than later when the car is all put together. I wanted the cooling system plumbing to match the fuel, oil and differential oil plumbing so I converted everything over to AN -20. Super easy to do but it set me back about $600. I'll be using an in-line radiator filler from Summit (not yet arrived). Got the bars bent for the main hoop on the roll cage and for the front radiator/hood support. The front support is bolt on and removable, if need be, in the future. The lower radiator support is a welded in bar between the frame rails. The radiator sits at a slight angle so there should be plenty of room between it and the motor, not to mention I wont be running a fan, cap and rotor, etc. Which also makes the plumbing of the cooling system much more simple as well. @AceAndrew your website mentions a bare bones M20 swap. Is that me? Wasn't sure because I wouldn't consider this an M2002 but this car is definitely bare bones. Slowly but surely....
  5. Yesterday
  6. JeffM

    1st Place! BMW CCA Day @ Larz Anderson

    Wow - congratulations to both of you! Beautiful cars.
  7. Last week
  8. Dennosaurus

    Suspension & Brakes

    I pulled the front and rear subframes, welded on reinforcement plates and adjustable rear camber and toe kit. Powder coated both subframes, put poly-urethane subframe mounts and bushings everywhere besides the motor mounts to avoid unwanted vibrations in the car. Ground control coil over kit in front and adjustable spring mount in rear paired with bilstein sports. “Big brake” 320i vented front discs with with Volvo girling calipers and rear 250mm 320i drums for ample stopping power. Stainless brake lines and Adams Autosport cunifer hardlines. All hidden behind a set of BBS rs001s freshly powder coated and polished. Stock engine other than a set of IE street headers and stainless exhaust. But that’s next on the list....
  9. kko110

    The Build Rules

    you should check out elan motorsports build on facebook in new zealand for a crazy E21 build
  10. 2002VT

    Wing work (part 2)

    Thank you for the part numbers. I did check around. Blunt had the right side - but the left I didn’t find anywhere. I’m sure someone has one with dust on it at some random parts bin. Im dropping off the fenders so they can mount them correctly and fab up the left side. 🙂 joah
  11. grizzlebar

    Delays and underways

    Not much of an update. Ship schedule is still nuts (I’ll be out to sea for 6 of the next 8 weeks), but we did finally get the new house set up. Got the garage cleared out to the point where I could get the car out of the storage unit. Its nice to have her home.
  12. Tsingtao_1903


    I made a 3D model of the '02 badge. I think they can claim IP for the font/design. At any rate, I have no intention to go up against a bunch of IP lawyers.
  13. Tsingtao_1903

    3D printed bits

    I made a horn pad for my Petri wheel some time ago. Did not have the means to make the hardware bits to fasten it to the wheel. Finally have the tools and the means to do so thanks to my CL purchased 3D printer and Solidworks. I am still an absolute novice with these two tools. But, it's amazing what YouTube, sheer stubborness and hours of trials and errors will do... The grey bits are threaded inserts for the pad. The white screws were printed from flexible plastic.
  14. I am starting this blog late into the project but I hope you enjoy! In December of 2016, a little over a year and a half ago now I bought my first BMW. It is a 1973 2002 base model which is a good starting project in my opinion. My whole goal was to get a 2002 that I can tinker on and basically customize the way I want it.The plan was get a car that I could do most of the work on myself and use it as a learning experience, as well as having something that is rewarding and fun to drive. Over the past couple years I have learned so much and I am hoping to have the car running and on the road for summer of of 2019. December 21st, 2016: With help from a few friends we picked up the car took it home on a trailer. The car was rusty, full of dirt and other crap, mice had gotten into the headliner, the fenders, rockers, and a-pillars were rotten along with the trunk and some other common spots... basically the car was not worth salvaging but that didn't stop me. These are just a few pictures of the car when I picked it up and some pictures of what things are starting to look like all taken apart and cleaned up. There will be more to come in other blogs!
  15. AndySals

    Andy Salisbury's 02

    Over the last few months I've been trying to get the whole thing ready for my painter. He's not the type of guy who likes to be pestered, so I'm waiting for a call from him any day to let me know that my car can go in. I've also spent time sorting the door gaps out. He'll bond the arches and blend them into the body. Then he'll prep and paint as much as he can see. I just need to remove the glass now. Photos don't show it but all the chrome and exterior trim is now off.
  16. scatman75

    New Shoes

    Thank you I agree, original equipment is the way to go!
  17. benzintinte

    Conversion to VW Disk Brakes

    I'm using this write up for my own disc conversion, but wanted to add some information in case it helps anyone else. I'm also using Mk4 calipers in the rear, and pulled them from a junkyard. I went to get them powder coated, and the VW forums would have you believe that you cannot rebuild these calipers. This is simply not the case, as reman units exist. If you're looking to do powdercoating, or just do a complete rebuild of these calipers, you need the Centric rebuild kit. It is made by Centric, and is PN: 143.33037. This includes all the seals, and clips needed to rebuild the caliper. I found this on eBay, do not buy it from ECS Tuning. You can find a write up on how to do the rebuild here. It's a little more involved, but you can save a little bit over reman units, or get them powdercoated whatever color you want. Hope this helps someone, this was information that took a little bit to put together!
  18. benzintinte

    Small Updates

    I mostly wait to post with big updates. Which is fine, but means I don't have much to say for long periods of time. I'm never in a hurry, I like to take my time with this car and really think before I do things. But it's also frustrating to make so little progress in such a long period of time too. I've been fighting sourcing parts, breaking things and the Arizona heat lately. I thought I'd share a recent hiccup, a part I'm very excited about picking up, and the start of the brake rebuild. This probably isn't the most interesting update in the world, but it's all part of the process. The other evening, I was driving the 2002 home, went to turn into my neighborhood and heard a massive thunk before losing all connection to the rear wheels. I coasted to the side of the road, and just knew that I ruined my diff. Fortunately I was wrong, and had just broken the axle to diff bolts clean off. A friend came to my rescue, and we were able to thread back in a couple bolts and I could limp it 300 yards back to my house. Only photo I have from that evening. Sure enough, I snapped some bolts. The rest backed out, stressing the remaining two that snapped. These were an absolute bitch to get out. As it turns out, these bolts have previously been replaced, and were far too short for the output flange. There was also 0 sign of loctite, so they just backed out over time. The chunks I removed from the diff shows you all of the thread that could go in, with nearly twice that much room available. I put in new, longer bolts, and it seems to be fine now. But I have to go in and replace the other side this weekend, just to make sure this doesn't happen again. I also threw some blue loctite in there for good measure. I also picked up a part that I honestly never thought I'd be able to source for the car. I purchased a set of original Auto-Plas louvers on Instagram of all places. They arrived safe and sound, but had no mounting hardware, and were obviously very orange. Yes, I am going to restore them and paint them black. What you see below are just some mock ups. It's a hideous color, but you can't be picky when trying to buy out of production, obscure parts. Yes I'm going to paint them black. I promise they won't stay orange, this is only a mock up. I also happened to find a company that is reproducing the Auto-Plas mounting hardware, so I put in an order. It should be here by the end of the month, so I'll get cracking on repainting the louvers black. I realize the look isn't to everyone's taste, but it's something I have had in mind since I bought the car. So I'm pretty excited to have these in. And I'll be more excited when they aren't orange anymore. Finally, I started preparing for the big brake swap. You'll note in a previous post that I wasn't about to put crusty junkyard parts on my car. The Volvo calipers were disgusting, and the Mk4 calipers weren't far behind. So I sourced some rebuild kits, blew everything apart and sent it all off for powder coat. For the Mk4 calipers, I took them to a friend to have them shaved down. If you are running 14 inch wheels on a 2002, you may run into clearance issues in the rear. Even though I currently have 15s, I have tentative plans to swap to 14s, if I can find a very specific set of wheels I've been dreaming about lately. So I took them to a friend's shop and had him sand down the rear section. Is it over kill? Yes absolutely. Will it look great? I'm sure, if you could really see them behind the RSs, it'd be fire. But I rather have fresh, new parts on the car. Might as well do things right. Start of the Volvo tear down. Seals were blown, caliper puked water out everywhere. Photo credit: @dauerhaftfab Photo credit: @dauerhaftfab It isn't much, but should be just enough to clear future 14 inch wheels. Side note, if you are a 2002 owner and looking to put together your own rear disc brake conversion, you'll likely end up getting Mk4 rear calipers. They're aluminum, easy to source, and bolt up to the Mk3 caliper carrier brackets that you need for the conversion plates. All the VW forums will swear up and down that you cannot get them powder coated because they are not rebuildable. This made no sense to me, reman units exist so obviously they have to rebuild them somehow. So I started digging into the issue and found the solution below. Most rebuild kits for Mk4 VW Jetta rear calipers are listed as only including the piston seals, and dust boots. However Centric makes a full rebuild kit, which includes all the rear seals and clips. It is PN: 143.33037. You can find it on eBay, I'd advise not buying it from ECS as they're horrific to deal with. Then just follow this write up. It's a pain in the ass for sure, and if you don't really want to go to the effort of powder coating your calipers, you are far better off just purchasing a reman unit and slapping it on. However I wanted everything to match front and back, so this is where I find myself. I'm surprised this information isn't easier to find honestly. So now I'm waiting for my stuff to come back from powdercoating. This weekend I'll be addressing a few more small issues on the car, cleaning some hardware, and start prepping for my big road trip to Big SoCal Euro. If anyone else is planning on being there, I'd love to meet up at the show!
  19. benzintinte

    Dream Wheels, on the Dream Car

    No problem! It's tough to say really, there is some room left in the rear, but once you go with an 8 inch wheel the only real way to fit it is to go with an aggressive stretch on your tire. With these specific faces, they are et25 at 7 inches width (1 inch lip, 5.5 inch barrel), and et12 at 8 inches (2 inch lip, 5.5 inch barrel). At that point you're about flush, if not poking slightly, with the fender. If you're going for a more stance oriented build, I know you could certainly accomplish this. I have seen a few 2002s with 8s in the rear. However it requires a lot of massaging, and a stretched tire. If you want, I can take better photos of how the 15x7 with a 195/50 tires to show you how much room is left now.
  20. vacca rabite

    A quickie update

    Its only been a solid year since i have updated this blog. Bad Zach, no cookie for you! Over the past year I have: Bought a rusty parts car to harvest parts for my slightly less rusty car. Bought all the stuff required to redo the trunk metal floors. Cut out and welded up a LOT of rust all over the car. Cut out all the rotten trunk metal, and making my plan for welding in the good stuff. Redid my engine mounts, and a bunch of other smaller jobs around the engine bay. Got new tires put on an mounted. At this point there are basically three issue spots that remain. Both rockers still need love. The drivers side rocker is cleaned out, and still needs to be welded up. The pass side rocker is in much better shape, but still needs rot cut out. The trunk. I've cut out 90% of the rust out of the trunk. The trunk floor kit I have is modular, its not the big single stamped piece. Which is nice as its going to let me do this in stages. I want to finish up the trunk before I finish the rockers. My thinking here is that when the trunk is done, I can put back in the gas tank that I sealed 2 years ago, run fuel lines and START THE CAR. This will be a big moral victory, as it means no more pushing the car around when I want to work on it. I can just drive that bitch! I also toyed with the idea of buying a rolling shell in good shape and moving all the parts I have over. Saving me the joy of a lot more welding. This idea nearly came to fruition a week ago, when I came across an estate auction for a guy nearish to me that built 2002s. "Well hey there" I thought to myself. Up for auction were two rolling shells, both of which had the rust work done, one of which was painted and the other wasn't. I decided I would make a go for the unpainted body. As it was still more or less bare metal, and had no title I was hoping that I could pick it up for a few grand. I was wrong. The painted body sold for $14K. Absolutely stupid money for a car that had brand new paint already failing in places. The untitled, unpainted body sold for $4K. I was in the auction until $3K but was not going to go any higher then that. The guy that wont the auction was the guy that was bidding (but ultimately lost the auction for) the painted body. He had cash and was determined to come home with a car. IMO, this is crazy money. This is "buy a nice running and driving car" money for a car that had mediocre paint at best. The rolling shell was also somewhat crazy IMO. I guess you can chalk it up to "east coast premium," but again it was approaching driver car money for a shell that still needed several grand worth of work before it was actually a car again. The whole thing left me feeling pretty good about my little green 2002 that I paid 2002 for in June of 2016. I've been keeping track of my costs, and I'm going to be way under 4K once my rust remediation is complete - and my car has a clean title. Cheers all! Zach
  21. Lost&FoundDept


    Thanks cwlo! No, The floor mats are coco mats. really like them. They send a pdf of the patterns before you commit. I printed them out full size and tested them and they were a bit too tall I thought in the fronts and the driver mat was going to stick up under the clutch as well so I adjusted their patterns and sent back to them and they made them from my revised.
  22. Earlier
  23. BK02M5

    Retrofitting an Electronic Flasher Relay

    Thanks from one more person. After switching to LEDs, this was just the trick to get the dash light working again.
  24. adawil2002

    VSR Update 8/3/18

    Long story very short. Rebuilding differential, has a bad pinion bearing. No pictures.
  25. tii1on

    Hillsborough Concours ! - July 15, 2018

    Well dang, was there and so sorry I missed you. Cars looked fabulous. Next year...
  26. Mark Twain was right when he wrote, ‘coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco’ ... 🌬
  27. 02princessLisa

    Sammy Hagar! - July 10, 2018

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes !! This 02 Community is so awesome! 🤗
  28. adawil2002

    PVGP 2002 Parade Lap

    Very cool, that was a lot of fun!
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