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  2. Ken

    Back at it.

    Thanks Andrew, I also am curious how the heater hoses will layout. Your brake lines worked out great, fantastic product. It is amazing how many venders it takes to get a project like this to completion. I have been keeping a spread sheet on this build, it is both informative and scary.
  3. Last week
  4. That took a bit of effort to post. And it is hugely helpful. Thanks so much!
  5. Solid success today. Received the two new boards on Monday and built them today. Looks really good, the spade connectors are solid and tight, the components all fit. Test fit: Soldering it up:   Ran it in the test rig and works!  However still one more iteration. Sharp eyes will see where I had to enlarge one of the notches for it to fit the black plastic housing. In addition, the spade connectors are slightly shifted to the right, by like 0.5 mm. It works, but it ain't perfect. Finally, some silkscreening didn't turn out the way I want it. These are relatively easy fixes. The current iteration works in general and I'm happy about it. I am confident enough to now say, folks, we have ourselves here a cold start circuit replacement board built using modern components. Slightly different design but not horribly so. (I'm still not given up on reproducing the spade connectors.) Enjoy! ~Jason
  6. @jp5Touring It's a custom in-trunk filler that Patrick fabricated. It uses off the shelf parts from Summit Racing.
  7. dry ice ice baby worked well for me. good job!
  8. Hey everyone. Stumbled upon the original forum thread that became this article. For some reason the photos thankfully still show there.
  9. Earlier
  10. Woot! Received word that the boards will arrive by COB on January 13th (Monday). Can't wait. Any bets on whether the measurements all work out? I'm excited about the daughterboard design. Jason
  11. SANDED DOWN MY O2’S FUEL TANK: Lots of incidental bumps/dents. Cant say it’s not original 40yr dents and all I needed to mar the surface paint and when I did, rust showed up “UNDER THE NICE BLACK PAINT” so... I sanded the whole thing keeping an eye for hidden rust. THis shot looks as though I had already painted it REALLY glossy but in reality, its an optical illusion. Those white areas are not shinnyness, it’s sanding to the metal. I’m going to use POR 15 metal grease and grime cleaner followed by etch&prep after which I will paint the tank with POR15.
  12. These the right 1977-only rotors (looks like According to ECSTuning, 1977-83): https://www.ecstuning.com/b-pilenga-parts/front-brake-rotors-pair-255x22/34111163125kt/
  13. It’s been quite a while since I posted anything about this car- it’s been a slow process but I’m still smitten with it. Our son became an older brother in 2018 and then again in 2019, so my time and attention is elsewhere most of the time. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 kids aged 3 and under as of this writing. After mounting the wheels and tires, I began focusing on the braking system of the car. This was my first time performing brake work on any vehicle, and thanks to this site I was able to have all of my questions answered easily, so thank you! This was also my first introduction to the true meaning of deferred maintenance, as I ended up replacing nearly the entire system short of the Master cylinder. I purchased Porterfield R4S pads, discs, stainless lines, new wheel bearings and rear wheel cylinders, rear shoes and fluid. The calipers had been painted a smurf blue, so when I pulled them to repaint here is what I found: The red substance on the pistons was a sort of contact cement that had been used to adhere the pads to the half-missing piston. Not what I was hoping to see, and a decent indication of some other kludge fixes I’d have yet to find. I ordered a new set of calipers to be safe, which left the car in ‘hovercraft mode’ for a week while I awaited their arrival. In the meantime I was also able to address the stainless lines both front and rear. The lines were original to the car and still dated to the original build year of the car. I was thankful for the advice to buy flare wrenches prior to starting this project, especially in the rear trailing arms. I got the lines buttoned up, the calipers and pads installed, and upon pressurizing the system I saw fluid began weeping past the grommets on the brake booster. Another quick parts order, got the new grommets installed and repressurized the system to bleed it. This time the reservoir and lines to the Booster began to leak, so again made a parts order for a new reservoir and lines, got the whole system bled and was good to go. I started the project in the beginning of April and put the car on the ground over month later- at midnight the night before the Bay Area 02 Show and Swap. Got the brakes bedded in at midnight then caught a couple short hours of sleep before heading out. Down to the wire! In all it was a good experience but my experience with the R4S pads has been a very dusty one. I like the stopping power but I suspect the aftermarket discs I bought are a touch softer than the factory setup. Big brakes are in the future but it’s 100% safer than when I started.
  14. Looks great James! Having done this, I suggest that before you get the headliner on, assemble the sunroof and test it and also get rust proof primer/paint on the inside of the roof, esp under the roof beam/rails. Have fun!
  15. I have an e21 case with open gear set. Can one just get a new lsd like this one into the case? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F123948598748
  16. This all started as a desire to replace my seats, but turned into the find of the year. The original seats in my car were completely shot, and I had replaced them with a set of blue 320 comfort seats as an interim solution. They didn’t match the interior and looked heinous, but at least I could drive the car. I found a guy in the foothills of Northern California selling a ‘non running’ 1983 320 for $1500. I called him for some information about the car, and to see if it had the Recaro seats I’d begun to covet. It was his step daughter’s car, the rear end was “slipping” so he parked it on his property for a few years and was about ready to scrap it. He confirmed that it had “sport bucket seats,” so I pitched him the idea that I would bring my comfort seats, remove and replace his seats with my seats and $100 on top. He thought I was insane, but said if I showed up with a trailer and $600 I could take the whole car and do the swap at my house. I was able to convince my very patient and then 8 months pregnant wife that I needed to at least have a look, so I rented a Uhaul and headed up the hill. The car was a Hennarot 320is, Recaro seats, G240 transmission, 3.91 rear diff, OZ Alpina wheels. You bet I paid the man his new price and loaded the car up on the trailer with his help. Giddy with excitement, I brought the car home and began explaining to my wife how this unregistered field-mouse habitat was going to be worth it. I received a one month deadline to have the car gone. I was able to enlist the help of a savvy neighbor and my best bud to harvest this car: trans, diff, driveshaft went in the shed for a later date, seats got new webbing and cheap eBay covers and went in my car. Steering wheel is wall art, and the rest of the interior was stripped and sold on eBay, recouping the initial purchase price. I wasn’t able to assess the usability of the running gear and I wish I had pulled the hubs, but I was able to sell the shell of the car for $100 to a local E21 enthusiast. My wife even helped me push it back onto a trailer. She’s a keeper.
  17. With the rolling stock and brakes squared away, it was time to address the suspension. To my untrained eyes and ears, I could tell that the bushings and mounts were all shot, the car bottomed out on hard bumps and the front tires had a comical amount of caster. I’d been stockpiling parts in plans to tackle the entire thing at once. Thanks to this site (again) as well as @BLUNT I had accumulated what I needed: Steering links Tie rods Lower control arms All front bushings Ball joints Upper strut mounts Fixed camber plates All rear bushings Subframe mounts and urethane inserts One-dot rear pads New upper and lower spring pads throughout Bilstein HD struts H&R springs Ireland 22mm sway bars and end links I continue to have great luck with this car, as the exhaust shop that rolled my fenders turned out to be run by a 2002 guy, and his head mechanic is an old school 2002 guy with a hot tii track car. Since we just had our second child, I opted to have this shop do the install with the exception of the sway bars. I had just completed a full gut bathroom remodel by myself and was tapped out. I wish I could have performed this work myself, but it was completed in a couple of days and everything was safety wired correctly. This totally transformed the car. Everything David E. Davis Jr. wrote about in Car and Driver was being transmitted through the car and into me. The car begged to be flogged, seemed happiest being wrung out and was always ready for more. I’d previously owned a car where I chased big power before addressing the chassis and brakes, but this tiny little go kart has changed the game for me. I don’t think I can emphasize how electrifying this car became, and practically overnight. I still had a touch of understeer, so I installed the IE sways during our kids’ nap time one day and it was solved. The car was neutral and rotated, and I had a touch of bling underneath the car. At at this point I began driving the car everywhere. To the store, to drop kids at school, basically any excuse to take it out was good enough for me. As summer rolled on I took it out for early morning thrashes before the family woke up, took it up to Tahoe and back, and generally put as many miles on it as possible. I changed out smaller parts as they wore- new starter, chased bad grounds, removed the prehistoric smog equipment and gave it a full tune up. It’s happy, I’m happy. The more I drive it the less I care about cosmetics. It’ll eventually be repainted but it’s a driver that I’m not afraid to depend on.
  18. If you spend enough time on this site, you tend to see a variety of wheel/tire combinations, some rarer than others. When I put the Style 10 wheels on my car I had only seen 2 or 3 photos of them mounted on 2002’s. I noticed that the wheels were pretty heavy, the steering felt slower, and I was lusting after other setups. I had seen @bluebmw car on Alpinas and really liked it, and was excited to have basically stumbled into this set of wheels on accident. I decided this would be my inspiration: I bought a $50 set of wheels and tires to put on the E21 before it left my possession, stripped the rotten tires off the Alpina wheels and dropped them off at a local powder coating shop. The wheels I had lucked into were the OZ Alpina reps, 15x6 et12, we settled on a traditional Silver color that they mainly used for coating sand rail roll bars. If you are wheel hunting, I highly recommend www.willtheyfit.com as a resource- it is where I discovered that I was going to probably rub fenders without serious camber work. Since I had not lowered my car yet, I found a local shop to roll all 4 fenders. It should be noted that the paint on my car is less than perfect, so I didn’t have any heartburn about losing more as it flaked off the inner fenders. Got the wheels back from the shop, began masking and painting the centers. I really took my time and used a 1/4” striping tape to get super crisp lines. I’m really proud of how they turned out, and was able to swap the tires from my Style 10 wheels onto these and was in business. Last thing I did was get a before and after in the same spot as the Style 10s. The Style 10’s sold to a local E30 guy who was pumped up on them. From an aesthetic standpoint I think these wheels are about as good as it gets.
  19. It's taken 4+ years to get this rolling tetanus shot on the road. At this point it's really not a BMW any more. That needs to be made clear, this car was missing much, damaged and significantly rusted. Add to that a cross country relocation compounded by this being my first ground up. I say all that to say I would have done things very differently. Due to the moving and original plans of a track car, much of the interior little bits are gone. I have had to build my own over the last few weeks. without them the noise was just unbearable. The door cards are just basic with pull straps. My cranks and handles were in rough shape, so I picked up the billet ones. All I can say is just don't. It's a bad design compounded by poor manufacture. I have fought with them more than I care to think about. Seriously remove and reinstall of them is an hour each, they are that fiddly. On happier news Michigan seems to be having a mild winter so I will continue to drive when I can. Friday I commuted in the 2402, using freeways and all! There are some odd rattles to track down, further interior clean up and my running list, but it's overall a car. I am continually amazed at how fast this thing is. I'm sure the numbers aren't great but it just feels so visceral. The garage is all set for more work. below is my list of items to knock out before the summer driving season returns 1. new windshield (reused the old as it was my first to install) 2. buy and install windshield wiper linkage (what came with the car was incomplete and what was left was rust beyond repair) 3. sway bars (the car came with NONE) 4. New tires, the current ones hold air but originally were old stock discounted tires used in a lemons race car 5 years ago! 5. replace the broken left rear quarter glass opener. 6. new steering wheel, just tired of looking at the junkyard special Not a huge list but after the very expensive 2019, trying to keep the spend low this year and the miles high.
  20. That feeling when you realize you need to do this in your car. Thanks for the tutorial and pics!
  21. I must be blind, but not seeing the rear brace here: http://www.kooglewerks.com/products?category=2002
  22. I'm with Doug on this one
  23. Anything is possible - I flipped it over once already.
  24. Nice job re the award. I spent part of my younger years growing up in Danville. It was a nice place then, and it has been up scaled a bit over the years, like a lot of things in the Bay Area, I would guess. I went back there in September, for the first time since I left - was fun to walk around downtown again. Scott
  25. BMW Parts Manual 2000 - 2000 CS - 96 99 106 d-e-f-h-s 3 III.66 - medium.pdf
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