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68 1600 in the PNW


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I've decided to give this whole *Project Blog* thing a try, as I'm one to continuously take photos and post little updates on my other blog, http://fensepost.com/1968bmw1600/.

As the project blog appears to be the appropriate place for minor updates, I figured I'd begin it with tragedy, and hopefully by the end I can turn things around and the story won't be unhappy after all.

I picked up this 1968 BMW 1600 over the summer. It had been sitting for about six months, having been an unsightly daily driver before. (Some people can put up with more than others.)

The car can be seen here in the state in which I purchased it:

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,50/page,viewtopic/t,345058/highlight,/

The cost: probably more than I should have paid, given the amount of rust I've since uncovered and unseen damage given a Bondo makeover.

I am new to working on cars and have always loved 2002s. Power isn't something I necessarily need, so the 1600 is a fine choice for me.

The first project I tackled was a leaking gas tank. After the following thread, I purchased a used tank from @john1180, gave it a good clean, and the car ran a bit smoother.

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,50/page,viewtopic/t,345770/highlight,/

It was also at this time I named the beast Magdalene. Seemed fitting with the 666 license plate (I have a sarcastic sense of humor) and the spectacles the car came with.

My first update after the decision to give the car a complete overhaul.

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,50/page,viewtopic/t,350416/highlight,/

Now for the first project blog update: this restoration is now a TOTAL restoration, which you'll see next.

The old saying about pedals, in my case, is a bit different:

Pedal *THROUGH* the metal.

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Today's progress:

Organized tools and organized parts into Rubbermaid storage. Removed front seats and carpeting.

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I'm slightly disappointed about the floor, but oh well. Guess I'll definitely be learning to weld now...

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Highly recommend replacement floor pans available via Walloth u. Nesch. These are molded pans that perfectly match the original sheet metal and reasonably priced. I replaced all four pans in my car (front and rear both sides) - order via email and pay via credit card. I had my shipment from Germany within 5 days of my order.

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