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2002ti wannabe project begins

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Thanks Tom! If you decide to sell some repro units at some point, please count me in...maybe we can mock one up from some known assumptions (airbox and Tii mounting) and dimensions taken from the installed pic...

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Great work Jim. Your pics are always very thorough. What are your plans for cleaning up the underbody?

Thanks Kris -

After I pull the engine and trans, I plan on pressure washing everything while in the driveway. I'm sure my townhouse neighbors will love that. I have an electric Karcher unit, but it might not have enough power (pressure) to blast that grime from the underside.

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Thanks Tom! If you decide to sell some repro units at some point, please count me in...maybe we can mock one up from some known assumptions (airbox and Tii mounting) and dimensions taken from the installed pic...

I know someone who may have one of these brackets. Pretty basic design that bolts to the left shock tower.

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Great work Jim. Your pics are always very thorough. What are your plans for cleaning up the underbody?

Thanks Kris -

After I pull the engine and trans, I plan on pressure washing everything while in the driveway. I'm sure my townhouse neighbors will love that. I have an electric Karcher unit, but it might not have enough power (pressure) to blast that grime from the underside.

i'll bring my 3000psi gas powered PW over. not only can we put more mud in the street, but it is really loud! ;-)

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A very productive Monday. Arrived home at 6pm, fed the cats, took the trash bins out, changed clothes then went back under the car.

Drained the oil from the engine. Guess the head gasket is blown based on the amount of thin, syrupy goop.

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The tiny magnet in the drain plug didn't have much metal stuck to it - that is good.

Removed the clutch slave hose (black colored) then the shifter.

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Went back under then removed the tranny

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Hmm. The main housing casting is from July 1975.

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Serial number

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Numbers stamped into the end housing

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LOL! when you have done it as many times as we have, it doesn't take very long to yank the tranny!

looks like you have a replacement tranny in there. good!

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Marshall -

I was trying to think how many times you and I have pulled these trannies. The 4-speed is way easier than the 5 speed OD unit.

I skipped dinner - could have used some boiled t-stat soup...

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Can someone tell me why the nose is stamped with these numbers?

Looking from driver's (left) side

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I remember seeing some numbers stamped into another car in the same place.

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I don't know what they mean, but most '02s built say before '71 have similar numbers there. I've been told that they have no apparent meaning??

I recognize that stamp on the rear of the trans as one from Mike Schwarzbart of Berkeley Motor Works. Looks like it is one of the many that he built for Berkeley BMW Salvage/German Auto Salvage back in the day as it doesn't have the extra numbers that he could use to look up in his build log. I worked for him for 7 years, and German Auto Salvage before that.

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Thanks for the info on the trans Tom!

I drained the fluid from it today. Typical old fluid and there are filings stuck to the drain plug.

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Also vacuumed and wiped down the trunk. The rubber filler neck is rock hard. Hope it doesn't break when I pull it out.

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Guess I'm not used to seeing one of these early cars. The hard vent line goes around the outer body and ends at a plug near the middle

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My taillight gaskets are MIA. No wonder there was dust/grime and rust in the trunk.

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Here is the plug in the spare tire well (Ben I think you were looking for this)

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Spent a little bit shining up the exterior chrome while I had the chance

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Note the shiny Nevada paint behind the tag

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Polished the gas cap

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Good patina

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AND -

The mailman brought a nice package from SteveJ with these! THANKS STEVE!

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Next up: Engine removal

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This is a great project to follow. Thanks for sharing it. Are you going to keep the car that color combo? I think that's one of the best color combos for an 02.

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i can't believe you have not attacked the trunk lid with your buffer and some cutting compound Jim...just for the heck of it!

would not worry about the filings on the tranny drain plug.

engine hoist and pressure washer coming over tomorrow!

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i can't believe you have not attacked the trunk lid with your buffer and some cutting compound Jim...just for the heck of it!

would not worry about the filings on the tranny drain plug.

engine hoist and pressure washer coming over tomorrow!

I'm waiting until we can push it out into the driveway for a good scrubbing, THEN I'll buff out the paint ;-).

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This is a great project to follow. Thanks for sharing it. Are you going to keep the car that color combo? I think that's one of the best color combos for an 02.

Thanks for the comments. The car will stay Nevada. Right now, I'm planning on using my tii steel wheels and hubcaps (hope the 185-70-13 tires are still available when I need to buy them). Tire Rack has Sumitomo HTR4s.

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