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1966 BMW 1800 TI Alpina

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Hard to say, I would talk to someone, at the minimum I would think you would need to hone the cylinders. What you have has potential significant value - i don't think you want to cheat it (not that you would). I can't recall now where you are located, not sure if you ever did tell me - anyway a friend of mine just had this guy finish up a twin cam Schnitzer engine for him - name is Henry Lawrence, been around BM's for a long time and knows his stuff. Is in Greensborough NC. You might drop him a line if you feel so inclined.

http://www.racingpowerplant.com/contact_us.htm

www.alpinabmw2002.com

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Thanks for the contact. There about 3 hours from me so that's workable. My biggest fear is giving the motor to someone and having them mess something up that's beyond repair. I have dealt with a few shops before and never had good luck. I agree that the engine should be done by a professional but I need to know there going to take the same care in it I would.

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As you don't have any particular time line you should be careful about who you send your parts and pieces to. Some really good and then, well not so good. Most have had experiences with both. I myself came within a knat's eyelash of getting taken for $250 (I'll spare you the story, the internet is great in many ways but also not so good as the "scammers" are always working ways to part you and your $$$). I haven't done business directly with Henry Lawrence, not knowing your area I would say he would be your best bet, lots and lots of BMW experience with everything from stock street motors to full on BMW M1 procar (and everything in between). Best thing to do is to call him (or someone like him) on the phone and discuss your project. You should be able to get a feel from there.

www.alpinabmw2002.com

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I don't know if additional names are helpful, but you might also consider Korman Autoworks in Greensboro NC (contact Allen Patterson). They've been in the business since the 1970's. Not inexpensive but they've seen everything many times over. I've worked with them and I would trust them with a treasure such as you have.

Steve

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This is a great find. I am happy to see interest in NK's increasing all the time. I have been looking for some some motivation to revisit my 1800 project rotting in one of the dark corners of the shop. Good luck with the project,

Nate Williams

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I'm not an expert on Neu Klasse cars, but that engine is unigque in that it has several improvements which were incorporated into production 1600-2's and 2002's. First the crank is from a 2 liter motor. The 1800,1800ti and 2002 cranks are interchangeable, however the 1800 and 1800ti cranks have less counterbalances (like the 1600). Alpina must have opted for the 2 liter style crank because it is smoother, although hea18vier. The I beam or H style cross section of the connecting rods became standard with the 2002. The 1800's and 1800ti's did not have these newer style connecting rods. And the head is a 118 as used on the 1600-2. But, here it is stamped as a 1965. 1800ti's used the 116 head which lacked a oil sprayer bar, had diffrent combustion chamber shape and was exuipped with a sprocket style chain tensioner. 118 heads are not uncommon. You can perhaps start with a NOS 118 casting.

Slavs

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Any updates??

I was curious myself and emailed him a week or so ago, no word back....

www.alpinabmw2002.com

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HI guys, sorry for the delayed response. Not much progress has been made other than working lots of hours to get some money together. I did get a quote from a well known engine builder that seemed reasonable so my plan is to start there after the holidays. The car and its parts are in dry storage so at least its better off than it was.

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The car and its parts are in dry storage so at least its better off than it was.

Great to hear!

Steve

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IMHO -The engine is about the last thing I'd worry about. You can always drop a 2002 motor in it for less than having the original motor rebuilt, but you still won't be able to drive it around. No experience beats driving your project car for the first time. I recommend doing the brakes first and drop a downdraft 2002 motor in it, (easy to setup and tune) then drive it up and down the driveway!

Save that motor rebuild for last.

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