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rebuild of a barn find roundie

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Hello all,

After stalking this forum for nearly a year and scouring Craigslist and Ebay, we have finally found our 2002.

The object was to find a patina roundie in the 3k to 4k range (including shipping from God knows where) as original and rust free as possible. The search was on nationwide...then out of nowhere an Ebay posting for a 1970 2002 only 2 hours away in the Florida panhandle shows up.

I contacted the owner and made arragement for my brother to take a look at it the next day. He struck a deal for $300 including a pick-up truck full of parts. It had been sitting for 12 years and was a bit rougher than what we wanted to start with, but hey $300 and all those parts! The engine turned by hand and there were no signs of fluid mixture in the crankcase. It is also a numbers matching car with a title.

Here is how she looked as found:

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My brother Chris and I have owned and been working on BMWs since the 80's and have yet to meet a challange we couldn't tackle. However, this will be our most ambitious project to date.

I will keep the post updated with both our sucesses and failures!

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The body / structure was better than thought it would be.The left front frame rail will need replacement along with left front floor panel. The front and rear shock towers are rust free.

Here are some pictures:

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Can you tell me what wheels are on it?

Great find! I'm hoping for similar luck in the Mid/South West.

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Can you tell me what wheels are on it?

Great find! I'm hoping for similar luck in the Mid/South West.

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Can you tell me what wheels are on it?

Great find! I'm hoping for similar luck in the Mid/South West.

I'll check on the wheels for you. I will be selling them and a lot more parts once this car runs and drives. I'm looking to replace them with some stock steelies. I found one in the parts cache and have one for a spare, but will need need 3 more.

Here is a link to my parts wanted post:

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,50/page,viewtopic/t,381792/

Any help appreciated!

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Great find. I like the original hood pic. Is that vintage pine tar or early seagull? Also like the rims. Keep me on the list as potential interest based on size.

Post often so we can see this project move forward. BTW, where in FL?

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Great find. I like the original hood pic. Is that vintage pine tar or early seagull? Also like the rims. Keep me on the list as potential interest based on size.

Post often so we can see this project move forward. BTW, where in FL?

Thanks for the support! I live in Gainesville, but the rebuild is going on in Tallahassee at my brothers place. We rescued it in Defuniak Springs in a grove of pines. Yes, you are right that would be vintage pine tar covering the car!

Anyway, our first objective is to see if it will run. We will replace all the hoses, water pump, alternator, adjust the valves, rebuild the carb, have the radiator pressure tested, etc. There is a small amount of wiring damage that will have to be repaired and will also replace the voltage regulator, relays, coil, etc.

The engine is original and had an air pump. We will modify that bracket and change over to singe crank pulley.

Hopefully, there isn't any knock! At that point we will move on to the bakes and hydraulics. We will get the car mechanically fit before any of the cosmetics.

Stay posted.....

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So the parts are coming in and $$$ are flying out of the bank account! We have sourced engine parts from Pelican and Rogers tii. We should have what we need to get her fired up....

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A late model radiator from the parts stash is back from the repair shop

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The 1983 Weber 32/36 is cleaned and ready for a rebuild....

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Looking good.

I guess its like the old aviation saying, "What makes a plane fly? Answer, $$$$!"

Seems, to be the same for an 02.

Have you sourced out another trunk lid yet?

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With the engine now reassembled, we ran a compression test to see what we had.... 175-185-175-185!

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Not bad after sitting for 12 years! We turned the key and no abnormal noises.

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Outstanding - and lucky!

Never heard of that place in FL where you found the car. Where exactly is it?

Jim

In the panhandle between Pensacola and Tallahassee. We call it the redneck riviera!

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