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Hey all,

My name is David and I have joined the BMW ownership club again. I previously had an E36 Dinan 325I. Sold that a while ago and now have purchased my first 2002.

It is a 1974 2002 Sahara. The motor is a '73TII motor that had the factory fuel injection dumped for two weber 45 dcoe sidedraft carbs. The motor was rebuilt about 3000 miles ago by Korman, but has been sitting for 14 years. A friend of mine owned it and parked it because of a driveline vibration.

 

I didn't want to start out with a stupied question, but I figure it is a good idea to ask before I buy the part I am after. My left side door is in rough shape. It was repaired with bondo about 16 years ago and is cracked all over. I have the ability to purchase a used door the same color that is in near perfect shape.

My dumb question is does a door from a 1972 fit on a 1974 car. I am assuming that it does, but should ask before I pick up the door. Thankyou for your help and I will get pictures up soon of the ride

 

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All 02 doors interchange.  Early ones don't have the lower black knee-level trim--that was added in mid-1971, but other than that they all look identical on the outside.  So swap away. 

 

Driveline vibration--if that problem hasn't been cured yet, first check the rear transmission mount.  If the old one has turned to black goo, replace with one from an E21 320 or a Bavaria (larger and lasts longer).  If the tranny mount is in good shape, next check the center support bearing, and if that's not the problem, the rear U-joint.  The U-joints generally last a long time, so the tranny mount and center support bearings are more likely candidates. 

 

And...welcome to the fraternity/sorority.

 

mike

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All 02 doors interchange.  Early ones don't have the lower black knee-level trim--that was added in mid-1971, but other than that they all look identical on the outside.  So swap away. 

 

Driveline vibration--if that problem hasn't been cured yet, first check the rear transmission mount.  If the old one has turned to black goo, replace with one from an E21 320 or a Bavaria (larger and lasts longer).  If the tranny mount is in good shape, next check the center support bearing, and if that's not the problem, the rear U-joint.  The U-joints generally last a long time, so the tranny mount and center support bearings are more likely candidates. 

 

And...welcome to the fraternity/sorority.

 

mike

I was leaning towards the transmission mount. The previous owner cautioned me about the motor mounts. He had the fan hit the radiator during spirited driving. He also said that the vibration he was feeling might have been the exhaust rubbing on the underbody. My goal is to get it running (its been 14 years) and then drive it to work so I can stand under it instead of laying on my back (Ford mechanic). I have only had it for a week, but

The motor turns over

The cooling system holds pressure (it was stored in a non-heated garage in minnesota winters for 14 years)

THe previous owner had lost the keys so I have taken the steering column out and have a new lock cylinder showing up today

Drilled the lock for the trunk so I can have access to the fuel tank for cleaning.

Making progress. I hope to have it running in the next two weeks

 

Thankyou everyone for the warm welcome and the answer to my question. I will have plenty more once I'm further into it

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All 02 doors interchange.  Early ones don't have the lower black knee-level trim--that was added in mid-1971, but other than that they all look identical on the outside.  So swap away. 

 

Driveline vibration--if that problem hasn't been cured yet, first check the rear transmission mount.  If the old one has turned to black goo, replace with one from an E21 320 or a Bavaria (larger and lasts longer).  If the tranny mount is in good shape, next check the center support bearing, and if that's not the problem, the rear U-joint.  The U-joints generally last a long time, so the tranny mount and center support bearings are more likely candidates. 

 

And...welcome to the fraternity/sorority.

 

mike

Add "check guibo joint" to this excellent list. It's the rubber donut-shaped driveshaft coupling at the rear of the transmission. If it's cracked, replace it. If in doubt, replace it, alongwith the center support bearing. I've had 3 '02s, and all three of them needed those parts replaced shortly after I started driving them regularly. It wasn't obvious by looking at them (aside from the fine cracks in the guibo), but the funny noises went away after the replacement.

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