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1969 BMW 2002 project


brandon5069

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I figure it's about time I put all the pictures and some words together for what has been and continues to be a very fun experience. 

With the help of Ken Blasko at Vintage BMW Racing we're taking a very neglected, losing SCCA ITB race car and giving it a second chance as a winning street car. Ken's accolades speak for themselves, but it'd be very easy for me to go on and on about him rather than the car. It's been awesome working with him on the project. 

 

Onto the pics...(lots of them)

Arrived running, but not driveable. Looked to have been parked for 10+ years. 

 

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Having just had a little boy the car again was losing. It sat in the garage for a while. When time permitted I'd sit and write notes on ALL the things that needed to be addressed and/or purchased. Parts trickled in..surprises found...

 

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Engine configuration is still unknown, but we can only assume it's to SCCA ITB spec - stock with a 32/36

 

 

Many days after a long day of work and child rearing I'd fiddle with the car to wind down. After a year of fiddling I got the car driving. 

 

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Time to take it apart and keep buying parts right? 

 

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Time flew by, the car sat, and baby #2 was on the way. Time to make a decision! I emailed Ken asking if he'd be willing to help get the car back driving. Despite my meager budget... The landslide began...

 

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We're going to call this my interpretation of Porsche's Slate Grey (6801)

 

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And here's where Ken's super 2002 skills come together. 

 

4spd rebuilt: 

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Beautiful new headliner with factory fabric: 

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Engine tested on his awesome stand: 

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Engine populated and carbs synced: 

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There's still plenty left to do! I'll update as time permits. Here she is as of now. 

 

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Beautiful... 

 

 

P.S... Something I'm working on that I think will be pretty cool: 

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Fun continues...

Ken agreed to get the car driving so I could turn some wrenches on it. Having a blast!

 

Again photos will do the talking:

 

Prepped the garage/nursery.

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And she's home! Didn't take a photo right after getting it home, but that night I installed some front seats, bluedevil seat belts, rear trim, rear bumper, roundel, and 2002 emblem.

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LED headlight bulbs and Cibie housings! Need some adjustment, but this is just a science experiment for now. Glare is TBD. They're bright though!

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Console looks cool.

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Tried my hand at dying the vinyl armrests. Came out great. Retained the texture and look like they'll hold up well. From blue to black.

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I forget the gentleman's name, but upgraded ebrake handle hardware. You see my ebrake has had a rough life. It's solid, so we'll leave it alone for now.

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Bumpers cleaning up nice. Mirror polish!

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Front roundel installed and she's ready for some driving!

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Early morning drive to work.

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Just a little hooning about.

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I've racked up at least 200 miles. Any excuse is good enough to take a drive. It's running a bit rich, but just barely. Sounds great, feels great, smells great! Throttle response is instant and power is plentiful. Tried to take a quick exhaust clip... didn't go as planned. ha! Too busy then to retake.

 

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Belt line trim on the way and I'll be installing a carpet set when I can get some time. More to come!

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Well... My excuses for not having the iPad console fully installed as per plan are plentiful (need to install amp, want to build hidden speaker enclosure in console, waiting on carpet, I broke my 30-pin apple pass-through pcb, the car is stripped ATM and way too loud to justify having a audio system, etc, etc), but I won't waste your time with those. 

 

The console is OE, sourced here on the FAQ. I sourced the cnc iPad 2 sleeve from some folks in MI. I fabricated a neodymium magnet mounting solution to make the iPad removable. Sourced an Apple 30-pin pass-through to allow connection to an iSimple RCA to Apple 30-Pin connector with 3.5mm aux and charging capability. Still working on all the pieces, but the idea is I'd also fabricate a hidden speaker enclosure behind the iPad; making use of the volume between the heater box and the front of the console.

 

Some pictures to make sense of my jibberish...

 

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Neo magnets aligned on sleeve and AL brackets. 

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Some paint and everything mounted in console. 

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Bottom of sleeve to show PCB/ipad connector. 

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I think this will be awesome. Ultimately its function is to run a simple audio system, but navigation, GPS speedo, and data logging are possible. They sky's the limit! 

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Front bumper mostly installed. I'll have to get better photos of the new reproduction (ebay) bumperettes. Fit is slightly off, but they look great otherwise.

I dropped the bumper bracket carriage bolts into the frame at least 20 times... Kicked my butt! But the worst part is I did not notice the missing hole in the drivers side fender! I'll have to drill the hole to mount the bumper correctly. Hope I don't crack the paint...

 

Getting closer.

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How are those LED headlights? Most of the ones that I see online are 6500K, which seems a little blue-ish. How do yours feel?

 

 

 

 

 

The lights are listed as 5700k. Having owned a number of aftermarket HID kits from 4300-6500K and both my current daily drivers having OEM HID's I'd say they're pretty darn close to 5000K (daylight).  Still to be determined is the amount of glare produced by these lights. I have not had time to adjust/test. One thing to note -They put a lot of light in the foreground which may be a bad thing.... still need to adjust. 

 

 

Actually Ken Blasko sourced the e-brake kit. I thought the name was Bill Williams. Either way the link you give looks like the right parts. 

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