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at the bottom of the rear window.....passenger side? The Polaris

'02 for sale at Beyond 02 has it there and also a few eraser sized

holes around the drivers rear fender lip.

Anyone know this car??

Thanks,

Craig (still looking...)

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In Michigan, if that was the only place, folks'd jumping up and down and saying "how clean" it is.

The rear window gasket can hide a multitude of problems, so don't be afraid to stick a pencil or something into the center of the rusted area, underneath the rubber. Fixing it, means removing the window, cutting out the rust, and making proper metal patch.

Until you cut the metal out from around the rusted areas completely on a rear fender arch and replace it, it will reappear.

However, turbo flares will hide it. :)

Depends on what you want to do with it -restore or just drive? -street or track? How much money do you want to spend?

Delia Wolfe

'73tii

Inka (aka "Orange Julius")

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Well, this is a CA car. I think all tii's are worth keeping at this point

but I'm not sure which areas are the most difficult to repair. I

haven't heard of a 2002 rusting in this place before. Probably due

to a old/dried rear window gasket allowing water to sit there.

Craig

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The rear window isn't too hard to fix- just add extra time for window removal, and extra money for a new gasket! There aren't any ugly metal sandwiches to hid a lot of internal rust up there, so it's PROBABLY surface...

But from experience, often a little visible rust in the rear quarters means a lot of hidden rust. There IS a metal-metal gap in there, so water and crud collects. You can partially check it by taking out the rear seat and the side panels, and checking everything. Also look in the trunk. Sometimes a specific flaw in the (cruddy) interior paint will cause a small spot. Often the whole inner-outer seam is ugly.

Around here, cars that have rust there also have it in the lower rear rockers- check those as best you can. Also, check the trunk lid seam- the same conditions that cause rust in the fenders get the lid.

All rust can be fixed- it's just a matter of money! And the less rust there is, the cheaper it'll be!

hth,

t

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...the pics look pretty good. Seems to be pretty much "all there," too!

A Polaris tii (no sunroof?) with matching engine/chassis numbers(?) has all kinds of potential. This one is a bargain by midwest/east coast standards.

You're right about the rear window gasket. It is either dried out or a new gasket gasket was improperly fitted during a repaint. (Nearly all metallic colored BMWs from the early 70s were repainted. Part of the cost was picked up by BMWNA.)

The bubbling near the the rear wheel lip may be related to previous body damage. If the car was hit in the left rear, there may be some separation of the welds between the inner fender and the exterior sheet metal. That's when the rust beguns.

Pull all of the panels from the trunk and check the spare tire well for damage. Check all of the panel welds for possible replacements - trunk floor to inner fender and also check to see if the finish is consistent and original.

You're going to repaint it, anyway, aren't you?

Good Luck!

Delia Wolfe

'73tii

Inka (aka "Orange Julius")

#2762756

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lead to all kinds of hidden rust, depending on where the leak leads to. It can get down into the rockers, the spare tire well, around the gas tank etc. Look down in the trunk and under the back seat to see where the leak drained to.

That gasket looks like the "made in Thailand" aftermarket gasket they tried to install on my 02's windshield. It was about 4mm too narrow. A factory gasket (from Bimmer Parts--ordered 2pm Friday, delivered to shop here on Sat morning) fit perfectly.

Mike

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I've been told that the nose was replaced, but the doors, hood and

trunk all close and latch OK. I was also told that the quarter panels

(and the sides) are very straight.

Craig

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