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Spare tire well rust repair success!

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I replaced dangergrrl's spare tire well yesterday, and

installed a Pertronix, adjusted the driver door and window,

and installed a new go pedal today.

While installing the Pertronix I found that one of the

mechanical advance centrifugal advance springs was

broken, luckily I had the same spring in an old donor dizzy.

After installing the Pertronix unit the car idled smoother and

Corine said it felt peppier... This is the second 02 I've

installed a Pertronix in, with the same excellent result.

Next weekend is some wiring repair on the cold start valve,

wiper blades and stereo install. I also need to track down the

aluminum coolant manifold that bolts to the front of the head

(found "Divider" p/n 11 53 1 261 528 in ETK for early M10

powered 320i. I think that's the part. My ETK doesn't go back

to the 2002 to verify though). The one on Corine's engine is

cracked and in need of replacement.

Her car is really nice! Handles great, nice tight steering, is

dead quiet inside, nice Tii power, and that Sahara paint has

really grown on me.

I neglected to take photos after I de-rusted, applied POR-15,

and painted the "new" spare tire well, but in these pix you

can at least see the rough fix. I cut the "new" well about 1.5"

higher up to add depth, as to accommodate a wider spare... It

worked out perfectly (thanks to " dlhoovler " for the idea!).

Upon close inspection you can barely tell a repair was done.

As per usual, a proper fit-up and good prep work made for a

clean job. I'll take more pix of the final job next week.





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