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2002 Touring '74 from Belgium, full restoration project (Lots of pictures)


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Hello everyone,

I'm new here on the forum so let me introduce myself first.

I'm a 20 year old guy from Belgium with a big interest in classic cars, I love to work on, restore and of course drive them ;) 

Time for a new project, something a bit different than a Golf mk1 :)Together with my brother, I fully restored a Volkswagen Golf mk1 1.1 from 1980 to factory condition.
If you're interested, you can find our full restoration blog here: http://goo.gl/2PAuUm
Golf mk1

Enough about the Golf, let's get back to the 2002!

We picked up a used BMW 2002 Touring from 1974 here in Brussels, Belgium. Car is originally from The Netherlands, has 94000ish kms on the counter.
It has matching chassis and motor numbers. Front-end is missing from the car but we got a replacement panel with the car. We also got many other parts with the car, too much to list!

Our plan for this car is to get it back to it's original condition, we'll powder coat the whole suspension, cad plate all the nuts and bolts..

Car was sitting like this:


Car has been repaired before at the left front floor panel and left sill. We'll be redoing these repairs as they were done poorly.

We already got a few repair panels from WallothNesch, the rear shock towers, front A-pillar posts, rear sedan lower quarter panels (these will have to be modified a bit to fit a touring).

We went and got the car in December and stored the car in our grandma's garage.
On the 2nd of April we moved the car to our house so we could begin with futher stripping it down.


The next day we removed all of the interior, dash and wiring loom.



In the evening after work we removed whole front subframe with the motor and transmission.


I also got started with stripping the engine as I couldn't wait  external_url_proxy.php?url=http%3A%2F%2F

Some kind of weird gel in the coolant circuit..

Removed the cylinder head, pistons look decent.

Asdo the valves

Also got the slave cylinder out of the transmission housing with the help of some heat and light tapping of a hammer

With the help of a friend we got the whole rear suspension removed.


Further stripping down the engine bay, also removed the pedals and the pedal box

Finally we removed the pistons from the crankshaft and degreased the engine block


The 2nd piston was a little messed up, the upper slot for the piston ring is wider at one part of the piston.
Looks like the piston was starting getting blocked. This means we'll have to replace this one for sure
We might look to replace all of them, not sure yet.


That's it for now, I'll update this thread as we go along our restoration.

Thanks for watching!

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Today we further disassembled the front suspension of the car.

Everything unbolted pretty easily. we did have a hard time removing the 3 bolts that hold the steering arm tight to the strut.

After these were all out, we noticed the bolt that holds the steering arm to the ball joint of the suspension arm was rusted heavily. 



We started with cutting off the ball joint and drilled a hole through the conical axle.

This let us  remove the upper part of the threads with a chisel. We then welded a new nut on the rusted nut and threaded a bolt through it which we also welded.
We were now able to turn the nut loose and tap the conical axle out of the arm.

Since this took us quite a bit of time we only had time to remove the ball joints from the suspension arm by drilling the 3 rivets out.




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Today I further disassembled the front struts. Looks like there were some Koni shocks inside them.



We also removed all the valves from the cylinderhead. Went pretty smoothly with the correct tools.





In the evening we got a look at the rusty parts of the car, we started with the rear.
Removed the big chunks of rust and further cleaned the rear side corners.




Cleaned up a little




Other side:




Next time we'll further clean the rust by sand blasting it. We can then begin welding new panels in :)



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Today we got started with some welding. We decided to start with the rear shocktowers.
After making sure the position of the shocktower itself couldn't move, we removed the upper sheet by drilling the spotwelds out.

Pretty rusty under there.. We removed the big chunks with an angle grinder and then sandblasted the whole part.
After that we applied a few layers of rust stop and zinc spray. 


as I don't have a before shot, this is the other side. Upper metal sheet rusted through.



Overall, pretty happy with the result. Still need to tidy it up a little.



Next job will be the other side!




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This weekend we got started with further disassembling the rear axles.
We had quite a hard time removing the big slotted nut off the axles. Thanks to a long breaker bar this was solved pretty easily.

To remove the rear wheel flange we lend a big pulley puller of a relative.

As of now, we left the bearings inside of the hub as we don't want to damage the smooth surface when sand blasting.




Also got started with cleaning of the old paint from the engine block and giving it a fresh layer of paint. 




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Today I disassembled the steering box of the 2002.

After emptying the oil, I started degreasing everything.


Definitely in need of some new seals :)



Bearings and bearing races are in excellent condition, we'll use these again



No pitting on the gears.




Next, we'll bead blast the aluminum housing and order some new seals from WallothNesch


We also got started with figuring out how we"ll make some sort of rotisserie/dolly so we can put the car onto it's side.

Also make a full list of all the nuts and bolts that need to be ordered so we can get them all zinc plated :)



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After figuring out how we would make a little dolly/rotisserie, I went and got some square steel piping.

After cutting everything to size, I welded 2 frames. These will sit straight under the car.


The rear will be mounted at the differential mounts, the front will get bolted where the subframe mounts on to.

The pieces on the side will allow us to fit smaller tubing trough them so we can pull and put the car on it's side.



This will get mounted between the diff mounts



Fitted, still need to get some decent sized wheels so we can move the car around on the cobble stones.



Since it started to rain, we cleaned out our garden shed. This is where we store all of our parts.

We also got 2 doors, a sedan trunk, windows, carb, heaterbox... of a relative of ours.


On the right are some of the parts that will get sandblasted and powder coated, on the left are a few other parts we got as spares with the car. Still need to go trough those boxes



Spare steering box



The parts we got of our relative, we were mainly interested in the 2 doors since ours are too far gone..



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Wow-way to go! You 2 are hustling right along. What's your resto plan? Stock or will you be modifying it in anyway?

'74 Sahara/Beige 2002 HS car, long, long ago...

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'73 Malaga/Saddle 2002 current project

'73 Taiga/Black 2002 tii in my dreams

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9 hours ago, 1936spyder said:

Wow-way to go! You 2 are hustling right along. What's your resto plan? Stock or will you be modifying it in anyway?


Thanks, still a lot to do haha.

We want to keep it as original as possible, no big modifications other than replacing the stock shocks with some Bilsteins.

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Today I finished our dolly by welding some cross bars between them.



After that I got started with removing some rust from the A-pillar with a wire wheel on the angle grinder.

Got pretty lucky, the angle grinder made a kick, somehow got stuck in my T-shirt and it got all jammed up. Thank god I could turn it off immediately. 

Luckily only some big holes in my T-shirt, no flesh wounds :P



Anyway, after that I removed the pitted sheet metal.

Brushed the surface rust in the rain shuttle off with a small wire brush and applied some POR-15 & alu-zinc spray.



I then made a small patch for the lower sheet metal part.



Clamped it in place with a vice grip and tacked it on and afterwards fully welded it and grinded the spot welds.







After cleaning the paint of off the donor part we bought.

It turns out the radius of the upper corner is too big and it won't fit properly..

I'm pretty sure the guy who sold it said is was also from a Touring. :huh:



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Previously I started with removing the fender bracket from the front left pillar.

I first measured where it was located, so when we're going to weld a new bracket in, we know where it needs to go.


I measured from the hinges, upper:



Lower hinge: 



And finally the height of the bracket



I started with cleaning up the inner brace, as you can see it definitely needs to be replaced. We first were going to replace the right portion but afterwards decided it would be best to replace the whole brace.



I did also measure how far from the pillar it needs to be just in case.



Little section cut out



As you can see the previous owner tried to repair this section (inner rocker)



After a bit of cleaning off



First section of rot cut out



This is currently how far I got, we first want to sand blast sections like these before we start welding new panels in. This is why we are currently looking to buy a bigger air compressor so we can use our sandblaster.


So I then got started with replacing the 3 little clips on the drivers seat support :)



As the weather wasn't great last week, I decided to go through some of the cardboard boxes we got with the car.

Found some pretty decent dash pieces. Also the metal piece for an older 02.



A few rear light chrome rings and the lamp holders



A bit of trim, I'm sure we'll find some nice pieces in this pile :P



A few fuse boxes, heat shield for the outlet manifold, thermostats, distributor housings..



And a few other parts



Still have a few boxes left, I'm sure we will find some more good stuff




Today I got started with removing the tar layer in the interior.

I first went and got 10kg of dry ice like most people suggest doing.



Started with the drivers side, under the drivers seat as this was the thickest layer. I then started with removing the tar at the rear of the car and went to the passenger side.

The tar on the rear brace between the two shock towers was pretty hard to remove. I switched to a chisel and hammer.



All done, took me almost 7 hours to fully remove all of the tar.

I'll probably clean it up a bit further with an angle grinder and wire wheel.




When I was in the proces of removing the tar, I heard the front doorbell.

Turns out is was the GLS delivery man with some fresh sheet metal from WallothNesch



Both rockers, front wing braces, rear Touring fenders and rear passenger side floor pan since the previous owner decided it was a good idea to lift the car there..



That's it for now, tomorrow I'll clean the wheel wells with a heat gun and scraper. We're also going to get a cut up Touring shell where we'll cut a few parts out of.












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Hey @jgerock, No these are form a sedan (1802 to be correct). The door body itself is the same for both sedan and touring.

Like you said, the vent windows are different. The Tourings front windshield is less or more slanted than the sedans (I'm not sure which is right ;) )

Luckily we have plenty of Touring vent windows laying around between the cardboard boxes we got.

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Yesterday evening we got the cut Touring shell.

We'll be able to use the lower corners of the A pillar (since the other panel I got doesn't seem to be correct, seller probably sold me one for a sedan..)

Also the Hofmeister kink is in great condition so I'll cut that out, aswel as the left lower corner of the firewall where it meets the floor.


Other things I should cut out and keep? Since the rest of the shell will end up in the scrapyard. 





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Today we tested our dolly/jig/rotisserie, whatever you want to call it :P


With the help of my brother, we pulled the car sideways so it rests on the triangular pieces.

Then we carefully pull it further and make sure it doesn't fall on to the ground. Once the shell is sideways it's pretty sturdy.

We might still pay some old tires so the shell can rest on them just to be 100% save.



There still is something weird about seeing a car on it's side



Underside, this will make removing the old brake lines so much easier! 



I also made a picture showing our replacement panels, lot's of welding to do!

(Picture didn't even included the front nose panel, front fenders and some small bit's like the a pillar corners)



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