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1976 2002 w/ Megasquirt EFI (Eugene, OR) -- $8,900 OBO


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I regret to say that my time as a proud 2002 owner may be coming to an end for the time being.


Up for sale is my 1976 BMW 2002 with Megasquirt EFI conversion, and lots of upgrades. I've owned this car for the past eight years. It's been extremely well cared for. It's both my project car, and my only car, which turns out to not be a great combination. So I'm reluctantly letting it go in order to get myself a daily driver which I won't be tempted to tinker with. As it is I almost never drive it because it's often mid-project. It had 295,000 miles on the odometer when the odometer stopped working, and now is probably a little over 300k. Note, though, that most parts have been rebuilt or replaced at some point in its life (many of those since I've owned it) so the mileage on any given component is typically much lower than that.


More pictures can be found at:


A few of the more significant upgrades over the past couple of years are:


  • Megasquirt EFI (fuel injection) conversion
  • distributorless electronic ignition (also programmable via megasquirt)
  • Recently replaced brake calipers, drums, rotors
  • Stainless steel brake lines
  • Bilstein Sport strut inserts, Bilstein HD shock absorbers
  • Optima red top battery (relocated to trunk)
  • Shock brace
  • New exhaust system (stainless steel header and down pipe, ANSA resonator and muffler)
  • Head rebuilt during Megasquirt conversion (<20,000 miles ago)
  • 65 Amp Bosch alternator
  • Larger BMW 318i radiator
  • Silicone coolant hoses
  • Electric fan
  • Freshly restored (blasted+ powder coated) E30 M3 basketweave wheels
  • Brand new tires (0 miles)
  • Momo steering wheel
  • Custom center console
  • Refurbished trunk
  • New spare wheel + tire
  • Euro turn signals
  • Replaced many plastic bits, added sound deadening, etc for quieter ride
  • Too many more upgrades to list here, but see pictures, and ask questions for more details.


All modifications have been extensively documented for maintainability.


The car isn't perfect, and I'll do my best here to give a complete list of problems for full disclosure. The ones that can be photographed are included in the pictures. If you have any questions about something here, or want more pictures of something just let me know.


  • Four rust patches (two on the nose, one on the lower drivers side fender, and one in the spare wheel well). No other rust problems.
  • The idle is higher than I'd like (~2k) — fixing would require tweaking start-up parameters on the Megasquirt to compensate for lower idle during cold starts. I've been meaning to get around to this, but haven't yet.
  • The trunk leaks small amounts of water during very heavy rain. Can presumably be fixed with a $40 rubber trunk seal. I haven't bothered because I park it in a covered spot, and don't drive in the rain. (Fixed)
  • The seat vinyl has some cracks: one in the drivers side seat, another in the top of the rear seat backrest.
  • I replaced the heater valve with a hardware store hose valve (means you need to turn a big red knob under the hood to adjust the heater. 10% steampunk, 90% silly and impractical)
  • The tachometer doesn't work because the distributor was removed during the megasquirt upgrade. **
  • The odometer randomly stopped working a few years ago **


** I'm currently working on designing and building a digital speedometer and tachometer for the 2002 — using the original gauge faces. I have a working prototype (pictures here: https://www.invertedearth.net/2002-digital-gauges/ ), but the design needs to be polished up. Whoever buys this car can have one for free once I finish that project — aiming for early next year.


I'm really sad to see it go, but it's just not financially practical for me to keep it right now. Preference definitely goes to buyers who are interested in continuing where I left off with projects and upgrades, but any good home will do. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or requests for more pictures.


It should be noted that this car cannot be registered in California because the megasquirt conversion will not pass visual inspection for OEM smog equipment. Ironic, because it should have better tail-pipe emissions now than it did with the carb. Portland inspection should be okay, but I've never tried so I can't guarantee that.


Contact me by PM with questions, or for more photos, etc. I'm asking $10,500, but am open to all offers.




























Edited by jmp
Lowered price, updated status of trunk leak (now fixed!)
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