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Hi every body, my name is Juan Carlos González Ortega from Bogotá, Colombia (South America). A friend ask my to share, in these forum, some pictures of my 1974 BMW 2002 taiga, and its restoration process.

 

My story with BMW 02 starts very early in my life. Since a very young kid I was facinated with BMWs 02, I was amazed with the performance of these beautifull small car. In 1996 my Mom and Dad give me my 1974 BMW 2002 as a present. I used the car as a daily driver through the university and then my firsts jobs. Having no money at all to spend in repairs I was forced to learn its mechanics and performed some of the repairs myself. 

 

In 2006, having some savings, I decided to make my dream come true, and make a perfect restoration of the car. Sadly I gave my car to unscrupulous shops that take my money and didn't perform the job I pay for. 8 years later my friend Rodrigo Munar and I decided to do the job ourself. 

 

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Hi, every body, many thanks for the welcome.

 

Tsingtao, good to hear some spanish here!

Ed, they are the original BMW 2002 sport seats, or as BMW call them in the owners manual, Rally seats. But they are diferent of the BMW 2002 turbo seats of your picture.

Bob, you are right, the kidney is upside down. My car has 5 "mistakes" as I can notice. One is the kidney.

 

best regards, 

 

JuanCa

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What a beauty!!
I've always been a massive fan of Taiga Green.  Such a great colour...
And those OEM Recaro seats are just pure and undiluted automotive porn!  Sadly they've all been snapped up by the Porsche crowd, as the longhood 911's used the same Recaro S seats.  If only I could afford a set for my Verona '73...
Very well executed restoration, and glad to see you get out and drive her proper on the road as well.
That many years with the same car will always create a special bond...  ;)

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Ed & Jim, the seats are the same as those BMW used with the Sport Paket which could only be ordered for the Touring.  But while the full Sport Paket was not an option for the 'normal' 02, you could still order the same Recaro S seats as a stand-alone factory option.  The only difference was that the Recaro S seats got white piping when they were part of the Sport Paket, which they did not when ordered for the 'normal' 02.

 

Here's the Recaro S seat as part of the Sport Paket on a 2000tii Touring:

 

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And here's the same Recaro S seat in a 2002tii:

 

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A small and useless anecdote - I took both these pictures at the Bavaria Tour 2011.

 

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25 minutes ago, jgerock said:

Beautiful car!  My seats have what appear to be the same hinges. Does your passenger seat have a tilting mechanism for access to the rear seat?

 

The black, splatter-painted stock recliners look very similar to the Recaro recliners of the same era. But the parts are not interchangeable.  The first photo is of a stock BMW recliner.  The second photo shows how the Recaro recliners handled the seatback reclining mechanism: a Recaro knob on a lever.  Juan's seats have this Recaro setup.  But...for access to the back seat, the factory option sport seats did not fold forward at the recliner, as one might expect and as the standard seats do.  Rather, they had tracks hinged at the front of the seat: the entire seat flipped forward and up.

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

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23 minutes ago, 02Anders said:

 

...And here's the same Recaro S seat in a 2002tii:

 

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A small and useless anecdote - I took both these pictures at the Bavaria Tour 2011.

 

 

The Recaro S seats in the 2002tii have recliner-mounted controls for:

 

1.) the recline function, and 

 

2.) the fold-forward function.

 

How do I know?  There are two control levers on the outside recliner, like my '72-'73 Sportsitz S models (photos below).

 

I believe the parts pages only show optional Recaros which use a tilting seat track to provide access to the rear seat, not a fold-forward-at-the-recliner function.  Were both types of seats made available from the factory?

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

 

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HaHaHa....!!!  :lol:
You never fail to astonish me Steve...
Well spotted!

 

7 minutes ago, Conserv said:

 

I believe the parts pages only show optional Recaros which use a tilting seat track to provide access to the rear seat, not a fold-forward function.  Were both types of seats made available from the factory?

 

 

Sadly, I can't help you with an answer on this one.
I quite frankly do not know...

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2 hours ago, 02Anders said:

HaHaHa....!!!  :lol:
You never fail to astonish me Steve...
Well spotted!

 

 

Sadly, I can't help you with an answer on this one.
I quite frankly do not know...

 

Then we will have to figure it out, Anders!  I like to toss a grenade into the room and then let others solve the mystery!

 

I never understood why BMW chose to use the tilt-forward seat track style on most (all?) of the touring Sport Paket cars.  That is an inferior method of providing rear seat access.  Yet it's generally all I've come across.

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

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1 minute ago, Conserv said:

I never understood why BMW chose to use the tilt-forward seat track style on most (all) of the touring Sport Paket packages.  That is an inferior method of providing rear seat access.  Yet it's generally all I've come across.

 

 

I couldn't possibly agree more Steve!  It' doesn't seem like the best solution.
To be honest, despite being the one taking the picture of those light grey cord Recaro S seats in the Turkis 2002tii, I didn't even notice that extra lever.  I just figured all 02's with the Recaro's would have the tilt-forward function like on the Tourings with the Sport Paket.

 

@Juan Carlos, apologies for Steve & I going off on a tangent and spamming the heck out of your thread!  :blink:
But I love all those pics in your second post!  Great attention to detail during the resto.  Certainly a 2002 you can rightfully be very proud of...

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