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Jay Leno Drives a 2002


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That is a very nice car and was presented in a really good way.

It's a '76 and appears to be a California car so, I wonder what they had to do to get that engine to pass smog/registration.  I get pulled through the ringer everytime I take my car in for it's smog test (which is a '76 also) and if there are ANY mods to the motor that I forgot to take off, it's immediately failed.

I like the euro turn signals and the body flares as well. 

 

I'm neck deep in to the restoration of my 914 but, once it's done, my 02 is going on the rack for a complete restore.  I might consider the flares and signals then.

 

Beautiful car......

My "fun" cars so far:                                                                                                                                                                                                            My restoration website:

     1976 BMW 2002a                                                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.2002and914.com

     1975 Porsche 914

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Nice looking car.  Neat detail on the hood that eliminates the side hinges but allows it to stay locked open/up.  That mod would come in really handy with my race car.  Steel hoods are freaking heavy, easy enough now to prop open without engine, less so with engine.

 

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28 minutes ago, mmichalik said:

It's a '76 and appears to be a California car so, I wonder what they had to do to get that engine to pass smog/registration.

 

I wondered about this as well, but the BAR in California allows engine swaps under the following guidelines.

 

https://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/Industry/Engine_Change_Guidelines.html

 

This is why he is running a catalytic convertor, and the BMW ECU, because the M3 had this equipment originally.  After the BAR certification, the car still needs to pass the sniff test for emissions every 2 years.

 

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Love the idea of an M2. Wish I would have grabbed the parts years ago. Now the hp per dollar pushes me to think other BMW power plants for my next wild build 02. For my daily driver the cost of S14 parts and rebuild prices again make me think about other options. So for me my daily driver 02 is a hot rod M10, for a wild build it'll be a turbo M20 or turbo M42 and if I could have a garage queen it would be an S14. Very sweet car. I'm very jealous of you M2 guys!

1976 BMW 2002 Fjord Blue Ireland Stage II • Bilstein Sports • Ireland Headers • Weber 38 • 292 Cam • 9.5:1 Pistons • 123Tune Bluetooth 15" BBS

2018 BMW M550i X-Drive

1964 Volvo Amazon Wagon
http://www.project2002.com

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2 minutes ago, Mark92131 said:

 

I wondered about this as well, but the BAR in California allows engine swaps under the following guidelines.

 

https://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/Industry/Engine_Change_Guidelines.html

 

This is why he is running a catalytic convertor, and the BMW ECU, because the M3 had this equipment originally.  After the BAR certification, the car still needs to pass the sniff test for emissions every 2 years.

 

Mark92131

 

Yes in CA if you drop in a newer engine in a 76 it has to have all the smog equipment that came on the newer engine and his has to pass the tail pipe test. 

1976 BMW 2002 Fjord Blue Ireland Stage II • Bilstein Sports • Ireland Headers • Weber 38 • 292 Cam • 9.5:1 Pistons • 123Tune Bluetooth 15" BBS

2018 BMW M550i X-Drive

1964 Volvo Amazon Wagon
http://www.project2002.com

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13 minutes ago, tups said:

"Didn't Alpina build almost exclusively automatics ?" ... eh, no ? :)

 

Jay did get most of the other facts straight, in his defense ;-)

 

I think the mid-80's had a lot of auto Alpinas...

 

Cheers,

Ray

Stop reading this! Don't you have anything better to do?? :P
Two running things. Two broken things.

 

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2 hours ago, Mark92131 said:

 

I wondered about this as well, but the BAR in California allows engine swaps under the following guidelines.

 

https://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/Industry/Engine_Change_Guidelines.html

 

This is why he is running a catalytic convertor, and the BMW ECU, because the M3 had this equipment originally.  After the BAR certification, the car still needs to pass the sniff test for emissions every 2 years.

 

Mark92131

Thinking about this, I do remember hearing about it a very long time ago. I didn't realize it was still an option, albeit one for the "not faint of heart" I'm sure.  Thanks for posting that out.

My "fun" cars so far:                                                                                                                                                                                                            My restoration website:

     1976 BMW 2002a                                                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.2002and914.com

     1975 Porsche 914

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1 hour ago, mmichalik said:

Thinking about this, I do remember hearing about it a very long time ago. I didn't realize it was still an option, albeit one for the "not faint of heart" I'm sure.  Thanks for posting that out.

 

The S14 conversion may be a lot of $$ but the M42 conversion is actually a pretty good idea for 76s. Even in stock form a healthy M42 will reliably get you 140ish HP. That's what a nice modded M10 will get you and you will get to pass smog every 2 years. It's also fuel inhected and will start and idle smoothly. 

1976 BMW 2002 Fjord Blue Ireland Stage II • Bilstein Sports • Ireland Headers • Weber 38 • 292 Cam • 9.5:1 Pistons • 123Tune Bluetooth 15" BBS

2018 BMW M550i X-Drive

1964 Volvo Amazon Wagon
http://www.project2002.com

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What a sweet car...I saw the YouTube piece on it years ago. Clearly done right with no expense spared. I just love how "factory" the installation looks.

 

I would say that 2,200 lbs seems 10% optimistic, especially for a '76 with DynaMat. I wonder if mlytle might weigh in on that (get it?). My '73 M2 has a full cage on the plus side but carbon fiber hood/trunk panels, rear seat delete, lightweight front seats and forged HRE wheels on the minus side. I seem to recall us weighing it awhile back at 2,350 full of gas.

 

But again, just a beautiful, beautiful M2...kudos to the builder and owner.

 

Jay strikes me as such a genuine car guy and overall nice person...you'd never guess he's worth $350M if you met him at a dive bar.

 

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