West Palm 2002

Aluminum body plug

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4 minutes ago, worzella said:

Where is that. Wheel well in trunk??

There is an aluminum one under the spare tire "tower". Not sure of the posters plug location.

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Unless you're going for absolute 100% authenticity, I'd measure the diameter and find a plastic push-in plug to fill the space.  Newer cars use lots of these so one should be easy to source as they come in all sizes and are cheap. 

 

mike

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A rubber or plastic plug?

 

Mine have all been punched through to solve water puddling in the past. I will certainly need to resolve (even if it is just some aluminium tape to block the smashed through hole after tidying up with a hammer). 

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The last time was @ BTS Autoteile he still had some

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2 hours ago, mike said:

Unless you're going for absolute 100% authenticity, I'd measure the diameter and find a plastic push-in plug to fill the space.  Newer cars use lots of these so one should be easy to source as they come in all sizes and are cheap. 

 

mike

I’m going for 97.5 percent authentic.

but I think these are cool

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There are similar plugs in the rear floor pans as well. 

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I don't know where to get them.

 

I would not use them, however, given that steel and aluminum 

react electrolytically.  I have found rubber plugs (think of a grommet with no hole in it)

at someplace like Metro Moulded or Steele.  Or maybe (gasp) JC Whitless.

 

t

 

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Here is the aluminum plug in the spare tire well of my 69 2002. It was installed from the bottom of the car (larger flange was down).

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Possibly (1) or (2) more in the trunk corners (covered by seam sealer and paint)?

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Edited by jgerock

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I tried to source them through the dealer. They have since changed to plastic. If you can live with the plastic version you'll have to find a good BMW parts guy to find locate the part#.  It's been years since I bought this one.

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I would prefer the aluminum ones.  There are two sizes in use all over the car.  In the firewall, floorpans, spare tire well.

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12 hours ago, West Palm 2002 said:

I will now spend the rest of my life 

in pursuit of the perfect aluminum 

floor plug

 

Great!  I'll buy some.

 

Maybe body guys would know.   

 

Edited by PaulTWinterton

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It would be relatively easy (if you had access to a lathe) to make up a punch and die to press them out of sheet aluminium. A bit of hand finishing and away you go. Given their location I would stick with plastic / rubber. 

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