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Ok I resently aqquiered a 1974 bmw 2002 and have a few questions. Please keep in mind I own all VW Mk2's. So my first question is does Robert Bently make manuals for these cars? If not are there any other repair manuals you guys can recomend? Second question.. my car needs an engine swap. How much should I be looking to spend for a new motor. And what motors are compatible for an easy swap? Third... DO any other motors (other then 2002 motors) just swap in or do they all require fabricating? Forth.. The car i bought has no rear or front winshield. Where can i get new seals to put them in? Are they glued in? or just sealed? Thanks in advance for all the help

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well since you resently got this vehicle, i am always open to gifts, so you can go ahead and give it to me.

Haynes has a pretty good manual for the '02.

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Bentley manuals are available for later BMWs but not 2002s.

Given that you're in SD, you ought to pay a visit to Carl Nelson's shop in La Jolla. Carl has everything and knows everything you need. He'll have a BMW shop manual (the real thing) to sell you, or a CD-Rom with the same info. He can 'prolly either sell you or get you a motor -- or you can source one from someone here on the board. He'll also have window glass, the proper seals and can instruct you on how to install. Nelson's website:

http://www.bimmerdoc.com/

Motorwise, there are options but nothing bolt-in. a 2002 motor is referred to as an M10. From the 1980's you can go with a 3-series (E30) four-pot, called an M20 or an M42 (16 valve), but they're not for the unitiated. There's a motor called an S14, from an E30 M3, which oddly enough, is an easier swap than other motors of the same vintage, but again, not an easy thing. The M10 (your motor) has a lot possibility -- headwork, cams, higher compression, fuel injection from later four-pots, forced induction -- you can get 150 bhp out of it with a modest infusion of cash and time and it will take a fair amount of abuse before giving up. Unless you're a confident and experienced wrench, it might be best to start with an M10 and go from there.

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Get the "2002 Restoration Guide" by Michael McCartney. Excellent overview of the car and mods. Just a great read.

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Windshields & backlights are readily available, both new and used...and the rubber gaskets are available new from the dealer and other sources.

Be advised on the gaskets: buy only BMW OEM parts. Repro gaskets (made in Thailand and other places) don't fit properly. The OEM ones aren't that expensive and you'll save the grief in the long run.

Welcome to the madness of '02 ownership...and talk to Carl Nelson--he's a good guy and a wealth of knowledge on '02s.

cheers

mike

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Ok I resently aqquiered a 1974 bmw 2002 and have a few questions. Please keep in mind I own all VW Mk2's. So my first question is does Robert Bently make manuals for these cars? If not are there any other repair manuals you guys can recomend? Second question.. my car needs an engine swap. How much should I be looking to spend for a new motor. And what motors are compatible for an easy swap? Third... DO any other motors (other then 2002 motors) just swap in or do they all require fabricating? Forth.. The car i bought has no rear or front winshield. Where can i get new seals to put them in? Are they glued in? or just sealed? Thanks in advance for all the help

Welcome! I've got a buddy that's into Mk2's that I've been trying to get into 2002's for years... Others are all telling you the right things so you should be on the right track. Best of luck and there's TONS of info here. Read the FAQ's and use the forum search function.

One question: What's your goal with the 2002? Keep it, restore it, drive it? What's the VIN #??

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Welcome! I've got a buddy that's into Mk2's that I've been trying to get into 2002's for years... Others are all telling you the right things so you should be on the right track. Best of luck and there's TONS of info here. Read the FAQ's and use the forum search function.

One question: What's your goal with the 2002? Keep it, restore it, drive it? What's the VIN #??

thanks. yea mk2' are addicting. My goal with the 02 is to keep it and drive it around. Maybe later an m3 swap + some track time. :)

Bentley manuals are available for later BMWs but not 2002s.

Given that you're in SD, you ought to pay a visit to Carl Nelson's shop in La Jolla. Carl has everything and knows everything you need. He'll have a BMW shop manual (the real thing) to sell you, or a CD-Rom with the same info. He can 'prolly either sell you or get you a motor -- or you can source one from someone here on the board. He'll also have window glass, the proper seals and can instruct you on how to install. Nelson's website:

http://www.bimmerdoc.com/

Motorwise, there are options but nothing bolt-in. a 2002 motor is referred to as an M10. From the 1980's you can go with a 3-series (E30) four-pot, called an M20 or an M42 (16 valve), but they're not for the unitiated. There's a motor called an S14, from an E30 M3, which oddly enough, is an easier swap than other motors of the same vintage, but again, not an easy thing. The M10 (your motor) has a lot possibility -- headwork, cams, higher compression, fuel injection from later four-pots, forced induction -- you can get 150 bhp out of it with a modest infusion of cash and time and it will take a fair amount of abuse before giving up. Unless you're a confident and experienced wrench, it might be best to start with an M10 and go from there.

Wow thanks! Ive seen his shop before, years ago. Im deffinitly going to be contacting him. thank you.

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