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My wife and I are relocating from San Francisco to Northern Virginia and, of course, we are driving the '72tii. Planning on ten days.

Any spare parts you recommend we carry, other than the cell phone, credit card and AAA membership card? This is the list I have assembled from looking through past posts:

• alternator belt

• dist cap, rotor, points & condenser

• duct tape

• electrical tape

• electrical wire

• fix a flat

• fuel filter

• fuel line, 1m

• fuel pump

• gas cap

• hose clamps: fuel & radiator hoses

• injection pump belt

• lug nut

• oil filler cap

• oil filter and crush ring

• parachute cord

• Radiator cap

• radiator coolant (50%)

• radiator hose, upper

• spare bulbs/fuses/screws/etc

• spark plugs W7DC, wire

• windshield washer

• wiper inserts

I know...carrying the above will ensure I will never need it. Thanks for the help. Man, we'll miss California. At least they have Trader Joe's in Virginia.

William

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Looks like you covered all the parts, dont forget some tools! should be a fun Drive across the country. with all them parts and tools will you be towing a trailer as well?

BY the way what is the condition of the engine and trani now? if it is tip top i suspect all you will really need is gas and quart of oil.

have fun

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good point! I'll need space for the luggage! Transmission and engine are ok, but will get the car checked out before we head out. Really excited about the trip--have done cross countries, but always from/to San Diego, so this is the first time we are doing a northern route.

Here is the list of tools that are probably reducing my mileage by 20% with all the weight:

• air compressor

• bottle jack

• elastic cargo ties

• flashlight & batteries

• funnel

• gas container

• hammer, ball peen, 10”

• jumper cable

• knife/leatherman

• leather gloves

• maintenance manual

• multimeter

• pliers, adjustable, 12”

• pliers, needle nose, 6”

• side cutters, 6”

• pry bar (small)

• safety goggles

• screwdrivers (flat, Phillips)

• shovel

• socket set, 3/8 drive

• tire chock

• tire-pressure gauge

• vice grips

• wire strippers/cutter

• wrench, adjustable

• wrench, spark plug

• wrenches, combination 6-17mm

• car duster

• hex key for mirrors

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sounds pretty good! Don't forget a fire arm and ammo, your buffalo skins and at least 10 lbs of jerky and/or smoked salmon.

and matches and candles. You can get a fire started even in the snow with a good candle... oh and a knife and a chainsaw or at least an axe, and a first aid kit and water purification tablets .. and don't forget to bring some obsidian to trade with the natives .. and shells from the ocean. That might get you passage through the mid west.

best of luck!!

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A few things:

1. Welcome to the area, looking forward to having another 02er in the area.

2. Good to see someone who knows when to use "ensure" and not "insure"

3. Think about spare injector lines.

4. You may want to have telephone numbers of 02ers along your route or the Friends of BMW booklet.

In 2002 several of us drove from the east coast to Colorado in four days and four of us drove home in two days. Only "adjustments", both ways, were crapped out alternators.

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cook off and crack, leading to misfires. And you're not gonna find one at the local Auto Zone. And if you have a spare, stashed away, a windshield wiper relay. If yours fails, no wipers and again, a not easily available part. I once had to drive 200+ miles in the rain with no wipers due to this, so I have a spare with me..."just in case."

And if your travels take you thru SW OH on I-70, let us know when you'll be passing thru and we'll try to organize an impromptu 02 getogether. There's also a very good shop 2 miles off I-70 here in Dayton, just in case.

cheers

mike

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I just completed a 1500 mile round-trip to [email protected] and also put together a comprehensive collection of spare parts, having never taken the 36 year old car that far car before. Of course this guaranteed I had no problems. The only additional parts you might want to consisder, because they do break and could be difficult to quickly locate in rural America, would be a thermostat, water pump and fuel pump. I really enjoyed the long distant drive; the car ran great and I got excellent gas mileage. Oh, consider an AAA membership, if you don't have one. Good luck.

Roger

'72 Malaga

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My wife and I are relocating from San Francisco to Northern Virginia and, of course, we are driving the '72tii. Planning on ten days.

Any spare parts you recommend we carry, other than the cell phone, credit card and AAA membership card? This is the list I have assembled from looking through past posts:

• alternator belt

• dist cap, rotor, points & condenser

• duct tape

• electrical tape

• electrical wire

• fix a flat

• fuel filter

• fuel line, 1m

• fuel pump

• gas cap

• hose clamps: fuel & radiator hoses

• injection pump belt

• lug nut

• oil filler cap

• oil filter and crush ring

• parachute cord

• Radiator cap

• radiator coolant (50%)

• radiator hose, upper

• spare bulbs/fuses/screws/etc

• spark plugs W7DC, wire

• windshield washer

• wiper inserts

I know...carrying the above will ensure I will never need it. Thanks for the help. Man, we'll miss California. At least they have Trader Joe's in Virginia.

William

...and bring OIL!

Keep an eye on the oil pressure guage (if you have one) and check the oil level at every gas stop.

Otherwise, you seem to have covered everything else, so none of it will break. Happy trails![/b]

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make a pre Trip Trip FIRST !

of at least 250 miles non-stop the week(s) before your real trip

that will show any areas that need real repairs before the Real Trip.

Any of those parts that you list in your KIT should be installed on the car BEFORE the Real Trip ! Otherwise why do you need to 'stock' them ?

Maybe you enjoy having to find a place where there is no place to pull off the road with family in the car suffering with you - to then start restoration in the dirt on some dark, rainy, cold, sweltering hot,

sunbaking, Sunday afternoon time when you can least afford to

start roadside Restoration .

Service the car properly now.

Leave all that krap in the garage.

Your BMW should tour trouble free if you've done

the service properly in a time that you can plan on.

The car should be fully serviced before departure.

Don't Be This Guy -=>

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. . . . . .or this guy either ! -=>>

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Have an Excellent trip and Welcome To The Right Coast

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a few phone numbers of members between the destinations will always come in handy. That way a garage and helper are never too far away.

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the booklet from Motel 6 that lists all their locations in the country. For 30 to 45 bucks a night you can't beat it for having a decent, clean place to sleep. seriously, i've slept at countless Motel 6's across the country. there's no reason to pay more for a hotel.

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fuses, water pump, assorted hoses, heavy wire, Not the factory jack, a blanket/tarp/big towel, list of BMW dealers and FAQ members along the way

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One item I truly needed on my trip to Seattle/San Francisco from Michigan in 2006 was a wire hanger to secure my broken exhaust in place.

Maybe you can get one from this lady:

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She seems to have little use for them.

:)

Delia

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One item I truly needed on my trip to Seattle/San Francisco from Michigan in 2006 was a wire hanger to secure my broken exhaust in place.

I've usually got a spool of utility/safety wire in my toolbox for this purpose, and it comes in handy for many other things, while being a lot more flexible than a coat hanger.

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