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CMCD's 1974 '02


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I figured I would post up the progress of my '02 since some of you might find it interesting. I am always interested to check out what everyone else is doing. I bought the car back in late september for $2,200 off craigslist from a guy in Oakland, Ca. Car ran and looked to be in pretty decent shape. The interior is nice and only a bit of rust I have found. Mostly surface with one all the way through rust hole in the rear right fender. As I started working on the rusted through area I found up to 1/4 inch Bondo in some spots covering most of the right side of the car. The odd thing was that the metal underneath was almost perfect. I plan on switching it over to Megasquirt, 5 speed and maybe some flares and air dam. I haven't decided entirely. Here are some pictures of where it's been and where it's at so far.






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It's the parents house and mom has it as storage for misc crap/garbage. Dads house has the tools but he doesn't want more cars or parts so i am driving it back and forth. VW did run about 3 years ago it needed some work but didnt smoke and got around. I tried starting it a few months ago and even after trying to jump it it would not kick over the starter. It's spoken for by my brother though once he gets some space for another car at his house. Project cars all over the place and only so much garage space.

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It had a lot of bondo on the sides and I was using an old big grinder tool with a wire brush cup on it. Seems to work pretty well where there isnt much bondo and just paint just as well as where there is lots of bondo. Then I am just hitting the bare metal with some primer to keep it from rusting.

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Sad news. It got really windy the other day and the branch from the neighbor's tree fell off and smashed the roof in. It isn't super bad. I think it can be popped back out and fix up any of the creases that might have occurred. I am glad that it doesn't look like it bent the frame around the doors or windows at all. Waiting on more information from the neighbor's insurance company. Probably won't hear back from them right away. Then I might try to get something through our insurance if the neighbor's doesn't cover it. Might put the cash towards some engine work or maybe paying off some other stuff. Here are some pictures.




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That's probably true about the bus doing a little sacrificing for the 02. I got a call from the fog lights guy. Should be getting my Hella lamps soon. I ordered them from rallylights.com I guess they switched their site up. but the lamps were on this page... http://www.rallylights.net/hella/160.asp They said they had a limited shipment coming from Germany a few months ago on a cargo ship so I ordered them then and they just called me that they are shipping them out in the morning. I also got a fog lamp switch from this guy to replace the filler. He might be out by now though. http://www.ultimategarage.com/Parts-ClassicBMW/bodyelec2002.html Insurance lady should be telling us news soon she was out of the office for the past few days.

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It's been a little while since I have posted up some progress shots. Been a bit rainy and low on funds. I pulled out a lot of the interior stuff today. I think I am going to try to grind off the roof support bars they look to only be tac welded by the doors and glued to the sheetmetal on the roof. Then straighten out the bars pop the roof and weld them back in. Still fighting with the insurance company. I have an arborist writing me a letter about the tree being pruned incorrectly but he keeps forgetting and flaking.





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My exhaust header cracked on me so I needed to replace it. I ended up ordering the IE stainless steel 4 into 1 header and after all the pain getting the old one off finally got the new one on only to realize the PO got rid of the down pipe flanges and welded the down pipe to the rest of the exhaust. So I decided just to do it right from the start instead of welding pieces onto my new beautiful header. So after I got that ordered I got it installed and running. My hangers for my muffler are all messed up so I might have to work on them at a later time. Right now they are wired up with bailing wire. So I started her up and was ready for a test drive and while backing out of the driveway and turning the wheel I felt it rub. The Damn steering is hitting the header pipes. So back into the driveway and I'll have to figure that one out next. Always something it seems.






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