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Before I start, Thanks Jan for all your help!!!!!!!!!

Finally decided to start a project blog on my 68, so here it goes:

I was 02less for 09 bayarea show, so I decided to pull the trigger on this black plate survivor! I acquired the 1969 1600 (Atlantik) from a kid in vallejo who was leaving to south america as a trainee boat mechanic, a rat looking, loud hot rod with many perfomance parts.

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So I drove the 1600 to the show with no problems and was enjoying every moment, dual Solex 40phh, Stahl header, straight pipes, coilovers, Big Brake Kit, 3 point harness and the carpetless interior!!!

Months later, Me and my cousin Jan saw a Craiglist ad, featuring a 1968( originally Granada) Black plate 2002 with a rebuilt Franz Fechner Close Ratio tranny.

From an old FAQ post (just Googled "Franz Fechner+BMW")

...and the immortal Franz Fechner (RIP) (BMW and Porsche trans builder in the East SF Bay Area)...

David in Nashville

The 68 was fairly straight and it had very nice line, it was painted a dark shade of blue from a 90's honda and clear-coat was peeling like a lizard, but with almost new trim! So we decided to buy the car, wife was pissed, now I had 5 BMW's and only one could be driven without waken up the neighbors!

Clock was ticking and we decided to build the 68 02 with the performance parts of the 1600 while trying to keep the 1600 somewhat stock!

here they sat together waiting for the transplant!!!!

SoCal Vintage on the horizon and only one month to go!!!

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We went back and forth for almost a month and we finally had the 68 02 ready for his trip to Socal Vintage, it was a long trip for a car who sat for almost 5 years and that it was brought to life in one month using parts from an abused and autocrossed 1600!!!

The 1969 1600 ended up looking like this:

even his little matching #'s 1600 engine was purring with the help of its stock little solex carb!!

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So we made the day long drive to SoCal on the 68 02, the car performed flawlessly it was running like a champ, decided to put some fogs for the trip down south, got many weird looks while ripping thru the grapevine!

- IE swaybars

- IE Coilovers with Aluminum Bremo calipers.

- Stahl headers

-I E Stainless Steel exhaust (what a pain to fit, my cousin Jan did it and wasn't happy)

- Solex Phh 40 dual carbs with custom old school airbox I got from Norm!

- Recaro seats.

- Petri Steering Wheel

- Close ratio Transmission.

- Rear big brake kit E21

- Weicher's front stress bar

- rear stress bar (unknown manufacturer)

- Crane Ign

- Too many fogs by Bosch

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We made the trip back to the bayarea, a couple of months later It began to itch, couldn't sit still and let the car be, So I started to buy things for it, 1st were a set of old school borrani's ET6 13x6.5 with 205/60/13 summitomos. I had to fit them then, we rolled the fenders and it worked but It wasnt enough!

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and here is the result of wanting to fit some wheels you really like into your car!!!!!

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Jan brought his towtruck and we brought it to the bodyshop!!

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So it was time to decide which color to paint the car, it was a toss between 3 colors!

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- Atlantik - just because the donor car was atlantik and because the car was painted in a similar fashion making the transition easier!

- Granada- it was the original color and I saw a few granadas down at SoCal show that look sweet!

- Bristol. love the color since i saw that BMW 700 at the museum while in Munich. Photobucket

FINAL DECISION------- Bristol with Granada Stripe ala Alpina!!!

Fenders Pulled and wheels fitted!!

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I tried my 13x8 ET0 steel wheels just for kicks!!!!

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LITTLE PROJECTS WHILE THE CAR AWAITS AT THE BODYSHOP!!!!!

---Tailight refurb

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--- 4 gauge Alpina pod, Jan copied this from one that came from Germany

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--- Headlight BUckets soda blasted

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--- My $40 Petri 38cm Steering Wheel! Daughter loves the horn. recovered with wheelskin!!!

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--- Finally found a set of centercaps for the Borrani's

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--- Doing the Euro Bumper License plate light conversion. (thanks Blunt for the pdf)

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--- Repainting the slats (spray-able Paint Dip was used for this)

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To do List

- Tii brake booster swap

- Batery relocation

- Weber 40 Dcoe with Steve's K old carbon fiber airbox

- More Foglights

- S14 starter (thanks Julio)

- and off course put the car together in time for the bay area 02 show, that if i get the car in time!!!

Keep tuned, more progress coming your way!!!!!

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I better get a ride in this car :) Its gonna be so sick!

I laughed so hard at all those fog lights. Sorry haha.

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Nice job. So, where did you find the Borrani center caps? I would like to find four or five myself.

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NICE..............That was so much fun going LA in that car can't wait to see it at the show.

Jb

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I love this car. Good work. I too have a 68. Loving the fog lights the wheels and the Bristol grey. My 68 is Granada, check out my blog for loads of 68 and 69 rally cars, lots of fog lights.

www.1968bmw2002.blogspot.com

Cheers,

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Daniel - Great to see your blog and your project coming together! I only saw it peeking out from under that cover, can't wait to see it again!

Great job as usual!

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Damn you!

I gotta do something to my Granada car(Gunther).

Looks good- Cris

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Coco mats arrived! They were meant to go on a datsun but the fit ok on he 02 with a little trimming on the drivers mat!

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Test fitting the carbs and air box on the spare motor!!

Still debating whether to run the carbon box with the webers 40 dcoe or keep the ti solex's and the old school air box!

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Stilauto wheels test fitted for fender clearance,

13x6.5 low offset with 205's!

Pulled fenderS look good!

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Has to be the old school box. It will go better with the petri and the borrani steels. Will the webers fit the old airbox?

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Has to be the old school box. It will go better with the petri and the borrani steels. Will the webers fit the old airbox?

they will, just need to find velocity stacks that will fit both!

little touch up on the instrument cluster! Put a cluster together from 3 old clusters!

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Look at you Chico.........nice work let me know if you help with anything.

Julio

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Decided to give the old ti airbox a makeover, still undecided on which air box

to go with!

Still have to make a bracket from te box to the body!

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