Idle hands are the Devils tools....
So with some down time I bought some bits:
Craigslist HKS Clone Header and the last InStock drop swaybar:
Aluminum Radiator as seen in bianchini car:
Order a few of these guys for the future:
Got WAY carried away in the fueling prep:
Finally in the shop for Motor Mounts and Trans Tunnel.
So why not just order the Motor Mounts?
I DID, in late November, every 4-6 weeks I was given an update "yeah their in the works, 4-6 more weeks" after 8 months I stopped calling and started my own plan.
So for the first time after adding all the missing small Honda bits the motor - transmission are finally Mated and sitting on the 2002 modified subframe:
Motor mount plates all cut out:
Trying to get ready parts purchased and Mods begin
New steel fuel lines feed/return bent and installed all in all 6+ hours, now that fresh fuel smell in the cabin is all gone AN fittings installed
Temporary Fuel filter and SS hoses added:
While surfing basic 2002 For Sale Forums I happened across a f20c swap kit at $2800 instead of the usual $5000........
after a few basic calls to the owner I figured I could sell all the Tii bits for much more.
Step 1, list all the Tii bits for sale
Step 1B, catalog everything else that gets eliminated.
I sold the Tii swap Kit, motor long block, all Tii bolt on's, 123 Ignition, 5 speed conversion kit, HD Radiator, Alpina Header, New reinforced Sub
OK so when I built the engine the first time I assembled the flywheel and noticed serious runout. Came to find out the flywheel was machined on a table that was not calibrated and yes it was seriously out by about 8 thousandths. So I re-machined it and finished the engine build. All was good except I had this nagging feeling that perhaps the crank was wrong too? The engine idled roughly but at high rev. it screamed.
So....when Covid came I figured time to tear down the engine and
Got the Hobart out of the box at last and started work on Franken-cart to keep it on. It’s going so well, I may just buy a cart.
I’ve never MIG welded before with steel wire & argon/co2. I had an electric welder previously from Harbor Freight and weld with flux wire. That POS always popped a 20amp fuse after a few minutes of continuous use. I also have gas welded a bit before, but this MIGging is new to me.
I started off practicing on an old cookie sheet. I must hav
A common thing for 2002 owners: How many of you have sun visors that look like balloons? Over time, the foam just turns to dust, and the result is a floppy, poofy, sun visor. I decided to document my first DIY experiment to see if I could keep the original vinyl on a sun visor, but refill it on my own. At the end of the day, it's certainly far from perfect, but I figured maybe someone with steadier hands can iterate and improve on it.
For this project, I needed:
A poofy sun vi
Subframes were sandblasted and dipped in anticorrosive coating so that all hollow parts will be protected. Next stage is powder coating for final finish.
Engine is out and I started taking exterior apart.
New floor panels and rear axle supports arrived from W&N
We removed thick layer of bitumen from inner wheel walls. Found previous repairs were and some rust as well.
Also holes were hiding on both rear axle supports.
Grind of bitumen continues so good 20kg of bitumen was removed.
The latest Ultimate Classic From the BMW Classic CCA has arrived. Had a little fun with the magazine today.
For more information about the Classic CCA visit, bmwccca.com and join today!
Latest update on the car from Bill:
”Brought the engine and drivetrain components from storage to the shop today. Will begin prepping them tomorrow. Once they're ready we'll fetch Mint Grun, probably this weekend. Tuesday start basic cleaning and prep of the body, later in the week, or early next, begin installation, likely running a few days later.
If you haven't joined BMW CCA yet, dive in, along membership in the SIG(special interest group) for '02s. Sounds like you've alread
So this weekend, all the water went out the tailpipe.
It took the driver 3 laps to notice this
(he's been sacked)
but the only thing I found wrong was that the exhaust valves were making
their own reliefs in the pistons (!!!)
The engine builder's been sacked, too.
I didn't have a very good straight edge tonight
(I sacked myself)
but the head is surprisingly un- warped. Based on a bit of aluminum angle I had lying around.
My fit-up number umpteen - going well. front to rear location, shock tower location, floor pan location all good. getting ready to plug weld all the holes from drilling out the previous brake fluid rotted rail. Once those are plugged I plan to fit in the rail once more and weld it in. Nice working with such a solid California car - no rust in the pan or any other portions along this mount up. I would say the most difficult fit area was here where the fire wall meets the floor pan and the ne
A lot has happened in the last few months. I've built a handful of cold start relays (v4). Great fun and have gotten to know several folks quite well as we worked through their cold start wiring systems.
During one of the troubleshooting efforts (one Tii had a starter that wouldn't stop, but only when the cold start relay was installed!) I moved on from v4 of the board to v6! This follows the design changes from Bosch. I'm not sure we will ever know the motivation behind the slight c
Today I applied dry ice on the floor to check out if bitumen removes easier when frozen. I took 30 kg of dry ice and put in several bags for easier placement and ability to move it.
Left it on floor for 1 hour and the floor panels and then try how it peels away. Floor actually freeze from bottom.
I was able to remove big chunks at once so I would definitely suggest to anyone who will be removing bitumen from floor. On my e9 I used ho
Hi guys and girls,
I was advised to open a blog about restoration process of my recently required BMW 2002 so here I am. I am new to writing blog so I am sorry if it will be boring and full of grammar mistakes.
Anyway to introduce myself I come from Slovenia (Europe) and always have a passion about older BMWs… I bought my first BMW when I turned 18 years old – E36 325i cabrio. This was the car to introduce me in the world of car enthusiast. Through this passion I meet sev
Saturday July 18th we drove Veronika to the Misselwood Estate at Endicott College in Beverly MA and participated in the first Misselwood Driving Series Tour. The drive from our house to the Estate takes ~2 hours. The tour started at 10 am, we made it there at 9:50 am. The Tour wound its way through Beverly and followed tree lined streets with antique homes eventually leading to open fields then winding our way through to Newburyport MA. We were privilege to have talented Photographer Josh Sweeny
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So the original plan was for me to drive to California to get the car essentially in kit form: Engine/Trans/driveshaft all to be installed by me (and i would have been winging that wholesale never having done any of it before).
The new plan is for the car to be delivered to me mechanically complete and road worthy, but aesthetically challenged and in need of much love and sweat equity to be returned to a restored state. ETA is mid August to early September.
Car is running great. Rick at North Bay Bavarian was able to adjust timing and HP is greatly improved from the first tune. The project is never ending but the car runs better than I would have expected. Pulls strong all the way to 6500. The Schrick 292 was a good choice for around town and highway balance. It's been a better than 2 year adventure with the Bristol 69' but I couldn't be happier with how it all came out in the end.
Also got the Ground Control coilovers put in all a