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Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

It wasn't long before there was trouble in paradise.  I began to notice more and more white smoke on startup.   And then my suspicions were confirmed by the telltale milky oil underneath the fill cap.     Leaky head gasket and/or front cover gasket?  A dreaded crack?   Driving season ended abruptly.     The engine in the car is a 74tii engine.  The original engine (tall block) was included in the sale and swapped in the past for reasons unknown.  My original plan was to build

Djthom

Djthom

 

The first quick fixes

After getting the car home I set about rectifying some of the immediate concerns.    1) Falling our of 2nd.   Thanks to the wealth of info on this site I was able to fix simply by torquing the gearbox output shaft nut.  Problem solved   2) Upholstery.  Before selling the 74 I swapped the rear seats.  I had put new foams and Aardvark covers in the 74.   I also scavenged the rear seat belts.   For the front seats I put new foam in the bottom with heated seat elemets.  I was abl

Djthom

Djthom

Intro to my new tii

Intro to my new tii

So here it is, the new tii.     The Good;  Roundie, tii, sunroof.  Matching number engine included.  The perfect starting point.   Original BC car that never saw salt.  Underside and rockers are solid except for a small patch in passenger floor.   Previous owner put lowering springs and Bilsteins.     The Bad:  corrosion along belt line of hood and trunk lid as well as rear quarter wheel lips.  Pops out of 2nd gear.    The Ugly:   Green cam cover and tired upholster

Djthom

Djthom

How and why did I get here?

How and why did I get here?

This is my third 02 in as many years.  How did I get here and why?   My first 02 was a roundie tii that I completely restored and sold.  It's story was detailed here.  The sheer cost of the restoration and the fact I already have other high level restored cars resulted in a change in strategy.... Hence my next car was to be a 3 season driver.  The concept was to get maximum usage and enjoy daily driving of a vintage classic without worrying about every raincloud or stone chip.  I

Djthom

Djthom

A long time coming!

A long time coming!

Hi all! It's been far too long since I had a notable update for this build.    Long story short... I was living in Socal for the past three years. About a year ago I planned to bring the 02 to socal after having a friend do the rust repair. Due to some unfortunate circumstances he wasn't able to work on the car for about the half of a year it was with him. I began planning to ship the car over anyway, and the day before the delivery was planned my girlfriend expressed her desire to mov

Rocan

Rocan

Battery Build.

Battery Build.

Now that the motor is mounted (see below), it was time to get serious about the batteries.    I have known which battery modules I was going to run for awhile, but not exactly how I was going to mount them or position them in the car.  The battery modules themselves are 59Vdc lithium-ion "blocks" built by LG for the Chyrsler Pacifica Hybrid.  I chose these for a number of reasons, but mainly because being from a hybrid means they offer good power and the voltage/capacity of each

WisDesign

WisDesign

 

Pulling it together - slowly

So last couple weeks I’ve been really focused on the rear subframe. I was unaware one of my rear trailing arms was in pretty poor shape. It appears that at some point someone decided to tow the car using the rear trailing arm and that caused some dents.   I posted some pictures of the rear trailing arm on Facebook Bmw 2002 modifiers group and the general consensus was that I could just mount everything and keep on trucking.   There was also a comment that my rear trailing arms need to

Dionk

Dionk

Adios Little Roundie

Adios Little Roundie

Sometimes you have to let a project go. Since I bought this car, I've sworn up and down I would never sell it. From the best test drive I've ever had in the car, to the highs and (frequent) lows of the build, I insisted that this car would stay in the stable for as long as it possibly could. As it turns out, that wasn't as long as I had hoped. Back tracking a little, for those of you who have read the previous posts, my 2002 got stuck in fabrication for much longer than intended. When it came ba

benzintinte

benzintinte

Sensing something is different (this time).

Sensing something is different (this time).

Good afternoon everyone.    Welcome to phase II.     Just to make sure that everyone is up to speed.  I purchased a basket case turbo setup from a fellow member.  After I sorted out everything, including a somewhat surprising turbo rebuild, I am just about to start with the first steps to getting the turbo installed.    The hard part for me is (besides getting the time) is that I need to make sure that the result is safe and reliable.  There are some things that BMW

Dudeland

Dudeland

 

God closes a door and opens a trap door.

So as I am sitting here with the flu and cold in full effect sipping on my nice warm apple flavoured neo-citran, I find myself in a meditative state of mind. Looking out towards the many tasks that I have ahead of me and struggling to understand how I ever got to this point.     What started as a conversation with my better half regarding an old BMW that isn't too fancy and that I could park on the street, soon became a garage only drive, with electronic fuel injection accompanied by a

Dudeland

Dudeland

Trunk boards and some other stuff.

Trunk boards and some other stuff.

This weekend I stopped by the shop and installed headlights, some new Hella horns and painted the core supports flat black. The boys are also working on the engine bay, continuing with wiring clean up and installing one of Patrick's custom radiators as well.     We've hit a little lull as we wait for some parts to arrive. At this point, Master Patrick has kinda run out of grasshopper level stuff for me to do. He's going to start rewiring the dash area and run add

Teelinger

Teelinger

New board is built and tested (and works!)

New board is built and tested (and works!)

Solid success today. Received the two new boards on Monday and built them today. Looks really good, the spade connectors are solid and tight, the components all fit.    Test fit:         Soldering it up:             Ran it in the test rig and works!    However still one more iteration. Sharp eyes will see where I had to enlarge one of the notches for it to fit the black plastic housing.

JsnPpp

JsnPpp

Headliner, beltline trim and trunk stuff.

Headliner, beltline trim and trunk stuff.

This is a long one...   The boys at Midnight Motorsports have been busy.    Patrick was able to weld in an early model shift boot flange that I got from @Vintage-Autobahn to the tranny tunnel. This is so that I can switch to a shorty console and attach a round rubber shift boot.      Andre finished most of the trunk area. This included installing the gas tank and fuel pump, associated hoses, the electric trunk opener and hardware, and the trunk gasket. He

Teelinger

Teelinger

 

Suspension

With the rolling stock and brakes squared away, it was time to address the suspension. To my untrained eyes and ears, I could tell that the bushings and mounts were all shot, the car bottomed out on hard bumps and the front tires had a comical amount of caster. I’d been stockpiling parts in plans to tackle the entire thing at once. Thanks to this site (again) as well as @BLUNT I had accumulated what I needed:   Steering links Tie rods Lower control arms All front

1dollar93

1dollar93

 

Wheel Saga part 2: Electric Boogaloo

If you spend enough time on this site, you tend to see a variety of wheel/tire combinations, some rarer than others. When I put the Style 10 wheels on my car I had only seen 2 or 3 photos of them mounted on 2002’s. I noticed that the wheels were pretty heavy, the steering felt slower, and I was lusting after other setups. I had seen @bluebmw car on Alpinas and really liked it, and was excited to have basically stumbled into this set of wheels on accident. I decided this would be my inspiration:

1dollar93

1dollar93

 

Can't bring myself to put it in hibernation

It's taken 4+ years to get this rolling tetanus shot on the road. At this point it's really not a BMW any more.  That needs to be made clear, this car was missing much, damaged and significantly rusted.  Add to that a cross country relocation compounded by this being my first ground up.  I say all that to say I would have done things very differently.  Due to the moving and original plans of a track car, much of the interior little bits are gone.  I have had to build my own over the last few wee

maikell77

maikell77

 

It followed me home

This all started as a desire to replace my seats, but turned into the find of the year. The original seats in my car were completely shot, and I had replaced them with a set of blue 320 comfort seats as an interim solution. They didn’t match the interior and looked heinous, but at least I could drive the car.    I found a guy in the foothills of Northern California selling a ‘non running’ 1983 320 for $1500. I called him for some information about the car, and to see if it had the Reca

1dollar93

1dollar93

 

Brakes and Safety

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything about this car- it’s been a slow process but I’m still smitten with it. Our son became an older brother in 2018 and then again in 2019, so my time and attention is elsewhere most of the time. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 kids aged 3 and under as of this writing.    After mounting the wheels and tires, I began focusing on the braking system of the car. This was my first time performing brake work on any vehicle, and thanks to

1dollar93

1dollar93



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