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  1. Seems to be a popular misconception that everyone has a right to be heard in each public and private forum. Seems also that claiming "censorship" is popular, but I see no foul here....no meaningful "I used the faq search function on my starter question, can you guys help me out here." Tone and content don't align...perhaps other help is required, along the lines of netiquette tips. Andrew
    14 points
  2. Yes, as an Administrator I do have the supreme control. I also have a responsibility to the members of the community to prevent spammers and scammers from taking advantage of the community. Daily, I have to examine many posts from "new" members, and your first did not look like it was contributing anything 2002 related and looked like a way to get into the community for malicious purposes. Other than that, you added two more post yesterday complaining about my "supreme" control. If you actually posted a question regarding a Starter it would have been approved very quickly. I apologize if this somehow offended you. Steve K.
    14 points
  3. P1-P2 for the team on Sunday! Congratz tzei! Pretty good after some unplanned service 😉
    14 points
  4. Hard work payed off😁 I got 2nd and Tommy 3rd place.
    14 points
  5. This weekend I started on making the new panels for the rear left subframe mounting point. I first sandblasted the reinforcement panel as well as the outer wheel well section we removed. A small corner was pitted quite a bit so it got repaired by welding in a small corner. Still need to trim the edges to their final size With the help of some box tubing to get the radius of the bend the same as the original, I remade the rear plate that closes in the subframe mounting point. As well as the inner well got a new small panel Still some trimming needed to do but it's pretty close And test fit with the new/repaired panels, happy with how it turned out.
    13 points
  6. Today I bought an '02. Been saving my pennies for a couple of years and unsuccessfully bidding over at BaT, but today I finally made the connection from a classified here on FAQ.
    13 points
  7. My brake light switch failed… I ordered a new one but itll be a while before it arrives. I took apart the old one to determine why it failed… Interesting mechanism. The contacts were so gunked up there was no amount of trying to inject cleaner that would fix it. I destroyed it taking it apart. So I 3d printed some parts and made a new temporary one! Reused the old housing so it could be affixed the same way. The washer on the plunger connects the two wires when the plunger is fully extended.
    13 points
  8. Like the 02, I remember the Porsche 356 as utilitarian transportation vs. an overpriced garage queen collected by the tech – Yuppies, celebrities and “Collectors”. Back in 1982, when I purchased my first BMW, a solid and running 1968 1600-Manilla, for a mere $500, my best friend brought home a 1963 Porsche 356B for $2,500. It was a solid running car with little to no rust. We both used our cars to commute to school, across town in heavy traffic. When the Porsche’s clutch started slipping we changed it out one day over a case of cheap bear. It was back on the road in no time. The car was simple and easy to maintain. These days the venerable 356 no longer serves as cheap transportation for college students on a budget. It has been relegated to the “Collector – Garage Queen” status where only those with deep pockets can afford an example. The starving student mechanics have been replaced by “Porsche Specialty Shops” which charge top dollar to ply their trade on a simple automobile. Recently a Porsche 356 owner asked me if I knew of a good 356 mechanic. I told him to take it to a Volkswagen shop, and he looked at me with an incredulous expression. What’s the big deal about working on a simple 356? Ten years ago I took my 1600 to a friend, who's a very competent metal fabricator, to replace the front apron on my nose. His shop is located in a small rural town in Ventura County, tucked away amidst the orange groves along the Santa Clara River just North of Los Angeles. This historic setting has remained seemingly unchanged since the 1950s, serving as a popular location set for filming. But before driving my car in I helped my friend push aside two 356s, one a Carrera and the other a Speedster, both on dollies. My 1600 was among snobs. “The motor to the Carrera is taken apart and sitting in the adjacent shed” he said. When I peeked in I glanced upon the holly grail of Porschedom, an original Fuhrman four cam motor, disassembled in a crate. “The car has been with me for ten years, and I only work on it from time to time as the owner is able to pay me” he explained. My friend fabricated most of the sheet metal and repair panels for the car and crafted a complete lid to the motor compartment. He essentially built half the car anew using his English Wheel and other tools, explaining to me that there was well over 75K in metal work on this nearly completed 356 Carrera. The four cam Fuhrman motor, as it sat, was worth another $125K. And, when assembled and all restored the car would be worth in the order of one million $. There were quite a number of 356s, including many Speedsters, in that shop. Evidently, the Baby Boomers and tech Yuppies with deep pockets are throwing a lot of money into these cars. How times have changed, I thought. As he started to work on my 1600 he told me that the spot welds on it are very similar to the 356. At one point an owner to a rare 60s era exotic walked in to check on the progress to his project ( I think it was either an Iso Rivolta or a Lamborghini 350GT). He just barely cast a perfunctory glance at my 67 1600- Bristol as he walked into the shop. “Have you decided if you want the car for show or driving” my friend asked the expressionless customer. ”I think I changed my mind, I want it for show”, the man answered. I was proud to have driven my car in and out of that shop the same day. My car is not just “For Show”. It’s for driving, unlike one of those Pebble Beach “Garage Queens”. But, it seems the 02 is heading in that direction as well. And, that’s pretty sad. I need to make another visit to the shop to repair my e-brake bracket and front sway bar mounts. Thick after market sway bars have a tendency to tear out the stock mounting tabs up front. I look forward to hanging around that shop. It’s my idea of quality time spent. And, on my way back I’ll stop in at the local bee-keeper and pick up a couple of jars of non-processed honey. The color pics below are of the town and my friend's shop. I didn't take them. But, the next time I drive up I'll remember to take some pics. I love the pic of the 356 with the old long wood skis. How many 356 pilots would have the courage and huevos to take out their 356 in this manner ? I still ski on similar equipment. To the younger skiers on the slopes I'm a mere relic and curiosity. "You'd be better off with some new equipment....Those things are unsafe", they often exclaim. But, they eat their words once they see how I negotiate the terrain with those old long-boards. And, they ask "How can you do that on those old things ?"
    12 points
  9. Nice video that captures many of the reasons we spend so much time and resources on these wonderful vehicles:
    11 points
  10. Picked this up yesterday and installing this weekend. New in the box 2 piece dash. Very happy to have found this as an addition for a special car. Found locally here in Colorado. A friend Brent Louzon has had it in his stash for many,many years and, offered it for the Alpina build. Thanks Brent. dq
    11 points
  11. Chamonix ‘73 I’ve decided it’s been too long. The project is moving so slowly. I’m not willing to wait several more yrs to drive the car (Paint and bodywork will likely take me that long). I’ve been cutting, grinding, welding on this car for over 4yrs now. So, I’ve been steadily assembling the car. Over the last few evenings in the shop I’ve managed to install/wire tail lamp assemblies, US flat turns, headlights, turn/high beam stalks, and a now fully functional instrument cluster. I put a rough tune on the engine the other night. It idles ok warm, but still needs some help cold so I’ll get back to that next week. Still lots to do before I’d even feel comfortable putting it on the road with other cars around, but I’m getting there. It drove 100’ on Tuesday (backed out of the shop, made a circle and and back in nose first). This car WILL make it to a Cars n Coffee this summer. 😁
    11 points
  12. Thx mate. 😊 A rare wood-rimmed Petri as was optional on the 1600ti and 2002ti. I was lucky to purchase this many years ago and paid very little for it. Had it restored a few years back and love it to bits. I feel it brings some warmth and elegance into the otherwise rather sober and teutonic 02 cabin…
    10 points
  13. Doing my fronts to match my Frankenhaar rear seat project…. Fronts are new gummihaar from WN made by ‘Johnson Controls’. Nice to have new padding and get rid of the crunch!
    10 points
  14. Small roadtrip today to visit our friends 😄
    10 points
  15. I didn't see a new member forum, so I thought I would put this here. I'm getting ready to do some work on my Dad's '76. The car is in excellent shape. Original paint and interior. My Dad is the original owner. I actually remember driving off the showroom floor in San Jose. I couldn't figure out how a car was going to fit through the door. I was only 4. He and I put in a Metric Mechanics 2.2L Sport engine with a Weber, stainless header and some muffler which I can't remember, back in around 1990. The car has also had a full Quickor suspension (with rear diff relocation) which lowered the car a couple of inches. We are going to be replacing the rubber brake lines at all 4 corners and possibly installing the Getrag 5 speed that has been in a crate for the past 30 years. The car was a daily driver for our family until the mid-90s. More than anything I wanted to share this car with this amazing community. I'm sure we will need the forum's opinions and guidance on the 5 speed install when we get to that point. Zach
    10 points
  16. Slavs, could I suggest you create just one universal thread to post all your complaints about how others are choosing to live their lives ? I’m thinking “Get off my Lawn” would be a good title. Or engage a more positive outlook on life…
    10 points
  17. Over the past 52 years of owning--and daily driving a brace of '02s (no road salt since 1984 and 1999 respectively, so unclench, y'all) I've always been concerned that some idiot (myself included) would pull a boneheaded stunt and wreck one (or both) my '02s beyond saving. So far it hasn't happened, and that's after a combined 450,000 or so miles of driving 'em. As we all know, the charm of a 2002 (besides the ownership camaraderie) is in driving it, especially on non-linear roads. They're not rolling sculpture, like an XKE or a Duesenberg SSJ, or blow-your-socks-off performance like a Ferrari--just fun to drive. That isn't accomplished by carefully covering it up in a climate-controlled garage and trailering it to concours. So I'm gonna continue to risk automotive annihilation by driving my '02s--around town and to events several states away. To terribly paraphrase Patrick Henry, "I know not what others may do, but as for me, gimme the open road (in my '02) or give me a Camry." Rant for today. mike
    10 points
  18. Have you though? To me it looks like a pretty controlled response .... in contrast to yours. Welcome to the faq, at least you're not boring.
    10 points
  19. Removed the hood, pulled the engine and transmission as a unit. Separated the two, engine on a stand, transmission is on my bench. Dropped the core of the front subframe. The body is now ready for blasting, metal work and paint.
    10 points
  20. you guys cut the asshole some slack...he can't help it that he had a bad childhood
    9 points
  21. Ok, assuming cancel culture is even an actual problem, it's very strange equating systemic cultural issues with car forum administration. 🤔 Maybe Facebook is more your speed.
    9 points
  22. FWIW, a Ceylon 1972 2002tii took First in Class at the 2021 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance a couple of weeks ago.
    8 points
  23. I did a wood matching look with steering wheel, shift knob and Kienzle clock surround in my 1968 1600ti tribute with A/C. Lots of fun!
    8 points
  24. Couldn’t help but add myself, @tjones02 and @Super Fahrt in the car park at the end. Enjoy!
    8 points
  25. I had seen this idea mentioned somewhere but never saw anyone try it. It works! So the 50 year old hard and crunchy gummihaar seat pads in our cars just turn to brown dust and slowly disappear. While new FRONT seat backs and bottoms are available ($$$) we have not had rear seat ones forever. Working off the knowledge that other manufacturers also used the product opens up new possibilities. So the vintage VW folks have gummihaar pads available and at a reasonable cost — hummm… Working on the WolfsburgWest.com site the best match by size are rear seat pads for a’56-’64 sedan. They were (April 2021) $44 each and shipping was $32. Here is what I got: 113885775B PAD/R BKRST, 56-64 SEDAN, VW Qty 1 113885375B PAD/R/BOT, 56-64 SEDAN, VW Qty 1 I never could get a measurement on the thickness but they are almost identical to our ’02 ones! The edges need to ‘wrap” around the metal seat frame and these do. So what isn’t perfect? Let’s start with the seat bottom. And this is where the title for this article comes in. The VW part is an inch wider than we need and the depth is one inch shorter. Also the edge shape at the back corners is a little different. How about keeping the back edge of the old part (it is under the seat back anyway) and we can get our missing inch of depth back. Then for the front section we take an inch out of the middle. I used very heavy scissors and cut the gummihaar along my marked lines - not fun. Re-assembling our “Frankenhaar” with upholstery thread or monofilament line stitching we get this new bottom cushion! Halfway there. While the VW seat bottom is a good match, the seat back in the ’02 is a moulded marvel that is anything but straight or flat. After puzzling over it a couple of days I just couldn’t put that crunchy seat back pad back in the car. So the idea is new padding is for where you sit, right? Bingo, I’ll just replace the contact area with new material and preserve the shaped area I have. The 15” square donor sections look like this: Same exercise… use thread/line to make big loop stitches holding them together. Spongy and soft where two people can sit back there! My new covers came with a layer of foam stitched to the material so I didn’t add anything else over the gummihaar. Reattached the cover to the pointy tabs and then some additional hog ring work and done! Given the front seats get more use and have more “shape” in them, I didn’t explore the VW donor route and just gave my German friends at WN some business. I hope this gives you some ideas and may answer an old question you may have had like me… “I wonder if those cheap VW pads could work?” Cheers! View full article
    8 points
  26. I’ll chime in… A decade ago I bought my first 02 because I graduated college and decided that I wanted to learn how to work on cars… I was and am handy and always saw the value of having skills… I changed the guibo at least a half dozen times for various reasons lol… I scrounged parts from junk yards, saved for fun bits, and researched here on the FAQ for more hours than I can count… It was an experience that I would never trade and in many ways, became a framework for the man I am today. Times have changed… I am no longer the young one… The kids now are into the E30’s which is fine by me! It’s not my cup of tea but every time I see their little posse ripping around the cliffs near the beach where I live, I smile… They’re lowered, and loud, and crusty… JUST HOW I LIKE EM!!! And every time I’m out front wrenching on this new wreck 1600 of mine, they always slow down and honk… A nod of appreciation from the new generation to the old… To me, 02’ing was about learning… It is about fixing and DRIVING a classic car!!! If I were a rich man, I’d own a bunch of cars!!! Not gonna lie… But have no doubt that I would drive them all… I also might choose to have a good shop do some of the work I no longer want to do as I have other things I like to spend time on… This was not always so lol… Times change… Cars get more expensive… Labor gets more expensive… Parts get more expensive and harder to find. But when I see these kids ripping around in their E30’s, subarus, and nissans, I always smile… As much as I love the 02, I love the spirit of the builder more… Keep the kids interested and tinkering! Long live the tinkerers!!!
    8 points
  27. My very first track day at then "Sears Point" June 28, 2003. 18 years ago.....sheesh!! My recent track day at now "Sonoma Raceway" July 2, 2021. I can't believe it's been 22 years with her. She turned 50 in January. Cheers Moe
    8 points
  28. Still plugging along patching holes and getting it ready to mount to a diy rotisserie. I moved it into the garage so working on it isn’t unbearable for the neighbors and I. IMG_5605.MOV
    7 points
  29. Whooooaar... it's been way too long since I shared a pic in here, so here we go: a few recent ones from local drives this summer...
    7 points
  30. Look what FedEx just dropped off ... It's 94 today and just about got a heat stroke bringing it into the garage. I'll wait till the sun goes down to unpack and assemble.
    7 points
  31. We still needed to remove the metal bushing for the subframe mount from the rear floor section which we cut out of the car. I went to my work to use the lathe and first tried to clean up the old one but the welds are very hard. So I just opted to make a new one, 2 hours later and voila! With a flat face drill, I made the bottom shoulder where the long bolt sits against. Looks a lot better! And the bolt pressed in
    7 points
  32. about a year ago i bought some sound deadener from Amazon...it has sat, unopened in the box until today....i did the floors on the 72, we are leaving the center tunnel, original insulation...it was extremely easy to lay down and shaped to whatever contour i laid it on...i did a couple of overlays and you can barely see them...each piece is slightly larger than a front floor pan, top to seat rail frames i bought the larger box and will have enough left to do another car, maybe more...no odor at all and in my opinion, a good bang for the buck when you compare it to the snooty stuff...available in black of reflective...i bought the black
    7 points
  33. I was quite disappointed to see that all the original dirt had been removed from the rims ....... very sad, very sad. Cheers, Carl
    7 points
  34. Yep! I remember that. That was my 1968 Florida Green 1600. Fun little car. It lives in Texas now. I don't think I've changed much in the last 10 years. As income rises, expenditures rise. Quality of life increases, but so does the competition. At the end of the day, an old story still rings true: An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?” The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.” The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.” “But what then?” Asked the Mexican. The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!” “Millions – then what?” The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.” There is no logic or reason to this story. I didn't intend for it to enlighten or somehow help you. I only posted it because I liked it. But yeah, move out of LA. That place will chew you and spit you out.
    7 points
  35. When I was new to bmws I was driving on I5 south of Sacramento and north of Bakersfield not much out there, I was driving in the above window setting when a bee splatted on the windshield, no big deal, then another and then several oh oh here up ahead is a tractor and a flatbed trailer tipped over in the median with a load of hives surrounded by a huge cloud of very pissed off bees, Its hard to close all the windows and sunroof in a 02 while going 60 mph, but I wasn't going to slow down that's for sure.
    7 points
  36. I continue to drive my '74tii because it likes to be driven as much as I like to drive it. "Give me diving board bumpers and square tail lights or give me ......... I don't want anything else." Cheers, Carl
    7 points
  37. More rust repairs The hole is getting bigger and bigger 🙄 New panel for the floor. Pretty straight forward panel to make, only the profile of the floor I needed to mess with a little using the shrinker and hammer/dolly. I still need to trim is some more but overall pretty happy how it turned out.
    7 points
  38. sha·man /ˈSHämən,ˈSHāmən/ Learn to pronounce noun noun: shaman; plural noun: shamans a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing. That's a joke Shaman2002 couldn't even search the website for information on a simple starter.....Some nerve, you have 1-2-3 posts, and upset your ONE of the 1-2-3 was missed, by an administrator that runs an upstanding...."free site"..........Just plain stupid... It's a starter one of the simplest components on an 02..........Several threads on the starter alone One of silliest posts I've read in quite a long time......anywhere Hopefully the entire 02 community is laughing at you........Your thread is silly.....Steve doesn't deserve this stupid grief..........Especially on a free, well traveled website....... Who cares if Steve never puts your post up...I don't. Your post doesn't deserve to be posted just based on your silly ungracious response.. The website will survive without a shaman.......I'm certain ira That's my real name
    7 points
  39. My Mango Chutney 24hr search bot alerted me to this post. . . And I'm disappointed, no recipes, no pictures, no 2002s . . . Just complaining. I won't apologize for others as a rule. If you'd like the most roundabout, difficult way to install a starter I've got the perfect method.
    7 points
  40. Well I managed to complete my car ready for a local event, using the picture initially posted for inspiration.
    6 points
  41. My buddy finally found the center caps to my Axis wheels. Brand new still in the package. Nice to get them and put on the car, one less thing to search for.
    6 points
  42. wired in a second power socket for a bluetooth transmitter and made a solid shifter with no bullshit rubber involved
    6 points
  43. Yes, but it would float like a pool noodle.
    6 points
  44. Oh my, somebody stop me before I receive a stern scolding😐
    6 points
  45. 6 points
  46. What color is the funny smell?
    6 points
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