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    So I just picked up this 74’ Tii last weekend. The story goes, original owner died in 1980 and his brother rolled the car into a shed and it had been sitting there ever since! The car is pretty much all original, sporting it’s factory sienna braun paint ( with some added Patina). Numbers match, uncut nose, very minimal rust! I would assume that the miles are original as well ( 59,000 ) Pretty stoked I ended up with this one. I found it interesting that it had a trapezoid mirror and an early “bulge” radiator hose. Wonder what’s up with that? Anyway now I need to figure out my order of operations to get this thing back on the road, this is my first Tii and I’ve really had no prior experience with one so any suggestions would be awesome! Ok picture time now
  4. 10 points
    Bought some wicked wheels for it, fully refurbished 2002 Diana Stilauto 13 x 6s. I am looking for a proper 205/ 60 tire set up for them now (although 185s are pictured below and look to fill things out nicely)
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    Drove my car around Natchez MS. all day looking at Anti-bellum mansions ...stopped at lunch to over look the Mississippi river... packing up in the morning headed for Austin ...
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    I finally finished my version of a 'REDNECK ROTISSERIE'. Priority#1 is to replace the driver side frame rail. Yes, I know FAQers, I have my hands full with this project - but as I tell everyone, I enjoy every bit of bringing her back to life - besides, I couldn't let her go to 2002 heaven just yet.
  7. 9 points
    Hey guys! Dan, Wes and myself just wrapped up our photos from this year's The Vintage. Enjoy the photos, hope you guys find yourselves in the batch! http://ultimateklasse.com/blog/2018/5/23/the-vintage-2018
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    Going down the road with a Turbo tribute build on my 76 Polaris. Have gotten all the rust issues resolved and now working on the body and suspension. Engine is being rebuilt and will have a 318is EFI controlled by a Megasquirt and eventually a Turbo. While I was able to get most of the body flares and dams from IE and scored a NOS OEM rubber spoiler from Rogerstii, the one remaining part I was not able to find was the Turbo gauge pod and boost gauge. After searching exhaustively, I decided just to build one. Armed with all the pictures I could find I drew up some CAD drawings and set out on my 3D printer. Needless to say it took a number of attempts as the pod had so many angles and curves that I needed to get right. I didn't have a real one to copy, but from the angles of the pictures I had, it was as close as I could get. The Kienzel clock was the standard tii clock and are still available used, but at a cost. But this still left me with finding or making the Boost gauge. I searched at naesium with no luck in finding a used one or one that VDO made as an aftermarket gauge. The problem was the size, the BMW version was 60mm to match the clock but most all of the VDO gauges were in the 52mm size. But expanding my search I found a Volvo 240 turbo gauge that had the same mechanism I was looking for, but it was too a 52mm gauge made by VDO. And most of the 60mm gauges VDO makes are for either tractors or boats. I found a new VDO 32V Voltmeter for 19 bucks on eBay and gave it a shot. Both gauges were the type 2 which means that the bezels are crimped on at the factory and cannot be removed without damage. So, I Dremeled the casings in half on both gauges to salvage the bezel and glass off the 60mm gauge and the mechanism and rear casing of the boost gauge. In order to mate the two halves, I 3D printed a sleeve which slipped into the bezel side and then the mechanism can slip into the back. The Volvo needle was orange so it needed to be painted white. I had to draw out the face of the gauge in Photoshop which I copied from pictures and then printed it out on Matt vinyl with adhesive backing. Overall the pod and gauge came out well and looks pretty OEM. Not bad for just going on some pictures lol. I'm sure not many will go to the lengths I have, but it was a raining weekend and I had nothing better to do. Hopefully this may give some of you some ideas. The fun just never stops with these cars :D BTW the last picture is one I got off the web that I copied from.
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    Went from this And this To this And this
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    I just dug up and updated by project blog from the Archives section, but for all you young whipper snappers who wouldn't be caught dead looking in the archives I want to tease some motor pics here and link back to the blog section: We are doing a unique mounting plate on the front of the motor to sit it way back on the frame rails. I also get off on the idea of building a 300+ hp Turbo M10 instead of the usual swaps for horsepower! Here are some teaser shots with more details on page 6 of the blog...
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    Edge and flattened, then shaped a couple of zintec strips at work. Then I cut them down to the required width before welding them to the edge of the after market wings to make the panel gaps a lot better.
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    Made a custom dipstick for my custom filter setup. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I own and operate the site. Have been doing this for about 16 years. Steve K.
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    Regardless of the car (old Aston Martin to old Ferrari to old bmw), once a person restrains from doing something to their car out of fear that it may hurt the cars value, they have lost sight of what it means to really enjoy an old car.
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    Actually yesterday... but entered my 2002 in its first ever car show! After 9 years of rehab'ing it and getting it on the road this early spring, I signed up for a local car show in Raleigh. I signed up as a German wolf in a field of British sheep It is a great British car show held by the NC MG club and I grabbed a slot in the "Non-British" section at the back of the lot. My fellow wolves were a '66 Bug, 90 Nissan Figaro, 66 Mustang, 67 Vovlo Amazon and a 70 Vovlo 1800. The 2002 got lots of praise and it really felt great to have people come up and love it. Soooooo many had stories about a brother, father, uncle etc. who had one and for many people, they had one themselves and still wished they had it. Weather (like the Vintage down the road) was crap-ass, but we got overcast from about 8-11, misting for an hour and then all-out deluge. I manned my post through it all and was a soaked rat by 2pm. But I did the BMW crew proud as the Healeys and Jags ran for cover - ha ha. Can't wait for the next show and I will be at the Vintage next year for sure.
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    Got some pictures of the cars interior back from the restorer. They look amazing, the colour should look great against the Bristol Grey. The armrests on the door cards were sprayed, looks like he did a great job colour matching. I'm also loving the Recaro logo pressed into the leather.
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    Finally started installing my headliner!!!! I think it went reasonably well. Managed to avoid getting the headliner dirty while getting it into the car. Even cut my finger with the Xacto and NO BLOOD STAINS!!! :-) Went back to the shop later this afternoon and spent another hour stretching and clipping, working on the corners, and starting on the C pillars. Tomorrow I hope to stretch some more and tackle the sunroof. It's in the upper '90s here right now, so perfect headliner-stretching weather.
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    I went to bat for my 2002. My wife wants us (me) to sell off a car to reduce expenses. I told her I would sell off our 2012 MINI and then use the 02 as a daily driver. She said that doesn't make sense. MINI has payments left on it, her 2017 3series has big payments left. M3, 320is, 2002tii, alfa...are all paid for. Sure, they all want money, but the MINI just wanted a new clutch. Sell the 02...........yeah.......right.
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    How can you post that without blipping the throttle?
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    Well, the obvious answer is in Helmut's and Gunther's secret tii workshop / lair hidden in the Bavarian mountains. Other than that, The Vintage event is your next best choice. To The Vintage and back 2018, a tale of The Red Car. (apologies in advance for technical inaccuracies - I'm not a most knowledgeable / competent tii owner) So, I left for The Vintage sort of in a flurry because I wanted to stop by The Icon exhibit at the BMW Foundation on the way up. Yes, I did replace my wiper blades before leaving, only to have the passenger side disconnect from the metal arm and fly off about two miles from my home in a driving rainstorm. I should have figured from that, that this would not be a totally smooth trip. Wiper blade replaced, I moved on. I had tanked up with gas (we luckily have a 100% real gas station around the block) before heading out. I was mildly curious early on, as I saw my gas gauge continuously descend on the highway. The car was also running rough, stumbling when trying to maintain a constant speed, but smoother under acceleration. It did seem to calm down a bit at highway speeds, around 75-80 mph. No smell of gas, no black smoke, no leaking trail of fuel on the highway behind me - at least that I could see. Watching the gas gauge plummet though, I pulled off to see if I was leaking. Nope. The Kuglefischer was dry, no leaks at the hoses. I had replaced the o-ring for the return fuel line the other week, and I was worried that had begun to leak. I Stuck my head under the rear best I could on the off ramp pull off area and didn't see anything leaking from the rear pump. Puzzled, I pushed on. The first hard evidence and dread feeling was the first gas stop. 99.8 miles on the odometer, 10 gallons of gas. Less then 10 mpg. I had noticed that my calculated mileage from my fill up when I left was quite low, only 14 mpg. Being down to 10 mpg, I was hoping things weren't going south. I made it to The Icon exhibit around 3:00 pm (great exhibit, attend if you can), and bumped into Mike Self, Mike Pugh, and another gentleman (I can't remember his name). We caught up a bit, and I explained my issue. One idea was the cold start injector was leaking. Various potential kluges were discussed to defeat it. Rob Siegel had just finished signing books (the rock star he is) and agreed to take a peak. Tools were pulled out of trunks, cloths were changed, and I pulled the tii around to a shady spot under a tree (yes, actual shade tree mechanics). Rob pulled the air can boot and I ran the car, and the cold start injector was not leaking. Further inspection though showed the warm up regulator open in the full enrichment mode, and the lever that comes down to the verboten screw about an inch away from it. Some leverage was administered to see if we could loosen / work the piston of the warm up regulator free, but no such luck. The next step was to loosen the nut and "hat" nut on the warm up regulator piston, but Rob suggested and I heartily agreed that this best be dealt with at The Vintage hotel parking lot, where there was more people, more tools, and no time pressure. For at this point we were basically the only ones left in the parking lot, and I'm pretty sure Rob still had his second rock star book signing of the day to attend to (read humor, not a dig). Onto The Vintage hotel, where the excitement begins. I had to fill up again on the way, 10.4 mpg. Park, register, circle hotel lot once and take some photos. Then up with the hood. With the help of... I wish I remembered his name - Sahara Alpina tii from Indiana, we got the nut and hat of the warm up regulator loosened and backed off so the lever came down to near the Verboten screw, instead of an inch away. Andrew J. from Atlanta area helped and we poured over the tii injection manual he had on his phone as a .pdf file. I of course left mine in my garage, but I did have my full set up tii adjustment tools, go figure. Rob S. then appeared like the Jedi tii guy he is and suggested that I just take the nut and hat off entirely and let the lever rest on the verboten screw, which should defeat the warm up regulator. With huge black approaching storm clouds, and me having a reservation at a hotel ten miles away, I pulled the nut and hat so I could make it to my hotel and have dinner. Oh no. The car would not continue to run once I got it all buttoned back up (dip stick back in, return fuel line reattached). It would start, then die, or stumble and die. Shit. I quickly pulled everything back out, got the nut and hat back on, and buttoned it back up. Huge lightening was in the very near horizon. The car ran, but like crap. I had to keep the revs around 4,000 or 5,000 just to keep it from stalling. The parking gods were with me though, and I snagged a spot under the small overhang in front of the hotel doors and lobby. Then the rains came down like sheets. Hood up, tools out again. Grice from VA (?) appears to lend his tii brain. We checked (well actually Grice checked, I cleaned) the totally blackened plugs, just to confirm the overly rich running. Other unknown, tii gurus appear. So... the cars runs like crap, won't idle, searches up and down in the revs, and has a massive vacuum leak from somewhere. The vacuum leak is now a central focus because the car has no hope in running smooth with such a whoosh of air. The old hose as a stethoscope was suggested and I do have a three foot section of rear fuel line. Mike Self appears. I think we should now call him Dr. Grice Someone else appears with a can of something (brake cleaner I think). It's sprayed here, there, here again. The vacuum leak is elusive. Rob S. appears. Various hoses are pulled, fingers covering openings. Nothing. Then someone tells Chris I., Stone Racing, that there's a tii in distress outside. So at this point there is well over a century of tii expertise around the car. Chris takes a peak, and pronounces the vacuum leak is coming from the warm up regulator. Now I don't know a lot (really anything other then theory) about how the magical warm up regulator works, but learn that there is an air hose at the bottom, and with the regulator set the way it is and/or broken, the vacuum leak is coming from the regulator itself. Solution in theory is to pull the hose and plug it. With Chris's help the warm up regulator air hose is disconnected. The car is turned over and runs much, much smoother. It idles, and doesn't hunt the revs. Chris however does announce that I can't drive around the whole weekend with his thumb stuck in the warm up regulator's air hose. Now the search for a plug (it was thought of the next day that the hotel bar would have had corks). Rummaging through my tool bags and break down box. Sharpie, too thin, highlighter, too thick. Plastic is also mentioned as not probably ideal for sitting in a hot engine bay long term. Finally we find that the thick end of a 3/8 short racket extension fits nicely. With the hose clamp at the end and a zip tie attaching it to the heater hose near the fire wall, the vacuum leak is slayed. A bit of tuning after buttoning the car back together, and I'm saved. It's midnight by now, and I can't tell you how happy and pleased I am at The Vintage community for coming together to save me. Off to the hotel, gently, the car runs great. Starting the car in the morning was a bit challenging, but expected. Once the engine is warm it idles. The drive to The Vintage... well honestly the car has not run that well in awhile. Smooth, no surging / flooding / searching the revs. The event was great, many concerned people came over to check on the car or get filled into the chapters they missed. My apologies if I've missed mentioning everyone who helped, I didn't know or catch or remember everyone's names. While I'm not excited about my warm up regulator giving up the ghost, I'm very, very pleased that it occurred when it did. Once again, Thanks! Above the horizontal wire, left of the plenum, right of the black fuel return line - the warm up regulator hat with no nut Just above the spring, near the hose clamp, the verboten screw / lever position Hard to see, the 3/8 racket extension plugging the warm up regulator line and zip tied to the heater hose Safely in the garage back home, along with the Polaris '74tii (will be for sale late summer - need to get the carpet in and address other issues)
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    This just popped up on the Hagerty site. Apologies if it has already been posted. Why I Drive: This BMW 2002 Tii is all about letting go https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/05/30/why-i-drive-bmw-2002-tii?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=18_May_30_HagertyNews
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    My brother took a wire wheel to the block, to get off all the old paint
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    Hurting values... Look at the Hagerty value guide. Condition 1 is your top dollar. These are rare cars, super low miles, totally unmolested, perfect. When there was a chance of rain, the owner opened up the trailer door to show the car, but didn't bring it out. Most cars out there are condition 3 or 4. Hell, my Alfa is closer to a 6 (but getting better). For me, drive it and enjoy it like you own it. I'll live with the regret of things I did rather than the things I didn't do. I've got new, soft leather going into my e30M3 and a shiny, new paint job. In the big scheme it probably lowers the collector's value. I put 230k miles on this car and plan on another 250k. The collectors can have my car when I'm done with it.
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    I picked mine up from Steve today! Looks and fits great