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  1. 13 points
    Thought I would share a little bit about a couple 74 Tiis that I've come into and what has been done with them. Disclaimer, some folks will disagree with the path I've taken, but from my vantage point, these cars would have been scrapped or still sitting in a junk yard decaying away... Long story short, came into two 74Tii that were rotting away in a salvage yard in Texas. Both were complete, but not running. Had to buy both as a package deal. Goal was always to turn them into race cars as the bodies were shot and the floors were, well, non existent. My buddies and I got started on the Blue one and turned that into Lemons race car number 1. We kept this one fairly original, somebody had spent a lot on this car already, before it bit the dust due to a cracked cylinder head. Already had dual webers, upgraded suspension and some internal engine work. After many years of the second car sitting around and taking up space and bringing down the property values in my neighborhood I decided to recruit some more nincompoops, I'm mean friends, to build the other car. This time a little differently... Don't get me wrong, the M10 is a beautiful engine and is fairly bullet proof, but doesn't make a lot of power despite throwing a lot of money at it. So... we are doing an engine swap and what better than an S2000 power plant. Stock 240hp and Honda reliability, what could be better! Got the inspiration from CATuned who has a build post on this forum and thought that was the path for us... Started the hunt for a wrecked S2000 and found one where somebody had run into a pole or tree and then the pole/tree fell on top of the car - insult to injury... but we had our donor. We are nearing completion of the build and will be (fingers crossed) making our racing debut at the upcoming Lemons race in Houston. The crunch is on to finish the car, but learned a lot about this swap and will be happy to share the details of the build.
  2. 8 points
    New Blog entry. Here's a teaser pic. Thanks to all you guys for helping.😀 Nick
  3. 5 points
    Thanks everyone. It has been a labor of love and I am very happy how it all turned out. I drove it to the BMWCCA O-Fest last week and again this weekend at Terry Sayther's 02BerFest in the Texas Hill Country. I got home last night and ran the #s... 4560 miles in two weeks! I have some things to address, but nothing that kept me off the road. The cars runs beautifully and I look forward to many more miles ahead. I know Papa would be very proud. Ed Z
  4. 5 points
    I'm really excited to have found a readily available, inexpensive replacement for the long-NLA windshield washer relay on 6-fuse 2002s! As most of you with an early 2002 know, the wiper system on the pre-Modell '71 cars is very different from the later system. Among the differences is the Verzögerungsrelais, or as it's called on the wiring diagrams, the "Delay Relay." This cylindrical Hella relay is used to activate the wipers when the windshield washer is triggered, keeping the wipers on for a few swipes to clear the washer fluid and bug guts off the glass. The relay operates by means of a bimetallic strip, which heats up when current passes through it and closes the circuit. It then breaks the connection as the strip cools off--the cool-down period being the "delay." The problem is that this relay is über-NLA--I've heard that it was no longer available as early as the 1980s. And, like any mechanical thing, it wears out with age and use. Used ones aren't necessarily better than your broken one, and NOS examples are hen's teeth. In some cases, it's possible to carefully uncrimp the aluminum can from the Bakelite base and fuss with the bimetallic strip to get a dead relay working again. That worked for me--once. The second time I had to mess with it, I broke the coiled wire on the mechanism. And while I reconnected it and got it working again, the relay then required about 10 seconds of washer use before the bimetallic strip heated up enough to operate the wipers. It was rather less than ideal. What I stumbled upon to replace it was a Chrysler ignition time delay relay. These were used on Chryslers, Dodges and Plymouths (probably Jeeps and AMC models too) from the late 1960s until the late 1990s. They're used to keep on certain interior lights, especially a light or glowing ring around the ignition switch, for a few seconds after the doors were closed. Like the 2002 relay, it is electromagnetic using a bimetallic strip. Digging up some Mopar wiring diagrams online, I found that the three terminals seemed to be identical in function to those on the 2002 washer relay: switched ground, 12v power, and output to the lights (Chrysler) or wiper motor (BMW). I spotted one new on eBay for less than $12 shipped, so I grabbed it. The relay is also can-shaped, but just over half of the Hella relay in diameter and length. In the second of the two comparison photos above, the terminals are shown in analogous locations: At left is the output to the wiper motor (Terminal "M" with a black wire); at top is the switched ground (31b, brown with black stripe); and at right (oriented at 90 degrees to the other two on the Chrysler relay) is fused, ignition-switched 12v (15, green with blue stripe). Installation was as easy as plugging in the wires... ...then securing the relay in place using a 3/4" cable clamp and a sheet-metal screw through one of the original locating holes for the Hella relay. The result looks original at first glance (I could take the rubber off the clamp for even more of a factory look): And most importantly, it works well! Like the original design, it takes just a couple of seconds running the washer pump (pulling the right stalk toward you) before the wipers kick on. After releasing the stalk, the washer shuts off but the wipers continue to run for five to six cycles--perhaps one or two more than the original, but not so many as to be troubling. This relay can be found for less than $20 almost anywhere, from eBay to local parts stores to online distributors. And since it was used on most Chrysler products for three decades, they will hopefully be produced for a while yet. But maybe grab two, just in case! I hope this helps someone else with an early car to restore proper windshield washer operation. -Dave
  5. 5 points
    Red neck sound insulation. He just couldn't find another old styrofoam ice chest that Buford sat on and broke to finish the job....
  6. 5 points
    they're never done, you just get to drive them a bit between working on them and sleeping. t
  7. 4 points
    And designed for the later, 1.8-liter e21, hence the head type is a 1,8i. The head was cast July 1983, so probably found its way into a late 1983 model 320i, the last of the e21 series. The rotation of the distributor is the opposite of the earlier 2.0-liter engines (as in ‘02’s), but I understand that can also be easily remedied with a change of the distributor drive gear. Regards, Steve
  8. 4 points
    It’s from a 320i when BMW places the CIS injectors in the head. The can be plugged and the head can be used on an M10 engine. Need to check piston the head clearance when using 2002 pistons. Or can use 320i pistons. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 4 points
    Not the same but FWIW, When in Portugal last summer I looked up rally supply shops in Lisbon and was able to visit one of them. They had abarth exhaust parts and hella lights and stuff but not a lot of vintage. There was even an 02 parked in front! The guys at the shop were less impressed with the concept of Trans-Atlantic 02 camaraderie than I was... Still was cool. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 4 points
    If you come across a project car that gets you excited and you can actually justify a project, the time, the expense, your true abilities, go for it, it can be a cool thing. But, if you're like me and you have WAY too many projects already and can't stop yourself from looking for more, here's how I deal with it now. My son, all grown up now, made a comment to me several years ago when I got excited about a car that came in to my work. I buy cars for a living, salvage, private party, whatever comes our way, so I see a lot of cars. I asked him, "What do you think about flipping this car?" and his response has changed the way I look at project cars ever since. He said, "Dad, you know you don't need another project right?", I agreed, it's pretty obvious, then he said, "Every time you see a car that gets you excited, take one of the project cars you already have and imagine it sitting in front of you like it's the first time you've ever seen it. Wouldn't you get just as excited about it?". Brilliant. It works. I'm finding myself getting excited about the cars I've had sitting around for years now. I don't expect it to work for everyone but it works for me so I thought I'd share. 8-) '73 tii (project, 90% completed) '72 tii (project) '72 tii (project) '74 tii (parts car) '69 2800 (current project) Project garage '69 2800CS (fair weather daily driver) '91 NSX (I consider this a project now) With a project list like that it is insane that I even consider a new one. Dan
  11. 4 points
    I've been hemming and hawing about what to do about my car's rust situation for years now. Doing it myself is a frightening prospect, no matter how many YouTubes I watch. And I can't really justify writing a blank check to a restoration shop. Then I discovered that the local vocational high school offers a night class in "collision repair" for adults. It's a win-win: I get an instructor to guide me through the process and a fully equipped shop, AND I don't need a bottomless budget. At last week's class I took the plunge (literally) and started cutting the rust out. Starting with the passenger quarter panel, behind the wheel arch and along the rocker. It was terrifying to cut into my cart for the first time, but now I have a lot more confidence. I have some patch panels from Walloth Nesch, but I might just fab the pieces I need. We'll see. Not sure why I'm posting this, except just to share. And encourage everyone to look up their local high school/community college/continuing education spot - they might have something that will motivate you to get your project finished. Anyway here are some pics...
  12. 3 points
    Hey Guys! Been a long time since I have been able to update, bought a house and re-did my garage. Anyways the 2002 Is on the road and driving! Still a project none the less. It took some time, but I went thru a lot of the stuff that needed to be done. I changed all the fluids (transmission, diff, axles, brakes, coolant). I went ahead and got the solar tires from Walmart. - Before buying it the PO indicated the engine or head was worked on but Ireland Engineering but I cant tell. I did take the Valve cover off, and found a minty fresh head see pics! The car is pretty interesting to drive, and everything does function. Pretty Noisy inside the cabin. People often ask about it when I’m driving thru the town. Most of them don’t know what it is. Its been a blast working on something as simple as this car. Pics can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/B_oDPLxaTdKI-6vLpiOBBA.vzcMk2HIuX5GoUKT4BNnOm TLDR Below (Too Long Don’t Read) Following items/Maintenance has been done in the last 200 miles ( This is mostly for when I do list the car) – Painted everything I could in POR15 ( Subframe, control arms, diff, etc) 1.Rebuilt Cluster a.Gauges work. Fuel is a bit sporadic but I am working on the ground. b.Temp Gauge works great! Clock is stuck. 2.Rebuilt the heater box using a fan from a later model. a.I was able to mount it, but it’s a bit off. Works great, and blows hot air. Controls, and vents work as they should 3.Engine/Transmission/Electrical a.Car has new plugs, wires are in good condition b.Wiring for the engine was gone thru, and cleaned up as much as I could c.All wiring for the lights, flasher, turn signal, horn, heater, and wiper was gone thru, and operational d.Engine Oil and Transmission Fluid Changed. e.E21 Transmission Mount f.New Clutch Cylinder along with Line g.New Throttle Pedal with Slide Bushing h.New Exhaust gasket (Leak from muffler to pipe present) 4.Shifter/Driveshaft: a.Shifter was rebuilt using all parts available online. b.Center Support Bearing and Flex Disk Replaced 5.Suspension: a.Front: i. Ball Joints replaced ii.Control arm bushings, inner and outer replaced, along with Front subframe bushings iii.New Sway bar bushings iv.Used Bilstein’s installed with Stock Springs b.Rear i.New Subframe bushings with Ebay Inserts ii.New Differential Bushings (Along with new input/output flange gaskets, o rings, and rear Gasket) Fluid changed as well. iii.New axle boots iv.E21 Brake Cylinders v.Trailing arm bushings vi.Sway Bar Bushings 6.Tires: Solar 4XS P175/70R13 82S BSW Tire (Mounted and Balanced) Spare parts: - Washer tank bottle with pump - Early model Drums - Some carpet and trim. - Misc Parts - OEM Side View
  13. 3 points
    Whenever one pops up that's tempting, I usually tip off other people so they can buy it before me. We all like finding great deals on cars, right? We like telling people about great deals. We like to see abandoned cars with potential adopted and brought back to life, right? Well, let someone else do the hard work! Local friends have taken the bait for me many times, and I still see and hear about their progress and pitfalls. If there's not a good friend that really wants something, I post the ad on one of the good car FB groups. There's Rivertown Gearbusters for my semi-local 02ers, Obscure Cars for Sale for most weirdo factory made cars, Unique Cars for Sale 2.0 for weirdo cars in general, and I've got my own Bring a Welder group for all the weirdo mechanical projects that aren't exactly cars or motorcycles or anything useful at all.
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    Oh no, what a waste. For the work done it would have been a chance to restore the turbo to nice original condition, while that could have been made out of any wreck of an -02.
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    Relax high speed it's a quip just like the rest of the quips on this thread....................Sort of like a haha...You get it...
  18. 3 points
    Bear in mind that Euro-spec cars used deep grilles for the entire duration of the round taillight era (1966 through 1973) and U.S.-spec cars used deep grilles for much of the round taillight era (1966 to mid-1972). With shallow grilles representing a small percentage of round taillight grilles, replacement shallow grilles were discontinued very early. Therefore, deep grilles have been the only available replacement grilles for decades, resulting in many cars that left the factory with shallow grilles having deep grilles today... 😯 Percentage of ‘02 owners (a.) aware of the deep vs. shallow grille issue, (b.) able to distinguish deep from shallow grille, (c.) before 2014 = 0.7% ... 😯😋😉 Percentage of ‘02’s having one deep and one shallow grille, unknown and unnoticed by the owner = 2.8% ... 😂 Regards, Steve
  19. 2 points
    The factory parts book implies the changeover was at (for US cars) 1570087 (one of the first US spec 1968 1600s) and at 1668338 for 2002s--actually into early 1970s production. I don't think this is correct, as I've never seen a metal "winter-summer" box on a US 2002-and my Feb 1969 production car has the plastic one. I believe the plastic boxes began with the '68 models, both '02s and 1600s. However, BMW being BMW, some early examples of both may still have the metal boxes, as the factory is famous for using up parts before they change over to a new style... Thus that "1668338" VIN may be a typo and should be 1660338 or something close... If anyone has one of the really early 2002 road tests (Pop Science, R&T, C&D) with pictures of the engine compartment, the car used in those tests was a very early US car (has the embossed hood trim piece--and also sported the same NJ manufacturer license plate) so should show the earliest example... mike
  20. 2 points
    SOVREN Fall Finale 2019- Highlights from Group 2 Name: SOVREN Fall Finale 2019- Highlights from Group 2 Category: Racing Very close racing at a beautiful track featuring a number of 2002's. Have a look and if you like what you see then subscribe, leave a comment, or a 'LIKE.' Thanks for watching!
  21. 2 points
    NMNA, dont know the seller, just seen it on ebay classifieds: https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/bmw-2002-turbo-motor/1239152986-223-6272
  22. 2 points
    Just use a freeking squeegie on the windsheeld. Once it's swiped, the fan keeps up easily. If not, swipe it again. (I get free wiper blades from the garbage can outside the NAPA door). I would not want to look through wires in my windshield.
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    I always have one of these sitting beside the driver's seat. Old habit from VW days. Instant clear glass with one quick swipe and they follow the curve(s) of the glass nicely.
  25. 2 points
    FYI, US 72 and 73 cars have a feature on the turn signal that's not well known. If you select a left or right turn with the ignition off, your turn signal lever will illuminate the front parking light and tail light of the direction you selected. That feature is required in many European countries if you park on the street overnight. It can also run your battery down if you park in the garage with your turn signal lever in an "on" position and don't drive the car for several days...Pre "modell 71" (166/167XXXX VINs) don't have this feature on US cars (but it can be wired in if you want to), and I don't think any US squarelights have this wired in. mike
  26. 2 points
    I'm a big fan of Matt Farah's podcast, The Smoking Tire. On his latest one he briefly mentioned that John Ward and his company ICON are building a 2002 with the power train out of a new(er)? 2 series. If you don't know about ICON do some Googling to find out how excited you should be about this project if it's true. John Ward is a wizard and his builds are incredible. Here's a Mercedes project ICON is currently working on.
  27. 2 points
    I read the title and thought: "WHY ON EARTH WOULD I WANT TO TALK MYSELF OUT OF ANOTHER PROJECT CAR???" :-D A couple (4-6?) hours of work ahead of me on it, and this one will be a new daily! before (June 2019) and current (October 2019) photos: (playing with livery and design layout using temporary stripes, etc)
  28. 2 points
    +1 That’s about where I’m at, Jason. But auctions make egos do crazy things some times.... 😉 Best regards, Steve
  29. 2 points
    Here are the two switches loose and a tii manifold heat shield installed, Mike. My car is a ‘73, but the tii heat shields are all the same, as far as I can tell. The tii heat shield, however, is not interchangeable with a non-tii heat shield. My 73’s heat shield was missing when I purchased the car. I found an NOS example — there have been multiple runs of these shields, probably as recently as the 2000’s — so maybe my NOS example is only 10 years old. I had it powdercoated in satin black high-temperature powdercoating. Best regards, Steve
  30. 2 points
    Always fun to have something to watch on the auction sites. I'll go first. $9K. ~Jason
  31. 2 points
    When bidding starts to jockey back and forth between two newbee bidders, it goes high. If bidders are savey they leave it alone until near the end and the price doesn't ratchet up. It has 6 days to go!
  32. 2 points
    Nice find! Assuming its the original seller, he will get a value more representative of the market this way. Good for him! ~Jason
  33. 2 points
    Josh (and others): One more hint on that right rear quarter rust--if you look behind that panel, you'll see a little stiffening piece welded to the quarter and then to the gas tank support--supposed to keep the quarter from flapping, I suppose. It's only spot welded to the quarter, so moisture gets behind it and causes a rust hole right where yours is. Don't bother to replace the brace when you repair that panel; I removed the one on my '69 when I repaired the same spot back around 1983, and the quarter hasn't flapped yet! mike
  34. 2 points
    I watched my guy do the teardown and assembly. You are right, it's all done with a torch and a deep bath to cool the parts as each job is completed. He ordered the exact core dimensions from his supplier over the phone. Once the core arrived he "leaded" the whole thing back together in minutes. Quite the craft. The hangers on the sides can be adjusted, as I requested he move the rad as far forward as possible. I got at least another 1/8" clearance from the fan with this adjustment. He knocked out the dent in the upper tank, which still looked primitive, but he then smoothed out the surface with lead. A couple of coats of gloss black and...good as new, actually better.
  35. 2 points
    Someone better buy it quick, at this rate it’ll be priced at $25k next week! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 2 points
    Yup. Pinto radiator, I miss the days when 39 bucks would buy one.
  37. 2 points
    Woot! Another new member - welcome DJ! Being in Arkansas means you within an inescapable radius of one of the best (and possibly the oldest) BMW 2002 event in the US - the Mid-America 02 fest. Bo Black does an amazing job of organizing this fabulous event and if you haven't been, you need to plan for it. Eureka Springs. Looks like a '75? Jason
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    Nascar uses the foam as a crumple zone,energy absorbing area. I do think they drank all the beer and thought it was a good idea to install the cooler in the side of the 02. https://coastal-automotive.com/solutions-automotive-safety-sound-mitigation/nascar-motorsports-safety/
  41. 2 points
    Yes, yes, and yes, dq! As Les notes above, these are the changeover VIN’s per the parts book, all occurring in approximately January 1972. Experience tells us that the original factory changeovers, however, might not have been as sharply-defined as these single VIN’s. But if you’re striving for originality and you’re “violating” this parts book guidance, you’re going to have some explaining to do, e.g., “I’m the original owner, these grilles were on the car when I took European delivery, and I recognize the dent I put in the left grille outside an inn in Innsbruck!” Best regards, Steve
  42. 2 points
    My nephew just stopped by the house. He said he saw a 2002 sitting in a used car lot on Laurel Canyon Blvd when he zoomed by heading south on the 170 Freeway (the 170 is elevated above Laurel Canyon). Rising to the google challenge, I surfed around and actually found it ..... the nose profile is quite obvious ...... Lots of pictures here ....... https://www.carsearchusaonline.com/inventory-details/?iid=702981478059769 Cheers, Carl
  43. 2 points
    Below, borrowed from Bill Williams, is an example of a remix of the green subframe color. Best regards, Steve
  44. 2 points
    I'd guess it's an attempt at sound deadening.
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    That’s museum quality ...I’d have to rope it off....hide the keys
  47. 2 points
    Papa always wanted to help with the car and he was adamant about wanting a Talbot mirror on the fender. I found an NOS mirror in Germany and let him pay for it as his contribution. Last night, the Talbot was installed as the final part on the car. It is ready for the road. I have many folks to thank for their help with car, but Barney Toler went above and beyond with his generosity these last 2 years. I am blessed with great friends and I am grateful. It’s time to drive. Ed Z
  48. 2 points
    And altitude compensation!
  49. 2 points
    The turbo kugelfischer pump is a mechanical marvel: it responds to engine speed, throttle position and manifold pressure. A 3 dimensional fuel map inside a mechanical device....
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