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  1. 23 points
    I started my journey with my car. I picked it up in Sausalito, Ca and drove it 500 miles home. It was the first of many journeys with the car. So many emotions are tied to this car. Its truly a part if me. Soooo many here have helped me on this journey and I am glad to call alot of you friends that I have met on the way! Thanks to everyone that here on the bmw2002faq for giving me advice, keeping me pointed un the right direction, helping me out with parts or just making me laugh!!! Looking forward to many more years with this one and maybe anither build starting in 2019. Thanks!!
  2. 19 points
    just got back from a track weekend. (summit point shennendoah circuit) tried putting the camera in different spots. first..on front bumper right in front of left headlight. this is less than a foot from the engine intake... next up was a mount on the rear license plate. this was about 6 inches above the exhaust....crank up the volume! this was the in car view from another session. (friend in right seat...)
  3. 19 points
    At long last my tii refresh is complete! I started the odyssey about a year ago, thinking the top end needed a rebuild at around 74K on the clock since the original rebuild back in 2000... However, it turned out the noise I was hearing was from the lower end after all, and so began the journey to rebuild the lower end after all. I had to source a crank, and my mechanic (Mark Hutto, the best vintage BMW guy in the Denver area) only uses original BMW parts mostly. I learned of a great source for original parts which is Schmiedmann in Denmark. They had original oil pumps for $514 (I looked at my invoices from 2000 and I paid $119 from Maximillian way back then!). More to come, but I wanted to let the community know one thing I learned.... when Mark put the engine back together, he used the freeze plugs I got from Autohaus, and 3 of 4 leaked! So, back to BMW for freeze plugs and to put the engine back together again! I know the replacement parts are much more affordable, but at least in this particular case, aftermarket freeze plugs are a false economy!
  4. 14 points
    Another one of our own has become a little more famous. See if we can make him blush @pichos1
  5. 14 points
    Where do I start?! It was another awesome show this year, somehow it always ends up feeling fresh. There were some REALLY nice new cars and it was also great to see old builds continue to evolve. John and Jeff (and all volunteers) did a commendable job, and their hard work meant everything appeared to go without any major hitches. Seeing Matt and Shant (Bimmerheads) along with Rey (Reyn SpeedShop) and Forrest (Koogleworks) out there was refreshing! Although seeing the steadfast Ireland, La Jolla, Odometer Gears, Chris Castro and the other long-time vendors was also nice. For the show-goers, Awesome to see all the guys from San Francisco and San Diego make the trek. There was certainly an influx of significant others and children this year (which was very encouraging to see). I stayed in the booth for nearly the full duration of the show (thank you to all those who stopped by), but had Eric go around with a camera. Eric is eighteen and has never previously done any automotive photography. He is a fellow student, a hard worker, and an enthusiastic car guy. All the following pictures were taken by him. SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (48) Big thank you to Eddie, who was kind enough to let us use his car. SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (8) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (66) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (62) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (54) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (61) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (60) Ever since Ken Blasko brought out his engine stand a couple years ago, there have been a couple more crop up with each passing year. This year this stand cropped up, along with another from Bimmerheads (which is shown further down). SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (59) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (58) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (57) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (55) I’ve missed Ben’s Taiga Truck. Happy to see it this time, it’s been a couple years! SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (53) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (52) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (51) Wouldn’t be a SoCalVintage show without Norm there. SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (50) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (49) Cheeky guys brought in an E36! SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (47) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (46) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (45) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (44) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (43) Finally got to meet Bill Arnold, that was a treat! SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (41) Dave Varco’s S14 02, as pretty as always. SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (39) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (38) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (37) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (36) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (34) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (33) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (31) Charlie’s beautiful Bronzit SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (30) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (29) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (27) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (25) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (22) Market cornered. SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (21) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (20) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (15) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (19) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (18) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (17) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (16) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (13) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (12) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (11) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (10) Tony’s M20 Turbo 02. This car has come such a long way! SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (70) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (7) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (5) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (4) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (3) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (1) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (2) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (71) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (68) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (67) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (65) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (63) SoCalVintageBMWShow2018_ADAMSautosport_ (64) …. And that’s all for this year! Already looking forward to the next one.
  6. 13 points
    Here is the prototype of the customer console my Dad created. I am currently sending the CAD drawings out for the face plate to get laser cut from aluminum. Eventually I plan to make a few of these if I can if anyone is interested in a custom upgraded console.
  7. 13 points
    It's basically an entire e30m3 shoe horned into a 2002, like including the power steering and rack and the AC. M3 brake master, pedals hung from the top. Front subframe with brakes, strut tops relocated back so the castor is correct for the m3 suspension. Rear subframe with suspension and brakes from the m3, including the diff. And so much more. It was featured in the first issue of Bimmer magazine, April '98. Car needed to be saved so I went and got it. My wife will most likely shoot me with one of my own guns... Oh, and those are the plates for it, from CA, BMW M2.
  8. 13 points
    Working Patrol El Mirage 11-11-18
  9. 13 points
    Big milestone today for my 02, as it finally rolled over 100k miles! I nearly forgot about how close it was, but remembered in time to snap a couple pics. Have enough documentation to indicate that the car hasn't rolled over once before too And one pic for good measure parked, dirty and deserving of a bath, but shortly to be squirreled away in the garage before this hurricane rolls in..
  10. 13 points
    Depends on your storage options and your wife. Sent from my STH100-1 using Tapatalk
  11. 13 points
    Car was recovered by local police today, a happy ending.
  12. 12 points
    Chehalis, Washington. May 18, 2002. I was able to pull this from my VHS and old camera. We were living in Corvallis, Oregon at the time and this was by far the largest number of '02s I had ever seen. Such a great event.The Famous David Lumbra from '2002 Restorations in Eugene, Oregon had two beautiful cars on the lawn. Great memories!! May 18 2002festwest.mp4
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  15. 11 points
    Finally, after my years of blog neglect… some useful FAQ stuff - especially for new owners! The "to go" emergency tool kit! http://paulwegweiser.blogspot.com/
  16. 11 points
    Well this was me this morning, did not have The muscle to pick the engine up to the table so I just jacked the car up to match the table....
  17. 11 points
    The end of the madness is this: just drive the damn thing. Let the speculators and other assorted douche nozzles do their thing while you have fun wrenching on and driving the everloving piss out of your car. A fun car is worth exactly nothing to me if it's sitting in the garage; it's worth a hell of a lot more than the book value out on the road.
  18. 11 points
    I've heard this whining before in the Porsche world. Wahhhh I thought I was the only one who loved 02's? Wahhhh other people are starting to like them too! Wahhhh parts are so expensive now. Wahhhh people are buying them all up now and driving up the prices. Wahhhh they're only old guys who don't even work on their cars and get their hands dirty. wahhhh wahhh hey you kids, get off my lawn! You should be encouraging people to love these cars, not complaining that they do.
  19. 10 points
    Just returned from a 3,670 mile round trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 19th Mid-America '02 Fest was the largest one ever! 74 2002s, if you count the one on the trailer, an NK Sedan, a Bavaria and an i8 also attended. Doug Riparetti, from Seaside CA, drove 1935 miles and I presented him with the prestigious Iron Butt Award on Saturday night. He travelled 90 miles farther than my 1845 miles. The event weather was perfect, cool and sunny. Friday we had a delightful drive to Rogers for lunch and back to the hotel, about 85 miles total. Terry & Deb Sayther sponsored the Saturday BBQ Dinner. Saturday was show, workshop & how to day. Ben Thongsai & Keith Kreeger were able to get Noel's Golf Tii to run much better. Keith taught Larry gray how to use a timing light on his Inka Tii. Many engines were fussed over, none more than Travis Brint's 2002, going through 3 radiators, he received the Hard Luck Award...their 2002 was eventually flat bedded home as they were headed home. Saturday was also the group shot with and without people. Sunday everyone headed home. The caravan I was with did numerous back roads to get to I-57 and spent the night in Mt. Vernon Illinois. Then as we headed North people peeled off until I was solo outside of Dayton Ohio. Spent the night in Clearfield PA. Tuesday I stopped by VSR for an oil change and a few other repair/replacement items. I arrived home at 6pm.
  20. 10 points
    There was a young photographer/video guy approached our FB 02 group here in Oz wanting to take some pics and a vid of an 02. He does mostly Porsche and wanted to see if the vintage BMW guys were interested. I was reticent to volunteer because mine is in the mechanical phase of a restoration and the body is ... well “lived in”! At least the rust you see is all of it! He actually wanted a vehicle that was “lived in” and I think he did a nice job. He was also a very respectful young man, as were his two colleagues and they wanted to drive the car away! He also listed some nice stills on his site. Hope it’s OK to show here. https://artandmotors.com/albums/odo-080/ It's going to be great to have the "before" images and story when the car is done up over the next 9-12 months.
  21. 10 points
    Sorry I forgot the most important part!
  22. 10 points
    Just a quick update. We should be shipping these at the end of this week. I'll post again once they are on the way. Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and support.
  23. 9 points
    On the way to the “Great Car Show” (creative name) in Kansas City this morning. Many other FAQ members in this shot but I don’t know their usernames.
  24. 9 points
    Best tow her home. I have no experience with the IE dizzy, but have heard mixed reviews and occasions of failure. Could just be the condenser but you won't know until you replace it. Chalk it up to a huge argument and don't hate her too much. Take a short break and make up. It's amazing what a little time apart will do for the relationship. You'll find the problem, probably quicker if you step back for a while. I get mad at my car for failing me sometimes (usually for things that I've done), and we don't speak for a while, but we eventually get back together, better than ever. Good luck and trust the counselling from the FAQ. Ps. I used a blue coil and resistor for years with my 008 dizzy. I have since changed to a red coil (the new black) and resistor because someone told me I should.
  25. 9 points
    I'm grateful for all the info I've mined from this forum! What a resource...Thanks all! Just made my first drive today with a '74 that hadn't run in 17 years...most systems up and running, interior and paint in the offing... : )
  26. 9 points
    Having taken delivery of a stunningly beautiful E9 on the 10th October I thought I would reflect back on this thread and report a positive outcome (for me). I had my own issues with my first Inka Tii purchase from Oldenzaal, but I continued the dialogue, got some compensation, replacement parts, etc. I kept the channel open with Bulent and we started chatting. If I needed parts, he sent them. He helped me with a failed ignition switch, wiper/blinker arms and switches to add intermittent wipers, stuff I was working on. He would occasionally send me pictures of amazing finds, great resto work. I wasn't in the market, I was happy dinking on my Tii. This Spring I had a mysterious air/fuel failure mode after the motor rebuild that turned out to be a problem of my own making (reported here and with fantastic support, resolved). Around that same time Bulent sent me just one picture of a Turkis E9 and I immediately said: "That's MY car!" He was early in the restoration, but it looked unbelievable. No rust, original Turkis color. I know I caught him of guard when I asked for a price. We agreed on the spot. He hadn't thought about it carefully, didn't yet realize how nice the car was going to turn out. But, he honored the price, and I got a great deal. He could easily sell it within 24 hours for 30-40% more than I paid. The first photos showed that this was the kind of really detailed resto that I wanted: They did a heavy chip guard coat in Turkis afterward, but I got to see the chassis with just fresh paint. I received plenty of pictures along the way, but I wanted to see it for myself, so I did two PPI visits while it was being restored. I specifically went well before the car was fully assembled. Bulent was shocked when I pulled out an endoscope and inspected all of the frame rails! I found wax, no rust! I got a very careful look inside the doors and chassis (wax, no rust!). I used my scope and inspected the cylinder bores and had a careful look around the engine (motor completely redone, alternator newly renovated, new water pump, new fuel pump, radiator re-cored, 123 ignition installed at my request). My Tii is a really clean chassis with a great interior. Bulent was up-front about the areas that were cut, welded, and replaced. This is a whole order of magnitude better resto work. Their shop has really evolved in just a couple of years! I did two two-hour-long test drives during my final inspection. The car ran great. It had a slight drift to the right on the first day; that was correctly diagnosed as low tire pressure. It has upgraded sway bars front and back, handles great. The Unicorn (Turkis, rust-free) finally landed in my driveway on the 10th, and joined its cousin: I'm just counting the days to get it inspected and registered (hopefully by the end of the month), and take it on a proper Swiss Mountain adventure!
  27. 9 points
    When I walk into my garage and see that iconic styling that I fell in love with as a teenager in the 1970s, I smile. See the thumbs up from drivers and pedestrians as I drive through town? Smile again. Hear that amazing sound the M10 puts out past 4K RPM? Bigger smile. Toss it into a curve and power into the next? Big, stupid grin! Gone up in value? Cool. But not the reason I own my 02.
  28. 9 points
    Hey guys and gals, I was fortunate enough to spend last weekend at the epic Goodwood Revival. Was thrilled to see two Neue Klasse's taking part in the St. Mary's Trophy which runs with first heat on the Saturday and second heat on the Sunday. There's a full report on our site, ViaRETRO. WARNING TO ALL!!: The report is by no means BMW-only. There is heaps of other marques present as well. But now that you've been warned, if you're still keen to see more, here's a link: http://www.viaretro.com/2018/09/twenty-years-of-the-nostalgic-goodwood-revival/
  29. 9 points
    My name is Steve and I’m a hoarder. But....first, my hoarding is strongly correlated to pricing. For example — and not implying or suggesting that I’ll be switching to an overdrive 5-speed in the foreseeable future — two questionable 245/5’s for $400? Sure. But two questionable 245/5’s for $1,400? Not happening. And....second, I prioritize by my perceived future needs. For example, an aluminum head will probably always have possibilities of cracking and warping. An un-cracked, full-thickness head is, thus, a good thing. But at my age, do I need two spare heads? Probably not. Lastly....rims. Ignore everything I said in the previous two paragraphs! 😉 Regards, Steve
  30. 8 points
    Some of you must have known Bob if you live in the greater LA area. Sadly he passed away suddenly this March. Him and his wife were planning on moving before the sudden occurrence, so Bob had a lot of '02 parts we picked up that he was planning on selling, and it gave us a chance to talk to his wife for a bit. We know its a bit early but this year's Socal Vintage meet falls on Bob and Cheri's anniversary so Cheri wanted to attend the event and do a kind of caravan there in memory of Bob. She will be driving Bob's car from Little Rock near Palmdale. Not sure how many of you would be coming from that way, but she did mention there was one other '02 owner that she knew who lives in Little Rock. If you are interested PM us and we'll get you in touch with her. If you can't drive there with her but will attend and you knew Bob make sure you stop by and say hey, his car is pictured below. We post this also because she mentioned she want's to get in touch with Bob's friends and she will need a mechanic to perform regular maintenance on the car. And we weren't sure if she knows about this website or not.
  31. 8 points
    Was an awesome show, really gave my car a run for its money but springily was able to make it to and from with only one problem. But nothing a nice little fender roller wasn't able to fix during lunch time. hahah anyway check out this mediocre video I put together yesterday!! If any of you took photos feel free to post and share em with the rest!
  32. 8 points
    Hey guys, on Saturday my dad and I took out his BMW 2002 out to I nice car show in Melbourne called the Northern Gal, he hasn't taken the car out for a drive since May so it was a very nice time to finally get back into the car and go for a drive in it, the car show was very much consisted of muscle cars such as many mustangs and camera's but it was very nice for it to be the only 02 there. Lots of people came up to talk to us and took a lot of interest in the car which was very nice and surprising, here are some photos of the car at the event and of it at a previous Northern Gal show, hope you enjoy.
  33. 8 points
    I have heard that if you visit a car assembly plant, at the very start of the line you will see a heater core, suspended in space. The rest of the car is then assembled around it. -Dave Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  34. 8 points
    You have to remember that torque is the force that is being applied to the input shaft of the transmission. Horsepower is how much work can be done in a given amount of time. A really good normally aspirated gasoline engine with 1 spark plug and 2 valves per cylinder with all things designed for maximum torque (cam, compression ratio, combustion chamber design, bore/stroke ratio, intake runner length, header design etc) will produce 1.35-1.42 lb/ft of torque for each Cubic inch of displacement ( or 16.3cc's). This is all the torque you are going to make and unless you are willing to run very high compression ratios you will be lucky if you can make 1.25-1.3 lb/ft per Cubic inch. If you want a torque engine you want to make that number as low in the RPM range as you can, this means you will fall off the top of that curve as the RPMs go up. If you want more HP you need to make that torque number at a higher engine speed, this means you will LOOSE torque at lower engine speeds. If you build an engine that only needs to turn a specific RPM you can optimize everything and possibly make as much as 1.48-1.52 lb/ft per Cubic inch but you will pay a huge penalty for deviating from that RPM by more than a very small % (they do this for engines used in generators, pumps, tractors, conveyers etc) . To calculate your horsepower you Torque X RPM and divide by 5252. If you have a engine that makes 140 lb/ft of torque at 2000 rpm you are making 53.3 HP. move that torque peak up to 4000 rpm and you are at 106.6 HP. Move it up to 6000 rpm and you are suddenly at 159.9 HP. Increase it to 7000 rpm and you have a snorting 186.6 HP engine. A 2 liter BMW engine with a streetable compression ratio of 10:1 is lucky to make 140-145 lb/ft at peak so if you want a really good street engine with lots of low/midrange torque you will be lucky to make 150 HP because as soon as you go past the peak torque RPM the torque starts to fall away so if you have 140 lb/ft at 3500 rpm you will be lucky to have 125 or so at 6000 (142 HP) and it might fall off to around 115 by 7000 (153.3 hp). Modern engines use variable valve timing to broaden the peak torque output of the engines. By changing the cam timing (and in some cases valve lift) they can make that peak torque number over a much wider RPM range which gives you the advantage of low/mid range torque and top end HP.
  35. 8 points
    So, we've all thought: "Wouldn't it be nice to have a 2002 like it was straight out of the factory?"... This 1972 2002 has.... drum roll, please.... 4,500 ORIGINAL KMs... yes, that's right, don't ask me how. Those are the original factory/dealer service stickers. Engine as it looks has never been washed. Carpets are clean, soft, pliable, with original Coco Mats on top! Factory seats with vinyl sides and textile centers are like new, horse hair pads feel like new. All original paint. Just arrived today, hadn't even been washed yet! The dealer sold it before it even made the carriage across from the original owner in Austria! I cannot post videos owing to file size. Once polished and detailed, it will look brand new. He's trying to figure out how to detail the engine without disturbing those paper stickers!
  36. 8 points
    I agree HELP but, it goes beyond just the one offender you mentioned. I would think that if your making a business from selling parts on this forum, you would at least buy a membership. This is a good opportunity for FAQ to make some money! BMW2002faq should establish a "vendor" status(buy in and post away) and or a vendor classified section so they can run wild.. It is obnoxious to try and sell one thing and have it bumped to the third page in one day because two or three people are selling 10 items in 10 separate posts.
  37. 7 points
    Hey guys! It's my first post here and I'm just a newbie in these things, so don't bee too harsh if I get something totally wrong. However, I have been lurking around these forums for a couple of years now, doing slowly my research on 02's and similar. And guess what - I have one. A 1970 BMW 1600-2/1602 (however I should really call it), type 114 (not 02 technically, I know). I bought it few months ago and have been learning about it ever since. They always said to get the best possible car you can afford to make life easier down the road. And I think, overall I've done pretty great. I'm going to leave the link to the gallery below. But I'm still not satisfied and some of the stuff hurts my eyes a little bit which I'd like to fix to make it factory-rolled-out-perfect BMW. I have noticed few things that are missing and that are wrong about my car, which I'll probably at one point slowly will fix and find. Some things I'll probably leave alone (new type oil filter bracket). But what I'm really looking right now is opinion of some guys with more knowledge than I have to just rate honestly anything you notice about my car that seems out of place or wrong. Just like you guys usually do for those BaT auctions here. Then I can put together a more comprehensive list of things I need and then prioritize what I can do and when. So here goes the link to the gallery: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOS5B4j_Orqst9lrIZWAQYvQJr-FUv6Vis2g1TZDhkUWu5xlaEpOPPrD6EnptUJAg?key=NFFFeXpWSHlTMzFfT01BUW1sb3ZQWG1abTROdzJn Oh, and I'm based in Europe, from tiny country named Estonia. Hope you'll all be very warm and welcoming and help me to get the near-factory-perfect 1600.
  38. 7 points
    in my worthless opinion, this is the best site for buying and selling...nothing but BMW owners & far less BS caveat...BE CAREFUL regardless
  39. 7 points
    One thing that had always bothered me about my car (and 02's in general) is the wiring arrangement in the engine bay between the battery, starter, alternator and feeds to the fuse box and ignition switch. Given the large amount of unfused wiring involved in this lot, it somehow still managed to be as ugly as sin and generally let the car down as being a bit of crappy engineering. Things like this get my goat, multiple wires jammed into an inappropriate crimp terminal. That’s the main feed for a number of circuits plus the alternator feed wire. Very poor. Some more ‘before’ shots. I had been planning to resolve this for some time in parallel with a few other electrical modifications. This includes: Headlight relays - I have previously installed two headlight relays using an add-on loom (home made) but I wanted to integrate this wiring better with the factory loom and make it generally tidier. Provision for driving lights - Having polled the FAQ regarding lights, I bought some eBay bargains that I think are actually quite good. Provision for an electric fan. This will be primarily for the air conditioning but I am hoping that i can justify removing the engine driven fan Provide a high current feed to the rear of the car (under rear seat). Initially this was to be used just for an amplifier but I will also use this for my trunk mounted air con and remote operated trunk latch Provide a 60A circuit breaker - This will protect a lot of the currently unprotected wiring plus the new high current feed to the rear. New 'military style' (that is how they are referred to in Australia) battery terminals that are more substantial, have good insulators and allow multiple cable connections. New custom battery feed and ground cables in 25mm2 welding cable. New fuse box for the headlights, driving lights and electric fan. I am also going to fuse the horn as this is currently not fused on my car. A general tidy up of existing wiring, upgrade to alternator wiring (following an upgrade to an AL41X) and re-wrapping of the engine loom. I had previously added some high and low beam relays to the car around the time I did a conversion from old corroded Euro-buckets to H4s in US market buckets. This was accomplished by making up looms using the instructions posted in Bill Williams' Article on the subject. The individual relays are triggered using a connection into the left hand side bulb socket and, in my case, the supply taken from the alternator B+ terminal via an inline fuse to power both relays. This approach always worked well and certainly achieves its aim of being a 'no cut' means of upgrading the headlights but I wanted it to be better integrated with the car's wiring. I also wanted to take the opportunity to upgrade the actual relays used as I had heard some horror stories about complete 'light out' failures due to relays. These had ended up as pretty catastrophic when high beam had been lost at speed on a dark road. To be fair, as a context, these stories came from off-roading friends describing situations occurring after driving for 6 hours in the dark at high speeds on unmade, corrugated roads but they still made me think. What was prescribed is a particular type of Japanese made, twin headlight relay (the New Era NLR-132 relay). These New Era relays, while not sounding that special, are legendary amongst the Australian off-roading community for their reliability. General opinion (amongst off-roaders) is that if you don't use a NLR-132, you should have a set-up with 4 X standard Bosch style mini-relays with separate high / low relays for each headlamp to minimise the chance of losing all of your lights. How necessary this overkill is in my little 02, squirting around city streets is unclear but I like the 'packaging' of this dual relay so I bought one with the intention of wiring into my car when integrating the upgraded relay loom wiring into the cars existing wiring loom (and pulling out the factory headlight wiring). Wiring diagram for the relay. Similarly, I wanted to make provision for some driving lights to be controlled by my high beams. These could actually be powered directly from the same relay output as the high beam, assuming no greater load than 30A in total, but I wanted a further element of redundancy so these got their own relay, this time a conventional 5 pin mini-relay (with a normally open '87' terminal for each light) and fed from their own fuse. The fuse for powering the driving lights is contained within a new fuse box, connected via an 8 AWG connection to the main 60A circuit breaker in the main feed. This 4-way fuse box also provides a 25A fuse for the SPAL electric fan I will be installing with my air conditioning. The driving lights are styled after off road lights and so come with a length of stainless steel corrugated conduit. I secured this properly in place internal to the light bodies and sealed it up with some heat shrink and crimp terminals. I like bullets for this kind of connection as they have a massive surface area and, quite frankly, I have stacks to use up. I made up new battery cables using 25mm2 welding cable. While still very flexible, this has a very tough, double insulation and is terminated using crimp ring terminals on each end. I added some corrugated conduit to further protect the cable where it was secured to the bottom of the battery tray and to the wiring clip on the engine block. I added an insulation boot to the ring terminal to protect the starter motor terminal. Also attached to the starter terminal stud is a new alternator supply cable which runs directly to the alternator and the wiring for a starter relay that a previous owner had installed to stop the ignition switch from having to switch the solenoid current. I am going to keep this arrangement but tidy up the wiring. The relay is screwed to the brake servo bracket with one wire running from the main starter terminal (with 12v) to the relay contact and then back to the ‘50’ terminal on the solenoid. The pair of factory black wires that would normally go to the 50 terminal are spliced to a thin wire which goes to trigger the relay coil. Works fine. Before After - the black wires from the ignition switch have been rerouted directly to the relay and the wiring between the relay and the solenoid has been secured and protected with heat shrink and corrugated loom. The new alternator feed wire runs directly between the alternator and the terminal stud on the starter and then via the battery cable back to the battery. I thought it was a better arrangement than running a longer wire through the wiring loom as the factory did, particularly when increasing the size to 4 AWG. This was given additional mechanical protection with corrugated split loom and heat shrink along with a new insulation boot on the alternator connection. The ground connection from the alternator body was also upgraded to 4 AWG as well. This should be more than enough for the AL41X alternator which is 65A. The stock wiring in 4mm2 wire is only just good enough for the stock alternator, so when upgrading your alternator you should really think about upgrading the wiring as well. This could be accomplished by running an additional wire, in parallel with the factory wire and direct from the alternator to the battery terminal. Bad photograph showing the new wiring to the alternator. You can also see the wiring loom that carries the temperature gauge wire, a wire for the electric fan (not terminated) and the D+ wire for the alternator (I reused a length of plastic tube from the original loom to protect this where it runs outside of the corrugated conduit). I added some new grounding studs to organise the grounds for all of the new equipment. I used 5mm bolts with a nut and spring washers to attach to the panel. I then add the ring terminals and tighten down with another nut and spring washer. The new ground studs (actually bolts). Final arrangement, wrapped in Tesa fabric loom tape (that is amazing stuff). From the left: fan relay, driving light relay, twin headlight relay, original horn relay and 4-way fuse box. The sub-loom for the driving lights and electric fan can be seen running past the new ground studs and through the hole in the front panel. The last change was the ‘military grade’ battery terminals. These are naturally more substantial than most and are designed to accomodate multiple cable connections by using a 10mm through bolt to connect cables with ring lug terminals. The positive carries the 4 awg main feed to the circuit breaker as well as the 25mm2 main battery cable which goes to the starter motor. The negative terminal carries a 25mm2 cable direct to the engine block via a 10mm bolt underneath the alternator. The other wire is a 3 awg pre-made cable which runs from the battery to ground at the side of the battery tray. The battery terminals are then both fully covered by soft plastic insulating covers. Negative terminal showing crimp lugs in place. Terminals with insulation in place. Overall this was a job that didn’t introduce a lot of new functionality but does allow me to feel good about the wiring, knowing that it has been adapted to my requirement. This is a fundamental bit of work prior to my planned work to add other electrical goodies like a stereo/amp, air conditioning etc.
  40. 7 points
    BayArea 02 Swap & Show, 4 May 2019, Marina at Brisbane, California. The address is: 500 Sierra Point Parkway-- along the Bay on the North side of Sierra Point. Preregister on Motorsportreg (see below). Preregistration is $25 while the on-site fee on 4 May will be $30. Graphic artist Kile Brekke has again added his art to our T-shirts and printed materials; we think you will be delighted with his design! Please preregister early to help us plan for the best number of each shirt size. We will have a named bag for each preregistrant so our closing date is slightly earlier than some years to help us organize the bags. Note— Swap & Show visitors are welcome! There is no fee for entry if you do not show your car or swap parts. However, we encourage anyone with a BMW of our vintage to bring your car to display, no matter how mundane your daily driver (dirt, rust and all) or how beautiful your restoration. Swap & Show does not judge your car so there will be no points for extra dirt, missing dirt, matching luggage or concours glow. We smile at all BMW's and photographs or videos are welcome (but NO drones over cars)! Preregistration is now open, until Tuesday, 30 April. Go to [Preregister for Swap & Show 2019]. Larry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  41. 7 points
    So its been a while since I've added anything to the blog. The car was finished in October. Just in time for winter in Ireland. With crappy weather and salted roads here, I've only managed 200 miles in 5 months. Though the weather is finally starting to get better and the car is finally being driven! The car was lucky enough to be featured on the cover of Retro Classics magazine. (Irish car mag) I plan to take it to plenty of shows this summer. First show is this weekend, me and my dad are taking the car over the Irish Sea to the Practical Classics Magazine show at the NEC centre in Birmingham, England. The car will be featured at the BMW Car Club GB stand. https://www.necrestorationshow.com The car is driving great though there's a few niggles to sort out before the long drive, including its running in service.
  42. 7 points
    Just FYI, I have had a couple of people send me offers for more than the listing price. I will not respond to those messages going forward. Please don't do that. The common courtesy on this forum is to adhere to the listed price and offer it to the first person to respond. I have done that and am awaiting responses. Thanks
  43. 7 points
    I posted I bought this 68 a couple months ago, It took me all that time to round up the Motor, Trans and subframes as they were in different locations, I finally got the car here last night and can start putting back together, I'm sure I'll have some ?'s here along the way but now I can get started.
  44. 7 points
    Here’s some pics of Bluntech’s awesome 5-speed shift kit for the Getrag 245 Super solid and very well engineered. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  45. 7 points
    My two favorites...that I bought back to life.
  46. 7 points
    Tri-sectional, not in a state of neglect.....😑
  47. 7 points
    For what is maybe the last time (now that I have the beater E30 for this purpose instead), I had the 2002 out on Road Atlanta for TrackNight! Although on the slower end of the spectrum, was definitely the best looking car out there! Go Asterix!
  48. 7 points
    Like Steve, I read the Roundel as soon as I grabbed it out of the mailbox in the 70's and 80's. So when I went back and read this great resource I knew it had to be shared because it would never be published again. Thus, this reproduction. I appreciate all the gratitude and must express my own gratitude to my beautiful and talented wife Stephanie who kept everything organized and also put together the mailing packages. That's her in front of the 2002. Pointing to the Tucumcari sign. Just under the air conditioner unit. Nowhere near the Panasports ....
  49. 7 points
    Adding some detailing to the car... Home made under bonnet stickers, a repainted Baur badge and the original VIN plate back on until i can get the new one printed and stamped. Under hood sound deadening panels - i know not strictly original spec but thought i'd try a full coverage and see if it helps with suppressing engine noise? However, not sure if i have the correct material? I've used a 20mm closed-cell foam but it does feel very soft and easily damaged - lets see if it lasts? And some 3D printed homemade HT lead clamps – i have some lovely blue silicone HT leads that were just looking a bit unkempt!
  50. 7 points
    had the most "normal" car on the field i think. plus in terms of how nice the other cars where i was outclassed :( but still had the only stock 2002 on the entire field. but jackie stewart did stop by and admire it and mention this was bmw's giant killer which was really cool

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