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  1. From one of the 2011 postings--why this valve is interposed between the M/C and the rear (only) brakes: It helps equalize front to rear brake 'timing' The wheel cylinders have to overcome the spring pressure before contacting the shoes, while the calipers simply slide into contact. Leave it in unless you are converting to rear disc or very bad things will happen So yes, it's necessary; otherwise there will be a noticeable pause (and a very disconcerting sinking feeling in the pedal) before the rear brakes start working when you press the brake pedal. They don't usually go bad; it may be that the internal valve is stuck and some cleaning with spray brake cleaner will get it moving again. mike
  2. Don't count on finding a new pedal box...but you should be able to score a good used one. They're all the same on manual shift 2002s after VIN 1665200, and even the earlier ones differ only in the clutch pedal linkage and could be installed complete in a later car. mike
  3. Another tip: when reinstalling the blower motor/fan assembly--especially if you've bought a new motor and installed the old fan on the new motor: after reassembling but before reinstalling the heater, make sure the fan won't hit the "air mixer door" at the bottom of the heater box inlet. This is the flap that the temperature cable closes as the water valve opens, forcing more and more intake air through the heater core as a way of increasing (or moderating) the air temperature that flows into the cabin. Energize the motor and make sure the fan spins without hitting anything, regardless of mixer door position. Then turn the fan off and rotate it by hand to insure clearance. My '69's fan would freewheel at highway speeds and hit the mixer door, causing a very irritating dinging sound, but with the blower motor operating there was clearance. Had to dismantle the heater to cure the problem--it was that way from the factory. mike
  4. Hi Mike. New here and apparently I can’t pm you yet. I’m fixing the drivers seat on my 71 and am looking for advice to reassemble. I’d appreciate if you could share your column on reassembling the hardware for the recliner.  And any other tips!

  5. Holy cow...that's really BLUE! Makes French Racing Blue look kinda pale. As for the turn signal you're seeking--the flat (Euro) style that was original to the '69, or the bulge (US) style in your picture? Both are available new, but the flat Euro one will have to be massaged a little so you'll have both parking lights and turn signals within. BTW, what's the VIN? First or second series '69? mike
  6. Completely forgot about this style as I've only seen 'em once or twice--and I've seen these in 14" styles on NK sedans and 2000CS coupes. So that makes 3 styles of trim rings fitted to early roundies. The slotted ones I was referring to look exactly like the outer edge of the full wheel covers used on 69-73 roundies. Doncha just love all this arcane stuff? mike
  7. On your original battery setup, there was a heavy gauge wire that was attached to the + battery terminal with a 6mm bolt. In your rear battery mount conversion, what did you do with that wire? It powers almost everything on the car except the starter, and if something's happened to it, you'll essentially get no power anywhere. mike
  8. I have a planking spike from a 1733 Spanish ship that's in better condition--and it was under salt water for 235 years! Good old Mother Nature, and her friend, Mr Road Salt. mike
  9. The only two trim rings I've seen for roundies were two types, both meant to be held in place by the "dog dish" hubcaps fitted to 1600s and early 2002s. The first type is very soft aluminum and has square vent holes. It was an accessory item sold through BMW dealers, and (i think) dates from 1966/67. The second type is (I think) stainless steel, and a lot sturdier than the above type. It has oval holes, and when snapped in place in conjunction with the hubcap, looks almost identical to the one piece wheel covers fitted to the 69-73 2002s. The only year cars I've seen these fitted to were 1968 2002s, but presume the trim rings were available from BMW dealers if you wanted to add 'em to your 1600 hubcaps. That's a roundabout way of saying what you have doesn't look like either, but some BMW importers in other European countries might have offered 'em as accessory items. I've just never seen 'em on a US car. mike
  10. I had the pleasure of meeting Dave, his Dad and the Orange Car at one of the MidWest 02fests, held at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend IN...that was quite a while ago--before Dave grew his beard. Cheers, and happy anniversary mike
  11. Keep in mind that the newer valves (think they started in 1974) have a small hole in the valve that will allow a minimal coolant flow through the heater core, even when the valve is fully closed. The factory found out that if the core was completely shut off from coolant circulation (as it would be in the summer, or year round in warm climates) it would clog up the heater core, so they added that small hole. Check your valve for this hole; that may be the source of your leak. If so, it's intentional. mike
  12. Looks like it's either Nevada or Sahara--it's a roundie with side reflectors and no knee trim, so it's either a '69, 70 or early '71. Shiny hubcaps and bulge front turn signals rules out a '69; that leaves a '70 or early '71. Looks like the front's been backed into, bending the bumper and possibly pushing in the grille. Cool picture from the past.... mike
  13. I learned that from experience. In 1999 I discovered that little hose between the valve and heater core was original to my '73--so it was 26 years old. It shattered like hard plastic when I went to remove it... Glad you found it. mike
  14. Check your heater valve and the little hose between the valve and the heater core--a drip there can eventually find its way through the center "elephant trunk" and drip onto the upper side of the bellhousing, then run around to the bottom. If there's coolant in your heater plenum chamber it's gotta be one of the heater hoses or the heater valve... mike
  15. A couple of years ago in Death Valley CA--in July--I saw 119 F on the car's thermometer--never made it to 120, though. But, as they say, "it's a dry heat." mike
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