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  1. Not at all--you have a standoffish neighbor/fellow citizen. I can't remember the last time I encountered a 2002 "in the wild"--not at a BMW event or car show, and not one whose owner I know--but I hardly ever drive the car without someone asking me about it--in parking lots, gas stations, even at traffic lights. Maybe Seattle is a standoffish town, but there are a bunch of Seattle folks on the FAQ--obviously you ran into one who isn't as we're all friendly here. 😀 If you were in the South (or Midwest, for that matter) that wouldn't have happened. mike
  2. Matt--so glad to hear you got your car back. Was it still in the local area? A trick I heard many years ago about helping to recover/identify a stolen car: remember this was back in the 70s, long before internet, LoJack or GPS trackers. The article suggested hiding your business card--with a date written on it--in a really out-of-the way place (e.g. behind the quarter panel upholstery in a 2002, or under the fusebox). That way even if the car is repainted or had its VIN changed, you can prove ownership. mike
  3. I'm sure some kind soul on the FAQ has an old spacer kicking around who could trace its outline and send it to Cort. I'd do it but mine are currently inaccessible. Most any metal shop could take the template and make up four duplicates for you from 1/8" or even 3/16" steel plate. Since you're gonna replace the strut bearings anyway, just place one of those plates under the fender, and the other atop the fender. Most strut bearings come with long studs anyway so you'll have plenty of threads to accommodate those two plates. With a plate on each side of the sheet metal the load will be equally spread so you shouldn't need to weld 'em in. No mickey mouse fixes here--you really don't want your front suspension to part company from the rest of the car. mike
  4. The PO really created a mess for you....that padding is actually old cloth that's been essentially turned into felt--it works wonderfully as a sponge, which explains why you have rusting floors. I would be very leery of using heat--a heat gun's temperature will exceed the combustion point of that felt and then you'll really have a problem! As it was pointed out, solvent will just soak into the padding and (1) smell forever in the car even after it's removed and/or (2) be a fire hazard. And a wire wheel will clog up in about 30 seconds. Were it mine, I'd pull up as much of the padding as I could--by hand, pliers etc. Get it as thin as possible--down to the glue and the layer of felt adhering to the glue. Then use one of those oscillating multi-tools with a thin blade to get the remainder off. And a final cleanup of any residual glue/felt spots with thinner. Messy but necessary. If you're gonna put padding under your carpet, you can use household carpet padding, just the right kind. The old waffle padding was perfect, as it allowed air circulation and didn't absorb water. But I don't think they make that any more. Failing that, use a 5/8" "rebond" that's advertised as "waterproof" (actually pet-proof) that keeps incontinent dogs' output from soaking into the padding. You should be able to get small pieces from your local carpet store, either free or for very little $$. Just don't use the kind you have, even if it's free. And don't glue any of it down. The carpet itself will keep it in place. mike
  5. Naw! We all help each other. Even after just under 52 years of messing with 2002s, hardly a day goes by that I don't learn something new from this Board. That's what make it fun. And the best thing is that no one is shy about sharing knowledge for the benefit of all. cheers mike
  6. The closest thing I can think of is "Garnet Red"--a not-very-common squarelight metallic--the German is Granitrot or something close. But that color looks darker--on the other hand, color reproduction isn't always perfect. What does the paint sticker on the car say--or what color lurks in hidden places? mike
  7. You could probably cut the openings with a Dremel and (several) heavy duty cutoff wheels (not emery wheels, but the composite ones). But as others have said, the vendor screwed up and owes you the proper part. You might see if someone on the board needs the one you have, and just order a second one from the vendor. If it were a chrome original one, I know you could sell it in a heartbeat, as they've been NLA for a number of years, both the plain and the rubber trim styles. mike
  8. The aftermarket Golde sunroof panel was very close dimensionally to the factory version, but IIRC (and I've only seen 2-3 in 52 years) they weren't identical, and had more squared-off (i.e. smaller radius curves) corners. From the pictures Scott posted immediately above, this is an aftermarket Golde sunroof installation. The giveaway is the crank location, impinging slightly into the leading edge of the opening; on factory units that front section is straight across. Also note the crank handle, while it says Golde, is completely different from the factory handle (2nd picture). The Golde on factory (1st picture) handles is in a different font. Note there's no center dome light as was fitted to factory sunroof cars; Scott's car has the two over-door lights fitted to non-sunroof cars (3rd picture) Finally, the two reinforcing brackets in the final picture are fastened in place with sheet metal bolts; on the factory roof they'd be welded in place, and there would be brackets (at least on the modell 71 and later cars) for the electric motor used for power sunroofs 4th picture). Someone wanted that sunroof very badly, as I'm sure the aftermarket installation was way more expensive than ordering the car with a sunroof. When our cars were new, Golde had a US office in Detroit that dealt with US manufacturers who bought Golde parts for factory installations, as well as selling kits for aftermarket installations. My '69 came with a Golde brochure listing Golde service centers worldwide. There were only a few places in the US that were authorized to install Golde sunroofs, as it was complicated and required some precision cutting/welding, plus re-painting the entire roof. cheers mike
  9. +1. All the factory sunroof-equipped 1600s and 2002s I've seen, both Euro and US models, used the same sunroof--most were manual but a few electric ones escaped Hoffman's scrutiny and made it to the US; most were Euro delivery to military/diplomatic personnel, and not bought through Hoffman and his dealers. There was an aftermarket Golde sunroof that could be installed on a 2002; I've seen a few US cars so equipped. At first glance they look identical to the factory version, but there are a few subtle differences, one being the aluminum trim pieces along the front edge of the opening. On factory sunroofs, the three trim pieces go straight across and are about as wide as the aluminum side pieces. All the aftermarket Golde installations use narrower front trim pieces, and have a bump in the center one to accommodate the crank handle. It's difficult to tell from your pictures, but the three front edge trim pieces look like the aftermarket Golde package. Also the factory sunroof panel has four"indents on the underside of the leading edge (yours doesn't). They're to hold some small plastic anti-rattle pieces for the accessory pop-up wind deflector. A sure way to tell if your car's sunroof is factory or aftermarket Golde is to look under the headliner; the factory bracing is much neater and more professional looking, and the few aftermarket Golde installs I've seen still have the two non-sunroof courtesy lights, one over each door. Cheers mike PS--all the factory Golde sunroofs I've seen had provision for the pop-up wind deflectors (those little plastic filler pieces in the leading edge trim pieces)--but I've only seen 2 US cars with them installed. The pieces from a contemporary Porsche 911 fit perfectly, BTW--where I snagged both of mine--many years ago from junkyard 911's.
  10. And unfortunately they were only used on US spec cars for one year. The rear brackets are the same situation, but aren't "handed. The tough parts to get are the rubber covers for the rear brackets. They've been unobtanium for at least 20 years... mike
  11. For those of you who live in CALIF with old cars that have to pass smog tests: CALIF = Come And Live In Florida... mike
  12. You don't really need to do this. I realize that Behr A/C units are wired so that turning on the A/C blower disconnects the heater fan from the car's electrical system. Frigiking wiring setups don't do this. It's not gonna hurt anything if you accidentally turn on both blowers simultaneously--although it'll pretty well use all the amps a stock alternator will produce. If you really want to do this, I'm sure you could find a double pole, double throw switch that in one direction would energize the heater blower and in the other, the A/C. My '73 has had a Frigiking unit since it was new, and the few times I've accidentally turned the heater blower on while the A/C was running, nothing bad happened. mike
  13. My '91 E30 318is turns 30 today. Since BMW marketed it as "the 2002 of the 90s" it's at least the first cousin to our Type 114s. He's named for the composer George Fredrick Handel. But since his assembly date is also Washington's birthday, the George does dual duty. I first drove one at the BMW CCA Oktoberfest in 1990, and vowed to have one "someday." Someday finally arrived in 2012. He's as much fun to drive as an '02, but doesn't get nearly the attention... mike
  14. My '91 E30 318is turns 30 today. Since BMW marketed it as "the 2002 of the 90s" it's at least the first cousin to our Type 114s. He's named for the composer George Fredrick Handel. But since his assembly date is also Washington's birthday, the George does dual duty. I first drove one at the BMW CCA Oktoberfest in 1990, and vowed to have one "someday." Someday finally arrived in 2012. He's as much fun to drive as an '02, but doesn't get nearly the attention... mike
  15. I learned to autocross in a Renault 4CV (69-31 rearward weight bias, swing axles in the rear) so after that, a 2002 feels almost neutral. Throttle steering around a decreasing radius curve is great fun! mike
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