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  1. mike

    Rear Seats (1968 to 1976)

    At least through the '69 US model year, the rear seat back was flat, not dished on both sides like the later ones. However, a good upholstery shop can tweak a later cover to fit the flat back and make it look right... mike
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    Heater Hoses

    It wouldn't hurt to drain the coolant down a bit. When you remove the hoses the coolant will run into the heater plenum chamber; then you'll be smelling coolant for some weeks afterward whenever you open the fresh air/heater ducts. +1 with Buckeye on cutting that itty bitty hose that connects the heater core with the water valve. Mine was 26 years old when I discovered it had never been replaced, and was hard as a rock (but not leaking!). Had to saw it off with a small hacksaw. And when you're installing the new long hoses, it's helpful to lubricate the outside of the hoses (as well as the inner ends) so they'll slip through their grommets easily. mike
  3. The connection size was changed when the factory enlarged the heater core and increased he size of the connecting hoses (and heater valve). I think this took place sometime in 1970 or 71, but the parts book is unclear--doesn't list a VIN at where this took place. Perhaps not until the E12 head was introduced partway through the 1972 model year. However, it does show that the small diameter nipple screws into an adapter which in turn screws into the cylinder head, and the larger nipple doesn't use the adapter. This would imply that by removing the adapter the larger nipple would fit directly into the head. Don't hav any heads handy to prove what the parts book implies, though. Keep in mind, though if you install the larger diameter nipple on the head, you'll need a larger diameter hose, and then the heater core with the larger diameter nipples, plus the larger water valve and the second hose for it all to work properly. mike
  4. Sway bar brackets-semi-gloss black Control arms-semi-gloss black Radius rod-semi-gloss black Pitman arm-semi-gloss black Calipers-raw cast iron Brake back plates-semi-gloss black Steering box pitman arms-semi-gloss black Steering end links/ track rod-semi-gloss black steering box--natural aluminum mike PS--both my '69 and '73 had definitely black front and rear subframes. I suspect that BMW bought those subframes from more than one supplier, which would account for the straight black on some and others with a greenish tint with no relationship of the two colors to year of the car's manufacture. So...like the center caps on early factory alloys, both plain and with roundels are correct....
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    Low compression band-aids?

    +1 A quick 'n dirty way to determine what's leaking compression. From a standing stop after idling for 20-30 sec, accelerate briskly in first and second up to about 35-40 mph, and watch your rear view mirror. If you have a nice puff of smoke as you accelerate, that's rings. Once you hit 35- 40 or so in second, quickly lift your foot off the gas and coast. If you now get a smokescreen, that's valve stem seals. If you get both, your engine's getting tired! But as my late and greatly missed father in law used to say, "Mike, oil's cheaper than engines." My '69 used very little oil and smoked very little 'till I had to do some head work at 157k. While the head was off I had the valves ground and fitted new guides and seals. Then the rings were the weak point, and it started to smoke. A little. It's still smoking, a little, at 226k. mike
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    Door install tricks and tips

    I've done a couple of columns on adjusting the glass and vent window frames on '02 doors. Those things can be moved in three planes, so are a real PITA to adjust, 'cause there are so many variables, but it's worth the effort when you're done. PM me and I'll send you a copy. mike
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    Unusual front signal light setup

    This is a home-made version of what was fitted to the early (68-69) US cars that had flat, Euro style turn signals. They used two bulbs--the large one for turn signals, the smaller one was for parking lights. European cars had the parking light bulb built into the bulb/reflector headlight, so those lamps weren't illuminated except as turn signals. US cars were fitted with sealed beam headlights, so had to have a provision for a parking light. That was BMW/Hella's solution--adding the small bulb for a parking light. When the Feds forced the bulge signal lenses on US-bound cars, Hella went ahead and made a completely new bulb holder that incorporated a two filament bulb. mike
  8. In order to turn the stalk with it off the car you have to grip the base pretty firmly; not nearly as easy as if it were attached to the steering column. If it's really stiff, put a drop of oil on the pivot pin and see if that helps. mike
  9. Two things: Supposedly the last 200 US spec 76s were stick shift, Polaris silver sunroof cars, with a red (real) leather interior and soup dish alloy wheels. I've never seen one in person, but there's an end-of-production '76 automatic, silver with a red leather interior, in the Indianapolis area. The brake bias valve was fitted only to the '76s. It's the small metal box near the master cylinder with both brake lines and wires emerging from it. It'll turn on the dashboard brake fluid reservoir warning light if it senses a significant difference in pressure between the dual brake systems, which would indicate a leak. mike
  10. I still do...at least when the roads are salt-free. And I think that's the crux of the matter. For those of us who still drive our '02 on a regular basis, take 'em to distant events, etc--a 5 speed is a most worthwhile upgrade--and will be to a buyer who envisions the same thing. For a car/owner who drives his/her '02 around town and/or as a weekend fun car, that overdrive 5th gear isn't so important. I've had a 5 speed in my '73 for 15 years and love it...and the '73 goes on most of my long trips. The '69 remains a 4 speed, as I've kept it pretty original (5" wheels and a larger front swaybar are the only mods) and it's a one owner...But on long trips I much prefer those 800 fewer rpms cruising the highway. Bottom line: it depends on whatchu're gonna do with your '02--and what a potential buyer wants to do with his/her new purchaser... mike
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    matching numbers ?

    Even the earliest US spec 2002s had embossed hood trim. I have copies of C&D, R&T and Popular Science from March and April 1968 with road tests of the 2002--all US spec cars--two stories (C&D and PS) have cars with the same manufacturer license plate--the same Polaris sunroof car. The R&T car is different--from Hoffman's CA press pool. But both cars have embossed hood trim. Unfortunately none of the magazine pictures are sharp enough to read the VIN, but I'm sure these are very early production cars. Probably yet another case of BMW using up parts before switching to a newer part number... And...my Feb '69 production '02 came with the side grilles painted black, not with the black anodized appliques. Don't think that started 'till the '70 models. mike
  12. Interesting early car with some equally interesting details. the small Euro front bumper guards and no rear ones at all, but has US style license plate lights vs the Euro bumper-mounted ones. Not sure if I've seen a 6v '67 with those license plate lights. the "donut" upper radiator hose the way forward-mounted rear view mirror (NK-style) rare square hole hubcap trim rings. appears to have bulb/reflector headlights vs sealed beams complete with plastic bowls on the headlight bucket back sides. Interesting combination for an official Hoffman Motors import (vs overseas delivery) as the instruments speak English. A puzzler, though...the seats appear to be tobacco vs the chocolate brown that was typical on 66 and 67 cars. Didn't realize the tobacco seats were available before the '68 models. Anyone know the VIN? mike
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    e21 Recaro bucket repair

    Now if that basketweave only came in the later (72-73) tobacco color...I could do my seats! mike
  14. I'll bet this is the problem. Most '02 flasher units have two sets of points inside--the smaller of the two is what causes the dash light to blink. Carefully pry the cover off with the flasher still connected, and engage the turn signals. The outside and inside lights blink in opposition (outside on, inside off and vice versa). Watch the small point set. If it only opens and closes a couple of times and then stops, turn the signal off, clean those points with a little bit of fine sandpaper, and try again. If it still doesn't open/close reliably, carefully bend the movable point closer to the fixed one 'till it starts blinking every time. Final test: with the ignition on and the heater blower going see if the inside light flashes continuously--if so, you've got it. mike
  15. Hello Mike I have a1976 bmw 2002 Iam having problems with my ignition switch. It wouldnt go all the way to start to start the engine put some graphite in cylinder  and got it to go in to start  but the spring  is not releasing . have to do it manually  I was hoping your article on dismantling and repairing  switchs would help  I dont known if its in the tumbler or switch . Thanks George my email is gkergides5@gmail.com