mike

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  1. mike

    Engine Bay Decals

    At least the 68s and 69s didn't have this sticker; dunno about the 70s or 71s, but I'm sure someone on the board can confirm or deny. The only tuning information for US spec emissions cars was in the little supplement to the owners manual that came with the car. mike
  2. mike

    Manual Choke Power

    Since you have a carbureted '73, take a close look in the vicinity of the carb. Unless a PO has snipped the wire, you'll find an un-used black wire with an insulated female terminal on the end. Check with your voltmeter, but I'll bet you'll find that it's live only with the ignition on. It was not used on US cars, and just dangled there, taped to another wire that was used. It'll work just fine for your 38/38 electric choke. cheers mike
  3. mike

    Engine Bay Decals

    It would be highly useful to all the FAQ folks if those whose cars have their original stickers would photograph them, and submit the pictures along with the year and VIN of their car. The pictures and descriptions could then be placed in a file accessible to all. Even if the original stickers weren't pristine, they will show exact placement and which stickers were used, by year. I believe that was done with the VIN stickers placed on 2002 doors starting sometime in 1971 or so--at least there was a long discussion with pictures of what proved to be a number of different style stickers that the factory employed over the 4-5 years the stickers were used. All the stickers on my '69 (Feb 69 production) and my '73 (Dec 72 production) are original and I'm happy to take pictures for the article... How about it, folks? mike
  4. And when you're mounting the bumper, level it to match the bottom edges of the two side grilles, not the ground. Then use a short level to make sure each side wraparound piece is level, and mark your holes to drill. mike
  5. Nope, that's a Frigiking, meant for an '02 with the long console and rectangular shift boot. The earlier cars with a round shift boot and a short console had the control knobs on a vertical panel rather than the angled one in your picture. Of the three most common, performancewise the Behr and Frigiking are about the same. The Behr is better looking, but has the radio mounted at the bottom of the console, an awkward location and impossible if you have a cassette or CD player--no room to load or eject due to the shift lever. The Frigiking doesn't look quite as nice (unless you paint the grilles black--a definite improvement over the plastic chrome) but has the radio cutout at the top. The Clardy has the best output of the three, but has that bulge that intrudes into the passenger footwell--or driver's if it's a RHD car. Truth be told, none will compare to a modern integrated unit (even an E30's A/C is far superior)-slightly better than Mike Miller's description of "a hamster blowing over a sno-cone" but not much. mike
  6. How about the VIN plates from a 74 or 75 US spec 2002...craftily attached to your Euro Touring....would the smog nazis know the difference, especially if the car from whom the plates came had never been registered in CA? Just thinking out loud about ways to skin the cat... mike
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    Heater Box: Early v. Late

    I think the changeover from early to late heater box (which is primarily the size of the inlet and outlet nipples on the heater core itself) is when the two barrel Solex replaced the single barrel carb late in 1972 production. The four lever heater control setup began with the '73 models at 2585138. mike
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    feeling some '74tii nostalgia ......

    The upper picture has to date from the early 50s--the black car facing us is a 49 or 50 Mopar (Dodge or Plymouth) and the turquoise fastback is a 46-48 either Chevy or Pontiac--I think I can see silver streaks on the trunk; if so it's a Pontiac. mike
  9. My Feb '69 production 2002 had the early style lower control arms (since replaced as they were rusty and slightly bent) from the factory, so at least the early '02s had the skimpier control arms fitted. Dunno when the factory switched over--I suspect it was a running production change, as there's only a single valid part number for 'em now. mike
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    Soft Sun Roof 2002.

    From your picture, that soft sunroof appears to be a Weathershields, not a Webasto. Both are from the UK, so suggest Googling both names to see if you can find a supplier or spare parts for these sunroofs--I'm sure you can, as I remember seeing such companies in various British vintage car magazines. mike
  11. mike

    Engine Compression

    Then look for more! Check FAQ archives for all the places rust can lurk on a 2002--some merely cosmetic, others structural. But all are expensive to repair! mike
  12. There should be a copper or brass ring that's set into the upper and lower halves of the steering column surround. That's what the insulated female terminal in your first picture should plug into. Your second and third pictures appear to show the back side of the steering wheel, that fits against the steering column surround. If so, you have the little spring loaded contact installed backwards. The spring loaded copper contact should poke through the hole in the back of the steering wheel, and the male terminal should plug into the wires leading from the horn push buttons on the three steering wheel spokes. Pressing the horn push button completes the ground circuit through the spring loaded contact touching the brass contact ring, causing the horn to blow. mike
  13. mike

    Engine stalls when warm

    One more thing to check...(from experience on my '69) Disconnect the vacuum advance hose at the carb end and suck on it. You should feel resistance, and if you pop the dizzy cap off, you should see the point plate move as you suck. If the point plate doesn't move and there's no resistance when you suck, the vacuum advance capsule in the dizzy is punctured. That extra vacuum can upset the air/fuel balance at idle, especially after the choke is off. Generally speaking, on our carburated/distributor-equipped cars, a sudden engine stoppage is ignition related, while some coughing/sputtering/hacking and then engine stoppage is fuel system related. mike
  14. At the risk of repeating myself... I'm glad to be a car guy who doesn't live in California. If I did live there, I think I'd drive a 1967 two-stroke SAAB 93 just to drive the smog nazis crazy! mike
  15. I feel your pain. In the fall of 1970 I had the opportunity to buy a '55 Porsche convertible (not a Speedster) in running and (relatively) unrusted condition for $1100. But I was two weeks away from Uncle Sam's all expenses paid vacation to tropical Vietnam--and had just bought a '49 Fiat woody station wagon. The wagon is a far rarer car (one of two in the US) but the pre-A Porsche...sigh. Like fishermen, we all have "the one that got away." mike