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  1. Others may disagree, but from my experience you don't need an angle torque gauge for an M10 engine, as their head bolts are torqued with a simple torque wrench--in the proper sequence and ft/lbs, of course. Your shop manual will give you all the details. Angle torquing is for much newer BMW engines. mike
  2. Try Steve Petersen at BluntTech or Paul Wegweiser at Maxmillian...they'll getcha the right part. Be prepared with the engine number just to make sure, since it's not the engine that's original to your '72. mike
  3. Remember, these panels are cardboard with some sort of pebble-grain finish embossed onto the finished side. Even a little scuffing with a Scotchbrite pad will wear through that finish, exposing and fuzzing up the cardboard underneath. Were I doing it, I'd get some OOOO steel wool and just lightly rub the finished side. I wouldn't use any liquid--or if you must, do it very sparingly so you don't saturate the cardboard. Once prepped, paint with some semi-gloss black. If the original finish is in good shape, I'd leave 'em alone. mike
  4. USAF, 1966-1997, active, to Vietnam, and reserve, then called up for Desert Storm in 1991 (went to Oklahoma--by 2002!) mike
  5. From your pictures, it looks like you have an antenna that was used on late model VW Beetles (the old, air-cooled ones) and also on some older Honda Civics and Accords from the 70s. It'll fit and work OK, and was probably installed when the original one got broken and either the OEM style was unavailable or too expensive vs the VW/Honda universal replacement. From your description, the one you ordered--at least without seeing a picture or maker's name) sounds like the original antenna that was used on 2002s when they were new--either a Bosch (Blaupunkt) with a blue plastic tip, or a Hirshmann with a red plastic tip. All 2002 radios were dealer installed, and that's the one they used if they were doing a proper job. You had to be careful with the install if your car had a sunroof, as it was easy to drill through the A pillar drain tube when making holes to install the antenna. mike
  6. + 1. Jim and I are both in the Dayton area and own first cousin Sahara '73 sunroof cars...and lots more in Cincinnati and Columbus. Welcome to the fraternity/sorority. Now's the time to make plans to attend next April's Mid America '02Fest in Eureka Springs, AR. We have a caravan leaving from Dayton the day before, so you'll be traveling with a bunch of other 02ers with tools, parts and knowledge (no problems at all this year!)--and a fun route through KY and the Ozarks. Mid America is like the FAQ but in person--73 2002s in 2019. Watch for caravan announcements on the FAQ in late Feb/early March. mike
  7. What about a hidden cutoff switch that kills power to either the coil, the starter, or both. While that won't prevent the car being towed away, neither will a steering lock. You could also install a solenoid valve that cut the flow of gas to the carb, also controlled by a hidden switch. That would allow the car to be driven a few hundred feet before it would stall out and the would-be thief would most likely abandon it. mike
  8. It's gonna run a lot better once you remove the paper towels from those carbs...I nearly fell into the Porsche trap twice: in 1963 I found a '51 sunroof coupe on a used car lot for $300, but no dough (college student). Then in 1970 I found a 55 convertible (not a speedster) in running condition for $1100, but I was two weeks away from shipping out to Vietnam and had just bought a '49 Fiat Topolino woody wagon so had no garage space... sigh... mike
  9. Toca

    Hi Mike,


        My name is Toca. I’m a newbie to mechanic work and have an automatic parts car which I have disassembled.  I do this to teach myself a lot of things regarding the BMW 2002 non Tii.  Until I can connect with a reputable friend in this community I’m doing a lot of online searching and it can get really exausting. I joined FAQ and even on the site I clicked on many links that are unusable.  I also have 7manuals.  I removed both suspensions and do not have a clue HOW? To take it apart to service the bushings and arms and all that very nicely connected arms and.... It looks like a jungle of metal.  Is there an order of removal?  Thanx for getting back to me... 

  10. Having owned 2002s for the past 50 years, I admit to a little bias. And to restate what Andrew Wilson (who owns both an '02 and an E9), it depends on what you want--a fun, tossable car to drive on the back roads with a big grin on your face, or a wonderful highway Grand Touring car for long trips (esp with an OD 5 speed) in comfort and style. I don't grin while driving on the Interstate--regardless of what I'm driving--it's those back roads... To me, an E9 is kinda like the captain of the cheerleaders in high school--gorgeous to look at but out of your league (unless you were the captain of the football team) to date. The 2002 was the pretty girl that sat next to you in English class--she accepted your invitation to the Homecoming Dance, was great fun to be with, and pretty soon you were going steady with her...But now you're out of high school, you and your steady went your separate ways, and the cheerleader captain is divorced and wants to spend time with you at your class reunion...Take your pick... mike
  11. Another consideration on these early cars: unlike the later ones, all the wires leading into the dash switches end in separate terminals, rather than a plug. Even though each wire has a plastic sleeve covering the metal terminal, it's entirely possible that a wire worked loose, broke, etc and is touching either a ground or another wire. As with the others--it didn't heal itself, and if ignored may well start a fire under the dash, which will make a real mess and could total the car. Pull the instrument cluster and check the switch and all its attendant wires. Let us know whatcha find so we can build our knowledge. mike
  12. The heater core-to-valve hose (the little short one) is often and shamefully neglected. Some years ago I was checking my records on hose replacement as I had just drained and flushed my cooling system and was preparing to install fresh antifreeze. To my surprise, I could find no record that I (or the previous, first owner) had ever replaced that hose. It was 26 years old--still holding water but was hard as a rock. After removing the hose clamps, to remove it I had to crush it was a pair of Channel locks--it shattered like glass. Yours doesn't look much better... mike
  13. Quick 'n dirty method: if your engine pings on regular or even mid-grade gas when under load (esp at lower rpms), you most likely have 9.5 pistons. The original 8.0 pistons would do well on even regular gas, but not the 9.5's. mike
  14. One other consideration--look closely at the holes in your cardboard door trim backing to make sure the hole hasn't been wallered out (technical term for enlarged) or--especially along the bottom edge--the cardboard isn't soft and delaminating from getting wet. Quick fix is to take some thin sheet aluminum, or non-polyethylene plastic (glue won't stick to poly), make an appropriate-sized hole and glue it to the back side of the cardboard. mike
  15. Be sure that you have the spark plugs connected in the correct order (firing order is 1-3-4-2, beginning with #1 cylinder at the front of the engine), and that they are all firing. And the wires are connected to the distributor cap so that #1 cylinder is firing when it's supposed to. From the video, it sounds like your valves are very noisy; as previously mentioned, that can cause some shaking if they're not opening all the way. And while M10 engines do shake a bit at idle, you have a Jerry Lee Lewis engine--whole lotta shaking goin' on... mike
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