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  1. Slavs

    Types of Dashboards

    Early 1600 dash from 150XXXXXX car in my 152XXXXXXX car which came with a similar dash minus the 1600 badge.
  2. The quoted the dimensions incorrectly. The old metal sleeved bushings are 27mm in diameter and 59mm in length. Slavs
  3. The metal sleeve on the early bushings is part of the bushings, and in most cases comes out with the rest of the bushing when you press it out. BMWs new replacement bushings exclude the outer metal sleeve. They are rubber. Its just that BMW screwed up and made them about 1mm too small in diameter. Since they are rubber, perhaps they are 2mm too small, as they were meant to be pressed in to the trailing arm opening. I imagine I can make a thin 1mm thick metal sleeve and wrap it around the bushing, then press it in all together. But, that may be tricky. Another possibility is to take bushings for the post 69 02s and have them modified and cut to the specified length. imagine this would be easier to accomplish with the urethane versions, but those are probably too stiff for the street. BMW increased the width of the mounting ears on the newer version subframe, but retained the same dimensions for the trailing arm. So, in the newer bushing design they added a rubber lip to the bushing. From my experience, the newer bushings eventually walk or shift just as much, if not more than the older design. Although, they widened the spacing on the subframe ears for the trailing arm probably in an effort to make it stronger. One would think that the logical thing to have done would have been to make the the trailing arm rail also wider. But, they took the less expensive route. Another argument is why in the world did they get rid of the more robust long neck diff ? It holds more oil and seems like a more sound design. You can remove the front flange and replace the seal without affecting the crush collar. That is not the case with the short neck. I don't think all of their changes were improvements. Slavs
  4. An example when speculators and opportunistic greedy vendors of the "Bazaar" jump on the band wagon to make a quick buck.Back in 1998, I sold one of these complete NOS sets, still wrapped up, to a local restorer for $125.00. Kind of wonder if this is my old set. The 02 community has been hijacked. 02 parts are now more expensive than the Porsche parts. Simply ridiculous !
  5. Yes, the old high solids paints available in 2002 are no longer available for sale in many parts of the country. In many cases the lines have been completely discontinued. I've never been a fan of PPG, the preferred brand of "Hot Rodders" here in the US. And having spent a lot of time surrounded by them here in Burbank, CA, I've learned that many of them have nothing but contempt for any cars manufactured outside of this country. "PPG" is something they almost exclusively use. Maybe, I may be biased in taking such a harsh view of them. If any of you guys can share a good quality single stage urethane paint brand with me, please do so. I've had some bad recent experiences with painters. Slavs
  6. This is my Granada Red 1969 1600-2 which I just pulled out of my garage after 7 years of hibernation. I left it out for two days so that the rain can wash away the very thick layer of accumulated dust. The following morning I just wiped it down with a towel. I only washed the wheels with soap and water. I had this car painted back in January of 2002, and it spent 10 years of its life in the elements and sun. Back then, I purchased a gallon of Dupont's Chroma 1 line single stage acrylic urethane for $600, including hardener, reducer and rental of a spray booth. I then hired a young painter who worked at the facility to paint the car for $120. That is all they charged. And, this is the result 18 years later. I never color sanded it because the paint was applied so smooth. The paint has a lot of dept and is extremely durable. I've seen a lot of so called $7,000 paint jobs today that don't look nearly as good. Now days, everybody is trying to sell you two stage paint which eventually peels. In my opinion, it also looks artificial. But, now there are fewer painters who paint with single stage. What I'm trying to illustrate is just how inexpensive it was to achieve this result. My car isn't perfect, but it is presentable and very functional. It's a matching numbers car with a tired, but smooth running motor and stock mechanicals including the Porsche synchro trans which works flawlessly. I purchased the car back in 1990 from the original owner for $900, and I drove it home. It only needed brakes at the time. The paint was faded, but otherwise the car was rust free.
  7. As some of you already found out, BMW's new replacement bushings for the older metal sleeved trailing arm bushings used on early 02s with longneck diffs, don't fit. They are slightly smaller in diameter (perhaps 1 or 2mm) and fall right through the trailing arm. They are useless. The original metal sleeved bushings are 27mm in diameter and 54mm in length. Somebody at BMW screwed up. The replacement bushings aren't cheap, and those of us who purchased them are left clamoring to return them, if possible. Both the old and new part # for the bushings is the same: 33323055506. I should have researched this board before purchasing them. I've noticed the fit and finish on some of BMWs parts is inferior to the NOS parts. This includes body panels such as fenders. New replacement bushing pictured at left, original metal sleeved bushing at right. Slavs
  8. Slavs

    Metal sleeved trailing arm bushings ?

    I have the same problem. The original metal sleeved bushings (part # 33323055506)are now made without the metal sleeve. And they have the same part #, but they don't fit because they are too loose. The original diameter is 27mm, but the new ones are less in diameter. BMW screwed up. I purchased mine from Maximillian, and now I need to return them.
  9. They used something that appeared to be an L16 as a forklift motor.
  10. Slavs

    Need Crank Hardened - SoCal

    I agree, a lot of our cranks have been abused. And, frankly, I don't know much about high performance builds. BMW may have come up with a new hardening process when they stopped producing forged cranks for all standard models during the late seventies. I've had pretty bad experiences with some machine shops. Personally, For a street car, I wouldn't try rehardening an 02 crank after regrinding it down. I wouldn't do it for risk of distortion. But, I guess high performance builds are a different matter.
  11. Slavs

    Need Crank Hardened - SoCal

    The factory manual specifically states that the cranks can only be rehardened at the factory using the tennifer process. The same holds true for the Porsche’s. The so called “Nitrading” process they are using around here may be doing more harm than actually helping. That’s my take on it. It may be more cost effective to find a standard factory crank.
  12. Slavs

    Need Crank Hardened - SoCal

    The heat treating process they are using here is distorting the cranks, requiring straightening afterwards. I wouldn’t do it. The factory used the “Tennifer” bath emersion process, disallowed by the EPA. There is no substitute. I would hunt down an unadulterated standard crank before allowing any of these places to even touch it.
  13. No factory support. And, the rules were biased. The 2002s were fielded by privateers unlike the people on this board while the Datsun 510s were supported by the factory. The Alfa came out somewhere in between, but also lacked the factory support of the 510. The TransAM series was viewed as amateurish by both BMW and Alfa. It was. Alfa and BMW who were the main contenders of the European Racing Championships where the races lasted between 6 and 12 hours. This was a full fledged factory effort with the world's best drivers. America was viewed as an amateur back-wood. But Datsun wanted to sell cars and seized on the opportunity to market their cars in the USA. It probably stood no chance against the factory supported efforts of Alfa and BMW in the grueling endurance races of the European Racing Championship. The archaic 510 motor cannot be developed to the same level as the BMW or Alfa. Indeed the M10 proved to be the best of the three as it was even successfully used in Formula 1 during the early 1980s.
  14. Slavs

    Early 1600 Driveshaft Flex Discs???

    The 6 bolt flex disc guibo from the e21 is bigger than the 6 bolt flex disc guibos on the 1600-2. Not all 6 bolt flex disc guibos are the same. And, don't confuse the 1600-2 driveshaft used on 1600-2s with the long neck diff through mid 69 with later 1602s with the short neck diff. People tend to lump all 1600s together. There is a lot of variation in the 1600 cars. Slavs