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  1. Steve, Yes, you took that picture during summer almost from the very spot I took mine just last week, this winter. I think I was just a little further up as I took it from the top of the run, called "Skyline". From the height of the fence, there is somewhere between 3-5 ft. of snow on the run. Sorry to hear you've gone the way of snowboards. Mt. Baldy was the first ski area to allow snow boarding on the slopes during their infancy back in the 80s. With a natural half-pipe on one of the runs, it's ironic few snow boarders go there or even know of its existence. Times have changed including the world of 02s.
  2. There was a time not so long ago, devoid of cell phones, when a gallon of premium fuel cost 75 cents and when the Radio Shack TRS 80 desktop computer was state of the art, the era of pre-Windows. Down here in Southern California, we actually had a real winter season in the mountains, home to about 15 ski areas with natural snow. The ski season spanned from November through May at the higher slopes. And, the car of choice to get there was the 02. There were no five speed overdrive conversions and 14” or 15” tires with corresponding low profile tires. You got there on Michelins, Pirellis or Continentals sized in 185/70 X 13 or 165/80 X 13. And, you shifted through four speeds, only. You could always count on finding a handful of 02s in the parking lot. Now, we get a decent snow season every 10 years, coinciding with the El Niño weather pattern. And, when you get to the slopes, there are no more 02s in the parking lots. The few skiers there ski on short shaped skis resembling small snowboards. The skiing style is no longer graceful with long sweeping turns. Skiers now slightly shift their weight and wiggle their bodies to induce small radius turns, as the shaped skies turn on their own. But, they are also unstable. The only vestige of old school skiing left today is among the high speed downhill racers. Most of the family owned ski areas have been bought up by large corporate operators who installed new lifts and equipment, including the annoying snow-making machines. This was the case in Wrightwood, CA where three ski areas were merged into one. Mt. High. A similar phenomenon occurred at Big Bear. These places are expensive and crowded with snowboarders. But, there are a few of the old school places left, including Mt. Baldy, Mt. Waterman and Snow Valley. Here the lodges are crowded with lookie –loos out for a short trip to the local mountains, while the packed powder slopes are nearly empty. At Mt. Baldy an old school chair lift with wood slats on the chairs takes visitors from the parking lot at the 6,000 ft. level to the lodge, with a cafeteria and bar, at 7,800ft. It operates year long, and the scenic ride up sets you back about $20. The place obviously no longer owes its survival to skiers. The views from the higher elevation slopes of Mt. Baldy are breathtaking with a 360 degree field of view from the desert to the Ocean and Catalina Island. The 10,000 ft. peak of Mt. Baldy (Mt. San Antonio) is the dominant landmark in the San Gabriel Mts., visible from Downtown Los Angeles, a mere 45 minutes away. But, skiing is like driving. It’s really not as fun if you’re doing it all alone alone. After descending the slopes a couple of times on my old school 212CM straight long-board skis, making long sweeping turns at 40MPH + and taking some pics, I returned home. Now the 02s are being bought by “Collectors”, swan neck mirrors command in excess of $200. An early 66-67 ash-trey may set you back another $200. And the few skiers left no longer carve the slopes in those sweeping majestic turns.
  3. I assembled my serial #1520561 (Bristol) using trim from a rusted out #150792 (also Bristol). Note the similarity of the serial # 1507952 to Rey's #1507592 (Granada), pictured above.
  4. Perhaps you should have married her. And, you could have ended up with a Ferrari as a hobby car instead of the 02. And, you could have ended up conversing with the Enzo snobby poo crowd instead of the likes of me. Ha Ha Ha !
  5. Whether the wheels are manufactured by Ferrari is irrelevant since they are associated with that Ferrari. I believe that 208 or 288 GTO or whatever it is was equipped with those wheels as stock equipment. I don't believe Ferrari ever manufactured its own wheels. They usually use Borrani or Cromadora wheels. But, I'm still going to bitch about inflated prices for 02 parts and cars. Since you mentioned stock 02 steel wheels, some people are asking a small fortune for them. We considered stock steel wheels as throw away wheels. The junk yards were littered with them. Going back to Ferraris, a Ferrari collector offered me one of his throw away Ferraris, a Bertone bodied 308 GT-4 Dino with only 600 miles on the odometer, for $30K back in the late 90s. I didn't have the money. Even if I had the $$$ I would have probably passed.
  6. You're trying to legitimize the current high prices of 02s and parts by comparing apples to oranges. The Ferrari is built and marketed as an exclusive car for the opulent while the 02 in its original form in 1966 was built as the entry level BMW for the masses to compete with the VW Beetle. But, with that said you could have purchased and early 70s Ferraro 266 Dino for about $30K in 1983. Take a look what they are bringing in now. And for those of us who grew up with the 02, current 02 prices, including parts, are off the scale. I still can't get over the $250-$300 asking price for a swan neck mirror.
  7. These guys are a mere two miles from my home in Burbank. http://classicvisionusa.com/index.html I swung by and found them to be extremely knowledgeable and experienced. They are a small family owned shop that does concourse winning body and paintwork. They take a few cars at a time, only. But it may be worth the wait. Thanks again ! Slavs
  8. Thank you for the recommendations. I really appreciate that,
  9. Slavs


    That's crazy. You guys are paying this money for throw away plain steel wheels, rusted ! What next ?
  10. I'm looking for an auto body shop specializing in high end work on classics in the Los Angeles - Ventura County area. A shop which works on a lot of Alfas and Porsches is a prime candidate. This seems like a dying craft as high quality urethane based single stage paints along with the craftsmen familiar with them are getting sparser. I'm looking for someone who is able to strip the car to bare metal before moving on to the next phase. I do all of my own disassembly and bodywork unless I really have a lot of confidence in someone to do the bodywork. But, most of all, they really need to know how to work with the high end and high quality single stage paints (BASF:Glasurit, RM or Diamont or other brands). Will deliver disassembled car to shop as rolling shell. The average paint jobs in the $10K - $15k range I'm seeing on many of the 02 restorations these days are very unimpressive. Paint shrinkage and lack of finish on the bodywork is evident on most of the so called "Show Cars". The shops are using inferior quality paints, especially here in Southern California, and most know of nothing except two stage paint which gives that artificial "Wow" glam shine. The two stage also lacks any depth as the gloss is all in the clear coat. It's what I call instant gloss. I'm willing to pay $$$ for good paint and work, but there is no way I'm going to pay for low quality materials and work. If anybody knows of a shop or an individual, please let me know. Thanks, Slavs
  11. You have a great idea. That is exactly what I believe BMW did when they made the BMW 1800 TISA wheels, but in 14" as these were intended for the larger NK sedans. If I'm wrong on this, someone please correct me. The early steel wheels with the small dog-dish hubcap really bring out the "Classic", especially on cars with the early trim as illustrated by the beautiful 1600 pictured here on this thread. The 4/1/2 " width works with 165/80 x 13" tires and maybe 175/70 x 13" tires, but is too narrow if you want to run the 187/70 x13" tires. The 5" version is also a little narrow for the 185/70 x 13" tires which require a 5 1/2" width rim for a proper and ideal fit. With the 5/1/2 " width many 205/60 x 13" tires will also fit, although 6" works better for that size. I'm one of the people who would be interested as I would like to have a set of these early wheels with early dog dish hubcaps. Both of my 1600s (67 and 69) are equipped period correct 13" alloys, but I always though they would also look great with the stock steelies, but just a little wider. If you were doing the same for the Porsche 356 or some classic VWs, you would probably attract more interest. But, this is not the case with the 02 "Crowd", although, I've recently noticed more interest in the "Classic" trim. Slavs
  12. Ed, Your pictured lever style fuel pump appears to be the style of pump used on the 1600 and 1600ti. Although the 1600 fuel pump has a smaller 6mm inlet. Your pictured pump appears to have an 8mm inlet.The early 2002 and 2002ti lever style fuel pump is pictured below. I've attempted using a 2002 pump on a 1600 with stock carb, and it delivers too much fuel to the carb. But, when I used a larger carb such as the 32/36 on the 1600, the 2002 pump worked fine. With regards to the lever style pump, there is the aftermarket Italian pump which is rebuildable. But, I've had bad luck with them. As far as the VW diaghphram, I've used it to rebuild my 1600 pump. But, you are right, the spring has to be replaced as the VW spring is different. Those VW kits were very cheap, somewhere between $5 - $10. And, Tom, thanks for the thorough explanation. Parts vendors lump all these pumps together. But, they differ in some very important details such as the example of the 1600 I cited above. The pumps were calibrated for the carbs and engines. I like the early rebuildable pumps.
  13. That Sun Valley shop is a mere four miles from me, but I never really bothered to stop in. There are a number of these things sprouting up around that industrial area where a lot of local junk yards are located. The old 2002AD location was in that area. Some of those new local shops bug me for my cars because they want to get a hold of them and do this type of modification. As far as your car, there is hardly anything 67 about it. Not the dash, not the door cards, none of the interior, none of the mechanicals etc. The shell is 67, and that's about it. They've obviously put a lot of work in it, and it looks pretty tidy. With that motor and suspension, that car must fly. So, I'm sure it's really fun to drive. But, If the original 67 was anywhere in decent shape with no major rust etc, it's too bad they hacked it up, given the rarity and uniqueness of the early cars. But, early trim is especially hard to find, and I have a feeling they just didn't bother to even look for it. I forgot what they were asking for it, but I remember it was too much. So, I hope you got a really good deal on it. The colors of the car are a tasteful tribute. But, Alpina it is not.

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