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  1. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/napa-1966-porsche-912-coupe/6956946410.html Up until about 2010 a Porsche 912 was a very affordable classic car. You could have picked up a very clean example for about $8,000. And, now this ? I'm familiar with the 356 and 912 Porsches as I worked on them from time to time. I think that the 912 is in many ways much more practical and economical compared to the 911. But recently their prices have sky rocketed, and they have become quite a status symbol among the new young professionals who have recently acquired them here in Los Angeles. One would think they just acquired a 356GS Carrera of 550 spyder. "Oh, I recently bought an 02, but you know, I own a 912". OK ! So what. What's the big deal ? 912 owners once cowered, exclaiming "Well I couldn't afford a 911, it's my first car" etc. But now, it's an all together different matter. Recently, I went to one of these "Cars & Coffee" events in LA where a bunch of these 912 Yahoos were hanging out. I found them so obnoxious that I will never go again. It's just a 912, and in the end it's just a car.
  2. Yes, "Correct" is certainly one of the main key words among the Porsche fanatics. Most of those people can't turn a wrench, but they're all over you if they feel that something isn't "correct" with your car. Sure, I'm also guilty of pointing out year specific differences on 02's, but I also understand that we have to make do with what we have. Many of us are driving Frankensteins, not by choice, but out of practical necessity. Back during the 80s the 356 was a daily driver car vs. a solely "Cars & Coffee" show car. People drove around their beat up Porsches with dents, faded paint and dripping oil. And now it's like "How dare you park your 02 next to my pristine, "Correct" 356". Many of these new owners are young professionals who can't even change the oil on their car. Are we not men ? We are Devo, "D", "E", "V", "O". Yes, I too, went to a top tier university, but I also learned to get my hands greasy and crawl underneath cars at the wrecking yards, located in the hot sweltering bowls of Los Angeles. Nothing like rolling around in sand and oil on a 100 + degree day in a yard located next to a garbage dump, where the breeze is blowing in your direction. But, I got to get that "Limited Slip" off the 320i. I just got one stubborn bolt left. "Limited Slip" fever will drive a man to desperation. I know. I was afflicted with it at one time.
  3. I’ve been around the BMW world since 1982, And. Since then I, too, have suffered various afflictions specific to BMW. So, I hope some of you newbies don’t get offended as my message is also self deprecating. “Tii” fever: This fever is highly contagious and has been spreading at an alarming rate. People afflicted with it measure everything in terms of “Tii”. They keep repeating “Tii” while talking about any 02. They tend to view all other 02s as lower rungs of the 02 ladder. The “Alpina” high altitude sickness: Nobody is quite sure of what exactly constitutes a true “Alpina” , and the high altitude Alpina sickness is just as elusive. People afflicted with it are fixate on “Alpina”, but are unable to clearly define “Alpina”. The Alpina induction system has sucked the oxygen around them, and they are left impaired similar to a mountain climber left without his oxygen bottle at high altitude. The “Euro” Dysentery: Worst than Montezuma’s revenge, people afflicted with this malady label everything as “Euro”. Euro comes out of their mouths and behinds like a liquid manure. They throw “Euro” everywhere and over everything. The “Limited Slip”: People afflicted with this disease have a certain gait to their walk. They are convinced that a limited slip is the solution, but they are wrong. Recognizing this stubbornness is a major factor to overcoming this disease. Yes, at one time or another I’ve been afflicted with some of these, although, I haven’t contracted “Tii” fever, yet. I’ve been especially careful. Cure & Treatment: The only known cure or treatment is to drive a plane jane early, 6V, bone stock 1600 for a couple of years.
  4. Finally, somebody not afflicted by "Tii" fever; a realistic price for a Tii. It doesn't look that bad. There are other fevers and catch words afflicting the BMW crowd. They include the "Alpina" high altitude sickness and the "Euro" dysentery. Slavs
  5. One of my friends relocated his batter under the rear seat. He used an Optima battery which can be mounted on its side to prevent a potential hazard of the seat springs and frame coming on in contact with the terminals. He used cables from a newer BMW he found at the junkyard. I think it was one of the e30 series. He never had any problems with it.
  6. I understand many of you guys are relocating your battery to the trunk, But I don't understand why on a street car ? The trunk space is reduced considerably with that "Ultimate" duel purpose battery mount / rear shock tower brace. I've seen some battery relocations under the rear seat, but that's not the greatest place either for a street car. That's my Nay-Say for the day, Slavs
  7. I've always been of the opinion that the long neck diffs are a better design; You can change drive flange seal without worrying about the internal crush collar, they hold more oil, and they are heavier. That is one location on an 02 where you want more weight. BMW switched to the short neck probably because it cost less to produce.
  8. That's a great deal. Slavs
  9. If you currently have a 3.64 diff and an OD 5 speed, your rpms at 80mph in 5th gear should be about 3,400rpm. And that is with tires at or near stock diameter. Your RPM reading is way too high. If you had a 3.90, you would be turning 3.660rpms in 5th at 80, which is nearer to your reading. With a 4.10 diff and an OD 5 speed you'll be turning about 3850 rpm at 80 mph. Are you sure you have a 3.64 diff ? It sounds like you have a 3.90 or possibly 4.10.
  10. I've attached pics of the ashtray and its tray. Notice the details, including the small plastic wheels in the tray which serve to guide and secure the ashtray. These guide wheels are installed through a metal tab serving as a spring to provide tension for the ashtray. Certainly, a very well crafted, but over engineered German part. They simplified things and did away with these parts as production progressed, so to lower cost of production. I had a lot of these things, but I gave away most of them to fellow 02 owners who all wanted to install one of these dashes in their cars. But, none of them ever did, and I'm sure the ashtrays are collecting dust in their parts stashes. I came across about thirty 1967 era 1600s at the local U Pick Part salvage yards during the 90s. A few of them were 1966 cars. And, it was sad to see these cars get crushed. I tried, though, to salvage parts with my very limited resources.
  11. I'll get you pics of the ashtray sleeve.
  12. My apologies. I jumped the gun !
  13. A US spec 69 is not considered a "Euro" spec car. 1967 was the last year in which there was no difference between Euro and US cars. For US spec cars, hey did away with that dash in 1968 due to US safety regulations. However, they retained it in Europe until about 1973. So, you can retrofit a US spec car with that dash, and your US spec 69 will even have a hole in the dash for the ashtray. But, that is not the only part you will need to use that dash. The center counsole is different as it comes up to the dash at a different angle, the top cover on top of the steering column is longer and made of metal, The instrument cluster cover is smaller and made of plastic, the cover pieces under the dash are different and I'm assuming you already have the correct three piece dash with the instrument cluster cover and bottom dash pad being specific to the style of dash using the dash strip shown in your photo. While the plated dash trim shown is made of plastic, the ashtray is chrome plated metal to match the trim. It is very different from the US spec ashtray installed in the center counsole. I've installed this dash into my US spec 69 1600, and I was surprised at how many things I needed to juggle. I thought I can just change out the bottom dash pad, but I was wrong. I purchased all of my parts from the local U Pick Part salvage yard where 02s were plentiful. And, they cost almost nothing. I've seen the ashtray you need on the internet. And, people are asking up to $300 for one, which is crazy considering I paid $2 for the last one I bought from the salvage yard during in the late 90s.
  14. 3.90 short neck. Stamped numbers indicate this: 39 / 10 = 3.90. Slavs
  15. It's good you're OK, but its tough to see your car in that shape. As bad as it looks, it's probably repairable. The roads (especially in and around LA ) are very dangerous. Did the other driver stop after the collision ?

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