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  1. Now you guys may finally understand my frustration with those "roving gangs of flippers" getting their hands on the "ridiculously priced 02 parts". If the swan neck mirrors and the Euro style flush turn signal lights were cheap, I doubt the desperado lumpenproletariat would be ripping them off my car. And, I must say, LA is a magnet for the charlatans, the superficial opportunist, Mesmers, peddlers of all collectibles, collectors of all fine things, transplants from all over the country and beyond and the hungry, dirty and unwashed masses looking to take anything. I try my best to live my life as if though the entertainment industry and all the garbage it attracts don't exist.
  2. Thanks for the info. So, my pistons are US spec Tii 9:1. That will suffice as I'm looking for a very high comp ratio. I will be running it with a single carb, The Weber 32/36 should work well with this motor. Slavs
  3. I assembled a bottom end with piano top domed pistons. The domes appear to be in the 4-5mm height rage. So, they are definitely pistons from a tii. But, not all tii pistons are alike as far as comp ratios. I think some had 9.0/1 while others had 9.5/1. Do any of you tii gurus have an idea ? I can take a pic, if needed. Slavs
  4. I live in Burbank, a suburb just 12 miles from downtown, Los Angeles, It's a nice neighborhood, but such neighborhoods are always a target. The incident with the shoes occurred in Beverly Hills. Evidently, there are predators loitering around nice shopping centers. I could care less for Ferragamo shoes or Beverly Hills. I was just there on the account of my friend who has a taste for what I would characterize as uncomfortable and expensive Italian shoes. There are predators in such areas who follow people who made purchases. My trunk lock and drivers side door lock are still non functional. They used some kind of tool to just drill through the lock, neatly. The car draws a lot of attention as well. It is a 69 Granada 1600, with a fresh paint job back then. I never went back to those shopping centers. But, since then, I've picked up a habit of being more aware of my surroundings. The parts were taken off my car in front of my house during the early morning hours, all within the past 7 years. 15 years ago they stole our Chevy S10 Pick-Up truck at about 3:00AM. My neighbors 57 Chevy Bel Aire was also stolen about 10 years ago. There was little interest in 02s back then, but now 02s are being stolen as well. My cars have been targeted. This was once a "Hot Rodders" town, but now it's all new BMWs and Merdedes Benz. A lot of thieves and odd characters have shown a lot of interest in 02s, lately. I see them less as enthusiasts, but rather more as opportunists who have recently jumped on the 02 bandwagon to make a quick buck. And, a lot of them know where I live and where I park my cars. Burglars are also sending out scouts on bicycles , carrying backpacks and drones which they use to survey the neighborhood, looking into people's yards etc. I've witnessed this on several occasions. And, each time, when confronted, they bring down the drone and quickly speed away on their bicycle. There are a lot of mountain bike cyclists who converge in the area, so it is easy for these characters to just blend in. But, it sure looks odd when you find someone sitting on the curb, next to their bicycle and backpack, and staring into a screen on their radio control for the drone flying high overhead.
  5. I get things stolen off and from within my car, occasionally. These include the Euro style turn signals (On a couple of occasions), the swan neck mirror and a complete tool kit from inside the trunk. On one occasion they stole a pair of Ferregamo boots which my friend had bought just shortly before they were taken. (The thieves followed us from the store to the parking and on to our next destination where I parked my car - they drilled into the trunk lock and the drivers side door lock). And, most recently a small box was taken containing spare change and most of my spare, original Solex jets for all my Solex carbs including the PHH side drafts, a couple of old 60s vintage plain shift knobs and hardware for interior trim for early 66-67 1600s.. The glittery change must have caught their attention. On a another occasion they attempted to remove my old 67 vintage Euro style bumpers, but the rusty hardware stalled their progress. While some of these thieves have nothing to do with 02s, others obviously are very familiar with these cars. I've been lucky so far they haven't stolen one of my cars. I don't always leave it on the street, but I'm taking a chance each time I do so. Slavs
  6. If you have a 3.64 diff and you install a 1600 speedo, your speed reading will be about 13% too low and not too high as you reported. But, if you have a 4.11 diff and you install a speedo calibrated for the 3.64 diff, your reading will be about 13% too high. North Hollywood Speedometer is very expensive. I live in the are, and I've known of them since the early 80s. Just gauge your speed from your tach. You don't need a speedo.
  7. Well, Maybe somebody can now build that ultimate M10 "Stroker" motor and install it in a Bobcat with these wheels. I've seen the Datsun L16 used in forklifts, so why not an 02 in a Bobcat ?
  8. Well, for some of you guys who have been doing your best to eliminate the pneumatic tires all together this may be a dream come true. Yes, recently I suggested that some people will increase their wheel size to a point where they will no longer need pneumatic tires, but rather just a rubber band around the wheel. Michelin pioneered pneumatic tires and is now trying to to away with them. But, their new airless tires don't look very appealing. What is going to happen to them and the wheel balance in general when dirt gets stuck inside the rubber. And, there is no way that ride comfort will improve. Can you imagine something like this on an 02 ? these things look both, problematic and ugly. https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/michelin-gm-air-tires-passenger-163200785.html
  9. I had the same problem on some aftermarket springs I have on one of my cars. I've been told they are old H & Rs, but I'm not sure. I installed 3 dot spacers at the rear, and it no longer sags. The rear is now slightly higher than the front, like the stock rake. Slavs
  10. I haven't found anything identical to the original. All three of those vendors, though, seem to make a neat fitting upholstery. I bought a headliner from World Upholstery, back when their prices were on this planet, but it was stitched vs. molded. I don't think anybody makes molded upholstery including seat covers, only he factory. More important are the original horse hair pads. They are countered and feel just right, But, are also really expensive. It has all become ridiculously expensive. Best bet is to find a good upholsterer who really knows what they are doing. But, that is also a challenge. There is a very small factory support base for these cars. So, you find a lot of guys here improvising and using seats, etc. from later models such as the e21 Recaro seats. I personally think they don't match the car, create for a more cramped interior space and block view. I'm still using a lot of old junk yard finds, including 1960s era OEM seats and pads, but I'm down to my last set. And, I've been experimenting with stuffing the seats etc. I can't comprehend the asking prices for many of these cars and associated parts. My parts house is mostly my garage.
  11. I once bought a rattle-can of Chamonix from a BMW dealership during the early 90s. Stay away from two stage paint. Even the best quality two stage is inferior to a good quality single stage. The clear coat on all two stage paints eventually peels. it is designed to last about 10 years on average. A good single stage will last 30-50 years and still shine. Furthermore, two stage has that shallow artificial shine like a thin piece of glass. There is no dept to it.
  12. This is the result when some Gremlin butchers get a hold of an 02. I've seen seats from God knows what bolted directly to the floor pan. I'm sure there are people who have tried mounting a Lazy-Boy chair in an 02. You can either work with what you have and attempt fabricating a base support on what you have or obtain the original seat mount supports and weld them in place. The suggestion above by BMW bumblebee, though, is probably your easier route.
  13. Thanks for the input Nick. A Tii with a 3.45 diff and 5 speed OD, Wow !. That's a tall overall final gear ratio in 5th. Something in the order of 2.79. It tells you something about the low end power from the 2 liter M10, especially the tii. The NK cars benefit from the larger diameter tires. If you're running the stock diameter tire on an NK car, it is at least 7% taller compared to the stock tire on the 1600-2 or 2002. So, if I was to compare the 4.11 diff on my 1600-2 to the 4.11 diff on your NK, your overall gear ratio is 7% taller compared to that on the 02. Your 4.11 is analogous to a 3.82 on my car. A 4.40 on your NK is analogous to a 4.11 on the 02. Your revs with a 4.11 are a lot lower than the revs on an 02 with a 4.11. Given a stock diameter tire, your revs at 80mph in 5th gear (.81) with a 4.11 diff are just over 3,500rpm. With a stock diameter tire and the same 4.11 diff and 5 OD on an 02, the revs are just over 3,800rpm. With a 3.90 diff, an 02 would still be doing over 3.600rpms, still not as low as your car with the 4.11 diff, but close. So, the 4.11 diff and 5 speed OD set up works a lot better with the NK cars. It works better than the popular 3.90 diff and 5 speed OD combination on the 02.
  14. With 175/65 X 14 you're 1.9% or about 2% shorter which translates to a 2% too optimistic reading. But, this does not account for the margin you reported.
  15. True, Ireland Engineering is reasonable with pricing. I'm not complaining about them. On the contrary, I find them very helpful and accommodating. They have some great products, and they are certainly part of the community. But, this attitude that some people espouse "Don't complain, if you don't like it, get something cheaper", is a bit on the arrogant side. As I've already stated, I've been driving these cars as my main source of transportation since 1982. And, for many years I've found ways to keep them going on a small budget. That is what they have always represented to me. So, when someone new to this starts asking $300 for a swan neck mirror or $900 for a Ti air cleaner box, it's something I can't understand. The last Ti air cleaner canister I purchased under $10 at the local Pick Your Part in 1995. No ! I'm not going to move out of the way. But, I'm not going to keep my mouth shut either. And, as I said earlier, if some of you like the direction in which this is all heading, go and hang out with the 356 crowd and let me know how much fun you have. Slavs
  16. Yes the NK cars were cheaper than the 02s. They never got the credit they deserve. They are better built and have more of a classic look. And, in their time, BMW asked quite a bit more for them. The 1800tis were being given away to the bone yards for $100. Most got crushed along with the 02s. These cars were mass produced. They were not as rare as people think. It's just that they were destroyed in masse because hardly anybody cared for them or their parts. And, now they are asking $300 for a swan neck mirror or $170 for an interior door handle. As I mentioned, maybe I'm just lost in time. For those of you who know little about the NK cars, just try opening and closing the door on one of them, or tap on the instrument gauges or try filling them with fuel etc. There is a reason they were more expensive.
  17. Ahh! You feel my pain. It's not only the parts, but also oil. They want $8.00 / qt. for the name brand oil here in LA. The other day I was browsing e-bay and noticed these parts. For me these just represent my old junk yard finds. And, now they are asking these kind of prices. Are these people actually selling any of this ? https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000-Tilux-2000Ti-1800TiSA-1602-1600-1500-Inner-Door-Handle-Right-N-OS/132698818702?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Da69b2a62426d4093ab8e7bbb94d1afe0%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D132990241260%26itm%3D132698818702&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042 https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000Ti-1800Ti-2000CS-1965-1966-1967-1968-Air-Filter-Box-Battery-Mint-Cond/143236621364?hash=item2159916434:g:U1MAAOSwSK1a~MH~ https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000Ti-1800Ti-2000CS-1600Ti-Brake-Master-Cylinder-Power-Brake-Unit-Depressor/132990241260?hash=item1ef6d609ec:g:HTEAAOSwbfRci~VG Slavs
  18. I like all the pictured cars. They are very clean. Aesthetics aside, the ride with the lower profile tires is rougher. Sometimes, this is also a function of the tire quality and not just the dimension. But, I can feel the difference even between the 205/60 x 13, which have plenty of sidewall and the higher profile 185/70 x 13. The trend for the past 20 years has been going in the direction of lower profile tires and bigger wheels. So, some of you guys who grew up with this have become accustomed to it. And, it's gotten pretty extreme in some cases. The tire manufacturers are following the trend, and unfortunately there are less quality 185/70 X 13 and 205/60 x 13 tires now, where at one time they were very abundant. There are plenty of 185/70 x 13s, but a lot of them are just too soft and cheap. And, this is unfortunate. I live in a city where the "Pimp Your Ride" look abounds. And, some of the stuff is simply ridiculous.
  19. I use mostly one foot long 4" X 6" solid wood blocks. I sometimes use a smaller 2" X 4" section on top of the 4" X 6" sections for a smaller increment. And, I always rest the weight of the car on to the blocks, never rest the weight on the jack, only use it for hoisting. If lifting only one end, always chuck the wheels on the other end. Never hurry doing this part, always be slow and methodical. The surface area on the jack stands seems too small, so I never use them. I've been using wood blocks for the past 35 years. It's great you came out unhurt. Use a mallet for the floor. Body - working hammers are great, but you may want to use a large mallet. Set something like a wood block to use as an anvil against the other side. Slavs
  20. I’ve been doing some gear crunching using an online calculator and comparing different gear and transmission ratios, tire diameters and their effects on speed and rpms. http://www.jawsgear.com/calculators/ The results are quite telling and interesting and sometimes surprising. I’ve always thought that the Neu Klasse cars were under geared, but not really. Their overall tire and wheel diameter is 2” or about 10% greater from that of the 1600-2002. A NK car equipped with a 4.10 or 3.90 gear ratio will cruise along at 80mph at nearly the same rpm as an 02 with a 3.64 and stock or nearly stock diameter tires. The stock 175/82 x 14” tires of the NK have a diameter of 25.3” The stock 165/80 x 1”3 tires of the 2002 have a diameter of 23.39” The 185/70 x 13” tires have a diameter of 23.2” (very close to stock) The 205/60 x 13” tires have a diameter of 22.7” ( 4 speed cars with 1.0 ratio in 4th gear) A NK car equipped with a 4.10 diff and 175/82 x 14 tires ”will cruise along at 80mph at 4,356rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.90 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,144rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.64 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 3,867rpm in 4th. A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,183rpm in 4t . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,217rpm in 4th . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,310rpm in 4th A European Spec 2002tii with the 3.45 diff and 165/80 x 13" tires will cruise at 80mph at 3,965 rpm in 4th. (5 speed 245 overdrive cars with .81 ratio in 5th) A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,388 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,416 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,491 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,630rpm in 5th. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,660 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,741 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.817 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.848 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.933 rpm. Conclusion: The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.64 diff will shave off 700-800 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.90 diff will shave off 450-550 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 4.10 diff will shave off 250-360 rpm (depending on tire diameter )in comparison to stock set up on 02. The addition of a 3.45 diff with a 4 speed stock transmission will shave off 100 - 200 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on 02. If you have an NK car and install a 3.64 longneck diff from a 68-mid 69 2002, you will cruise at about the same rpm as the 02 guys who run the 245 5 speed overdrive with the popular 3.90 diff ratio. And even with the stock 4.10 or 3.90, you’re not that bad off. And for the 02 guys, is it really worth it to install the 3.90 diff and 245 5 speed overdrive just to shave off 500rpm at top gear ? If you use the 4.10, you’ll be just about back at stock. With both the 3.90 and 4.10, you really shorten 1st and 2nd, rendering 1st almost useless. It only seems to make sense if you retain the stock 3.64 diff, but how well will your car pool in 5th ?
  21. I’ve been doing some gear crunching using an online calculator and comparing different gear and transmission ratios, tire diameters and their effects on speed and rpms. http://www.jawsgear.com/calculators/ The results are quite telling and interesting and sometimes surprising. I’ve always thought that the Neu Klasse cars were under geared, but not really. Their overall tire and wheel diameter is 2” or about 10% greater from that of the 1600-2002. A NK car equipped with a 4.10 or 3.90 gear ratio will cruise along at 80mph at nearly the same rpm as an 02 with a 3.64 and stock or nearly stock diameter tires. The stock 175/82 x 14” tires of the NK have a diameter of 25.3” The stock 165/80 x 1”3 tires of the 2002 have a diameter of 23.39” The 185/70 x 13” tires have a diameter of 23.2” (very close to stock) The 205/60 x 13” tires have a diameter of 22.7” ( 4 speed cars with 1.0 ratio in 4th gear) A NK car equipped with a 4.10 diff and 175/82 x 14 tires ”will cruise along at 80mph at 4,356rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.90 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,144rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.64 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 3,867rpm in 4th. A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,183rpm in 4t . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,217rpm in 4th . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,310rpm in 4th A European Spec 2002tii with the 3.45 diff and 165/80 x 13" tires will cruise at 80mph at 3,965 rpm in 4th. (5 speed 245 overdrive cars with .81 ratio in 5th) A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,388 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,416 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,491 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,630rpm in 5th. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,660 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,741 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.817 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.848 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.933 rpm. Conclusion: The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.64 diff will shave off 700-800 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.90 diff will shave off 450-550 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 4.10 diff will shave off 250-360 rpm (depending on tire diameter )in comparison to stock set up on 02. The addition of a 3.45 diff with a 4 speed stock transmission will shave off 100 - 200 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on 02. If you have an NK car and install a 3.64 longneck diff from a 68-mid 69 2002, you will cruise at about the same rpm as the 02 guys who run the 245 5 speed overdrive with the popular 3.90 diff ratio. And even with the stock 4.10 or 3.90, you’re not that bad off. And for the 02 guys, is it really worth it to install the 3.90 diff and 245 5 speed overdrive just to shave off 500rpm at top gear ? If you use the 4.10, you’ll be just about back at stock. With both the 3.90 and 4.10, you really shorten 1st and 2nd, rendering 1st almost useless. It only seems to make sense if you retain the stock 3.64 diff, but how well will your car pool in 5th ?
  22. In Europe they used the 3.45 diff on the Tii, but the US Tii got the 3.64. The 3.45 is about 5% taller. So you will gain top speed at the expense of a little acceleration. It's a lot cheaper than installing the 5 speed overdrive 245 trans, which is not ideal for the 3.64 stock diff since 5th is a bit too tall. That is why most people who install the 245 overdrive 5 speed also install a 3.90 diff to bring down the overdrive from 18% to about 10% in comparison to the stock set-up. I use the 245 with a 4.10 diff which brings my overdrive down to about 7% compared to a stock 2002. BMW offered the Close ratio 5 speed as an option on some of the tii cars equipped with the 3.45. This is probably a better way to go than using the 245 5 speed overdrive coupled with a 3.90 or 4.10, as it gives you better gear spacing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears while 5th serves as an overdrive in comparison to stock gearing..
  23. The vented rotor "Upgrade" is straightforward and pretty easy. I think I'll go that route. Thanks for all the other info. Slavs
  24. Yes, there are a lot of shady characters and opportunists here in LA. It really is La La Land. It’s as if though we are in the midst of the Gold Rush where they paid $5.00 for a cup of coffee in San Francisco in1849. They are buying up rental properties and jacking up rents. It’s madness.


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