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  1. Just goes to show that every one of these cars is a little different after all the years of POs, repairs, and modifcations. Blocking the heater hoses made no difference to my tii, and I drove it all summer like that. I have a 3-row radiator, maybe that was the difference for my situation. And jimk, I too welcomed having the air flow back after reinstalling the heater box. It was nice to be able to drive with all the windows closed to keep the air from blowing on my head.
  2. Back to smog pumps - my early '68 1600 had both a smog pump and gulp valve back in 1995. It was VIN 1561983. It was resold for the umth time on BAT about a year ago, still looking good!
  3. You can plug the heater box hole with a piece of 1/8" (3.14 mm for purists) thick sheet aluminum cut to the same size as the outer lip of the heater box with two holes for the mounting studs. Thin sheet metal could also be used, but it will probably need some flanges bent along the edges to stiffen it up since there are only two nuts on studs holding the whole thing in. Seal the cover plate with the sticky 3M black gooey tape stuff. When I refurbished my heater box, I used a piece of plywood with a self-adhesive-backed piece of foam weather strip around the edges to temporarily keep air outside. The heater hoses can be blocked with clamped-on plugs. I used socket-head bolts clamped around the circular head with the threads hanging outward during my own heater box refurb. An alternative is to connect the hoses together with a piece of tubing, or put in a single piece of right-sized heater hose. Take your pick. I don't think blocking the hoses is any different from turning off the heater valve, and installing the straight-through hose is no different from turning the heater valve on - makes no difference to the car unless your's needs the heater core to help control engine temperature. If that's the case, upgrade your cooling system first. As far as needing less coolant, yes, that's going to be true. Just fill to within an inch of the cap, same as before.
  4. The speed limit is reduced through King City as well, just to add to the revenue. Highway 1 from Monterey to San Luis Obispo will bypass that stretch. Salinas Valley leading through King City is also really uninteresting (unless something like Soledad prison excites you), compared to the coast route.
  5. A friend and I took two weeks to travel in my long-gone 4-door '67 Fiat 124 from San Luis Obispo to Vancouver BC about 35 years ago. We took Highway 1 as much as possible. Don't remember many details, but I still remember the wondrous feeling from all the sites we were able to take in. We just camped wherever we found a spot. Seems you need reservations these days. Only had one break down on that trip, and it turned out to be a loose generator pulley nut. California, north of San Francisco.... There's a state park just outside of Crescent City with cabins and lots of redwoods. Great camping locations. Make reservations, however. Not sure about Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. 101 is very pretty through there, however. Just before Santa Rosa, take River Road to Korbel winery for a great lunch. In Sonoma County, look up the county regional parks for camping. If you don't mind going slow, take Highway 128 from 101 to highway 1, that's a good drive on its own. They're pretty basic campgrounds, you won't find a lot of RVs with generators running, mostly people with tents. They set aside some sites for first-come, first-serve if you don't want to reserve a spot, but you may want to arrive early. Gualala, Stillwater Cove, and Doran Beach Regional Parks all offer good drive-in campsites. Camp fires are encouraged, firewood is for sale from a volunteer camper. They all offer nice short walks to stunning coastal view points. Bring your leashed dog, too. You'll have to leave 101 to miss San Francisco, it goes right through on surface streets. It's funny, there is no freeway all the way through SF, anywhere. There are campgrounds on Highway 1 between SF and Santa Cruz. Never tried any, but they're there. 101 down the San Francisco peninsula is a road I avoid. Take 280 if you want to get through on a better road, or just take 1. Your traveling in March may minimize RVs on highway 1, with your load you may be taking it a bit easy anyway. Big Sur has several campgrounds. Find Pfifer Beach, it's just a tiny bit past the Big Sur parks, and get out on the rocks. I've seen whales broaching there about 100 yards or less off the shore from that spot. Stop at Julia Pfifer Burns State Park and find the coastal waterfall, you park on the edge of the highway just before reaching the park when traveling south, look around into the cove a bit and there it is. It may be marked now, it used to be kind of secret about 35 - 40 years ago. It's on the top of the park's web page now. Probably lots of sea otters there, too. +1 for Hearst Castle, too. Sounds like a blast of a trip. Enjoy!
  6. I'm no engine expert, but I've seen a few bearing inserts. That one looks pretty ugly, in my opinion. Just saying...
  7. My '72tii was my daily driver for over 10 years. It came to me with no sunroof seals, and I didn't realize they were missing for over a year. Other than reducing wind noise, they actually don't seem to be necessary for keeping water out of the interior. Rain water never entered my car, despite the wide cracks in the roof. I say, just leave them off until your repaint. That was my experience, maybe your's will be different.
  8. When I bought my '72tii, it came equipped with a PO-installed electric radiator fan. I added a factory fan back onto my tii after I had driven it for a while to improve cooling reliability (PO had too small a fan in there), and I discovered that the engine driven fan noise is quite noticeably noisy. My plan going forward (when I actually get the car back on the road) is to convert to a right-sized thermostat controlled electric fan so there is no fan running when moving. It's mostly to quiet the car down a bit, and hopefully get an extra half horsepower or so in the process.
  9. This could go a long way. What's your budget and time look like? So, here goes. Everything listed before plus: Front wheel bearings service Six of those special studs and nuts that attach the lower front stuff to the strut housing, and the locking wires. +2 on upper strut bearings steering box seals, and new oil or grease (search steering box lube) weld in the left engine mount reinforcement bracket on the front cross member, IE sells a good part for it steering wheel upgrade steering shaft flex joint rear cross member mounts, flip them over to raise the cross member and reduce the camber increase caused by lowering springs differential mounts and...
  10. Ground squirrels can be a problem, too. A long time ago, I lived far, far away in Dayton, Ohio, where rust is king. My first '02 was a modified '71 1600, which a twice-removed-PO had kept stored in a barn in Yellow Springs. One day, I decided to poke my finger at a quarter-sized rust spot in the left front frame rail. My finger went right through the rust hole, and stuff started falling out. I proceeded to remove 6" - 10" of the bottom frame rail face (by hand, didn't need much help), while a couple dozen somewhat decomposed acorns and dirty crud fell out. I presume that the squirrel had stashed his acorns in the frame rail while the car was parked in the barn several years earlier. Needless to say, that frame rail wasn't doing much for the structural integrity of the car. So, what about keeping squirrels away?
  11. Monday build date?
  12. I see the picture on my PC. I have also seen some postings with only the file link. Most of the pictures are missing in this older seats article, but that's probably due to a different problem. https://www.bmw2002faq.com/articles.html/technical-articles/body-and-interior/02-replacement-seats-r63/ This recent posting has the same issue, and the OP fixed it:
  13. There is an article on the faq about alternate seats for '02s. Oldish ('80s and '90s, '02s are truly old) Hondas seem to often have seats that will fit pretty easily. Unfortunately, the article is old enough that 90% of the photos have disappeared due to 2002faq improvements over the years. Has anyone got a copy of the old article stashed in their hard drive someplace? Maybe some or all of the photos can be restored.
  14. Nice Job Vince! Even though salt free may be a ways off, you'll still be grinning when you can finally try out all the gears. It's a good thing you took the time to do it right. Your son will remember this as an experience for nearly ever, and that truly is priceless. You'll get to teach him how to drive it before you know it.
  15. +1 on disconnecting cables from the levers. I've done this twice, once on a '71 and again on a '68. The cables pop off easily with a thin flat screwdriver, and pop back on just as easily with needle nose pliers. The cable ends are wrapped into a loop that expands slightly over a "bump" on the end of the post that is attached to the lever's business end.