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  1. Unfortunately, I will be there with a for sale sign in my window.... neither roundie nor chamonix but still a very nice car. I’ve had it for 9 years and it had a full restoration in 2009. Really hate to see it go but I’m hoping it will find a good home with someone who will treat it right. I have a TON of extra stuff that goes with the car, as well.... Hope there is a serious and interested buyer at the show.
  2. my 75 2002 is running hot even with the heater on and my buddy tells me it could be a head gasket thats wearing out and recomended a leak test and maybe a head gasket swap. any thoughts about that with these cars? i'm thinking more thermostat or just droppin in a new rad. tahnks, -HB
  3. I look through this site, e-bay, and craigslist... i see the dream cars at 2002ad... where else is a good spot to search for '02s? Any other links you all like? -HB
  4. c.d. thanks so much! The rusty spot is indeed worrysome about what lurks underneath... Is there any way to test the rest of the car? Using a magnet? Could you please clarify what is so scary about the molested VIN tags on this car? By "not right" are you thinking that they might even be "aftermarket"? Or is the "not right" part the location or look of the tags? I'm really a novice so the insights I gain here are incredibly valuable. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise. -HB
  5. Thanks, Ray. I noticed the paint colors didn't quite match, as well. I'm not interested in a concours car, just a daily driver and nice car. I don't know if this fits the bill or not for what he's asking...
  6. Sorry if this is redundant to a question I posted in the Cars for Sale forum. .. I'm looking at a car on E-bay and I noticed that there is an exposed seam where the right rear quarter panel meets the rear end (next to the 2002 emblem) and there NO exposed seam on the left side. What does this mean? Also, on the front of the car, aren't the short (3"?) vertical seams above the head lamps supposed to be visible? On this car, they are not, however the longer vertical seams below the bumper are exposed. This all makes me wonder if there are body/accident issues. Thanks for any clarifications/education you can give me on this! Oh... you can see the car here: (I'd love some more opinions) http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-2002-Restored-1974-BMW-2002-Coupe-The-REAL-Ultimate-Driving_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ42601QQihZ012QQitemZ220219506740QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW (Edit: Attempt to post pix in here)
  7. Finally ready to give my '74 the new cosmetics she's been needing since 1994... I have a little green saved up but I don't do body work. Motor, suspension and tranny are still good to go but the body is brutal. Horrid paint, surface rust and some new bubbles I want to get rid of before they get ridiculous. Any recommendations for paint/body/restoration shops around Los Angeles? Thanks so much!
  8. Call Jack Fahuna. He's in Van Nuys and if he won't do the work he'll certainly have a reference or two for you. He's one of the most respected guys in the country regarding '02s and is one hell of a stand up guy! I don't have his phone number handy but go to his website: www.probimmer.com his info is on there. -Harry
  9. You guys are great! Thanks for putting such an amount of thought into my little dream. I am a complete novice at most things '02 related compared to you all and so I have a few questions: Is there a huge difference between the application of the different m20 engines? Am I looking for a specific year that works particularly well? The s14 is also a great option. I'm going to start looking into this more earnestly. Thanks a bunch! -Harry
  10. I have owned my '74 '02 since 1985 and it's in pretty poor cosmetic shape. All the rubber is rotted around every window, siezed up heater box, two different colors of paint, cracked dash, rickety center console, curled up door panels, dangling sunroof crank, missing "wind wing" knobs, etc, etc...... However, with an epiphany that told me it's better to feel good than to look good, I put swaybars and bilstiens underneath it and it handles better than ever. So I cleared out all the smog stuff and tuned the waterchoke carb and had the transmission rebuilt due to the dreaded 2nd gear synchro melt down so common to these little beasts. It is running pretty well. Fun Fun Fun.... My '02 has always been my 2nd car as I drive a truck for work. With the price of gas over $3 a gallon, though, I parked the truck in favor of driving my wife's 2003 Audi Allroad for a while. And now I'm thinking of using my '02 for more than just tooling around the block, and carving up canyons for kicks.... After driving her new car, though, I'm yearning for some extra power (like maybe 100 more horsies?) and some creature comforts (heat, A/C, a radio, general improvements in gas mileage and reliability) in my car. And so I wonder... Is it possible to drop a motor/transmission/electrics from a relatively modern 3 series in these little cars? I'm thinking I would much rather drop $15,000-$20,000 into "pimping" this ride than buying a new car. Anyone have any reccomendations of a shop in Southern California that might take on this type of challenge? Maybe creating an "M2002?" Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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