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  1. im3crazy


  2. BMW 2002, 1976, Automatic, Fjord Metallic Blue, 65,000 miles. Elegant and Super Clean; unmolested rare original sunroof, original California car. Many mechanical upgrades; new brakes, bottle cap rims and tires, 320mm Nardy custom wood steering wheel; professional recent transmission rebuild still under two years warranty, original engine and solid Solex carb; runs smoothly, handles well, and has good pickup. Spotless blue matching interior. Late model radio/CD/MP3 & speakers. Excellent 5 speed upgrade candidate (larger transmission tunnel for easy swap). Overall very solid condition with the exception of a few paint dings that need some attention. Close friend is downsizing and car has to go. Asking $11,500 obo Craigslist ad Baltimore: http://baltimore.craigslist.org/cto/5783153580.html CHECK OUT AN AWESOME TOUR OF THIS CAR DRIVER CHAZ REIGN
  3. A few hints from my similar experiences - hope these help. BTW- answer to your question "do these ever work this way..." Yes. interlocks on some models work this way (see below) Beware of model year/wiring harness mismatches: I've worked on at least 5 '02's in the last year that had wire harness upgrades from original year to later models (74>) These come with the wonderful interlock circuits and relays. So the interlock relay and other components may be present on these. Wiring type mismatches: Additionally, on one of the cars, an automatic harness was retrofitted to a manual. IIRC there are two wires to the interlock relay (BLK/BLK from ign switch) that I have seen jumped, or are connected to a relay. Weird shit done by POs: I'm currently T/S a problem in a 1970 02- brake pedal (or other heavy amp load) must be depressed (active) to start car! In this case there is a PO alarm with starter interrupt installed that could be part of prob. Tracing out the circuits is usually the only reliable way to locate the problem. MANY times I find faulty/wonky multi pin connectors that work most of the time, but not ALL of the time.
  4. FUEL LINE SPECIFICATIONS & Unknown recalls: Beware. MB & 2 BMWs. I have lost a newly restored 1972 MB 450 and had leaks on a BMW R100rs due to dealer-provided rubber hose lines. The "original replacement" spec did not include the substitution of a newer product that was resistant to our newer methanol and other chemical additives. The R100 was actually leaching the alcohol component through the pot-metal carbs, and the hose lines were melting. I changed those lines. I DID NOT change the high pressure fuel lines on the MB. These melted as well and resulted in a catastrophic fire (I discharged two 2ABC fire extinguishers and it still burned) fire dept arrived in 4 minutes, but still too late. Totalled 1998 M3: Factory recalled fuse box burned - contained to the fuse box and that portion of the wiring harness- no open flames under hood- $1,500 insurance repair. Now, I make sure the rubber is Euro-spec and/or is certified for modern fuels and their additives. I frequently check for recalls on the newer vehicles. PS: I carry two 2lb or single 5lb extinguishers in every vehicle and a 5ABC Halon in cab and a10A 8BC unit on running boards of my Dodge Power Wagon. Oxidation is not our friend - fast (fire) or slow (rust)
  5. The O is a preset for a "news, talk radio station" the grace note is for your favorite "music" preset and the others select (1) the favorite station on the tuning band location and (2) sets the radio to appropriate respective frequency as follows in german: L = Langwelle (long wave) M = Mittelwelle (medium wave) K = Kurzwelle (short wave) AND if FM tuning section is present in the radio- U = Ultrakurzwelle (ultra short wave) FM with frequently another U and a second preset FM station.
  6. Interested in the Panasports if they come up for sale. Thanks!

    Dave in Baltimore, MD

    1. Koblenz


      Absolutely!  I will let you know.  They are pretty cool! Just sitting there in the corner.  They look to be in very good order.

    2. im3crazy


      Shipping from FL should not be too costly.



    3. Koblenz


      UPS from a business. Longwood FL. I just got home.  Had to UBER.  My E46 had a rear strut failure. I will get a hold of the Pana owner tomorrow.  I do apologize.

  7. Im interested if the price is reasonable. In baltimore maryland USA. Thanks!
  8. Thanks guys. I have tried every adjustment of which I am aware, and no difference! We are currently working on 4 other 02's at the shop, and I have inspected them all. The only variable I have not yet worked is the tension pre-load on the torsion bar. Maybe the bar is not "holding up" the latch enough at the point of pre-closure (is that a word?) and it's hitting. This might make sense because the hood is REALLY heavy to lift, and requires full effort to raise. I've never had to pre-load a torsion bar before, but maybe this will be the first time. As I recall assembly, there was little force exerted by the bar...hmmm. perhaps a clue. I will definitely followup on this so others don't have to suffer as well. Dave
  9. Still can't get this one right. I have read all searchable articles and read all posts on this, but have not found any info pointing to which component is the problem. Just finished two other 02's in the shop, and working on another- none except my own car has this problem - luckily! When closing the hood, the side support arms hit when the hood is about 3" above closing. No article, or know adjustment I have tried has solved this. It hit before and after recent paint job. There seems to be at least two varieties of hood supports and torsion bar assemblies. Perhaps a mismatch? Open to suggestions that don't include " do a search" thanks!
  10. Congratulations! This is a great project and I'm confident that the end result will be as much fun as the journey! The FAQ is the perfect site to support your build. The information here and the knowledge of the members is vast, and people here are willing to help. Looking forward to following your progress! Dave in Baltimore
  11. I noticed that my front turn signals began looking dimmer, and a little dingy. We needed to address the (1) Gaskets, (2) the reflectors, and (3) the wire connections and ground bonding. The gaskets had long since retired, and the lenses were getting water and dirt inside. It was time for a rebuild and improvement. Since this approach worked well on my rear tail light rebuilds, it made sense to clean up the reflectors and cover them with my favorite Aluminum HVAC tape. GASKETING: It was really a chore to remove the old gaskets because the PO had glued them sdrawkcab with the wide section under the top metal housing that extends under the bonnet. The gasket should be installed with the recessed face mating to the lens edge, not over the lens and under the metal plate. How do these things happen? After thorough cleaning, we used a slower acting contact cement to paint both surfaces of the gasket and the housings We made sure we did this in stages so it was easier to mate the correct surfaces. We did the top leading surface of the lens and the inner face of the gasket first. This allowed us to fully seat the gasket onto the lens edge. Then, we glued the upper surface of the gasket to the upper metal surface. After fully sealing the inner and top surfaces and upper faces, we did the remainder of the housing surface and made sure the gasket is keyed to the housing, making sure the gasket lines up with the housing "keys." and fully seated all way round. REFLECTOR: We need all the light output we can get! These were not bad, but never the best design for visibility over a period of time. The reflecting surface deposited on the plastic deteriorates over the years, and significantly reduces the visibility of the device. We had a great result (measured at nearly doubling the output of the Roundie tail lights) so we figured it was the best approach for the front turn signals. We cleaned the surfaces, then almost carefully attached the aluminum tape to the surface. Using the rounded back of a small screwdriver, we burnished the tape to remove most of the imperfections. We covered all the bleakly anodized surfaces to improve their reflective surfaces. ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS: These were never really great, and are the second most common reason for front turn signal failure ( the others being grounding, bulb filament or contact failure, and fuses). If you don't know and use DEOXIT, please meet my little friend. I've used this product for years on Hammond organ key contacts, and it's a miracle worker. My two favorite electrical products are DEOXIT and Dielectric Silicone paste. I've seen contacts that we serviced 12-15 years ago that are still perfect because of good connection technique, and these two products used correctly. We liberally applied to all contact surfaces, then applied a bit of dielectric paste on the contacts. GROUNDING: We have not shown it here, but will add it back when installed. We add a short (9" #18 stranded green wire with two #4 ring terminals) that screw to the body and to the turn signal lamp frame; directly to/through the grounding rivet. More DEOXIT and silicone to finish at the installation RESULTS: There's really a significant output difference once this upgrade is done. Here are a few reflection examples; we will post a before and after shot of the actual lamp output appearance. (We take the shots at a fixed distance using a fixed digital camera iris and speed setting so we can repeat for as accurate "visual" comparison as possible. Active lighting results. Here are a few samples comparing the update reflector frame to the old non-reflective upgrade. In both the actual bulb reflector has been upgraded. There appears to be a major difference in the before and after samples. BEFORE: Little reflectivity along the front portion inside AFTER: The reflector seems most effective at the 45 degree axis point. AFTER: Clear boost coming off the inside mount plate now covered with reflective foil tape. AFTER: Near front-on shows a better even coverage pattern as well. Check out these VIDEOS of the after tests. SIDE VIEW -TURN SIGNAL 20160331_184538.mp4 WALK AROUND - TURN SIGNAL bmw2002reflectortest.mp4 I highly recommend this simple but effective upgrade. Thanks! Dave in Baltimore 20160331_184538.mp4 bmw2002reflectortest.mp4
  12. Some time back I purchased a set of mint condition appearance Recaro LXD L-Series Modular seats in a soft black fabric. Beauty was indeed skin deep on these two. Some point in their past a PO replaced a weak suspension with an alternative suspension approach - yes the dreaded 1/4" plywood sheet. The seat base alone in my opinion is just not enough, and not the proper suspension for me. We have rebuilt and reupholstered about a dozen of these and their variants over the past decade and have found the following the best, most traditional suspension approach which I have come to prefer over the semi-elastic webbing. I never liked the webbing's support which I found too firm and not compliant. The webbing was acceptable on bumps and bounces with a high moment of force, but it didn't provide enough compliance as a driver needs when generally moving about in a seat; it just was too stiff and didn't give as you re-position yourself on long rides. I removed the plywood and added a suspension system of 3/4" x 2" "75 lb" tension springs [Lowes], a couple of feet each of 3/8" aluminum rod stock, and about 20' of nylon webbing. Although the webbing gives a bit, the springs and the interplay of the side-to-side and front-to-back tension really gives an extremely comfortable, long-lasting ride with little fatigue. We zig zag stitched the nylon with a heavy duty nylon thread, ran the rods through the front and back and sides, then attached the 10 side springs to the existing holes and added a six new holes where needed for the springs to the seat base front and rear. The side-to-side and front-to-rear rods meet and over lap to provide additional support especially at the rear. As you see in the images, you can pull the webbing with about 20 lbs of force and it just deflects slightly. When you're seated, you are expanding the springs about 25% of their travel, leaving plenty of room for further excursion. We were lucky that these were in unused condition and didn't need a recover; we're finding it harder to get the Nardo and Alcanterra in popular colors for reasonable prices. Enjoy!
  13. +1 on the pump trigger. Yes! This will cause the problem. We had one come in the shop a few weeks ago where the washer pump wire brushed against the exhaust mani and grounded out causing the wipers to run. Only happened during acceleration when engine pulled enough to make contact! Dave in Baltimore
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