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  1. Great eye, yes you are correct on your dates. This is an early ‘71 (with side markers removed). The original Sahara color was enthusiastically removed via media blast. I figured Diana’s were also non-original colors...and my kids both really liked Taiga. This is by no means a factory-correct restoration, more of an oem+ style. On a related note.... Sadly, I recently inspected what turned out to be a vin-swapped Taiga 2002tii roundie imported from a European “restorer”.
  2. Dang.... I miss winter. Red/Black checkers for the cocoa matts?
  3. Another in my stash of duplicate parts is this restored swan-neck mirror. The base and post were re-chromed, the glass was replaced, and the backside had dings removed and was polished. There is some slight distortion where the dings were knocked out. You have to know to look for them, so I've tried to highlight it in the photos below. I'd call this mirror a solid 8.5-9.0 out of 10. Gasket is included For those who are not aware, this is the early "aesthetically pleasing" mirror found on the early 1600's and 2002's. Fairly hard to come by these days, especially at fair prices. The price is $175+shipping (assuming you pick up the paypal fees). Coincidentally, this is what I paid for the restoration of the mirror (not even factoring in the cost of the mirror itself).
  4. High quality (ie tasteful and well executed) hot-rods have traditionally done well in nearly every classic car genre. Should be a blast to drive.
  5. This little guy.... not a tii, but a "ti Diana" homage.... then there's the one ClassicMotorsports magazine did several years ago. https://classicmotorsports.com/project-cars/1972-bmw-2002tii/
  6. ...just got back on to the computer. I'm sorry Hernan, but I had a local friend shoot me a PM a minute before your response.
  7. I've begun pulling out all the stored parts for the reassembly of my car, and am coming across duplicate parts (like these door brakes). These were actually in their part-numbered wrappers less than 48 hours ago. Brand new OEM BMW 2002 door brakes, initially ordered from Walloth&Nesch (who has subsequently run out of them). Price is $140 for the pair shipped within the USA.
  8. Sonofa.. beat by Slavs by 20 minutes... I am also in the NEITHER camp. I do not hold money into the equation, personally, it's about max "fun to drive" factor. In this regard, the answer is easily the early type-114 chassis 2002 with carbs. It is much more "alive" to drive than either a big boat or a funky mech. injected engine (not very tough competition honestly). If you aren't a fan of modifying, then the 2002ti would fit this ideal to a "t". Obviously my opinion is worth what you pay for it, but this is coming from roughly 11 years in the business and driving (I stopped officially counting a while ago) well over a hundred 2002's and Coupes. They are each great cars in their own way and I wouldn't kick any out of my garage....but the 2002ti (or hotrodded roundie equivalent) would be the last I'd let go.
  9. Lol, I'll take that as a compliment! The reality is that every step forward brings a feeling of relief.
  10. Interior/Upholstery: The trunk is nearly done! The concept I've been bouncing around for a while was to create a quasi "up-rated" 2002 trunk that would have been in the same vein as the Diana's were. I wanted to be careful though, as some "finished" trunks I've seen are a bit overdone to the point of appearing "new". This meant retaining elephant skin but covering a bit more of the exposed body color, akin to how the E9 Coupe trunk looks. After the car was transported from the paint shop to CoupeKing, Benji (in-house upholsterer) started going it. He was the wizard that made the dream a reality, cannot say enough good things about him and his work. He made an angled back panel and sowed in cups for the shock towers. Also covered were the recessed areas in the out rocker areas. The finished product speaks for itself! Last addition was the trunk mat Esty made back when she made the carpet. The mat has been in storage for a few years, so it needs a bit of time with a steam cleaner before it's perfectly flat. The Mercedes material is extremely difficult to photograph accurately, so I'm sorry for the color discrepancies. IMG_0237 2 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr IMG_0241 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr IMG_0244 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr
  11. AceAndrew

    In need of a shell

    I'm so sorry. That is really really frustrating, especially since you've really been thoughtful with the restoration. How is insurance in this case?
  12. For the cage, if you are going with a kit, you are going to want to look at the one produced by Ronin Autoworks. Love the shop, love the project. Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
  13. Where did you read that this shop was respected? It could be a great car, but please please please get thorough PPI done before taking delivery. Best of luck! Hopefully it checks out.
  14. Chook - there are threaded bosses on the end tanks. I haven't committed to the exact mounting point yet. It will rest on a rubber-lined bracket on the base. --------------------------------------------- Update: Paint & Body Happy, happy, happy days. The car is back from Roy's body shop. He and his guys did an absolutely amazing job. The Taiga color turned out better than I could have hoped. The car was kept as back up, so when the guys didn't have an insurance-related paint job, they'd work on the 2002. They kind of adopted the car and put a ridiculous amount of hours into block sanding over the past months. A big pet peeve of mine on 2002 restorations is the sheet metal around the rear fender. Even when new this area would be slightly bowed/squished and you could see it in reflections (this effect was exacerbated when the car was involved in a rear end collision). The guys did a great job in massaging the metal around this area, resulting in a better-than-new uniform surface around the area. At the end of the day we used PPG solvent-based paint and five coats of clear. A little orange peel was purposefully left so that after the car is assembled I can go back and polish it to a mirror finish without worrying about assembly-related scratches. Final Tally: All the original body panels were used, including floor pans, nose, etc. Even with the M20 trimming, this car has more original sheet metal than most other restorations I've tinkered on. AdamsAutoSport_DianaV2_Paint1 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr AdamsAutoSport_DianaV2_Paint3 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr AdamsAutoSport_DianaV2_Paint2 by Adams Autosport, on Flickr
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