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  1. JW, those seats are not original; they have been recovered. If you're curious about why its so obvious check out the 2002 turbo section where we just had a go around on how to recover them properly .
  2. Thanks Steve, your expertise is always cherished.😁
  3. Beautiful 2002 TI, and a rare color combination. It has Correct Michelin XWX 's on it even, bravo😁 Please share more pictures, it is a rare and beautiful car and this is a small corner of the BMW 2002 FAQ universe. Thanks again, best regards Peter
  4. Bill, as regards brake calipers: the TISA brake calipers were used on several Mercedes from that time, and later on early VW transports; i.e. Vanagons. The rubber rebuild kits are I still believe available. There are places that do beautiful caliper rebuilds in this day and age. I would think the toughest part would be to not overdo it, that is to say to get period correct finish on the caliper. I usually send my brake calipers to undercarexpress in the Midwest, they generally do a nice job. The Porsche guys, PMB, do really nice work. I have had PMB do Porsche caliper work but I think that it might be too shiny and perfect for a TISA restoration. I'm not sure that the TISA caliper finish was anything special. I doubt that it was zinc plated or anything fancy. God knows my calipers always relatively pedestrian. They were of course built to drive. As regards the"Art car" TISA sale price I think it is quite pitiful. Consider that a Porsche RS, 1972, of which approximately 1500 were made are running in the 4-5- $600,000 range now. There were only 200 TISA's made, of which maybe five or six handfuls still remain on the planet. This has more to do with cultural German car snobbery, even 2002 turbos of which approximately 1500 were made are running into the hundred and $150,000 dollar range now . What would Rodney Dangerfield say;"I can't get no respect." It is true that a Four-door sedan does not have the sex appeal of a BMW 2002 turbo or 911 RS. I do think the lack of sensible paint and period Correct detailing really hurt the "Art car" sale. Four door sedan's do not have a lot of $ex appeal, even if they are the mother of all M cars, and savior of the BMW mark due to Alex's genius, and the original M 10 motor. I have not seen a super clean , totally correct TISA ever even arrive at auction. In respect to Jim Silvas question about"BMW 1800 TISA" bumpers; I believe they were all delivered with bumpers, or at least the eight or nine that I've seen in my life all had bumpers on them. As soon as any of them went to the racetrack for serious action they were drilled for lightness, bumpers came off etc. It's important to enjoy the ride. Drive on brothers, Best regards Peter
  5. Wow, Bill the paint on your car looks beyond fabulous. I firmly believe that it will be the most correct Bristol 1800 TISA on the planet when you're done with it. It is inspiring, almost enough to make me take my car back closer to stock. I very much appreciate the originality of your car, and Stephan's Polaris TISA. Your car will be so correct that it is a true art form. The "Art car" is not to my taste, I prefer to have contemporaneous modifications on such classic cars and the modernist paint job and other details take away from/ distract the eye from the cars intrinsic beauty, but hey BFD. People could happily nitpick my car endlessly given the things that I did to it so that it could go to the racetrack. I remember my Brother saying quite intelligently, " you know people go to a lot of trouble to get these things in this original condition, you might not want to put a roll bar in it." Oh well it's all part of life's Beautiful poem. The Bristol on your car looks fabulous, and correct. My paint guy buffed the underside of my hood and then put a color spectrometer on it, similar to what happened to the inside of your gas filler. Here are a few Bristol teaser pictures, and a Polaris comparison with factory stripes. When you put all the bright work on your car it will be mind blowing. You could go slightly over-the-top and have the rear TI badge goldplated like Pat Dewitt did. Again kudos Bill, after we are all dead and gone your car will live on as an example of how cool and beautiful the mother of all M cars was in 1965. Keep the pictures coming, they are inspiring. Best regards, Peter
  6. Lars, and WHS, Thank you both so very much for your time and presenting the above detailed drawings and Alpina history from this important time. It is a great help for all of us. I think that the press cars had traditional mechanical linkages as they were up to the rigors of street driving. If you consider, and I note you both have racecars, the amount of force on a throttle linkage in the heat of battle is significant as your leg is the biggest muscle group in your body, and racing increases adrenaline production. The throttle linkage is a relatively delicate thing compared to steering, brake and clutch assemblies. Over the years I have found Cable linkages for weber carburetors to be safe and dependable, but occasionally had trouble with mechanical linkages. My Porsche 911 throttle stuck wide open in third gear going into a 90° corner at the end of the straightaway, with luck and some skill I did not crash and can write this note today. I now have a Full throttle stop nut welded onto the foot pedal linkage of my 1800 TISA so that it hits the floor and Does not transfer force into the Cable set up. It Is not so pretty-but I only had to have one near-death experience to appreciate the importance of perfectly set up throttle linkages. Thank you both again for Sharing your knowledge and giving the German perspective on these cars that we all love so much. Sincerely, Peter
  7. Wow, this BMW 2002 TI has the factory close ratio five-speed, a limited slip differential and fresh motor. This car should be a total hoot to drive, especially given the dynamometer sheet says it makes approximately 142 hp. Driving my car with the close ratio five-speed , low mileage rebuild but stock motor Is fun, but driving this particular car would in many ways be one of the purest BMW driving experience s you can imagine anywhere in the world. A good well tuned TI motor with Side draft Solex carburetors is nicer than most people would imagine. I had a 2000 CS many years ago, essentially the same motor, which was amazingly strong in a much heavier car. This would be a great car for somebody to get and perfect as it is so close to excellence, all the nasty body work has been done. The color looks right, people don't realize how pretty Granada is when it's fresh, it's almost never seen. Mike Pughs 1600 TI is the only recent example I can think of. My car was originally Granada but repainted Verona, you can see how much brighter it is. This car will only need relatively pleasant detail work, correct European front bumper covers and minor details to make it not only stunning, but remember it will be awesome to drive. I don't know what they spent on the restoration but it seems like around US$70-US$80,000 are what very good examples are fetching these days. I hope that the owner get out from under the restoration costs, which may be why this car is for sale. It is hard for me to imagine someone selling this car if they had driven it enough, that is to say experienced it's amazing handling, strong motor and the smile that puts on your face while over steering. This BMW 2002 TI is in many ways the best example of the"Ultimate driving machine" for the double clutching, Heel and toe fussing balls to the wall Driver. No turbo lag which takes the pleasure out of tight back roadwork out of BMWs other nearly contemporaneous supercar, the original 2002 turbo . Modernists Will extol the virtues of M3's, and fives etc. But this well optioned BMW 2002 TI is one of the best drivers cars ever made. My hope is that somebody would buy this and drive the wheels off of it grinning all the time. More likely it will be purchased, perfected and become a garage queen which is sad-this car is much more than a rare pretty face. I'll include a picture of the contemporary 2002 racing for a little perspective and reminder. I hope they don't lose their shirt on this car, because of the significant restoration cost, because it is a very pure sang example. Best regards, Peter
  8. That looks like a BMW 1800 TI, or 2000 TI tachometer which fits in the normal clock hole. Could you give us a picture of the 1600 GT dashboard that it fits with please. Diameter of the tachometer would also help . Thanks, Peter
  9. Nearly stock 2002 Ti with exception exception for the fuel filter/Gas line.
  10. Thank you Lars and W Kohler, I very much appreciate your time and help. This will get my seats back together. Lars I completely agree with you about my instrument cluster. It is faded, this car sat outdoors for many years and the original red paint has a patina due to that. This is in fact one of the few things I have thought about leaving alone. The dashboard is new, and I have a new turbo gauge and cluster which is non-faded. I will give this serious thought, now of course would be the best time to redo the instrument cluster. Thank you again very very much for all your kindness, BMW expertise and sharing of your knowledge. I have been driving BMWs since I was a child, (I drove my parents BMW 1602 when I was nine years old, in 1970) and very much appreciate kindred spirits. Thank you both again very much, sincerely, Peter
  11. Bob, thanks so much for posting all the original ads, what a great resource. I like the Greek ad too, but as Freud would say "biology is destiny." And I can't help that my genes prefer it. Europeans are much more fun. Best regards, Peter
  12. I will take it. Please send me your PayPal information, I will PM you. Sincerely, Peter
  13. Absolutely beautiful ! Thank you so very much for posting pictures. It looks like a great collection of tidy, original BMWs.

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