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About maikell77

  • Birthday February 10

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Farmington Hills, MI
  • Interests Track days, autox, turbos, diesel, welding, carpentry

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  1. maikell77

    It has a face!

    It was nice this weekend to tackle some smaller jobs that result in a bigger change in the garage art. The first little task was installing the rear glass. It wasn't that bad, but then again I still haven't done the lock strip. The rope trick really does work. Word of caution you will need more than 15 feet to have a good handle to start. Also all the comments about get it centered first...yeah listen to them, really eases the process. Had to support my friends car club. After all it started after I drug this thing home with him telling me to walk 3 years ago... I then cleaned up, sand and masked to flat black the nose. I also cleaned up the headlight buckets. I must confess the car is the same color as masking I may have missed a little corner... All in I'm pretty happy with the grill-less nose. I would love some good condition round grills. The problem is they are so much $. I like this look and think it adds a little to the "outlaw" look of this '02. Stay tuned for our next installment, more glass install, followed by removing the engine...again. Hopefully over the 4th I will get the steering set screws drilled and locktited, clutch installed, and the engine in for the LAST TIME, before vroom vroom.
  2. maikell77

    2402Tii in the Daylight

    Not the biggest of updates. It seems the last 20% is the longest. I have been trying to tie up loose end. I have run fuel supply and return lines. I upgraded to 3/8" to support future boost.... I have also finally finished the rear subframe rebuild. All new brakes, lines, bushings and a fresh coat of paint. I was also able to track down a match set of miata seat for a little bit of nothing. Now I have the drivers seat on a track. the passenger side is fixed. And the highlight of the day, getting the car wheeled out into the sun. I am much happier with the stance of the car than I thought I would be.
  3. Not the most productive of weekends. I pretty much just made some new interior panels. the car when I bought it had been sitting in a field in Houston for a LONG time. Most of the interior panels were covered in black mold. So most of that went by the way side. The goal for this car has been extremely lightweight. With that said I still wanted a some what finished looking interior. I had a roll of grey carpet left over from another project. I then just went to the local home depot and got some 2.7 mm birch plywood. I cut the panels to fit and covered with the carpet. The fit turned out pretty good, and honestly hard to complain for about $20 in material and few hours labor. Next up is patching what was left of the dash pad. I have now gone through 3 rounds of padded dash filler and sanding. Hopefully when all is said and done the dash turns out looking decent. These shorter duration projects that are visible are helping get some wind back in my sails. It's been 3+ long years of working on this car. I've never driven it, it has been incredibly hard not to lose all motivation. It will be worth it when I get to drive it! That's what I keep telling myself at least. steering wheel will get replaces at some point in the future. Passenger door crank screw is stripped out. Any ideas how to salvage? Seating position is moved way back. Entry and exit are surprisingly not bad. I will need to extend the shifter up about 6-9" but that should put it right off the steering wheel and keep my elbow high enough not to hit the park/drift brake.
  4. maikell77

    Flat black covers a multitude of sins

    I have made good progress. The seam sealer has set up and finally mounted the E-brake. I ended up going with a hydraulic brake for easier swap to discs in the future. All the old metal then got a good coating of implement paint flat black. Everything instantly looked better. Finally underneath all but the tunnel was coated. It was quite the feeling to see the underside look this nice after 3+ years of rust repair. This has been a journey I thought would never end.
  5. The primer finally dried so I was able to seal everything up. Michigan does not want to give up on winter yet. I sealed all of the patches and plugged holes on the car. I probably went over kill and sealed inside and out. I want a nice non-fumey, dry car..... Then I got cracking on the rear drums. I picked up some backing plates off a 1980 320I, They are so much bigger than the stock drums. At some point i will upgrade to discs. Just hard to argue with a $200 near rear brake setup. Here's to more productive weekends in the garage.
  6. maikell77

    Slow and Steady wins the race?

    The car has been listed for sale off and on for a few weeks. I might still sell it but i have to say looking back at how far i've come, I might just have to see this through. I have tried to take a different approach and just block off an hour or two a day to do a little. I have not made huge progress, but I have moved forward. I should be seam sealing tonight and paint the passenger side floor pan. For the first time since i've owned this car the floors are solid enough a 10mm socket won't fall to the ground. Low bar I know but considering how stalled I was just a month ago, big news. In other news the Fiat 500 Abarth has now been kicked outside. My garage is now in full on get stuff done mode. Once the interior is painted it's on to glass. Speaking of which I am thinking of just going with lexan for the quarter glass. I might add a plexiglass extractor to keep the air flowing. Anyone out there done something similar?
  7. maikell77

    BMW 2002 Project Car

    I have been convinced to toy with selling it again. I hope I can make some progress this weekend and get back into it.
  8. maikell77

    BMW 2002 Project Car

    Not sold, but i'm keeping it....I'll just keep plugging away for the for see-able future. Hopefully someday I get to Drive this thing.
  9. maikell77

    BMW 2002 Project Car

    I hope this is just some moments of doubt and I can get a second wind.....
  10. The ecotec fit well....The matching transmission was not so easy. it is much much larger than stock BMW trans.
  11. maikell77

    BMW 2002 Project Car

    It is with much regret that I am putting up for sale my BMW 2002. I just don't have the time anymore to realistically work on it and finish it. Hoping someone can get it across the goaline and enjoy it. I have linked the build blog and my local craigslist.
  12. 3/4" front and 7/8" rear is what Wilwood recommended and I purchased. They seemed to be confident that that would be close to balanced as is.
  13. maikell77

    header, civic radiator, and more!

    Yes sir, it's the LE5 from the solstice/sky, and just about any gm car from the early 2000's. The transmission is from a Saturn sky and the engine came from a Pontiac G6.
  14. All along with this project there were a few things I knew would be the big issues to get over. 1. Engine and transmission install – it fits and it’s mounted 2. Adapting the new transmission to the BMW dif, this is next…. 3. Building a new pedal assembly – done over break 4. Fixing the rust and bodywork – done over break 5. Rewiring the whole call – TBD 6. Making the rack and pinion steering work – finally finished over break As you can see the list is getting shorter. The bodywork turned out much worse than I had hoped. I did not spend as much time blocking the car as I should have. At some point I may go back and redo the bodywork and paint to have a nicer looking car. At this point it’s ok from a distance, and for its intended purpose its fine. This car was rotten and not worth saving. As bad as my bodywork is, it’s still miles better than what I found. All that to say, here it is, on all four wheels in the sun! Next up was the pedal assembly. I worked with Wilwood to size the master cylinders to work with the 240 front calipers and the 320i rear drums. I will also be running a Wilwood master cylinder for the clutch. The other interesting part I had to add was the electronic throttle pedal to work with the LE5. The pedal is typically firewall mounted and top hinged. I flipped it and mounted it to a subframe with the other two pedals. I have them all hinged at the same point and in the same plane. I may need to tweak the throttle to prevent miss-steps. The steering was the next big challenge. The size of the engine dictated the change to a 320 rack. Further complicating matters was my choice to run the electronic power steering column. This arrangement required 3 U-joints! After getting everything installed with a bearing on the long shaft it seems to work well. I have however, discovered that the power assist is not needed. This means I may got to a manual column or shift the steering attachment points to tighten the turning radius. I fear as is it will be larger than a suburban. Finally, I built up a bracket to support my hand me down electric fan from my new radiator. The whole assembly is removed as one. It should help with serviceability down the road. The goal is to be road worthy this August. I am hoping to drive the 5 miles each way to make a portion of the Woodward Dream Cruise this year.
  15. maikell77

    Slight progress update

    I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked, but some of the bigger questions are starting to get answered. When I first started the swap I knew there would be a few big hurdles, Rust, fitting the engine and trans, connecting the steering, and completing the driveline. I will this next weekend cut out and replace the last rust in the door. As usual for this car about 1/4" of bondo had to be removed. Thankfully after that was removed not a ton of rust was found. I will just replace the area around the corners to make the patches smaller. Now on to steering....There are two sets of OEM hardware that I have worried about connecting to. First is the Steering rack from a BMW 320i (1980). I finally found a 17mm-51 spine u-joint that fits Perfectly! As you can see I will have to add a kink in the joint to clear the starter. it does clear so that's a win. Next week the rest of my steering components will come in. I hope to get that as well as the passenger side tunnel complete over my Christmas holiday. The misses is already informed that my 2018 new years resolution is to drive this car. It might have no glass or weatherstripping but I will drive it next year.