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About maikell77

  • Birthday February 10

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

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  1. It's been a while since my last post. I have made progress it has just been extremely slow going. To go forward you have to go backwards. That means the engine out...again. Dropped from above, not too scary. Still not high enough...getting sketchy. Its Free! And I can breath again. With the engine out of the way i finished up brake lines and fuel hard lines. Not too bad looking of an engine compartment. Now time to add in the rats nest of speedway harness... I moved the battery to the trunk and made a new mount for it. I might have oversized the battery a little... After two orders the correct clutch finally arrived and the engine is ready to go back to its home! After years of hoping a turbo finally materialized from work...A lovely GT2867 ball bearing with a small turbine stage. This will be stage two. It will spool IMMEDIATELY with the 2.4L ecotec. I will get it running NA first, but turbo will probably be next winter's project.
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    Question on the steering system

    I am trying to build a plan to have this car running and driving for the Hot Rod Power Tour this year, or at least the Woodward Dream Cruise in August. From looking at my turn radius I need to shorten the front steering arms for the rack and pinion travel to work. The question I have is, is it a horrible idea to drill the stock arm for a shorter arm? I plan to use heim joints with a through bolt and spacer. This is from another FAQ thread, the one I based my e21 rack on. The more I have thought about this the more i do not like the idea of cutting and welding the steering arm. The through bolt i would use is similar to the 2002 in shaft size. That would leave me with roughly the same cross section of material on either side of the hole. In my mind this is less risky than the cut and weld. The reason for the change is simply because the rack i have does not have enough travel to give me the same steering angle as stock. Before it's asked i have to go to a rack to gain clearance for the engine swap.
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    Questioning the path forward

    Finally got around to starting the wiring of the 2402TI. The speedway kit I picked up was nice and fairly straight forward. Spent a few days trying to really plan out where everything was going. Then I learned that the kit really works well with a GM column connector. That got me to thinking about if i could get rid of a U joint with a longer column. Sure enough I can! so now staring down the prospect of redoing my steering system I thought it wise to pause for a bit and make sure there is nothing else I would change at the same time. The drivetrain is the part that I have questioned more in the past year than just about anything else. I have to put in rack and pinion and build a massive tunnel to fit the ecotec. With that said I now have a giant engine bay with a 2.4l 4 cylinder. The other options out there may be too good to pass up. Option 1: stay the course, lighter but also lower horsepower Option 2: pick up a junk yard LS and a th350. Not the most engaging to drive but the most HP for the least amount of money. This would simplify my coolant plumbing and driveshaft. Option 3: 5.0L/T5 this is the cheapest option due to having friends with left over parts. Probably as heavy as the LS and only ~40hp more than the current ecotec. This would at least be a manual trans.
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    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.
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    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.
  6. 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.
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    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.
  8. 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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    BMW 2002 Project Car

    I hope this is just some moments of doubt and I can get a second wind.....
  13. The ecotec fit well....The matching transmission was not so easy. it is much much larger than stock BMW trans.
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    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.
  15. 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.