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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
  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. BMW 2002 Project Car

    I hope this is just some moments of doubt and I can get a second wind.....
  6. The ecotec fit well....The matching transmission was not so easy. it is much much larger than stock BMW trans.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. EPAS Conversion, Seat Mounting, Seam Sealing

    Straight pipes, the wife told me should could hear from the other room...Might have have to add a muffler.
  13. It’s been quite a while since I last really dug into the BMW 2402tii. My wife ended up going back to school so most of my dreams of getting the car road worthy this year are out the window. I most likely will not be able to afford the big pieces for quite some time. That was a bit like knocking the wind out of my sails. I have decided to plug on anyway. I will try to get a solid foundation. I should still be able to get the steering and plumbing worked out. As well as clean, sort, and seal the underside of the car. I might even go back and redo some of my previous work. With a project like this one as my first I know that my skill has improved, from non-existent to not too terrible. Enough babbling, on to the updates! 1. I found a steering column! I found a link through a mustang forum that a GM electric power steering column could be retro fit. The assist is built into the column so it can be turned up, down, or off. It is controlled by a potentiometer kit that you can get from Ebay for ~$50. 2. I have shifted the driving position rearward to help with leg room and weight bias. I never had an intention to put the back seat back in 3. I have built mounts to use NA Miata seats. The current ones I have are from pull-apart and being that this is Michigan, they are extremely rusty. Still for $23 they are good enough for mock up. 4. The AR5 transmission that matches my Ecotec is HUGE. I’ve had to considerably enlarge the tunnel. I’ve been putting off this sheet metal job for the better part of a year. I finally tackled the driver side and closed it all in. 5. I primed and seam sealed the whole side. This is most likely the floor section I would be most likely to redo. 6. Finally I covered it all with bed liner and threw everything back together. Of course the next thing I did was sit in the car make engine noises and pretend to shift. I do need to get the car on the ground and see just how bad ingress/egress is.
  14. Nut and Bolt Restoration....Literally

    Nice work! I'll vouch that the replacement hardware while functional, looks different.