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  1. Conserv

    Air conditioner options

    Yesssss! I knew I’d achieve notoriety some how, some way....😉 My 15 minutes of fame have arrived! Best regards, Steve
  2. Conserv

    Air conditioner options

    Wait! You’ve got the slowest painter? I thought I had the slowest painter! 😉 September 2015 to June 2018 for the ‘76’s Big Re-Paint. No mechanical work, no interior work, no rotisserie. Just a very good re-paint. Best regards, Steve
  3. Conserv

    Used, late 2002 parts

    2002AD As these cars are 40-50 years old, you may find that even most salvage yards specializing in BMW’s have no ‘02’s. The Parts for Sale and Want to Buy sections of this forum’s classifieds section might be a good starting point. Regards, Steve
  4. Conserv

    1974 Stock Seats. Front & Rear

    The front seats, at least, may have most recently come out of a 1974 model car, but they originated in a 1975 or 1976 ‘02. The 1975-76 seats were, but for minor differences in the covers, shared with the e21 cars, and had narrowly-spaced headrest supports — as here — and metal recliners that were covered with plastic panels — as here. GLWS, Steve
  5. Robert, Hemmings always, under “services provided”, seems to have 2 to 6 providers of “plastic chroming”. If there’s nothing on their Web version, please PM me and I’ll look at a hardcopy of the mag! Best regards, Steve
  6. Conserv

    Air conditioner options

    An ICE A/C system is essentially a new and complete Clardy system (assembled by a former installer of Clardy A/C systems): you don’t have to worry whether the 40-year-old plastic is too brittle or the fan is nearing the end of its life. So I think that that’s good! When I purchased a condenser, auxiliary fan, and compressor from ICE in 2011, however — I was originally planning to convert my ‘76’s 1976 Clardy from R12 to R134a — I was frankly shocked to receive a non-parallel-flow condenser from him, no larger than my original Clardy condenser, along with an off-brand auxiliary fan, and an allegedly NOS Sanden compressor no longer in its original box. Given I was paying $1,800 for these three underwhelming components (maybe $300 worth of components), I immediately sent them back. I have heard he’s supplying a parallel-flow condenser these days, but I don’t know that from first-hand experience. Regards, Steve
  7. Conserv

    Rarest colors?

    So, John, they are sidemarker lights. Apart from the lens color, are they similar to U.S.-mandated sidemarker lights? I had no idea that Italian cars had these: it's really quite cool! Best regards, Steve
  8. Conserv

    Early chrome headlight retaining rings

    Just as an FYI, these are actually two independent parts for each headlight, assuming you don't count the feathery gray gasket that's generally missing or badly cracked by now. The asymmetric filler ring is a spring-fit into the front of the headlight retaining ring. All U.S. headlight buckets have the headlight retaining ring -- chromed on the earliest cars, then silver cadmium plated until the end of the round taillight era, and black powder coated for the square taillight era. The headlight retaining ring fastens to the headlight bucket with three screws. But deep grille cars -- all U.S. '02's from 1966 through mid-1972 -- also have the additional asymmetric filler to dress up an otherwise awkward gap. You just squeeze the asymmetric filler and insert it into the retaining ring: that open gap disappears. Below, the headlight retaining ring in the background, the asymmetric filler ring is in the foreground. These aren't for sale; they're merely for illustration. Regards, Steve
  9. Hi, I’m looking for a spare distributor for my ‘76. It would be marked: 0 231 170 164 JFU 4 No substitutes. The original appears below. Thanks and regards, Steve
  10. Photos illustrating steel rims in early brochures: The first two photos are from a German-language 1600-2 brochure, dated July 1967. The third and fourth photos are from an un-dated English-language 1600-2 brochure probably dating to early in the 1968 U.S. model year ("early" because the instrument cluster bezel is silver like a 1967 model, but a 1968 model because of the 1968-only smooth steering wheel hub and the U.S.-mandated padded dash that arrived approximately October 1967). The fifth and sixth photos are from an English-language 1600-2/2002 brochure, dated May 1968. Regards, Steve
  11. Walloth & Nesch sells the plugs! Welcome home! Regards, Steve
  12. Wurth’s Wheel Silver or Krylon’s Dull Aluminum are some of the best approximations of the original wheel color. There are threads that discuss these as well as other paint and powder coat options, including satin clear coat, etc., to mimic the original appearance. Your use of “Smokey” gives me a slight pause. One person might use that term for the original color, another might use that term for a darker-than-original re-paint. Below is a February 1967 (“2” over “67”) Lemmerz rim with fair-to-good original paint. This is the spare tire rim from the ‘67 1600-2 I owned from 1974 to 1976. I was the second owner; it had 54,000 to 8?,000 miles on it during my ownership tenure. Your ‘67 rims should be similar. Note: Lemmerz, one of the most common steel rim suppliers for the ‘02, painted most of their rims entirely black after production and then painted the front faces silver for BMW, leaving solely silver overspray on the reverse and barrel. On the rim below, you can see some of the black under-paint bleeding through the thinned original silver. I wonder if this is some of the smokiness you’re seeing in your rims. Lastly, BMW did not sweat the details on their steel rims. Paint was sloppily and unevenly applied. Runs were fairly common. Colors varied slightly from batch to batch. Recall, most of a ‘67’s rim’s face was soon-to-be covered by (standard) hub caps and (optional) trim rings. Regards, Steve
  13. Conserv

    To rebuild now or later

    Thanks. It’s the carbon cannister for the fuel recovery system. Fumes from the gas tank are piped from an expansion tank in the trunk, to the carbon cannister, and from there into the air filter. With the installation of the Weber — and removal of the stock air filter housing, they probably removed the cannister and, possibly, plugged the lines. I’d expect your car has already been partially or completely de-smogged by now. Regards, Steve
  14. Conserv

    1600 Touring ID

    +1 I use I don’t know if that initial “info.” makes a difference. Oh, yeah, then please post your car in this forum’s Registry! Regards, Steve
  15. Conserv

    To rebuild now or later

    One note regarding Mark’s excellent de-smogging instructions: unless your ‘76 was delivered new in California, it will not have a Thermal Reactor exhaust manifold. The “outside-California” ‘76’s, known as “49-state versions”, have a more benign manifold: not as free-flowing as a tii exhaust manifold or a shorty header, but not nearly as awful as the dreaded Thermal Reactor manifold. Welding a 49-state exhaust manifold, as a temporary solution to getting your car into regular use, is a good idea, as long as it’s cheaper than a good un-cracked replacement. If you provide some photos of the engine compartment, we can probably confirm whether your ‘76 is a 49-state or a California version. Below are some photos of my 49-state ‘76, especially showing the non-Thermal Reactor exhaust manifold. On other matters, all ‘02 A/C is post-factory, installed at dealerships or later. The three most common brands are Frigiking, Behr (most “OEM” in appearance), and Clardy. So even the Behr unit — Behr manufactured the ‘02’s original radiators, heaters, heater valves — would qualify as “aftermarket”. Lots of threads, as well as Rob Siegel’s book on the subject, discuss ‘02 A/C in detail. Compared to modern cars, or even to U.S. domestic cars of the ‘02 era, ‘02 A/C generally sucks. But, it also expands the driving season, and often the willingness of a spouse to agree to taking “your old car”... 😯 Regards, Steve