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  1. Very cool. Well, you can’t fit OEM hub caps or full wheel covers to Borrani’s! And with a 6.5” Borrani, you’re sort of stuck with ET8. With your custom set-up, you might be able to adjust the front and rear offsets to different, yet optimal numbers. one else will be running 6.5” stock steelies...😉 Where do all the lost (stolen?) Borrani’s go? I lost two 6”ers that made it from Germany to my local post office (in Atlanta), and then got lost in the 1.5 miles between the post office and my house. I always picture some not-that-bright thief stealing a heavy box marked “from Germany” and then discarding the rims when he discovers they are 45-year-old steel rims... Good luck, keep us posted: we will need to see photos! 😋 Regards, Steve
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    wheel and tire question

    As a reference point, Andrew, were those 5.5” e21 rims (generally ET18) or 6” e21 rims (generally ET13)? Thanks and regards, Steve
  3. Then I think Tom (‘76mintgrun’02) is your man! As an aside, the 5” rims are “ti/tii rims”, much rarer and more valuable than the 4 1/2” versions. Good answer! So I’m curious: (a.) how wide?, and (b.) do you intend to run the OEM full wheel covers, the early “dog dish” hubcaps, or neither? I ask partly because my idea of a “wildly restomodded” tii would have factory steel rims widened to 5 1/2”, OEM wheel covers, and everyone whispering, “Did he or didn’t he (widen those rims)?” 😯🤫😉There would be no other deviations from stock....😋 Regards, Steve
  4. I believe it depends on the widening, and who does it, Tom. When it’s referred to as “banding,” it’s generally because they’ve cut the barrel, inserted a steel band to widen it, and then reassembled the barrel. But, in cases such as the present poster’s, they simply cut off the old barrel and weld a new barrel onto the old center disk. Best regards, Steve
  5. Just to be clear, to which of the OEM rims below are you referring? First photo: 1974-76 styled steel (5x13) Second photo: 1966-73 steel (4 1/2x13 or 5x13) The examples below are simply photos: I have neither for sale. Regards, Steve
  6. I’m guessing much of your car’s interior came out of a square taillight car. The one-piece dashboard and door cards are distinctly square taillight. I can’t see much of the front seats, but they might be from an e21. The “long” console is from a car manufactured after April 1971. Regards, Steve
  7. This a beautiful Marine Blue interior for a 1969 car. The rear seat, of course, originally had no un-pleated section in the middle. Front seats, as here, had 12 pleats each; rear seats had 35 pleats. Front seat recliners, as here, were chrome-plated steel. The carpet, as here, was two-tone gray-on-gray (generally, inaccurately referred to as “salt-and-pepper”) Below, from an April 1968 brochure, the standard cloth-and-vinyl Marine Blue interior in a Euro-spec example. Hoffman Motors, however, ordered virtually all U.S.-bound cars with the optional all-vinyl (a.k.a., Skai) interior. Regards, Steve
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    wheel and tire question

    ET = Einpresstiefe = Offset Yet another discussion of incorrect bolt patterns? Not happening. Regards, Steve
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    wheel and tire question

    Our bolt pattern is 4x100, Scott. Don’t get me started on the use of rims with close-but-not-correct bolt patterns.... The additional 9mm is not problematic. As I mentioned, lots of owners run ET18, and even ET13 rims on their 2002’s. With the stock 165/80 tires, this presents no real issues. But most owners running ET18, ET13, and even ET6 rims also want to run wider-than-stock tires, and this may require rolling the fender lips and/or pulling (out) the fenders. There are a bunch of very comprehensive threads on ‘02 tire fitment. Regards, Steve
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    wheel and tire question

    The factory steel rims for your car were 13 x 5, ET29, so the rims you are currently looking at mount 9mm further out from the car’s centerline. Given that lots of owners run e21 rims — 13 x 5, ET18, is a common size — I’d guess that many 185/70 tires would work on the rims you’re contemplating. Regards, Steve
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    Rear Seats (1968 to 1976)

    Seat Bottoms The primary change had to do with the implementation of retracting rear seat belts. This required additional space at the outboard corners of the seat bottom. When did that happen? Not certain. Maybe just before January 1, 1972 (that’s when retracting front seat belts went into U.S.-spec cars). The square taillight cars also got a little “tang” protruding downward from the leading edge of the seat bottom, designed to capture a bolt to hold the seat bottom in place. Seat Backs The seat backs got a bit more “bucket” to them, perhaps with the April 1971 Modell 71, and again with the 1975-76 seats — or did it happen in 1974? I seem to recall that the period bulletins Jim Gerock was reviewing made some mention of the enhanced seat back shaping. Regards, Steve
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    Unusual front signal light setup

    My early 1970 (VIN 1668093, manufactured September 8, 1969), which was both highly original and had under 30,000 miles on it — it was 1973 — had flush turn signals with dual bulbs. I believe, but don’t have concrete proof, the bulge style was required no later than January 1, 1970, under new DOT lighting regulations, and was implemented by BMW in the final months of 1969. This example looks as if it was modified post-factory. Regards, Steve
  13. Maybe a label applied to a stack of subframes, which they didn’t bother to remove before bolting the subframe on the top of the stack to your car? Best regards, Steve
  14. I don’t have the answer, but I believe the size differential is a function of year and not sub-model or engine displacement. This size differential obviously has ramifications for the heater hoses and the heater valve as well. Regards, Steve
  15. That’s a good point, Ryan. Lots of replacement parts have finishes different from the original parts. U.S. rear license plate brackets appear to generally be black in their replacement form. But my ‘76’s was clearly gray from the factory (first photo below). A real teaser for me were the rear subframe mounts. I bought the pair shown below (second and third photos) at the same time, in 1983, for the future rebuild of the ‘76. Square taillights, I must add, originally used left and right versions of these mounts — the internal rubbers were clocked 45 degrees in opposite directions to increase lateral (or was it longitudinal?) stability. Clearly one mount is gray, the other is black. I assumed they were simply from different batches. I learned here, on this forum, however, that the different colors were consciously used so that technicians could distinguish the two (slightly) different parts. Best regards, Steve