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  1. That is an excellent approach to re-cycling worn seats! I hope you guys make a deal! Regards, Steve
  2. 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
  3. Conserv

    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I've noticed interest lately, on behalf of some forum members, in using period-appropriate Blaupunkt radios. And I personally am curious about being able to date 2002-era Blaupunkts that lack their original paper labels. First, let's note the Blaupunkt system for labelling radios of this era. A self-adhered paper label, generally placed on the right side of the unit, identified it by model name, model number, serial number, and country of manufacture (first photo). Let's look at the details. Beginning, it would appear, in 1967, the 4th digit of the model number signified the model year of the radio ("model year" as contrasted to "year of manufacture"). Thus: 7637 XXX = 1967 7638 XXX = 1968 7639 XXX = 1969 7630 XXX = 1970 7631 XXX = 1971 7632 XXX = 1972 7633 XXX = 1973 7634 XXX = 1974 7635 XXX = 1975 7636 XXX = 1976 Note: the "763" numbers immediately above are illustrative; not all model numbers begin "763." And not every model, e.g., Frankfurt, was available as a new or "refreshed" model each year. New models were often introduced two or three years apart. Moving on from the model year, a letter prefix for the serial number -- in a manner similar to that for Becker radios -- denotes the year of manufacture. By the dawn of the '02 era, 1966, Blaupunkt was nearing the end of an alphabetical series: X = 1966 Y = 1967 Z = 1968 So they started over in 1969: A or B = 1969 B = 1970 C = 1971 D = 1972 E = 1973 F = 1974 G = 1975 H = 1976 J = 1977 K = 1978 Therefore, labelled Blaupunkts are easy to date. And labelled 1967-and-later radios actually bear two date indicators: first for the model year; second for the year of manufacture. And as is apparent below from two 1969 model Frankfurt US units, and from two 1975 model Frankfurt Stereo US kits, a model may have been manufactured well beyond its model year. The second and third photos below show two stacked Frankfurt US units. The top, unlabelled unit, is a 1971 model Frankfurt US (763"1" 627 000, based upon an identically-labelled unit shown by JohnH elsewhere in this thread). The bottom is a 1969 model Frankfurt US (763"9" 670), manufactured in 1971 ("C" prefix to the serial number). But if you return to the first photo below, you'll see another 1969 model Frankfurt US (763"9" 670). But that example was manufactured in 1970 ("B" prefix to the serial number). The fourth and fifth photos below show two stacked 1975 model Frankfurt Stereo US Kits (763"5" 421 012). The top unit was manufactured in 1975 ("G" prefix to the serial number) and the bottom unit was manufactured in 1976 ("H" prefix to the serial number). But what might also be helpful is to collect sufficient photos of Blaupunkt radios -- and their associated paper labels -- so that we can reasonably date examples that have lost their labels. Many facets of the faceplates and pushbuttons changed over time. The blue dot or point (as in "blau punkt") appeared and later moved during this period. The "Blaupunkt" name shifted locations. The number of station numbers represented, along with the actual choice of station numbers, transitioned over time. "Stereo" changed from vertical to horizontal. Pushbuttons moved from black with white letters to black with silver and black applied labels. The FM scale went from a reverse orientation -- higher numbers on the left, lower numbers on the right -- to a more expected low-to-high orientation. (FM scales that end at 104 rather than 108 signify European versions: the European countries use a slightly narrower FM range.) And there were more changes, no doubt, such as to the size of the housing. I'm hoping that a few of you have labelled Blaupunkt radios for which you can provide a photo of the faceplate, housing, and label. If you can post those photos on this thread, perhaps we can develop a reasonably reliable method to date un-labelled examples of this era. Thanks, Steve
  10. Conserv

    wheel and tire question

    ET = Einpresstiefe = Offset Yet another discussion of incorrect bolt patterns? Not happening. Regards, Steve
  11. Conserv

    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
  12. Conserv

    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
  13. Conserv

    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
  14. Conserv

    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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Conserv

    My 2002 ti

    Sorry for the thread divergence! By the way, your car is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats, Steve
  19. Conserv

    My 2002 ti

    “Adjusted” that for you, Peter...😉 The 165HR13 XAS was far and away the most common tire on U.S.-imported ‘02’s, as a “mandatory option” during the round taillight era (1966-73), and as standard equipment during the square taillight era (1974-76). Below, window stickers from 1972 and 1974 tii’s illustrating the optional versus the standard-equipment treatment. The XWX family of tires is different from the XAS series. The XWX family was originally far more expensive than the XAS series and was targeted largely at the era’s “super cars” such as Ferrari’s, Maserati’s, etc. Within the XWX family, however, the XDX model was available in a 185/70VR13 size which, as you know, was the factory-correct size for the turbo (and a common aftermarket upgrade size for other ‘02 sub-models). Both the 165HR13 XAS and 185/70VR13 XDX remain available today through Michelin’s Classic Division (Coker Tire is the U.S. distributor, Longstone Tyre is the U.K. distributor). I probably wouldn’t belabor this very minor point if I hadn’t just seen an ad for a very original Florida-color 1600-2, for which the seller also described the new XAS tires as XWX’s....😯 Best regards, Steve
  20. I don’t believe the original subframe paints were truly matte. Matte, to me, is dead flat, no gloss. I believe the original subframe paints ranged from satin to semi-gloss. I’ve most often seen the military green subframes on “middle-era” cars, ‘71-ish to ‘73-ish. I believe the black-ish color was much more common. I’ve owned ‘67, ‘70, ‘73, and ‘76 drivers, and I’ve parted ‘72 and ‘74 examples, and all of those have had black subframes. Thus, I believe you would need a lot more data before you could accurately define when the military green color was used. My recommendation if you’re striving for an original appearance? 1. Look at the color of your subframe and chassis components before you re-paint them. 2. Paint or powdercoat them the same color! Given how little attention BMW devoted to the undersides of the unibody — lots of exposed primer, mostly an overspray of body color — I really don’t believe BMW gave a rat’s ass what color the subframes were, as long as they were dark and not too shiny. Even the black-ish paint seems to vary from batch to batch. Some of black-ish painting has a green cast, some has a blue cast. Paint runs are common. We mostly over-restore our old cars. Regards, Steve
  21. Conserv

    Low compression band-aids?

    Well...the only year that the CA engine actually differed from the Rest-of-the-States engine was 1976. In 1975, there was only a single version, certified in CA and everywhere else (that bothered to certify automotive emissions). I don’t have my books here, but I believe that all the engines after 1974 ranged from 8.1 to 8.3 CR’s. Regards, Steve
  22. Conserv

    Low compression band-aids?

    These criteria should give him another 50,000 miles, Nature Guy! 😯😋😉 Best regards, Steve
  23. No, the CA version had the old camshaft. The #5 went into the 49-state versions, with the then-new E21 head and the 3.90 differential. Best regards, Steve
  24. Conserv

    Swan neck early mirror

    Harry, They're not "handed." Each can be adjusted to work on the left or right side. Regards, Steve
  25. Conserv

    Not my car, not related...

    LMAO. Best regards, Steve