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  1. There is Betalink which is essentially a permanent adhesive if OP would rather not drill into the body. https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-betalink-body-panel-adhesive?ads_cmpid=1586640911&ads_adid=59893888775&ads_matchtype=&ads_network=g&ads_creative=298302526031&utm_term=&ads_targetid=pla-327620319311&utm_campaign=&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&ttv=2&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6_vzBRCIARIsAOs54z7qqgILIo_1ynm0rfdGKmOq54CoPhRwNsKlGUwZA1lABhND7pptZoMaAil8EALw_wcB
  2. More sandblasting before paint. Before the paint went on. Headliner and pillars addressed.. New OEM headliner. Drooping headliner with a Z1 cameo. Loomed the interior and the engine bay. Before which gave me anxiety every time I looked in the car. After...so much better. To clean up the engine bay aesthetics, I ran the wires and cold start fuel feed line through the runners. I used a heavy duty heat shrink sleeve for protection from extra heat in there. You can just see it on the fuel line when it goes in. I also trimmed back the excess wiring for the different routing through the intake runners from the firewall. Got the axles up and in the car.
  3. That really depends on their condition? That spacer bar shouldn't need to be replaced unless it's really f'd. The springs you could probably get away without replacing, but for that cheap, why not just do it?
  4. Thanks! New bottle. Thanks, glad you're enjoying it! Yeah it is strange seeing it so white, but it does work with the brake fluid reservoir too. It would be too staggering if one was done without the other. I doubt it was ever like that new. Although those old plastics just aged differently, I would imagine the chemicals in the plastics then compared to now wouldn't have looked like this new either. We'll have to get the verdict from those original owners here to tell us
  5. Adjusted the valves. More satisfying sandblasting fun. Blasted the bracket. Electronics and tank are new. Headlight buckets looking like new. Also good time to note - front air dam measured and mocked up exactly where it is going to be on the car then trimmed for the bumper bracket. We just used this hardware to hold it in place for the time being. It's a bit redundant, but he just sprayed it early on with the body panels that weren't on the car. He wants to strip the whole air dam down then trim, rivet and paint it again. He doesn't mind nor do I. Had the original gas tank cleaned and coated by a local radiator shop. Comparison of what the gas tank filler neck pieces looked like before I sandblasted. The old crusty flange I replaced with a new one, but kept that lock ring. The bolt pattern didn't line up between the new quarter panel, new filler neck, and new flange. Despite all of the rotations I tried, it wouldn't sit flat. In order for the gas cap to fully close at the horizontal position, I had to redrill the quarter panel receiver area and rubber filler neck. That 45* angle was going to drive me nuts, now it's much better. All new rubber plumbing, new fuel filter, and fan. The wiring a little further in place. Fuse box in need of some love. My supervisor is always breathing down my neck. Looking like new with the tutorial in the article here. A little further with metal polish got the tabs ready for fuses and aesthetically pleasing under the new cover.
  6. There's 2 seats so we can each get one! :cheers: For sure, still more to come. Thanks for checkin it out.
  7. Powder coated and rebuilt my pedal box. Donor car had one too so I'll be doing the same with that when I find the time. Fun side by side comparison though! I scooped up a 3.91 E21 LSD from Southern California, so the time came to build the axles to accomodate. End result of E21 -> 02 axles. The old gnarly heater box. Was going to split it and tackle it myself and then I found PRDesignSF online. I reached out to them and realized they knew what they were doing and would do a much better job than I could. I never had a working heater box the whole time I've owned the car, so I left it in the hands of professionals. The finished result speaks for itself. New fan, repaired cage, new internals...such a difference! Got the wiring laid out, eventually unloomed, and eventually cleaned and straightened out. haha Fixed wiring that was cut, crimped, or just corroded. Yikes, the wiring initially in! Loosely in the car where it had to be, then more grooming and fine tuning towards cleanliness. Since I relocated the battery into the trunk, I ran a new power wire up front with an E30 junction box. Good ol' M10... Grimy engine. Mechanically it was very well sorted and maintained before I pulled it off the road, so I resealed it, cleaned up/replaced ancillary parts and got it ready to drop in. Some befores and afters The sandblaster quickly became my favorite tool. Got that La Jolla Indy special. Waited on Carl's list for months to get my hands on the new plastic lines rather than those black sleeved ones from the dealer. Intake runners on, still other bits that were rusty and crusty that will later be addressed. Hoisted and ready to go in. Touchdown!
  8. Got my new brake lines from Adams Autosport. So easy to work with coming pre bent and flared, not to mention they look fantastic! Years back, I replaced the original hardlines with the factory ones and it was a nightmare. Can't recommend these enough. Routing the hard fuel line under the car was the devil. Luckily the length of the roll allowed me to do it twice because I crimped the line when I was almost finished. That was defeating, but I used that one as a test and made second one nicer. Brake lines making their way up to the new master. New firewall foam on there too. Refreshed and resealed steering box. To replicate the original steering guibo ground strap, I split the full length and cut it down to fit around the guibo tightly. With the steering column in lookin factory fresh. Sound deadening laid down...and up before the foam went up. As soon as the first bit of "interior" goes in, the party congregates hah! Speaking of interior... My original interior was black vinyl. I did not want to do that again, so I opted to go with saddle brown leather. I had the centers done in a "European" perforated pattern to give it some detail. E21 Recaro's lookin real good in saddle brown. Instead of going with the grey vinyl in the trunk, I had the upholsterer also do my trunk floor panels to match the interior. I thought it'd look pretty cool to have the trunk match the interior. I got extra material to do the back of the trunk floor, bottoms of the wheel wells and the cardboard quarter panel liners myself.
  9. Thanks! Ugh such a crazy time to think that these made it there. Thank you! Not so much a daily driver, but I don't want to spend all of this time and money just to wipe it with a diaper and look at it in the garage. We did a full poly setup on a customer's 02 with the same CA Tuned coil overs too and I love the way it drove. As he mentioned, they aren't as harsh as you'd think. Of course rubber is softer, but I was looking for something tighter. I have updates coming courtesy of you Thanks! The shop is Autocouture Motoring. We specialize in late model BMW's and European specialty cars. Over the last few years we've gotten more oldies in. Actually a bunch of 02's lately. The owner and everyone of us who works there are all enthusiasts which makes for a great environment. That was my friend Charlie. He did an awesome job on that sucker as well as a few other things on the car for me. Talented dude. Thanks will-do!
  10. Hey guys, I wanted to share some progress of my 72 tii restoration that's been underway for the last 2 1/2 years. It has been a slow process between parts, body work, and of course the biggest factor - time. This is my first restoration and not at all what I was planning to do when I bought the car in 2012. The slippery slope of "while we're here" lead me down this path, but I couldn't be happier. I have so many people to thank for helping me with this project. It's been very rewarding that so many friends and family have all had their hands in this thing at different stages. Also this community has a big part in it as well. The resources on this site were extremely helpful and useful as well as some vendors. I'm getting excited as the list is shorter than it is long, but still plenty to do. Here's some from earlier on and I will update with more. New quarters and tail panel had to go on after body was soda blasted. Damage from being hit in the back wrinkled both quarter panels enough that lots of bondo hid. Primed and ready to lay Riviera down. No single stage...i chose to go with clear coat too. First time I saw it in natural light Got it up on the lift after work to begin stripping the chassis down. I didn't go rotisserie, so with angle grinder above my head for countless I made a mess...LOL...3 nights of it while the shop was closed for that weekend. I had A LOT of cleaning to do. Next one will be rotisserie...will never make that mistake again. End result - worth the effort. POR-15'd the rocker areas for all those nooks and crannies. Put the Eastwood rust inhibitor in the frame rails, rockers, rear differential body support...basically anywhere there was a cavity. Undercoating applied Before it could get off the dolly, I had already addressed the suspension... Repaired and reinforced my front subframe. Then I had everything powder coated satin black. Powerflex street polys went everywhere. I had the detailers at our shop ceramic coat all of my suspension parts to make it easier to keep everything clean down the road (literally). I plan on driving this, so I wanted a way to keep the surfaces as clean as possible in a realistic way. Not that I'm going to be under there polishing it, but at least I can spray them down with a hose and knock off some dirt and road grime...polishing can maybe come later. Okay so I am a lunatic and also had them use some excess scrap PPF material on the rear subframe that faces forward to protect from chipping the powder coat. Rear wheel bearings packed before bolting up to the rear subframe. Subframes went up in order to get it off the dolly before hanging the body panels. The first night it came off the dolly. Hung the fenders and doors..then back to the body guy. Delivered it back to body with the help of this little dude who was also smiling at the sight of it looking the most car-like it had and in the sunlight. Next was to get it on the frame machine to make sure it was trued and then front fenders would get welded on above the headlights. Good thing because the nose was just slightly tweaked about a 1/2". Not a big deal for being on the road since the 70's. They got it corrected and then he finished up the front body work including the engine bay. Engine bay all done. Front fenders welded to the nose.
  11. Awesome dude! Looking forward to this one...
  12. Great stuff! I'm in NNJ as well. Hope to see yours out on the road!
  13. Got the axles in the car finally. Also started looming the wiring with the help of my lovely assistant.
  14. Tunnel is rear brakes. I too used the NC hardline. Not fun to do in the rear subframe areas with all of the twists and turns, but definitely worth keeping your fuel system up to date and healthy.


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