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About neueklasse

  • Birthday 03/26/1951

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Portland, Oregon USA
  • Interests Devices that move: bicycles; motorcycles; cars; et al. I like to work on them and I like to use them. I have mostly "vintage" stuff, though my wife's Miata somehow turned out to be one of the few with factory tuned suspension, LSD, and the other homologated goodies.

    I owned a automotive repair shop for a couple of decades until I sold it, so I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. In my twenties and thirties, I worked at a dealership where I earned BMW Certified Master Technician status -- first on motorcycles, then automobiles.

    Currently, I have a slew of old bicycles, a few motorcycles (R100RS/MS, V7Sport and V50 Monza Guzzis), and about a dozen old cars (Alfa Giuliettas, a Toyota TE38, a '61 Rambler convertible, a '30 Model A, a '15 Model T Speedster and some trucks, as well as a 2000TI and a retched 2000CS).

    I am somewhat cursed with property maintenance responsibilities, so I also try to enjoy carpentry and plumbing, in addition to being a pretend electrician.

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  1. Ken, Beautiful fabrication! My needs are quite a bit more pedestrian, but huge kudos for the craftsmanship. And, in Central Oregon, at that! Bill
  2. neueklasse

    Hundreds of 2002 and 2002 Tii Rare Parts

    Looking for a very nice, late 2002 ('74-'76) manual trans shift lever. Also, a nice original shift knob. Do you have any 2000 CS or 1800/2000 TI parts? Thanks, Bill
  3. I know this car. It belongs to Mike O'Hara, who has successfully done business as an independent BMW repair facility for forty+ years, on NE Cully, in Portland, Oregon. Mike is an eccentric fellow who, with advancing years, has had to make some hard decisions about what he can handle in the projected future. [I am about fifteen minutes behind!] If you need a 2000CA, this deserves an inspection. Imagine that you owned a nice original car, that needed a total restoration. What would that cost? How long would it take? You can drive this car, tomorrow. I just happened to buy a 1973 3.0CS from him about eight years ago. It was a very nice car. He had grafted Weber carbs on and dialed the car in. One electric window lift failed on my test drive and he immediately lowered the price. A two-owner, rust-free car for a very fair price, I was happy. He is honest, fair and straight up. But, he does not suffer fools gladly. He is very, very hard of hearing, but do not interpret that as slow-witted. He does not need to sell stuff, and sends 75% of potential buyers walking. He is looking for the next caretaker for his toys. Ask questions, keep your opinions to yourself, emphasize your interest as preserving the car for the next generation, and count out hundred dollar bills across the hood. Play your cards right, and drive home in an splendid 2000CA. Two cents...
  4. Thanks for the thoughtful replies. The car came to me with very, very stiff, short springs. The ride was harsh and the camber terrible. It was apparently to have been hotrodded in the past by someone who also switched the carbs to Webers and put some kind of 14", wide steel wheels on for 205s. I am okay with the DCOE 40s, but trying to make the suspension work better. Because I have no stock springs, I am using modern aftermarket replacements. I installed some 2002 front springs, yesterday and was going to tear the rear apart today, but am sidetracked by some bushings that have perished, a bad control arm, and stuck pistons in a caliper! Have to rectify those issues while I am focused on the front end. The pictures of 2002 front bars look suspiciously like the 17mm one on my car, though similar appearances have fooled me in the past! There is no rear bar on my car. I will try to find some pictures and see how one might be rigged. Meanwhile I only have 2 1/2 days to get this thing ready for a 1500 mile classic car adventure. Off to free up sticky pistons and secure parts... Bill
  5. Peter, I would be happy to find some stock TiSa springs, as well as the Vogtland matched set. I have no overt prejudice about any given ride height. There seems to have been an evolution towards slightly lower heights when improving performance for the street, which is understandable. The TiSa springs appear to be lower when looking at pictures of the parts manual. Certainly, the part numbers are different. I have not enquired about TiSa spring availability from the dealer. Seems like a long shot, though. I have yet to talk with a supplier who has a bigger front bar. I am not a huge believer in big rear bars and have removed them completely in the past, so I have no intention of going up in the rear without any changes in the front. Where did you get your 28mm bar, Peter? I am a rank newb around these cars, so am ignorant of many nuances. There are constant references to changes made in the front subframe, with a hint that 1600TI/1800TI and 2000TIs are different. I don't know when the changes might have been made, nor what they entailed. Heresay suggests that a '68 2000TI might have most of the same front suspension, subframe, etc as a 2002. Is that possible? I have pored over some of the archives here, and am unresolved. If I had a '68 2002 to lift, beside the Ti, I would make some comparisons. Failing that, I am "depending upon the kindness of strangers." And, that is not French philosophy! Going to fit some H&R 2002 springs over the existing Konis in the front, and failing alternatives, sample some E9 springs in the rear, as an experiment. Have to shed some camber and get that ass off the ground, somehow! Bill P.S. The local dealer just called back and says he struck out on finding any TiSa springs within the system...
  6. Thank you for your input. Your setup sounds like the compromise I seek. The car came to be very, very stiff and low. I am trying to get it up and level. An inch, or two, drop in ride height is great, as long as the ride is compliant and the wheels stay on the ground as much as possible. Slightly quicker turn-in would be nice. I looked around for a bigger front bar, thinking a 02 would work, but, I am told by a couple of folks (Ben at La Jolla for one) that the 02 bar will not work. Does Vogtland make F&R springs for a Neue Klasse 4dr? I can't find any catalogue listing for such things. What specific part numbers are you using on your 1800? Where did you get them? How would I know if my '68 has an 02 front subframe? Thanks, Bill
  7. I don't like the aftermarket springs that came with my NK sedan. Has anyone determined an appropriate street/sport combination? I already know that 2002 H&R springs are not the ticket! Someone said that 2002 fronts and E9 rears will work. Is that correct? Any experienced advice would be most appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help...