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  1. Wow, awesome!! Congrats A-Dub, she looks like a beauty! COOP
  2. 😴 😴 😴 💤 💤 💤 💤 😴 😴 😴
  3. I recommend The Bide-a-Wee Inn & Cottages in Pacific Grove. It is clean, reasonable and perfectly located a minute from the beach. I just stayed there for a week: http://www.bideaweeinn.info/ Have fun!
  4. Haha! For maximum effect, you need more than one “a” as in ”whaaambulance.” Roger’s tii consists of exactly one employee, namely...Roger, so there’s no “they.” He does seem to consistently bring a different, attractive female helper with him to every Brisbane show, go Roger! I’ll concede, it took me awhile to get accustomed to Roger’s extremely terse & succinct style of communication...but, generally speaking, he’s a good egg that provides a great service to the community. And yes, he should have taken care of you...
  5. Nothing but flawless transactions with Roger over many years and dozens of orders. He’s not exactly “Mr. Personality” in his personal demeanor, especially on the phone, but I’m looking for parts when I call him and can relate to his New England dryness. Two sides to every story, wish we could hear his. I’ll also say, respectfully, that I often feel wistfully nostalgic when reminiscing about the days long gone by when people didn’t feel the need to complain on a public forum every time they felt a minor slight. Yeah, I know, “the internet.”
  6. While I agree that original seats look great, they are useless when it comes to supporting your body against even moderately hard cornering forces. I believe that most people install bolstered sport seats for the same reason that BMW offered an OEM Sport Seat option, namely because they like to drive “spiritedly” on winding roads.
  7. COOP

    Front End

    That’s a very impressive front support structure, nicely done! However, it would add a LOT more functional strength if it were welded-in vs bolted, no different than with a cage. Yes, I do fully understand the benefits of making it removable. In any event, thanks for sharing! COOP
  8. It was a great time! Cool cars, nice people, perfect weather...what more could you ask for?
  9. Very impressive and incredibly thorough write-up! Nicely done and I look forward to following your build as it evolves! COOP
  10. Crappy thing to go through. I would speak to the owner again, heavily bluff your importance/connections in the automotive universe and calmly advise that if he doesn’t make this right, you will do everything in your power to reflect this experience on his reputation (Yelp, BBB, other online review sites, posts on automotive forums, etc). That’s your best leverage in this day & age. If he doesn’t make any attempt to address your loss in a meaningful way, follow through with your threat to the best of your ability. As far as legal avenues, taking him to court, surveillance footage, etc, I wouldn’t even bother. I get everyone here wanting to vicariously feel your shining defeat over an outrageous injustice, but who has the time or brain cells for all that? Moreover, you don’t reside in the area...and you’d probably lose anyways as it will quickly become a “he said, she said” deal. Better to just slam the s**t out of him and move on with life. Good luck with the black coil and sorry this happened.
  11. Dramatically different market today (for most classics/collectibles) vs even 2-3 years ago. Great time to be a buyer, not so much if you have to sell now. Having said that, I still thought this would do $15-20K more.
  12. Spoken like the true owner of a no-sunroof, original color car...Keep believing! Driving down a windy road in a 2002 with both windows and the sunroof open is...the ultimate. The whole “just another thing to go wrong” line may have relevance to massaging seats in a new 7-Series but hardly to a sunroof in a 2002. As someone who works for one of the most reputable, high-end collectible car outfits in the country (Fantasy Junction in Emeryville), I can tell you with an actual knowledge basis that color changes from-original have no negative bearing on value and can potentially have a very positive one if three attributes are in place: 1. The job was done right; 2. The new color is generally considered more attractive & desirable than the original color; 3. The new color is a correct option for the year & model.
  13. Well, the biggest “difference” is, here’s a car that can actually be thoroughly enjoyed as intended without neurotically obsessing about rock chips or undercarriage grime. It looks like a very nice car that would be both fairly bought and sold somewhere in the $50-65K range. I personally couldn’t deal with no-sunroof on any 2002, it’s just such an integral part of 02ing pleasure...but that’s just me.
  14. They must have purchased that battery down at the local bazaar.

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