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  1. Thanks everyone for the great debate and suggestions here. If I decide to go the engine swap method, I'm leaning towards that later year M44's as they can produce up to 140 hp, and are relatively inexpensive to purchase. The rebuild might be a different story but..... Unless of course, there's someone out there that wants to trade my relatively rust free California car for a 75 or earlier that's in equal shape.
  2. No smart alec taken. This one is what I have and I've owned it for many years so, it's got a big place in my heart right now. The smog issues, to me, are part of owning the car and, i've accepted them. I want to see what others have done though, what fits nicely and how much more reliability and power they got. I completely understand the requirements that will come from doing this, not opposed to it either. One large detractor to staying with the m10 is that replacement parts for the smog equipment are getting harder and harder to come by. I would ultimately like to go with a mid-90's 4 cylinder motor, with all the smog equipment on it. Unless of course, a six will fit without too much cutting and modification. Anything I do, I want to be able to reverse.
  3. We're starting the restoration on the 2002 in the next few months and I'm starting to plan things out. From a completeness point of view, I'm going to get as close to 100% as possible, with regards to touching every nut, bolt, screw, panel, etc. My intent isn't to make it concourse but just a really nice driver. My question today revolves around the motor. I live in San Diego and my car is a '76 which means that I need to smog it every two years. I have a guy that can pass the sniffer, so long as it passes the visual, which, isn't a bad deal. It usually costs me around five to six hundred dollars to go through the process each time though. I was thinking that since I have to go through that every two years, why not pull the motor and replace it with something that will be rebuilt but much newer. I know that the S14 motor is the unicorn that everyone wants but, what other motors have people swapped out? I don't want extreme power, just good reliability with a bit more modern setup. I know I will still have to go to the state referee to get it through smog and such, but I wanted to see what others have done. Would an M44 motor (the 1.9L 4 cylinder from the Z3) be a good choice? Is there enough room for a 6 cylinder without having to cut things up? I'm interested in hearing your stories and thoughts on the subject. Thanks, Mike
  4. Hi Steve,

    I'm sure you've received plenty of emails already about this but, someone by the name of sultanbaba is spaming the forum post area big time right now.


    1. steve k.

      steve k.

      Removed.  thanks for letting me know

  5. So, I got curious and called them because I do not want to be overstepping any boundaries here. The gentlemen I just spoke to said everything that needs to be replaced, ie worn parts, internally are replaced. Including the worm gear. If you're interested, I can post the look and feel of the unit and how the car drives after the installation on Monday.
  6. I'll dig deeper into it and find out the details. I'm with you on the price for the unit because his exact words were "we machine all new parts, worm gear and such" and it sounds too good to be true but, I've never had anything but good experiences there. I'll report back on Monday.
  7. Not sure but, they said that "they" machine new pieces, cnc I would guess. I asked them specifically because I didn't want to buy a steering box that had just been refreshed with new seals, etc. From what it sounds like, they sub the rebuild of the box out to a vendor. I can try to get additional information but they might not be very forthcoming with that level of info.
  8. I just bought one from 2002ad that had everything replaced with newly machined parts (worm gear, etc...) for $300.00 plus a $95.00 core. It's being installed on Monday by my mechanic because it's not a job I am equipped to handle by myself at home. I can let you know the R&R time on Tuesday, if you are still interested. I have not seen the replacement part yet because it was shipped directly to my mechanic but, if it's like anything else I've had done by 2002ad, it should be a quality piece.
  9. just goes to show you that all the money in the world can't by taste. It makes you wonder what, just a portion of, their daily thoughts are.....
  10. I've purchased both front and rear for my '76 from Bavarian Autosport. I was able to get a hand painted front one from them. Both were reasonably priced around $40.00 each (give or take, I can't remember 100%) a couple of years ago.
  11. I'm going to agree here with everyone. They look really good! Both as just seats, and in the car. I'm envious....
  12. Hi guys, Does anyone have a e21 basket weave wheel, that's in reasonably good shape, for sale? Last year, one of the other local 02 guys gave me a set of 4 lug e21 basket weave wheels that he was going to scrap. I really dig on the look and have them on the car but, one of them is bent and it's probably time to start looking around for a replacement. If anyone has one, or more for sale, please let me know. I would like to take it / them off of your hands. Mike
  13. Thinking about this, I do remember hearing about it a very long time ago. I didn't realize it was still an option, albeit one for the "not faint of heart" I'm sure. Thanks for posting that out.
  14. That is a very nice car and was presented in a really good way. It's a '76 and appears to be a California car so, I wonder what they had to do to get that engine to pass smog/registration. I get pulled through the ringer everytime I take my car in for it's smog test (which is a '76 also) and if there are ANY mods to the motor that I forgot to take off, it's immediately failed. I like the euro turn signals and the body flares as well. I'm neck deep in to the restoration of my 914 but, once it's done, my 02 is going on the rack for a complete restore. I might consider the flares and signals then. Beautiful car......
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