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  1. It looks like you went to visit Beverly Hills Car Club. NOT the place to buy from, fun to browse but they definitely flip rusty cars for too much money. There’s a decent Malaga roundie for sale on CL in SoCal just about once a month if you can hold out for the right one...
  2. The past few days I’ve spent with my aunt in McNeal, Az. Rolf made it all the way down here. Before that, I broke down 3 more times, guys. I couldn’t figure it out, the battery kept dying even though I swapped it out in Flagstaff. I pulled into a gas station in the middle of nowhere on Navajoland and the car wouldn’t start back up. Hmm, alternator? I got a jump start from some Samaritan and continued on confused. Fast forward another three hours and I need gas again just outside of Phoenix, 20 mins from a friends house. I pull into the station feeling dread at the idea of the car not starting again. It didn’t. I looked under the hood and saw the issue. And I see an issue, the alternator indicator light wire had pulled off... the spade ripped from the wire and just dangling there. Ok. Luckily, I happened to be next to a dude who said he was a mechanic. He has some electrical stuff in his truck and he soldered me a new wire. (Of course this issue isn’t what’s wrong but at the time it was the only issue I could see.) Car still won’t start on its own but I’m feeling ok and trying to drive the rest of the way to my friends house to figure it out in the morning. It was dark and getting late. I got back on the freeway hoping to make it 20 mins to my friends place. 5 mins later all my lights went out and I was forced to pull over at the next exit. WTF was happening? Car won’t start, lights are out. New battery is dead 5 hrs after I swapped in a new one. Then I see the issue I missed when at the gas station a few moments before. The ground wire on the alternator is completely broken off. Only two lonely eyelets remained with nothing to connect them. So obviously my alternator was charging at all. I didn’t have a ground wire or eyelets or a crimper in my toolkit. Well, time for AAA and a tow truck. Two hours later I pulled up to my friends house. I had missed dinner and the kids He’s had since I’ve seen him and I wanted to meet are asleep. The next morning I get a jump to autozone to get some wire kit and then another jump to a mechanic’s my friend says he trusts near by. I’ve been kinda disappointed in all the break downs, so I agreed to bring it to the mechanic rather than get the supplies at autozone and do it myself. As I’m making this decision I have a sinking feeling that the mechanic wasn’t going to understand old cars and I should just do it myself. In the end, that was the case. The guys at the shop couldn’t care less that I was trying to get on my way, there were 3 brake jobs in front of me. I tried to be patient and went to a diner and ate with people twice my age. Impatient, I called Ken Blasko a couple of times to go over the logic of the problem. I walked back to the shop and they hadn’t touched my car. So I asked a young mechanic if I could quickly use his wire strippers and crimper. I made up my ground wire, even tho my wire I bought was red not black or brown as I later remembered it should have been. I asked them to use their portable battery charger. I jumped the car and asked the guys to see if the alternator was charging. Finally, it was. It felt good to go through this experience. Even though I was sick of making mistakes, I still knew/cared more about my cars issue than random guys at an auto shop. I should trust myself a bit more in the future... I drove down to see my aunt in South AZ and have hung out here the past two days enjoying the quiet and the sunsets. Yesterday, I took the care into the incredible Chiricahuas and Rolf did well. Today I’m going to attempt to make it all the way back to LA, a 9hr something drive. Headed out now. Wish me luck. Zion
  3. Boy, is it great to have friends in the 2002 community! Thanks to help from my network I was able to fix the issue. The shift rod had disconnected from the transmission. Not the platform as initially thought. What’s strange is the pin was still in the sleeve end even tho the ball was naked? Did the pin shimmy out of the ball and then slip back into the sleeve? Super unlikely but can’t think of another reason why that’d be. In any case, I jacked up the car, crawled underneath and struggled with it for 30 mins until I finally connected the two again. I rotated the sleeve so the pin holes were covered and it would fall out again. I’m just happy I can be on my way tomorrow, fingers crossed.
  4. Welp, shifter linkage came off in my hand just leaving St. George. Thankfully I’m only 10 mins from my buddy’s house, waiting for the tow truck. I called my old timer friend Tommy Cleaves, he kinda walked me through what I’ll be trying to do tonight. He thinks the shift plate just came off and I was having a hard time shifting out of 3rd cuz I had no leverage. The 8mm Allen bolts are hopefully still attached. if anyone has any advice about how to make sure I do it correctly, it’d be super appreciated. All in all, I’m surprised I’m not more bummed, but trying to keep it positive. If I can’t do it myself I think I’ll try getting towed to back to sin city bmw and from there south to Arizona to get back on track with my map.
  5. Transmission issue: I was able to get under the car at a lube place in St. George and had my buddy shift through the gears as I filmed this video. We didn't see anything in the way or any issues with the linkage... hmmm. Didn't see anything in the way, but I don't know a ton about transmisions yet, tbh. See video below of the car shifting smoothly through gears from below. The starting/battery issue, does seem to be the starter itself. I checked the connections, retightened everything and now it *seems* to be working. Could it be the solenoid thats the issue? Its a new starter off the shelf, bummer if there's issues with it already. This morning I did a quick drive through Snow Canyon outside St. George to test it. It drove smooth and started up a number times. No issues, so fingers crossed it stays that way. I think the plan is to just continue on with my plans. I don't feel like giving up or turning back right now. Headed to Zion and then southeast into New Mexico... File from iOS.MOV
  6. Ok, so TL;DR is I had my first couple of issues with Rolf today on Day 2. Luckily both of them happened after I had already reached my friend's house in St. George, Utah. First there's maybe something wrong with power to my starter. Second, 3rd gear got stuff in position twice while driving and wouldn't release for nearly a minute. Here's some details: 1. After 350-400 miles of driving without issue, I pulled into my buddy's house in St. George and turned off the car for about 10 mins. When I got back into the car to drive us to lunch just moments later, I tried starting it it sounded like the battery was dying, the engine turned over a few times, but then I just heard the clicking noise of the starter, nothing else doing. I tried again and nothing. My friend jumped me with his car and it started right up. We went to lunch about 10 mins of driving away. Afterwards, of course, it wouldn't start again and we had to get jumped. Actually we had to get jumped twice, because after I started the car the first time it died at idle... But it wasn't the battery, because the headlights and dash lights would still work. I called a friend and had some solutions texted to me from friends and I think maybe I've narrowed it down to an issue with this new lightweight starter that was installed just before the trip. Its not the S14 starter but similar. Maybe its the solenoid? I doubled checked the wiring... and now it's starting. But I couldn't even get a click going when it was feeling like it was dead. I'm a bit stumped, but I'm praying it'll start at least long enough to get down to Farmington, NM to see IRDave's guy Brian at Speedin' Motorsports... I was gonna put the old stock starter in the trunk just in case, but I felt was too heavy... 2. The second problem has happened twice, both times during the same timeline as the problem above. When driving and in 3rd gear preparing to downshift or stop, the shifter gets *stuck*, like fully stuck in the 3rd gear position. I tried pulling on it pretty hard but its stuck in that position, then seemingly magically, it releases and I can shift into all gears and neutral. I had come to a stop in a turn lane in traffic in St. George on my way back from lunch and cars were behind me. While getting ready to turn, I realized I couldn't get into 1st gear to accelerate across the oncoming traffic. I tried and tried to get the gear out of position. Eventually I had to just let the clutch out and the car died in the turn lane... with the start problem happening I was stalled out with cars lining up behind me. The car wouldn't start at all. Thankfully, the good townspeople got out of their cars and helped push me out of across traffic to the side of the road. Any ideas what could be up with the trans? Here's some photos of before all this stuff happened. Overall it was 97% a fantastic day of driving in incredible landscapes.
  7. Today was Day 1. I left Los Angeles just after morning rush hour at headed up to Lancaster, CA, about 1.5 away. Nice little drive to shake out Rolf's legs. There's a guy up there called Matchstick. Yes, Matchstick. He is in the middle of nowhere. He's commandeered an old airplane fabrication shop. It's awesome. I know of him from a friend who's big into the Custom American Van scene. He actually runs Custom Vanner Magazine. He is also a metal and fabrication wizard. I was only there for a short visit but in that time he dropped all sorts of knowledge and I could just barely keep up with what he was talking about triple welding chevy replica brake calipers... See a few pics... As I left Matchstick's, I got my first lesson of the trip. If you see a gas station and you are at half a tank, refill! I feel some pangs of anxiety as I continued to empty my tank on super straight nobody-in-sight back roads. I was 35 miles from a gas station, luckily, it wasn't so bad and I made it, but lesson learned. Eventually I made it to the civilized path of the 15 east and drove to Las Vegas for my first night. Not where I'd normally want to go, but I was invited to make a pit stop by Chris at Sin City BMW. Those guys are the ones who built that ridiculous "X2" off-road 2002, that patina NK with a modern 6 series drive line, and the 8 series convertible, if you've seen those images around. They also do really nice 2002 and E30 restorations. Chris is a buddy of my friend Ken Blasko and it was really friendly of him to show me around the shop and talk cars, even while customers were showing up at closing time. Cool folks. Tonight is actually my first time in Las Vegas. I'm not sure I like it, but I got a fancy hotel room for cheap via some app. Tomorrow I'll either drive to Salt Lake City to see friends, then to St. George. Or I'll skip Salt Lake all together because its 3:40 out of my way... Rolf performed well, knock on wood. More tomorrow, for now a few pics from today. Thanks for all the responses, I'm taking the winter weather warnings seriously, I appreciate the look out... Yego Images, typically I prefer to overpost images on my Instagram stories @hellayego but here's a few random ones from today There are 20 vans and/or carcasses at Matchstick's place. This one he painted and turned the side door into a gullwing using his own fiberglass mold. Rolf at the turn off for Lake Los Angeles Apparently Sin City BMW has the NOS back up flares for the Jagermeister race car. These were in some junior bmw technicians basement in Chicago until Chris found them.
  8. Heading out of LA this morning, feeling somewhat prepared. Got my spares, got my snacks, a boombox and a good attitude. Thank you again for the well wishes, I’ll post progress as interesting things happen or don’t.
  9. Thanks all for the suggestions. I’ve incorporated some of them into my plans already. Packing up tonight and off tomorrow. I’ll post here my progress day to day.
  10. Greetings FAQers, I'm leaving LA and going on a road trip tomorrow in my 1975 2002, Rolf. It's the first time I've gone on a trip solo in over well over a decade and I'm pumped/a bit anxious. I'm been working since I was 15 and I'm about to turn 37. I feel the time for me to do certain things starting slip away. So, I quit my job last week and fixed it that I don't start my new job until March 16th. I figure I have about 7-8 days to drive around a part of the country I've always wanted to visit in a car that is a blast to drive. Lucky guy. While I've planned a good amount of the route I'll be taking, (you can see my map here), but I'm very open to suggestions and recommendations. I plan to leave early to take a big 7-8 day loop going first NE from Lancaster, past Barstow on the 15 E then past the town of Zzyzx, CA and detour around until I hit Las Vegas. I'll give a visit to Chris at Sin City BMW, who's always been friendly. I'll likely find a place to stay overnight outside the city and then the next day head to St. George, Utah after a visit to Hoover Dam and/or Lake Mead and/or Valley of Fire. I'll see an old friend in St. George, then visit Zion National Park, somewhere I've always wanted to go. Then North to see some new internet friends in Provo, UT. Any recommendations for food, sights, roads, refuge, etc is very appreciated as I don't know much about this area. I'll head Southeast from Provo to Arches National Park and then continue to the very southwestern tip of Colorado before crossing over at the Four Corners. It'll likely be touristic there but I've always wanted to go. I'll be driving through Navajo and Zuni land and reading Joe Leaphorn books the whole time for any of the nerds out there. Then to Santa Fe, where I don't know anyone, south to Albuquerque, then southwest to the Gila National Forest. Then back east to Truth or Consequences, NM, where an old mentor of mine lives. It seems like a cool town from what I understand. After a short visit with my friend, I'll head west for the last time into Arizona on the 10 W before dropping down south to the 80. I'll end up right on the border, 5 miles away, in Douglas, AZ, where my aunt lives. She build her adobe home herself in the late 70s. It is the literal middle of nowhere, very surreal for a city boy like myself. I'll stay with her for a few days in her geodesic dome that serves as a guest house... she's the cool aunt. Then back on the road through Tombstone, Tucson, and Tempe. I'll hit Scottsdale for the sole purpose of visiting the fancy Otto car club for fun. I plan to head out of there on the 8 west to Yuma, then into California again and north on the 86 past the Salton Sea. After that it's back to LA and real life. Maybe hit Joshua Tree or Palm Springs before reality hits, but it winds down right around here. That's all I got. Again, ANY RECOMMENDATIONS APPRECIATED for automotive museums, fun routes, all kinds of food, nice coffee(!), cool wine/beer things, nature, science, history, archaeology, weird, novelty, WHATEVER. This trip is a chance for me to be with myself, in my car, at peace with the beautiful country around me... but I'll have plenty of that. So, if any other 02 drivers want to join for any portion of this trip, holler, I'm not precious. Again, here's the map. Thanks in advance, Yego P.S. Big shout out to the 02 folks that helped me be Rolf ready for this trip: @kbmb02 @CoastalCrush @MOJOJOY @BLUNT @Pierre @Forrest_KoogleWerks and my buddies Seth and Mark.
  11. Indeed you do, @mccusername But this sale is just about some spring cleaning and letting go of this rare interior so someone else can make use of it. Pms responded to. Ad is also posted on Facebook and CL, full transparency.
  12. FAQ friends, I have a cleaned up golden braun interior from a 1970 2002, originally in Nevada paint that had been sitting since 1984. I have front and rear seats, and front and rear uncut door cars. Chrome sides on the front seats are ok, passenger side seat is flaming a bit. Rears still have ashtrays. Both front and rear door cards still have their window felt and clips. Please see photos for condition and ask for whatever you don’t see. Or just come check them out this week in person. Pretty incredible for a survivor original interior, but definitely not perfect. Could very likely be restored. I also have some repairable front arm rests in golden braun as well that the purchaser can have. Rear arm rests are on there. I had plans to put this in my 69 but I’m going a different direction. They are a bit dusty after a year’s storage but I’ll wipe them down for whoever picks them up. Need them out of the garage to make room. Pick up only at my garage in Sylmar, just a few minutes north of LA, where the 405 meets the 5. I’m asking $800 OBO for the 8 interior pieces plus the arm rests. Please post and DM me if interested. Thank you, Yego
  13. My buddy's in Thailand and spotted these dusty Germans through a hole in the fence. It's not surprising that the 1600/02 is RHD, maybe it was from Australia, originally? Did BMW import 2002s to Southeast Asia as early as this car appears to be? Also, what is a US bumper E21doing in northern Thailand?
  14. Drove the 1975 02 early up the 405 north to the 118 west to the 126 west to the 150 up to Ojai, California. Phew. Had breakfast with a friend and hung around until it was an acceptable time to have a Topa Topa Brewery beer on a Sunday. Had a walk around, cute town. Then hit the famed Route 33 for some very fun canyon driving through Los Padres national park before turning off on Lockwood Valley Rd to the Frazier Park side then I-5 south back to LA. Got home at 2 and read about LED taillight blubs from superbright on the forum since apparently you can’t see me braking in daylight... problem. Cleaned out the taillight housing and replaced the blubs in the meantime until LED arrives. Decent improvement. Then I ran the 1969 car’s engine for a few minutes until I got bored and decided to take it down Pico and back around for a quick jog. Mashed it pretty hard while still respecting the neighborhood. Missed the super bowl entirely.
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