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  1. Happy Anniversary, Mike! Thanks again for the video! https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmw02/permalink/10157067862509076/
  2. Repaired the front subframe by welding in reinforcement plates--one for the driver's side motor mount (which was cracked), and the other for the center bottom of the subframe (which was all bent up from car jack use). Also fixed a bent and broken tow eye; we're guessing they were both bent inwards when connected with a tow strap. Many thanks to Ken Calardo for the welding! Video here. Disassembling the steering box required the use of a pneumatic pickle fork to hammer off the pitman arm. Then, while trying to remove the two seals, I was (unintentionally) trying to tear apart the seals instead of removing them; oops. I had read about the metal inside the seals and had removed those—but I had removed only the springs, not the frames. Once I understood this, I simply yanked the seals out with Vise-Grips. Now on to the soaking and cleaning of all of the bits…
  3. The shirts are finished and have shipped! Thanks to all who ordered. Some extra shirts are available here. More photos Shirt printing video
  4. As we start a new season of work on the car, a look back on two years of fun. Video by Sarah: https://www.facebook.com/FountainSquareRoundie/videos/1817886841623222/ Also, last chance on the "factory color" shirt orders: https://fountainsquareroundie.com/shop/
  5. Shirts are Gildan Ultra Cotton, their heaviest weight. The emblem artwork will be printed with traditional silk screen with five colors--white, black and three greys. For the suspension, yes, we're looking at the Blunt refresh package. Everything on ours is shot. Since we have the old-style stock 13" wheels, we'll probably keep the brakes stock--rebuilding the calipers and replacing everything else. Would vented fronts fit? For the back, friends gave us some 320i drum upgrade parts.
  6. My daughter and I are selling 2002 "factory color" shirts to raise money for a big parts buy. (Suspension, brakes, etc.) All the colors, all the sizes! Pre-orders only, until August 31, 2018. Shirts will ship in September. Order here
  7. We dropped the rear subframe mainly because of the cut axles; our theory is that a salvage yard did that in order to roll the car around with a seized differential. (There is great freedom in working on a car that was rescued from the crusher!) Both the differential in the car and the extra diff that came with the car are not usable; the former barely turns (confirming our theory) and the extra one turns freely but has chipped gears (see photo). At a Rivertown Gear Busters parts swap we had picked up five used axles; two have the 3+3 bolt pattern, so we'll raid all five to get two axles that will work. Many thanks to Dave Guard for the media blasting. We're having fun in this "messy" phase while looking forward to the final cleaning and painting of the subframe bits.
  8. Ah, indeed. I just checked it again and there's actually two cracks--the other one isn't visible in these photos.
  9. We decided to drop the front subframe because everything needs sorted and one of the control arms is bent. After some cleaning, we’re now inspecting the subframe for cracks and so far it looks okay. (But we’re also looking at the reinforcement options.) Are there any other problems here we should be looking for? And how important is it to replace the idler arm bushings? I’m reading about how the new (blue) ones don’t fit well on early cars, and ours is an early 1971.
  10. Started six months of Vintage Prep with a gathering of local 02 friends. And a Mike Self gif!
  11. We got the engine out and really like the nifty side-mounting on the engine stand. Not sure what we'll do engine-wise, but now it’s on to the engine bay and the sorting of many systems. Last photo: “sweet child.”
  12. Windshield broken long ago; my daughter just liked photographing it. As for The Vintage, this was our second year as spectators. Next year we'll hopefully drive our project car and stay in Asheville and meet more people.
  13. After removing the head (which seems okay), we put it back on and torqued it down--just to see if the blockage reappeared. It did not. So, the mysterious blockage is gone, and we're debating what to do next. Options include having the head gone through, swap in a used head, swap in a used engine, or go through both the head and the bottom end. Whatever we do, at least we have a new cooling system ready. While our car was offline, there were two highlights--doing the design for Rob Siegel's book "Ran When Parked" (we had visited him in Louisville when he worked on "Louie"), and tracking Jason Gipson's '75 Verona build. Many thanks to Jason for letting us borrow the Beer Snob for our trip to The Vintage!
  14. We first removed the oil pan to have a look around the underside, but everything there seemed in order (apart from a loose oil pump chain). We then removed the head, and yes--that was the source of the blockage. Now to examine the head...
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