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About TG2k2

  • Birthday 11/28/1978

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  1. A couple of years ago I would have thought, “that’s nice... it’s almost done” but having gone through most of what you’ve gone through to get where you are, I have to say congrats on reaching what is a MAJOR milestone in the restoration of your Alpina! Looking forward to seeing a fresh coat of Verona on there (assuming you’re keeping it original)!!
  2. Sorry! I just couldn’t help myself...
  3. I just went through this with my 02. Obviously need to do the typical due diligence... check for bad relays, insecure wires, bad leads, any sort of corrosion or funniness around grounding points or on the connection from the battery to the starter. IIIRC the alternators on E30s are internally regulated (don’t quote me on that). If they are not then check that the voltage regulator hasn’t quit on you. If nothing shows up have the alternator tested as well as the battery. Not sure what size you are using and/or which cars the battery is known to work with, but it’s possible you’re not getting enough power to start the E30. However, the one thing that screams alternator to me, aside from having access to what is supposedly a good battery, is the fact that it’s doing nothing when you start it now (those last few attempts to turn it over may have been the alternator’s last remaining breaths). I had the same symptoms when my 02 decided to stop turning over and it ended up being a bad alternator (my installation of an overly enthusiastic audio system a week prior obviously didn’t help matters![emoji2957]). Sorry you’re having to deal with this. It can be a pain in the rear. I’m also sorry that I live on the East Coast and can’t give you a hand. I’ll cross my fingers that a local vintage BMW enthusiast and all-around good do’er will see this post and offer to come by and give you a hand... Good luck, Esty!!!
  4. Put me down for Bristol... a beautiful color that came on the earlier 1600s!
  5. @boneylee - you may want to check with member @Seb. He has quite a few Touring parts and may have the latch you’re looking for. I would also check Walloth & Nesch if you haven’t already!
  6. Looks great Paul! Man I love Bristol... it doesn’t have the flashiness that colors like Inka or Mintgrün have, but there really is nothing like seeing a Bristol 02 on the road. It’s nice to see Lily getting some love. Keep greasing up that elbow. Soon enough Lily will be breaking hearts all over town! [emoji16]
  7. @BLUNT - Happy Birthday Steve! Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness. Thank you for taking care of us, one car at a time, and for being the good-hearted enthusiast that we have all come to know. For those that don’t know... Steve is one of the most stand-up car enthusiasts you will ever meet. He’s friendly. He's knowledgeable. He’s outgoing. He will do just about anything to help a fellow enthusiast out. Steve is a genuine, old-school, car enthusiast/business man who puts his love of cars, and people, before anything else. If you are in need of parts for your 1600/2002 (or other BMW) and haven’t spoken with him yet, please do. It’s people like Steve that made this community what it is. The least we can do is support him! *** Disclaimer: I am not related to Steve. I don’t work for him at BLUNT. I am just an 02 enthusiast who happens to know good people when I see them.
  8. I came across a piece about a year ago that the seller claimed was in good shape. Even the pics looked good. He sent it to me and i opened it to find what looked like rolled up tin foil with black paint on it. It was an original piece but WAY beyond salvageable. It wasn’t cheap but fortunately I was able to get reimbursed for the misleading sale. If you do come across any, and I truly hope you do, make sure you get lots of pictures and do not pay for it through any method that cannot be retracted/reimbursed. There are plenty of scumbags out there these days (especially with the prices of 02s being where they’re at!). Just be careful... ... and most of all - good luck in your search!!!
  9. Dave sells individual pieces from his 5-speed conversion kit and tends to keep things as OEM in appearance as possible. I would get in touch with him and see what he has... https://www.2002parts.com/bmw/5-speed-trans.html
  10. I have the front half of a set of H&Rs that were never used. I purchased them from a forum member for around $50 but ended up going a different direction (more like stock set up) and don’t need them. Unfortunately, it’s only the front pair but if you’re interested let me know and I’ll send you some pics.
  11. I’m really digging the idea of the Webasto-style roof. You’re right. It’s so far from original that it is the perfect car to do this to. That, or turn it in to an early-style cabrio. You only live once, right??? Oh, and by the way... don’t sell the Beaconwood car short. That 80lbs you mentioned is some seriously high-end “they don’t make it like they used to” audiophile-quality gear that is worth every ounce it adds to the car. I can remember when I first got the car, driving home from the pick-up location on I-95,l when “Bohemian Rhapsody” came on. Needless to say I turned it up... wayyyy up and did my take on the infamous Wayne’s World scene. That audio system would make your ears bleed before even the slightest bit of distortion began making you think you’ve pushed it past its limits. You don’t really expect that in a car that left the factory with absolutely no intention of having an audio system put in it! Anyhow, I really hope you’re able to get that roof situation sorted out to your liking. I am sure you’ll figure something out. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be much better than it is now. Oh, and as I said before, if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. I have way more parts than I need at the moment so I’m happy to do what I can. Also, my wife will thank you (which means she’ll be happy, so I’ll thank you too) for getting this “junk” out of our garage... and attic... and storage room... and basement. [emoji2957]
  12. Looks like the bubbling has gotten worse... bummer. I’m really sorry to see that! Is the sunroof still rubbing/scraping when you open it? It used to drive me nuts but it seemed like every time I washed the roof the paint sort of came back to life (like it was just the clear getting slowly sanded off, leaving dust on the sunroof panel that would get washed away with a little water). Did you speak with Nate about it by any chance? Fortunately, it’s easy enough for them to swap the roof panel (and paint-match it) without doing a full repaint. When I took the car up there we discussed it. Back then he was suggesting I buy a shell and move everything over (given it wasn’t matching numbers to begin with). It was also a lot cheaper to find a painted shell at that time... they seem to be getting harder and harder to find (and by that I mean it’s getting harder and harder to find someone selling/advertising a nice rust-free shell that is being honest in their description of it!!!). A friend of mine was recently sold a “rust-free” shell only to receive what he called a “POS”. That was putting it lightly too. It needed new frame rails, floor pans, and various other bondo’d spots redone... it’s disgusting to think that there are people out there claiming cars like this to be “rust free”. Even worse, it seems to be happening more and more as the greedy folks come out of the woodworks trying to cash in while the market is hot. While I’m on the topic, if there is anyone out there who is not quite sure what “rust-free” means, let me clarify for you... A “rust-free” car, shell, or body panel is one that has absolutely no rust on it. There is no wiggle room there. For example, the statement, “it only has a little bit of surface rust” does not qualify it as “rust-free”. If there was previous rust that was improperly treated, that does not qualify it as “rust-free”. Slapping some lipstick (i.e., bondo, filler and a coat of paint) on your pig (i.e., rusty-ass car, shell, or body panel) does not qualify as being treated, and certainly does not mean it’s “rust-free”. In other words, anything other than RUST-FREE sheet metal is NOT rust-free!!!! Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now and with that I will wish you good luck. If there is anything I can do to help out please don’t hesitate to let me know. I would love to see Cath’s vision of 02-perfection find its way back to its former glory!!! [emoji16]
  13. Do you own a 1600ti by chance? [emoji16]
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