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  1. Last year, through a friend, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Egger, the creative genius behind Specialized Bicycles. He was an awesome guy, and I think this article describes him perfectly... https://rouleur.cc/editorial/egger-specialized-fun-creative-director/ Besides us both having an industrial design background, there was another common thread between us... BMW 02 ownership! Robert had recently completed his project car and I got the chance to get a look at it up close. He went for a more "race" inspired look but intended the car to be his commuter vehicle into the Specialized office. He considered other options - a Ford Focus RS or a Toyota Prius, but ultimately decided he wanted to build something unique for himself. He said he was surprised by how many "young kids" in the office were interested in the car when he drove it in for the first time. The car was also displayed at the Specialized tent in 2017(?) to launch a new Stumpjumper at the Sea Otter Classic. The car also showed up last summer at one of the Canepa Cars & Coffee events in Scotts Valley, CA. Robert has an amazing home and workshop, so completed most of the restoration work himself. I'm forgetting what exact year car he started with, but maybe someone on the forum can sleuth it from the photos. He wanted the interior to be stripped down and race inspired. The paint finish on the roll cage and floor pan is better than most have on the exterior! There was a story behind the tartan insert fabric as well, and he brought it home from a trip specifically for this build. It's also used beautifully in the trunk area. No back seats, but cool little "cubbies" he fabricated himself... An interesting solution to making those cute little bullet mirrors actually functional... Yup... when you're Robert friggin' Egger, you can even put your name on the valve cover... A very unique/bold/cool build. I hope it inspires all of you as much as it did me! Who wouldn't love to roll up to work in this?!!!
  2. BTW - I've been searching for the little plastic "Recaro" badges that press into the seat back. Thought I had a lead on a set from a dude in France, but he cancelled the order on me. Anyone know where I could find some?
  3. Thanks for the comments! Hoping the rest of the car lives up to them... 😂
  4. I've had a couple of questions about the seat upholstery on my project car, so I'll provide some additional details... First of all, the car came to me with a set of VW GTI Mk2 Recaros installed. I immediately loved the size and support of the seats, but the blue velvet just wasn't quite the look I had in mind. 😉 Given all the work ahead, it seemed kind of silly to target the seats as one of the first pieces to complete, but it really helped me "anchor" the rest of my choices. I spend some time looking around online for options to refurbish with specialists, but I wasn't looking for a typical re-upholstery and I worried that trying to explain what I was after would get lost in translation over the phone. Luckily, I found a local upholstery shop that was familiar with the seat type and had been doing customs and hot rods for some time - Tony at Brandt's Custom Upholstery. He had just moved to the Medford, Oregon area and was trying to get his business established so he had time to take on a "quick project" like this. In the end, I'm glad I decided to go this route as I was able to consult with an expert and review tens of samples of materials before making my final selection. Tony is tee'd up to complete the interior with matching carpeting, door card inserts, and a desperately needed re-build of the rear bench seat when it's time. Before... After... With the foam rebuilt and fresh upholstery, these things look and feel great. I don't have any experience with the other Recaro options out there, but it looks like the E21 seats are very similar and I'm sure make for a similarly awesome upgrade.
  5. Congratulations! Well done and oh so clean with the trim and bumper choices. Hope you enjoy the fruits of your labors and go for a drive this Memorial Day weekend!
  6. Thanks for the kind words! I'm excited to see it all come together.
  7. Some of the other parts I've collected for my "restoversion" of my 1968 1600-2. Picked up these custom 15" MIM wheels from the buy/sell section of the forum as the owner was upgrading to BBS basketweaves. I think the gunmetal centers and polished lips will work well with the Etna blue and provide a slightly more modern look as this is certainly not going to be a "period" correct restoration. I got a chance to check them out on chargin's car in the BMW corral at the historics at Laguna Seca before they got swapped and sent to me. It was great speaking with Garry, who answered a ton of questions and provided some great advice having done a pretty amazing restoration himself... My car came with VW Mk2 Recaros installed that I was pretty pleased with on comfort, so I had them reupholstered with a saddle-brown like leather (actually GM Khalahari) and a technical looking tweed center. I was a little nervous about how all the colors would look together, so the image on the right shows the major materials/finishes together. That's the all black 390mm Nardi steering wheel I'll be fitting to the car as well. Here's pretty much as far as I've gotten thus far, just mounting the driver's seat and thinking about the massive amount of work left to do! That's also a fully refurbished 3-piece dash that I just got back from JustDashes after about 3-4 months. My wife really likes it though! And we all know how important that is to completing a project... What do you think of the color choices thus far? Yay or nay?
  8. As reported in my first post, I intend to build my 1968 1600 into a full electric conversion while retaining the character of the car that we've all come to know and love. It's a great idea, and one that I owe much credit to my father for planting. My Dad has always been into British cars. He owned Triumphs, MG's, and even a XKE Jaguar when I was young. There were always projects in the garage and you always knew where to find Dad... Fast forward 20+ years, and he's still at it. This time, though, he decided he'd learn more about electric vehicle technology by converting a 1972 MGB-GT, one of his favorite British sports cars. It took about 3 years to complete the restoration and conversion, but in the end, he's got a daily driver that's more powerful than the original and certainly more reliable! He's taken it to the ReFuel races at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA twice now and while he's not scorching the track with new lap records, he's having a great time with it. He's running a 100hp permanent magnet motor with about 240Nm of torque coupled to the original 4-speed with a racing clutch. The lithium-ion battery back is courtesy of our former employer, Brammo, who got acquired by Cummins (yes, the diesel company) for their electrification strategy. He squeezed about the same size capacity battery pack as a 1st generation Nissan Leaf, and more than a Chevy Volt, all while keeping the curb weight to the original gas car's at ~2,300lbs. So... I guess you could say his car is the proof-of-concept for my conversion and certainly the lessons learned on that car will help keep us out of trouble on this one. As this is a blog about the BMW, I'll not cover much of the development of the MGB-GTe, but hit me up with a PM if you want to know more.
  9. Thanks for the interest!
  10. Hello, 2002FAQers! I've been lurking on the site for some time now since acquiring a 1968 1600-2 (VIN 1561262) about a year and a half ago. I've decided to start a blog based on the belief that someone out there might find my project somewhat interesting. Here goes... I'm converting the car to full electric. The 1602e was the first true BMW electric car, built in 1972 for support of the Munich Olympic games. These electric 1602s were the precursor to BMW's "i" division. So... you might call my car a kind of resto-mod / tribute to those original cars. For those unfamiliar with this little slice of 02 history, see video below... Before you get all bent out of shape about "destroying" a vintage car... this thing was a non numbers matching wreck to begin with. The best I can tell, most of the driveline was swapped with later model 02 or e21 parts and the car had been used a trackday car more so than a daily driver. The previous owner claimed it came in a package deal with the car he really wanted - a mint e30 m3, so he was looking to get rid of it. That said, I LOVED the car for the few weeks I drove it around before beginning the restoration work. If anything, it just cemented the concept further that the weakest link in the car was the drivetrain. I'm sure it's a familiar story for many here... once the restoration began, the problems started to sprout up like weeds. In the end, both front fenders, the passenger side rear quarter, and the tail panel all needed replacement. I don't intend to cover every detail of the body/chassis restoration in this blog, so I'll let the photos do the talking. The car was stripped down to bare metal and brought back into ship shape. I also added IE turbo flares, front air dam, and deck lid spoiler along the way. I really struggled picking a color, but in the end settled on Porsche's Etna Blue. My intent is to make a really solid daily driver with plenty of real-world range and performance. This won't be a race car or a "Tesla-swap" with 600hp. I'm using a Parker GVM 210-150 motor coupled through the 4-speed transmission (yes - you'll be able to shift it) to push torque at the "crank" up to 257Nm / 189 lb-ft and power to roughly 150hp. I'm still working on the battery pack, but will be somewhere north of 300Vdc and 30-40kWh. I intend to keep the interior as close to stock as possible. The target is to keep the weight roughly the same as the ICE version of the car... i.e. about 2500lbs. More to come... Hit me up with questions or let me know what you think of what I've done thus far... Thanks for checking it out! -Brian.
  11. WisDesign


    From BMW Group Classic: The BMW 1600 US VIN 1561262 was manufactured on November 07th, 1967 and delivered on November 16th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Sahara, paint code 006. Previous owner stated that the car came to him as a "package deal" with an e30 m3 from Southern California. The car had obviously been fitted with some upgraded parts and featured a non-numbers matching engine and 4-speed transmission, and a 3.91 differential from an e21. Car is currently undergoing restoration and further modification in Southern Oregon.

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