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  1. Thank you, kris. I'm "5 X 5" now! Aloha, Robert
  2. The link from kris above jammed up my computer. Suggest sticking to pictures.
  3. Aloha to Bumpky02 on Kauai, and G'day to SydneyTii! From Robert on the Big Island!
  4. Right on, I simply did not know about the history of these knobs, and thought it was interesting. I understand about the knob looking cheap. Just trying to find out the straight scoop, since I can't find this knob anywhere on the web. So I figured there were folks who knew more. No big deal, just thought it may spur some discussion and extra wisdom, as with your response. Thank you. Aloha, Robert
  5. Yes, I was browsing the web, and saw the same resemblance. In other words, the plastic piece on my shift knob could be the exact piece provided for the Personal steering wheel horn button. As Captain Klink would say on Hogan's Heros, "Very Interesting." Aloha, Robert
  6. Thanks, John. I've got all the old sales records for the car. The only thing dealer-installed item I can see for sure is the Frigiking Air Conditioning system. I too am guessing the knob and a Personal steering wheel came as a set, although I see on the web that Nardi-Personal knobs can be purchased separately, but see no sets at all. I'm not the original owner--just have some old records with the car. I would really be interested if the Personal shift knob was a factory piece. I sort of doubt that the steering wheel was Personal, although I did not get the original steering wheel with the car (nor was the aftermarket wheel on the car a Personal wheel). Anyway, it's just sort of a fun thing to try to track down. I'm wondering if anyone else has a "Personal" shift knob on their 02 that resembles mine?! Aloha, Robert
  7. A friend made me a new shift knob for my car, as a gift during its restoration. See last picture below. I own a 1968 1600-2, delivered to Hoffman in October 1967 and first sold in California in January, 1968. The knob that came with the car seemed pretty ordinary, but then I gave it a closer look. It has the word "Personal" embossed on the top cap, right above the BMW logo. On the plastic cap shielding the mounting threads it has the words "Patent Made In Italy." And way down where the shift shaft bottoms out when threaded, it has the numbers "9/16." I am guessing the Italian steering wheel and accessory company Personal made this shift knob prior to Personal merging with Nardi in the early 1970s. Personal apparently opened shop sometime in the early 1960s. Only the "Personal" logo is present on the shift knob (with the little crown over the "so" in Personal), not the more modern Nardi logo. Beyond that guess, I am unencumbered by knowledge. I can't find anything on FAQ, or on the web, that indicates Personal made shift knobs for these BMW cars back in the day, or whether the shift knobs could be purchased separately, or in combination with a Personal steering wheel. I'd appreciate any feedback from you historians out there. Or, maybe I'm just too much into the minutiae weeds on this one! Aloha, Robert
  8. Thanks, Ray. Yeah, with the A/C stack moved, we had hoped to be able to see the cut-out, but reading Zinz it seems "feel" the clock blanking plate may be the right sense to use! Thanks very much for this link--it's exactly what I was looking for. My questions are not meant to be "cute" but are certainly naive at times. With the humility of a newbie, Aloha, Robert
  9. Michael, as you know, every one of these old dash boards has a hole(s) for the clock mount and power cord, whether the clock was supplied with the car or not. So, yes, I'm going to take advantage of the existing hole in the dash, and the dash upholstery will simply have to survive whatever holes it takes to properly mount the clock in the correct spot. Now, that's sort of big talk, since I have not yet seen the mounting hole in the dash! But, we'll be moving the A/C evaporator (center stack) next week, so we'll be able to see what's up with the dash board at that time. Anyone who has a photo of the clock mount hole-in-the-dash, please post! You know the drill. Old cars, you never really know until you're there, but that's the plan! Aloha, Robert
  10. Thanks, Trieu. In Hawaii there are plenty of frogs and bugs. We once owned a 1960 Sprite, and my wife insisted on “Frog Eye.” That’s when you say, “Yes, honey!” Thank you for all of your help— in BIG ways! Aloha, Robert
  11. Most of the parts have been gathered for the project (or at least a critical mass), and yesterday the car was off to the shop. My mechanic is about a 45 minute drive one-way from our home, and with no one to help with the shuttle, I loaded the car on my trailer for delivery. (Photo 1 below). Upon arrival at Richard Rushton's shop in Puna, Hawaii, I am reminded of why this fellow is popular among Big Island vintage sports car enthusiasts. My car got put in a side garage, because his main work area was taken by a beautiful, Meissen Blue Porsche 356 "C" coupe, in for regular maintenance. The car belongs to a friend of mine, came from the Willhoit stables in California, and is stunning (see Photo 2 below). While swapping cars around, Richard showed me his retro-mod Austin-Healey Frog Eyed Sprite. It looks tame enough, until you tilt the bonnet. The motor is from a 1977 320i, with engine mounts, oil pan, pump, and oil pick-up from a 2002 320i. Twin Weber 32/36 progressive downdrafts provide the atomized gas. The motor has a Delta camshaft, and BMW performance exhaust system. The brake booster set-up is Fiat. The transmission is a five speed from a 1981 320i, and the car has a 3.64 differential. First gear winds to 40 mph, 2nd gear 70 mph, 3rd gear 90 mph, 4th gear buries the speedometer at 120 mph, and Richard says fifth gear is too fast for driving! (see photos 3, 4, 5, and 6 below) New parts for the 1600ti vary from used OEM to what is available. Conner Elkington at Vintage Autobahn came through with the proper, angled velocity stacks for the Solex PHH 40's. While realoem.com does give part numbers for these stacks, I found (as did jgerock) that the numbers are not embossed on the stacks, only "L" and "R" on each part. Photo 7 shows a picture of the new (old) stacks. Thanks to all for helping with the search. Conner got these stacks from a set of carburetors that were on a 1600ti at some time, but I suspect the trumpets are the same for 1600ti and 2002ti. Rocky Srl, the eBay Solex parts seller in Italy (eBay user name alfa 1750) came through in top form with all the carburetor parts I ordered. The plan is to convert a set of Solex PHH 40's, now set up for a 2002ti, into all the proper jetting, venturi, and rebuild requirements for this 1600ti application. I got two complete rebuild kits, plus main jets 120, pilot jets 50, idling air jets 100, and 30 mm venturis. The service was fast from Italy, and order complete. I'll post later as to how these parts actually work out in my carburetors! (See photo 8, below). Tsingtao_1903 helped me tremendously in locating two, rare items for this project. He found me a Kienzle "look alike" clock for the dash, and repaired/wired/bench tested for installation. He also sold me an original steering wheel from a period BMW TI or GT. See photos 9, 10, and 11 below. A complete set of 1600 engine gaskets came from Walloth & Nesch in Germany (photo 12) and Steve at Blunttech Industries supplied new rubber bushings for the front suspension, and new tie rods. (see photos 13 and 14). Last but certainly not least, among all helping me, Slavs is my rock! He's an unbelievable source of information on these early 1600 cars, and is helping me with OEM front and rear sway bars, and a variety of other parts and wonderful advice. Not sure I'd be doing this project without him. Thanks, Slavs! All for now, and please enjoy the photographs. Aloha, Robert (Mahalo to you too, Ray_)!
  12. Thanks, Moto Carlo. Here's a few pictures of my most expensive move into Porsche-land, a 1989 911 Speedster. I bought the car with 5 miles on it. Another one I probably should have kept, but such is life. I'm enjoying this 1600ti clone project just as much as any prior car. The BMW project is affordable, and fun! Mahalo! Robert
  13. Well, Steve, I guess that seals the story. It's a unique car! I can't help but think the big holes have to do with past A/C woes, but who knows? Sometimes, these old cars keep their secrets! Always great to hear your voice again. Aloha, Robert
  14. What's sort of bad is to have a regular sized garage, and still have to push the cars inside. It's a tough world out there! Especially when you could lose a pound or two. Aloha, Robert
  15. Scottjeffrey, It's sort of hard to photograph with the car now buttoned up, but the condenser is pretty much in the same plane as the radiator. Vertical, but don't use a plumb-bob! I'll be back into the engine later this month. One thing I'm going to do is change the location of the dryer, to a cooler spot in the engine bay (maybe just under the air intake and forward of the washer bottle, on the right, front bulkhead). I'm also going to re-route the hose coming out of the expansion valve/evaporator to allow it to run along the scuttle (oops, firewall) and then along the right side of the engine bay to the dryer. I don't like the hose going over the top of the engine, as shown. I'm trying for Ray's -12 Fahrenheit at idle, or was that Centigrade? Good luck! Robert PS. Can you all see the six, roughly two inch holes drilled right along the bottom of the front valence? I'm thinking that was done back in the day, to help air cool the dealer-installed condenser/A/C system--the old York set-up. Just wondering if anyone else has ever seen this type of added ventilation! The holes nicely done, but not recommended!

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