There hasn't been a whole lot of love coming from the listing, so I have decided to go ahead and fix the outstanding mechanical issues and (probably) install a Weber 32/36 to wake the motor up a bit more. I may tackle some of the cosmetic stuff too, kind of undecided about that since I like patina better than too-shiny restorations.
Given that I have seen 76s with corrosion listing for 15K I am a little surprised at the lack of interest. Even as she sits, this car is a hoot to drive. Maybe I was a little too honest about the flaws.......but I wouldn't feel right about taking someone's $$ without them having a really good idea of what they were getting into. There are no real showstoppers with this car, it just sat for too long and as a result there are things that need refreshing.
I'll likely end up keeping it after all, but haven't discounted the possibility of relisting here or elsewhere once the work is done -- so if it pops up again with a price bump you know why.
Thanks for all the views, and if anyone has questions, I'm always happy to talk cars.
1976 BMW 2002 in Chamonix -- Survivor Car in need of tweaking
I bought this car sight unseen from BAT a couple of months ago. Here is the original listing with well over 100 pics; the car still looks the same:
The vendor wasn't forthcoming about the true condition of the car, and some of the copy is incorrect. The fuel tank was not flushed (it has quite a bit of crap in it) and the spare carb that's included is not stock but a dual Weber in need of a rebuild.
When it was delivered, it was difficult to start and impossible to keep running. I brought it to a local mechanic who has experience with these, and he rebuilt the carb and installed a new fuel pump. However, he discovered the head gasket was leaking also and that was changed (head was machined at the same time). A few other minor items were addressed; I have a little over 2K CDN in repairs on top of the purchase price.
Remarkably clean body. Plenty of dings and the passenger door needs a reskin, but excellent bones. Neither me nor my mechanic could find any serious corrosion anywhere.
Motor pulls hard and isn't making any weird noises. Runs cool.
Brakes, clutch, and transmission are all good.
Haven't found any electrical gremlins, although the aftermarket stereo doesn't work. The head unit powers on, but no sound, think the stock speakers aren't hooked up.
Passed an Ontario safety in late June.
Sheaf of records and period pics from the 80s will be included with the sale as well as the old Weber and a few spare parts.
Fuel leak. The first time I filled it, it left a puddle on my driveway. There is a fairly strong whiff of gasoline in the interior, too.
Despite the vendor's claim, the fuel tank was not flushed. I installed a second clear in-line fuel filter as a temporary fix after a clogged filter left me stranded, but the tank really should be properly cleaned out.
The oil light flickers above about 3K RPM, cause unknown. No weird noises, though, and it stays nice and cool. (Have driven it in temperatures of 90 F with no trouble).
Lumpy idle. The motor was rebuilt for race specs in the 80s and I think it has an aggressive cam profile.
It -badly- needs sway bar bushings and probably an alignment. I have the bushings (bit hard to find) and will include with the sale.
One rear tire doesn't match the rest. I would probably replace all of them.
Interior is a bit tired. Driver's seat has a seam split, horsehair is wearing out, shift boot has a split at the base. Headliner is good, though, and the dash has a couple of small cracks.
Passenger window will go down with difficulty, but needs manual intervention to close. Probably needs a new regulator on that side.
All in all, this is an excellent candidate for a drive as you restore car, or fix the outstanding issues and just have a sexy survivor.
Reason for sale? The original vendor wasn't at all clear about the flaws and I have bitten off a bit more than I can chew right now. I am not looking to make money on the deal and in fact will be taking a bit of a bath (shipping and taxes took a big bite) so please don't try and lowball me.
Unlike the original seller, I have been as transparent as I can be about condition.
Happy to help with shipping, and if you're local, you're welcome to come have a look.....or send somebody to do it for you if not.