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  1. I'll take the 10 / 8mm Heyco combo wrench and the 10mm Heyco socket. "A"
  2. Thanks for the very comprehensive link. "A"
  3. I haven't seen many 02s or other classic BMWs in film. I remember a few, and this one stands out; Al Pacino's main character, Arthur Kirkland, drives a 72 2002 in "And Justice for All" - 1979.
  4. Lots of useful information here, but not everybody is on the same page. And, a few have left a bitter taste in my mouth over the years. But, for the most part the 02 community is inclusive and very helpful despite our differences.
  5. I have the tires mounted on 5 1/2 " x 13" wheels with ET19 offset. This is the minimum width rim size recommended for most 205/60 x 13 tires. None of the tire well lips at fenders or quarter panels have been rolled or modified in any way. But, I do have -1/2 degree camber plates up front. Springs and and sway bars are by Suspension Techniques. Shocks are Bilstein HD. I do not have any rubbing issues with this set-up. With the same suspension geometry and same wheels, but with 185/70 x 13 tires I have a slight rubbing issue up front between inside part of tire tire and the tire well, but only at full turning radius. This is due to the combination of the camber plates and the larger diameter of the 185/70 x 13 tires. With camber plates removed I have no rubbing issues with 185/70 x 13 tires. I haven't tried running the 205/60 x 13 tires without camber plates. The white lettering on the tires is a cosmetic issue for some while others like it. It reminds me of the 70s and 80s. You can't simply srub the white script off using a solvent etc., as the raised white lettering is actually molded into the rubber. But, you can black it out with an oil based permanent marker. The tires seem to be good quality. I'm happy with them.
  6. I recently found these Dunlop SP Sport GT tires in 205/60 X13. They were listed on e-bay by several sellers who had a pretty large batch of them. They were selling a full set of 4 for $330, shipping included. These are asymmetrical tires with raised white letters on the outside facing sedewalls. I just blacked them out with a permanent oil based marker, available from Home Depot for under $4. While the tires are "S" rated, they perform better than many "H" rated tires I had in the past. In comparison to the "H"rated Federals, the only other readily available performance touring tires in the same size (here in the US), they don't seem to have a sidewall as stiff as the Federals, but they they oddly contribute to a lighter steering effort and turn easy. As far as steering effort they feel more like 185/70 x 13 than a 205/60 x 13. And, they are more comfortable than the Federals. The Federals are stiff and precise, probably better for the track, but the performance of these Dunlops really surprised me. And, I only regret not getting a 2nd set for my other 02. I like them better than the Federals.They are all sold out now, but hopefully they'll turn up again. The date of manufacture for the set I purchased is late 2019.
  7. A "Long Way" in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned.
  8. OK, so most of us are aware the steering column and steering wheel are placed slightly to the right of center in comparison to the driver's seat position on the 02. This is not the case with the NK cars. The speedometer is aligned with the steering column and slightly off center as well. So, how far off center ? I estimate an inch or two, but does anybody know the exact measurement ?
  9. Well said. If you are running 13" wheels, 205/60 x 13 or 175/70 x 13 both have the identical overall diameter which is about 3% less stock. This directly translates to your final drive ratio being being numerically increased by 3%. So, if you are using a 3.45 with a tire size 3% smaller in diameter compared to stock, your effective final drive will be about 3.55. A 185/60 x 13 has a diameter 7% less than the stock 165/80 x 13. If, you used this tire with a 3.45 diff, you would effectively have a 3.69 final drive. Tire size affects final drive more than people realize.
  10. Worth the price considering all the rare early parts; the complete rear Euro bumper which appears in good shape is worth the price alone, the front bumper appears twisted, but it may be the mounts. Either way, the early front bumper guards appear to be in good shape, They alone are worth the price. Then there is the embossed front hood trim. Let's not forget the swan neck mirror and the flush Euro turn signals. Lots of other early parts. I would purchase this car if it was located closer, space permitting. It's a very fair price, considering all the early parts which are pricey.
  11. I believe the set-up you are selling is from a 1968 2002. They were equipped with a single circuit brake system where the brake fluid reservoir was mounted on the brake master. The cylindrical clutch fluid reservoir has a single line feeding the clutch master. The clutch fluid reservoir is mounted on the left side of the engine compartment.
  12. I've never tried the 3.45. But it's a ratio which is about 6% taller than the 3.64. In comparison, the 3.90 is about 7% shorter than the 3.64. The 4.11 is about 5% shorter than the 3.90 or 12% shorter than the 3.64. Switching between 3.64 and 4.11 is a lot more noticeable than switching between 3.64 and 3.90. I would guess that a switch from 3.64 to 3.45 wouldn't be as noticeable as switching from 4.11 to 3.64. I would try it. I once switched from a 4.11 to a 3.64 in a 1600 which has a lot less torque on the bottom end compared to the 2 liter. And, it still worked for the most part. The car was transformed into a highway cruiser, something the stock 1600 always lacked. The only time I felt there was a deficiency was when I had more than one passenger and I was driving on twisty uphill roads. This was a switch to 12% taller gearing in the 1600. You are only switching to a 5.5% taller gear in a 2 liter. So, I think you will be OK! BMW equipped the 2 seat 1600GT with a 4 speed and 3.64 rear diff. With its aerodynamic shape and 1600ti motor, the 1600GT had a top speed of 120mph. The 1600ti motor only has a slight advantage in torque in comparison to the standard 1600. But, the 2 seat configuration of the 1600GT negated the necessity to use a tighter 4.11 rear end ratio, as used in the 4 seat sedan. I've read somewhere that the Tii in Europe was also equipped with the close ratio 5 speed upon request. The close ratio has a very long 1st and second gear. So, the 3.45 elongated those gears further by 5.5%. I've compared a stock 4 speed 2002 with 3.64 diff to a otherwise stock 02 with 3.90 diff and overdrive 5 speed. The stock 4 speed equipped car was quicker. This sounds counter -intuitive, as the 3.90 ratio is a tighter ratio. But. the drag associated with the addition of that 5th gear in the transmission negated any would be gains to acceleration associated with the 3.90 diff. Not, only did it negate gains in acceleration, but it adversely affected it.
  13. Here is a pic of an 02 with a wide Vega wheel. If the log spacing on the Vega is 4" or 101.6mm and the 02 spacing is 100mm, that is not that much off the mark. I've attached a pick of an 02 with a wide Vega wheel. I don't know if the wheel was modofied as I don't know anything about this car.
  14. OK ! I must have got my Vega - Chevette - Opel confused somewhere along the way. But, the Opel makes most sense. The Bug-eye looks sturdy with those wide Vega alloys. At least the Vega wheels fit something cool. Thanks for the input and info.
  15. OK ! I got side tracked in the other post as I got fixated on what appear to be Chevy Vega wheels on an 02 in one of the historical photos. Now, there are the so called "100 Tips" for 02 owners that someone put together many many years ago. And, in that list I remember reading "Krylon Dull Aluminum paint for wheels" and I also remember the "Chevy Vega Wheels" in 6" X 13" as a cheap wide wheel alternative to the Borrani wheels, including the Borrani manufactured Alpina wheels. The bolt pattern is 100mm and the offset supposedly works well for the 02, although I don't know the specs concerning the offset. I've never seen them on any 02, but for those of us running 13" wheels and with a little "Rat-Rod" blood in our veins they seem like something worth exploring. Has anybody here had any experience with them ? The wheels came equipped with beauty rings and hub caps on the Vegas. But, I think they would look OK plain when painted in dull aluminum or grey. The wheels are probably inexpensive. They made at least a couple of different styles. I think the ones with the 12 slots would look better on the 02. In 75-76 they also made aluminum alloys called the "Cosworth Vega Wheels", pictured last.
  16. We'll probably never know, but now I'm on a mission to find some Vega or whatever they are wheels.
  17. Dick, Yes, I agree, both you and your car went through a little transformation in those two years. I've taken a closer look at those wheels pictured on your car. And, they are certainly not OE BMW wheels as they have 12 nearly square rectangular slots, just like the Chevy Vega wheel pictured above. The OE wheels don't have slots until you get to the e21, which has less slots and came out much later in 76. By 71 it seems like you had the :"Hot Rod" set-up of the day with A70-13 Goodyears and 6" X 13" Vega wheels. I had forgotten about the Chevy Vega wheel thing until I saw your photo, which reminded me. I've heard the offset is just right. Never tried them, though. In a similar manner the 510 guys borrowed 13" steel wheels from a Chevy Corvair. I just might hunt down a set of those Vega wheels.
  18. In the second pic you have some aftermarket steel wheels with beefy tires. Those look like Chevy Vega 13" x 6" steel wheels which have the same 100mm bolt pattern as the 02. The Vega came out in 71. They fit and were the cheap alternative to steel Borrani wheels. Judging by the first photo your car appears to be Bristol Grey.
  19. Notice the crisp factory crease line from fender to rear quarter panel. When performing body work in the lower area of the fender, door (especially the door) and quarter panel shops will often blur this crease rather than replicate it so to save time. It is one of the reasons I learned to do my own bodywork.
  20. Well, I'm fond of Chamonix as well. It was my first 02, a 68 1600, which I bought for $500 in the early 80s and drove it home. I'm pictured here with my car in 86 on Mulholland Dr in LA after a fresh respray, still hadn't installed the belt-line trim and bumpers. I Purchased my 2nd 02, a 69, 1600 for $900 in 1990 and drove it home as well. I'm pictured in the 2nd photo next to it off Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. My friends's 74 Alfa GTV can be seen in the background.
  21. How about old pics of your 02s or other classic BMWs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or from a decade ago ? Often they are tucked away somewhere like the back of your drawer or the family album. I'm looking around for mine.
  22. 1800Ti Crabs for sure. No doubt about it. I have an identical set with manifolds. The manifolds are the same as the 1600ti sans the brass rod for the 1800ti linkage. These earlier 1800ti carbs have short emulsion tubes in the top cover vs. the longer ones in the 1600ti and 2002ti. I don't know how the 1800ti emulsion tubes even work considering their short length. The 1600ti chokes or venturis are 30mm vs. 32mm for 1800ti and 34mm for 2000ti and 2002ti. Off the top of my head the 1800ti idle jets are 57.5 vs. the 50 for The 1600ti specific carbs. They are visible at the top of the carbs above each throat. The 1600ti carbs are more difficult to find while the 1800ti are more common considering they imported this car into the states.
  23. OK ! It's not 02. That's why it's "Off Topic". https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/us/devo-face-shields-energy-dome-trnd/index.html "Are we not men, We are DEVO, "D" "E" "V" "O". What do some of you guys think ?
  24. I don't know exactly when they changed the designation of the 4 speed from 232 to 242 as there were several changes made to the 4 speed during the production run (1966-76). My answer to your question depends on what you are planning to do with your car and also on your personal preferences. The 232 first appeared in the 1600-2. It remained essentially unchanged until the factory started equipping the 1600-2 with the short neck diff and corresponding sub frame and driveshaft at some time around 1970. These early 1600-2 transmissions have the following features: 1. Smoother case 2. Porsche synchroes: Resulting in silk smooth shifts, but supposedly weaker than the later Borg Worner synchros which are not as smooth. I prefer the Porsche synchros. And, I've never had a problem with them while clocking Hundreds of thousands miles on 1600-02s. But, I don't drive my cars like a Gremlin. And, they may be more prone to wear with the more powerful 2 liter. 3. 3 bolt yoke with 6 bolt flex disc (A slightly smaller 6 bolt flex disc than the one on the 320i): The shift fork mating point to the linkage is immediately above the flex disc. While the 3 bolt yoke is interchangeable with the 4 bolt yoke of the 2002, there is no way you can install the 8 bolt guibo of the 2002 on this transmission due to the location of mating junction for the linkage. There isn't enough room. BMW had two different drive trains for the 02s equipped with long neck diffs. 1. 1600-2 2. 2002 They differed primarily in the driveshaft. The factory redesigned the driveshaft while trying to account for the additional torque of the 2 liter motor. So, they replaced the 3 bolt yoke and 6 bolt flex disc at the transmission with a 4 bolt yoke and 8 bolt flex disc at the transmission. In doing so they had to include a longer shift fork on the transmission (the only, but very important modification to the transmission at this point), moving back the mating junction for the linkage aft of the 8 bolt guibo, otherwise the guibo wouldn't fit in its location. You can tailor most 2002 coarse splined 4 speed transmissions to fit the early 1600-2s, but the early 1600-02 transmissions can't be mated to the 2002 unless you disassembled them to include the longer shift fork). The early 1600-02s had 3 flex discs on the driveshaft and u joints while the 2002 had a larger 8 bolt flex disc at the transmission end and two joints ( one at the center and one at the diff end of the driveshaft. I've also heard that the 2002 driveshaft was better balanced. It is rated for higher torque. But, many people have installed 2 liter engines in their early 1600-2s and had no problems with the early driveshaft. When BMW switched to the short neck design they essentially just extended the length of this drive shaft and did away with the grease nipples at the u-joints which were a cool feature on the 68 2002. The factory also simplified things and included the same driveshaft for the entire 02 range. So, my answer to you is: If you plan on installing a 2 liter motor in your car at some point in the future and in keeping with the factory philosophy necessitating a driveshaft redesign for the 2002 to accommodate the additional torque of the 2 liter motor, you may opt for the later 70-71 set-up. But, as I mentioned, many people have ran 2 liter motors with the early 1600 driveshafts with no problems. And, as I've mentioned in my earlier post, the short neck diff is more readily available in different gear ratios and limited slip variants. But, I personally feel that the long neck is a better design. One additional important matter: The sub frame for the short neck diff has wider spaced mounting ears for the trailing arms. The trailing arms are all the same, though, but the bushings in the trailing arms used for the later sub frames are wider, protruding slightly out of trailing arms to accommodate the wider spacing of the mounting ears. These wider bushings are common. The earlier narrower bushings are difficult to obtain. BMW starting manufacturing them again, but they screwed up and made them slightly too small in diameter. So, they really don't work. Some people have simply modified the later bushings by cutting them to fit the earlier mounting ears. This is another important matter to keep in mind. It is very easy to obtain the later style bushings while you have to get creative in replacing the early ones.
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