SteveJ

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About SteveJ

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  • Interests 1972 tii, 1983 320is, 1988 M3, 2012 MINI Cooper, 2017 330i, 1973 Alfa Romeo Spider, and a bunch of bicycles.

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  1. Going to be moving and will need to store my cars while the garage gets done. Various states of cars comprised of: daily driver, nice but beater, convertible, and freshly painted shell($$$$). I will have a 2 stall carport, but no inside storage for a bit, so I need to invest in covers. I have a cheap, Budge grey cover on the beater. $30, lasts for couple of years while outside in the elements. Not sure how it treats the paint, but it's on the beater. I need one cover for the convertible- this car will end up being stored in the carport. I might just get another cheap one from Budge. I really need one for the fresh paint. This car will be stored inside, but will be in the carport for a month or three. I need a cover that is very paint friendly and preferably thick enough that I won't freak out when the cat jumps up on the car. What covers do we like on the FAQ?
  2. My 72 had em on both sides. Drivers side had the proper cage nuts, passeger side used drywall screws. I let the symmetry go.
  3. SteveJ

    Learning more about Engines

    Gotta get your heads staight. 121, e12, etc... all bolt up to the M10 block, but use different pistons- flat top, piano, bathtub. Some interchange, others bend valves. Pros and cons will be argued for all set ups. Decades ago I rebuilt my 02 motor -2 liter m10 with a 1.8 head and CIS from a 81 320is (this was waaay before S14s and M20s were around). Had to make it Smog legal in CA. Drove a lot like a tii motor but a little less fiddly. Lots of choices- figure your needs/wants and budget.
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    Rally casualty

    'tis but a scratch. -the Black Knight
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    My big 2002 career move!

    Nice Paul! What's old is new again. (Except us, we're just old)
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    Bike rack advice

    My faring dates from 1986. You can tell the old skool racers by the faded USCF sticker. Cinelli, Regina, Campy all from that date. The Clif was added when they were a (real)team sponsor. If a picture was published, you would get a little bonus $. The top was for the team name- Eagle Cycling, Devil Mountain, etc... Later, when I was old and fat, we came up with Team Spare Tire.
  7. Nice! Love the look, not so much the price. Get creative and fabricate a mount with no drilling.
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    Bike rack advice

    Wind faring with vintage stickers- check.
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    Too many cars?

    I agree!!! I demand that Jay Leno start selling off his collection at used car prices. Honest Jay's Used Cars....nothing over $999.00.
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    Too many cars?

    Depends on who you ask. Between me, my wife, and son, we have 6 cars: 3 dailys, 2 projects-non runner, 1 project- runner. 'normal' people ask, "Why do you have SO many cars?" Car people say, "Yeah. So what?".
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    Bike rack advice

    When I worked at the bike shop we would use Seasuckers to display some tandems on the store window. They are strong, and a good solution for weird situations. I still have my original Yakima with the 1A towers. Nylon is kind to the body. Nice that I can use on the 02 or e30 with minor adjustments. The period correct racks, like LaPrealpina, are metal and less kind to body and trim.
  12. I replaced the headliner on my flared 02 (with sunroof). As a DIY job: It's easy to do. It's hard to do well. It's very hard to do perfect. Don't laugh, but one difficulty is trying to not get blood on the new, white fabric. Mine went in, but there was one spot at the windshield gasket and one at the sunroof corner that never sat right. The sunroof insert was very fiddly. This was all when I was younger- less knowledge but more flexible to work upside down.
  13. I just say I spend more on my cars than I do on alcohol and strange women. And my wife always knows where I am.
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    Happy Birthday ray_ !

    Had I known, I would've held out on posting my M3 pics.
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    Bavaria control arms questions

    At a car control clinic, 1988 IIRC, Steve Dinan suggested this for my flared 02. Stopped by the wrecking yard on the way home and got a set. 3 degrees. Noticable on autocross and track. Street feel was fine, especially if you drive the same way. Tire wear on the inside edges is balanced by the outside edges during competition. Best part was people seeing the negative camber and trying to figure out how it was done without camber plates. Arms bolt right up. Get the longer drag links with the arms. Those take a little umph to get in place.