Feeling ambitious

About four months ago, my dear wife gave me a book of hobbies.  She gave me a kiss and a hug and told me, “You need a hobby.  You are driving me crazy!”  What a gal!  Of course, I read the book that night as I had nothing to do.  I read about  a lot of really cool hobbies that grabbed my attention.

 

There was one topic in particular regarding car customization.  That seemed interesting because I really like cars, but know nothing about them.  So, I put the idea on the back burner for the time being.  A month passed by and my Honda Accord broke down.  Luckily, I was in a parking lot at the time.  I had to wait a few hours before I could get a way home.  While I waited, I went in to the Barnes and Noble to peruse the magazine section.  I found a magazine with an article about building small cars in a home garage.  There was this really cool looking BMW that I had never seen before and it seemed to be the favorite of the article.  The car was a 1973 BMW 2002.  It was a great looking car and the article discussed all of the easily obtainable upgrades.  Later that night, I looked the car up on the net and was surprised at the large support base for this model.  I said to myself, “I can learn about a car by building it.”

 

I know it’s a pretty ambitious project, but I like a challenge.  My plan is to buy an unmolested ’02 in about a year.  I want to keep the original engine if possible, but will be converting it to EFI.  Yes, I am even going to use Megasquirt.  Not only do I have to build a car, but I will have to learn all about fuel injection and soldering circuit board.    I am a glutton for punishment.  I am also going to upgrade to a 5 speed transmission and big brake conversion.  I am also interested in A/C since I want this to be a frequent driver and I live in Texas.

 

Since that faithful day at B&N, I have cleared the garage.  I have organized my tools and purchased some storage and shelving through craigslist.org.  I have already acquired some of the upgrade parts to begin the refurbishing process.  The parts I have collected are:

 

1.  1980 BMW 5 Series Master cylinder.  (Just in case.)

2.  Volvo 240DL front brake calipers.

3.  Ford Escort EDIS and coil pack.  (I was unable to get to the VR sensor.)

4.  BMW 3 Series trunk battery cable and distribution block.

5.  4 Crown Victoria fuel injectors.   (To be sent out for cleaning and bench testing.)

 

As I become one of the many “internet mechanics”, I will post what I learn here as a resource for others.  My list of needed parts grows more every day, but this gives me time to learn and get things ready as I save for my new dream car.  I am including a few car pictures that have inspired me.

 

 

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1 Response to “Feeling ambitious”


  1. 1 gentlemanbeggar May 9, 2008 at 3:03 am

    You should take up my hobby, collecting hobbies! SWMBO says she’ll be shocked if I ever actually finish a project. Does wet-shaving count as a hobby? I think of it more as a lifestyle.


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