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Chances are…

This week I will be checking out a ’74 BMW 2002 that’s for sale.  The guy who owns the car has been very helpful and photographed all of the areas of interest that I have asked.  These areas of course are the major rust spots for this car.  Everything looks good in the pictures, but I want to see it in person.  I am willing to do anything, but it has to be within reason.  I am a little concerned about body work.  I don’t have the tools and know-how to do it on my own and the expense of the tools is very high.  We shall see.

One draw back is that the car doesn’t have a sunroof like I would like.  That might be a blessing in disguise since that creates more areas for concern regarding rust.  It does have A/C which I am most interested in because I want to drive it fairly often and especially in the summer.  I will keep you posted.


Car parts abound

My last trip to the junk yard was the most successful yet.  I acquired all of the parts to complete the EFI system that I have planned for the 2002.  I found a very nice BMW 318i that provided the intake manifold and water inlet manifold along with a bag full of good hose clamps.  I did get the sensors, but I might end up having to order new ones.  I will test them to make sure they work.  I had to pass on the water bypass pipe as it was rusted too much.  Maybe I should have taken it so I could mock up a new one with copper pipe, but I would still have to pay for it and I didn’t think that was a good idea.


I also got the parts that I wasn’t able to get last time for the EDIS.    The VR sensor is a bear to get to.  I was lucky enough to find an Escort with the engine dropped out of it.  My advice to just search for an Escort with the engine dropped out.  Don’t bother with beating your self up trying to get to that sensor.  Trust me, I mean it.  Here is some other advice to those that are planning to shop at the local salvage yard for parts.

1.)  Take all size wrenches, sockets, extensions, and ratchets.

2.)  You will need a blade such as a pocket knife or a trusty Gerber multitool.  A wire cutter is a must as well.

3.)  When taking electrical components, don’t forget all of the pigtails.   I literally paid dearly for this as I had to go back for the pigtail and they charged me when it would have been included if I had it attached the first time.  Being honest was costly, but morally speaking….

4.)  It’s probably a good idea to collect all of the nuts and bolts that you removed in case you need them.  I take a few sandwich bags and try to group things together to make it easier to remember what went with what.

5.)  Take some thing that you can take notes with.  A sharpie works great!

I already have most of the components for the upgrades that I want to perform.  There are a few other things that I want to get, but they come from cars that are a little more rare.  I will continue to look for them and if anyone has some time on their hands and doesn’t mind looking through a bone yard, I will pay a finders fee for the parts the I am still looking for.  You can email me for a list. 


I know that most people would have got the car first before getting the parts, but this method is working well for me.  This is allowing me the opportunity to learn about the parts and prep them for use in the car.  Hopefully, this will make things go faster and easier once I have a car.  Only time will tell and I am still having a good time.




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  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.