“There are only 2 types of BMW 2002 front subframes. Ones that have broken and ones that are going to break.” “It happens to all of them.” “They all do this…eventually.” “Anytime the subframe is removed from a 2002, the reinforcement should be done…no excuses.” … Continue readingThe dreaded cracked front subframe…..
The 5 Speed Swap is complete and the car is back and it’s…awwwwwweeeeeeessssssoooooommmmmmmeeeeee! This package is really how the car should be set up. It’s like this upgrade has livened the car up and made it so much more fun to drive. The lightweight flywheel … Continue reading5 Speed Swap Complete!
With an old car anytime that you are doing any upgrades there’s always the possibility of mission creep. If you are not familiar with this it starts with the mechanic saying “while we are in there”. Here are some things being done while we are … Continue reading5 Speed Swap Update..While We Are In There…
So while driving home from work in traffic, I went to downshift from 4th gear to 3rd and to my shock, the shifter wouldn’t budge! The transmission was stuck in 4th gear! Stopped the car and after a lot of effort I got the car … Continue readingOut With The 4…And In With The 5!!! 5 Speed Swap Underway!
Took the car to Ken Black at Vintage BMW Racing to have him replace the wheel studs. Should be simple and straightforward right? WRONG! #nevereasy So the axle bolts on the rear and the hubs came off easily. Too easily. The drivers side was fine. … Continue readingNew Studs, new stub axle and hub…#nevereasy
Just picked the car up. Ken worked hard on this one! Haha. Nothing is simple when it comes to old cars and their upkeep and repair. Some parts may be 40 years old and you NEVER know what you have until you get into the … Continue readingBottom End Refresh Complete!
The engine project is moving right along. Pistons arrived and look good. (Thanks Hal!!) Ken has them cleaned up and the motor is being reassembled. The oil pump was refreshed and in a few days hopefully we will be back on the road! The cool … Continue readingPistons have arrived!
Bottom end refresh is underway and its mostly going smooth. The thought was the rings were bad allowing oil blow by. The hope was there was no damage to the cylinder walls and the crank would be undamaged. The good news is the overall condition … Continue readingEngines…you never know what u got until you crack ’em open!
Things are moving right along with the 2002 in terms of getting things done! Mechanically the only 2 big things that are remaining are the bottom end rebuild and the 5 speed conversion. So it’s time to scratch another one off the list.The car consumes … Continue readingRings and Bottom End Refresh!