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    Posted 4 years ago

    jscott0363
    (633 items)

    Hello everyone!!
    I posted this a few years ago, but felt inspired by our newest CW member BMWFAN64 to post it again. I bought this 1975 BMW 2002 in 1993 and it was a total rust bucket. But, after three, yes three, long years of really hard work, I finally completed restoration in the Spring of 1996.
    My friend and I did a ground up restoration on this one. We stripped everything down to the frame and worked our way up. Sandblasted and repainted the chassis , rebuilt the engine and transmission, replaced all of the rusted body panels (rocker panels, quarter panels, fender cowl supports and even the trunk floor). Did some serious repairs to the rear shock towers, re-routed the sunroof drain hoses out the rear fender wells, replaced the sunroof cables, every rubber seal, chrome trim, installed the original steel wheels and trim rings, replaced the carpet and even the perforated leatherette seat covers. Miraculously, the head liner was in great condition. I even had the original dashboard clock repaired. Oh, I even found a used steering worm gear for $50 and replaced the worn out worm gear. Not even 1/2" of play was left in the steering.

    I was able to locate the original Atlantik Blue enamel paint and repainted the car. It took me several months to locate the correct paint for this one. BMW only issued these cars with what was referred to as "Candy" colors. So, no fancy metallic paints or clear coat on these. 1976 was the last year these were made and it was replaced by the BMW 320i.

    Under the hood, I replaced the original Solex single barrel carburetor with a Weber two barrel and a K&N intake air filter. I even was able to locate, and replace, the original decals in the engine compartment. Oh, and this car even retained it's original tool kit that BMW issued with the car when it was new.

    I entered this car in a BMWCCA car show, in the Spring of 1996, and I won the 2002 class that year. A very proud moment indeed!! I still have that little marble plaque sitting on my desk as a reminder of the good ole days:)

    Anyway, kids came along and my priorities seemed to change and I sold it. The kids are grown now and oh how I wish I had this car back. I miss her SO much!

    Thanks for stopping and having a look at my (former) classic BMW!!

    Scott

    Comments

    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      fabilus scott my little brother had a super bmw muscle one
      not as early as your fantastic restoration piece
      just in bit pain at moment so you took my mind somewhere else
      thank you my jolly good friend
      thinking of wonderful times with my little brother streaky bacon
      god bless take care
      just going to have a cup of cocoa
      asll the very best malkey
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      I understand the kids arrival & departure. There are a few cars I wish I held on to, but wouldn't trade them for the kids (most of the time, that is). 1956 Chevy, 1957 Chevy, 1965 Chevelle SS, 1977 Corvette, just a few.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks MALKEY!! Glad to bring back a good memory for you. My dream was to own a BMW M5 (but I would take an M3), but the budget just didn't call for it. Thank you my friend!!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Dave,
      I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that misses the past cars they sold:) I wouldn't be able to touch another 2002, in this condition, for under $40K.
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks T.!!! I'm glad you like my old Bimmer!!
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      MALKEY
      Dave
      Jenni
      and
      T.
      Thank you all very much for the loves, the fine comments and for stopping by!!!
    7. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 years ago
      I've always been a diehard 'blue oval' fan when it comes to old cars, but the make/model truly doesn't matter the slightest bit when it comes to recognizing and applauding the *enormous* amount of hard work it takes to return ANY ONE of 'em from 'nearly dead' to 'showroom new', like you've shown here. I'm sorry with you that you don't have the car anymore, but trust that its current owner still enjoys the fruits of your labors like you did. :-)

    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much AnythingObscure!! I really loved this car and I still remember the serial number of the car, 2381972. It was a lot of fun to restore and even more fun to drive.
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      AnythingObscure
      Roy
      Phil
      and
      Judy
      Thank you all very much for the loves and for stopping by!!!
    10. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      my little brother streaky bacon car was 2 door bmw e30 325i sport in berlovely red
      what times we had
      1980ties i think with megadoobie fat tyres cruising down lakes
      first class my jolly good friend scott
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Sounds like a lot of fun MALKEY!! I had a 1985 318i and a 1986 325e. I wasn't married then and was pretty carefree:) I sure had a lot of fun in my Bimmers!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Kevin
      Michael
      Ken
      and
      Mani
      Thank you all for the loves and for stopping by!!!!!
    13. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      sounds smashing scott my friend we used to put our mountain bikes on back of bmw me little brother had a marin full suspension bike & i had a specialized full suspension freeride that he had bought me as pressie to cheer me up me being an uneducated poor church mouse
      going downhill mountain bike riding around simonside rothbury near lord armstrongs house cragside northumberland british isles
      i,ll have to put a piccy of my classic downhill mountain bike on cw
      a different but an absolute classic
      lots love malkey
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Looking forward to your pics MALKEY!!
    15. iggy iggy, 4 years ago
      Beautiful! I am not a foreign car person either, but that doesn't matter when hard work pays off. Nice job!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks iggy!! Very much appreciated. I love European cars and my wife and sons are all huge Honda fans. The only American made vehicle we have in our garage is my company vehicle, which is a Ford Escape. I spend most of my drive time in the Ford.
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      BB2
      kivatinitz
      and
      iggy
      Thank you all for the loves and for stopping by!!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thank you Mike for the love and for stopping by!!
    19. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I love 2002s! I don't see them much now but still sigh lovingly when I do.
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Karen!! They're very rare to come by anymore. There were only about 130,000 produced from 1968 thru 1976. Few are left on the roads today. But, it's always a treat to see one.
    21. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Wooowww!!! That sound like a magical Mike-isation!!!
      So much love went in your work, you can be proud of the result and the reminding reward :-D
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Kyra!!! It would be more like a Scott-isation:) Thanks so very much!! I was so foolish to have sold this one.
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Karen
      gargoylecollector
      and
      Krya
      Thank you all so very much for the loves, the wonderful comments and for taking time to drop by!!
    24. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the neat Post !!!
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Rose, Thank you for the neat comment, the love and for stopping by!! Glad you enjoyed the post.
    26. collectitall, 4 years ago
      Wow that car really did come out amazing. Great job!!!
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      collectitall, Thank you so very much!!! Lot of hard work went into this one. But, it was all worth it i the end!
    28. welzebub, 4 years ago
      I had a buddy in high school that was a crazy man.... I mean truly certifiable..... After high school, in 1971 he bought a new 2002 in orange. We went for a ride one night on the highway through the middle of town. My first ride in his new car..... We had smoke a couple of joints and were listening to some tunes..... I lived in a suburb of Seattle, so the road was 2 lanes each way.

      He got the car up to about 80 miles and hour, looked over at me, smiled, and said "Watch this!!". With his hands off the steering wheel, he locked up the brakes, and we cam to a screeching halt on the freeway in an almost perfectly straight line..... At the time they were introduced, they were mechanical marvels, especially for the money..... Great car... I bet you miss it..... I know I would.....
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Cool story welzebub!! I've read that BMW was not doing so well financially and then they brought out the 2002 in 1968. The car went over so well that it saved them financially. These were really great cars. They were a bit pricey though. When the average American made car cost $3500, these were selling upward of $6500. One of my fellow BMW enthusiast had a 1969 2002tii that had over 600,000 miles on it and it was his daily driver. Still running great! Yes, I miss this car and was very foolish to have sold it when I did.
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Rose
      welzebub
      collectitall
      Radegunder
      and
      fortapache
      Many thanks to you all for the loves, the comments and for taking time to drop by!!
    31. AnnaB AnnaB, 4 years ago
      Scott, you are just all-around talented! Awesome restoration job. I can understand the feeling of missing it now. She was a beauty!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Anna, Thank you so very much! You're far too kind.
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Michael for the love and for stopping by!!!
    34. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      dont know much about anything however just saw a black thunderbird 56 for to seconds on the tellyvision & thought about your black bmw scott me jolly good friend
    35. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Very cool MALKEY!! Actually, this one is what BMW called Atlantik, which was more of a Midnight Blue. But, it does sort of appear black in the photos though.
    36. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      getthatmonkeyoutofme, Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping by!!!
    37. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      WOW, Scott. Is there any limit to what you can do? What a gorgeous car, a gorgeous restoration. Congratulations on the award.
    38. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      stunning car!!!
    39. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Laura,
      Thanks so much!! It was a lot of fun to restore and even more fun to drive.
    40. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thank you SEAN!! I really loved this car and I sure do miss it!
    41. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      KKK ,Thank you very much for the love and for stopping by!!!
    42. Trey Trey, 2 years ago
      Great job on this :)
    43. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you Trey!! It took me 3 years to complete, but well worth the effort. I sure wish I had her back.
    44. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Anna
      Michael
      getthatmonkeyoutofme
      Laura
      SEAN
      KKK
      estherscollections
      and
      Trey
      Thank you all very much for the loves, comments and for stopping in!!!!

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