Posted 4 years ago
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!!