Adventures In Oxidation

Woody Update

March 8, 2011

The last few years have flown by. Family and work commitments, plus a newfound passion for mountain biking have taken up most of most of my time. What spare time I have had for working on cars has been devoted to my dad's '50 woody. It's starting to look pretty sweet! The wood and body work are mostly complete. I hope to get back to work on the tii this spring; my next task is to get the fenders on.

new wood

The wood was done by a craftsman here in Denver. I did all of the paint and body work, plus a ton of rust repair!

new wood

The tailgate wood is done. It will go on as soon we paint the tail light.

new wood

The darker wood is Mahogany plywood. The rest is Maple.

Winter 2008 Update

December 24, 2008

Wow, about 14 months since my last update. Where the heck does the time go?!?

I wish I had some major progress to share with you. Unfortunately, not much got done on the 2002 this year. All I was really able to accomplish was the relocation of my transmission mounts for a 5-speed conversion. Other than that, much of my free time was devoted to helping my Dad with his 1950 Ford woody wagon. I completed the final body work over the summer, spent September and October priming and block sanding, and then painted the car in early November. I still have to paint the hood and tailgate. And then there is a lot of color sanding to do. Maybe I'll get back to 2002 by Spring or early Summer; we'll see.

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Transmission mount

Transmission mount relocation.


Freshly painted woody wagon.

Priming the Shell

October 12, 2007

Hey! It's time for a big update. This time the entire shell gets a coat of primer.

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summer update 01

Even if it's just primer, the shell is all one color for the first time in six years.

Summer Update

July 22, 2007

Not too much to report right now. I plan to prime the rest of the shell with PPG DP epoxy primer in September. To get the car ready, I'm taking care of any remaining body work and preping the metal for the next big step in the project. Believe it or not, most of the shell is still in bare metal. It is still in much the same condition as when it left the stripper more than five years ago, a testement to the dry climate here in Colorado. I'm also taking time to apply some preventative POR-15 to various spots on the inside and underside of the car, just to make sure rust doesn't come back. Look for a project update sometime in September.

There's some related news to share. Another BMW has joined the fold, a 1998 318ti. I've been looking to get one of these for quite some time, and back in April it moved in to it's new home. After a few months of ownership, it's proved to be a fun, practical, and economical car.


summer update 01

Prepping the shell for primer. Here I've just finished two skim coats of body filler.

summer update 02

My "new" 1998 318ti.

Trunk and Tail Panel Replacement

March 23, 2007

Whoo Hoo, the rust repair is done!

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passenger quarter 01

I cut the easy stuff out first with the air saw.

Passenger-side Quarter Panel Replacement

September 4, 2006

The passenger side of the car gets some attention for a while.

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quarter panel 41

Winning the battle against rust, one repair at a time.

Quarter Panel Dissection

May 17, 2006

I know, I know... It's been more than six months since I've updated the site. Unfortunately, I wasn't been able to do much work over the Winter. But now, with the weather turning warmer and some other responsibilies out of the way, I'm ready to get back to work on the tii.

One more thing, I'm trying out a new lightbox script. Click on the images in this post for a larger version.

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quarter dissection 01

The next victim in Martin's "ground down" restoration. Hmm... It doesn't look too rusty.

Driver-side Quarter Panel Replacement
Part 3

October 25, 2005

Here it is, the final installment of the quarter panel replacement.

Part 1 and Part 2

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quarter panel

Ah, the sweet aroma of PPG DP primer.

Driver-side Quarter Panel Replacement
Part 2

October 12, 2005

Check out the 2nd part of the quarter panel replacement project. In this installment, the old quarter panel comes off and more rust is repaired.

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Driver-side Quarter Panel Replacement
Part 1

September 25, 2005

As usual, I'm about a month behind with updates. This update details quarter panel replacement. In the spirit of doing things the hard way, I'm making do with used panels rather than new.

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quarter panel

Here's our first victim.

Summer Update

July 13, 2005

I know, it's been months since I've updated the site. But believe me, things have been busy around here. Notably, I've been working on a new online home for 2002 fans here in the Rocky Moutain region. Check out

I've been busy working on my 2002 too. I am well into the the replacement of left-side quarter panel. When I complete the project, I'll post a big update here. In the meantime, head over to Martin's pictures in the photo gallery for incremental updates.


quarter panel

Quarter panel replacement.

Driver-side Rocker Panel Replacement

February 18, 2005

I started this job in April of 2004 and I'm just now getting it done. I make glaciers look fast.

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welding the rocker

Welding the new rocker panel.

Garage Makeover

December 22, 2004

We moved over the summer and I haven't had time to touch my '02 since May. But before the end of the year, I wanted to put up a few pictures of what I've been up to since then.

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new garage 06

The tii and Nova are finally in their new home.

Passenger-side Rocker Panel Replacement

May 1, 2004

This project has actually been complete for about a month, but I'm just getting around to posting this now. As of this posting, I am about half-way through with the other rocker panel.

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passenger rocker

At one point I actually thought this rocker panel was still good. Boy was I wrong.

Colorado 2002 Gathering

February 28, 2004

We had our 2nd gathering, this time I had the honor of hosting. Even with the lousy weather three 2002s made it out.

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February 2004

Here we are taking in the pleasant bouquet of hydrocarbons eminating from the trunk of Gary's car.

Parcel Shelf Repair

February 6, 2004

It's tough to get excited about replacing something as mundane as window seals, but neglect them at your peril. Here's what a rotten window seal did to my car.

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right column 08

Rust repair necessitated by a leaking window seal.

Front Column Repair

February 2, 2004

This repair was actually completed about a month ago, but I've been doing a better job of working on the car than taking care of the site.

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right column 08

The front column repair is complete!