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.
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!
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.
October 12, 2007
Hey! It's time for a big update. This time the entire shell gets a coat of primer.
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.
March 23, 2007
Whoo Hoo, the rust repair is done!
September 4, 2006
The passenger side of the car gets some attention for a while.
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.
October 25, 2005
Here it is, the final installment of the quarter panel replacement.
Ah, the sweet aroma of PPG DP primer.
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.
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.
Here's our first victim.
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 rmbmw2002.com.
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 rmbmw2002.com photo gallery for incremental updates.
Quarter 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.
Welding the new rocker panel.
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.
The tii and Nova are finally in their new home.
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.
At one point I actually thought this rocker panel was still good. Boy was I wrong.
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.
Here we are taking in the pleasant bouquet of hydrocarbons eminating from the trunk of Gary's car.
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.
Rust repair necessitated by a leaking window seal.
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.
The front column repair is complete!
I created this Web site to document the restoration of my 1973 BMW 2002tii, with the goal of sharing information about the more interesting and challenging aspects of the project. The dual purposes of this site are to add to the already considerable body of '02 information on the Internet, and to inspire at least one other person to restore a 2002.
Put on your blue and white cape and save an '02 today!
So what is a tii anyway?
Tii stands for Touring International (with fuel) Injection. For those unfamiliar with the BMW 2002tii, here is a brief overview. The tii is a fuel injected version of the BMW 2002, built in somewhat limited numbers from 1971 to 1974. It produces about 30 more horsepower than a carburated 2002, features stronger suspension components, and has better front brakes. Other than the rear badge and a clock in the dashboard, there are no outward visual clues that distinguish a tii from a standard 2002. Most of the obvious differences are under the hood. Due to it's relative scarcity and higher standard performance, the tii is generally more desired and valuable.
Check out this page for a great description of the tii's Kugelfischer fuel injection system.