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    Default Project Kodachrome: '73 Roundie

    Put a deposit on this 1973 BMW 2002 today!





    It's pretty solid, there's a few things that need to be done to get it running 100% right, but it has been sitting for a couple decades...

    Any help will be appreciated immensely; my goal is to have it be somewhat presentable for Staggered 2014. Everything depends on how much money I can save between now and then; most likely, it will be a budget build for a while. I do want to do things right though.

    I can't wait until it's sitting in my driveway!

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    excited! i love the onslaught of 02's
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    Love seeing them saved, lmk if you need any parts, we have some from a parts car so might be able to help ya out.

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    So jelous, i love 2002's! I will be subscribed to this.
    Can hardly ever find a 2002 worth buying in england.

    My 1983 Mk1 Golf

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    Looks like it has a lot of potential! Its great you are saving a roundie.

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    Very cool! Looks like a pretty complete find.
    Just noticed that that is a later front nose/clip. I would check that closely to make sure it was done clean and no rusty welds. Good luck with it!

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    That's looking pretty haggard, I'm interested to see what you'll do with it! 10 points for saving another of these classic cars.

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    I like it because it has character. I like the worn in feel. I may eventually make it beautiful, but that is a long way off. I really just wanted to have something more unique to take photos of. haha

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    We'll be making the transaction on Monday, but I don't really know when it will be in my driveway. My dad's truck bit the dust this week, so I either need to get a temp plate or he needs to get his new tow rig soon.

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    Nice! Not a huge fan of the late trunk and nose, but it'll be a fun project. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    Yeah, if I keep it long enough to paint it, I will get and early nose and trunk to swap on, but running and driving is more important right now.

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    Makes sense. Looks like a clean car to start on.

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    I'm so anxious! My dad's truck bit the dust, so I have nothing to take the '02 home with. We're working on borrowing a truck to use out trailer, but I may have a temp plate before then. I have been doing a bunch of research on 2002faq. I've been checking out builds, but most have fender work, which I'm keeping away from for now. Wheel specs are few and far between, but I think I'll be going with 15x7 up front and 15x8 in the rear. For now I want to get some Diamond Racing Wheels, so if anyone knows what offset I should be looking at, please feel free to chime in. I don't really know what I'm doing mechanically, so the build will be a combination of my own work, friends (if I can find some that know what they're doing on '02s), and probably some shops for more complicated things. Any help from people on here will be most appreciated! (If you happen to have a garage, tools, know-how, and are willing to let me learn, please let me know...)

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    So I got the car in my driveway!


    The other day I went to get a couple spare sets of keys made, but the first one I tried somehow messed up the ignition mechanism... so...


    I'm having my friend's mechanic take a look at the car as a whole. I would like to have it driving and registered for the fall.

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    Nice pickup man! These things are an absolute blast to drive, enjoy it and I cant wait to see what you do with it.
    1975 BMW 2002 : : 1977 BMW 320i : : 1983 BMW 320i

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    Thanks man, we'll certainly have to set up a photoshoot!

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    I'm thinking about getting some 15x7s and 8s from Diamond Racing. Does anyone happen to know what I should be looking at for offsets and tire sizes? I've been researching for a while, but haven't found anyone with perfect fitment that has discussed their specs on any forum. I want a little poke, nothing too crazy...

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    My new fake Alpina shift knob came in the mail today. It's an old '02 knob with the leather stripped off and a fake badge slapped on. I over payed for what it is, but at least I don't have to do it myself; I was thinking about putting a merit badge or something in place of the fake badge.

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    Saweeeet! Ive always wanted one of these

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    These cars are super simple, the challenge for most of us younger guys is it being carb'd which most of us are use to fuel injected stuff. They are a blast though, just have patience because it being old means you'll having to fix stuff for awhile. I've had mine for almost a year but its been down off and on with just random stuff.

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    I like this. I like this very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99sil-teg View Post
    These cars are super simple, the challenge for most of us younger guys is it being carb'd which most of us are use to fuel injected stuff. They are a blast though, just have patience because it being old means you'll having to fix stuff for awhile. I've had mine for almost a year but its been down off and on with just random stuff.
    I've checked out your build a time or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by P78 View Post
    i hope you'll only clearcoat that patina
    There's a couple holes in the hood that I would like to get resolved, but other than that I expect the exterior on this to remained unchanged. I hadn't thought of clearing it, but that is an idea... The patina it has really gives it a lot of character and the more that I think about it the more I don't care if I ever see it "restored" to perfection...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJereMoose View Post
    I'm thinking about getting some 15x7s and 8s from Diamond Racing. Does anyone happen to know what I should be looking at for offsets and tire sizes? I've been researching for a while, but haven't found anyone with perfect fitment that has discussed their specs on any forum. I want a little poke, nothing too crazy...
    The ideal offset with 15X7 is et25. I'm lowered about 2.5". I'm running 15X7 et28 and have about 1.5 mm between the front strut and inside of the wheel up front. The only issue in the rear was that the inner wheel rubbed against the rear brake line, so I zip tied it to the rear subframe. For different fitment ideas, go on the 2002FAQ, and search "stance thread." It's about 30 pages of different suspension setups. Also, look up this guy: http://www.stanceworks.com/2012/02/schwarz-und-weis/. I'm not sure what his name is on here. I think it may be Oz_Tom or something. I believe he is running 15X8. There is another guy on the FAQ with an S14 swapped '02 who experiments with different fitments. His ride is in the stance thread on the FAQ. I know this is a long post, but I hope it helps some. Keep up the work man! I love the shift knob.

    Feel free to message me on here or the FAQ (Mitch_M) if you need anything.

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