The Restoration of A1972 BMW 2002tii

I grew up in the small town of Fort Chambly, Quebec, just south of Montreal. From an early age, my grandfather, who built the first gasoline engine car in Canada, the Fossmobile, often shared his own interest in cars with me, which may have contributed to my fascination with the automobile.

I fondly remember neighbours allowing me to test drive their MGBs, Triumphs and Minis, but it was getting behind the wheel of a 1972 BMW 2002tii that confirmed my thinking. It felt much more smooth and faster than the other cars I had driven. It had greater horsepower and felt like it was able to hug the road effortlessly. I promised myself back then, that someday I would own one of these fabulous vehicles.

While researching these cars in early 2009, I stumbled onto a gem in Calgary, Alberta and discovered it was in surprisingly decent shape. All original, with no previous modifications or attempted restorations. I swiftly scooped it up, based only on pictures and my intuitive confidence in the person selling it. This fellow was just the second owner and it had only 45,000 miles on the odometer. The vehicle originated from the USA and the original owner was traced to Colorado.

A 2002tii is usually worth more, and therefore, more coveted. Finding one in good shape, without owner modifications is increasingly difficult. This is especially true considering the tii’s (touring international injection) mechanical uniqueness and cost of some of those unique parts. The original 2002tii had a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system, a first for BMW. This 2.0-liter engine was able to produce 125-140 horsepower and 127-145 pounds-feet of torque.

I had a vintage vehicle carrier pick it up and transport it to Burlington, Ontario. The car had been partially painted once, but it was a terrible job and there was evidence of excess body filler, cracking paint and some visible minor rust. That was at least, what I was able to see. Other surprises were waiting for me.

When the car arrived from Calgary, it was delivered to the local BMW dealer. I went over it with the help of the mechanics. We just wanted to see if it would run. We discovered that it required very little to meet safety and certification requirements. The engine compression was almost factory and very even. The fuel tank was cleaned out and all the fluids were flushed. We changed the oil, oil filter and spark plugs. Finally, they completed an intense brake inspection. Once everything looked good, I hit the road and drove the car for a few weeks, learning as much as I could about it.

For the most part it ran just fine, but some parts were tired, affected by age and required updating. It was sluggish, had certain vibrations and did not handle the bumps very well. My plan was to use all original equipment manufactured (OEM) parts.

I started the restoration with all things mechanical. The entire fuel delivery system needed cleaning and the three fuel filters were replaced (fuel pump, fuel injection and in-line filter). The water pump was partially seized, so that was next. I was concerned about the mechanical fuel injection system, but it seemed fine.

All rubber items were my next project for inspection and replacement. Seals, belts, engine mounts and frame bushings required a going over. Due to the age of the car, I decided to replace all rubber frame and mounting bushings. New hoses and belts were then installed. The rear and front shock absorbers were in terrible shape. The two in the rear were rusted right out. All new shock absorbers were installed, complete with new tower mounts. Not surprisingly, the entire exhaust system was rusted. While the exhaust manifold was fine, all pipes and the muffler had to be replaced.

The rubber rotoflex guibo bushing/bearing between the transmission and front of the driveshaft was the worst of all parts requiring replacement. This is an all rubber mount, with metal sleeves for eight mounting bolts to pass through. Its purpose is to cushion the vibration and motion between the transmission and the driveshaft. As I took it apart, it completely crumbled in my hands. The rear universal joint on the driveshaft was seized in one direction, which meant replacing the entire driveshaft, since it comes as a complete sealed unit.

The clutch slave cylinder was leaking, so that too headed for the recycling bin. Smaller items such as brake cylinders and engine gaskets where all replaced. Some items were replaced because they absolutely needed it and some as a good measure, like brake pads, because it was easier to do it while disassembled, rather than dismantle it again later.

The gearshift linkage required some attention. When the car arrived, one of the first things I noticed was that the gear shifter was very loose and wobbled in every gear. The shift throw on the 2002tii is long, but this one made constant gear-changing an unpleasant chore. I discovered that all of the bushings, sleeves and linkages were mostly worn or gone completely. Once replaced, it shifted smoothly through all four gears and as tightly as it would have from the factory floor.

The interior of the car was in remarkable condition. Even the 2002tii tell-tale dashboard clock was present and in working order. Some cleaning and one welding job for a seat bracket was all that it required.

I completely stripped the vehicle of all chrome: lights, grills, bumpers, etc. All of these were in excellent condition and were now going to be stored safely away over the winter, as this was the best time to complete the body restoration.

There were the obvious rust areas, like the outer rocker panels along with the two rear fenders and the right front fender, but inner rocker sills also looked suspicious. As the old front fenders were removed, reality set in. I discovered what everyone attempting a project like this fears: more rust than anticipated. The entire right pillar between fender and door hinge was almost nothing but rust. It had to be completely rebuilt by grinding and welding in a new piece.

The vehicle was completely stripped of old paint. Rear outer fenders were tin filled and new front fenders were installed. Some very minor bodywork to rectify a dent or two and it was ready for skim coat and sanding – Lots of sanding!

The doors, trunk lid and engine hood were removed and painted separately. The rest was painstakingly papered, taped and readied for the paint booth. Then it was into the paint booth for six coats of original paint and three coats of clear coat. After that, the vehicle looked like it belonged back in the show room (minus doors, chrome, lights, bumpers etc.).

Then, very carefully, it was a pain staking effort to re-install all the chrome: lights, grills, and bumpers that had to be re-attached. With almost everything mechanical fixed, it drove as I remembered it, back in the 70s. I was finally ready to show this vintage 1972 BMW 2002tii to anyone willing to look. The car became everything I dreamed it would be. So my passion had been satisfied. I had the vintage BMW 202tii the way I wanted it.

Muscle Car Restoration: What It May Entail

Do you own a muscle car? If so, have you ever thought about having it restored? If not, you may want to examine muscle car restoration. Muscle car restoration has a number of benefits. These benefits include having your dream car, restoring your car back to its original state, and possibly the increase in your car’s value. If these benefits appeal to you, you are urged to give muscle car restoration serious consideration.

When it comes to muscle car restoration, there are many car owners who wonder exactly what it entails. In all honesty, it depends. Muscle car restoration depends on the make and model of your car, your wants and needs, as well as the muscle car restoration expert or company that you choose to do the work on your vehicle. Although there are a number of variations, there are a number of restoration projects that are completed on many muscle cars. These projects are briefly outlined below.

Overtime, many cars develop rust. The developing of rust can happen faster in some areas of the United States, especially if salt is used to combat snow and ice problems. Although most muscle car owners try and refrain from driving their vehicles in the wintertime, not everyone does. In fact, if you were not the original owner of your muscle car, you do not know what the driving habits of the previous owners were. This is why you may have a rust problem. Fortunately, if your muscle car has a rust problem, it can be taken care of. This is a common type of muscle car restoration project.

Additional muscle car restoration projects may include the repainting of a muscle car. The installation of older car parts that need to be replaced is also considered a form of muscle car restoration. These items may include, but should not be limited to, driver and passenger seats, steering wheels, tire rims, and in-car music players. One of the reasons why it is best to have a professional do this work for is the parts. Some of the previously mentioned parts may be difficult to find, but most professionals have experience finding hard to find muscle car restoration parts.

In addition to restoring your muscle car back to its original state, you can also restore and modernize it at the same time. Many experts refer to this as “resto-modification.” This type of modification is when you restore its car back to its original beauty, as mentioned above, but they you also modernize it. This modernization may include installing a new CD player, a DVD player, a new speaker system, or even a navigation system. Most muscle car restoration experts will perform just about all kinds of muscle car restoration projects, including a “resto-modification,” one.

As it was mentioned above, different car restoration experts and businesses have different methods of restoring muscle cars. It is in your best interest to contact one of these companies or experts for further information. While you are making contact, it may even be a good idea to request samples of previous work. This will help to let you know that your “baby,” is in good hands.

Restoration Vs Customization – Which Is Better For Your Classic Car?

A common question among buyers of classic cars is what to do after they have acquired that vintage gem: restore it, or customize it? Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Here we will tackle the different aspects of restoration and customization to help you decide which route to take for your car.

Restoration: Authentic is Beautiful

Restoring a classic car means finding the original parts and options for a particular model. This means that if you own a Cuda with a broken Hemi engine, you need to find a stock Hemi in order to restore it. Paint is a different matter. While the authentic paint of a certain make may not be existent today, there are several car services that offer the color of that make, thus making it still look original.

The Advantages of Restoring a Classic

1. Restoring poses a bigger challenge, thus there’s much more love between you and your car. It might be a bit easy to find a stock engine, but looking for the small parts like the starter will be a bit of an adventure. Once you finish restoring, you’ll certainly find a greater attachment between you and your car.

2. Fully restored classic cars spike up in value. Because there’s much more effort and money put into restoring, you can easily raise the price of the car once you decide to sell it. A perfectly restored vintage car can be valued at over a hundred grand in pro auctions.

3. You get to have an authentic car. There’s nothing more advantageous than that.

The Disadvantages of Restoring a Classic

1. The parts are hard to find, and are therefore expensive. Unless you engage in a treasure hunt and search for parts cars in junkyards and auctions, stock parts may be a little expensive. The reason for this is simple: car companies don’t produce those parts anymore, so it would be considered rare by most people, much like a classic car.

2. Safety, efficiency, and comfort are sometimes compromised. A ’50s era car may have no proper airbags and seatbelts yet. The engine is probably not fuel efficient, and the suspension may be a bit shaky. And if you decide to go cheap and recycle a used engine from a parts car, expect it to break down at least once due to stress.

Customization: Convenience Along With Funkiness

Customizing a classic car means adding or changing some parts and details that are not originally included in that make. This might include a better engine, suspensions, and more comfortable seats. The paint might also be customized. Perhaps you have seen a Mustang with blazetrails on the side. That’s customization.

The Advantages of Customizing a Classic

1. Safety and convenience is the primary advantage of customization. Updating your car with more fuel-efficient engines and better seatbelts and airbags will make your ride much smoother and safer.

2. Parts are easier to find, and are sometimes much cheaper. Engines are much easier to find, but nonetheless still poses a challenge. You will have to find an alternative engine that fits into your classic car. Still, you can find smaller parts in an easier manner.

3. You get to have cool additions to your liking. Hydraulics, superchargers, and funky lights are among the many options you can add if you customize. Cool blazetrails too.

The Disadvantages of Customizing a Classic

1. The value of your classic car will go down. A heavily modified car will have its value become lower than those who are simply restored. If you are planning to sell your car in a few years time, the better option would be to restore.

2. If you plan to sell the car, you might have a difficult time finding a buyer. Most buyers of classic cars are looking for one that would be easily restored. A dusty and rusting vehicle is therefore much more preferred because some original parts included in the car may still be used.

The best gauge to determine whether you should customize or restore a classic car is to know what your dream car is like. What’s good about this is that you could easily combine customization and restoration. Restore everything that’s under the hood, and get cool blazes on the hood itself. Your preference is king.