I grew up within the small city of Fort Chambly, Quebec, simply south of Montreal. From an early age, my grandfather, who constructed the primary gasoline engine automobile in Canada, the Fossmobile, usually shared his personal curiosity in vehicles with me, which can have contributed to my fascination with the auto.
I fondly keep in mind neighbours permitting me to check drive their MGBs, Triumphs and Minis, but it surely was getting behind the wheel of a 1972 BMW 2002tii that confirmed my pondering. It felt rather more easy and sooner than the opposite vehicles I had pushed. It had higher horsepower and felt prefer it was capable of hug the street effortlessly. I promised myself again then, that sometime I might personal one in every of these fabulous automobiles.
Whereas researching these vehicles in early 2009, I stumbled onto a gem in Calgary, Alberta and found it was in surprisingly respectable form. All authentic, with no earlier modifications or tried restorations. I swiftly scooped it up, primarily based solely on photos and my intuitive confidence within the individual promoting it. This fellow was simply the second proprietor and it had solely 45,000 miles on the odometer. The automobile originated from the USA and the unique proprietor was traced to Colorado.
A 2002tii is often price extra, and subsequently, extra coveted. Discovering one in fine condition, with out proprietor modifications is more and more tough. That is very true contemplating the tii’s (touring worldwide injection) mechanical uniqueness and value of a few of these distinctive components. The unique 2002tii had a Kugelfischer mechanical gas injection system, a primary for BMW. This 2.0-liter engine was capable of produce 125-140 horsepower and 127-145 pounds-feet of torque.
I had a classic automobile provider choose it up and transport it to Burlington, Ontario. The automobile had been partially painted as soon as, but it surely was a horrible job and there was proof of extra physique filler, cracking paint and a few seen minor rust. That was no less than, what I used to be capable of see. Different surprises have been ready for me.
When the automobile arrived from Calgary, it was delivered to the native BMW seller. I went over it with the assistance of the mechanics. We simply wished to see if it might run. We found that it required little or no to fulfill security and certification necessities. The engine compression was nearly manufacturing facility and really even. The gas tank was cleaned out and all of the fluids have been flushed. We modified the oil, oil filter and spark plugs. Lastly, they accomplished an intense brake inspection. As soon as all the pieces seemed good, I hit the street and drove the automobile for just a few weeks, studying as a lot as I might about it.
For probably the most half it ran simply wonderful, however some components have been drained, affected by age and required updating. It was sluggish, had sure vibrations and didn’t deal with the bumps very properly. My plan was to make use of all authentic tools manufactured (OEM) components.
I began the restoration with all issues mechanical. All the gas supply system wanted cleansing and the three gas filters have been changed (gas pump, gas injection and in-line filter). The water pump was partially seized, in order that was subsequent. I used to be involved concerning the mechanical gas injection system, but it surely appeared wonderful.
All rubber objects have been my subsequent undertaking for inspection and alternative. Seals, belts, engine mounts and body bushings required a going over. Because of the age of the automobile, I made a decision to switch all rubber body and mounting bushings. New hoses and belts have been then put in. The rear and entrance shock absorbers have been in horrible form. The 2 within the rear have been rusted proper out. All new shock absorbers have been put in, full with new tower mounts. Not surprisingly, the complete exhaust system was rusted. Whereas the exhaust manifold was wonderful, all pipes and the muffler had to get replaced.
The rubber rotoflex guibo bushing/bearing between the transmission and entrance of the driveshaft was the worst of all components requiring alternative. That is an all rubber mount, with steel sleeves for eight mounting bolts to move by way of. Its function is to cushion the vibration and movement between the transmission and the driveshaft. As I took it aside, it fully crumbled in my fingers. The rear common joint on the driveshaft was seized in a single path, which meant changing the complete driveshaft, because it comes as a whole sealed unit.
The clutch slave cylinder was leaking, in order that too headed for the recycling bin. Smaller objects similar to brake cylinders and engine gaskets the place all changed. Some objects have been changed as a result of they completely wanted it and a few as measure, like brake pads, as a result of it was simpler to do it whereas disassembled, relatively than dismantle it once more later.
The gearshift linkage required some consideration. When the automobile arrived, one of many first issues I seen was that the gear shifter was very free and wobbled in each gear. The shift throw on the 2002tii is lengthy, however this one made fixed gear-changing an disagreeable chore. I found that all the bushings, sleeves and linkages have been largely worn or gone fully. As soon as changed, it shifted easily by way of all 4 gears and as tightly as it might have from the manufacturing facility ground.
The inside of the automobile was in outstanding situation. Even the 2002tii tell-tale dashboard clock was current and in working order. Some cleansing and one welding job for a seat bracket was all that it required.
I fully stripped the automobile of all chrome: lights, grills, bumpers, and many others. All of those have been in glorious situation and have been now going to be saved safely away over the winter, as this was one of the best time to finish the physique restoration.
There have been the apparent rust areas, just like the outer rocker panels together with the 2 rear fenders and the proper entrance fender, however internal rocker sills additionally seemed suspicious. Because the outdated entrance fenders have been eliminated, actuality set in. I found what everybody trying a undertaking like this fears: extra rust than anticipated. All the proper pillar between fender and door hinge was nearly nothing however rust. It needed to be fully rebuilt by grinding and welding in a brand new piece.
The automobile was fully stripped of outdated paint. Rear outer fenders have been tin stuffed and new entrance fenders have been put in. Some very minor bodywork to rectify a dent or two and it was prepared for skim coat and sanding – A number of sanding!
The doorways, trunk lid and engine hood have been eliminated and painted individually. The remaining was painstakingly papered, taped and readied for the paint sales space. Then it was into the paint sales space for six coats of authentic paint and three coats of clear coat. After that, the automobile seemed prefer it belonged again within the present room (minus doorways, chrome, lights, bumpers and many others.).
Then, very rigorously, it was a ache staking effort to re-install all of the chrome: lights, grills, and bumpers that needed to be re-attached. With nearly all the pieces mechanical mounted, it drove as I remembered it, again within the 70s. I used to be lastly prepared to indicate this classic 1972 BMW 2002tii to anybody keen to look. The automobile turned all the pieces I dreamed it might be. So my ardour had been happy. I had the classic BMW 202tii the best way I wished it.