A very long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, I freed the steering lock on the Tii, and left the dash disassembled on the drivers side floor. Since then, the machine has moved twice, and returned to rest, with a pledge to button things back up. Well this week finally provided the opportunity to do just that with some time and moderate temperatures. It di not take long, but it was an example of why you must always document the "before". In this case, the "after" was months later, and memories fade....
1972 BMW 2002 tii
A series of moves to get the tii to a new temporary resting spot....It still needs the steering column put back together and the belt trim replaced....
In what can only be described as a stupid garage accident, an item fell against the tii and damaged the belt line trim. Fortunately, the car was covered, so the damage was limited. Regardless, it bent the trim and put a light scratch in the clear coat. The worst part is that a new piece of trim would look out of place, so I am now on the hunt for a good used piece.
We have written about ten dollar disablers in the main blog a few times. Now I have a new entry. The steering lock pin. You Tube and the Internet in general provide hundreds of examples across multiple makes and models, of how to get around the failure of a very small pin or tab or spring that if broken or misaligned, will render your vehicle disabled. In some cases you cannot steer the car as the lock engages when it fails. Pretty dangerous ! In other cases, you cannot turn the key to start the vehicle. In yet other instances, you can do neither.
And so it was that I got to experience the failure. There is often some clue in that the key becomes progressively more difficult to turn. Not in this case. The key was fine one evening, and the next morning it would not budge. I thought it was the cold, and instinctively tried jiggling it a bit. Nothing. Then I suspected the newer key that I was using. I got the original and tried that. In jiggling that key, I engaged the steering lock. Great.
The dismantling of the steering column trim is fairly quick and easy. Lower cardboard panel, lower pad, upper pad, lower metal, and then you can see the small opening that houses the 1mm pin at the bottom of the ignition tumbler cylinder. Drilling out the pin frees the tmbler. They key turned, the lock unlocked, and the car became startable and movable.
Suddenly, and without advance warning, the tii was pressed int service for a 200 mile trip across the state. It was reconnecting the battery, warm it up, and hit the road. Then 200 miles into the night with 160 of it on the highway. Flawless.
As usual, the mission was to wedge some activity with the RCM boys in between recall on the Subaru, and a myriad of other duties. The timing would allow for breakfast, and the drive to the Winery for a brief stay before heading back. Perfect. Well....,almost. Breakfast was fine, and we headed out for the drive, but ironically, the most modern car, a 200? Porsche 911, developed a miss, and then stalled completely. The other cars, another BMW 02, an MGB, A BMW Z3, and my 02, were all fine. I gave the owner a ride back to his place, which I had been wanting to visit for some time anyway. It was a great short visit with some interesting cars, but I ran out of time and headed back while the rest of the crew went on to the winery.
One substitue fuel pump from a 5 series, some rubber spacers, and some modified wiring, and the tii is back in business. While the bracket and storage tank were out, I took off 40 years of grime and painted it. Not that anyone will see it, but it looks much better. With everything back in place, the car fired right up and I took it for a short run to get fuel and make sure all was well. No leaks, no issues, good for another 40 years.