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1976 BMW 2002 Ceylon

Carpet Prep

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A decent garage session accomplished a few of the items needed to get ready for the carpet install. First was the installation of some sound deadening. After some looking around, I went with Kilmat, as it is relatively thin, so it adds less weight. The goal is just to mitigate some of the noise in this car, not to make it quiet. Installation is straight forward once you have a roller. It takes a bit of work in areas with compound curves as you might expect, but overall I am happy with the product. Second was adapting the seat mounting plates to the 02. This involved drilling some new holes in the plates and in the mounting brackets. Nothing major, and nothing that prevents a return to fully stock if needed. Then there was the mod for the accelerator pedal. A simple hinge replaces the “nubs” that are missing on this replacement floor. Lastly, I ran some speaker wiring while the coast was clear and the console was out. Almost ready for carpet test fitting.... 


About Those Bumpers

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Well, few things in the gear head world are universally agreed upon, but the bumpers on the 1974 to 1976 BMW 2002 are unanimously considered hideous. They ruined a great car with great lines by affixing “diving boards” to the front and rear. Euro cars were not afflicted with this disease, and the sought after setup is to get Euro bumpers. They in turn are hideously expensive and involve some body work to be done well (IMHO). On my Blau car, the stock bumpers were simply shortened to hug the body, and many have done the same. The result is orders of magnitude better than stock. With the budget and look of this car, it seemed like a good idea. The rear was surprisingly easy to cut and then drill new holes for mounting. The front was more of a task to get the measurements right, and there will be no bumper there anyway. Just the shocks as mounting point for some fog lights. With bumpers, it now also looks less attractive to the local constabulary as the concentric circles of testing continue..


Center Console Removal

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It is the plans to make quick bursts of progress that most often go astray. An hour to get something knocked out in the garage. In this case a seemingly simple chore. Remove the center console so that the carpet install can proceed. 15 minutes tops. Or not. One of the screws just spun in its captive nut. Probably because it was a drywall screw unlike the other three correct ones. It took some gymnastics to get it free by reaching behind with pliers. Then the true horror of the stereo wiring was revealed as it tapped into the hazard light and used about a dozen crimp on connections and those little blue splicers. Lastly, the stereo itself was lodged in the frame and I could not find one of those removal tools that I swear I had. 57 minutes later, the console was free and intact. 


Focus on the floor

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A good working session on the floor consisted of removing old bitumastic, scraping, painting with POR-15. One small section got a patch welded in. The result is a nice coated floor. The Russian  Kilmat also arrived. It is a well regarded alternative to Dynamat. Stay tuned for application.