Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Since january of 2000, I've owned a Sahara 1969 BMW 1600-2, a Fjord(ish) 1970 BMW 2002 and currently, a Fjord 1976 BMW 2002. I previously began a blog at www.xanga.com/tx02, but have since moved on to the coolier, swankier and more user-friendly Blogspot.

Feel free to page through my old blog, but here's the short version:

I began a do-it-yourself electronic fuel injection upgrade on my `70 2002 a few years ago. That conversion was interrupted by a girl that stopped her Honda CR-V a little too late and crumpled the tail panel.

As it turned out, the car was a product of crappy bodywork and extreme previous-owner dirtbag-iness, so I was a little releaved to be on the hunt for a new daily driver.

After a few months of searching, I found this: a 1976 BMW 2002 with 108,000 miles on the odometer. It had a blown head gasket and was sitting in a warehouse in Hays, Kansas. It wasn't entirely free of rust and had a strange, black (protective?) coating in the engine bay, but she was mostly original and certainly worth the $1200 price.

I immediately transferred the engine, 320i 5 speed transmission, suspension and brakes from the totalled `70 into the new(ish) car. I sold the optional alloys and replaced them with E30 Bottlecaps, which were needed to fit over my upgraded front brakes. After pushing the bumpers in and adding Hella 500 driving lights, the `76 looked more like this:

Then, I graduated from Texas Tech University and moved to Washington, DC, leaving my car in storage in Lubbock, TX. After an economically-driven eight-month employment hiatus, I finally found work with the General Services Administration.

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