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1976 BMW 2002 Restore

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In other posts I have talked about how important the story is. The probally would not have happened without the back story.

This car was purchased by the owners parents in 1978 in California. The current owner bought it from them in 1980, drove it for a summer in CA and then drove it back to Michigan where he was going to college and playing football for U of M.

He then drove it throughout college (mostly in the summer) and for a few years after. He purchased a new car in 1988 put this 02 in the garage as if he would drive it the next day and that's where it sat until we picked it up in Feburary of 2017.

The car was RUSTY....almost too rusty to repair but the car held so many great memories for the owner it was worth saving. Follow along as we bring this car back!

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Prep for paint

The shell has been hauled off to the paint booth and is getting the last touches before paint. Prep is

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More rust.

Lots of little areas need fixing. For those, hand made patches are required. Oh, and our trunk frame rail was

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Rust Busters!

The rust is endless. Is anyone familiar with the Ship of Theseus? That’s what this project brings to mind. So

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Floorboards

Turning our attention to the interior, it’s time to patch those floors up. This job was made easy thanks to

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Hi-tech plasma

A couple years ago, Jake invested in and built a CNC plasma table. Our capabilities skyrocketed, in turn. It’s not

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Firewall repair

This much rust repair is made a lot easier with the availability of replacement panels, but some stuff has to

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Master Blaster

Now that everything has been removed, the shell was hauled to the blaster’s shop. With the shell down to raw

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Inspect and tear down

Up this point the car had to pushed around by hand, as it didn’t run. We spent an afternoon cleaning

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