14 02, 2017

If you haven’t driven it, it’s new to you. Adventures in BMW 2002tii repair.

By | 2017-02-14T14:57:47+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Projects, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our BMW 2002tii has been kind of the forgotten child when it comes to the Heritage collection of cars. Have you ever had the project you know isn’t going to go your way so you just keep pushing it off? Well our 2002tii was mine. The tii is a mechanical fuel injected version off the BMW 2002, while it is a fairly basic system in theory, it works or doesn’t. We believe ours to be the latter. But first things first why have we been avoiding well, we weren’t the first. I have tried to have several shops track down its perplexing problems, and the number one response when you call them, “Tii? No thanks.” I guess sometimes you can’t actually pay people to fix cars. I would spend a couple days a month working little things after researching the google box. After multiple shops not being able to time the car correctly, I dug up a local resource for getting the distributor restored. This person happens to be the expert in 2002 distributors, we even featured him as a guest blog shop a few months back you may remember.  Our distributor was is rough shape, advancing the timing way before the factory setting, but that wasn’t anything Advance Distributors couldn’t handle. […]

10 01, 2017

Duct Tape & Disappointment: A mad dash to build an improved race car dash

By | 2017-01-13T09:19:16+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Projects|2 Comments

Long story short, a couple of years ago I had premature engine failure on my 914-6 track car. If you’re bored you can check out part 1 and part 2 of my engine misadventure. Otherwise, I’ll continue on with the regularly scheduled dash programming. We all know how the slippery slope works and before you knew it I had the car apart in hundreds of pieces tackling various “cheaper” projects while amassing engine parts and waiting for the engine builder. One of the projects I wanted to tackle for years was a dash rebuild. You see this car has been a track car since 1972 and judging by the great number of patches to the existing dash I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original to the track car build. […]

2 12, 2016

Duct Tape & Disappointment: Project Overland Misadventures Winch Install

By | 2017-01-09T15:30:38+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Projects|1 Comment

It’s hard to find time to work on my own cars, and even when I can find time, I’m usually short on space, tools, or let a million other little excuses get in the way. That’s why I had a pallet of for my ’99 Toyota 4Runner taking up half a parking stall in my garage for the last month and a half, just begging to be installed. I outsourced some of the heavy lifting – such as putting in the 3″ lift and installing the ARB front bumper – to the friendly service department at Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford while I was traveling for a couple weeks, but I knew I had to get my hands dirty at some point. Luckily, over Thanksgiving weekend a buddy of mine offered up some shop space and access to his vast array of tools to install my winch. […]

10 10, 2016

Ben’s Engine (mis)Adventure Part 2

By | 2016-10-10T21:54:19+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Projects|0 Comments

If you are afflicted with the car disease, you know it’s hard to stop thinking about your car. Thoughts, aspirations and questions regularly cross your mind. Things like, what should I fix or upgrade next, what’s the next event I need to get ready for, how can I knock a second off my lap time, what’s up with that nagging oil leak, etc. If you’re anything like me, thoughts like these consume you. It’s funny, though, how tucking your car away impacts the thought process. Let me elaborate. My last successful outing in the 914, almost 2.5 years ago. Photo Credit: Jessica Johnk In part 1 of my engine (mis)adventure, written many months ago, I introduced you to my racing hobby and the unexpected mechanical maladies that accompany the sport. Long story short, the car that I’ve raced for nearly twenty years, and has been a part of fun family vacations (and of course heated on track racing battles) for even longer, pooped out with premature engine failure. Premature really is an understatement. The engine had something like 8 hours of run time on it. I’d just spent a fortune building it and it was rendered useless on a cold, rainy Friday afternoon at Road America. […]

11 07, 2016

That Old stuff is great, but that new stuff ain’t bad either

By | 2016-07-11T10:04:32+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Projects, Two Wheeled Tuesdays|0 Comments

  If you’ve ever met me there is a chance that myself or someone around me has mentioned that I like motorcycles. Old ones, new ones, fast ones, really slow ones, basically all types of two wheeled people movers. The other thing that I like about motorcycles is the option for customizing them. I just can’t seem to leave them alone. Now I’ve had my cafe racer at the “Dojo” for a while and finally got some time with Josh to get that bike running properly good enough for now. It seems like for a time the cafe bike was my preferred bike because of the styling, but I can feel the tides changing. I ordered up the fender eliminator kit and some other parts from outpost cycle and had my mind blown. How can such small parts make such a big difference I thought? How. Howwwwwwww. Well this is how. This bike now looks like how I wanted it to look since day one. Mean, raw and giving off the essence of, “yes it’s loud, yes it’s British and yes Sir it is still running.” Well maybe that isn’t right, but I’m putting the Café bike on the back burner for now and focusing on the Scrambler. […]

20 04, 2016

Getting a BMW M3 ready for the Morrie’s Luxury Auto Track Day

By | 2016-04-20T14:51:28+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Projects|0 Comments

  I have a friend who recently sold his Porsche 911 Turbo and picked a 1998 BMW M3 as a temporary car while he searches for the right car to replace the 911 turbo. He ended up liking the M3 so much he decided to buy another one that was in better condition and had lower miles. After searching he found a clean 1997 M3 in Milwaukee and decided to have a pre purchase inspection done. There were a couple of issues that were found while the list wasn’t too long some items needed to be dealt with before the drive back home to Minneapolis. The other issues found during the PPI were common BMW maintenance items and overlapped with some upgrades that were planned before he had even picked the car up. […]