Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rechromed / Regrooved

It occured to me the other day that something was amiss with my door panels. I checked with the Euro Original Polizei, who told me the current look was unacceptable.
The two horizontal strips that border the textured vinyl, shown here colored black, are supposed to be chromed. Clearly, my doors had been stripped of the requirement. So I got some mylar strips courtesy of Dan Pecsok, who I found on He sent them promptly. Too bad he's leaving the country in March and so will soon be unavailable to help other owners with the same problem. I applied two pieces to one door as an initial test. The interior looks much better; shimmering mylar is our friend.
And now two more doors done!
The last and most important door, which probably turned out the best.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Idle Thougts

The car began to idle rather fast this week, perhaps at 2k RPMs. At first I thought an adjustment to the carburator would be required and so I did a search on the BMW 2002 forum to see if I could learn what to do. I was suprised to read that leaves, pine needles, and other junk can collect behind the gas pedal and prevent it from releasing properly, a scenario that would make the car seem to idle too high. Naturally, when I checked behind the pedal I observed plenty of lawn trimmings. Even a small screw had lodged in the crevice. I got out the vacummn cleaner and cleaned everything. In the photo a few remnants of debris are visible but now the car idles perfectly, back at 800 RPMs.