Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Couple More Rainy Day Upgrades

Seattle is suffering from the season - endless rains and cold now prevail.  In order to keep my own spirits up in preparation for my departure to the Caribbean in three weeks I found some small items to upgrade.

First, I saw recently that Walloth & Nesch in Germany sell insulation pads for the floor of the car. They are not stock to my particular year but I ordered four of them in hopes that some more sound deadening would result.

After pulling up the carpets and installing I immedately noticed an appreciable reduction in road noise during my first rainy drive of the day. They cost 10 Euros each and are well worth the price, given how thin yet heavy the material is, which I doubt I could find in old carpet padding.

On a different note, a week or so ago I noticed, in the German 2002 forum Marktplatz, a delicious-looking spread of NOS Nk parts. I fired an email to the seller and turns out he was a certified BMW NK tech as far back as 1966 (he thoughtfully provided a copy of his 1966 factory certification by email)He had a collection of tasty parts and I grabbed an NOS horn pad from him. The pad even included brand new plastic studs for affixing it to the wheel hub.

I'd been looking for a new pad for years, to replace the one on my car mostly ruined by a PO who tried to "improve" it by recovering the exterior in nasty brown vinyl, as seen in this old photo.

And now replaced.

So let it rain, I say.  My car is now drying off in the garage and the temperature is agreeably warm in the house.

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