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Old 05-04-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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"The Turbo Project"

So I have decided to make this build thread to document the progress of our 1974 2002 turbo bmws. We have collected 5 of these rare classic cars over the last few years and recently decided to restore them back to 100% original.

The first turbo we started to restore was this beautiful Polaris silver. This car was picked up in California and brought home to our Toronto facility for our full restoration treatment.





With only 1,672 of these cars ever built, you can be sure that at least 25% of them have been lost over the years. Some turned into racecars and being crashed beyond repair, catching fire, rusting away, at the bottom of lakes, and some just lost in junk yards to never be found again. Our goal is to keep these cars alive and bring them back to their original glory, where they can be driven and enjoyed.

The second car we are bringing back to life is this Chamonix white turbo with only 23000 original miles. This turbo is number 0089 of the first 100 ever built making it extremely rare and as far as we know, the only documented turbo under the first 100. Vin: 4290089.





I will start to update the progress on the other 3 turbos and go into more detail on which cars will receive special treatment in different areas in the coming weeks.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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To start, all of our engine bays were stripped of all hardware, intercooler piping, hoses etc, to be cleaned, CAD plated and refreshed.



Everything from the hood latch bar, to the brackets and even the washer sprayers will get sand blasted and re done.



Our sand blast machine could not fit the entire length of the hood latch bar so we had to improvise a little bit.















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Old 05-04-2014, 03:47 PM   #3
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Moving on to the interior, we have removed the carpets, dashboards, seats and all interior trim to be replaced with brand new items from BMW.



40 years of dirt and grime and the addition of speakers and stereo equipment have made restoring these cars even more difficult. These carpets are not available from BMW anymore but there are many venders that supply multi piece kits that should give the interior a clean and complete look.





These seats will not need to be replaced as they are in such great condition!



The seat rails however have started to rust and we will be sand blasting these and CAD plating them.



The addition of radios speakers was a common trend in the early 80's for these cars but we like to keep things clean and original.





We are reupholstering some items in house like these rear deck covers which were showing some signs of age and also had speaker holes cut into them.



Yup, this is the ash tray. We want to make sure that every part, big or small receives the same quality treatment.



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Old 05-04-2014, 08:22 PM   #4
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Very cool, if you do not mind me asking....

What is a pre restored car generally going for? I ask because I have one on my radar that is all original minus seats and wheels, issue is rust, fairly bad but not over the top. The guy wants $30k.
Who's cars exactly are these (dealer? or Dealer owner lol)
Is that your dealer facility where the work is done or a private shop, I only ask because I things
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:52 PM   #5
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Very cool, if you do not mind me asking....

What is a pre restored car generally going for? I ask because I have one on my radar that is all original minus seats and wheels, issue is rust, fairly bad but not over the top. The guy wants $30k.
Who's cars exactly are these (dealer? or Dealer owner lol)
Is that your dealer facility where the work is done or a private shop, I only ask because I things
To answer your question about what these cars are worth unrestored, you'll probably be looking in the 60 to 70 range with no rust and all the original parts intact. They are extremely hard to find to begin with so 30k sounds like an awesome deal! Authentic 2002 turbo seats have sold for over $5000 in the past but I would jump on that right away if it is a true 2002 turbo. Fully restored don't be surprised if you see a six figure price tag.

As for the work, I am doing all the labour myself working directly under a collector. Everything is done in house from welding and fabrication, painting and custom upholstery, to final assembly. Currently these cars are all privately owned. We will be participating in the Bimmercruise as well as working with a few dealers this year to help promote these beautiful cars.

Thanks for taking an interest in our project, we appreciate all the comments and questions you may have!
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:15 PM   #6
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Nice projects. 1 turbo would be nice, 5 is obsessive behaviour, even in the collector world

There are a few of us on here who have nut and bolt restored 2002's, so don't be afraid to pm or post questions. I'm working on an extensive resto mod of a '70 2002 with an E30 M3 motor.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:13 PM   #8
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I look forward to your posts on the turbo rebuilds.
Are you looking for other rare 2002s, or are you only interested in the turbos?
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:53 PM   #9
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It has been a few weeks since we posted anything on here but we have been hard at work. We also picked up a go pro hero 3 to capture all the action going down here at the shop.

So I will start with the 2 main turbos we are focusing on at the moment, our silver and our white 2002. We decided to pull the engine from our white 2002 because the previous restorer had left quite a few runs and over sprayed on almost all the rubbers in the bay, which needed to be fixed. We sprayed the entire roof and front cowl to match, as well as the sunroof which was showing some signs of wear.





We also patched 3 holes on the firewall that the previous owner used for routing some larger fuel lines.



We stripped the engine down and painted the block black, and are waiting for some gaskets and OEM hardware to reassemble the rest.



We also painted most of the OEM brackets and brake booster to compliment the newly painted engine bay.



Our silver 2002 is nearly completed as well, we pulled the dash and are currently repairing some cracks and re doing the carpet. We received our CAD plating back and put the hood latch bar, washer sprayers, oil cap, and misc nuts and bolts back.



I will update more tomorrow once I am back in the shop.

I also have hundreds of progress pictures on my iPhone from sand blasting to painting if anyone would like to see those, I will update the thread with them as time goes on.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:21 PM   #10
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:53 PM   #11
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Awesome work!
I'm jealous of the clean shop!
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:56 AM   #12
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Do you allow visitors to your shop?
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:04 PM   #13
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Awesome work!
I'm jealous of the clean shop!
Thanks guys, very much appreciated.

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Do you allow visitors to your shop?
Currently we are not open to the public but we are going to hold a Classic meet in the coming months at our facility, and everyone will be welcome.

Here are some more pictures of the engine bay we just painted, interior progress of our silver turbo, and other misc CAD plating and painting we have done.

The starter was cleaned, rebuilt and painted.



Prepped and painted engine ready for turbo and accessories.





The headliner is in pretty rough shape and will need to come out.



Starting to lay out the 15 piece carpet kit on our silver 2002.





Finished rear deck cover in place and rear glass in.



These headlight covers were a nice addition to the engine bay and allow the car to be driven anywhere which we like.



Polished the rear bumper, added new plate lights, and gave the turbo and 2002 badging some fresh paint as well.



CAD plated hood bar, screws and latch.

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Old 07-18-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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I can vouch for this car. Cleaner then the cars in my showroom....
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:02 AM   #15
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Money........... HUGE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

This is no poor man's quest that's for sure. Take a look around in the background as well. I'm not a hater....... just infinitely jealous!! I had a '69 2002 I started restoring from the ground up but sold it off befoer finishing. But it was dog-sh!t compared to this.
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