Over a decade ago, I purchased a car that would spell the beginning of a gripping obsession with a quirky German car with a cult following. I’d been looking for something old, 2-door, rear wheel drive and affordable. I’d toyed with the idea of either an Alfa 1750 GTV, a Datsun 1600, or a Mk.I Cortina. And then someone showed me a picture of a BMW 2002, and I just had to have one. I obsessed over it. I bought all the books, read all the articles, I spoke to guys who raced them. It was a perfect fit. So I bought one. It was a Sahara beige 1974 square tail light 2002, that wasn’t running, and needed a lot of work. Immediately the car was stripped down to make the necessary repairs, and it sat in the same spot for 5 years, gathering dust while I slowly chipped away at various subassemblies in my spare time.
Throughout the whole process, I’ve had to learn to take what you read on the internet with a grain of salt, but I’ve also managed to pick up a huge amount of useful information. If, like me, you like to tinker, and pull things apart, you’d be surprised to find out that there’s almost nothing that you can’t buy for your 2002, and most of it is available locally. There’s a misconception that the only places to buy parts for your 2002 are overseas vendors like Walloth & Nesch, Ireland Engineering, and Pelican Parts, and this is just not true. While I’ve definitely sourced parts from these vendors, there are a huge number of Australian manufacturers, workshops, suppliers and fabricators who want to do business with you, you just need to find them. So if you’re in the process of buying a BMW 2002, restoring one, or you just want to have a bit more information before you start pulling things apart, let’s break down what you need to know. Keep in mind that this is by no means a comprehensive guide, but merely my observations over the years. If you’re in Melbourne, you’ll find this guide particularly useful, as most of our contacts are Melbourne-based.
In this guide, The Ultimate Guide to Kick-Starting your BMW 2002 Restoration Project, I’ll take you through everything you need to know to kick-start your BMW 2002 Restoration Project, including:
- Where to find all the basic information to help guide your project,
- Where to find those random parts you’ve been looking for,
- Where to find aftermarket/performance parts, and
- Where to go for repairs.