F I N K B U I L T

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

drano
Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste




New in the Stable – 1969 BMW 2000

bmw 2000

Ther’s a new obsession in my life, and believe me, I’m obsessive. Lately I’ve been spending all my free time, energy, and money refurbishing this “Neue Klasse” BMW.

An Unlikely Orphan

This car came to me in the most remarkable way.

My Friend Hugh, who is a fellow vintage BMW enthusiast was given this car by a co-worker, who had brought it up to Seattle from San Fransisco as a restoration project. When the resto plans went south, she passed the car along to Hugh, because she knew that he was passionate about these old gals. Well, after a summer of driving the 2000 around while his other resto project was in the paint shop, Hugh came to terms with the fact that he simply didn’t have the time or space for the project, and knowing how I would treat the car, gave it to me!

Here are some pictures that Hugh took when he got the car:

The Neue Klasse BMWs

Almost everyone knows about the sporty little 2 door 2002 which made a huge splash in the motoring press in 1969 and introduced the US market to the BMW marquee. Few however, know about or have ever seen an example of the 4 door predecessor to those cars, the “New Class” 1500, 1800, and 2000 sedans. This line of cars was a gamble that saved the company from bankruptcy, and defined the format for pretty much all BMWs to follow for many decades.

The 1500 4 door was the first car to use the M-10 Motor, which continued to be used in one form or another all the way into the 1990′s!

Have a look around this NK site to learn more about BMW’s “Neue Klasse” sedans.

Watch for updates

I will post updates as I work on the car. Here are some of my immediate plans for it:

  • Clean, clean, clean, clean – ongoing
  • Replace US DOT lights with Euro spec lights and grills – Done
  • Buff out oxidized paint -Done
  • Go through and upgrade/repair suspension and steering -in progress
  • Replace hard/leaky front and rear winshield seals and lock strips – Done
  • Replace all crusty door/window seals – ongoing
  • Repar cracked dash
  • Replace Auto Transmission with 320i 5 speed – saving up for clutch kit
  • Replace E30 wheels with stock ti steelies and hubcaps – in progress
  • Reupholster seats
  • Repair/recover cracked dash and rear parcel shelf
  • Refinish/replace interior wood trim
  • Repair rust area on front valance

Stay tuned.

10 Responses to “New in the Stable – 1969 BMW 2000”


  1. atmonkeypox Says:

    Niiiice!

  2. lavardera Says:

    does this mean you will be giving away your other 2002? ahem… ahem!

  3. ClayW Says:

    Fink! Are you planning another Megasquirt conversion for this one? Would be cool!

  4. FunkyLane-O Says:

    A Riveria and an Atlantik, my two favorite 02 colors and you have one of each!

    I remember when Hugh got that car, you definitely have your work cut out for you.

  5. Chris Says:

    yeah, I was just checking out that photo set, you’re a brave man. Gonna do the upholstery yourself huh?

  6. Slow Joe Crow Says:

    Man that takes me back. My parents had a 1970 2000 from 71-77, same color but with US spec round headlights and a 4 speed. By an odd coincidence one of the teachers at my elementary school also had a 2000, also dark blue, but with automatic.
    We used to take it up to Lime Rock Park on Memorial Day weekend to watch the IMSA GT race, and our dealer’s 2002.

  7. Steve Says:

    Clay, Chris -

    No Fuel injection planned for this car at this point. I am going to roll with the single barrel solex for a while.

    I am planning to send the seat skins to World upholstery. They said that they will make patterns and add them to their catalog.

    check it out, I tore out the dash, and I am repairing it now:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lodefink/3132288226/sizes/l/

  8. Kevin86 Says:

    German cars are the best…!

  9. Kit Herring Says:

    Hi!

    Dan in Colorado showed me your web site. Cool. I have a ’67 2000, pretty intact, and I want to do the conversion to Euro headlights – I have the buckets and grills – but am pretty clueless on where to find the necessary wiring instructions/hardware. Any tips?

    Much appreciated.

    Best,
    Kit

  10. Steve Says:

    Hey Kit,

    I posted a reply to you your post on the 2002FAQ forum :)

    As I recall, it was a pretty simple bolt in operation. For me, modern bulbs fit right into the reflectors, and the wiring connectors worked just fine. My car was a ’69, so perhaps the earlier cars were different. good luck!