Tommi’s 2002 Touring
Once again I have been away a lot this month with my racing job to japan and china so have had very little actual free time to get on with the project so i set myself a weekend and got a few of the lads together and made a good crack on the car
I began by stripping the rest of the junk from the Nissan engine like the original mounts and basic wiring looms, and used my new engine hoist to lower the block without the gearbox into its rough position. It’s amazing how similar it is to the original 02 engine block in shape and looked a great fit so i took it back out and attached the Nissan gearbox with a couple of bolts and attempted to fit the whole lot back in.
It was a little tight in there so I removed the old twin servo brake lines, a corner of the battery tray and some of the front panel. Inside the car I cut a large slot around the old gear lever as the Nissan lever sits in a square solid mount which is higher than the BMW one. With everything finally going into position i hit a rather large snag. The engine was balancing on the steering cross member due to a larger Nissan gearbox bell housing. Unfortunately this called halt for the day’s work so we all bundled into my friend Arrans E30 and made a visit to fritz bits to collect some parts, and once back we treated ourselves to a nice cider and tested the now fully fitted rear E24 seats.
Whilst i have been away i have had access to Ebay so have been buying lots of parts ready for assembly over the winter. Most of the parts are for the fuel system which will tie in with the fuel tank which is being fabricated at the moment. It will be a complete aluminium system and because it is raised up higher than the original tank it will allow me to run a diffuser on the rear. A big problem i had with my other 2002 was that the original tank had no baffles and under hard cornering i had fuel starvation problems so a baffled tank and the swirl pot will fix this.
The final chapter of this month’s modifying was picking up my wheels from the machine shop. These are not the wheels that I will be travelling to Norway on but the car will be stanced to fit them nicely. They are magnesium F1 ensign wheels from the 70’s. The fronts are 15x11j and rears are 12j. They are different offsets so should have a lot of poke on the rear. Next month i will be getting them powder coated and adaptors made.