Monday, August 15, 2016

Cylinder head is beyond reliable repair :(

Turned out that the 2002 121 cylinder head had too many faults and one was a crack that compromised the entire idea of safely using it :(

So I've started to look for alternatives cause i really don't want to put it all together and then do it again.

It took me many years to get to the maturity level on which i can wait and plan as opposed to just do something half way and regret the final outcomes.

Amazingly enough i've found a brand new e21 1.8 head at a "reasonable" price:

Internals are interchangeable only the valves are bigger. 

1972 2002 M10 Engine with 4 speed manual sourced.

M10 2002 engine with 4 speed manual gear and small Solex carb.
I had a very rare opportunity (only 100 of the 02 series were sold here)  to buy a 2002 engine for my 1802 from the same guy that sold me both 1802 cars (1974, 1975, Chamonix and Amazongrun).

It was sitting in his yard and of course untouched for years. It came off from a working car with the front bridge and lacked some accessories that maybe he sold during the years.

Not being aware of the great exchangeability of the E10/M10 with the later platforms,  i considered that this is my only chance to convert my 3 speed automatic 1802 to a real manual (4 speed) 2002.

So the saga began...

We cleaned it and took it apart hoping for the best which turned out to be much less than best but better than worst.