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BMW 2002 1802 1602 1600 roundie classic

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A blog dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antique BMWs.

A while back I bought a 1975 BMW Sienna Braun and I’m starting the restoration process.  The car is complete but needs a lot of work.  So now my son and I are working on it as a project.  I’m leaning on installing an M20 engine so that I can benefit from more horse power and obviously a 5 speed transmission.  My goal is to create a daily driver with many of today’s amenities, including air conditioning.  It’s  a major project that exceeds many of my technical skills, but I’ve always believed in the idea of letting your reach exceed your grasp.  The project objectives may be sacrilegious to some/most of you BMW 2002 enthusiasts, but I think there are plenty of 2002s out there true to their identity and upgrading the power train on this one isn’t egregiously profane.

1975 BMW

The air conditioner is visible behind the steering whee.

The air conditioner is visible behind the steering whee.

Standard 2002 M10 engine

Standard 2002 M10 engine

Removing parts. Once out, I'll have 2 complete M10s in my garage.

Removing parts. Once out, I’ll have 2 complete M10s in my garage.

I’ll upload comments and pictures as we move along.  I hope you’ll check in from time to time.  Comment if you’d like; I’m always happy to take advise and promote good ideas.



Back in June I posted a blog about replacing my rear drum breaks. Shortly after that post I discovered that one of my wheel cylinders was leaking brake fluid. I purchased two new cylinders from Geekparts for arount $15 each and on one Saturday it replaced the set. It took about 2 hours to complete.


Here is the leaking cylinder


The cylinder is held in place by two bolts accessible behind the wheel cylinder.


The new wheel cylinder about to be installed.


The new wheel cylinders come complete with internal pistons and bleed valve.


New wheel cylinder installed.


Brakes and cylinder installed.

This job is easy to do.  The biggest challenge is removing the drum.  Once removed, the brakes are held in place by a spring above the axle and metal tension rod below the axle.

Install the wheel drum before testing the brakes.  If you don’t do that you could possibly push the pistons out of the cylinder and you’ll have wheel cylinder parts and brake fluid all over the brakes.  I learned this lesson the hard way.

Don’t forget to bleed the rear brake lines before driving your car on the road.

I hope this helps you plan your wheel cylinder replacement project.



9/14/15 8:47pm: UPDATE:
Well the long arm of Craigslist has caught up to I can longer access their RSS feeds, which happens when Craigslist determines that the feed is being abused. I’ve sent them an email appealing the block but have not heard back from them…and I don’t expect I will. I apologize to all the Bimmer02 visitors, I know many of you really benefited from the site. But I have to say that I’m happy the site lasted as long as it did. It started back around 2010/11, so I have no complaints. At the end of the day it is Craigslist data and I’m respectful of that. Perhaps Craigslist will change their mind. If so I’ll bring it back, but going forward I’ll look for others ways to contribute to the community. I remain a steadfast enthusiast of BMW 2002 and I’m sure that there are other ways to serve the community.

I’ll continue the blogging as time allows and try to post interesting repair/upgrade stories.

There are alternatives for Craigslist posts:, so all is not lost.

In a few days I’ll revert the site to the blog entries, but I’ll leave this post in the list to inform the others as they arrive.

Until then…happy driving!