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A Few Questions, or, The Adventure Begins... (archive)

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Posted by JakeS on April 29, 2000 at 08:45:28:

Good morning '02 listers!! A grand and glorious one it is, too. Because today is the first full day in which I am the owner of a 2002!

This is a 76. Completely stock except for the Pep Boys shocks and Midas exhaust. And is currently in my garage, on 4 jack stands, undergoing the r&r it (she?) so richly deserves after several years of benign neglect.

A couple of questions...

1 - The PO has disconnected the air pump at the diverter valve, leaving the hose dangling from the exhaust manifold. :-( Could be the air pump is dead, but from the restoration guide's comment, I figure the valve probably failed and started making major noise so it was "abandoned." My impulse is to get a working valve and re-hose it up again. I live in northern Delaware, an emission-controlled, EPA-regulated, don't-try-any-funny-stuff pollution zone. So sticking with the stock setup is probably the best plan. Is this practical - ie can I get a working diverter valve and will it keep working or does it have such a high failure rate that I may as well fake it now 'cause I'll have to pretty soon anyway?

2 - Tires. The Pep Boys 165/80-13 bald and dry-rotted ... uh, tires for lack of a better name... are off permanently. I'm not ready to spend a wad on wheels yet, though before I'm done I expect to look for some E30 take-offs. But I want to put good tires on the present 5J-13 steel wheels. 205/60-13s are readily available. The next common size down is 185/60-13, which does not impress me as being much better than the 165s that fell off. I have a few old baseball bats and I'm willing to learn to roll fenders, but don't want to be stupid about matching tire to wheel. Can I really expect the 205s to fit on the wheels I have - that seems a very narrow wheel?

If anyone has read this far, thank you for your patience. This promises to be an interesting hobby. Sorry I won't be taking this one to this year's Mid-Atlantic '02-Fest, but next year...

Jake Steijn
'76 2002 Anthracite (proud new owner)
'88 M5 with a new (older) baby sister


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