Ernie the E10
in his new home

Next Project - the 1976 - 02 Blue

The resto has begun. Spring 2018

Brakes were spooky, shifting horrible, steering squirrely, etc...
Another great deal via Ebay.
;- /


The Brakes
Before anything else , it's gotta stop.

All new braided brake lines


Upgrading rear drums to 250 mm E21 drums

Yep, getting the axel nut off was as hard
I as remember it.


Original rear drums

Rear Drums

Upgraded E21
(250mm drums)

Front Disk

Larger Volvo front disk and calipers with new inner and outer bearings.
(22mm vented rotors )

"New" - period correct modification - Wheels.
I had to change the wheels to accommodate the new larger brake calipers and rotors.
So I went with an Alpina look.
(I wish I had gotten a before photo. Pretty crappy with lots of surface rust.)

Step by step the 2002 makes progress.


The Transmission

(New shift linkage on the bench)

Upgraded 5 speed (Getrag 245) transmission and now
with Ireland Engineering shift linkage

The original worn-out shift linkage was awful and improperly
installed - none the less.

The Engine / Mechanics

Relocate battery to trunk = better weight distribution
but also gives more room in engine compartment.


- old interior -

5 speed Getrag tansmission.

new brake boost and tii master
new reservoirs too
(This photo showes the original
downdraft carb.)

Side Draft Weber Conversion

During 1 ...

During 2 ...


The astute of you will notice the mechanical fuel pump block off plate in the photos above.
Yep, Ernie now has an electric fuel pump in the trunk and a new fuel line to go with it.

It seems the more I do to upgrade this little car, the cleaner it gets.
I get to remove old unused wires and componets long forgotten and simple left in place...
cleaning engine compartment - hiding and cleaning wiring - as I go.


Bilstein struts and rear shocks along with ...

... all new springs.
new - silver / original - black
(Hard to believe this only lowers the car 1.25".)



The Aesthetics

The fun part.

Interior starting to take shape:
Alpina Steering wheel installed. Upgraded shift knob, boot and brake handle.
Recaro LS (period correct) seats installed.

Ernie on his way to his first show.

- lots more to come -

Life is too short - enjoy yourself.

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