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The first car I owned was a used trade-in '72 BMW 2002 which I bought in '73 after I emigrated to Canada.
"Freude am Fahren" was absolutely the truth
about that car.
-But my repair-bills became so huge that my friendly BMW-dealer suggested I take a job as a parts-man with him to reduce repair-costs and also learn to maintain and repair cars myself.
-And what a great education I got. My first major task was catalogueing all
the parts stripped off a '76 BMW 320i demonstrator that was given to the dealership by the importer after the dealership's racing-team won the Canadian GT
I meant all
the parts -just the body shell was re-used to make the new racecar...
- Helping to build that one was also great therapy for dealing with my first divorce and he first ex-wife also kept the Canadian-made Volvo 145 -nice to drive, Guess all the rust made it light too...
After the floor on the '72 BMW rusted out, I replaced it with a '73 that had the cylinderhead, 5-speed transmission (shiftpattern was Porsche 914 style with 1st being to the left and back) and a 4.11 rear-end instead of the factory 3.64. All this from a '74 Alpina rallycar. To breathe it had two Weber 45DCOEs, a header with 3 1/4" pipe and a tiny muffler from a Turbo Corvair.
- 168HP on the rear wheels in the dyno. To make it slow down it had the front calipers from the 3.0 Bavaria with spacers to accept vented front discs..
And the fun didn't stop there, I replaced the fan with an electric one for city driving, replaced the standard 13" wheels with 14" wheels. I was the parts-man, right?
Gave me lap-times at Mosport at the high 1:30s as far as I remember.
All these modifications were of course duly supervised by the Dealership-owner and chief-mechanic.
Unfortunately the fun ended in early '83 when the rear bumper of a Buick suddenly
appeared in front of me...
Moved back to Norway again, licking my wounds and bought my last BMW, a 1802 (guess you can tell I was really hooked on the 02-models) which I had great hopes for. Not much happened with that one as a VW
dealer in Toronto wanted me to return there, which I did after a short while.
In rapid sucsession I owned a '78 Golf, a '82 Golf Diesel which always started in Toronto-winters and took me trough the worst snow-storm I ever experienced, two Brazilian-made VW
Foxes, a '90 Jetta and a '96 Golf before moving back to Norway for good with wife and kid.
-Took over my father's old '86 Jetta, but in '01 a bus cut me off and the Jetta didn't quite make it through said bus, (the car was actually still driveable), I got a '85 Volvo 240 Wagon.
-The family had also expanded and I needed space to haul a baby carriage as well as luggage for holiday-trips. That was a great car, took our little family to Latvia twice.
-All great things won't last, due to corrosion I had to replace it 2 years ago with a 2002 Golf Wagon,
-Jetta Wagon to you people west of the Atlantic.
The '02 Golf Wagon is great to drive, has good economy, seems like I'm getting to be an old "Fuddy-Duddy", but the greatest cars I've ever owned must have been the 02-series BMWs
-Too bad BMW took the fun out of driving by adding AC
and other heavy things to their cars.
-When was the last time you saw the great tool-kit they had mounted in the trunk-lids?
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