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1971 BMW 2002 Roadster with Pete McHenry's personal 2.6 M20 Engine Swap

1971 BMW 2002
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Item condition:

Very good condition. Ready for the road. The engine starts and runs fine. No overheating. No fluid

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Aug 17, 2014
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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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Vehicle Specifics for 1971 BMW 2002
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1971 BMW 2002
VIN#: 2581844
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  • The vehicle was manufactured prior to 1981.
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Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: Very good condition. Ready for the road. The engine starts and runs fine. No overheating. No fluid or exhaust leaks. New timing belt and tensioner. New fuel pump. The clutch is good and the transmission shifts well. There are no driveline vibrations. The brake fluid needs to be changed and bled. Recent tires. Doors open and shut fine. Tight steering, suspension, and controls. New tires.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 2581844 Year: 1971
Number of Cylinders: 6 Make: BMW
Transmission: Manual Model: 2002
Body Type: Convertible Trim: Pete McHenry's personal M20 from the 1st 2602
Vehicle Title: Clear Engine: E21 Euro 323i M20 2579cc
Options: Convertible Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Type: Gasoline Mileage: 68,706
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Pearl White
Disability Equipped: No Interior Color: Black
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
The car can be delivered anywhere in the country for cost. Please call for details.

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When I first met the current owner of this car I was informed that it had an engine swap done by my dad, Pete McHenry. After speaking to the mechanic, Mark Laramore, who assembled heads for my dad in the 1980's and early 90's, I learned that the engine in this roadster was the original M20 my dad built for his Inka Orange '72 tii. In 1988 or so Pete decided to install an S14 from an E30 M3 to be faster at the track. Although the S14 is the ultimate in performance, Pete preferred the M20 for street driving. It is quieter, smoother, and makes better low-end torque, he said. He sold his M20, the first M20 in a 2002, to Randy Bennet. Mark was friends with Randy and worked on the car including replacing the timing belt, fuel pump, and recent upkeep. 

After a conversation at Mid-Ohio in 1985, Pete McHenry embarked on a mission to put BMW's small six cylinder engine in his 1972 2002tii. He dubbed it the 2602 because the volume of his first engine was 2,579cc's. I found Pete's file folder labeled "2602 ENGINEERING." He found the M20 with light flywheel was 15 pounds lighter than the M10 and the front of the block was in-line with that of the 4 cylinder. It took a lot of work to make the M20 engine bolt-in but the result is stunning torque and about 200 horsepower in current trim. 

In 1985 Pete took a European E21 323i engine and bored it out. He used custom forged aluminum pistons and rings of his design. The head was reworked and a Schrick 292 cam was installed. The intake manifold has been extrude honed and a 530i throttle body is used. A light flywheel was chosen along with a 228mm clutch. The radiator is from an E21 323i. Pete machined the water pump and installed a special bearing to make the unit shorter in order to clear the radiator. Custom reinforced engine mounts were made. Randy added beautiful 3 into 1 headers and powder coated many of the engine and suspension pieces.

Randy purchased the car in the 1980's with the roof already removed and the rear section of the roll bar installed. 
The rest of the stout 6-point roll bar was installed by Craig Phelps in 1989 to recover stiffness and add to the safety of the topless 02, along with front and rear strut braces. Randy then brought the car to Jack Summey, owner of Jack's Customs, a North Carolina body shop. Jack has been chopping roofs and making custom bodywork for over 35 years. There, Jack installed the widebody, smoothed the bumpers, and shaved the trim pieces. This work and white paint job was done in 2001. The majority of the body is composite and further cuts weight from the roadster configuration. Randy insisted on keeping the car as light as possible. In 2004, Jack chopped the windshield 4" and had the BMW glass cut at Pfaff's, a well known local glass cutter. He also installed a Miata header panel so that a top can be framed and installed. The Miata latches are included. At that time the flake was added to the paint and the fiberglass hood and trunk were changed to Kevlar. 
The suspension setup is unknown, but it does sit on adjustable coilovers with a large rear sway bar and a custom bent front bar to clear the 6 cylinder. The period HRE multi-piece wheels are 15x7" front and 15x8" rear.
The chassis is rust-free; the only apparent rust being surface spots on the unfinished interior. Jack went over the body and repaired any damage. The underbody has been detailed and the suspension parts power coated.

The dashboard is the 1-piece style with no cracks. The wiper motor works but there are no arms. The tool to button the hood and trunk is included. The hood and trunk can be removed and installed by one person.

I recently drove the car and out of the countless engine swapped BMW's I have driven this is easily the most fun to drive. It is low, tight, responsive, and the M20 makes great noises. Having the top off makes for the most fun. The Recaro seats are firm and confortable and I can easily get in and out of the car without encountering the rollbar. 

The engine was the brainchild of a brilliant and pioneering engine builder. My father had been hopping up engines since the late 1940's. His first new car was a '67 Chevelle SS 396 L78 mechanical lifter which he stroked to 427 by the end of the decade. He turned his sights to the BMW chassis and engines in the 1970's and began building his own hopped-up variants. He went on to pioneer the S14 swap in the 02 in 1990 and the M50 in the E30 in 1992. He also programmed the first computer chip that made a BMW run faster in 1990. He was a skilled metallurgist and industrial furnace designer as well. The engine is somewhat of a family jewel, but I have my own vintage car project underway. Unfortunately the hood is too short for this engine. 

Drive Train:
M20 323i engine (distributor in the block)
Schrick 292 cam
E12 528i ecu
3 into 1 headers
Free flow exhaust
Custom machined water pump
323i radiator

4 speed 320i transmission (wider first gear ratio to absorb the M20 torque)
320i slave cylinder
Light flywheel
228mm clutch

Adjustable coil-over in front
Custom large front swaybar
Large rear swaybar
6 point rollcage
Front and rear strut braces

H4 headlights
European turn signals
Momo Monte Carlo steering wheel with a cast aluminum hub
VDO gauge pack: oil temperature, oil pressure, clock
HRE multi-piece wheels 15x7 front 15x8 rear
Kuhmo All Season tires 205/50 front 225/50 rear
Recaro seats
Aircraft seatbelts

Fiberglas fender flares
Kevlar hood and trunk 
Fiberglas front spoiler
Fiberglas rocker panel covers
Sport side mirrors
Painted chrome and aluminum
License plate holder and light
Shaved handles and locks
Shaved belt moldings
Internal door release
No side windows or regulators
4" windshield chop 
Miata header panel
E21 backseat
Relocated gas fill
Relocated battery to the trunk

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For further details call John at 336.575.0859 eastern time. 

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