By the time you read this, the eBay auction for Otto the ’74 2002tii will have closed. With luck, the sale will go forward without event, and the car will soon be on its way to a new home.
They could have called it The Great Escape, representing the abrupt emigration of the three presenters of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) hugely popular car show: Top Gear. Instead, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have titled their new car program The Grand Tour.
After Otto’s decapitation and re-capitation, last week he rejoined the living. With his newly rebuilt head, he sprang to life on the first turn of the key. But after I re-torqued the head and set the valves, I didn’t like the sound of the idle.
There’s something wonderful about emerging from the Midwestern winter and performing an oil change. Ah, the snow is gone early this year, and the sun is finally shining. You line up your tools, get the trusty E36 up on its low-angle ramps, and prepare to turn the first bolt of spring. This thing is much tighter than I remember. Did I do the last oil change, or did I take it to a shop?
Last week I put Otto’s head on the block (which has an utterly different connotation here than in, say, the French Revolution) and torqued it down. I thought that, given one uninterrupted evening, I should be able to button everything up and get Otto running.