The Werk Shop

28814 Nagel Ct., Unit B

Lake Bluff, IL 60044

(847) 295.3200 Telephone

(847) 615.9375 Fax



Sunday, November 9th, 2008 — Its has been a looong time since the last update. I am very happy to report that ProjectM1 has come to a very successful end.

Sunday, August 16th, 2008 — One of the biggest last hurdles was the upholstery. This step took longer then expected due to serious health issues of the upholsterer. Fortunately, these problems proved surmountable and ProjectM1 could move forward. Isaac, we never met but I wish you all the best. You do amazing work.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008 — Four months since the last update, ProjectM1 is getting closer and closer to its conclusion. I posted some pictures to show the current state of affairs. It was a big moment when the engine and gearbox made their return to their rightful place...

Sunday, December 16th, 2007 — It has been quite awhile since the last update. This is partly due to the fact that Tom Kelly –the master BMW mechanic– has not been working on the Project without interruption. Another factor contributing to the lack of updates lies in the fact that the progress that has been made in the last couple of months is difficult to show in pictures. A lot of wires and hoses had to be snaked back into place for instance. This is of course very important but visually not spectacular.

I am happy to report that the end of the Project is in sight (as is the second anniversary of the start of ProjectM1). I posted some more pictures….

I received a few eMails asking about my experience with the modern replacement for the Magneti Marelli Ignition Controller made by Lenz Motorentechnik. I finally reached some conclusions.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007— It wasn’t in January, February, March or April. The shell came back in May, but only just. If you would walk up to me and tell me that “Perfection takes time” I might just punch you in the mouth. It might be true though, this new paintjob looks pretty good. I posted some pictures….

Sunday, January 14, 2007— Happy New Year! The schedule still calls for the return of the body to Chicago land at the end of this month. The last major sub-assembly that needed work is the ZF transaxle gearbox….

Saturday, December 30, 2006— The waiting is not yet over; the body is still in Milwaukee. In the light of 20/20 hindsight the blasting doesn’t appear to be such a great idea anymore. The process of stripping the old paint using the media blaster also destroyed a lot of the lines that visually define the car. Tom Franecki had to spend a lot of time recreating these lines. The key to a great paintjob is much more in the preparation than in the painting itself and the preparation is almost over. I visited Bob Bennett in Milwaukee last Thursday to see the progress they are making and to show them the Old Lady so they could see where the color is supposed to end and where the black trim begins…

Saturday, October 14, 2006 — These are, as Tom Kelly -the master BMW mechanic- put it, the dog-days of the project. Nothing much seems to be happening and it will stay this way until the body comes back from Milwaukee. ‘Seems’ is the operative word in the previous sentence because a lot of work is being done. All parts of the Nameless One are blasted and refinished with a special two-component veneer that will keep the underlying metal solid until the end of time.

The VF gearbox will be serviced by RBT Transmissions in California while the Kugelfischer pump is being rebuild locally.

The idea is that there will be a big pile of parts and sub-assemblies that are ready to be mounted on the NameLess One as soon as the body is back in the WerkShop.

Sunday, September 10, 2006— No great update this time; I posted some additional pictures of the assembly of the motor and added a background story on the birth of the M1. More to follow….

Friday, August 18, 2006— It’s been quite a while since the last update and a lot of things happened in the mean time. The engine has been completely disassembled, all individual parts have been either cleaned and revitalized or replaced with NOS parts. Apart from some gaskets (most notably the head-gasket) everything is ready to be put together again. The body of the NameLess One is in Milwaukee. The shop works a lot on hotrods so there is a lot of experience with glass fiber. I had the opportunity to visit them last Monday (August 14th) and I took some pictures...

Sunday, June 25, 2006— The M1 that is the subject of this site (the NameLess One) was probably never happier that she was taken out of the barn where she spend the Nineties and the first part of the current millennium. In fact I am sure she is having a blast….

Saturday, May 27, 2006— The Teardown phase on Monster Garage usually only takes a few hours. In real life it can take a couple of weeks. The NameLess One is now very close to completely disassembled. Check out these pictures. The engine came out of the frame and the NameLess One has been reduced to a shell.

Sunday, May 7, 2006— Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Overhaulin’ or Monster Garage knows that the first step in any project is the “Teardown”. ProjectM1 is no exception. The “Teardown” is also the only stage in the process that I could have done myself (without any hope of ever putting her back together of course).

Saturday, March 18, 2006— Nothing much has happened after the initial excitement of the purchase and the delivery of the Nameless M1 that is the subject of this website. A lot of parts were ordered and I’ve been sending out emails in an effort to find out about previous owners and who was responsible for the current, custom paintjob.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006— The Eagle has landed. The for now NameLess M1 that is the subject of this website has arrived. She was delivered to the WerkShop last Sunday. I posted some pictures of this joyous event.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 — The soon to be perfect M1 will be shipped this weekend. It will take 5 to 7 days for  the “Donor” to arrive from Fort Lauderdale (FL) in the Chicago land area.