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This BMW 2002 Is A Carved Pumpkin

“A lot of people can say they bought their dream car,” says Carter Kelly Kramer. “Not a lot of people can say they built it.”

Kramer’s 1976 BMW 2002 is an example of how persistence can pay off. He bought the car at 16, from Ebay, with a tiny budget—and the car was far worse than described. Worse, he soon hooned off the road and punched it through a fence.

The repairs took a long time, as Kramer was determined to do it himself. “I had a pair of garden shears, I had a hack saw, I had a crowbar, and a sledgehammer…” he says.

“I slowly learned by taking the car apart how the car goes together,” Kramer says. “Don’t worry, I got this,” after his mom began to question why the 2002 was, again, in pieces.

Over time, it was decided to get rid of the project before college—after the car had inspired his successful entrance essay. Inevitably, Kramer suffered from seller’s remorse and eventually got the car back: “It was like a dog that ran away,” he says.

“I realized I took [a] nightmare and turned it into a dream…it’s taught me about cars, and driving, and fixing things. You can’t put a price tag on that.”

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r1200to7series
r1200to7series

Good job. Your efforts have paid off, and you have built the car of your dreams.

David Lake
David Lake

Carter.
Wonderful to hear your built your dream from your first car after buying it back. May people would have bought a better one to make the project easier on themselves.
I do hope you have a very good life and you can one day pass it down to your kids. They will know the story one day and will respect your drive as well. Live and drive the dream.

David

CHRIS DAGNOLO
CHRIS DAGNOLO

Carter, you are ‘the man’! More wise than your years! Drive it, love it, ignore anyone who doesn’t understand it! Great car great guy, great vid!

Marc
Marc

Really nice to see what 90\% of us have been through as kids. Refreshing to see a realistic story and real world budget. While I enjoy seeing all the unobtainium often featured in these videos, I relate more to this guy wrecking my parents garage back in the early 80’s. Now that I am 50, things have not changed that much….I just get more underwater, upside down and wreck my own garage now that I can afford to do so.

Soren Ingram
Soren Ingram

Great Job. Personally a Fan of Burnt Orange and Black
What I painted my hovercraft.
Fiat 131 R , Mac F1 GTR , M1

Willam Giltzow
Willam Giltzow

Really should put air filters on it, but great car and video. Carter will live long enough (we hope) to be concerned about fuel availability. The electric conversion will be thoroughly engineered by then, but the air filters will eliminate maybe several rebores before gasoline becomes truly unobtainable.

Richard Baker
Richard Baker

An Army buddy of mine in Germany long ago bought a brand new 1972 2002 and it was a sweet little car. We were cruising down an autobahn at 105 mph when we had a Mercedes Sedan blow by us doing at least 140-145 mph. I turned to Tom and said that I’d never been passed going 105 mph before. Her dream car is wonderful to view in this story. Hope she has fun driving.

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

Incredible guy. Incredible story. Gave me goose bumps.

aeschbo
aeschbo

Love it!! Very good production. Two thumbs up.

Chris Robins
Chris Robins

Kudo’s to my friend Carter & my friends at Petrolicious. I remember when Carter bought this car, started the work, sold it, bought it back, spray painted it, wrapped it, worked on it at Dominick’s, and now to see this 2002 where it is is simply awesome. Truly a labor of love and a passion for automotive history. In 30 years this story will be even better…see ya soon CKK.

rick bradner
rick bradner

I like this quite a lot –
There is an almost haiku simplicity in the telling, that traces the path of life from youth through to maturity in a way familiar to so many of us.
Brilliant!

Gus Pattison
Gus Pattison

“Don’t worry I got it” I have definitely said this to my mum about projects.

Great car, great guy.

DJDC
DJDC

Great story-this, along with the off road Porsche and the self made Ferrari dream car are among the best.

Tyler Toth
Tyler Toth

Literally doing the same thing with a 74′ 02 I paid $250 for right now

Jim Bauer
Jim Bauer

Props to you Carter. Everything you did is awesome, you improved this car, for sure. Radical.

Robert Greenebaum
Robert Greenebaum

Good film- great attitude.

Patrick Andrews
Patrick Andrews

A nightmare that turned into a dream. This guy is as much a poet as he is a mechanic. I love that he doesn’t care what others think his car is worth.

Wayne Mattson
Wayne Mattson

Nice video with a great story about a kid and his vision for an iconic classic. The “Carved Pumpkin” looks pretty cool without the chrome and bumpers and I have to agree; who cares what the mods did to the value because as long as the owner is happy, in their mind it’s priceless. If all our decisions were based on perceived value, everything would be homogeneous and boring. I dig the creativity that comes with these types of modifications.

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