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M J W J

Just seen a mini shell pop up on ebay near me. In the advert it says "vin number and v5c can be provided at extra cost". Makes you wonder why it's an extra cost as surely the shell should have a vin number attached to it. Reported.
Nov 09 2019 02:17 PM
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    beardylondon
    double dodgy
    Nov 11 2019 10:37 AM
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    mercenary62
    treble dodgy

    Nov 11 2019 07:02 PM
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    Curley
    Report them to VOSA/DVSA. The vin it part of the body and should never be seperated. Owner can keep the V5/registration as you can apply to DVSA for a new one if you have the vin
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
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M J W J

THE MINI IS FINALLY HOME!!! WHOOOO!!! Just need to get it going again. Now where did I put those sub frame plans...
Nov 01 2019 10:59 PM
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M J W J

Off to collect the mini from Southampton Docks after is trip to mongolia.
Oct 31 2019 04:03 PM
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M J W J

I'm trying to track down my dad's old van. Reg XEH850S. It's Sandglow yellow and according to the Dvla it still exists.
Oct 27 2019 02:57 PM
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M J W J

Mini is now loaded into a container and is on its way. Holly c*** was it expensive but worth it as I want the mini home.
Aug 16 2019 02:09 PM
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    sledgehammer
    will be worth it in the long run
    hopefully customs will leave it alone
    Aug 16 2019 07:40 PM
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    M J W J
    I'm asking the docks to not unload it. I ended up doing half the work to strap it down so I think I can unstrap it.
    Aug 17 2019 01:01 PM
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M J W J

Real long shot. Anyone have an a+ series engine in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. We. Are stranded 250km from Ulaanbaatar with an engine that has thrown a rod.
Aug 09 2019 01:35 AM
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    sledgehammer

    wonder if there any austin 1300 /1100 out there , or old metro / kit car , best of luck
    Aug 11 2019 03:26 PM
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    M J W J
    We tried patching the hole in the gearbox and running it on three. We managed about 25km before she completely gave up. We are now in the process of arranging a shopping container to get her back to the Uk.
    Aug 13 2019 01:08 AM
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    sledgehammer
    hope it works out for you
    a shipping container is probably the best way to get it back here
    best of luck

    Aug 13 2019 10:40 PM
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M J W J

So yesterday we officially started the Mongol Rally. They picked 20 cars they thought "were doing it right" (in other word we think you're mental) to start. My mini was picked
Jul 23 2019 05:28 AM
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    Curley
    Sounds like an amazing trip! Can't wait to see some photos :)
    Jul 28 2019 08:57 PM
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    M J W J
    Teammates turn to get pulled over by the police. Fortunately it was just a spot check
    Jul 29 2019 07:31 AM
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    M J W J
    Just gone past chelyabinsk
    Jul 29 2019 07:31 AM
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So the mini has made it to Homberg and we've found a beer festival. Tomorrow we head to the Czech Out party near Prague.
Jul 20 2019 09:30 PM
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URGENT!!! I'm sitting at Dover docks waiting to board the ferry. Anyone know the position to fit headlight stickers on mini. Lucas sealed beams aren't in the instructions.
Jul 20 2019 07:44 AM
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I've been that busy I forgot to post this but. THE MINI PASSED ITS MOT! Finally she's back on the road after 10 years
Jul 12 2019 09:05 PM
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    Vinay-RS
    Congratulations!

    Jul 13 2019 02:57 PM
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M J W J

Has anyone got an alternator they are selling or willing to lend me for 24 hrs that I could pick up tonight? Preferably in the west Midlands.
Jul 05 2019 11:51 AM
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    M J W J
    All sorted now. Managed to find one in Cannock and got someone to collect it for me before the place closed.
    Jul 05 2019 10:12 PM
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Whooo! She started for the first time in 10 years. Without the exhaust though, my god she is loud.
Jun 27 2019 08:08 PM
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M J W J

Managed to punch myself square in the nose because the string snapped when fitting my windscreen this morning. Ow!
Jun 16 2019 08:18 PM
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    Anthony30
    :)
    Jun 16 2019 09:43 PM
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    Ben_O
    String to fit a Windscreen? Guess its not a mini you were fitting one to then?
    Jun 17 2019 09:41 PM
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    M J W J
    No was a mini. Followed the "instructions" in my service manual which are just wrong. Bit of googling later and I quickly gave up on that method, put the seal on the car and push the glass into the seal. I've fitted other glass (including the side windows) using the string method so didn't initially question it.
    Jun 20 2019 04:48 AM
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M J W J

My Co driver and I have had a quite heated argument. Please help settle it. He wants to start stripping the cylinder head off the engine and service it. I say we should get the car running and MOT'd first, then do it if we have time. We have 8 weekends left before we set off on the mongol rally, two of which I can't work on the car.
May 22 2019 10:03 PM
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    DeadSquare
    How much experience of Minis do you each have?.

    From 50 years of 'playing' with Minis, the only reason to take the head off an engine that is going OK, would be to check the size of the exhaust valve, and carry a spare.

    I admire your choice of car. I'd have picked a 4X4 Panda.
    Jun 04 2019 10:45 AM
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    M J W J
    I've had a mini since I was 16 and currently own two. I know some of the history of the engine as the car used to be my daily drive when I was 17. The engine ran when removed.
    Jun 05 2019 05:49 AM
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    M J W J
    The rally organisers said no 4wd this year. I think they were fed up of people using suzuki jimnys and panda 4x4
    Jun 05 2019 05:50 AM
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The mini goes in for paint this weekend. 13 weeks to go until I set off for Ulan-Ude and I have a lot of work to do.
Apr 18 2019 07:49 PM
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    M J W J
    Yep
    May 12 2019 09:50 PM
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    M J W J
    Actually we will be going as far as Tianjin China
    May 13 2019 05:53 AM
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    Mini ManannĂ¡n
    That's a mighty journey! What's happening, is it an event or are you just 'going for a drive'?
    May 13 2019 10:59 AM
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