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#31 blacktulip

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 10:02 AM

good boy!! will this become a project in the section?

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 10:06 AM

When are you going to get us some pictures? :gimme:

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:29 PM

Pictures!

(What are these wheels?)

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Sills and floors have been robustly have been patched:

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So have companion bins:

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There is an engine (998?) and the gear stick moves about freely enough.
The clock says 44000 miles.

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Some cause for concern in the rear. Arches might need patches and there is some corrosion (surface?) around the shock mounts. :gimme:

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#34 minimininut

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:24 PM

Nice one - like you say the shell looks ok from the pics you've put up, bargain for one hundred squid.

Um, have you worked out where you're going to put it?!

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:27 PM

A bit of T cut to bring up the shine and your onto a winner!! :(

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:28 PM

Looks good, nice find there!!

The wheels are "Exacton" or mini special wheels.

I see its still got the early small tank as well!!

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 08:48 PM

Thanks guys!
Just arranging the coming together of two friends who have a dolly and tow hitch between them.

The plan is to get it home, have a proper look over it and see what needs to be done for an MOT.
If the engine starts, so much the better.
If not, we'll drag it out and have a look at combining the gearbox from this one with the running engine from my (other) project car.
Then, if I can get an MOT on it I've got something fun to blast about it while the bodywork on the project is finished.
More importantly, if it has an MOT I can park it anywhere!!! :(

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 08:54 PM

Doesnt look too bad!

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 08:54 PM

That'll fire up easy enough, just check and clean the carb, stick some new fuel in, maybe a set of plugs and leads. Its amazing what they'll put up with. I bought a 1960 mini from a deceased estate, been stood for 7 years. Stuck some new fuel in and jumped it off my car. 3 mins later it had fired up sweet as.

Didn't touch the engine, not even an oil change. All I did was free off the clutch and a little welding for the MOT.

I sold it to a guy in Northern Ireland, he drove it home!!

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 09:04 PM

That'll fire up easy enough, just check and clean the carb, stick some new fuel in, maybe a set of plugs and leads. Its amazing what they'll put up with. I bought a 1960 mini from a deceased estate, been stood for 7 years. Stuck some new fuel in and jumped it off my car. 3 mins later it had fired up sweet as.

Didn't touch the engine, not even an oil change. All I did was free off the clutch and a little welding for the MOT.

I sold it to a guy in Northern Ireland, he drove it home!!


Blimey! I'll have this running then. :(
It looks to have been untouched from when it last ran, which is probably a good sign.
The plugs in there will have kept it fairly 'sealed' from the elements right?

New plugs, new leads and some fresh fuel. Easily grabbed off my spares shelf.
I can't wait to have a play now... :(

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 09:09 PM

Wd40 down the back of the carb works wonders.

A mate on here, has recently bought an auto thats been stuck in a garage for 7 years, all we did was change the coil lead, drain out the old fuel and stick some fresh in, fill up the float chamber and jobs a good-un!!

Lets not mention the fact that the reverse inhibit switch was playing up and it had been disconnected(theres a rumour that it was me that did it!!). When it did start up(in reverse!!) it ran into his peugeot 406 that we were using to jump it!!

Still, no damage done and it did sound sweet.

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 09:18 PM

i picked up my barn find today to, which also cost me £100, been stood for 4 years outside, in grass.... the underneath is solid, still on its original sills! i think its a 79 mini 1000 in white, but has a mini designer interior fitted. i didnt change anything, used the old fuel that was in the tank, ht leads, spark plugs etc jumped it off my focus, within 2 minutes it fired up and other than a puff of smoke, it ran like a sewing machine!! the doors are rotten at the bottom though, will try and get some pics up soon.....

p.s sorry to highjack your topic!!! :(

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:21 AM

i picked up my barn find today to, which also cost me £100, been stood for 4 years outside, in grass.... the underneath is solid, still on its original sills! i think its a 79 mini 1000 in white, but has a mini designer interior fitted. i didnt change anything, used the old fuel that was in the tank, ht leads, spark plugs etc jumped it off my focus, within 2 minutes it fired up and other than a puff of smoke, it ran like a sewing machine!! the doors are rotten at the bottom though, will try and get some pics up soon.....

p.s sorry to highjack your topic!!! :(


Not a hijack at all - fab news matey!
Did you let the seller see you start it that way, or did you get it home first?
Imagine selling a non-runner for peanuts only to see it practically drive away!!!

The place I'm getting mine from can do MOTs.
It's SO tempting to get it fixed up REALLY quick and take it there for an MOT within a month.. :(

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 05:28 PM

Well, it's home....!

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 05:37 PM

Nice one.. the only other thing I would check on a car that's been lying for 5 years is the battery connection to the starter motor. I had a right oxidisation build up there, with a voltage drop, a new starter relay (plus all the above) and mine started up after its kip fine..




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