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#526 longtimenomini

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:28 PM

After my initial investigation

It turns out the whole tyre was flat and not just the bottom ! Ah well, I lucked out there .

Got local tyre fitter to break bead on both sides so I could dismantle and rebuild

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Tiger seal the inner joint ( sorry no pic) .. then try and get tyre back on !!!!

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:53 AM

Tyre back on thanks to local fitter - let’s see if this holds air , I had thought about a home tyre machine , but seeing the effort and power needed to break bead and get tyre back on with a pro machine I’m not going to bother


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#528 Ace Alex

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 07:53 PM

A bit deflating!

You must be ‘tyre’d’ of sealing and rebuilding that wheel!

All round a wheely good job! 👍🏼

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 03:02 PM

I feel like I’m going round and round in circles rebuilding these ( might just give them away)

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 08:45 PM

Do you run inner tubes ?

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:07 PM

Do you run inner tubes ?


No inner tubes - as recommended - although over the years I have investigated / considered it as an option

to be honest I’ve been patching / resealing / rebuilding with the tyre on. It has always held for a season / year . This time is the first time I’ve had tyre off completely and sealed the inner joint ( tiger seal) , then put tyre on completely assembled wheel . I’ve always struggled with finding a tyre specialist who can get tyre off without damaging wheel ( and actually getting a 10” on a machine)

Tyre place broke bead both sides
I dismantled wheel and removed from tyre
Rebuilt and resealed inner join
Tyre place put tyre back on

This completely negates need for a tyre bar trying to pry tyre off causing damage .

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 06:28 PM

Wheels were off so had my ‘winter poke around’ ....so many jokes/ thoughts!

First off, front subframe needs another rub down and paint in (many) places - it is 50 years old !

Cleaned/ wiped inner arches , suspension etc... no major surprises until ...


Investigated the never ending hunt of oil leaks on a mini

Driveshaft oil seals ... I have bits for that as it’s been leaking for longer than I should have left them .

Weeping sump plug ... have ordered a new copper seal and a dowty rubber seal washer - will decide what to refit when I drop and change oil over winter.

And ..... this lovely hole was a surprise ! What looked like a bit of mastic stuck on/ in gear change housing turned out to be a 50 year old rubber seal that had decided enough was enough and just crumbled under my disapproving stare!
Part ordered.


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Posted 28 October 2020 - 06:52 PM

Hylamar Red on the sump plug will help with the new copper washer you have. :)

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 07:07 PM

Hylamar Red on the sump plug will help with the new copper washer you have. :)


Thanks ... I have hylomar blue in garage somewhere.... never had/ tried red

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 06:42 PM

Bits and pieces ..... shoppy shop shop

Answers on a postcard ... may have sneaked some bits into order for another mini



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Posted 21 November 2020 - 11:46 AM

Well the rebound buffer ( just one side as wheel was off) fitting took seconds ... in fact it took more time to find a long screwdriver than it did to fit it.

The gear selector rubber was a bit more of a chew as I had to drop the selector off the box ( thought I might be able to push it through from outside) .... then could I realign the bolts!!????!! Anyhoo ... all done

Other side rebound to do then , the other ‘special’ bits



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