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#1 smudger068

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 03:10 PM

Okay, so I bought a mini which I believe started out as a mini 1000 Auto, however it was converted to a 1275.
Previous owners build diary:
http://www.theminifo...showtopic=36434

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When I bought it needed some TLC with slight surface rust inside, no coolant or water in it, hadn't been serviced so anyway I began by taking out the interior, taking off the front end and getting it on axle stands.
So I began by lining up a welding runners from a spare set of seats I had in my focus and then after began painting the inside primer then matt black because gloss just seemed to show every detail.

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Once that was done I got rid of the old dash because I thought it looked horrible,

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so began to make my own, with a few mods to the clocks as I go. Also, ordered an oil pressure and water temperature gauge. After that I gave the steering wheel a swift rub down and freshen up as paint was slightly flaking

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Whilst it was on axle stands it gave me chance to remove the exhaust as it was slightly blowing and just needed a freshen up, also I had heat wrap left over from my focus exhaust so thought sod it and put that on (there are mixed feelings about this, and I don’t want to hear them) and just rubbed it down and repainted with heat paint.

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I bought a steel fan from mini spares which was fitted with fresh coolant new thermostat gasket, and timing belt cover as oil was everywhere,
I managed to get hold of a set of minilites from a friend of mine who totally rebuilt a mini. So after a clean and rub down I repainted them in gunmetal. So I have just got to order tyres etc.

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Then went over the whole car in G-3 compound then T-cut and just waiting to be polished

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Still to come:
Head gasket needs replacing after finding a common leak near the radiator side.
4-pots from mini sport/ebc rear shoes
Have also got some Perspex from Wickes and dad’s mate own glass centre and going to cut and seal that.
Suspension needs to be stripped and servicing
Wiring needs to be sorted
Finally get the carb cleaned tuned and set-up by my dad’s best mate, good friend who owns Ipswich mini centre, top bloke.

Edited by smudger068, 04 November 2010 - 03:58 PM.


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Posted 04 November 2010 - 06:33 PM

Saw this on pistonheads a few weeks back, its got a full removable front hasnt it? Looks nice, especially the mk1 lights :thumbsup: Good luck with her, guessing theres no welding to do?

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:18 PM

Saw this on pistonheads a few weeks back, its got a full removable front hasnt it? Looks nice, especially the mk1 lights :thumbsup: Good luck with her, guessing theres no welding to do?


Yeh its actually a pain in the ass to get back on again, nah not at all its totally solid, just had bit surface rust inside which was expected,

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:15 PM

a small update of the mini getting ready for track season including:
-Arch pack
-fresh spray on interior rear boot
-re-wired the whole car as was a shambles
-kill switch installed
-runners welded on drivers seat
-is currently having new distrubutor and coil then tune
-fitted springs ready for corner weights
-10" minilights with yokohama tyres
-roll cage foam padding with colour coded tye raps
-new choke cable
-clear side repeaters
- and best thing on all the shiny filler cap
:)

what is left is:
-corner weights
-Full tune and set-up once distrubutor and coil is here
-having a variety of stickers decals ready for next years racing

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 12:29 PM

Nice and simple, looks like a fun project :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:06 PM

okay, so back from 'pro signs and graphics' in ipswich top people: bit of paint correction before hand,

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 08:00 PM

Small update after failing to get it to rolling road 3 times, after finding that i had totally killed the head gasket, so head went off to be skimmed :)
With that rebuilt, i managed to get hold of engine crane so thought gonna go for it, as ball joints needed replacing and so did one of driveshaft gaiters so had that out :(
fresh lick of paint new rocker cover, bit of silver and we are there...
bleeded brakes and put starter solenoid under dash located battery behind drivers seat....
and moved skanky washer bottle under arch so its hidden when front end on,
run all wires around other way than there usual right hand side :)

had rolling road tune at T and M Automotive, Colchester, done in 24 hours considering i didnt book top bloke,

Spec:
1275 with maniflow exhaust, hif 44 carb, fast road cam
67.5BHP Flywheel/ 50 bhp wheels
weight is 510kg

whats left:
-Finish wiring for HID lights (i know these are illegal but its for the track)
-Corner weights
- Tidy wiring and extend alternator cable

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:23 AM

okay, so little update,
- ride height set,
- corner weights done,
- put a new dash design in as last one was cack!! (had to extend the speedo cable, )
but corner weighting had made such a difference in just driving it to and a onto the truck
so new dash:
had to stay with the old rev counter for the time being as still looking for a smiths one to go into the bottom left corner :D

then going to get some proper ones with the digital camera later :D

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 09:13 AM

my go :D


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:15 PM

i love this mini!

looking good

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:18 PM

thanks :) has ur rev limiter in it :P

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:25 PM

oh hell! didn't realise it was you..

is it all working ok?

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:59 PM

yeh had few pops and bangs was excellent thanks :) just ordeing new clutch and flywheel 4 pots and stuff :D
you racing or hllclimbing ur mini? as had a look at your thread love the colour and the car :)

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:20 PM

brilliant, mine made a few interesting noises, but i thought it was best to sell it or id be revving it all the time to make noises LOL and knowing my luck i'd blow it up

going to do a few track days, and i wanted to do hill climbs but i changed my final drive ready to bh2n so it wouldn't be that competitive

cheers :P you want to swap >_<

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:48 PM

haha, yeh its what i am wanting to do :) yeh my final drive is pretty short so should be okay, just wanting to see who else in going hillclimbing and sprinting etc just to see what level my mini is at after fixing it up. as doing a motorsport engineering course at uni and wanting to do this on the side. any help of what u know about racing and were etc would be greatful thanks :)




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