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#106 Ruckus

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

Ok Update time.

Its been noted that i've been quieter on the forum (forums) and things like the Audio 101 have not been updated yet. Well i have been putting most if not all of my free time in to the mini (again).
This time the main area of the car that got attention was the engine and engine bay.

So since I got the car it has a slight running issue.

Once it is warm, from idle if you mash the throttle the car will bog and then very slowly the revs will rise. The bogging is very bad.
But what is worst it if you labour the engine at all under 2000 revs the car will close to stall and pull so weakly the skin on a rice pudding would win, this also means that if you rev the car a little under 2000 rev while in gear (moving) and then suddenly get off the throttle the rev will drop and Not be caught and 1 out of 10 the cat will stall… not fun in traffic or queues for roundabouts etc.

So after replacing a few bits (throttle body, plugs, leads etc) a full diagnostic was done on the car.
The report showed the ECU was retarding and scattering the timing, the only problem that could be found was the vacuum looked down.

No air leaks were found and no problems with wiring.
So I was told it was “a problem inside the engine” and it would need a rip down to find out what.
After some thought I decided to cut my losses on that engine/box and part-ex for a rebuilt 1293 overbored unit with a SW5i cam and a shorter final drive... weee!

So that’s what I’ve been doing. At the same time ive been cleaning up the engine bay which was like a bomb site with rust and crap everywhere.

I’m very happy with the new look, and it gets the car ready for Mini World but all the effort have been in vain as the problem is still there!!
Looks like it’s a ECU or sensor problem after all… sigh


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One Ratty Engine bay after a very nasty rusty lump was removed.

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Previous owner had used Dot 3 and been a bit clumsy with it. the Bulkhead was very rusty and i have to grind it back to metal.

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All Done and in Primer

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Bulkhead gets a layer of Dead Skin.

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And then a cut to fit panel of Dyna Liner


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(must clean up that motor!)
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The Sub frame also came out and was treated and dipped.


And to cut to the chase the finished bay with the Engine in place.


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Every Plate or mount was removed and power coated, Many Smiffy's bits have been used but even some of them have been power coated as I'm not a big fan of Chrome etc in engine bays.

You can also see in this image the 120amp ALT with its own 2 AWG direct wiring. This is to charge the now TWO Exide 900 DC's I have... more on that later.

A few more thing to happen in the car but I hope you will be able to read about those in Mini World before the end of the year... I just need to get him running right!

Edited by Ruckus, 07 August 2012 - 09:08 PM.


#107 Brams96

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:43 PM

Nice effort Joe, it looks great! Shame about the rough running, I hope you can get it sorted soon.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:42 PM

Hey joe, amazing mini you've created!
Was wondering if you had the template for the side wall with the sub in as this is where I wish to place mine but can't find any that are solid enough or that fit as flush as this
Cheers, josh

#109 Ruckus

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:44 PM

I made a template from cardboard but never kept it or measured it sorry!

There is a guide to make a sub box like it on this forum, there is a link in this thread somewhere i posted.

#110 Ruckus

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

Nice effort Joe, it looks great! Shame about the rough running, I hope you can get it sorted soon.


Thanks mate... you were missed at the weekend by the way :(

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

Yeah I popped over on Sunday & chatted to a couple of guys but missed you. My car is still in rebuild stage at the moment but hopefully by November a lot of the rust repairs will be done so I can start on the custom dash & figuring out how better to fit things. I listened to Les' new set up. . . WOW!!! He played me Carmina Burana and his sub bass was awesome. I'm going to have to really up my game if I want to compete with his system!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:49 PM

isn't it! not loud but its like someone's laying tarmac. It rolls in thick and the just drops in to a solid layer... no resonance, no air noise just low and thick.
I'm very proud to be involved in tuning and specing that system. :D

Edited by Ruckus, 08 August 2012 - 09:49 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:05 PM

the bay is looking pretty sweet there mate.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:11 AM

Engine bay looks fantastic!. Its great to see an update in this thread.

Do ya know how powerful the new engine is?

Wish i had some money to spend lol = I have so many ideas and no way to try them.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

This looks stunning!!

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

Stunning beautiful car throughout! You should be very proud.

I wish i knew more about ICE installs and after reading this thread i feel i know a little extra.

Well done!
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#117 Ruckus

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

No update, but just to add that the car will be featured in next months (March 2013) MiniWorld.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

Great news, pleased for you mate. I trust you sorted your rough running out. Would love to get mine featured.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

I just read your whole thread on your car and i gotta say that is a epic build.

I love the dog bowl in the inner arch.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

I just read your whole thread on your car and i gotta say that is a epic build.

I love the dog bowl in the inner arch.


Grab MiniWorld this month and there's more to read and see. :D




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