Thanks! I got lucky with this one, most are pretty rusty if they look like this over here.
1961 Austin Mini: Take Two
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Posted 20 October 2015 - 03:22 AM
What an awesome looking mini you have there..... I've got the same mirrors and brackets for mine but I'm not sure if they will be road legal over here in the uk
Thanks! Fortunately we don't have the MOT here, and our mirror law isn't too strict.
Great looking car you have there I love the paint work, so retro.
Thank you! Looking forward to completing it and getting it out on the road.
Posted 20 October 2015 - 05:24 AM
Picked up a 1275 A+ MPI short block and gearbox case from Kelley over the weekend (doesn't have a hole for a distributor, forcing me to go fuel injection :) ) This will cause a large cost increase in the project, but we will see how long it takes to buy the additional items.
You should be able to keep the carbs and just do a programmable ignition system, like a megajolt if you wanted to keep the cost down.
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I'll be getting pics of it in the next couple of weeks. It is still at the body shop. I decided to not clear it, as if it didn't adhere properly, it would end up ruining the patina and force me to get it painted. In researching how other people are preserving cars with patina, it looks like it is popular to use a yellow wax or linseed oil. I just don't want to harm the patina. It has been dry stored for 90% of it's life with me, so maybe just continuing to do that is enough.
Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:42 PM
Today, for my birthday, I picked up a Downton 998 short block. The engine was purchased new from Downton back in 1971, and has all of the documentation to prove it. The block was completely new when he purchased it, and not a rebuild. I really couldn't pass up the opportunity.
I purchased the engine from another club member, but I will be rebuilding the engine with the original purchaser as he is my mentor for all things Mini. :) Looking forward to this unique experience and for having a bit of Mini history. I have many other documents that came with the engine, but I taken a few photos of some of them.
The short block:
Downton announcing that they will be closing:
I wonder if it would be taboo to put a Downton badge on my car... I am thinking it might not be once the engine is in the car...
Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:42 AM
Started taking the Downton 998 apart to get it ready for the machine shop. We were able to get everything disassembled, except for the crank, as we ran out of time. We'll get it apart next weekend.
Hoping to get some photos of the current state of the Mini tomorrow. I was also able to source some other fun bits that I hope arrive soon.
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