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#16 Steve220

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 12:02 PM

An amazing area you're moving to! I spent 3.5 years in Morayshire and loved it!

#17 dougie1142

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 12:19 PM

An amazing area you're moving to! I spent 3.5 years in Morayshire and loved it!

 

Thanks Steve, I do love it up that way and i'm very much looking forward to it! The Mini scene looks fairly substantial too.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

Nice work with the photography!

Also I always wanted lupo gti. Awesome little cars!

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:46 PM

Slow for an update so plenty to say, here goes.

 

So since the last update i did indeed move to Inverness, and now to a little place called Beauly. 

 

I got in with the group Inverness Mini Owners Group (IMOG) - some of you may have seen them at IMM in Ireland last year, great friendly group. 

 

Being part of their group i managed to get out on a few of their runs, i'll share some photos below - the Harvester run around Loch Ness, Cars and Coffee Inverness and also a brilliant trip to Eden Court theatre to watch the original Italian Job on the big screen!

 

Even made it onto BBC News :)

 

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I also did the North Coast 500 in the Mini along with my friend in his Mk2 MX5 and my girlfriends F56 Mini Cooper S. 

 

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I also tried to teach my little brother that his iPad sucks, and classic cars rule  :shades:

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Edited by dougie1142, 18 January 2018 - 10:47 PM.


#20 dougie1142

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:47 PM

So now onto the updates
After summer i noticed my rear subframe was getting a bit tired - lots of surface rust. So along with all the other stuff i wanted to get done to the car i took it upon myself this winter to strip the rear subframe and basically replace everything. I've also sent my car off to a friend to re-do the sills back to the original Mk1 variant - the car has had dreaded oversills put on it at some point so we are waiting to see the damage done by this... 
 
First off i ordered this lot from Minispares;

  • Full braided hose kit
  • New copper brake lines
  • 1" spaced rear drums
  • New refurbished radius arms from Minispares (couldn't be bothered trying to replace the bearings and shims on the old ones)
  • Complete early rear subframe mounting kit
  • Handbrake cables
  • KYB shocks and all the relevant bits

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First issue to overcome was the previous owners odd trunion mounting - a piece of threaded bar tac welded in place with a nut at the other end. Why people do this stuff i have no idea.
 
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That swiftly got changed to the proper mounting pin and bushes.
 
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Managed to get everything else together. 
 
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Once that was done, the subframe was mounted on the car - pain in the arse job with the space i had - then the car was picked up to get the sills done. That's where she is just now.

 

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Bit more spaced out with the new drums. Can't wait to fit Cooper S front brakes too. Also going to either replace the wheels or at least fit new tires as i've not had the best feeling from these cheap ones currently fitted. Will either go A032's or A008's. 
 
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BUT i had something else delivered. A lovely 1275 turned up at my door, much to my girlfriends delight.
 
Not really how I wanted it to arrive, but it was okay never the less..
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Obviously i'll be stripping most of the engine down and checking it first. Will also clean it up, paint it and replace a few bits too. So this is the project while the car is gone.
 
Sorry, i'm not very good at updates, i can never be bothered taking photos while i'm actually doing stuff. But as sporadic as my updates are, i'll be back at some point.


Edited by dougie1142, 18 January 2018 - 11:59 PM.


#21 g111mds

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:34 AM

Thats a lovely mk1! North coast 500 is great. My son and I went round it last year, albeit in a MINI, and the weather was rubbish, but good all the same.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:45 AM

Great thread lovely car



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:20 AM

You have your brake back plates on the wrong sides.  :whistling:



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 05:27 PM

Thanks for the positive comments all. It's not entirely original so I'm sure a few folk have things to say about it, but at the end of the day it was bought without the original engine etc so I'm just making it a pleasure to drive now.
 

You have your brake back plates on the wrong sides.  :whistling:


Cheers dude for noticing! I've actually been running them like that on both my Minis as I've never found any negative effects and i find it easier to adjust the drums with the adjuster at the bottom, I like to adjust the drums every couple of weeks to keep them tight. Let me know if there's any major reason you think it should be the other way though!


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:11 PM

Quick poll for when the time comes... Original 60's blue (i actually believe this car is nearer a '61...), the current green or shall i go for pastel colour of some sort?

 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:51 PM

Go back to blue.

Sounds like a chill out album :D



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:00 PM

You have your brake back plates on the wrong sides.  :whistling:

Cheers dude for noticing! I've actually been running them like that on both my Minis as I've never found any negative effects and i find it easier to adjust the drums with the adjuster at the bottom, I like to adjust the drums every couple of weeks to keep them tight. Let me know if there's any major reason you think it should be the other way though!

The handbrake cable must take tortuous route?

#28 dougie1142

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:11 PM

Go back to blue.

Sounds like a chill out album :D

 

Hahaha, yes it does. That's the route i think i'll go down...

 

 


The handbrake cable must take tortuous route?

 

 

It's funny, i could imagine it being terrible, but from experience the handbrake feels really good. The route looks factory - once i have the car back i'll show you. The brackets are reversed too so the cable gets a nice line and good tension.

 

 

 

In other news i picked this up from the chap that's repairing my sills. All for free! An MG Metro camshaft, which should be awesome in the engine, can't go wrong with free. The lobes also look in really good condition with almost no deformation.

 

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Edited by dougie1142, 19 January 2018 - 08:16 PM.






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