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#1 nicklouse

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:06 PM

the first time it has been out in public since Mini 40
 
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gave it a quick wipe down in the rain.
 
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then a few weeks later i movered her to her new home.
 
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more to follow

Edited by nicklouse, 22 September 2014 - 11:02 PM.


#2 Midas Mk1

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:57 PM

I wondered about this car when I saw pics of it on fb!

(I'm a 4th year hudd uni student ) aha, what's the story behind it? :)

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:58 PM

I've just graduated from uni of Hudds and saw a pic of this a few years ago with it in the auto lab next to the wind tunnel. Asked my lecturers in the Engineering department about it but unfortunately none of them knew anything.



#4 nicklouse

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:12 PM

Damn I need to explain how I got money from the Uni.

Long story short.

Was always involved in motor sport. Ended up well involved with the Uni Motorsports club.

Heard about a new auto engineering degree they were starting.

Thought mmm might like to do some modules to add to my knowledge.

Ended up talking my way onto the course 2 weeks after it had started.

In my last year I needed a place to store the car.... We came to an agreement with the Uni, I would have the Uni info on it and I would promote the Uni and hand out (have a leaflet stand) at events,shows and races. I also had a chat with potential students as they were show around the dept.

But the main thing was the car was the basis for my final year project. And a few other people's as well.

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 08:27 PM

ok a pic from a few years back when i started to thibk about getting it running again.

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some pics as i was adding paint a long time ago.

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first outing at one ofthe British Mini club Drag events.

you might know the person just on the right.

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some of my other cars.

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and that Metro.

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#6 nicklouse

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:31 PM

well i knew i had clutch issues.

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replaced.

i also had issues with the RedTop not working. there was power but no action.

unfortunately on opening it up and removing the retainer nothing moved.

 

sprayed some cleaner on it and things went flying.

facet would not provide images of what there should be there but found a post on line that mentioned what i might be missing.

what i had

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which split into

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and with the found parts

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Edited by nicklouse, 23 September 2014 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:37 PM

connect it all up and mmm petrol over the place.

hoses were steel sleeved fuel pipes.

 

stripped the sleeve off.

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seen worse-

 

but bend it and.

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so that will be all those changed.



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:42 PM

so onto the carb.

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not looking good.

 

so open the butterflys and

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some old bits of foam filter fall out.

 

ok them time to give the carb a full overhaul.

 

will be ordering parts in a day or so so rebuild next week i hope.



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:49 PM

ok next some electrics.

 

the wiper motor stopped working some time in the 80s so that needs to come off for an overhaul and then there is the lack of power to the starter solenoid.

 

so remove the fuse box to gain access to the bolts to release the wiper box and i think i have spotted the issue with the other electrics.

 

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 not a big issue as there are only 4 things that need power.



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:49 PM

That looks awesome! Will be following this :D

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 10:15 PM

What will be interesting for me will be this.

When I first built it I had not the best of facilities. And just about zero disposable income. But knew lots of places that made stuff.

I now have a very suitable place and some disposable income but know no one and don't speak the language.

But there is a hood Mini club and a few nutters that will be pointing me in the correct directions.

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:07 PM

found this pic.

 

ikea style roll cage.

 

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had issues stripping the IDA so need to order new aux venturi

 

biggest issue is IDing what size they are. so a quick mail to a helpfull retailer and i have the info.

 

and found the marks. the sizes are 2.5 or 3.5 or 4.5

 

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as can be seen they are 4.5s and the mark is just below the orientation  "ring".

 

so time to get service kit and new venturi ordered.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 11:05 AM

50Euro to get each Trumpet re coated. they are having a laugh i can buy new for less.

 

Time to get some paint on them then.

 

carb rebuild kit ordered.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:32 PM

nice looking car.. what a great project and a good insight into getting a car out of a long storage...

 

Good luck with the build.



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 09:38 PM

a little update.

 

doors off- inner panels off. sealent removed.condition of hinges evaluated. need work.

 

in other news more shelf space in the garage.

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been working out how to actually get the wiper to work.

 







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