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My Money Pit - 1987 Mini 998Cc - Complete Strip And Rebuild

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#1 Fewtch

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:13 AM

Hello all!

I think it’s time I started showing you my project that I have started.

Back in 2009 I got my first mini which was my first car too. Rebuilt it completely with my father. I've sold it and changed cars twice now, from a 1275 Split coloured mini, then to a Honda Civic Coupe. And now I'm back, wanting to build another mini!!

 

This is the new project. I've had the car for more than a year now, and the project is still on going. I mostly haven't had to start getting into it as the car doesn't live at the home I'm mostly at.

 

So here it is:

1987 Austin Mini City

998cc Stage 1

 

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The plan for this one is to see what needed to be done with it, tune the engine up to a nice fast road 998cc.

But as like all minis as you all know, it was just a walk in the park. I brought it quickly as I really wanted another toy to get building.

So when it arrived at my door, I decided to start stripping it, I knew there were a few holes in the body work, but it got worse as I kept digging...

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Here is the beauty of what she is in full view

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Did quite a bit of cleaning in the engine bay,  you couldn’t even find an engine in there before, it was very oily and greasy.

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Hole finding in the back of the car

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Believe it or not, this was a tiiiinnnyyy little needle hole at the back, so I started prodding and realised it got quite large!

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Starting to get emptied + anyone know what that steering wheel  is, Rare? Crap? I’ll try and get a better picture when I can

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More Holes
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Mmmm! New panels!!

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Engine out!

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Stripped interior, no electrics anymore

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Cleaning up the engine bay

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Red oxide primered just to keep the rust off for the time

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More holes

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Now at this point I decided to start cutting the floor out and try and my welding skills out, but ended up not wanting to do the welding purely because I wanted it to look good and not like pigeon sh*te everywhere due to my poor welder not being the best quality in the world.

So I sent it away to the best man who knows what he’s doing and does it day in and day out on minis.

Mick Slater in West Midlands, you can ask him anything over the phone or face to face, and he will tell you exactly what it is or what you need instantly.

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Engine Build

So the rebuild starts here:

This is just a standard 998cc with a HS4 Carb and LCB Mani and central exhaust.

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Dirty vs clean

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After a quick chemical clean

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Mmmmm Greasy...

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The Diff had alot of play in the pinion gears so I purchased some goodies!

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Plus this rather good looking 12G295 Stage 2 Head, which didn’t come with collets or spring clips, but had to source them out and found a full set of the collets and springs from 2 different mini places.

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Diff and gearbox all nicely cleaned up and put back together

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But this is where I am at now. so from here on, will be up to date of where I am now.

Hope you enjoy my build, and I really like the comments and advice that you want to share!


Edited by Fewtch, 14 November 2014 - 11:24 AM.


#2 RedRuby

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:43 AM

Welcome, good work on your project so far, hope you are able to get photos of the shell as the welding progresses.

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:49 AM

Hi mate looking good seems like a good base to work from look forward to seeing it progress.

Have you got any more pictures of your bracing going to have to do the same to mine but never braced up befor so do t no were to start?

Thank you.

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:54 PM

Cheers guys!
I got a few pictures of the mini from for you MINIMADrt so will post them tomorrow for you. Plus I've got some of the welding work done on the floor aswell

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:09 AM

i've also used mick slater over the last couple of years whilst restoring mine. great bloke for advice and his parts prices are very reasonable too. doesnt make a bad cup of tea either!! 



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 07:38 AM

What a great thread. Will be following this. ;D



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:14 PM

Here is some of the welding work and my bracing that I did just to keep it in tack when I cut some of the floor out
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Hope that helps a bit MINIMADrt

Mick has helped me for both my other minis and has given me loads of advice!

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:15 PM

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 10:38 PM

Quick Update on more purchases! 

 

Found this little beaut on ebay!

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It didn't come with any valve seats/collets/spring clips, plus 2 of the valves were 1mm different in width, so i had to get some more
£50 for collets! Must be having a laugh!!!! searched high and low for them!

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Got some seats put in it, and new valves and all new guides too

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This is the difference between a normal standard 998 (bottom) and a Stage 3, Fully Ported and Ported to the max, skimmed and unleaded with smoothed polished chambers (top)

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Now cleaned and added a lick of paint to the block and head, have done around 3-5 light coats, and then will be adding lacquer on later too

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 10:53 PM

Well done. That looks good. Are you planning to hone the block?

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 10:58 PM

The piston rings have scored the top making a nasty lip in the bore, so i'm having to bore the block out :( I'm going to get +40 flat top pistons aswell. The block has been done but just waiting for the pistons to arrive at the moment



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Posted 29 November 2014 - 07:41 PM

Loving this rebuild!

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 07:51 PM

Here is some of the welding work and my bracing that I did just to keep it in tack when I cut some of the floor out
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Hope that helps a bit MINIMADrt

Mick has helped me for both my other minis and has given me loads of advice!

yeah cheers mate great help



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Posted 04 January 2015 - 01:24 PM

Yaaay! Some free time at last!

Going to build the engine (or as much as possible) today.

Here is some head building as we speak:
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Posted 04 January 2015 - 04:48 PM

More engine building
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+40 pistons are now in!
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Kent cam 266 going in, bought this 3 years ago!
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More goodies!
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