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Malaysian-Manufactured 1971 Austin Mini 1000

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 01:43 AM

I acquired this car a couple of years ago from a friend. A 1971 Mini 1000 assembled at Associated Motor Industries of Malaysia (A wholly owned subsidiary of Wearnes Brothers Ltd.). He had it restored years ago but the bootfloor was completely rusty. It came with a 998cc automatic. It was a lot of fun driving it to class on weekends. The roads were clear in the morning and I could hit 140 km/h. I decided that this was the most FUN car I had ever owned and was determined to get it restored. In 2012 I had the floorboards, bootfloor welded. The trunk lid and doors were really bad so reasonably good Rover units were fitted. Later, a Rover hood was fitted as well. The Rover doors had impact bars. Extra weight but much safer. My colleague got t-boned in his Honda Jazz by a motorcycle and the B-pillar moved in. I decided the safety was worth the additional weight. On the 9th June 2012 I was desperately getting so-called 'repairs' (a body & paint shop recommended by my brother that did shoddy work on a friend's Aston-Martin DB6!). 2 weeks worth of corrective work - closure gap adjustment, window, gutter, new side sills (British Motor Heritage), new cross-member (Mini Spares UK), scuttle, etc. After all that, it was ready for paint!

 







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