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#421 floormanager

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 08:36 PM

 

 

Glad you like it John.

it was also great to catch up with you and Paul.

 

I hadn't really driven your mini out on the road any great distance prior to the engine swap so have nothing to compare with but i totally agree with your comments. I thought the gearbox felt lovely too.

 

I'll see you Friday for the oil change!

Cheers

Ben

Oil change Friday??  You only picked it up Monday :gimme:

 

He picked It up with running in oil as it's a new engine. 

Ran around in it over here and then returned to have it changed for regular oil.

 

Cheers

Ben

 

I see Ben. What's running in oil? Thinner than normal? Gonna be hot tomorrow.  I'm on the 06:25 ferry, hopefully home by 10:00am.  Thank you for the emergency repair, what a clown I am.

 

All the best,

Paul



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 08:54 PM

 

 

 

Glad you like it John.

it was also great to catch up with you and Paul.

 

I hadn't really driven your mini out on the road any great distance prior to the engine swap so have nothing to compare with but i totally agree with your comments. I thought the gearbox felt lovely too.

 

I'll see you Friday for the oil change!

Cheers

Ben

Oil change Friday??  You only picked it up Monday :gimme:

 

He picked It up with running in oil as it's a new engine. 

Ran around in it over here and then returned to have it changed for regular oil.

 

Cheers

Ben

 

I see Ben. What's running in oil? Thinner than normal? Gonna be hot tomorrow.  I'm on the 06:25 ferry, hopefully home by 10:00am.  Thank you for the emergency repair, what a clown I am.

 

All the best,

Paul

 

Yes. That's it. Just helps bed things in.

I hope you have a safe trip back and it was great to see you again.

 

You are very welcome for the repair. It was no trouble at all and at least now nobody will ever know.. 

 

Oh wait.....



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 01:01 PM

Work is now completed on the neon.

a quick reminder of when it came in

 

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And now upon completion.

 

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Cheers

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 02:04 PM

 

Yes. That's it. Just helps bed things in.

I hope you have a safe trip back and it was great to see you again.

 

You are very welcome for the repair. It was no trouble at all and at least now nobody will ever know.. 

 

Oh wait.....

 

Haha!!  Note to all, do not be paranoid and take too many spares and if you do take a spare hardy spicer joint, don't drop it on your rear panel - it makes a horrible mess.

 

Got up eary and was on the 06:25 ferry.  Wanted to get home before the silly heat built.  Was back home at 9:30am.  Great to catch up again, no doubt I'll be back at Mill Road soon.  We really enjoyed the IOW again, what a place!

Paul



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:46 PM

I  think Paul made the right choice getting the early ferry, we had a 13.00 ferry, but lots of ferries were delayed including ours for 45 minutes in the boiling heat. The Mini also threw a wobbly when indicators/hazards/wipers/horn all stopped working as we arrived at Portsmouth, so it was an interesting drive home with the lelectrical problems and the new engine getting quite warm, and to add to the problems I think my master cylinder is on its way out as the pedal was getting less and less solid.

On the plus side the bodywork looks amazing and the new engine / gerbox are so smooth and free revving.

Thanks Ben for all your great work.



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:27 PM

I  think Paul made the right choice getting the early ferry, we had a 13.00 ferry, but lots of ferries were delayed including ours for 45 minutes in the boiling heat. The Mini also threw a wobbly when indicators/hazards/wipers/horn all stopped working as we arrived at Portsmouth, so it was an interesting drive home with the lelectrical problems and the new engine getting quite warm, and to add to the problems I think my master cylinder is on its way out as the pedal was getting less and less solid.

On the plus side the bodywork looks amazing and the new engine / gerbox are so smooth and free revving.

Thanks Ben for all your great work.

Glad you are now safely home John.  Would you believe I had a jacket on at 6:30am this morning as it was a bit chilly!!  I have to say, I was pleased to get away earlier than planned due to the heat.  Mine behaved no problem all week, it was me who was the idiot!  I'll have to have a drive over your neck of the woods sometime to meet up again.

 

All the best,

Paul



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:32 PM

I was so sorry to hear about the problems earlier John.

It's so frustrating but sometimes these things happen.

It's particularly frustrating with these issues as we have both tested the car on the island and it's been fine.

I would think the electrical problems must surely be down to a broken earth wire. At least that's easy to test for.

The brakes as we discussed earlier must surely be the master cylinder as everything else is new. Again at least that's a simple part to replace.

 

The engine getting warm is an odd one though as it's ran at normal temp fine round the island. Mind you, with no motorways or suitable roads to maintain higher speeds for a prolonged period over here, perhaps it's something that has occoured that we couldn't have known with our testing. Perhaps it might just be some air in the system? I did make sure there wasn't though..

I'll have a chat with Bill about the thermostat. I fitted a new standard one so perhaps it needs a different one with this engine?

 

I'm so pleased that you are happy with the body and engine though.

 

Anyway, please keep me informed and if you need anything at all, please just give me a shout.

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 10:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear about the problems earlier John.

It's so frustrating but sometimes these things happen.

It's particularly frustrating with these issues as we have both tested the car on the island and it's been fine.

I would think the electrical problems must surely be down to a broken earth wire. At least that's easy to test for.

The brakes as we discussed earlier must surely be the master cylinder as everything else is new. Again at least that's a simple part to replace.

 

The engine getting warm is an odd one though as it's ran at normal temp fine round the island. Mind you, with no motorways or suitable roads to maintain higher speeds for a prolonged period over here, perhaps it's something that has occoured that we couldn't have known with our testing. Perhaps it might just be some air in the system? I did make sure there wasn't though..

I'll have a chat with Bill about the thermostat. I fitted a new standard one so perhaps it needs a different one with this engine?

 

I'm so pleased that you are happy with the body and engine though.

 

Anyway, please keep me informed and if you need anything at all, please just give me a shout.

 

Cheers

Ben

Hi Ben

 

The car drove fine on the island and on the way to the ferry, I think the extreme heat and waiting for the ferry may have played a part in the engine getting warm and causing the electrical gremlins. On the A27 the car performed excellently, keeping the revs below 3000 was more of a challenge as the engine was running so beautifully.

I will have a look at the electrics once the weather cools down a bit and will keep you updated.

 

John



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 04:29 PM

I've been a little slow on updating the MG progress.

I've been so busy that I just havent gotten around to it.

 

I have some photos on my phone of some of the latest progress so I'll share those here.

 

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All that's left to do now is drill for the rivets that hold the hardware to secure the chrome side trims, drill for the new door mirrors and about 20 minutes worth of prep and then I'll be painting it.

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 10:03 AM

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 01:14 PM

Lovely,same amount of work took me nine months.Thanks for sharing.Steve..

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:12 PM

John's making great progress refitting the MG

 

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:56 PM

..a couple of little aero-screens would finish that off nicely i reckon  :proud:



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Posted 01 October 2020 - 12:30 PM

John is still hard at work refitting the MGB

 

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Not too much left now.


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Posted 05 October 2020 - 12:20 PM

Got a defender today that a tree fell on.

Some people were asking about it in another thread so I'll post up some pics.

 

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It doesn't look so bad now as the owner decided to push the worst out and replace the bonnet with a fibreglass one.

 

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Easiest way to sort the roof is to remove it. Especially as there is other damage and lots of lacquer peel.

 

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Cheers

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