I have been wanting to build a special mini ever since I was a teenager but due to money and time (mostly money) I was never in a position to build one, until this year. I have been a fan of Zcars for many years. After watching youtube videos of hayabusa mini's I was instantly sold on the idea. Being located on the west coast of Canada though makes this a little harder to achieve.
Last year (2015) I decided it was time I started seriously looking into doing a Zcars mini build. After looking at various options (Front engined VTEC, bike engined, etc..) and reading builds I decided I want a mid engined RWD K20 Mini. So I now have an idea what I want to build, good first step right! So off I go to look at Zcars website only to find out they are closed down. There is no chance I'm going to find a 2nd hand Zcars kit in North America (or is there?) so I was a bit stuffed. After countless hours of research I learned that Zcars may be starting back up again in the future and if not there are companies in the USA that sell similar kits. Zcars is my number 1 choice as it was the kit that I fell in love with. So I decided to hold off on that decision and focus on another issue, finding the right Mini. There is a bit of a cult following of Mini's around where I am and so they are about and often found for sale, but always overpriced. I also didn't want to start cutting up a perfectly good mini, I wanted a 'project'. So fast forward to February 2016 and I come across this bad boy:
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This 1979 Austin Mini 1000 has been off the road for somewhere close to 20 years. The previous owner bought it about 12 years ago to continue restoring the mini from the owner before and getting it on the road. Like a lot of projects his motivation went and mini sat for many years. Whilst it looks a mess, a lot of the rust has already been repaired and the only section that has rust is the rear, which is a none issue for me as it is all getting cut out. She wasn't running and whilst I don't need the engine, I would like to get her running as I want to get as much of my money back selling parts as possible. She also has a really ugly sunroof that needs to go. I got a decent deal on her and bought her home.
Edited by 26dtp, 10 September 2016 - 04:51 AM.