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#1 patto


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:24 PM

Hi guys I thought I’d start a build thread for this even though I won’t actually be working on the car for some time yet. I’m currently looking to buy my first house and my mini is in storage so won’t able to start on it until that’s sorted. Once the house is sorted I’m hoping this will move along quite quickly, however at the moment I’ve got a few bits I’ve made I thought it was worth documenting hence the thread.


So the plan is to build a track car I can use for a few track days and to give hill climbing and sprints a go. Even though it will most likely be trailered to events I still want it road legal so I can do the odd sunday drive and take it to meets and shows. I’m expecting to have to compromise in certain aspects to make it drivable on the roads however it will mainly be track biased.


Styling wise I’ll be going for carbon miglia arches and roof, 10” MB racing or force racing split rims (haven’t decided yet). Then totally stripped out with a full cage, bucket seats, harnesses and other than that everything very minimalist. I’m wanting to get it as light as possible but I’m going to try and not get carried away with it (this may have already happened). The whole plan with this project is to build something to the absolute best of my ability with no real restraints on cost or time, and if I can make a component as good or better than buying something I’m going to make it.


The car I’m starting with is my 1990 British racing green I’ve owned it about 8 years now and was my first car.





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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:27 PM

Sounds good. Sticking with the green and white combo?

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:32 PM

The Engine and Gearbox

So I built the engine and box around 3 years ago and got it into the car about 3 month before I put it into storage (reluctantly).

The spec is as follows



998cc A+ bored +0.60 block pocketed

1275 12G940 head

Custom valves

Double valve springs

1:10.5 CR

Lightened flywheel

Lightened conrods

MED vernier duplex timing gear

Centre main strap

Kent 266 cam



Straight cut 4 speed

Central oil pickup

Fully rebuilt including diff

Kad quick shift


I can’t remember what final drive I put in it however I know it was too high so I’ll have to change that and I think I’ll swap to a cross pin diff while I’m at it. The only other thing I think I’ll do is get the head ported as I’d like to fit a small weber as I think it could still breathe a little better.


Anyway here are some photos


The block back from the machine shop



Something for anyone fitting a 1275 head to a small bore block is to check all the oil and water galleries line up, I had to blank two off and re-drill them.



This is why the block needs pocketing.



A pile of most of the bits



This is quite typical of rovers machining, this had to be opened up to ensure a good oil flow



The crank and main strap installed



The cam and timing gear fitted



A set of mildly lightened and smoothed rods



Balancing the rods



Enlarging the gearbox to engine bolts



Measuring the combustion chambers 


Cylinder head on and almost finished



Straight cut box built unfortunately I didn’t get many photos of the box



Everything built up and ready for the car



Dropped in and almost ready to go



So that was a very quick look at the engine build, I got it ran in and a few miles on it before it went into storage so it should be good to go once the rest of the car is done.

Edited by patto, 08 January 2017 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:44 PM

This is a little project I did. I managed to get hold of some titanium from work so thought I’d make some subframe tower bolts and some rear subframe bolts.





This is the bolt that’s too short so the first thing was to lop the head off it




And then bore out the centre to 25.5mm and stick some chamfers on it






Then i used this titanium valve stem which was quite handily 25.5mm to start with, i lopped a bit off and put a chamfer on it




And then fitted them together, they are a very tight fit and the head gets put in the oven and the bar/shank put in the freezer to get them to fit. A quick blast round the head with a blow torch gets them to separate again. Chamfered on the back to.




Next was to mill the head down to the correct size of 1 5/16 and put a flange on it






Back together




Then welded them up on both sides






And skimmed them off






I then turned the end down and threaded it




And that’s about it, the new ones come out at 310 grams. I’m not sure what sort of saving that is, i had a look on the weights thread but could only find the double tower bolt version. So if anyone knows what the original ones weigh that would be great.


I also made the bolts for the front mount on the rear subframe.









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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:54 PM

I’m thinking of a very light blue similar to the French racing blue jaguar use, I think it will go very well with the carbon arches and roof.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 08:42 PM

I’m going to be going for an internal gear linkage so I thought I’d get a spare linkage housing sorted


I maybe got a little carried away with the drill however there is quite a lot of work gone into this.



Firstly I machined out the ends and pressed in some brass bushes to take all the play out the shafts, from what I’ve read if the housing is worn to start with then when you move it inside it just won’t work very well.



I also wanted the nifty little spring thing mini spares sells that centres the gear stick between 3rd and 4th as when I moved on to 5 speed cars I really struggled and kept going from 2nd to 5th so hopefully this should help with that. I’m not sure if this will actually work with this arrangement but I thought it’s worth a go. Obviously when the housing is moved inside the car you lose the top bar so I made a short one out of titanium for the spring to react against.



I also plan on using my KAD quick shift, I’m not quite sure why no one uses them with an internal linkage but I plan on giving it a go. I found when it was fitted to the my other housing that it just touched the inside edge and would sometimes interfere with selecting gears, so I’ve milled out the ball joint area to give it a bit more clearance.



Other bits I’ve done is make new bushes out of nylon and to trim all the excess material from the bottom plate. I also got a couple of universal joints from china which are surprisingly good quality.




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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:30 AM

Amazing work, those tower bolts look like a work of art,
Keep up the drillium, there are some great threads on turbomini's where they have taken it to extremes

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:53 PM

Wow loving the internal gear linkage.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:35 PM

Very nice project, similar ideas and aim to mine. Those tower bolts are beautiful also!!! Will be following this with interest

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:15 PM

My latest little project is a bracket to mount a rain light. This will go on the parcel shelf in the middle and will function as a fog light and high level brake light. The ideal is I’ll have it wired into the brakes normally and then a switch to put it on constantly. This means I should be able to get rid of that stupid great rectangular one off the valance.


I’ve been playing with a program called Google sketchup now for a few years and decided to put it to some use. I drew up a 3D drawing and played about with a few different designs for it. Ideally at this point I’d simply plumb it into a CNC milling machine and go for a cup of tea, unfortunately I don’t have a spare 10 grand so I’ll do it the old fashioned way.



I converted the model into 3 flat images one of the top, front and bottom. I then printed it off on sticky back vinyl and stuck it on to some 3mm alloy.



After punching the holes and drilling them I used a fret saw to slowly cut out each section.





Then I used needle files to finish them off. Once I had all 4 sections I welded them together and hey presto a rain light bracket.





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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:28 PM

Very nice!


Always like to see things being made from scratch


Keep up the good work

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:05 PM



Although if I was following you in fog with that switched on I'd be using other words!  Is there not a maximum mounting height for a rear fog lamp?

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:53 PM

Thanks for all the nice words guys. I’ve looked through the MOT rules and can’t find anything but also the light mounts to the bracket at a 10 degree angle which is meant to stop it dazzling people. I’ll see how it goes though if it’s too bright I'll change the resistor in it to dim it down a bit.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:58 PM

Oh sorry scratch that it can have a maximum height of 1m, probably cutting it fine but should be ok.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:40 AM

I'm sure you have thought of this. If you switch the fog light on wouldn't it feed the brake lights too? I'm no wiring expert just in my head that's how it would work.

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