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#211 buddylove

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:55 AM

It looks great! Hopefully it will get a feature in a magazine.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:35 AM

Wow I have said it before hats off to you sir, this thing has come out so nice. I might have to sack work off and get down to Bingley Hall, I look forward to seeing this thing in the flesh.



#213 wingnut

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:08 PM

Stunning



#214 InnoCooperExport

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:57 PM

Incredible! 



#215 MacGyver

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:14 PM

Stunning mini and a wonderful piece off history! You have made a piece of art!
Not jealous at all...😒
I hope i have a semblant of your skill one day.
Enjoy! 😁

Ben

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:19 PM

Looks really really good Frank.  Good luck with the MOT today.  I'm sure it'll be fine.

 

Nice touch taking it to let the previous owners see it.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 04:24 PM

How did the MOT go Frank?



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 08:59 PM

How did the MOT go Frank?

Thanks for the interest :highfive: it now has an MOT! I hate having to admit this but it did

get a refusal at the first attempt!!!! a bit of an oversight on my part, for whatever reason I

never checked the dipped beam, beam pattern, the PO had purchased new headlamp units

for it they were for a lefthand drive so the kick up on them was wrong  :shy:  :shy:  :shy:

had to do a bit of chasing about in the snow on Wed afternoon trying to find a couple of

headlamps without side lamp holder holes, local ! got them and fitted ready for retest on

the Thursday.

I am to say the least a bit annoyed with myself over it! having been an MOT tester a few yrs

ago, and in my last job before retiring had a 97% score on the traffic light system for HGV

VOSA passes and roadside checks .

On the plus side now all road legal and ready for its trip to Bingley Hall, and if the weather 

isn't to bad next week give it a run out and see the original owner of it.

 

Thanks to the rest of the folks for their comments.

 

Frank (The Count)



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:08 PM

Nice 

 

 

How did the MOT go Frank?

Thanks for the interest :highfive: it now has an MOT! I hate having to admit this but it did

get a refusal at the first attempt!!!! a bit of an oversight on my part, for whatever reason I

never checked the dipped beam, beam pattern, the PO had purchased new headlamp units

for it they were for a lefthand drive so the kick up on them was wrong  :shy:  :shy:  :shy:

had to do a bit of chasing about in the snow on Wed afternoon trying to find a couple of

headlamps without side lamp holder holes, local ! got them and fitted ready for retest on

the Thursday.

I am to say the least a bit annoyed with myself over it! having been an MOT tester a few yrs

ago, and in my last job before retiring had a 97% score on the traffic light system for HGV

VOSA passes and roadside checks .

On the plus side now all road legal and ready for its trip to Bingley Hall, and if the weather 

isn't to bad next week give it a run out and see the original owner of it.

 

Thanks to the rest of the folks for their comments.

 

Frank (The Count)

 

Nice one. None of us are perfect mate, if mine fails on a couple of headlamps I'd be dead happy.

 

If I'm brave I'll come say hello at Bingley



#220 jamesquintin

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:36 AM

Excellent work!

Is it easy to align headlights at home? That and the emissions are the only things I can't check for on my MPI when I eventually get it finished...

#221 GraemeC

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:43 AM

If you have level parking space and a wall or garage door, then yes.
Lots of instructions on Google

#222 spraybeater

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 11:25 AM

As GraemeC says no problem check alignment at home, remember with the MPI

to check with height adjusters at there highest position (if they are still fitted)

some MOT testers will allow you to adjust them, I certainly did ! back in the day

even at the VOSA testing stations we used to take a screw driver to adjust if

required, 

This is why I am annoyed with myself for not checking the dip orientation  :shy:



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:10 PM

As the Countess! is now all finished for the moment, Mot taxed ect, just a few bits of interest

had to PAY :bah: for 6mths road tax, (will get a refund) as the car was 40yrs old on 7/01/2018

I did think all I had to do was go to PO and get Historic Vehicle Tax however I had not taken in

to account the tax year starts 05April I thought that was only from Income Tax :shy:

So as the build date as per Heritage Certificate is 1976 so had to send everything to DVLA,

 

I have however put some miles on it on the better days, first place to go with it was Meltham,

still in West Yorks, to let the elderly gent whom had owned it for most of its life,

 

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as can be seen from the look on his face he was impressed, the plan is when the warmer weather

comes along to take him out for a run in it, + he has promised me the original reg no as was supplied

with the car when it was built by Oyler, 

 

I took it for a run along the motorway up to Minispares North today, to pick up some (just in case) spares,

 

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Quite interesting, first time on the M62 in a Classic mini, HaHa!

brought back memories of back in the day, remember sitting in the queue at the old Antwerp tunnel in those

days out of the trucks had front mounted exhausts and 3+" pipe exiting at window height 

in the days before AddBlue and emission controls.

 

Next outing Bingley Hall this weekend .

 

Thanks for looking and comments.

 

Frank (The Count)



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:28 PM

His face says it all.

 

What a great story. He must have been thrilled



#225 panky

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:02 PM

Wonderful :D






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