Hi all, thought I would share what has accidentally become another project.
Bought my 72 clubman almost a year ago due to the fact the shell had been restored a year prior. The shell is indeed pretty much immaculate but the same cant be said for the mechanical stuff. It has tried to kill me 3 times now because it was put together rather badly. The engine has also gone bang but the fact the engine was not good was clear when I bought it.
So haven't got many pics of the car standard but when I bought it, it looked like this
After I almost ran into the back of my own car while driving back from buying the thing I decided the brakes needed an upgrade so I put on a set of vented 7.5" 4 pots along with all the nice alloy hubs and drive flanges for my other project mini.
Unfortunately the 10" steels wouldn't fit with the new brakes so I had to fit a set of revolutions and some modified group 5 euro arches.
However when going for a test drive to check the brakes were good (doing about 30mph) this caused the tie bar (which was cross threaded on the subframe end to be ripped out, causing the car to end up sideways in the middle of a lane.
replaced the tie bars for an old set, Checked every but and bolt on the suspension and brakes and took it for a proper drive along the twisty A5. Immediately I knew something wasn't right because turning round left handers the rear kept trying to overtake the front. Took it relatively easy afterwards and then down the road the steering column slipped 2 or 3 splines halfway round a tight corner.
So the pinch bolt at the bottom of the column was not there and the oversteer issue I have only recently found out is the driver side rear radius arm has positive camber and is toeing in.
I have been doing leisurely drives on nice days because the oversteer is downright dangerous.
I have also been working on the old 1275 spi engine from my other mini so the first thing I did was get it running on a carb
Sounds SOOO good, will upload a vid of it running later.
After getting it running I decided I may as well do a full re build while it was out of the car and squeeze some more power out of it at the same time.
So the head came off (and to my surprise the block had been re bored to 1310) , I ported it according to the Vizard bible, it is currently at the machinists having oversized inlet valve seats cut, throats enlarged, new guides fitted and sodablasted ready for some new paint.
The block moved into my bedroom for dissasembly......
This is where it has started to get expensive the crank had been re ground as much as it could and needed more, so new crank.
I want to convert the clutch to pre verto and have a slight obsession with kad stuff. All new bearings, Kent 286 camshaft.
and I also want one of the minispares LSD's...
At the minute the block is also at the shop because it is having the new cam bearings fitted and a 4 bolt centre main machined to suit the block.
I also bought a set of twin carbs which were in bad shape so those have been re built as well
Last week the 998 in the clubman went bang so the urgency for this engine has moved up.
Anyhow that is where I am up to so far.
Edited by zebigfatman, 18 April 2017 - 11:33 AM.