Hi All, A very long wait to not only own, but to tackle a Mini restoration. My Anglophile daughter stole my life long dream. So I made the deal that if she truly helped me with the restoration, she can have the car. We purchased the Min nearly 2 years ago and imported from England to Texas. I will attempt to share start to finish on the project, therefore what better way than to start with by showing the Mini coming "home"
The first challenge was actually picking up the Mini at the Houston Docks. I rented a standard U-haul car trailer, but what I failed to know what that the ramps were tied hard to the trailer. In other words, when I pulled the ramps out, I could not move them inward to adjust for the width of the mini. Therefore I had to drive the mini up on to the trailer such that one side of tires were barely on the edge of the ramp. The folks at the dock were of no help whatsoever. After white-knuckling it and several attempt, we got it on the trailer.
Just leaving the Port down in Houston Texas after tracking the Mini across the pond.
I have been gaining knowledge from TMF and many of you. I hope that I can live up to your standards and attention to detail while producing a respectable classic. I still don't know the exact model, but it's a 1982 1000 Morris Mini and quite basic.
The second challenge I had was getting the Texas Title. While I was told and believed the Mini that I was importing was directly from England, I learned that the title of the car was from the Netherlands - Already learned a great deal from mistakes made over the entire importation transaction.
Post-restoration pictures of how we received the Mini.