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#1 thissideofparadise

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:33 AM

Born in England, live in Canada and just bought a mini from Japan.Trying to figure out exactly what I've bought. From the vin it should be a SPI manual Mayfair but the interior is throwing me off. I want to order parts(oil filter, stage 1 kit...) so they are here once the car arrives in DEC but I want to make sure I am getting the right stuff.

Any insight?

 

If there are any Canadians of site please PM, I would love to chat.

 

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#2 thissideofparadise

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:01 PM

Maybe a Hi would help too, Name is Drew getting really excited my mini gets on a boat Nov 25.



#3 thissideofparadise

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 09:44 PM

waiting a month to have this car delivered from Japan is killing me.  I've got a bunch of question that I am hoping someone will answer.

1. when was internal bonnet released? My mini is a very late model SPI (1996) and needs a new grill need to know if it will need a internal bonnet release.

2. Is classic castrol 20w50 a good oil for a late SPI model?



#4 thissideofparadise

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 04:12 PM

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#5 thissideofparadise

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:48 PM

Hello folks. what do you guys consider as maintenance items on a spi car. So far I've ordered the following

-Oil filter

-Oil

-New sparks

-New spark plug leads

-New light bulbs all-round

 

What am I missing?



#6 thissideofparadise

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:26 AM

216 views and not one comment, is it something I said??



#7 Northernpower

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 10:41 AM

216 views and not one comment, is it something I said??

It not something you've said, it's the way you've asked it. If you want the answer to a technical question ask it in the technical area. Not many members look for technical questions in the introduce me section. Secondly, what do they recommend in the Haynes?

#8 thissideofparadise

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 11:56 AM

thanks Northernpower, I am new to this forum and appreciate the help. I've ordered the Haynes book with my part order from minisport but I haven't got it yet. I'll stop being inpatient and wait.



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:04 PM

thanks Northernpower, I am new to this forum and appreciate the help. I've ordered the Haynes book with my part order from minisport but I haven't got it yet. I'll stop being inpatient and wait.

No problem. The other thing you may want to consider is becoming a TMF+ member. It only costs £5 and one of the benefits is you'll be able to get discounts from suppliers including 7.5% from MiniSpares and it supports the forum as well.

#10 thissideofparadise

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:13 PM

 

thanks Northernpower, I am new to this forum and appreciate the help. I've ordered the Haynes book with my part order from minisport but I haven't got it yet. I'll stop being inpatient and wait.

No problem. The other thing you may want to consider is becoming a TMF+ member. It only costs £5 and one of the benefits is you'll be able to get discounts from suppliers including 7.5% from MiniSpares and it supports the forum as well.

 

Wow if I knew that a week ago, spent a pretty penny on parts.


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#11 Pistonbroke66

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 12:03 AM

Looks a nice solid example

Good luck with your project!

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

It looks like an MPI to me as it's got a coilpack instead of a distributor. The aircon meant the jap cars kept the side mounted radiator.

 

It's not entirely standard, the grille is Mk1 Mini pattern, it's a popular Mini fashion item, so you can buy all sorts of variations that weren't original, with or without bonnet release openings.



#13 thissideofparadise

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 10:32 PM

well that would suck, hope it's not a mpi or I will be selling a bunch of parts already. From one site I've seen the serial number indicates its a SPI SAXXNNWAXBBD1*****,

Any other things to look for to tell from pictures, I've got a tone more.



#14 thissideofparadise

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:08 PM

I did a little googling. Seems the jap spi might use a coilpack of some sort however it may be different that the uk mpi parts.
Half the fun/frustration of this car will be figuring out what uk parts work

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:09 AM

I'm not very clued up on injection cars, but it should be obvious from looking under the filter at the throttle body & injector(s). I'm not sure if the SPI ECU could fire a wasted spark coilpack, I suppose it could.

 

From one of your pics it does look like there might be an SRS (airbag) warning light on the dash?






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