I have been a member of the forum for 5 years now but felt it was time to get involved again.
Plus its been almost 2 years since last driving my Mini and I miss it. A lot.
I bought my Mini in 2012, a green 1982 1000 HLE as a first car.
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The original engine gave up after a year and I replaced it with a 1960s 998 Cooper unit complete with Gearbox. A year later I repainted the car red myself with spray cans. The result was not bad but it was the best I could do at the time.
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In January 2017 I decided to take the car off the road to do a light restoration. The car needed the usual stuff after being a daily driver since I bought it, sills, front end, scuttle, boot corners etc.
I stripped the car to a rolling shell, removed the engine and sent the car to be sprayed locally in Tartan Red with a Black roof.
The respray was not high end but it was exactly what I needed for the budget I had.
I also Stripped down the Cooper engine to replace gaskets, clutch, clutch pack plate and replaced the timing chain and Camfollowers with uprated versions from Calver ST. Engine was repainted in the original MOWOG Green too. The engine should run nicely for a 998 with the original D Top pistons and a heavily ported and polished refurbed 12G295 Cylinder head.
Fast forward to 2018 and the car currently looks like this. I always liked the look of the 60s cars so thats the style I am going for. The engine is back in, and most of the interior is completed. The bucket seats I had bought in 2013 but had never fitted them. I have converted to the original centre clock but I am yet to wire it in. Most of the parts in the engine bay are brand new
I moved to Lyon in August and then travelled China and Vietnam for two months and my plan is to go back to the UK to finish the car in January when I visit for 2 weeks.
The to do list is still long:
- refit door furniture, windows and door cards
- fit exhaust
- Finish wiring engine bay, lights, and interior
- Refit alternator
- refit starter motor
- refit carburettors
- Bleed Brakes and Clutch
-Refit Gear linkage
- Start up
-Fix anything unforseen
So not so much a nut and bolt restoration but a project to put my car back on the road. I really miss it and ever since having to buy a modern run about to get to work I realised just how fun driving the Mini was.
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Thanks for reading my post