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Use Of Bmw Dash Parts In Your Classic?

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#1 Badger1975


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 05:38 PM

Any inspiration or ideas for using dashboard parts from BMW minis in your classics.
I’m thinking centre binnacle surrounds, airs vents or toggle switches from the German counterparts.
I look at the prices of dashboards for a standard 3 clock set up and wonder what alternatives solutions can be found that still suit the look of a classic.
I’ve trawled the site for ideas but couldn’t find a great deal.
Thanks in advance.

#2 Curley


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:37 PM

Controversial move on here.... they don't like the MINI in these parts.


I've seen the toggle switches & air vents used before so it is possible.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 10:47 PM

I know. I fully respect the purists stance and I was unsure if to post. However, there’s such a broad spectrum of tweaks that people have done so didn’t think it would do any harm.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:08 PM

The early R50/R53 Centre speedo dash has been fitted in a classic Mini before and was featured in an issue of MiniWorld sometime back. Speedo and gauges are electronic via Body Control Modules so not sure you could adapt them to work.....


Front sports seats in leather or part leather have also been fitted and are cheap and plentiful secondhand. Rear lights have been fitted but don't look good on a classic in my opinion. The full panoramic glass sunroof cassette has also been fitted in a few classic Minis, see below.



The very neat New MINI into Classic Mini panoramic sunroof conversion as seen on Pistonheads.






Edited by mab01uk, 10 March 2019 - 11:10 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:24 PM

I suppose the one good thing about fitting MINI interior plastics into a classic Mini is that the ridiculous squeaking and rattles they produce will be drowned out by the good old A-Series!  ;D

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:39 PM

Take it or leave with regards to purists. I like to think that what you do to YOUR car is YOUR choice.


It really depends on how well it integrates into the interior to be honest. We see all sorts from some home brew interiors (and not just from classic mini's either) that a three year old would be ashamed of, to some stunning works of art.


Give it a go and see what comes of it.  

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 02:17 PM

One of the problems with reusing switches from a later car is that usually these switches are designed to just signal to the ECU and then the ECU turns on the device. If you take apart the BMW mini toggle switches you'll find the wiring very thin and the actual switch contacts are just carbon blocks. The sort of switches found in a TV remote. You can still use these, but you must run each switch through a relay that is capable of handling the current required by the device. Switches like the electric window switches that work in two directions will require two relays. Also bear in mind that a standard 40amp car relay may require more operating current than the carbon contacts can handle so you also may need some electronics or additional miniature relays between the two. If this seems to be more trouble than its worth, then you can buy the toggle switches with LED's in the levers and the switch guards, from Car Builder Solutions. 

Edited by Compdoc, 19 March 2019 - 02:19 PM.

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