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What's The Most Stupid Thing You Did To Your Mini Today?


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#1 rodandtom

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 06:42 PM

I'll start -

 

Bought a new vacuum advance pipe with connectors. Plugged it in to the disti - all good. Absent-mindedly plugged the other end on to the overflow pipe on the carb and then couldn't for the life of me understand why it wouldn't start :-)

 

Muppet!

 

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#2 Broomer

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:36 PM

Filed 2mm off the spacers for my brand new 4 pot calipers to then realise I should have infact added 2x1mm washers instead. Doh.

Edited by Broomer, 08 June 2019 - 07:37 PM.


#3 Avtovaz

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:07 PM

in like 1996 the mini i had as a first car i did the head gasket on it, when all nearly finished i went to put the vac advance pipe back on and reolised the pipe was between the head and block LOL!



#4 Bobbins

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:38 AM

Circa 1982, had the head off to do something, can't recall what now but was rushing because had to go and collect little brother from his 6th Form .... I was half way there when I realised I hadn't refilled the coolant!!! Probably about 50% left in which after 4 miles was cooking :(

#5 Podman

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:15 PM

Took everything apart to replace the waterpump, put most of it back together, refilled the rad etc. it was only when I came to tighten the fanbelt, that I realised that id left the waterpump pulley on the bench!!



#6 DeadSquare

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:51 PM

Jump started in the dark, from a 24 volt battery ...........................................and  blew all the bulbs.



#7 g0myw

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:58 PM

sheared off the bolts from the front bumper [ thinking that the releasing fluid had done its job] .. doh


Edited by g0myw, 09 June 2019 - 12:58 PM.


#8 panky

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:20 PM

I've done the brake caliper fitted upside down thing, only took two weeks of trying to bleed the system before I realised :mmkay:



#9 Cooperman

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 10:07 PM

The most stupid thing I did when working on my 1990 Cooper yesterday, was tripping up over the air-line and falling heavily onto the trolley-jack. So now I can hardly move due to the pain in the lower right side of my back and having a sprained wrist. 

It makes me feel like an old man - oh, I am an old man  ;D .



#10 panky

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 10:12 PM

Ouch >_<



#11 rodandtom

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:44 PM

Ok so I've done something else today. Fitting a oil pressure gauge and forgot to refit the oil sensor. Started the car and coated the drive in oil!

 

Not smart!

 

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#12 Ade-Cooper

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 08:55 PM

I've done the brake caliper fitted upside down thing, only took two weeks of trying to bleed the system before I realised :mmkay:

 

Also done this!!!! lol 



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Posted 22 June 2019 - 03:36 PM

Not today, but a few years ago : had to enlarge the hole in the battery cable, was rushing because I had to pickup my (now ex-) girlfriend from her trip to London. So instead of putting it in the vice I held it by hand. Drill bit locked up, twisted the cable around the bit and cut of half the side of my thumb and thumbnail. Still refitted the clutch with 1 hand afterwards.

#14 cp2708

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:08 PM

Bought it without knowing anything about minis or even driving it. It could have been worse.

Edited by cp2708, 23 June 2019 - 08:16 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 06:15 AM

One summer evening last year I came back from a run an thought I’d change the oil, 30 minute job. Assembled the tools I needed and my oil/sump drainer thingy, unscrewed the sump plug and once the oil was pouring into the drainer I realised I hadn’t removed the plastic plug from the drain pan! Doh, in my blind panic with 4.5 litres of hot and very thin engine oil gushing out of the sump I dropped the sump plug behind the oil pan and just had to watch the entire sump drain onto the garage floor. It was all over in a flash.

My 30 minute oil change became a full couple of hours clean up!

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