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Getting The Rose Family Mini Back On The Road! (After 5 Years)

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#61 dan1zo

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 12:36 PM

Just been looking through your posts.  She looks a lot like my Coop. He was off the road for 6 years and i had to get him fixed for my wedding last year but i've still got many issues!

That rust is a killer.

 

One thing i have found as i've been going along is that the MPi struggles with electrical gremlins when sat for a long time.

All of the connectors get corroded and it can be a mission to find out where the problem is. If you have not already got one, get yourself a code reader. One of the other guys on the forum (gbt100) has a handy video of the T300+ diagnostic tool.  I've ordered one so i can find out whats wrong with mine at the moment. It'll be well worth the £70 in the long run.

http://www.theminifo...ini-cooper-mpi/

 

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#62 Ben Rose

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 02:10 PM

Just been looking through your posts.  She looks a lot like my Coop. He was off the road for 6 years and i had to get him fixed for my wedding last year but i've still got many issues!

That rust is a killer.

 

One thing i have found as i've been going along is that the MPi struggles with electrical gremlins when sat for a long time.

All of the connectors get corroded and it can be a mission to find out where the problem is. If you have not already got one, get yourself a code reader. One of the other guys on the forum (gbt100) has a handy video of the T300+ diagnostic tool.  I've ordered one so i can find out whats wrong with mine at the moment. It'll be well worth the £70 in the long run.

http://www.theminifo...ini-cooper-mpi/

 

Dan

 

Hi Dan,

 

Yeah the rust is bad on these later MPI's.  Thanks for taking the time to read my post. :thumbsup:   I'm still stripping the engine down but I am hopeful that the worst of the rust is on the front end.  The floors and boot seem ok and the subframes don't seem too bad.  Time will tell I guess.

 

The wiring loom and connectors do seem to be an oily mess and the connectors do look a bit tired so a diagnostic tool is probably a good idea.  I hadn't seen the T300 before.  I had been looking at one of these...

 

https://www.ebay.co....Q8AAOSwvnddCRj7

 

but I didn't fancy spending £200 - £300 on one.

 

Where do you get the T300 from and will it work as well?

 

Thanks

 

Ben



#63 Ben Rose

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 03:15 PM

So I have been able to get a bit more done over the last couple of weeks.  I am trying to make a final push to get the engine out of the car.  I appreciate the speed I am going at is slow however this is my first time at a lot of this and I am trying to photograph, label and bag up as much as I can.  I feel like if I am organised now it might help me when I come to re-assemble everything.
 
Sorry if there are too many phoeographs.

Coil Pack and Spark plugs coming off...

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Back of Alternator for wiring...

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Loosening the belt for the alternator which has seen better days...

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Bolt you need to undo to loosen tensioner pulley. I found loosening the nut in the pulley wheel helped also.

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Belt and alternator taken off...

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Radiator brackets coming off now...

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Radiator isn't looking too bad. (Not the best PPE I know but it was a hot day!!)
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Radiator gone, cant believe how dirty the engine bay is...
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Starter and wiring next...
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Should get a few more hours in the evenings this week, TBC.

#64 Ben Rose

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:44 PM

Some more photo's for my benefit really! Hope people aren't getting sick of the pace I am going at and the number of photos I'm uploading.

Water Bottle coming off. Seen better days. (Like everything I have taken off so far).
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I am bagging everything up now and I will clean and restore everything later.

Air filter housing off..(K&N replacement filter looks like it is in good condition).
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I believe this is one of the main earthing points????
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I think this is a Fuel Purge valve. That's what I've labelled it as anyway.
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Relay's coming off. Engine cut off button removed.
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Bit further along...
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#65 cooperd70

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

Not at all chap....knock yourself out...keep at it and keep posting 😁

#66 blacktulip

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 07:54 PM

Great start you have made. I am amazed about the extra stuff the later minis have. It's a proper minefield under the bonnet. Keep at it

#67 Ben Rose

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:44 AM

Had an hour on Friday evening to remove a bit more.

MPI Relay
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MEMS2J ECU Unit out
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Windscreen Wiper Motor and Bar out
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Brake Servo Out (Any tips/hints on the later braking setup would be appreciated)
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Gearbox/Clutch breather being removed
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Earthing point removed. (Remember to keep old panels so I can reference things like this on to the new panels)
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Slow progress but getting there. I think I will push the car out of the garage next to get the interior out so I can get the dash out etc and wiring loom finally disconnected.
Once the loom is out I think the engine wont be too far behind. Need to find someone with an engine hoist I can either borrow or rent for a day.
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#68 Steve220

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:30 AM

Depending where you are in the country, you can borrow mine? I'm in Shropshire.



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:41 AM

Ben progress is progress no matter how fast or slow do it at your own pace when you want to do it . Don't get to the point where you have had enough and put it on ebay as a abandend project like so many do. Its a big job your doing and when its done you can sit back and say YES I did that and be proud you did it your self.Then go out and buy another one to do



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:17 AM

Ben progress is progress no matter how fast or slow do it at your own pace when you want to do it . Don't get to the point where you have had enough and put it on ebay as a abandend project like so many do. Its a big job your doing and when its done you can sit back and say YES I did that and be proud you did it your self.Then go out and buy another one to do

Thanks for the pep talk! :D  :D  :D (Already know what I want when I complete this).


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#71 cooperd70

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:27 AM

Keep up the good work 😁

#72 Ben Rose

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:32 AM

Depending where you are in the country, you can borrow mine? I'm in Shropshire.

Nice one Steve!

 

Preston, Lancashire.  Bit of a trek.

 

……...............….but may be worth while if I get a glance of your MPI  ;D  :D



#73 Ben Rose

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:33 AM

So the next step for me is to get the interior out so I can remove the dash and then the rest of the wiring in the engine bay.
 
Because of the tight space in my garage I had to drop the car off the axel stands to push it out of the garage so I could remove the doors.  I pumped up all tyres a few nights back to make moving the car easier.  That turned in to a massive faff as 1 of the four tyres is completely flat. 
 
Thankfully the spare steel wheel seems ok so put that on and dropped the car on to the floor and pushed it out of the garage.
 
I wish I had looked into removing the doors before I started!!!
 
Clevis Pin removed..
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Realised there were some nuts inside the wing which had to be removed. I needed some extra space to get to them so made use of my "flexible" A panel. :mrcool:
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Nuts have seen better days and must have never been touched since the door was installed at the factory. (As you will see) I wish I had stopped and sprayed a load of penetrating fluid on them and waited a few days.  :xxx:
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Shims and Nuts coming off (as well as one sheered bolt).  >_< 
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Door off
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3 Nuts came off fine. Top hinge I sheered one of the bolts! Fuming..... Especially now I know how expensive new hinges are. I will trying grinding the back of the bolt a bit to see if I can unscreen it from the hinge. I believe this is what others have done. Lesson learned - be more patient.
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Garage getting messier, need a tidy.
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Enough lessons learned for tonight. Will take the other door off later in the week.
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#74 Ollie36

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 08:19 AM

Just read through the thread, keep up the good work, and don't worry about the speed you're going at, progress is progress!



#75 rich_959

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 08:31 AM

I wish I'd photographed more of my MPI while stripping it, but luckily I can use your build as a reference now, ha ha.







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