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#16 iank

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:20 PM

:D Hi i noticed no manuals geared towards panel removal and replacement.... anyone know if there is such a thing????


Linsay Porters "Mini - All Models: Guide to Purchase & DIY Restoration" contains lots of information about panel repair/replacement.

Seems to be pretty cheap to pick up via Amazon (though I've never used those sellers)

http://www.amazon.co...-...6664&sr=8-1

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:46 PM

Here is a link to the factory repair manual from 76-89

http://www.minicoope...anual_76-89.pdf

Edited by xrocketengineer, 31 January 2010 - 04:47 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

hi guys can anyone tell me how to identify a longman engine? i have 1 which i have been told is a longan unit but i want to be sure thanks

#19 Phil-R

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 05:47 PM

Older Haynes manuals had a really comprehensive gearbox rebuild section that was eventually dropped (At least up until 1985 but don't know how long after)

Edited by chrome, 26 September 2010 - 05:48 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:54 PM

Online restoration & maintenance guide + Mini Encyclopedia

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:04 AM

I stumbled across this site looking for a dizzy piccy.

It may be for MGB's, but it's very well put together with some great sections on fault finding, not starting etc that apply just as well to Minis.

http://www.mgb-stuff.org.uk/points.htm

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:47 AM

This guide has founded incredibly useful for myself as i have lately reinstalled my website, and this guide gives you all the transforming and particular information that you will ever need.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

Does the Haynes manual apply to 1275 MG Metro engine mini as well?

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:32 PM

Yes, the engine is essentially the same. I believe there may be a few subtle differences with small items like the timing cover, maybe some of the engine options (like valve sizes) are different, but in terms of info needed to strip/rebuild/repair an engine I think it's got it all covered.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:40 PM

Cheers The Matt

#26 David Vizard

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:23 AM

Well, as mentioned earlier, here is a list of good sources of information that Mini owners should read.



Tuning BL's A Series Engine by David Vizard,

How To Modify Your Mini by David Vizard,

The trusty Haynes Manual by, well, Haynes. <--contains some useful information, great for home-servicing and repairs,

PM me some more or copy and paste and add to the list, links too!

EDIT: And I may add links to Amazon for the books that are still available too.


I am flattered that my books were at the top of your list.
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Whether you intend to actually attend my September 2012 Swansea seminar (davidvizardseminars.com) if you care to contact me via this site i will arrage for a special meeting with any one/group that wants any books autographed.

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Edited by David Vizard, 26 January 2012 - 01:26 AM.


#27 David Vizard

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:35 PM

So what's better, Tuning the A-Series Engine or How to Modify Your Mini, both by David Vizard??

um depends what you are after!

the tuning the a-series is just about the engines - tells you modifications (but doesnt go anywhere into detail about good engine building)

the how to modify your mini, covers other areas of the car (but not engines in great detail)

both are really old now, and things have moved on a lot, but both are a worthwhile read..


I would like to address the line ' both are old now ------ etc'

My big 'A' series book, although some 11 years since it's last update, will still show you how to build a normally aspirated mini that will, at standard weight, go zero to 100 in 14 seconds. Let us see how many pro engine builders have the know-how to do that today let alone 15 years or more ago. Sure there are some out there but they are far and few between and most certainly will not tell you how to do it. The reason I have not bothered to update the big yellow book is that the industry at large has little more to offer that is not already in that book.

The only place I see where possibly some updates are needed is where parts I talk about are no longer available.

If you do not have the info to make over 100 hp per litre from a 5 port A Series then good luck trying to find the info anywhere else other than in this book.

David Vizard

#28 Jake Didsbury

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:16 PM


So what's better, Tuning the A-Series Engine or How to Modify Your Mini, both by David Vizard??

um depends what you are after!

the tuning the a-series is just about the engines - tells you modifications (but doesnt go anywhere into detail about good engine building)

the how to modify your mini, covers other areas of the car (but not engines in great detail)

both are really old now, and things have moved on a lot, but both are a worthwhile read..


I would like to address the line ' both are old now ------ etc'

My big 'A' series book, although some 11 years since it's last update, will still show you how to build a normally aspirated mini that will, at standard weight, go zero to 100 in 14 seconds. Let us see how many pro engine builders have the know-how to do that today let alone 15 years or more ago. Sure there are some out there but they are far and few between and most certainly will not tell you how to do it. The reason I have not bothered to update the big yellow book is that the industry at large has little more to offer that is not already in that book.

The only place I see where possibly some updates are needed is where parts I talk about are no longer available.

If you do not have the info to make over 100 hp per litre from a 5 port A Series then good luck trying to find the info anywhere else other than in this book.

David Vizard


I was reading your 'how to modify your mini' book 2 nights ago at 1 in the morning because I got so interested, the section on the suspension has helped me so much in the understanding of under-steer and over-steer.

I also agree,no matter how old the book is, people are still reverting back to it today because the information is so helpful and true, the design of the classic mini hasn't changed (with exceptions of the injection minis) although the differences are very minor so regardless of how old the book, even in 100 years time if minis are still around the books will still provide helpful information.
Modern day mechanics, with some exceptions dont seem to have the know how of engine mechanics, whether it be upgrading or repairing and diagnosing, they seem to be electricians rather than mechanics, its good that we still have people like you David and other skilled engineers/ mechanics who still know the ins and outs of how engines work rather than just the electronics of them, so if it were not for David's books alot of us would be pretty stuck!

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:30 AM

I  have an auto mini (maybe not for much longer as slightly sick), you may also want to consider the early metro manuals as they have more detail about the auto boxes than the same dated mini Haynes.

 

Hope this helps, secondhand metro manuals can be bought for about £5.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:30 AM

:dontgetit: Hi i noticed no manuals geared towards panel removal and replacement.... anyone know if there is such a thing????

yes there is a special issue magazine from minisport that details a ground up rebuild of one of theirs. It has good pics and hints but also a lot about mechanical bits.






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