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#1 analogue_radio

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 07:19 PM

And so it begins,

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Introduction,
I've owned this mini since the 24th of March 2008, It was driven 300 miles home by my Dad and I from Scotland, encountering no major problems on the way home, excluding a few tiny mishaps with the indicators & the battery leads jumping off.

Background,
I'm a 17 year old lad whose been driving since February the 18th, & I've had no previous car experience, so this whole process is a big learning curve, although I've got a big helping hand from my Dad who has been into cars and such, at the moment he is restoring Grandads Norton, unfortunately my Grandad passed away so it'll be nice to work on both my Mini and the Norton with my Dad and keep him busy.

Edited by analogue_radio, 31 May 2009 - 06:52 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2008 - 07:34 PM

Congratulations on the trip home! That's some journey! :D

Looking forward to seeing her progress! :)

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:14 PM

mee too :D

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:22 PM

Thanks guys :D & possibly girls, depending on how you're kitted out ;).

I'm so eager to get out and keep working on her, I feel like a properly belong here now she's sitting in the drive :).

Can anyone quickly list some really good online mini shops?
I really like endlessly bookmarking things I want for her :D.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:26 PM

id reccomend minispares anyday iv heard notheing but good comments about them

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:39 PM

Balancing the mini and my girlfriend is tricky :thumbsup:.

I also want to get out and clean her up some more on the outside and do some jobs I missed yesterday in the interior, but there is a funeral across the road & Mum let people park in our drive, so until it's over I'm sat inside playing Gran Turismo :dontgetit:.

& Possibly stupid question, but I'd like to replace the side exit exhaust with a centre, what would need replacing? & would I need to do anything to the underside so it has the same clearance from the ground as the side exit did?

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:50 PM

Didn't get that much done today, I don't want to do anything technical encase I make a mistake and bodge everything up, I'd rather wait till Dad is with me for those kinda things until I start learning.

Before,
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After,
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10,000 points to anyone who can actually notice the change in appearance!
Trick question: It doesn't actually look like I've cleaned her at all :dontgetit:.
Although it smells lovely on the inside now :P.

Problem,
The bonnet wasn't sitting flush with the grill skirt, after figuring it might be the spring bit in the middle sitting to high, I adjusted it slightly and then closed the boot, it sits a little bit better than before.. but now it won't open at all :thumbsup: help?

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:36 PM

You put a chrome seam strip on?

Edited by GreaseMonkey, 25 March 2009 - 10:25 PM.


#9 analogue_radio

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:12 PM

A what now?

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:15 PM

Theres a little green thing in the first pic ? on the window ? oh and its clean and shiny ! :o

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:22 PM

^ Haha, that's just my lanyard mate :P.

It does actually look cleaner, shame it'll rain soon and it won't matter :o, gotta get my parents to free some space in one of the garages for me.

Are car covers actually worth the money? Dad just said it'll get condensation underneath it anyway.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:05 PM

nice mini matey, keep us posted!

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:45 PM

Cheap car covers are more hassle than theyre worth!!

Look to pay hundreds for a good un!

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:13 AM

I have a couple of these covers...one for my saloon and one for my estate

I find them to be very good, however, using an outdoor one indoors doesnt work, it holds the condensation under it. When its outside, its breathable so the wind and air reduce moisture under the cover to a minimum.

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...1713.m153.l1262

Hope this helps
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:59 PM

Cheers Pete, I think before I start spending money on things like that I need an Alarm System :P.

Sorry I haven't kept you guys updated or been around, my laptop hard drive died so I couldn't use my laptop at all.

Anyway, I haven't done any more work since the 27th because I've been busy with mates, girlfriend & work, but I've ran into a few problems and mistakes :D.

The petrol gauge isn't working so I ran out of Petrol yesterday morning, then because it was raining the engine wouldn't start, I guessed I got water on the dizzy and such? and then last night I left the lights on whilst I was at work, came out to go home when I finished and she wouldn't start up, had to call Dad out to give me a jump :w00t:.

Dad has the next week of work so we're going to take out the carpets and start getting rid of the rust on the floor panels & also around the outside of the car and in the boot, seeing as I think that's priority.




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