But hopefully a Mini rio vtec....just the way rover intended
** 1.6 engine with clubman front from page 1 **
** 1.8 type-R engine from page 30, standard length front end from page 32 **
** 2.0 engine from page 38 **
** No more changes to the engine, honest! **
Was supposed to start this build when I bought the car around 18 months ago, which looked like this at the time
I've had various cars and fancied something a bit different, so the plan was to buy a mini that needed work and go from there.......unfortunately I bought the wrong mini as this one had just been restored but was such a nice car I just had to have it there and then
**If the previous owner was to find out my plans she would rightly give me a slap but I just cant sell this car?**
Chucked it on the rollers after purchase for start point, made its factoryish 54hp @ flywheel
The tester liked the car and said "its nice to see a standard mini nowdays" No doubt he'll have to join the queue to give me a slap
Started off with putting on a stage 3 kit, uprated suspension and some go faster wheels Made a healthy 70 horses @ flywheel, cue more smiles
Done about 10k miles since january which includes going to Le mans, shows, trackdays and been to the nurburgring three times in four months with absolutely no problems, no breakdowns nothing, so why am I changing the engine? Well I do have ALOT of respect for the A-Series after my jaunts but I only bought a mini so I could have an engine conversion - something different on the road and as much as I could squeeze power out from the A the reliability will suffer, so swap it is?
Looked at bike engines but I'm keeping the interior standard so no weight loss, was a bit worried then about a bike engine pulling a fully laiden cars weight? I know Martin (roofless) R1 has a full interior but I just couldn't see it on mine. Looked at vauxhall and honda engines and seeing as my mate had a honda civic type r (albeit an EP3) it still hit all the right buttons so honda vtec it is.
Picked up a 1.6 63k vtec which came from a '93 honda del sol and bought it home with the help from Komenda from tmf
Edited by Kam, 31 August 2011 - 11:46 AM.