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#8581 Eds.mini.lulu

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 08:53 AM

Been replacing front a rear suspension components. Lots of fun along the way, cones fused to struts=angle grinder. Sheered bolts, stripped bolts, lower arm pins seized...that was not fun. Fitted new lower arms to the wrong side before we realised. Couple days work but got there eventually.

#8582 Blake71

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 04:59 PM

Fitted hi-los

I think more HI than low though.

I will give then a while then adjust down out of the clouds,
it looks like something off diesel brothers at the momentattachicon.gif 8F62D625-D1C9-4A71-AA25-491D5713BE0E.jpeg

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  nice one



#8583 kit352

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Posted 01 December 2020 - 02:19 PM

I was wondering why my 998 was running like poo after its mot so i took a look at the carb. The parts that have been on there for near enough a decade had suddenly up and left and were replaced by other parts. So a new needle, spring and filter were ordered. Hopefully i dont need to mess around with the mixture much as rolling roads are a near impossibility to book these days.

#8584 Tones61

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Posted 01 December 2020 - 03:40 PM

Swapped out a 5 point harness for a new 4point with seatbelt type clip in middle for easier use,
And wrapped around cage at top instead of down to floor in eye bolts :-)

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#8585 rajubhaiya

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 09:31 AM

If anyone wants my standard exhaust from the cat back drop me a message (its free) im in Bristol and item is to be collected, its a bit gruby but in good useable condition.


#8586 Tornado99

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 11:33 PM

Performed my first oil change on the mini since acquiring in July. Went with Castrol 20W50 (got it on special for $13/5 liters...bought two) and added a ZDDP additive. Fresh oil filter. Also did the valve clearances, replacing the rocker cover gasket with a freesh cork one, smeared with Hylomar Blue. The sump drain bolt was seeping, discovered it had a "dowty" rubberized washer which may have been reused too many times. Fittied new copper crush washer, smeared with PTFE thread sealant liquid. After a good long test drive today, no signs of any oil seeps at sump bolt or rockers. 

I will say filling back fresh oil was quite a drawn out process. Had heard to be cautious not to pour in faster than it could drain down to sump, but didn't expect a 5 min wait for every 500 ml pour in! Must have a very small drain port!


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#8587 oohaargh

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Posted 05 December 2020 - 11:48 PM

Finished painting my engine block and put it back together - pretty much the last bit of engine bay tarting up I've been planning on doing since I got it in the summer, taking it out for a run tomorrow :D

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#8588 petey81

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 09:11 AM

Car now resprayed and put back together.
I just need to tidy up the headlight wiring. Next job is to wet sand then polish it up 😀

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#8589 cooperd70

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 09:33 AM

Finished painting my engine block and put it back together - pretty much the last bit of engine bay tarting up I've been planning on doing since I got it in the summer, taking it out for a run tomorrow :D

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Did you strip the engine bay, clean everything and put back together or clean it in situ? If in situ I'd like to know your method, cleaning tools/agents etc.

#8590 cooperd70

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 09:34 AM

Car now resprayed and put back together.
I just need to tidy up the headlight wiring. Next job is to wet sand then polish it up 😀


It's looking great petey81 👍👍

#8591 oohaargh

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 03:19 PM

Finished painting my engine block and put it back together - pretty much the last bit of engine bay tarting up I've been planning on doing since I got it in the summer, taking it out for a run tomorrow :D

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After:
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Did you strip the engine bay, clean everything and put back together or clean it in situ? If in situ I'd like to know your method, cleaning tools/agents etc.

I did it mainly in situ - disconnected the battery then took off the HT leads, alternator, sump guard, air box and ignition coil.

Then lots of autoglym engine cleaner on the block, scrubbed with wire brush, cleaned off with a spray bottle of plain water and a rag, repeat until clean. Then took the spark plugs out to paint it, few coats of Halfords vht matte black with a normal paintbrush and a small art one to get all the gaps. Also painted the radiator housing and cap at the same time.

Cleaned off the plastic components with autoglym vinyl and rubber cleaner, including the fan while the alternator was off.

The alternator itself came up quite nice with just a dry wire brushing.

Rocker cover was cleaned with the same degreaser then normal primer and spray paint.

Obviously there's a couple of new parts between the photos as well - new radiator and hoses, silicone vacuum hoses and ignition coil (resistance was too low on the old one)

#8592 cooperd70

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 05:06 PM

Impressive! Inspiration for the spring for me I think!!

#8593 Tones61

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 05:27 PM

Crimboed up a little :-)

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#8594 panky

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Posted 08 December 2020 - 10:48 AM

Clean MOT pass. Always nice :proud:

My old guy has retired so it was fun watching the young MOT'er groveling under the dash looking for the bonnet release.



#8595 cal844

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Posted 08 December 2020 - 02:27 PM

Clean MOT pass. Always nice :proud:
My old guy has retired so it was fun watching the young MOT'er groveling under the dash looking for the bonnet release.


Haha yeah that's always funny to watch 😁




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