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#46 Mk1cooper


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 03:02 PM

Original North American import. Born in UK. Immigrated in California in early 60's. Rust free original floorboards.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 07:41 PM

Here are my two babies...

'75 Morris Mini getting ready for a full restoration, and a 2011 Z cars Monte Carlo MiniBusa.



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#48 Phobic


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 03:58 PM

I got a new toy last week!


now I've got my van and this monster to work on






the pictures make it look much better than it actual is, but here's the best part:




gonna be a hell of a track car once it's ready to go!

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 03:48 PM

Here's Basil, my '76 Mini (and fist mini) that is currently under a complete resto-mod.  Keeping it classic with some rare parts. 









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Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:55 PM

[quote name="thebluepotato" post="3447338" timestamp="1485791293"]Here's Basil, my '76 Mini (and fist mini) that is currently under a complete resto-mod.  Keeping it classic with some rare parts. 
Love the rebuild!! Where in Atlanta are you? The grey/red combo is fantastic! I have a 69 van in that color combo and am restoring a 76 that I may do in the same.

#51 mattcave


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:47 PM

Here's my immigrant. Born in the UK in 1993, lived in Japan until 2016 when he moved to Canada.

Sadly I don't have a garage yet, but I just got the permits to build one in the spring (once the ground thaws).



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:52 PM

Here are my two babies...
'75 Morris Mini getting ready for a full restoration, and a 2011 Z cars Monte Carlo MiniBusa.

Are those standard car lift? Geez they look huge

#53 minimans


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 02:55 AM

Here's mine 8 years in and no end in sight...........................Attached File  8 port.JPG   102.35K   0 downloadsAttached File  IMG_1238.JPG   149.15K   0 downloads

#54 Pistonbroke66


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 12:10 PM

I love the title of this thread...made me laugh out loud !

Some wonderful cars too. Keep up the good work chaps

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 01:41 PM

41767667_2236596069963073_814241179446431973 Leyland Australia Mini Window Van (factory clubbie nose)


1961 Austin Mini Countryman being restored/modified (more at a later date)


ROO & the ALCAN 5000 Summer Rally 2018

ROO was an essentially bog standard 1098cc powered Leyland Australia Mini Window Van, 1¼” SU on std intake with std ‘pea shooter’ exhaust.  It did have  8.4” discs & I had made some suspension mods (adj. trumpets, adj. dampers, adj. lower arms & tie-rods).


Interesting that all compression rings were found to be broken in half though the 1098 had great compression and burned no oil (up to 65 mph).  Exhaust bracket to transmission was broken, exhaust downpipe lip was mostly missing and rubber u-joint had worn a fair excavation in the side of the downpipe.


Build started with complete cleanup of the engine bay & firewall.  New epoxy primer, undercoat & paint.  Then new steering rack was added.  A refreshed/modified front subframe with gussets, captive nuts for the apron & sump guard and bracket for forward steady was installed.


Power unit rebuild included Graham Russell modified OEM 12G295 head with hardened exhaust seats & seats cut for larger Paul Ivey race valves, with some clean up under the seats.  Head was completed with Cooper S valve springs, Keith Calver 1.4:1 steel rockers & uprated studs.


Cam installed was RE 266SS with RE faced lifters, carburettor was new HIF44 with a fixed needle in hanging profile & on std Metro intake (RE long runner intake & carb/filter would not fit under the cowl), exhaust by Maniflow Cooper Freeflow into twin box.


Block was over bored +100 for RE pistons/rings/pins on std rods/bolts (lock tabs tossed).  Crank was mag tested for cracks, cleaned, found to be straight & all journals polished up std/std...and got new MED damper.  Centre main strap was fitted. New oil pump, new duplex timing gears, new IWIS timing chains, new lightened back plate & flywheel, new orange clutch plate & spring.


Transmission was completely rebuilt as a hybrid with A+ main shaft, new shifter forks, new 2nd & 3rd gears, new competition layshaft & new close ratio lay gear...all new bearings, new competition baulk rings & central oil pickup.  Final drive was new MS cross-pin diff with new bearings, bushings, seals & new AH/TR u-joints with zerk fittings.


Ignition by 123 distributor and Pertronix coil...interestingly, a new solenoid was dead out of the box, so the old solenoid was direct wired to starter with push button adjacent to ignition switch.  Fuel was delivered by electronic pump – keyed to ignition but also separately switchable.


Apart from new upper arms, hubs/bearings/balljoints and servicing of brakes, the rear steel S drums were replaced with good used Minifins and GAZ adj. dampers were installed at all 4 corners with new road/rally cones.  New drive flanges & rotors.  Mini was laser aligned.


3rd relay was added (to relays for low & hi beams) for LED driving lights triggered by high beam switch & separately controlled.  Lights were protected with SS mesh as was grill opening & lower valence openings.  Splash guard for dizzy was fitted & sump guard was added.


Heater & auxilary rad were plumbed into the cooling system with new water pump & belt, Mr. Gasket 180 F thermostat (Gates 190 F failed to open on engine breakin).  Oil cooler was added but laser thermometer suggested it was NOT needed.  Hastings oil pressure gauge was added to dash (replacing the stock warning light at 7-10 psi).


Under dash switch panel controlled fuel pump, LED driving light bar and power for VHF radio.  


Radiator was re-cored by Port Moody Auto, Metro Vancouver the 2-speed wiper was rebuilt with new parts from Auto Electrics on Wheels, Toowoomba, Qld....both worked flawlessly.


Steel bumper was fabricated to ‘save’ Clubbie bumper & to mount driving light bar.


ROO was done at Johnsons Crossing, Alaska Hwy., Yukon after 2,500 miles when oil/filter change showed too many metal bits and suggesting that a new idler gear bearing had failed.  ROO was returned home following a beneficial agreement with the owners of a Jeep Rubicon entry who lived in Anmore, B.C. They had planned to ship their Jeep to Seattle for +$2,000 US.  ROO came home on a U-Haul tow dolly for $233 (plus extra fuel) behind the Jeep.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:32 AM

Hiding in the garage...


There's room for a couple more.



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