been a while but ive not been without things to do on the car! so here we go
Head came off again and was replaced with this beaut i got for £350!
its a Cooper head which has had much work done to it.
And all fitted. it hasthe same low end power but it has plenty more up top and its surprisingly more fuel efficient on the motorway! still havent maxed it yet. mainly because im scared to over rev it.
had some issues with the fuel float following this as the valve began jamming at certain positions which made driving interesting! i just took the valve out and wet and dried the rough edges
then i got a load of rocks dumped on the mini by a truck i was passing.... i wasn't amused and suffered a few stone chips, a dented grille and a smashed windscreen. the stone chips were filled and polished as best i could. swapped the screen after my insurance wanted £90 to do it! screw that i did it myself for the cost of the screen at £35 :) the grille is still dented but i think ill leave i as a bit of history to the car.
looking lovely after a wash. even used tyre pen to show everyone my new yokos which are actually awesome! they have such a good feel and much nicer to drive with. especially in the wet.
then it was time to put the decals back on :)
all was looking well. and went to my first post resto show at brooklands. what a lovely day we had for it.... not.
so i noticed some overheating and decided to investigate this week and i got a little birthday suprise in the form of a busted radiator and a mini which wasnt playing ball
so new radiator was bought and installed the next day.
painted it and the cowling first. im trying not too take too much character away from this car. i really dont want it to be a show queen that im scared to take out so im starting to leave things looking a bit tatty such as the cowling. ive sanded it back a bit and took the loose paint off and gave a clear coat to prevent more rust. i think i shall do this for most components in the engine bay when they get removed at some point or another. i dont think minis can pull of the complete rat look but i think painting over stuff to make them look pretty is what i want with him any more.
also i adjusted the brakes and re sprayed everything with dynax oil to keep it alive a bit longer :)
cheers for looking!
i hope to pull the engine sometime late may so ill keep this updated!